About

Plan. Perform. Succeed.

From Day 1, Morrison’s focus has on been recognizing, respecting, and meeting the needs of our clients. Our founder brought the perspective of both industry executive experience and senior management in what is now the world’s largest accounting and consulting firm; Morrison carries on that tradition with a team that combines professional service and real-world industry backgrounds. With an understanding of both top-notch service organizations and real-world client needs (and how they can collide rather than connect), our mission is to be a trusted advisor.

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Founded in 2002, Morrison today offers a robust team of professionals in three service areas: Business & Accounting Advisory, People Solutions, and food, ag, and energy related Grants. Along with our headquarters in Chico, California, we serve clients from our location in Folsom, California, in the Sacramento region. Our clients are located across the United States.

As you will see in our Services page, our services are designed to fill needs that are both challenging and vital:

  • Interim or outsourced business, accounting, financial, and human resource roles and consulting.
  • Executive and management recruitment focused on your needs – not the need to make a commission.
  • Grant strategies to maximize your marketing, energy efficiency projects, equipment upgrades, training programs, and more.  

Whether it’s a temporary need, regular ongoing assistance, or a special project for which you require additional expertise, our experience with middle market organizations allows us to support clients from the start-up phase to growth and transition. Our industry focus expertise includes food, agribusiness, processing, distribution, manufacturing, marketing, trade associations, construction, and government.

We don’t hire advisors straight out of college. If you’re going to consult, you should probably know something. Brent Morrison, Founder

The Team

R. Brent Morrison

Founder & Principal

R. Brent Morrison founded Morrison in 2002. He has served processing, agribusiness, distribution, manufacturing, and other companies as an executive and advisor since 1981. Brent oversees Morrison strategy and implementation, practice development, infrastructure development, and both serves and oversees services to Morrison clients. He brings special expertise in business planning, strategy, management, and financial analysis.

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Prior to founding Morrison, Brent was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sunsweet Growers Inc., one of the nation's premier producers of juices and dried fruit products.  Before joining Sunsweet, he was President of Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA), an agribusiness service and supply company. As a Senior Manager with the “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte, Brent led the Sacramento office's Food & Consumer Products Industry Group and helped found and direct the Sacramento office forensic accounting practice.

Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).  He is a graduate fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, a two-year educational fellowship hosted by four participating universities, and a certified Six Sigma “Champion.” 

Brent is a member and past President of the Far Western Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, a member and past officer of the Chico Noon Rotary Club, and a past director of the California Agricultural Leadership Alumni.  He has served with many professional and civic organizations, including an appointment to a state advisory board by then California Secretary of Food & Agriculture (and later USDA Secretary) Ann Veneman.

Qualifications

  • Founder & Principal
  • CPA (Inactive)
  • Six Sigma “Champion” certified
  • Graduate, California Agricultural Leadership Program
  • Past Chapter President, National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives

Toni Scott

Managing Principal

Toni Scott is responsible for Morrison's overall management and operations. She also leads and directs Morrison’s grant services, working with clients in government, food, agribusiness, manufacturing, production agriculture, processing, and marketing to plan, prepare for, and secure competitive state and federal grant funding. She also oversees grant administration of client projects and contributes to business plan and feasibility study projects and conducts strategic planning and facilitation. Toni directs Morrison’s external communications and industry outreach.

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Toni has written and/or overseen the preparation of most of the ~$410 million in successful grant proposals Morrison has written over the history of the company. These include grant proposals for industry commodity associations; grower-owned cooperatives; private for-profit entities; trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. 

Toni holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and agriculture business from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University. She worked for the Chico Enterprise-Record, a daily newspaper, for three years, covering city government and stories related to business, agriculture, education, and public safety.

Toni is the past Chair of the City of Chico Planning Commission and is the past Chair of the Board for the Chico Chamber of Commerce. She is the past President of the Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization, a member of the Butte County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, a founding director of the Butte Agriculture Foundation, past chair of the Butte County Young Farmers and Ranchers, a former appointed member of the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force and a former appointed member of the Butte County Library Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the California Farm Bureau Federation's Leadership Farm Bureau program and a former contributing business columnist for the Chico News and Review.

