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’s 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.
Ms. Bright has eighteen years of experience in fiscal management with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Since forming The Bright Solutions in 2008, Sarah has supported organizations with missions ranging from visual/performing arts to civic engagement to membership-based to health and human services. Sarah has provided consulting, interim, short-term, and long-term solutions in financial management and has direct accounting experience with all the needs in a not-for-profit landscape: audit facilitation, 990 facilitation, payroll and benefits administration, executive search fund accounting, daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual accounting procedures, and budgeting. Further, Sarah has experience with analyzing efficiency and workflow and endeavors to partner that knowledge with the client’s organizational capacity and infrastructure. 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.
Clients have described Sarah as a manager with great attention to detail and a steadfast approach. Sarah excels in interpreting corporate culture 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.
Associates & Staff
Xiujin (Jean) Chen
Jean has worked with TBS since 2014. Jean is a certified bookkeeper, Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor and Enrolled Agent. As a bilingual, she speaks both Chinese and English. She has many years of experience in the accounting field in both private and nonprofit industries.
Prior to working at The Bright Solutions, Jean was employed as a Data Control Specialist at Prince George Community College. She has been a tax professional with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service for many years. Jean specializes in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash flow projection, budget, bank reconciliation, preparation of financial statements, Quickbooks setup, Quickbooks training, book clean up, tax preparation, and tax planning.
Lesley has worked with TBS since 2015. Lesley received her Bachelor’s 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.
Senior Executive Associate
Professor Kamenitzer has over fifty years of professional experience in accounting as well as financial, governance, 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, governance, 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. He was the Founder of The Board Member Institute at George Mason University. He was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Jinx Hazel Award from Arts Fairfax for major contributions to the arts in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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, social service, youth, and private foundation boards, including the Washington Stage Guild, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Hamiltonian Artists, illume productions, inc., The First Alliance Foundation, the United Way of Passaic Valley, the International Youth Peace Forum, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. He has also created eight not-for-profit organizations, gaining tax-exempt status for each. 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 Associate
Bill has worked with TBS since 2016. William Reeder has enjoyed a 30-year career in education, management, philanthropic administration, and the arts. A frequent advisor to non-profits with an 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.
Administrative Assistant and Client Relations Specialist
Allison has worked with TBS since 2011. 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.
DeAnna has worked with TBS since 2011. 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.
Janay’ has worked with TBS since 2018. Janay’ Turner works as the manager of finance and administration for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) where she is responsible for accounting and budgeting, human resources, and general office management. A native Californian, Janay’ pursued her undergraduate education at Howard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in 2009. She received a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University in 2011 and also earned her SHRM-CP credential in 2018. Having a passion for the arts and giving back to her community, Janay’ started her own business in 2015, Turn2Music LLC, providing private piano lessons and music workshops for people ages 5 and up. Janay’ has experience in various aspects of non-profit management including human resource management, event planning, grant writing, budgeting, and bookkeeping.