Nice to meet you.

Separately, we’re auditors, federal policy experts, accounting specialists, software developers, and customer service professionals. But together, we’re more. Motivated by a desire for better disaster recovery; as a team we pool our skills and experiences to make a difference. We help communities affected by disaster optimize and be compliant with disaster funding. We support contractors providing disaster relief with great tools. We save the federal taxpayer money by reducing costs by streamlining data and documentation and reducing administrative bloat. We’re able to do all these things and more because we recognize and apply the strengths that each of us has, and make them team strengths.
This team is honored to be part of your disaster recovery journey.

 

Meet Some Members of the Team

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Laurel Matula
Founder

There’s probably a lot of adjectives for me, but I think everyone might agree I’m an analytical thinker whose hobby is hard work. Mix those two together and you get someone always trying to improve the system–even if the system doesn’t necessarily want to be improved. But, I always seem to keep on trying! In addition to working with Trey on new software modules (and people watching from my view of the Bentonville Square), I spend my time clearing paths so all of us can more easily do good things for communities affected by disaster.

Trey Staley

Trey Staley
All Things Software

Trey is hard wired for efficiency. Like, we’re talking, he knows how to shave 30 seconds off of his 4 mile commute, factoring the time of day, day of week, what car he’s in, and weather. We’re talking geeked out efficiency. Think you’ll find Trey on the scenic route? Not likely (unless he’s on his mountain bike). This innate efficiency is evident in all the software tools he builds. He’ll tell you his good software code is a product of laziness not efficiency (“If I build it right the first time, I won’t have to touch this code ever again!”), but we’re pretty sure there’s not a lazy bone in his body (except for maybe that titanium rod in his femur).

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Allison Wolf
Funding Specialist

Allison loves loves loves helping communities recover from disaster. This is what she was meant to do. And she’s good at it. She’s quiet (on the outside), and travels fully prepared (or maybe she might just be waiting for Monty Hall to ask her to pull an extension cord out of her purse); so you may not even notice she’s in your office until you realize your grant funding documentation is substantially complete.

Lena Remar

Lena Remar
Cost Tracking Specialist

When we have any kind of number problem, we give it to Lena. Sure, she has an accounting degree, but everyone’s pretty sure she also has some kind of numerical superpower. She mainly works in the cost tracking portions of the software, but she helps out with contractor time and invoicing modules of the software too.

Susan Remar

Susan Remar
All Things Accounting

Let’s just put it this way: Susan balances the company checkbook to the quarter penny. For fun. The quarter penny. Which would drive the rest of us nuts, except that, you know, we just happen to build awesome software that just happens to superbly track time and expenses (including fringe and taxes) to the quarter penny if needed. She’s happy as a pig in mud ’round here.

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Becky Renfrow
Project Specialist

Want something done, done right, and done with a smile?  Ask Becky.  Becky has helped process federal and state grant payments for cities, counties, schools, and nonprofits throughout the Southeast.

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Autumn Pullen
Project Support

We call Autumn the doer. She just gets things done–and she makes it look easy. Pair that with her insightful questions, and her professional manner, and you see why she’s super at project support.

Kim

Kim Arnao, J.D.
Legal Specialist

Kim gives attorneys a good name. She has a stellar resume filled with environmental and federal experience that helps us (and our clients) navigate all the twists and turns of disaster response and recovery. She’s an omnivore of information, whose interests include beekeeping, master gardening, and instructing at Brightwater Culinary School. Her ability to quickly consume, comprehend, apply and advise on just about any topic earns her team MVP status at least once a week.

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Jonica Bridenstine
Project Manager

A multi-talented and personable intellect (yes, there can be such a person), Jonica can understand the big picture, execute the small picture, and when done, she can draw the picture for you, as she’s a top rate graphic artist. When she’s not developing, reviewing, or closing out disaster grants, Jonica spends her time on flowcharts and infographics, helping to convey complex policy into simple to understand visuals.