Qualifications

  • Master of science in Print Journalism
  • Member, Past Chair, Chico Planning Commission
  • Board Member, Butte County Farm Bureau
  • Board Member, Past Chair, Chico Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Jesus Center

Jeff Boian

MANAGER, PEOPLE SOLUTIONS

Jeff Boian, M.A., manages Morrison’s People Solutions practice area, serving clients in industries including agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, distribution, municipalities, and non-profit, focusing on executive recruiting, organizational development, strategic planning, and human resource strategy. Jeff’s expertise includes executive recruiting, organizational development, human resource strategy, leadership training, and strategic planning.

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Before joining Morrison, Jeff was Vice President, Education & Professional Development for the California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues. In that role he led the overall planning, development, budgeting, and execution of select strategy, programming, and other initiatives for over 230 credit unions in California and Nevada. He previously led the Office of Career Strategy for the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and held multiple faculty and staff roles at Azusa Pacific University.

Jeff holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership and holds the professional designations of SPHR (HRCI) and SHRM-SCP (SHRM). Additionally, he completed graduate programs in Organizational Development & Change (Azusa Pacific), Career & Life Planning (CSU, Chico), among others. Jeff is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner and a Hogan Assessments Certified Practitioner. He also holds multiple certificates in Strengths-Based Leadership and Management from the Noel Academy of Strengths-Based Leadership and Education and is a professionally trained Executive Coach. He previously had his own consulting practice focused on organizational development.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific
  • Graduate Certificate, Organizational Development & Change, Azusa Pacific
  • Graduate Certificate, Career & Life Planning, CSU Chico
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Certified Practitioner, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Certified Master, Career Services (CMCS), National Career Development Association
  • Certificate, Strengths Based Leadership and Management, Noel Academy.

Sarah DeForest

Manager, Grants

Sarah manages Morrison’s Grants Services practice, helping clients in government, food, agribusiness, manufacturing, production agriculture, processing, and marketing to plan, prepare for, and secure competitive state and federal grant funding.

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Sarah joined Morrison with two decades of experience in agricultural communication, writing, and project coordination, most recently in the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico, where she was director of external relations. Prior to that role she worked in philanthropic development, human resource consulting, student recruitment, and public relations.

Sarah’s passion for agriculture ignited at a young age, growing up in a cattle ranching family and participating in 4-H and FFA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture with an option in animal science at California State University, Chico. She is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, and she has received numerous awards for her service to agriculture and the community, including the 2020 Common Threads North Award, the 2019 Farm City Celebration Community Service Award, and the 2011 Butte County CattleWoman of the Year.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Class 39, California Ag Leadership Program
  • Member, California CattleWomen’s Association
  • Member, California Farm Bureau
  • Member, California Women for Agriculture

Tim Peters

Manager, Business & Accounting Advisory Services

Tim Peters joined Morrison in 2011 and serves our clients in outsource CFO and controller level roles. Tim assists Morrison clients in industries including agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, distribution, and marketing, with a focus on costing, cost controls, cash flow budgeting and management, financial reporting and analysis, business efficiency, ROI analysis, and short- and long-range planning.

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Prior to joining the Morrison team, Tim worked for Matson and Isom (now KCoe Isom), the region’s leading public accounting firm. While there, Tim worked in the firm's tax and audit departments, assisting both locally-owned and investor-owned companies in agribusiness, healthcare, and a variety of other industries. 

Tim is a graduate of California State University, Chico, where he earned a degree in accounting and received the 2006 Harry L. Jefferson award for excellence in accounting. In 2015, he graduated from the NorCAL Academy of Leadership, a one-year educational program sponsored by Wells Fargo and Innovate Northstate. He is a member of the Chico Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Organization and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Tim is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  

Qualifications

  • CPA
  • Member, Young Professionals Organization
  • Member, National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
  • Graduate, NorCAL Academy of Leadership

Melissa Deen

Grants Assistant

Melissa Deen serves Morrison clients with grant administration services and support, deadline compliance, adherence to program requirements, project reporting, and reimbursement requests. Additionally, Melissa assists the Morrison team with scheduling, client onboarding, client service activities, and outreach efforts.

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Melissa brings 10 years of administration, organization, communication, and bookkeeping experience to the Morrison team with a passion to effectively meet our clients' needs.

Prior to joining Morrison, Melissa worked as an Executive Assistant at Women’s Resource Clinic in Chico where she was initially responsible for accounts receivable and administration. Melissa excelled in her position and was appointed Director of Development, overseeing the organization's fundraising, planned events, donor relationships, and seeking sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, she has enjoyed lending her skills as a bookkeeper to two churches in the local community and substituting long-term as an office manager at her son’s school.

