Kelly is a detail oriented accounting manager. She is a very conscientious team member who provides thorough and accurate work for her clients. Kelly’s experience in an international public software corporation includes mentoring and managing a team, general ledger maintenance, and a variety of corporate accounting functions including month end close and consolidated financial reporting.
When not at work, Kelly has many interests including hiking, camping, traveling, and going to the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, her black lab Abbey, family, and friends.
Brittney Cirinna / Jr. Accountant
Brittney our newest junior accountant, is a very conscientious and detail-oriented team member. She has a real attention to detail and brings a 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.
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.
Ernest J. 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.
Brandi Bonds / CFO
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!
Lori Decato-Metz / Marketing Manager
Lori is the Marketing Manager for Next Level Now and brings over 20 years of marketing, design and creative skills to NLN. She created the original logo, branding, and website for NLN. Lori enjoys being part of the great team at NLN and keeping the message of the companies’ successes at the forefront of all communications.
When not at work Lori loves riding horses, going to her daughters’ athletic competitions and spending time with her close family.
Kenneth Peterson / Founder & CFO
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.
Melissa L. Walker / Senior Accountant
Melissa (Missy) is a hard-working, ambitious and technically skilled accountant. She has more than 18 years experience working for diverse industries managing accounts payable and receivables, payroll and HR. She is a specialist known for accuracy and attention to detail. Missy won’t shy away from a big challenge and gets the job done right and on-time.
Outside of the office Missy loves traveling to the islands and spending time with family and friends.
Gigi Brienza / COO
Gigi excels at strategic sourcing and operational management services. She has worked with high profile, nationally growing companies as well as businesses in transition. Gigi is a strategic thinker recognized for her commitment to excellence and integrity. She is an excellent communicator, innovative problem solver and has been fueled by her continuous successes in supply chain and sourcing operations.
Outside of the office, Gigi volunteers with CASA of NH, serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem for neglected or abused children.
Dena Hernandez / CFO
Dena is strategic in nature and a results-oriented leader. She has a solid finance background with extensive public accounting and auditing experience. Dena has guided companies through growth and high performance by improving core business processes, conducting lean initiatives that align to strategic goals.
Outside of the office Dena has many interests including spending time with her family and grandchildren, supporting disabled vet activities as well as hanging out with her 5 dogs!
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!
Seuzan Walrath / Controller
Seuzan is an accomplished, detail-oriented Controller with considerable experience in both public accounting and private industry. Her work experience extends across many industries including financial services, telecommunications, global consolidations, retail, catalog, FDIC, manufacturing, gas and electric marketing, medical, and engineering organizations.
Outside the office Seuzan enjoys music and staying active.
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.