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Our Team

Focal Point employs more than 400 technology, cyber security, and audit professionals. We pride ourselves on our team's expertise, professionalism and dedication to client satisfaction.

We are led by some of the most recognized and influential thought leaders and subject matter experts in the industry, coming from backgrounds in the U.S. military, Big 4 accounting firms, and Fortune 100 companies.

Our team currently includes:



Cyber Security Experts


Data Privacy Experts


Data Analytics Experts


Technical Training Resources

and IT

Internal and IT Auditors


Strategic Advisory Pros
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Andrew Cannata

Andrew leads Focal Point's national Cyber Security practice and serves as the company's CISO. Andrew manages all client relationships and coordinates business development initiatives for the Cyber Security practice.

He is a founding member of Focal Point with over 25 years of industry experience in cyber security in information technology.

Prior to starting Focal Point, Andrew was a Senior Manager at KPMG, and also led one of the largest Department of Defense Information Assurance Programs as a part of USSOCOM. He is a CISSP, CISM and PCI QSA.

Andrew Cannata

Cyber Security Practice Leader & CISO

angela goldman

Angela is a PMO Director for Focal Point Force, directing IT and implementation teams and coordinating simultaneous, high-profile projects. Angela supports Focal Point's delivery of enterprise applications on a global scale, from inception though go-live support. 

Her expertise lies in managing and supporting project teams, standardizing project management processes and best practices, developing client and stakeholder relationships, and maximizing productivity and value on technical projects.

Angela Goldman

PMO Director

bill solomon

Bill manages Focal Point's Charlotte office, coordinating client engagement teams and leading business development initiatives.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Bill led the internal audit function at a $20 billion healthcare provider and also held leadership roles within the Big Four. Bill has more than 19 years of experience of accounting, auditing, and consulting work experience.

At Focal Point, Bill leads SOX compliance and internal and IT audit engagements for clients across a range of industries.

Bill Solomon

Charlotte Director

brett phillips

Brett is a Director with Focal Point, focusing on PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley/IT audit, SAP security, business continuity/disaster recovery, business process redesign, and IT risk assessments.

Brett has extensive experience with PCI validation testing and PCI gap assessments across all twelve PCI DSS requirements.

Brett’s industry experience includes the retail/food service, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, education, energy, and manufacturing industries. He is a CISSP, CISA, and QSA.

Brett Phillips


bruce bird

Bruce works closely with Focal Point's Audit practices to manage complex engagements for global corporations. 

Bruce has more than 15 years of internal audit and regulatory compliance experience and is a CMA and CFM. While with Focal Point, he has managed notable client accounts and coordinated large SOX and internal audit project teams.  

Prior to Focal Point, he was a Senior Manager at KPMG and was responsible for leading various audit projects. 

Bruce Bird

Audit Subject Matter Expert

Buffy Ellis - Focal Point

Buffy brings 25+ years of experience in Network Design, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Network Monitoring and Analysis to lead a team of phenomenal technical experts in delivering hands-on cyber training courses.

Buffy has trained over 4,000 students in the networking, firewall policy, intrusion detection and malware analysis fields. As the General Manager of Focal Point Academy, she oversees the company's evolving Cyber Security Training portfolio, keeping our courses up to date and relevant to the cyber challenges our customers are facing every day.

Buffy Ellis

General Manager - Academy

chris lane

Chris oversees Focal Point's Denver office, leading SAP Security and GRC implementations and role-design engagements for the firm.

Chris is a CISA with over 17 years of experience assisting diverse clients in implementing and improving controls surrounding their ERP systems. Prior to joining Focal Point, Chris was the Global IT Director at Newmont Mining Corporation and was responsible for the rollout of their SAP implementation and system support.

Chris Lane

ERP Advisory Practice Leader

christie verscharen

Christie oversees Focal Point's PCI and IT Risk Services team as part of its Cyber Security practice.

She directs the firm's PCI trusted advisory and compliance engagements, and leads its IT assessments and business continuity planning engagements. Christie is a CISSP, CISA, and PCI QSA.

Christie is also a founding member of Focal Point, providing over 15 years of industry experience. Prior to starting Focal Point, she was part of KPMG's Information Risk Management practice.

Christie Verscharen

PCI and IT Risk Services Practice Leader

david hollis

David oversees IT security architecture engagements for our Cyber Security practice.

David is a founding member of Focal Point and has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and security. Prior to Focal Point, he was the lead security architect in KPMG's Information Risk Management practice.

At Focal Point, David has led enterprise-wide security architecture assessments and redesign projects for a number of notable clients. He is a CISSP and maintains his PCI ASV Employee Certification.