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Lindsay Smith
Project Support

One day Lindsay casually announced “I really like puzzles,” but what the rest of us heard was “Hey, if something is a big ol’ pain to do, have Lindsay solve it.” Need 10,000 debris tickets organized, tallied, and sorted by location, debris type, and ticket color? Puzzle girl is on it. Need 40 projects identified and templated by 8am? Watch Ms. Puzzle Lover put the edge pieces in and have it all put together by 7:59am. She find all the needles in the documentation haystacks.

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Susan Hartman
Project Specialist

Susan pulls from her career of nonprofit leadership to help organizations understand and optimize disaster grants. Comfortable presenting to groups, working onsite at your organization, or communicating remotely, Susan’s goal is to help all understand the process, issues, and path forward.

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Jared Eiler
Project Specialist

By night Jared is known as a not-so-secret weapon on local trivia teams, by day he uses those same talents to remember all the ins and outs of disaster funding policies, guidelines, and applications. His judgement and analytical skills are innate. Combined, you’ll see that some people are just made for this type of work.

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Sunshine Nelson
Project Support

Sunshine’s passion is photographing landscapes. She lends that all encompassing eye to helping all of our assigned work and tools get from where it is to where it needs to go. Not much compares to the emotion of one her beautiful Ozark vistas, but some of us in the office like to think a perfectly executed, processed, funded, and closed disaster recovery project approaches such a feeling.  

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Sara Fields
Compliance Specialist

Did you know project compliance can be an art form? Take a peek at Sara’s work and you’ll see just how beautiful color-coded binder tabs, highlighted invoices, and linked procurement documents can be.  We’re fairly confident she dreams invoice #’s, procurement compliance, and time and activity sheets. She’s super. She’s good. She’s super good.

We're here when you need us.

When we’re not on site with your community,
we call Bentonville, Arkansas home.

Having a well serviced airport and easy interstate access as part of the infrastructure of Northwest Arkansas means that no matter whether we’re flying or driving, we can be en route just as soon as you engage us.  No matter your location, we can probably be on site with your community within 12-16 hours.

Nice to meet you.

Separately, we’re auditors, federal policy experts, accounting specialists, software developers, and customer service professionals. But together, we’re more. Motivated by a desire for better disaster recovery; as a team we pool our skills and experiences to make a difference. We help communities affected by disaster optimize and be compliant with disaster funding. We support contractors providing disaster relief with great tools. We save the federal taxpayer money by reducing costs by streamlining data and documentation and reducing administrative bloat. We’re able to do all these things and more because we recognize and apply the strengths that each of us has, and make them team strengths.
This team is honored to be part of your disaster recovery journey.

 

Meet Our Team

Web Ready-7247

Laurel Matula
Founder

There’s probably a lot of adjectives for me, but I think everyone might agree I’m an analytical thinker whose hobby is hard work. Mix those two together and you get someone always trying to improve the system–even if the system doesn’t necessarily want to be improved. But, I always seem to keep on trying! In addition to working with Trey on new software modules (and people watching from my view of the Bentonville Square), I spend my time clearing paths so all of us can more easily do good things for communities affected by disaster.

Trey Staley

Trey Staley
All Things Software

Trey is hard wired for efficiency. Like, we’re talking, he knows how to shave 30 seconds off of his 4 mile commute, factoring the time of day, day of week, what car he’s in, and weather. We’re talking geeked out efficiency. Think you’ll find Trey on the scenic route? Not likely (unless he’s on his mountain bike). This innate efficiency is evident in all the software tools he builds. He’ll tell you his good software code is a product of laziness not efficiency (“If I build it right the first time, I won’t have to touch this code ever again!”), but we’re pretty sure there’s not a lazy bone in his body (except for maybe that titanium rod in his femur).

ER Assist_Allison_site

Allison Wolf
Funding Specialist

Allison loves loves loves helping communities recover from disaster. This is what she was meant to do. And she’s good at it. She’s quiet (on the outside), and travels fully prepared (or maybe she might just be waiting for Monty Hall to ask her to pull an extension cord out of her purse); so you may not even notice she’s in your office until you realize your grant funding documentation is substantially complete.

