Your Primary Contacts
Utility Management Consulting
FCS GROUP’s president, Scott Bash, has more than 30 years of strategy, information technology, and business management experience. He helps organizations make the best use of technology and streamlines how people work together in business processes to align with organizational goals. He has demonstrated experience in asset management, business optimization, technology, and innovative approaches to improve organizational performance and efficiency.
He has been developing business intelligence solutions since 1999 and led technology evaluations and assessment to help cities plan for the future of the Internet of Things and Machine to Machine technologies, in an effort to help them meet growing community service demands in the face of financial constraints.
He has received his BS in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Missouri.
Utility Rate, Fee and Management Consulting
John Ghilarducci is FCS GROUP’s vice president and principal with 28 years of professional experience including 25 with the firm. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Public Works Association, the Washington Finance Officers Association, and the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association.
He received his B.S. in Economics at the University of Oregon and later earned a MPA in Organization and Management at the University of Washington.
Angie Sanchez Virnoche
Utility Rate and Fee Consulting
Angie Sanchez Virnoche is an FCS GROUP principal and shareholder with 23 years of experience providing financial services in a variety of capacities for water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste and electric utilities.
Angie’s utility rate expertise covers a broad range of areas including, expert review of the rate-setting framework and methodology used by clients, development of utility rates by service level, establishing renewals and replacement capital funding targets, evaluating fund balances, and development of a minimum charges.
Angie provides financial services to clients throughout the United States and serves on the American Water Works Association National Rates and Charges Subcommittee and AWWA Standards Committee. She also serves on the Board for the Northwest Public Power Association.
She received her BS in Business Administration and Finance at Oregon State University.
Financial Planning and Analysis
Peter Moy is an FCS GROUP principal and shareholder with over 44 years of public sector experience specializing in public finance, program evaluation, personnel and organizational analysis, management and operational reviews, performance audits, and policy analysis.
He has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations and governmental agencies and provides clients with a thorough knowledge of government operations and innovative and workable solutions to issues and problems. Mr. Moy is frequently called upon to speak at professional meetings and training seminars.
He received his BS in Finance and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Studies as well as his MBA in Finance at Berkeley.
Todd Chase, AICP, LEED AP
Todd Chase is a principal, shareholder and economist with 31 years of experience in management consulting, financial analysis and economic analysis for public-and private-sector clients. He has managed over 150 impact rate studies, annexation studies, funding strategies, and capital facility plans, with emphasis on growth management and sustainable “green” infrastructure. One of his specialties is providing detailed economic and fiscal impact assessments of the costs and strategies for implementing public and private improvements.
A recognized leader in Oregon on economic development policy issues, he is an appointed member of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development Economic Development Planning Advisory Committee, and the Clackamas Economic Development Commission. In his free time, Todd enjoys sailing out on the water.
He received his BS in Economics at University of Florida.
Jason Mumm is an FCS GROUP executive consultant with 21 years of financial and economic experience for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. He is a nationally recognized expert in utility rates, fees, and charges and has helped author significant portions of the American Water Works Association’s guidelines for water utility rates.
His noted areas of specialty include extensive work on the topics of affordability of water/sewer services – especially in consent decree situations – and regionalization of utility infrastructure. Jason has served as a court-appointed expert in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, Nova Scotia, Oregon, North Carolina, and New Mexico.
He has held public office as a water and sewer board member, served in the US Army, and earned degrees from the University of Colorado (MBA), and Colorado State University (BS). He currently leads FCS GROUP’s office in Boulder, CO.
Asset Management Lead
Ben Hoffman, GISP, is FCS GROUP’s asset management practice leader with 23 years of GIS and infrastructure asset management experience.
As a geographic information system professional (GISP), Ben has lead multiple agencies through the process of preparing for and implementing infrastructure asset management solutions as well as guiding clients through the strategic asset management preparation and configuration steps leading to defensible decision making for infrastructure capital investments.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing golf. He received his B.S. in Geography at Bemidji State University (Minnesota) with a focus on Urban and Regional Land Use Planning and GIS.
Chad Janicki is FCS GROUP’s Chief Financial Officer and operations manager. Chad provides over a decade of experience in finance, accounting policies, human resources and information technology implementation. His responsibilities consist of directing accounting processes, facilities management, administrative roles, information technology, and human resources management. Prior to joining FCS GROUP, Chad held management positions in commercial banking, professional service, and finance industries.
