Nuku is known for his creative approach to solving challenging problems. He has a traditional Big 4 accounting and corporate accounting background and has also been a part of several startups and other entrepreneurial ventures over two decades. He is passionate about learning new technologies that can be leveraged to make clients work more efficiently and enhance business decision-making.
Outside of the office, Nuku enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and going on picturesque road trips.
Brandi Bonds / Managing Partner
Brandi believes meeting the needs of clients starts with truly understanding the challenges they face. She knows how to ask the tough questions and digs deep to discover the best solutions. Brandi is a passionate CFO who helps teams reach their strategic goals and initiatives.
Outside of the office, Brandi is a rock star Professor at Endicott College teaching Finance courses. She volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations and also loves spending time with her family, traveling the world, camping and having serious fun!
Kenneth Peterson / President & Founder
Ken is known for his bold yet practical approach to business finance, challenging clients to make tough decisions for the good of their organizations for over two decades. Ken has seen firsthand, the good, the bad and the ugly. Ken, a natural leader, has brought together a solid team of Chief Financial Officers who are passionate about what they do and have the knowledge to be very effective.
Outside the office you may find Ken at home on his farm, competing with his horse, Carson, throughout New England, or taking a walk with Porter, his loyal black lab.
Elizabeth Brookman / CFO
Elizabeth is financial executive with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international organizations, including manufacturing, services and healthcare. She is experienced in strategic development/deployment, acquisitions and integration, divestitures and restructuring. Using her training as a Six Sigma Blackbelt, Elizabeth has a strong focus on process improvement and gaining efficiencies. She has led several ERP implementations and believes in creating systems that free up staff to focus on driving the business and creating customer satisfaction.
Outside the office Elizabeth enjoys swimming, reading and traveling to historical sites as well as beautiful ones.
Brian McGettrick / CFO
Brian is a dedicated financial executive providing accounting, management, operations, human resources, and strategic planning services for a variety of industries. He knows what it takes to plan and execute the successful transition and sale of a company. With over 20 years of financial experience, Brian prepares organizations to think strategically, drive transformation, and stay focused on the big picture.
Outside of the office Brian loves playing tennis, spending time with friends and enjoying life!
Dan Plowden / CFO
Dan enjoys working with owners and executive teams aligning infrastructure to enable scale, increase productivity, and enhance resilience and effectiveness. He has led change initiatives in for-profit and nonprofit organizations including information systems implementations and succession planning projects including both internal transition and preparation for sale. Dan has held positions including CFO at a national life sciences nonprofit, Interim CFO and HIPAA Privacy & Security officer for a national health equity nonprofit, VP Finance and CFO for a privately held Contract Research Organization, and CFO and Treasurer for a multi-national boutique consulting firm.
Outside of the office Dan enjoys spending time with family, and with his wife fishing and paddling on the quiet waters of Coastal Maine.
John Parins / CFO
John is a customer-focused technical accountant that assists others in understanding accounting systems. He concentrates on matching the most recent technological advances with current systems, allowing companies to leverage their human capital and get more out of their financial resources. John is a firm believer that “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” and is often motivated by his clients who also shoot for the stars.
Outside of the office, John is a husband and father. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and participating in activities such as hiking, water sports, fishing, and winter sports. He can often be found in the kitchen when at home.
Steve Payne / CFO
Steve is an experienced financial executive and entrepreneur who provides steady strategic and tactical leadership, both in periods of growth and in periods of restructuring. He has extensive experience driving operational efficiency and profitability improvement for a wide range of companies in their international and domestic operations. Steve is a firm believer in the statement “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Outside of the office Steve enjoys traveling to visit family and friends, as well as planning and completing home improvement projects.
Joe Simmons, Jr. / CFO
Joe is an accomplished CFO with extensive experience in optimizing organizations. Joe has more than 35 years of high-level financial knowledge and can quickly analyze, synthesize and create optimal solutions for diverse business challenges. He is detail-oriented and has worked with turnarounds, manufacturing, IPOs and non-profits. Joe is a trusted advisor and was named NH CFO of the Year in 2013!
Outside the office Joe enjoys playing piano and writing. He is also a Marine Corp Veteran.
Falone Agboyibor / Controller
Falone is a vigorous and focused technical accountant who loves making a positive impact for our clients. She focuses on enhancing inefficiencies and challenging standard operating procedures by bringing dynamic, innovative ideas. Falone focuses on maintaining great relationships with our clients and understanding their core businesses to help eliminate idle costs and add substantial value.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Aaron is a motivated and enthusiastic accountant with proven experience in learning software, payroll and transactional accounting. He has a strong attention to detail and is always ready to try new and creative approaches to exceed client expectations. Aaron is a true team player who has a passion for seeing others happy.
When not at the office, Aaron enjoys basketball and hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains around his home.
Brittney Cirinna / Accountant
Brittney is a very conscientious and detail-oriented accountant. She has real attention to detail and brings great enthusiasm for learning, whether it is new accounting systems, business management or staying on top of technology in the area of finance. We are glad she is part of our team!
