The Bright Solutions is a team of twelve experienced professionals with a broad range of expertise working for not-for-profits. In addition to our staff, we have professionals that partner with us on occasion, depending on the client needs.
Our talented staff includes accountants, nonprofit and business executives, arts management professionals, and award-winning educators—and we are all dedicated to serving the nonprofit community.
Sarah Bright Yaneza
Ms. Yaneza has almost fifteen years of experience in accounting for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to forming the Bright Solutions in 2008, Sarah served as both the Director of Finance & Administration and the Patron Services Manager for The Washington Chorus. Sarah has direct accounting experience with all needs in the not-for-profit fiscal cycle, inclusive of audit, 990, fund accounting, and budgeting preparations. In addition, Sarah is familiar with benefits and payroll administration, consulting and project management for interim financial management solutions, executive search, website design, IT and database conversions, and special events.
Clients have described Sarah as a manager with great attention to detail and a steadfast approach. Sarah excels in interpreting corporate culture, analyzing areas where there could be efficiencies, and frequently partners with senior leaders to problem solve in matters of accounting and organizational development. Sarah has a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance.
Mr. Kamenitzer has over forty years of professional experience in accounting as well as financial and executive management. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level of 7 U.S., 4 Chinese and 3 South Korean post-secondary institutions, with coursework focused on accounting, business law, business statistics, collective bargaining, budgeting and planning for educational leaders and arts management. He has also run workshops for artists and artist managers in Swaziland, Africa as Cultural Envoy with the U.S. State Department.
Richard was the Director of the Arts Management Program at George Mason University for almost ten years, and was bestowed with “EMERITUS” status by the Board of Visitors of the University. He has served on many arts-related Boards, including the Washington Stage Guild, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Hamiltonian Artists, illume productions, inc., and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, an MBA in quantitative analysis and a law degree, and has completed post-graduate work in higher education administration.
William F. Reeder
Senior Executive Consultant
William Reeder has enjoyed a 30-year career in education, management, philanthropic administration and the arts. A frequent advisor to non-profits with emphasis on board development, planning and fundraising, Bill is recognized for his strategic planning, management and fundraising technical skills. In June 2015, Bill retired as the founding Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University, where he managed nine academic programs and served as CEO of two regional performing arts centers. He is a tenured Professor of Arts Management, a Virginia Eminent Scholar, and the Heritage Chair for Cultural Criticism at George Mason University.
Throughout his career, Bill’s teams have raised over $250 million for education and the arts. Bill was Vice President and General Manager of the Washington Performing Arts Society; established the Sallie Mae Trust for Education; served as President of the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music and as the Executive Director of the Levine School of Music, Opera Music Theatre International, and the Newark Community School of the Arts. Additionally, Bill was a leading operatic tenor engaged by the Zurich, Switzerland Opera Company and performed over 40 leading tenor roles in 15 major opera houses throughout Europe. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis Center on Philanthropy.
Mr. Mason has a varied and wide set of experience: the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel (having had two tours in Vietnam); Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a vice president and operations manager; chief executive officer (CEO) of the Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA); mayor of the City of Fairfax; multiple appointments on national and regional boards and commissions, and a broad range of non-profit engagement.
Mr. Mason has served on the boards of National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (vice president on Executive Board); Fairfax Symphony (past chairman); Arts Council of Fairfax County (past chairman); and Arts at Mason Board (advisory board to George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts). He is the founder and president of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, a non-profit with a mission to “enhance the awareness of the cultural opportunities in the Fairfax area and provide scholarships for arts related courses at Mason.” He is the recipient of the Fairfax Symphony’s Pyramid Award and the Arts Council’s Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year award. He is also on the Mason Housing, Inc. board that operates a housing project on the Mason campus.
In the civic arena, then Mayor Mason was on several national and regional boards and commissions, primarily related to regional transportation policy.
He is a recipient of the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award, given to an elected official who has contributed most significantly to the enhancement of intergovernmental cooperation in the Metropolitan Washington region.
Mr. Mason holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and a MA from New York University.
Prior to working at The Bright Solutions, Kristen was employed as the Controller for a software company in Fairfax, Virginia for 15 years. Her experience over a 20+ year career has given her a depth of professional experience that offers a wide range of capabilities including financial reporting, government contracting, budgeting, payroll, benefits and human resource management.
Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University.
After completing a tour with the United States Coast Guard, DeAnna received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and her Master’s of Science in Accounting from Liberty University. She has been employed in the accounting field for over seven years in both private industry and not-for-profit. She has experience in general bookkeeping, budgeting, payroll, bank reconciliation, and financial statement preparation.
Xiujing (Jean) Chen
Jean is a certified bookkeeper and tax preparer. As a bilingual, she speaks both Chinese and English. She holds an Associates degree in Accounting from Suffolk County Community College as well as bookkeeper certification from the College of Southern Maryland. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting at the University of Maryland University College.
Prior to working at The Bright Solutions, Jean was employed as a Data Control Specialist at Prince George Community College. She is a certified tax preparer with Jackon Hewitt Tax Service and has many years of customer service experience. She specializes in accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliation, tax preparation, and preparation of financial statements.
Lesley received her Bachelors degree in Theater from the University of Tennessee and her Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. She currently serves as the Scheduling and Events Coordinator for the Center for the Arts and College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason. Lesley is also the Acting Executive Director for Music & Arts at Providence, a small visual and performing arts NPO in the Northern Virginia area. During graduate school, Lesley served as the GAMS (Graduate Arts Management Society) President and was awarded both the Leadership Award and Graduate of the Year Award.
As a Stage Manager, Lesley was nominated twice for the Kennedy Center Theater Festival stage management fellowship for her work on shows at PSTCC. She has worked with directors and musical directors from all over the United States and currently serves as the Opera Department Stage Manager at Mason. She also worked with Theater of the First Amendment and served as the Marketing Director for The American Century Theater. She had the honor of working with Lyric Opera of Virginia on two shows, and teaches Stage Management at George Mason University.
Pamela Sass has run the business services division of her own bookkeeping and accounting company in Chicago since 2001. Her specialty is in taking smaller businesses, streamlining their practices, setting up effective routines, and handling every aspect of their day-to-day operations. Alongside this, her services included payroll, taxes, government reporting, Human Resources, accounts payable and receivable, and record-keeping for audits. After recently moving to the East Coast, she was hired as an Associate with The Bright Solutions.
Administrative Assistant and Client Relations Specialist
Allison has many years of customer service and administration experience. Prior to joining The Bright Solutions, she worked primarily in healthcare organizations and had direct experience assisting doctors in all aspects of office management. Allison earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences from The College of Southern Maryland, and is an active volunteer with her church.