David Hollis

IT Infrastructure Advisory Practice Leader

derek parks

Derek leads IT risk and PCI compliance engagements for Focal Point's Cyber Security practice.

Derek has significant experience delivering IT risk assessments, PCI audits and gap analyses, and disaster recovery and business continuity engagements, and he provides these services to clients across a number of industries, including retail, healthcare, government and financial services.

Derek is a CISSP, CISA, PCI QSA and CBCP.

Derek Parks

PCI and IT Risk Services Director

Eric Dieterich

Eric is the General Manager of Focal Point's Advisors division and leads Focal Point's national Data Privacy practice. He is an active member of the privacy community with 15 years of related experience.

Prior to joining Focal Point, he was part of the IT Audit team at Morgan Stanley and also held positions at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Eric works extensively with clients across all industries, including healthcare and financial services, and has developed privacy programs for multi-national organizations. He specializes in GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, and SOX regulations and is a CIPP, CHA and CISA.

Eric Dieterich

Data Privacy Leader, Acting GM of Focal Point Advisors

Franchesca Sanabria

Franchesca leads engagements and supports business development initiatives for Focal Point's Data Privacy practice.

Franchesca has more than 13 years of data privacy, regulatory compliance, and internal audit experience. She has expertise in a wide range of regulations, including HIPAA, GLBA and SOX.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Franchesca was part of the risk assurance practice of PWC. She is a CISA and a CIPP.

Franchesca Sanabria

Data Privacy Practice Leader

Jannie Wentzel

Jannie is a Principal in Focal Point’s Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Practice. He has vast experience in leading GRC program designs and implementations on diverse client projects. Jannie's expertise includes Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Operational Risk, Compliance Management, NERC, SOX, Internal Audit, Policy Management, IT Risk, and more.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Jannie was a National and Regional Practice Leader with PwC. Jannie is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Jannie Wentzel

GRC Technology Practice Leader

jonathan dorsey

Jonathan leads Internal Audit and SOX compliance engagements for Focal Point's clients in Houston and Dallas.

Jonathan has over 12 years of industry experience, including 6 years with "Big 4" firms and audit initiatives with a wide range of clients.

With Focal Point, Jonathan provides clients with internal audit, finance and special accounting, regulatory compliance, and process improvement services. He is a CFE, CIA, CISA and CMA.

Jonathan Dorsey

Texas Director

Joyce Block - Focal Point Tampa

Joyce leads the Internal Audit practice based in Focal Point's headquarters in Tampa.

She is a founding member of Focal Point and has worked in internal audit for more than 15 years. Before Focal Point, she spent five years in IT Audit at KPMG.

Today, Joyce leads complex internal audit and SOX compliance engagements for some of our biggest clients. She also founded Focal Point's Remote Testing Center, which provides audit resources at reduced rates to minimize the cost of audit and compliance projects. Joyce is a CISA and CFE.

Joyce Block

Central Florida Practice Leader

Julian Smith

Julian is the Education Director of Focal Point’s cyber security training practice, Focal Point Academy.

Julian has over 12 years’ experience in cyber defense and cyber security training, originally specializing in network security and operating systems. He has worked with both the US and British governments in cyber defense.

At Focal Point, Julian leads the team of expert instructors, researchers and course developers in producing and delivering cutting edge, hands-on cyber skills training for both public and private sector clients.

Julian Smith

Education Director

kevin carey

Kevin leads Focal Point's Texas practice, which includes locations in Houston and Dallas. Kevin oversees the region's internal audit and risk assessment engagements, and manages IT audit, forensic audits, and SOX compliance projects for leading Texas companies.

Prior to Focal Point, Kevin was the Director of Internal Audit for KPMG’s Dallas practice, and was also the Director of Internal Audit for the Belo Corporation. He has over 15 years of audit and accounting experience and is a CPA, CISA and CFE.

Kevin Carey

Texas Practice Leader

larry burke

Larry manages Focal Point's South Florida practice, based in Miami, and leads some of Focal Point's largest SOX compliance and internal audit engagements for global clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

He is a founding member of Focal Point, and has more than 24 years of internal audit and accounting experience. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. Prior to joining Focal Point, Larry held a number of accounting positions at various companies and was the CFO of a national healthcare services firm.

Larry Burke

South Florida Practice Leader

Lee Cook

Lee Cook is Vice President of Sales at Focal Point. Lee has over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, sales, and recruitment, and business risk management consulting.

