Sheila Lewis | Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sheila Lewis

A rare combination of analytical and creative talent, Sheila began her product development career climbing the ranks of corporate America at firms including Quaker Oats, Visa International, and Lane Bryant. After 15 years, she founded Flyin’ West, a business and marketing strategy consultancy. From 1997 to 2012 Sheila grew the firm into a highly respected firm with satisfied clients and consultants from coast to coast. Essential to Flyin’ West’s success was Sheila’s uncanny ability to select, assemble and support remote project teams.

In 2012, Flyin’ West expanded its services to include interim staffing which signaled the need for a new brand. Adding the expertise of co-founder Mary Ann Munro, Ashton212 opened for business providing clients with a whole new way of thinking about the use of the professional contingent workforce 3.0.

Sheila enjoys the art and act of building and expanding business. Over the years she has worked with entrepreneurs and their leadership teams to link the thought of business growth to the business rigor and behavior necessary to achieve it. She concentrates on themes addressing not only how companies and executive management must recalibrate their thinking and actions to move forward. Through Ashton212’s Business Transformation & Innovation Practice, Sheila and other senior consultants work with clients to create a vision for growth and a roadmap for getting there.

Sheila is a sought-after speaker with a gift for inspiring her audiences on topics that are critical in the establishment, growth and sustainability of business. She also regularly serves as an emcee for charitable events. A longtime volunteer leader, Sheila works with select nonprofit organizations to help them to refine processes and enhance awareness of these groups in the community. She currently serves on the Northwestern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE; the Leadership Committee of 2.Oakland; the Economic Development Committee of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce; and the Executive Board of Advisors of the Bay Area Women Leader's Network.

Sheila earned her BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri and her MBA with highest honors in marketing and finance from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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Mary Ann Munro | Co-founder and President 

Mary Ann’s diverse background includes management and finance expertise in both corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. From 1990 until 2012, she advanced from vice president to senior vice president to president of Strategic Resources Alliance (SRA), a provider of integrated contingent workforce services that assisted middle market and Fortune 1000 companies in finding outstanding human resources to meet their clients’ business objectives.

At SRA, Mary Ann developed a solid sales strategy rooted in her firm belief that understanding client needs and building long-term relationships are beneficial both for clients and the company. As the staffing industry has become increasingly commoditized, Mary Ann has proven that a more personal approach centered on truly understanding and anticipating the needs of clients produces excellent results. "The joy," she says, "is being able to put disparate parts together that you would never have thought could work. It's like solving a puzzle with a great outcome—putting people to work."

Prior to her SRA tenure, Mary Ann had a robust career with Wells Fargo that included service in retail banking, corporate banking, trust and investment services, and human resources.

A frequent panelist on the topic of contingent workforces, Mary Ann is also adept at moderating panel discussions. She has been committed to empowering women and girls throughout her career.  

A graduate of Purdue University, Mary Ann recently completed a certificate in management development for entrepreneurs, an invitation-only program of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

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Brenda Adams Sterling | Chief Financial Officer

Brenda Adams Sterling

Brenda combines more than 40 years’ financial experience with proven organizational and managerial skills. Her clients have ranged from start-ups to international Fortune 500 companies, and her areas of specialization include financial, systems, mergers and acquisitions, leadership and corporate culture change, workforce motivation strategies, cross-cultural communication, operations and training.

Brenda’s practice specializes in providing CFO consulting services for a variety of clients including entrepreneurial ventures, not-for-profit organizations and colleges, financial services companies and retailers. She also provides internal audit support for SOX compliance with public companies. Her corporate positions have included Vice-President of Operations and Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Senior Auditor. In addition, she has founded two businesses and grown them to profitability.

Brenda has designed and conducted numerous seminars in the United States and Europe on a wide variety of business issues.  Her seminar on business planning, management, and delegation was given national recognition in USA Today and Vogue magazine. Among others organizations to which she belongs, Brenda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Women Business Owners. She has served in leadership positions for numerous non-profit organizations.

Brenda earned a BS in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive continuing education in the fields of management, finance and interpersonal skills.

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Teri Wayne | Finance Manager

For 25 years, Teri has owned a highly successful bookkeeping service. Her love of numbers began at just 10 years old when she had the daily privilege of running the adding machine for her mom Hannah, also a bookkeeper. Teri’s love of numbers led her to San Francisco State University where she studied mathematics and computer science; and her love of nature led her from Los Angeles to Mill Valley.

Teri is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor (desktop and online versions) and is certified in Xero Accounting Systems. Her extensive list of business clients includes CPAs, law firms, business consultants, realtors, retailer stores, advertising agencies, healthcare providers, construction companies, engineering and tech firms, non-profit organizations, and one of her favorites a golf course.

In addition to her work as a full-service bookkeeper, Teri has a long history of volunteer experience working with organizations like the United Farm Workers, Bridge the Gap and Sustainable Marin. When not working on her clients' books, Teri can be found walking with her dog Gigi, spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature, reading, or working on one of her many knitting and needlepoint projects.