Finance Team

Trevor Burbach, controller

Trevor Burbach

Trevor is responsible for the complete accounting cycle for all legal entities under Open Sky Education’s management. Trevor assists in creating and meeting budgets and consistently sought cost-saving measures to help reduce overall cost per student while continuing to improve the quality of services offered. In his first two years with with the organization, Trevor streamlined the audit process and achieved 100 percent compliance for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Additionally, Trevor has created policy and procedure designed to increase efficiency and productivity within the organization and works to secure financing for multiple building projects.

Since graduating from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2002, Trevor has developed a strong financial background working in the financial services industry as a controller for a major restaurant management company and as accountant and director of business for an H & R Block subsidiary.

Trevor is currently pursuing an master of science in professional accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jeremy Ehlers, CPA, school controller

Jeremy Ehlers

Jeremy joined the team in January 2014 and is responsible for school budgeting, internal controls, external audits and financial reporting. Previously at CliftonLarsonAllen, a top ten CPA and consulting firm, Jeremy focused on providing assurance services to clients in the nonprofit, construction and employee benefit plan industries. In addition, Jeremy worked with several national clients that participate in school choice programs.

Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Jeremy also serves on the board of 4C For Children Milwaukee and volunteers his time as a basketball coach at HOPE Christian High School.

Linda Harder, CPA, assistant controller

Linda Harder

Linda leverages her 20 years of accounting experience to help the finance team achieve its goals. With technical expertise in accounting for consolidations, financial reporting and forecasting, Linda plays an integral part in the annual audit as well as reporting on the day to day operations of the organization. She gained valuable skills and knowledge from her many years as divisional controller with Zilber Ltd., a national diversified real estate company in Milwaukee and before that in public accounting.

She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. Linda is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Chelsea Indra, CPA, assistant school controller and grants manager

Chelsea

Chelsea handles compliance with federal and state grant and school requirements for all of the campuses in the Open Sky Education network. She also manages private grant reporting and restrictions for each of the network’s regions.

Chelsea arrived at Open Sky Education after working for a mid-size national public accounting firm where she specialized in government and nonprofit sectors. She further specialized in Department of Public Instruction parental choice audits, single audits and general compliance audits. She is a member of Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chelsea graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting, with minors in Spanish and IT infrastructure.

Janet Howard, accounts payable manager

Janet

Janet joined Open Sky Education in November of 2013 as an accounts payable manager specialist.  Previously, Janet worked for 15 years at MillerCoors in the finance area, where she was responsible for reporting and analysis activities for planning purposes, budgeting and month-end close.  Prior to that she worked five years for Wisconsin Electric Power Company as a financial analyst.

Janet leverages her cross-functional experience in managing invoice results, variance analysis and implementing processes that allow for disciplined financial management and cost transparency. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.