Reza Mahbod

Mr. Mahbod is the President of RMA. Prior to founding RMA, he worked at the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General and Global Audit and Consulting Firms. Mr. Mahbod’s experience includes large federal audits and consulting engagements at all Cabinet-Level Departments and smaller agencies. Additionally, Mr. Mahbod was on many of the initial boards, organizations, and committees involved with the implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

Mr. Mahbod serves as the Vice Chair of AGA’s Corporate Partner Advisory Group’s Small Business Committee. He also Chairs the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Peer Review Oversight Committee, which oversees peer reviews in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Mahbod is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Government Accountants, Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.



Jeff McGowan
Vice President


Mr. McGowan brings 35 years of government healthcare experience to his role at RMA. Throughout his career, he has provided services and consulting for numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Administration for Children & Families (ACF), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Education (DoED). His business development leadership has resulted in milestone wins at NIH, SAMHSA, ACF, NSF, and more. Mr. McGowan’s expertise includes business development, capture management, contract governance, program management, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience developing and managing capture strategies, competitive research, partnership development, and aligning customer requirements with corporate capabilities to develop solutions. Mr. McGowan’s many accomplishments include winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Business Development at Synectics and the Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Growth at ACS.

Mr. McGowan has served on the President’s Council of Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), which is chaired by OMB Deputy Director for Management and is an active member of both the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) and Contract Management Standard Publication (CMS) group for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Outside of his professional contributions, he believes in giving back to his community and has lent his advisory skills and knowledge as a member of the Board of Directors for the Elmseed Foundation, a not-for-profit life skill learning organization for youth at-risk.

Mr. McGowan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.



Debbi Thomas


Ms. Thomas is a Partner at RMA, leading the Federal audit and assurance practice. She is a CPA and CGFM with over 30 years of experience working at a variety of global audit and consulting firms. She has a broad range of financial management experience working at all Cabinet-Level Departments and smaller agencies, focusing on federal audits, audit readiness, consulting, and training services. She has exceptional knowledge of the Federal government’s fiscal policies, accounting, and financial reporting requirements, internal controls, reported performance measures, and budget structure. Her role in the Federal government financial management community includes support on working group committees for FASAB, OMB, Treasury, Association of Government Accountants, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, which have directly impacted many of the auditing, accounting, and reporting requirements.

Ms. Thomas is an AICPA peer reviewer and leads RMA’s AICPA peer review program. She develops and leads the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy compliant training and is the head of RMA’s Department of Professional Practice, where she leads RMA methodology and technical audit and accounting interpretation, development, and implementation.



Marc Hebert



Mr. Hebert is a Principal at RMA. He has over 20 years of experience in IT assessments, program management, strategic planning, cost and performance management, organizational assessment, audits, internal controls, and business process reengineering for federal and state agencies. His client experience has included support to most Cabinet-Level agencies and includes leading both large long-term engagements and short-term efforts.

Mr. Hebert is an active member of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, Association of Government Accountants, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.



Christopher Ballister

Managing Director


Mr. Ballister is a Managing Director with more than 30 years of experience across Federal, DoD, and Industry. His current focus is on Enterprise Solutions & Executive Consulting, with an emphasis on helping clients navigate enterprise challenges and compliance.

Mr. Ballister has served in government at the senior executive and appointed levels as a deputy and Chief Information Officer at the US House, White House, and Office of Inspector General at Health and Human Services. His private sector work experience includes building a 100-person company where he served as the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), providing systems development, intelligence solutions, and consulting support for commercial and government clients. He also served as an Associate Partner at IBM for advanced cybersecurity concepts and architectures.

Mr. Ballister is a United States Naval Academy graduate with 24 years of service and a retired Navy Captain. He has a master’s degree from the George Washington University Department of Engineering in Information Management and is an active member of ISACA.



George Fallon


Mr. Fallon is an IT Director at RMA. He manages RMA’s IT assurance practice. He has over 30 years of experience in IT federal auditing. He has performed IT and Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audits/assessments for major federal agencies using the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Guidance.

Mr. Fallon has intensive experience performing Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18 examinations. He has audited many of the CFO Act agencies, as well as quasi-government entities.

