Our Team

Jeff Spear, Principal

jeff@cfocolleague.com (740) 507 – 9180

Jeff Jeff has had a varied career in private industry, followed by eighteen years and counting in higher education. His higher education experiences include CFO of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (2007-2013), CFO and Professor of Accounting at alma mater Houghton College (NY) (1997-2007), participation as a finance specialist on visitation teams for the Middle States Accreditation Association, board membership of ABACC and the CCCU’s Commision on CFOs, a term on the NACUBO Small Institutions Council and service on a joint NACUBO-AGB task force on tuition and discount reporting issues. Jeff has also assisted various institutions and organizations as an independent consultant and speaks frequently about quantitative and analytical issues in higher education.

Prior to his service at Houghton, Jeff was co-owner of an Eastman Kodak spinoff, CFO of a public company, Controller of an investment banking firm, and began his career as an audit and tax specialist at Peat Marwick.

Founding CFO Colleague, LLC in 2013, Jeff indicates that this was contemplated for some time. “I enjoyed presenting at conferences, with a particular focus on quantitative analysis and financial modeling. The industry seemed ripe for various concepts used to account for activity in the manufacturing world.  Dabbling with some pioneering clients, the comment, ‘You really ought to be doing this full-time’ was made a number of times.  CFO Colleague was formed in early 2013 as a result of that encouragement.”

In 2017, an interim assignment at Southeastern University (FL) led to a permanent appointment as CFO there, on a part-time basis. A fast-growing and innovative institution, SEU encouraged Jeff to continue leading CFO Colleague while serving the university. “This assignment keeps me current while continuing to learn in a constantly changing environment,” Jeff notes.

Outside the office, Jeff has served on numerous non-profit and community development committees and councils, including service as treasurer and a program volunteer for the Winter Sanctuary, a shelter for homeless persons in his previous home of Mount Vernon, Ohio.  He also served on the economic restructuring committee for Mount Vernon and as a board member for the Heritage Centre Association, a downtown development and historical preservation organization.  He shares with his wife Janine seven precious grandchildren and lives in Lakeland, Florida.

Current and former associations and affiliations:

– Certified Public Accountant, New York State, May, 1987 (currently inactive)
– AICPA and NYSSCPA – Past member
– NYS Society Committee on Stockbrokerage Accounting
– Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Commission on CFOs – Chair
– Association for Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC) – Board member
– Middle States Accreditation Team – Member
– NACUBO Commission on Small Institutions – Member
– NACUBO / AGB joint task force on institutional aid/discount reporting – Member

Presentation highlights – Higher Education:

– NACUBO conference on tuition discounting, 2000
– CCCU annual CFO conference 2003, “Current Issues for CFOs”
– NACUBO annual meeting 2005, “The Gown Buys the Town”
– Association of Theological Schools CFO conference 2012, “Math that Matters”
– ABACC annual conference – quantitative and management topics – 7 years

Community Activities:

– Treasurer and volunteer, Winter Sanctuary, Inc., a ministry to homeless persons (OH)
– Volunteer, church hot meals program (OH)
– Board member, Heritage Centre, a downtown development non-profit (OH)
– Treasurer, Allegany County Industrial Development Agency (NY)
– Treasurer, Gates Wesleyan Church (NY)
– Board Member, Houghton Community Association (NY)
– Member, Budget Oversight Committee, Spencerport CSD (NY)

Jan M. Haas, Senior Consultant

jan@cfocolleague.com (267) 278 – 4650

Jan Haas Jan brought two decades of experience in health care administration before serving Cairn University (PA) for another sixteen years (2000 – 2016). As Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Philadelphia-based university, Jan wore the various hats of Chief Business Officer and Treasurer, along with Assistant Secretary for the board of trustees, President of a real estate LLC, and board member of the Regency Foundation. His leadership responsibilities at Cairn included Technology Services, Campus Services, Safety and Security, Human Resources, Food Services, Campus Store, Financial Aid, and Business Services. Cairn’s School of Business utilized his well-honed presentation and teaching skills for courses in organizational finance.

During his tenure at Cairn, the school moved from a Bible college to full university status, expanding its offerings to become a leader in Christian higher education in the region. He also served the industry as a board member and chairman for the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC) where he guided their growth and was a frequent presenter and contributor.
Jan’s twenty years in the world of health care included corporate-system hospital settings, affording him a diversified management background that involved responsibility for both health care professional and general operational departments along with strategic planning, new program development, public relations, marketing, and a variety of subsidiary activities. He gained extensive experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit medical center related entities.