Lena Remar

Lena Remar
Cost Tracking Specialist

When we have any kind of number problem, we give it to Lena. Sure, she has an accounting degree, but everyone’s pretty sure she also has some kind of numerical superpower. She mainly works in the cost tracking portions of the software, but she helps out with contractor time and invoicing modules of the software too.

Susan Remar

Susan Remar
All Things Accounting

Let’s just put it this way: Susan balances the company checkbook to the quarter penny. For fun. The quarter penny. Which would drive the rest of us nuts, except that, you know, we just happen to build awesome software that just happens to superbly track time and expenses (including fringe and taxes) to the quarter penny if needed. She’s happy as a pig in mud ’round here.

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Becky Renfrow
Project Specialist

Need someone onsite in your office? Becky’s your person. Pretty darn smart (really darn smart, actually), professional, and gifted with an eye for detail. She’s the real deal.

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Autumn Pullen
Project Support

We call Autumn the doer. She just gets things done–and she makes it look easy. Pair that with her insightful questions, and her professional manner, and you see why she’s super at project support.

Kim

Kim Arnao, J.D.
Legal Specialist

Kim gives attorneys a good name. She has a stellar resume filled with environmental and federal experience that helps us (and our clients) navigate all the twists and turns of disaster response and recovery. She’s an omnivore of information, whose interests include beekeeping, master gardening, and instructing at Brightwater Culinary School. Her ability to quickly consume, comprehend, apply and advise on just about any topic earns her team MVP status at least once a week.

Jonica_EM1_72ppi

Jonica Bridenstine
Project Manager

A multi-talented and personable intellect (yes, there can be such a person), Jonica can understand the big picture, execute the small picture, and when done, she can draw the picture for you, as she’s a top rate graphic artist. When she’s not developing, reviewing, or closing out disaster grants, Jonica spends her time on flowcharts and infographics, helping to convey complex policy into simple to understand visuals.

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Lindsay Smith
Project Support

One day Lindsay casually announced “I really like puzzles,” but what the rest of us heard was “Hey, if something is a big ol’ pain to do, have Lindsay solve it.” Need 10,000 debris tickets organized, tallied, and sorted by location, debris type, and ticket color? Puzzle girl is on it. Need 40 projects identified and templated by 8am? Watch Ms. Puzzle Lover put the edge pieces in and have it all put together by 7:59am. She find all the needles in the documentation haystacks.

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Susan Hartman
Project Specialist

Susan pulls from her career of nonprofit leadership to help organizations understand and optimize disaster grants. Comfortable presenting to groups, working onsite at your organization, or communicating remotely, Susan’s goal is to help all understand the process, issues, and path forward.

ERA_Jared_EM1_7765_R__5x7

Jared Eiler
Project Specialist

By night Jared is known as a not-so-secret weapon on local trivia teams, by day he uses those same talents to remember all the ins and outs of disaster funding policies, guidelines, and applications. His judgement and analytical skills are innate. Combined, you’ll see that some people are just made for this type of work.

SunshineERA_EM1_1390_R__5x7

Sunshine Nelson
Project Support

Sunshine’s passion is photographing landscapes. She lends that all encompassing eye to helping all of our assigned work and tools get from where it is to where it needs to go. Not much compares to the emotion of one her beautiful Ozark vistas, but some of us in the office like to think a perfectly executed, processed, funded, and closed disaster recovery project approaches such a feeling.  

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Sara Fields
Compliance Specialist

Did you know project compliance can be an art form? Take a peek at Sara’s work and you’ll see just how beautiful color-coded binder tabs, highlighted invoices, and linked procurement documents can be.  We’re fairly confident she dreams invoice #’s, procurement compliance, and time and activity sheets. She’s super. She’s good. She’s super good.

We're here when you need us.

When we’re not on site with your community,
we call Bentonville, Arkansas home.

Having a well serviced airport and easy interstate access as part of the infrastructure of Northwest Arkansas means that no matter whether we’re flying or driving, we can be en route just as soon as you engage us.  No matter your location, we can probably be on site with your community within 12-16 hours.

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