Vice President

of Operations



Elyse Bender, CPA

Elyse attended the University of Kansas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City the following year. Elyse started her accounting career as an intern at Fortiviti before going on to work in public accounting and obtaining her CPA. She was an auditor for 6 years and officially rejoined the Fortiviti Team in March 2021.


Elyse and her husband are busy building their farmstead. They have undergone many projects like building their own custom chicken coop that houses 13 laying hens. Their overabundance of eggs often get dished out among people in the office. They are currently working on procuring meat birds to harvest throughout the year. Elyse also has her own green house where she grows plants and crops all year round.


Elyse enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her two golden-doodles, Harper and Hayes. She loves traveling and is currently trying to visit all the National Parks in the United States. Elyse also participates in our work volleyball league. She has always loved and played the sport, and tries to get on the court whenever she can.


Long Story Short


Graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from KU


Graduated with Master's Degree in Accounting from UMKC


Internship at Fortiviti 


Started at BKD in the Audit Department


Passed CPA Exam

2019 - 2020

Promoted to Manager at BKD


Returned to Fortiviti as CFO


Promoted to VP of Operations