In Jan’s words, “the disciplines gleaned from my years in a rapidly changing industry provided a solid platform to enter higher education. My passion is to move institutions to the next level of performance. There is much to be done.”
Jan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a varsity letter in lacrosse from Pennsylvania State University. After working in medical research, he obtained a Master in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

CFO Colleague Services:
– COMP4cast®
– Marginal Revenue Analysis (MRA)
– Consulting
– Turnarounds
– Best Practices
– New Program Development Analysis
– Accreditation Assistance
– Interim CFO
– CFO Mentoring

I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am with what Jan has done for us during these four months. He has been excellent at every level and has dramatically strengthened our financial operations and understanding of our financial position. Having him work independently on some projects that required deep drill down, has given us a fresh new look at where we stand and some options for going forward. And, his expertise and diligence in more operational assignments have lifted the load dramatically.”
– Dr. Roger Parrot, President, Belhaven University

Current and former associations and affiliations:
– Christian University Business Incubator, LLC (CUBi)
– Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) accreditation teams
– Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC): Board member and Chairperson
– ABACC Leroy A. Johnson Outstanding Service Award: 2014 Recipient
– Christian Leadership Alliance Philadelphia: Chapter President
– American College of Health Care Executives: Southeastern Pennsylvania Regent’s Advisory Council
– Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association: Board Member and Treasurer
– Bucks County Health Improvement Project: Steering Committee
– Bucks County Health Improvement Project: Consumer Advocacy and Information Task Force Chairperson

Current and former community activities:
– Cairn University Baseball: Head Coach
– Short-term mission trips to Mexico, France: 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2005; Kyrgyzstan, and Panama: 2011, 2013 and 2015
– First Baptist Church of Newtown/Grace Point: Board of Elder, Ministry Transition Team Chair, and Stewardship Campaign Director
– United Way of Bucks County: Marketing Committee
– Lancaster East End Health Clinic Board member
– Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: Organizational Committee
– Youth athletics coaching: Yardley-Makefield Soccer, Pennsbury Community Basketball League, Pennsbury Athletic Association, and Yardley-Morrisville American Legion Baseball

Michael Stowell, MBA, Senior Adviser


stowell Michael’s background combines a unique set of operational and financial skills, including serving in several CFO roles over the last 10 years. Those CFO roles included positions with a software company, a medical device company and a stint as acting CFO with a private Christian college. Michael’s financial skills were honed beginning with his efforts as co-founder of Arris Ventures, a regional venture capital firm, where he had responsibilities that included due diligence, regulatory and tax compliance issues, preparation of financial models, forecasts, budgets, and business plans. As the venture portfolio matured, Michael mentored and worked with many early-stage companies in both operational and financial capacities.

Prior to Arris Ventures, Michael spent over 5 years at Accenture, where his engagements focused on the realization of business strategies and related business processes across a variety of enterprise functions. He led a team that developed knowledge capital and trained professionals in the area of creating business processes for the evolving eCommerce environment. Other projects included re-engineering of business processes, ERP software selection and implementation, using activity-based costing to better service customers and developing a portfolio approach to evaluate and develop new ventures.

Michael has mastered the CFO Colleague COMP4cast, along with practical techniques to take performance to the next level or to merely keep the doors open. From negotiating financing arrangements to establishing world-class reporting systems, Michael has consistently delivered solid performance over his many years of service.

In addition to being a Six Sigma Black Belt, Mr. Stowell holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a Master of Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He and his wife, Robyn have two daughters and live in Phoenix, Arizona. Michael serves CFO Colleague’s western US region.

Sena Landey, Senior Consultant

sklandey@anderson.edu (765) 278 – 3855

Sena brings over forty years of higher education leadership to the firm, with service as Chief Financial Officer of Anderson University (IN) for the vast majority of those years. She finished her formal career as CFO for Earlhan College (IN). Her accomplishments include various debt financings, numerous buildings being built, successful endowment management and growth, comprehensive implementation of financial controls, overhauling financial reporting and compliance, along with supervision of human resources, facilities, IT and various other functions as needs demanded.

Among her colleagues, she is known as the consummate professional who gets things done, often having to overcome resistance to yield institutional health and vitality. Sena has served on numerous boards and assisted a variety of non-profits in becoming more efficient and effective in carrying out their missions.

Her work with CFO Colleague has been focused on the interim CFO role, acting as if it was a long-term appointment and implementing controls, reporting and outcome goals consistent with what the strongest institutions have accomplished. Her work is transformational, benefiting from the wisdom of experience combined with mastery of the latest tools and strategies. There is no better person to bridge the gap between CFOs.

Sena and her husband now reside in Panama City Beach, Florida where she enjoys cycling, reading, crafts and, of course, the beautifuk beach. Their two grown children are married and she enjoys time with her two grandchildren.

Bill Campbell, Senior Consultant

Bill@cfocolleague.com (423) 718 – 1703

Bill brings extensive experience in campus dining management and leadership to the CFO Colleague team. For forty-three years, he was the face of Pioneer College Caterers for scores of clients and operators. His understanding of contractual structuring and negotiations has proven invaluable for those looking to either improve current performance or consider a new provider. And his cost is a fraction of what others are charging for these important services. The payback for his efforts is multiples of his cost.

