Rachel Bembry, CPA
Vice President, Government Services
rachelbembry@jatconsulting.net

Rachel Bembry is highly skilled in the application of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), and Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

Ms. Bembry has extensive financial management experience in the government and private sectors, providing smoother audits, increased efficiency, and optimal financial performance.  She applies technological and financial expertise to improve accounting practices, internal controls, and documentation procedures.  Ms. Bembry is an expert in providing effective oversight of payroll, accounting operations, and revenue collection functions. She is adept at strategic short-term and long-term planning, organizing, and directing of financial reporting and accounting operations. 

 


Experience

 

Manager
Government Financial Services
JAT Consulting Services, Inc.

Providing support in execution of the FAR Implementation Plan at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Responsible for examining certified overhead audit reports and supporting documentation to determine FAR compliance of billing rates on City of Atlanta Department of Aviation contracts.

Providing financial evaluation of on-call contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, examining A/E contracts for cost-saving opportunities. Recommends improvements for contract terms and negotiations for consistency and improved compliance.  

As financial/management consultant for City of Johns Creek, served as Interim Accounting Manager/Finance Director. Performed financial management responsibilities, supervised finance staff, and oversaw the city’s finance department’s day-to-day operations. Responded to requests from the city council, citizens, and staff.

Assisted City of Gainesville with ERP implementation, including establishment of security controls and user profiles, examination of workflows and providing recommendations, and production of a new Chart of Accounts Manual.

Assistant Finance Director
City of Dunwoody, Georgia
Privatized Services

With strong skillset and exceptional performance, advanced quickly from Accounting Manager to Assistant Director of Finance. Assisted Finance Director in administering the city’s financial affairs, serving as principal source of knowledge and expertise on proper application of GAAP and implementation of new accounting pronouncements and standards. Assisted in review, development, and/or implementation of effective financial procedures and provide guidelines to achieve objectives of overall financial operation. Created models for financial forecasting and projects revenue requirements.  

Managed the municipality’s accounting activities and supervised accounts payable, ensuring accordance of all disbursements with established statutes, laws and ordinances. Prepared and analyzed monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial statements, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Reviewed expenses versus budget and assisted in managing budgetary thresholds. Coordinated fiscal year-end audit performed by external auditors. Worked with departments to create estimates for capital improvement projects.

Supervisor
Bates, Carter & Company, LLP
Gainesville, GA

Responsible for planning and management of government and non-profit audits. Organized and executed comprehensive audit engagements, including audit risk assessments, planning and design, budgeting, evaluation of internal controls, supervision of procedures, testing, analyses, and documentation.  Presented recommendations based on audit findings. Also performed reviews, compilations, tax returns, internal control assessments, and a wide range of agreed-upon procedures. Trained and supervised staff. 


Education

B.B.A. Accounting, Valdosta State University
B.B.A. Finance, Valdosta State University


Certification

Certified Public Accountant


Affiliations

Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Georgia Government Finance Officers Association
Government Finance Officers Association
Trustee, Rehabilitation Industries of Northeast Georgia