has more than 20 years of experience in information technology strategy, program management, strategic planning and process improvement. In her more than 13 years with NetCentrics, she has helped oversee the company’s growth into the leading provider of information technology consulting. Prior to NetCentrics, she was a principle at American Management Systems (AMS), and before that, served as an information management specialist with the United States government.
Cynthia holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Jacksonville State University and is on the board of directors of Women Veterans Interactive, an organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women veterans and their families.
is a partner and co-practice leader of the firm’s Government Contracting Practice. Sirena is currently based in the firm’s Bethesda, Maryland, office. She specializes in providing audit, consulting, and accounting services to government contractors, technology companies, and employee benefit plans. She possesses a working knowledge of federal regulations, including Small Business Administration (SBA), 8(a) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), cost principles, and accounting policies for federal government contractors. In addition, she provides various management consulting services including assisting client management in the implementation of cost accounting systems and overhead allocation methods; preparing overhead incurred cost submissions for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”); and assisting with DCAA accounting system reviews.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Sirena held a partner position at a leading accounting and professional services firm. Sirena also has experience with employee benefit plan financial statement audits. She is knowledgeable of the Internal Revenue Code and Department of Labor regulations declared for employee benefit plans. She has also provided consultation with calculations and other matters relating to self-correction submissions with the Internal Revenue Service.
Shawn M. Howard
is a tax partner and co-practice leader of the firm’s Government Contracting Practice. Shawn is currently based in the firm’s Bethesda, Maryland office. He has extensive experience providing various tax services including the review of Federal and multi-state tax returns, and tax strategies for a variety of domestic and international clients, including government contractors, professional services firms, technology companies, and private equity firms.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Shawn held partner and senior management positions at leading accounting and professional services firms. He initially began his accounting career working for a CPA firm in Milwaukee.
Shawn specializes in taxation and issues surrounding partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, S corporations, and their related shareholders or members.
is a partner with the firm’s Private Equity Group and is the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice leader. She coordinates and leads buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity firms and strategic buyers.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Sylvie was the principal-in-charge of the TAS Practice at a top-20 national accounting firm, where she also spent more than 10 years with its audit and advisory practices. Previously, she served middle-market private companies across several industries for another public accounting firm. Sylvie has advised clients on over 200 transactions valued between $5 million and $300 million, including platform investments, add-on acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations, carve-outs, and minority investments.
Her areas of expertise include analyzing an acquisition target’s quality of earnings, understanding key performance indicators, assessing working capital requirements, and identifying key deal issues and risk areas. She also provides her clients with guidance on accounting for mergers and acquisitions, and works with legal counsel on the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, focusing on purchase price adjustment mechanisms, and financial statement representations.
Sylvie is a recipient of the 2013 M&A Advisor “40 Under 40” award. She is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and was selected as a judge for the 2014 ACG New York Champion M&A Awards.
A French native, Sylvie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business in Bordeaux, France. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey.
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