Bill is commonly engaged to assist clients when contracts are up for renewal but his expertise can improve performance and financial benefits in the midst of a contract as well. His typical engagements include the following categories:

• Contract review
• RFP preparation
• RFP process management
• Negotiating a new agreement
• Audit of the food service program
• Operational assessment – staffing, purchasing, cost tracking, etc.
• Facility renovation planning and oversight

With respect to campus dining, Bill has seen and experienced just about everything possible and clients have been most appreciative of his comprehensive expertise, particularly in areas that generate significant savings and contractual benefits.

Consider this testimonial from Tim Dietz, CFO of Greenville University (IL)

Prior to consulting with Bill, we had many issues with the food service that seemed insurmountable. However, Bill’s extensive experience in the world of higher education food service, really gave us the push we needed to make the changes necessary for our students and brought our dining experience to the next level! Thanks Bill!.”

Johnny M. Jones, PhD, Senior Adviser – Grant Process Management

jones@cfocolleague.com (254) 339 – 4868

Dr. Jones is our primary resource for grant process management. His work includes mentoring institutions to develop successful grant delivery systems. More than a mere grant writer, Johnny provides invaluable guidance for both individual grant applications and how to effectively build relationships to better ensure positive grant outcomes.

By way of background, Dr. Jones has 26 years of experience as a master’s level social worker, educator, and administrator in both public and private nonprofit agencies and institutions of higher education. Dr. Jones’s post-master’s experience was with Georgia Baptist Children’s homes and Family Ministries, Inc. His post-doctoral experience includes eight years on faculty of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, including time as director of its Center for Child and Family Studies. He also served on the faculty of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University for seven years where he served at various times as the Director of the Center for Family & Community Ministries and Director of the MSW program. He also acted as Department Chair and Director of the Master of Social Work program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

Dr. Jones has 11 publications in peer-reviewed professional journals and authored numerous technical reports. He has also co-authored an introduction to a social work textbook and a book chapter on administration. He has presented or co-presented 23 peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences and has been the principal or co-principal investigator on 14 federal, state, and foundation grants and contracts totaling in excess of $35 million dollars.

BA Georgia State University
MSW The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD Florida State University

Jessica Ryals, Consultant and Analyst


Jessica Jessica specializes in the details of financial reporting and accounting processes. Her experience in different roles at Kenyon College included a change in financial statement and regulatory reporting from manual schedules to a fully automated process. From those assignments, she has gleaned expertise in chart of accounts restructuring and reducing the complexity of accounting practices and procedures. Added to this is effective management letter comment remediation assistance in the areas of endowment and investment accounting, property, plant and equipment, and financial statement and regulatory return (including IRS Form 990) support.

Jessica has served in a variety of outsourced assignments including service as an analyst and operational accountant, providing full financial statement preparation and ownership of subsidiary ledger activities. She is the resource most institutions wish they had.

Prior to higher education, her background as an analyst for NIB Health Funds, Ltd. (ASX: NHF, Newcastle, Australia) and as a financial statement auditor for Deloitte (Rochester, NY) provided a foundation of report writing and high-level accounting. She has extensive exposure to IBM Cognos, SAS Enterprise Guide, Ellucian Banner, and Microsoft Excel.

Joseph (Joe) Botana, CPA, Senior Adviser

botanajd@gmail.com (920) 207 – 7013

joe-botana Joseph (Joe) Botana began his varied career with a manufacturer, The Kohler Company, learning the internal audit and project management functions during a nine-year stint. Transitioning to higher education in 1990, Joe began as Controller of Lakeland College (WI), eventually becoming their CFO, while also serving as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. His work there was transformational, improving systems and streamlining operations to ensure a string of years where the College delivered solid operating results and improved responsiveness to informational needs. The disciplines of manufacturing and a love of learning were keys to his success at Lakeland. And, his ability to encourage and challenge those under his care created a fertile environment for change and improvement.

Upon leaving Lakeland, Joe performed interim CFO roles at two universities and a non-profit. His passion is to dive deeply into operations and find ways to operate more effectively and efficiently while offering encouragement to his staff and colleagues. He is integral to our Interim CFO practice, bringing years of experience and wisdom to varied assignments.

Joe received a BA and MS from Roosevelt University and has completed the coursework (ABD) for a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is active with the Christian and Missionary Alliance as a board member for the general church, having led their audit committee and delivered solid advice as a consultant on a variety of projects. He has also been a member of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and served as President of the Sheboygen County CPA Association.

A native of Cuba, he has traveled extensively throughout the Americas and is a native Spanish speaker. He and his wife, Kit, make their home in Sheboygen County, Wisconsin.