CPA, Financial Controller
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
Brigham Young University. Accounting and later Business in the Executive MBA program.
Tell us about your school/work life:
I graduated from BYU in Accounting in 1981. I earned my CPA in California and worked in Public Accounting with a “big 8” firm. Over the years I remained engaged in my profession even when I was predominantly a full time mother. I eventually stepped back into the workforce part time, and then full time. I was working as a Business Manager in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU when I applied to the Executive MBA program at BYU. I graduated with my MBA in August of 2015. I have recently been granted a Utah CPA license in addition to my California license. I currently work as the Financial Controller for the BYU Technology Transfer office. I am passionate about boosting the strategic capabilities of organizations through relating financial data to organizational goals and objectives. Additionally, I enjoy meeting the challenges of greater compliance and accountability while simultaneously driving greater financial efficiency and effectiveness within my organizations.
Tell us about your life outside of school/work:
I’m passionate about lifelong learning. I love to read and I frequently pick up a class at BYU to learn new things or enhance current skills or knowledge. I run eight miles six days a week – I consider it my “therapy”. I love to travel and I love family time. I’m also passionate about service. I currently serve with my husband at the Provo MTC.
How do you de-stress?
I de-stress by reading or by getting outdoors preferably with my husband. I love to run, walk, hike, ski-really anything that gets me out into the fresh air and sunshine. I also find that throwing myself into meaningful service can be a good way to de-stress. Chocolate works for me too!
What was the greatest barrier on your path to awesomeness, and what did you do about it?
When I was young I knew that my parents would not be able to help me much financially with college. I was confident and committed from a young age that I would go to college. I worked hard from the time I was 11 years old and I saved my money. By the time I was accepted to BYU I had a nice “college savings” buffer. Additionally, I made sure to do well in school and I was granted some scholarships that helped me through as well. For me it can be condensed to hard work and self-discipline. That same formula has gotten me through personal challenges, new job challenges, and graduate school.
What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on?
Honestly, the most exciting, challenging and rewarding project was raising four bright and energetic children with a frequently traveling husband. They are all wise and wonderful adults now and are providing my husband and I with amazing and delightful grandchildren!
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