He received his education at Cañada College and North Seattle Community College and has been a member of multiple professional organizations including the California Capital Loan Committee.
Scott W. Lester is FCS GROUP’s marketing and business development director with over 20 years of experience providing marketing communications for professional service firms. His work involves supporting teams and clients to address infrastructure challenges, system resiliency and community development. He is responsible for market research, strategic planning, client relationship management, and proposal development.
Outside of business development, he enjoys…being outside…cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, and coaching his childrens’ various athletic teams. Scott holds bachelor degrees in Communications and Global Affairs with a minor in Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Your Project Team
John Anthony Martin (Anthony) is an FCS GROUP analyst with four years of public sector analysis experience. Anthony serves as both a member of FCS GROUP’s economics and finance practices and performs economic impact studies, strategic planning, infrastructure financing and financial impact fee studies for parks and utilities.
He enjoys serving the public and helping cities and utilities make sound economic decisions for their constituents. When Anthony has free time, he likes to spend it playing musical instruments and playing with his dog Bella.
He received his BA in Political Science at the University of Oregon and earned his MP Aff. in Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Brooke Tacia is an FCS GROUP project consultant with ten years of financial analysis and modeling experience. She has performed rate analyses, revenue requirement studies, cost-of-service assessments, general facility and connection charge analyses, and financial chapter development for water, sewer, stormwater and electric utilities. In addition, Brooke has developed rates and charges for conservation districts throughout Washington State.
A highlight of her job is helping educate clients on best practices and profiling the impact of certain decisions. In her free time, she cheers on local sport teams and can get lost in a good book.
She received her BA in Economics from Western Washington University.
Chase is an FCS GROUP analyst with experience in water and wastewater rate and fee development studies. He provides data analysis and spreadsheet modeling support.
Chase loves working with numbers and being engaged in a vital industry with lots of interesting projects. When he is not crunching numbers, he likes to spend leisure time golfing or watching local sports.
He received his BA in Finance and Information Systems at the University of Washington.
Chris Gonzalez is an FCS GROUP project manager with 13 years of utility rate and public finance experience. Specializing in developing utility rates and connection charges, he has served numerous water and wastewater utilities throughout the western United States.
Nationally, Chris serves on the AWWA Rates and Charges Subcommittee. He enjoys solving client challenges and helping others anyway he can. He also moonlights as a martial-arts instructor and carries a black belt in aikido, judo, and jujutsu.
Chris completed his BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University.
Courtney Black is an FCS GROUP project manager with 16 years of experience and has performed more than 150 utility rate and financial studies. Courtney frequently works with engineering and planning partners on utility comprehensive and master planning engagements to prepare financial chapters for water, sewer, and stormwater plans for cities, counties, and utility districts throughout the Northwest.
When it comes to her work, she takes pride in providing solutions for client problems. She completed her BA in Economics and Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University.
David Gordon is an FCS GROUP business analyst with five years of experience in asset management and economic analysis. He helps clients meet and exceed strategic objectives through the application of data-focused management and economic decision support. With a career as both a researcher and consultant, David combines business acumen with a curiosity that hones in on creative solutions. He has performed economic analysis with clients from small regional utilities to large institutions like the World Bank.
David is energized by solving problems and making a difference. When he is not solving quantitative problems, he is experimenting with qualitative matters involving brewing beer, cooking food, and being outside.
He obtained his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and received his Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Doug Gabbard is a project manager with 11 years of experience in government finance. After earning his MBA at the University of Oregon and then serving as a financial analyst in state and local governments in Oregon, Doug began his consulting career with FCS GROUP in 2011. Doug has guided local governments in Oregon and Washington through the setting of utility rates and impact fees, and he is an expert is system development charges.
Doug sees fiscal sustainability as the central challenge of local government. His passion is to help governments understand the full, ongoing costs of both their services and their assets. Only when those costs are quantified and compared with available revenue can governing bodies make informed decisions about the level of service that can be sustainable.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys plane spotting from the top of the PDX parking garage.
Gordon Wilson is an FCS GROUP senior program manager with expertise in financial and organizational analysis for water, wastewater and stormwater utilities and other local government services. He has 32 years of experience working in finance and management for the public sector, including various roles within city governments. His experience inside local governments allows him to approach management and financial consulting projects from a client perspective.
Since joining FCS GROUP, Gordon has conducted cost of service and user fee studies, long-term financial plans, and financial policy reviews for utilities and other local government functions. He has gained particular expertise in analyzing strategic business choices for utilities.