Prior to Focal Point, Lee was a partner with an international firm that provided risk management services. Prior to his sales career, Lee served 11 years with the British Army's Royal Artillery on worldwide operations. He is also an active community leader and recognized philanthropist, involved in founding the Florida Institute of Chief Financial Officers and the Florida Executive Audit Roundtable.

Lee Cook

VP of Business Development

Lee Simmons

Lee is a Director in Focal Point’s Force division, where he is responsible for client and delivery management. He has over 17 years experience in full life cycle project delivery in Identity and Access Management, Directory Infrastructure, and reengineering legacy systems and business processes.

Lee has extensive experience with managing multiple complex projects and interfacing with business users at every level, including the C-suite executives.

Lee Simmons


matt gantner

Matt Gantner is a Principal with Focal Point and leads the Project Advisory team in our New York office.

Matt has over a decade of experience providing SAP security solutions and leading ERP system implementations for a wide range of clients, including Fortune 1000 companies.

Matt is an expert in global strategy development, having led several multi-national programs. He is recognized for his ability to integrate business needs into flexible, sustainable, scalable solutions.

Matthew Gantner

Project Advisory Practice Leader

nick priselac

Nick oversees Focal Point's Boston practice, and brings over 13 years of audit experience to the firm.

Nick worked within the Big Four for over a decade, and was a Senior Manager at EY before joining Focal Point. He has led numerous SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 and SOC 2 engagements, as well as various information security projects.

At Focal Point, Nick specializes in IT audit and consulting projects while also managing a number of internal audit and SOX compliance engagements for notable companies in New England. He is a CISA and CIPP.

Nick Priselac

Boston Practice Leader

Phil Casesa

Philip is a Director at Focal Point with years of experience in cyber security, software development, and consulting.

Phil designs and develops new products for the firm, and leads its market analysis, product strategy, quality assessment, and client feedback programs across all of Focal Point's divisions. Additionally, he coordinates new partnerships to enhance the firm’s product lines.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Philip led the product management program for (ISC)2 and oversaw their IT operations for many years. He is a CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, ITIL, and SAFe Agilist.

Philip Casesa

Director of Product Development

raj sawhney

Raj is a Director of IT Audit in Focal Point's California offices with over a decade of experience. His expertise spans many industries and he's led complex engagements in IT and Internal Audit, Information Security Reviews, SOX compliance, controls testing, SOC reporting, and PMO and SDLC reviews. Previously, Raj led several audits with fortune 100 companies, developing and executing audit plans to manage IT and operations controls. Raj is a CISA, CRISC, CIMP and CFE, and holds an MBA in Finance and an MS in Computer Science from UC Irvine. He is a guest lecturer at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in IT Audit & Security.

Raj Sawhney


ray paolantonio

Ray leads Focal Point's New York practice, bringing over 20 years of industry experience to the firm.

Ray manages internal audit engagements for a number of notable Tri-State area clients, and specializes in developing enhanced GRC initiatives for market leaders of diverse industries.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Ray was a founding member and director of Ernst and Young’s Business Risk Services practice, where he managed EY's internal audit, SOX, and process improvement engagements.

Ray Paolantonio

New York Practice Leader

Spring Phillips

Spring is a Director of Audit and Advisory in Focal Point’s Tampa headquarters. Spring has experience in internal audits, operational audits, Sarbanes Oxley 404 compliance, forensic investigations, and segregation of duties audits. She has worked within a variety of industries, including the restaurant, financial services and insurance, technology, and consumer/industrial products sectors. Through various engagements, she has performed testing using Oracle, PeopleSoft, Solomon, Lawson, MS Dynamics, JD Edwards, Xcelys, and Meditech. She is a CISA, a CFE and a licensed CPA in Florida.

Spring Phillips


Stephanie Hagopian

Stephanie is the Vice President of Sales for Focal Point's Technology Integration practice. Stephanie oversees sales and business development initiatives and manages many of the practice's client relationships.

Stephanie provides clients with strategic Identity Governance and Access Management (IAM) solutions, including assessments, governance program development, and hands-on implementation work. She leverages her knowledge and experience to guide IAM clients in supporting both their technical requirements and business objectives.

Stephanie Hagopian

VP of Sales, Technology Integration

Taylor Lane Focal Point

Taylor leads client engagements and performance improvement initiatives for Focal Point's SAP practice.

Taylor has over 12 years of experience working with the industry's leading SAP Security and Data Mining tools. He currently manages SAP security redesigns, implementations, GRC installations, upgrades, and assessments for Focal Point. Taylor brings extensive knowledge of SAP security, segregation of duties, and continuous monitoring tools, such as SAP GRC, to Focal Point's SAP Advisory Services team.

Taylor Lane


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