The Bacana Team is a fantastic assortment of assistants, bookkeepers, consultants, and tech experts living in New York City, Los Angeles, and Orange County. Thanks to modern technology, we are available to work virtually with clients just about anywhere in the world. Like our clients, we lead big lives, too. That’s just one reason we’re so good at helping you with yours.
Bacana Team Leaders
Naomi Peters (Founder & President) loves the platypus. It’s an animal that is comprised of seemingly odd parts to make a unique and awesome whole. Bill like a duck, furry mammal, lays eggs, spends much time under water & some time on land, webbed feet, poison spurs (for the males), and the state animal of New South Wales, Australia.
Now let’s look at Naomi’s brain… A snapshot from high school: valedictorian, Latin club, math team, drama club, honor society, Governor’s School for biology, student council, community volunteer, not to mention all the various awards, advanced classes, and other clubs. So what are you meant to take away from this? Total geekdom, of course. But really, this is the foundation of Naomi’s brain — a deep love for language & literature, an excitement by numbers and precise details, an inner well full to the brim of the arts & creativity, an abiding enthusiasm for science & nature, a natural affinity for leadership & clarity, and a throughline of service.
Added to that foundation are decades of experience & further learning in a number of fields: organization & administrative skills, technical gadgetry & software, business strategies & structure, financial order wizardry, and a lot of teaching.
With Bacana, Naomi can let her multi-gifted self come out to play. As a self-taught “tech geek,” she has a real knack for translating complicated jargon into relatable language. As an artist and communicator, she is an outside-the-box thinker who gives practical advice with a creative flare. Having plenty of martial arts, dance training, and motorcycle riding under her belt, she has also been known to be spunky on occasion. A longtime volunteer of her time and skills, Naomi believes in giving back. A triple citizen of Australia, the US, and the UK, Naomi now calls London her home. (But don’t worry, folks. She does come back to the States regularly to check up on the whole Bacana family in person.)
Brian Brunst (Tech Department Manager) tackles those challenging problems that others often give up on while pushing himself to design solutions that use technology in innovative and creative ways. He holds an ITIL V3: Foundations Certification for Mastery of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, a set of frameworks and best practices for developing and supporting IT services that is currently utilized by the vast majority of successful businesses around the world. He particularly enjoys working with Bacana clients and does so with a great attention to detail, testing multiple scenarios to make sure the support given consistently holds up. In addition to his techie prowess, Brian is a self-proclaimed “athletic geek.” He currently plays in a basketball league year-round, snowboards, bowls, golfs, and is an avid baseball fan. A native of Honolulu, he now lives in Los Angeles and Cyberspace.
Elizabeth Morton (Ex-Officio VP & Contributor to Notions) held a variety of “odd jobs” over the years (never a nine to fiver) that well prepared her for her work with The Bacana Plan where she served as VP & Director of Communications for over three years. Elizabeth loves riding on trains, brainstorming with Naomi, and reading biographies. She is an actor and writer with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville. Life in New York City is her graduate school.