He received his BA in Political Science at Bringham Young University. He later earned his MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Matt is an FCS GROUP project consultant with expertise in financial and policy analysis for solid waste utilities including rate design, financial forecasting, program evaluation, strategic planning, and operations analysis. He has ten years of experience working in budget and solid waste management for the public sector, including roles with city and county governments.
He enjoys working with government agencies to design financial policy choices that achieve community goals and are supported by robust analytics and operational feasibility. If you were ever to see him outside of the office, it would most likely be on a bicycle or hiking with his family.
He has a BS in Political Science from Idaho State University and a MP Aff. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas.
Melanie Hobart is an FCS GROUP senior analyst with nine years of public sector business management and financial consulting experience. She has performed water and electric utility rate studies and financial forecasting throughout Washington State and Alaska. Melanie’s electric utility finance experience includes load forecast analysis, rate setting, and policy and regulatory analysis.
What she enjoys the most about her work is engaging with public utilities on developing sustainable solutions. When she is not problem solving her way through a model, she rolls with a local Seattle rowing team.
She has a BA in Environmental Studies and Psychology in addition to a MPA from the University of Washington.
Melissa Levo is a FCS GROUP Senior Analyst with over four years of experience in utilities and energy management. Melissa joined FCS GROUP in 2016 and specializes in finding water and electric consumption patterns.
Melissa is particularly driven by an interest in looking at an amorphous data set and helping organizations make the best decisions for their constituents
She received her BA in Biology at Kenyon College in Ohio followed by an MPA with a certificate in Environmental Management at the University of Washington.
Paul joined FCS GROUP in 2017 and has five years of previous experience as a credit analyst in the investment management field. He was previously in charge of picking new investments and forecasting earnings, specializing in certain industry fields including oil & gas, metals & mining, autos, trucking, aerospace & defense, and industrials.
Paul enjoys his work because it not only has a positive effect on the municipality that we are working with, but also the public that they serve. Outside of work he enjoys beekeeping, kayaking, and shooting sporting clays.
He received his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics from Bucknell University..
Sergey Tarasov is an FCS GROUP project manager with 11 years of experience in rate design and financial feasibility analysis for electric, water, sewer, stormwater and solid waste utilities. His areas of expertise are in customer statistics analyses creating customer specific profiles to aid in detailed load forecasting (electric), revenue requirement development, cost-of-service analysis, rate design analysis and unit cost determination.
Sergey is a member of the Northwest Public Power Association and enjoys spending time with his family when not hard at work.
He has a BS in Economics from the University of Washington.
Tage Aaker is an FCS GROUP project manager with five years of experience in utility rate studies, rate modeling, utility valuations, government fee development, cost recovery programs, and economic analysis for clients throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
Tage specializes in developing sophisticated yet practical Excel-based rate modeling tools to calculate full cost-of-service, determine cost-benefit of alternatives and improve user experience through dashboards and calculators. His experience includes working with water, sewer and stormwater utility clients to develop level of service scenarios that involved CIP analysis and alternative funding strategies.
What energizes him about his work is the ability to problem solve and observe the short and long-term of adopted rate programs. When not working, he enjoys backpacking in the wild and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
He received his BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the University of Washington.
Tim Wood is an FCS GROUP economist with five years of experience in economic and financial analysis for public-and private-sector clients.
Tim’s experience includes infrastructure funding studies, economic strategic plans, impact fee development and cost-benefit studies. Tim has worked on TIGER grant applications for Northwest clients and has experience with parks, transportation, water, sewer and stormwater financial rate studies.
He received his BS in Political Science at the University of Oregon and his MS in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University.
Wyatt Zimbelman is an FCS GROUP analyst with experience in financial consulting for utilities and transportation agencies in Washington State. He performs data analysis and spreadsheet modeling for water utilities.
What he enjoys most about his work is the ability to solve complex problems that benefit the public and environment. Outside of work, Wyatt is a passionate local sports fan and music buff.
Wyatt received a BA in Finance from the University of Washington.
Diane Harmon has been with the firm for 18 years. As Accounting Manager, she is in charge of all accounting functions, insurance compliance, contract paperwork stipulation, voice and data networks, and client billing and assistance with human resources duties.
Kathy Lyons is the office and project assistant and has been with the firm for eight years. She provides project production support and is responsible for the reception, inventory and billing support for the FCS GROUP team. Kathy is also responsible for facility maintenance, organization, and décor.