Mr. Fallon is an active member of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, Association of Government Accountants, and American Society of Military Comptrollers.



Joseph Hungate



Mr. Hungate is a Director with over 30 years of government financial management, accounting, acquisition, and technology transformation experience.

Mr. Hungate’s exemplary career with the Federal government includes senior executive positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration. His leadership on diversity and leading multidisciplinary, high-performance work teams contributed to earning a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive for IT innovation and the 2018 HUD Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Financial Stewardship and Accountability.

Mr. Hungate received his BS and MS in Information Technology from the University of South Carolina.



Dr. Reed Mick
Senior Manager


Dr. Mick guides RMA’s Senior Consultant and Senior Business Advisory Group for the National Guard Bureau’s Integrated Management System (IMS). He has 15 years of experience working with senior executive leaders in the government, private, and non-profit sectors in all facets of organizational improvement, including facilitating large-scale organizational effectiveness and efficiency initiatives. Dr. Mick’s primary consultation experience is working with senior leaders in the areas of executive leadership development and organizational change management services. His expertise includes a variety of strategic advisory services in the areas of strategy development and deployment, alignment of leadership and organizational systems, continuous process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma, strategic metrics and measurement systems, and organizational assessments using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Dr. Mick is actively involved with several quality programs, including serving as a Baldrige Judge with the Performance Excellence Network (PEN), a Baldrige Judge with the American Health Care Association (AHCA), and a senior advisor for the Army Communities of Excellence Program. Dr. Mick is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Facilitator. He is a member of The American Society for Quality and the Organizational Development Network (ODN). Dr. Mick is retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of military service.



Wayne Liu
Senior Manager


Mr. Liu has over 15 years of experience in IT audit, SOC assessment, security assessment, and internal control evaluation. He supported many cabinet-level Departments and other Federal entities to evaluate the implementation of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA 2014). Prior to joining RMA, Mr. Liu supervised many projects, including A-123 assessment for civilian agencies, audit readiness, and remediation, and managed the IT Audit team at a global firm. Mr. Liu also supported many fortune 500 companies and managed IT audit Robotics Process Automation (RPA) innovation to achieve larger scale efficiencies and improve the consistency and accuracy of testing.

Mr. Liu is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Plattsburgh State University.



Neda Haghighat
Senior Manager


Ms. Neda Haghighat has over 15 years of experience in data analysis, IT audit, SOC assessment, security assessment, and internal control evaluation. She is part of a team that supports the Veterans Benefits Administration with actuarial and modeling services. She supported multiple Departments and Federal entities, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Trade Commission. She also has experience in software and web development.

Ms. Haghighat is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE). She is also a board member of the Association of Government Accountants, Northern Virginia Chapter, and a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association. She holds a degree in Computer Science.



Kris Gonzales
Senior Manager


Ms. Gonzales is a Senior Manager with RMA Associates, LLC. She brings over six years of auditing and accounting experience. Her Federal experience includes accounting support, fraud examination and performance, information technology, and financial statement audits for various agencies.

Ms. Gonzales is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from American University.



Jackie Henderson


Ms. Henderson is a leader at RMA with over 25 years of experience within the Department of Defense. She has supervised and managed DoD efforts related to financial management, full life cycle acquire to retire, and other related support. She leads and manages programs to include financial activities, risk identification and mitigation, resource planning, and quality control.

A Veteran of the United States Army, Ms. Henderson has served as a subject matter expert in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army in Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Government Accountability Office, and Congress.

Ms. Henderson has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Webster University and is also a James Madison University Alumni. She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certified for Program Management. She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.



Keith Lehman


Mr. Lehman is a Manager at RMA. He has 33 years of experience in military recruiting and incentive programs. His 33 years includes 22 years of military service in the Army, with an additional 11 years in the private sector providing consulting and advising services to the National Guard Bureau.

In addition to being an effective leader and motivator, Mr. Lehman’s experience includes a full range of technical, program management, training development and instruction, audit, quality control management, continuous process improvement, and operational support. Mr. Lehman holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.