Meet the Team
Jeff Barba, CPA
Founder of Barba CFO
Jeff brings over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, and technology.
Before starting the firm, Jeff worked 7 years at a traditional CPA firm as both an auditor and tax accountant and also spent 5 years as a controller and CFO. Jeff saw a void in the marketplace in the form of businesses who needed a CFO, but not on a full-time basis. He sensed a calling to help fill that need.
Jeff is a member of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs where he recently was awarded the annual President’s award for the successful RIYAN (Rhode Island Young Accountant Network) committee that he chaired for three years. He is also a member of C12 – a CEO Roundtable for Christian Business Owners and CEOs, and is a regular attendee at Waters Church.
Jeff earned a B.S. in Accounting from Rhode Island College, and passed the CPA exam at the age of 22. He received an MBA from Providence College.
An avid golfer, Jeff is a member of Quidnessett Country Club, and has qualified to play in three Rhode Island State Amateur Golf Championships. Jeff grew up in Warwick, where he resides today. A “typical Rhode Islander,” Jeff has lived in the same 5 mile radius for his entire life.
Pia joined Barba CFO in 2012. Pia brings over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and General Business Management. She has held positions of COO, CFO and Controller in many small businesses across multiple industries, as well as in the non-profit and government sectors.
As a CFO for hire with Barba CFO, Pia works with small business owners and leaders to implement and manage best practices in accounting and finance. She also assists with special projects as needed, such as creating dashboards, implementing systems and building financial models and budgets.
During her 7 years as COO of Ibis Consulting, Pia led the company from 10 employees with $1MM in revenue to over 100 employees and $25MM in revenue. She was instrumental in executing the sale of the company to Pitney Bowes, a Fortune 500 company.
Pia holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Rhode Island. She has also been both Officer and Director for several non-profit boards over the years.
Pia spends her free time with her husband and 2 children seeing movies, going to little league games and practices, and playing her guitar. She also likes writing and is currently helping her daughter write and edit her first novel.
Joe Schrader has been with Barba CFO for 3 years. Joe possesses over 25 years of experience in senior financial and IT systems management, design and implementation. Prior to joining our team, Joe spent 9 years as a controller in the hotel and then healthcare industry as well as 16 years as an IT Director in the healthcare industry.
Joe’s professional focus has been on the efficient integration of technology with accounting/operational systems. In his time at South Shore Mental Health Center, Joe used a blend of tight fiscal management and a wide range of technical skills to guide the building of a state of the art accounting and information system, providing automation and real time performance metrics at a level typically reserved for the largest behavioral healthcare organizations. In the process, countless automated solutions were delivered such as: Medicaid billing/receivable management, client insurance/ pre-authorization verification, live POS fee calculation, schedule management and government-mandated client, service, financial and clinical outcomes data submissions. .
At Barba CFO, Joe employs such specialized skills, including:
- CFO for Hire (financial statement prep, budget to actual analysis, business forecasting & advisement, operational assessment and improvements etc.)
- Financial Modeling and Forecasting
- Business Automation
- KPI Dashboarding
- A variety of technologies (SQL, ODBC, ETL, VB for Apps, MS-Excel, MS-Access etc.)
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of NY and an MBA in Finance from the University of Rhode Island. Joe also has recently completed a Master of Theological Studies degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Joe has been married to his wife, Nancy for 28 years. Together they love spending time with their 3 adult children and two grandsons. Joe also loves participating in various sports (softball, basketball, tennis etc.) and for exercise, prefers jogging. Joe is very active in Christian ministry, leading various weekly adult Bible instruction classes/studies.
Mike Ursillo, MBA
Mike joined Barba CFO in 2011, bringing over 25 years of experience in accounting, finance, and business management. He has held positions as Operations Manager, General Manager, Controller, and CFO among businesses in the manufacturing, service, and distribution industries.
As part of our team, Mike is a CFO that helps small business owners manage their affairs by providing accurate and timely financial information. He provides sound business advice, resulting from his many years spent in the business world.He also provides budgets and projects to give future direction, as well as strategic planning in all areas of his clients' businesses.When CFO of a $15MM company, Mike saved $250k in operating costs and reduced labor by twenty percent in the accounting, purchasing, and inventory control areas, providing information faster and more accurately. Mike earned his MBA in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University. He is also treasurer for the Sons of Italy in East Providence, and a member of the Rehoboth Lions Club. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, traveling, and attending sporting events. Mike resides in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.