Who We Are

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.


whoDennis Keilholtz
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.


who2Harry Schwarz, LCSW
Engagement Partner


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.

& Advisory Services

Bearsolutions enables authorizers & overseers to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities by helping them establish strategic vision, engage stakeholders, communicate financial standards, and implement a reporting system that evaluates the financial health of schools.

(Charter Audit Resource Management)

Proven cloud-based IT application that measures and evaluates charter school fiscal performance, identifies outliers, and provides guidance to areas of concern. Provides secure data warehousing of current and historical information about schools, auditors, audits, and audit results.

to Charter Schools

Bearsolutions assists charter schools to link planning, assessment, and budgeting to achieve their vision and goals. Management and trustees are instructed on proven ways to use financial reporting for operational and governance purposes. We provide guidance based on experience.