Qualifications

Hana Dill

Business Administrator

Hana Dill is responsible for Morrison’s business and office administration, including managing key vendor relations, banking, and office administration. Hana coordinates Morrison’s marketing newsletter, and internet presence, working closely with our team and our creative design and marketing consultants.

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Hana brings eight years of experience in administration and customer support. Before joining Morrison, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the non-profit and public sectors. Her professional experience developed largely during her time at Hills Bank and ThirdLove. It was at Hills Bank that she gained a passion for systems and processes, working closely with loan officers through the commercial loan workflow. At ThirdLove, a women’s lifestyle brand, she had the opportunity to dive into details and problem-solve on customer-facing and internal teams, leaving customers with a smooth experience and the perfect product.

Towards the start of what would become her career, she worked in the Admissions Office at CSU Chico. While there, she participated in communication efforts with prospective and incoming students utilizing social media platforms and mailings.

Hana is a graduate of California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a focus in voice.

Qualifications

Sandra Feingold

Consultant, Grants Services

Sandra Feingold serves Morrison clients in areas of grant writing, grant administration, and project management. She brings her skills and experience in marketing, journalism, and public relations to effectively serve clients seeking competitive grant funding through the United States Department of Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Energy Commission, and other granting agencies.

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Before joining the Morrison grants team, Sandra worked as a Social Media and Content Coordinator in an agency setting where she used her skills in social media and storytelling to write blogs, create content for platforms, leverage branding, and develop strategies to help her client’s achieve their goals across a variety of industries. In a previous role as a Live Events Logistics Coordinator for a philanthropic team building company she planned events ranging from 15 to 3,000 participants. There, she later became the Marketing Administrator where she developed the in-house marketing department and aided in rebranding.  It was Sandra’s beginning in sports events and journalism for intercollegiate athletics that laid the foundation for her career path to date.

Sandra’s professional experience is bolstered by her leadership and background in 4-H, FFA, athletics, collegiate student government, and Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. She continues to volunteer for her sorority, at her church’s high school youth group, and American Legion Auxiliary.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Social Media Specialist, Digital Marketer
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism: Public Relations, Minor in Agricultural Business from California State University, Chico

Michelle Genova

Bookkeeping & Support Services Provider

Michelle Genova serves Morrison clients in a range of services including grant administration and reporting, monthly financial statement reporting, accounts receivable and preparation of billings, accounts payable and preparation of payments, payroll and related reporting, account reconciliations, external reporting, and related bookkeeping and support services.

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Michelle first joined Morrison as the Business & Marketing Coordinator and was responsible for Morrison’s business and office administration including managing key vendor relations, banking relationships, and office administration. Michelle also coordinated Morrison’s marketing efforts, working closely with its creative design and marketing consultants. After completing her Associate's Degree in Accounting, she transferred to the Morrison Bookkeeping Services team.

 

Prior to joining Morrison, Michelle worked as an insurance representative in a local office of a national firm, writing policies, assisting clients with claims and compliance issues, and providing assistance with the budget and business planning. She combined her education in law and an interest in flood insurance to research flood maps, federal regulations, and flood plain management to assist farmers struggling with mandatory flood insurance requirements.

 

Originally from the Yuba Foothills area of California, Michelle came to Chico as a student and graduated from California State University, Chico in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and a minor in criminal justice. After graduating, Michelle spent a period of time living in Rome where she taught English as an au pair.

 

After discovering a newfound passion for accounting with Morrison, Michelle earned an associate’s degree in Accounting as well as a Certificate of Achievement in accounting from Butte Community College. Previously, Michelle was a member of the Chico Noon Rotary; sat on the Rotaract Club of Chico Board of Directors as well as served as Program Director; and served as auction chair for the 2022 Evening with Catalyst fundraising gala, an event supporting the Catalyst Domestic Violence Services non-profit.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associates Degree, Accounting
  • Certificate of Achievement in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology

Daniel Paulsen

Consultant, Business & Accounting Advisory Services

Daniel Paulsen serves Morrison clients with a range of services including interim CFO/controller level roles and other accounting support, business planning and budgeting, system documentation and improvement, loan compliance and cash planning, accounting system conversions, and audit preparation and support. Daniel works primarily with clients in agribusiness, food processing, distribution, and similar industries.