Outside of the office, Brittney likes to spend time with friends at the beach, reading and working out at the gym.
Catherine Donovan / Controller
Catherine is a focused, analytical accountant with over 25 years of accounting management experience in the SAAS, health care, energy, and tour and travel industries. She is an accomplished, detail-oriented, turnaround-specialist and can maintain high-level financial statements.
Catherine has an uncommon instinct for managing people and a natural inclination to view all things strategically, with one eye in the Accounting Department and one eye on the corporate mission. She is always looking for opportunities to recommend changes that drive growth.
She is an avid reader and also enjoys skiing, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Eve Fontanella / Accountant
Eve has valuable expertise across many different companies and industries, having been in business management and finance for over 20 years. She is a seeker of knowledge with an altruistic approach to life, both professionally and personally. A true problem solver, she considers accounting like detective work, priding herself on getting to the answers to perplexing questions.
When she is not solving mysteries, she enjoys the outdoors, including gardening, hiking, boating, and fishing. She especially loves reading, meditation, and spending quality time with her dog, Ebby.
John-Michael Luskevich / Accountant
John-Michael is an analytical and accomplished accountant with more than 10 years of experience in managing all aspects of accounting operations, maintaining high-level accuracy of financial statements, and controlling business costs. He possesses a comprehensive background in utilizing effective technologies to transform accounting procedures into automated and more efficient systems to facilitate seamless outcomes and drive departmental success.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Ari McLean / Accountant
Ari is new to accounting but is eager to soak up the knowledge that her role in Next Level Now offers. Her exceptional organizational and communication skills enable her clients with a wealth of meaningful information to make more informed decisions to succeed.
Outside of work, Ari spends time with her family all across New England. She loves to crochet and all things crafty and is currently working on her MBA.
Ana Nolet / Controller
Ana’s background includes 20 years of experience in finance/accounting and operations management with several different industries. With exceptional attention to detail, successful accountability at all levels and unparalleled work ethic, as well as great analytical skills. She is self-driven individual with do-whatever it takes attitude, and her strongest skills are multi-tasking and working in fast paced environment.
Outside the office, Ana loves traveling, camping, and enjoying the beach. She is also member of women’s softball league and women’s bowling league. Ana loves life and enjoys each day to the fullest.
Melissa Roberts / Accountant
Melissa has a passion for accounting and enjoys the challenges that come with problem-solving. She is detailed-orientated and actively pursues learning opportunities to sharpen her skills. She is committed to providing excellent service to meet and exceed client expectations. Melissa is a high-energy team player who strives to make a difference.
Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys spending quality time with her family. She is passionate about pet adoption and you can always find her two rescue dogs by her side.
Kynda Rogers / Controller
Kynda is an honest and attentive technical accountant whose attention to detail and organizational skills are something she’s known for. She works hard to adapt to new software’s and industries to be able to lead with as much knowledge as possible. Kynda focuses on the needs of the business as well as a company’s goals for the future to create first-class solutions to company difficulties.
Outside working hours, you can find her toting her four children to different extracurricular activities. She also enjoys playing her guitar and learning to cook.
Jim Ryan / Accountant
At Next Level Now, Jim works hard helping his clients think strategically about their company and finances. Jim has been through the entrepreneurial trenches—having co-founded and grown a 401k recordkeeping firm over the course of 26 years from just an idea between two friends. He’s worn all the hats, and enjoys meeting new people, understanding their business, and providing actionable solutions.
Outside of the office, Jim can be found spending time with his wife on their boat. He also enjoys working on his cars and grandfather clocks or just kicking back with his dog, Copernicus.
Marketing & Administration
Stephanie Peterson / Senior Marketing Specialist
Stephanie is an experienced Marketing Associate dedicated to showcasing the strengths and solutions that Next Level Now has to offer. She has a demonstrated history of working across the financial services, information technology, and fashion industries. She is also skilled in targeted email marketing, digital media, event planning, brand strategy, and project management. Stephanie truly delivers a global perspective to the marketing industry because she completed her university studies in Scotland and has worked for diverse companies in London, Melbourne, and New York City.
Outside of the office, Stephanie dedicates every spare moment to travel, enjoying the local craft beer scene and petting all dogs.
Interested In Joining Our Amazing Team?
We are always expanding, and would love to hear from you.
Next Level Now was founded in 2002 by Ken Peterson. Ken saw a need for financial guidance of small-to-mid size businesses. He has seen firsthand the value it can bring to have a CFO on your management team.
There was a Need
Ken started Next Level Now in 2002 out of a need to provide small to mid-size companies the strategic, key financial information and CFO tools to make better informed and proactive decisions for an organization’s future growth.
A Team Approach
The team philosophy at Next Level Now gives us an upper hand in the ever changing businesses of our clients. We work as a team to solve issues on behalf of our clients and are not afraid of rolling up our sleeves and really diving in. The team aspect makes us a strong group of CFOs ready to work for your organization.
Making a Difference
Our track record speaks for itself. We have made positive contributions on our clients' behalf and are ready to bring your business to the next level. Read some of the accolades from current and past organizations we have worked with.