Founded in 2007, bearsolutions LLC is a Maryland-based strategy and management consulting firm specializing in services to public charter schools and their authorizers. We work with senior leaders to enable change by providing innovative solutions that drive transformation. Our financial oversight model and supporting database application provide the operational tools to bridge the gap between financial reporting and governance action.
Founder and Managing Partner
Dennis Keilholtz is a nonprofit financial governance advisor with extensive charter school experience. Dennis brings an extensive background in finance and business administration with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, most recently in the education sector. Prior to founding bearsolutions LLC, he served as Vice President for Business and Treasurer of the Tai Sophia Institute, a private nonprofit graduate school, now Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dennis has held progressively responsible financial positions in public accounting, internal audit, and operations during his business career. Dennis holds a BS in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College, with post-graduate studies in mathematics and computer science at The Johns Hopkins University. Volunteer work includes participation on the Commission on the Future of Howard Community College.
Harry Schwarz, LCSW
Harry Schwarz has over 30 years’ experience as a manager/executive/fundraiser for health care and higher education nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining bearsolutions LLC, Harry served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Tai Sophia Institute, now Maryland University of Integrative Health. He previously served as President/CEO of a Baltimore, MD health care agency, and has held senior staff and management positions at the Catholic University of America. Harry has a BA in Economics and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in community planning and administration. He has served as President of the Howard County (Maryland) Association of Community Services, Peer Reviewer for the Standards for Excellence Program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and was a candidate for election to the Columbia (MD) Council.
Bearsolutions is confident that we have the ideal mix of experience, resources and knowledge needed to deliver the proactive, industry-specific service that you deserve.