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Prior to joining the Morrison team, Daniel worked as an Audit Manager at Deloitte and served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in Bible and theology from William Jessup University and a master’s degree in professional accountancy from the University of California, Davis, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (inactive). 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • CPA
  • Master of Professional Accountancy degree
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma

Regan Penning

Consultant, Grants Services

Regan Penning serves Morrison clients in areas of grant writing, grant administration, and project management. She brings her skills and experience in communications to effectively serve clients seeking competitive grant funding through the United States Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Energy Commission, and other granting agencies.

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Prior to her role at Morrison, Regan worked for over ten years as director of communications at Youth With A Mission in Chico, California, after serving nine years in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in bilingual communications for the same non-profit organization. As communications director, Regan oversaw all media and marketing efforts as well as mobilization of college students into community and global outreach initiatives. She has served in leadership development, volunteer training, mentorship, and team debrief and evaluation.

The missions training program for Guatemalan teens Regan co-founded in 2001 has trained hundreds of underserved youth, many of whom now serve throughout Central and South America.  

Regan studied Public Relations and Spanish at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Biblical Studies at the University of the Nations.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Director of Communications, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Chico

Mayra Price

Bookkeeping & Support Services Provider

Mayra Price serves Morrison clients in a range of services including monthly financial statement reporting, accounts receivable and preparation of billings, accounts payable and preparation of payments, payroll and related reporting, account reconciliations, external reporting, and related support and services.

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Prior to joining the Morrison team, Mayra worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk for a Chico based general engineering contractor and aggregate producer, providing financial, administrative, and clerical support, including managing, processing, verifying, and reconciling various accounts.

Mayra started her career with a privately owned bookkeeping firm, where she assisted clients with bookkeeping services including accounts payable and receivable, account reconciliations, payroll processing, quarterly and monthly tax returns, and operating and business taxes. While there, she worked in a variety of industries, with a focus on small business and businesses with multiple legal entities.

Mayra holds an associate’s degree in Accounting, as well as a Tax Preparer and Accounting/Payroll Clerk certifications from Butte Community College. Mayra is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish fluently.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associates Degree, Accounting
  • Tax Preparer certificate
  • Account Clerk certificate
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Jessica Lazdins Vuk

Consultant, Grants Services

Jessica Lazdins Vuk serves Morrison clients in areas of grant writing, grant administration and project management. She brings her skills and experience in communication and marketing to effectively serve clients seeking competitive grant funding through the United States Department of Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Energy Commission, and other granting agencies.

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Prior to her role in Morrison, Jessica worked for over a decade in the international nonprofit sector in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, equipping college students with educational and life skills through foreign language courses, seminars, mentoring, leadership development and community outreach initiatives. As Sarajevo Team Leader, Jessica managed the branch of the organization located in the capital city of Sarajevo. Her duties included overseeing all organizational activities; leading communication and marketing efforts; managing the Sarajevo staff team; executing strategic planning sessions; and developing key partnerships with external stakeholders.

Additionally, Jessica served as Marketing Coordinator at Bon Appetit Sarajevo, a family-owned, fine-dining bistro. She had a supportive role in the business, alongside her spouse who owned and managed the restaurant. Jessica developed Bon Appetit Sarajevo’s marketing strategy and all promotional materials; she also managed all social media profiles. Bon Appetit Sarajevo was among Tripadvisor’s Top 5 restaurants in the city during Jessica’s tenure.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. She has a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington
  • Master's degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary

Justin Webb

Consultant, Business & Accounting Advisory Services

Justin Webb serves Morrison clients in a range of services including interim controller roles and accounting support, business planning and budgeting, system documentation and improvement, loan compliance and cash planning, accounting system conversions, and audit support. Justin assists Morrison clients in distribution, processing, agribusiness, and other industries.

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Prior to joining the Morrison team, Justin was assistant controller at Andersen & Sons Shelling, a large California walnut handler, processor, and private label manufacturer (including trails mixes and roasted, flavored, and natural packaged nut products).  

Justin started his career with KCoe Isom, the region’s leading public accounting firm, where he worked as a Senior Associate in the firm’s tax department. While there, he worked in a variety of industries, with a focus on agribusiness.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with minors in business administration and Bible & theology from Simpson University.

Justin and his wife serve as a Caring Community Team for the nonprofit organization, Creating Caring Communities, with a mission of connecting people to their neighbors and communities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's Degree, Accounting
  • Member, Alpha Chi - National College Honor Society

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