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Information Technology and Administrative Management

Amber Simon, Lecturer

Office: Virtual
Phone: 509.963.2611
Email: Amber.Simon@cwu.edu

My name is Amber Simon and I am excited to have the opportunity to be on the roster of adjunct professors for the ITAM department!

I have over 20 years of experience as an Accountant in several different business settings. I have worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as mid-sized corporations and small family owned businesses in the private sector. My most recent work experience has been in the public sector working for local governmental agencies. In all of those settings, I have found professional verbal and written business communication methods to be invaluable tools for communicating with people in all levels of the organizations as well as with those from outside the entities.

I earned my Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of Oklahoma and completed my Masters of Business Administration at Keller Graduate School of Management in the evenings while working full-time. I can sympathize with those of you who are juggling your responsibilities while working a full-time job and completing your degree.


Advice to students:

As an on-line professor I have begun to recognize that those who get an early start on their assignments tend to earn better grades than those who procrastinate. I attribute this phenomenon to two reasons:

  1. The procrastinators are rushed to submit their assignments at the last minute and don’t give themselves time to review their work with fresh minds before submitting it.
  2. Those who submit their drafts early are taking me up on my offer to provide feedback to be used on the final draft that is graded.

There are challenges with the on-line teaching format. Clear communication is a way to overcome those challenges. Make up for the lack of face-to-face time by contacting your instructor when you have questions. Keep in mind that if you have a question, then other students likely have the same question. I am here to help, so please reach out to me!


Education

Keller Graduate School of Management/Devry University – Masters of Business Administration – 2005

University of Oklahoma – Bachelor of Accountancy – 1996

Connors State College – Associate of Science - Equine Technology – 1994

Experience

Financial Services Manager, Kittitas County Fire District No. 2, 2011 to present

Complete responsibility for all financial functions including budget preparation, financial reporting, payroll, investment management, small works/purchases roster, audits, purchasing, inventory management, and grant billing. Oversight of employees completing accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract billing, and ambulance billing.

District Secretary, Kittitas County Fire District No. 2, 2011 to 2014

Secretary to the Board of Fire Commissioners responsible for legal functions of the District including resolution preparation, formal meeting organization, tort claims management, annexations, public records requests, insurance, and policy creation.

Business Manager/Accountant, Kittitas County Public Health Department, 2007 to 2011

Worked closely with the Board of Health and the county Auditor’s staff to reorganize the department’s financial procedures and internal controls while keeping them in alignment with Washington State’s Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting Systems (BARS) guidelines.

Established a new database system for developing and monitoring the department’s budget.

Complete responsibility for all aspects of grant and contract billing, budget preparation, financial statement preparation and review, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.

Full Charge Bookkeeper, Westgro Corp., 2006 to 2007

Completed all accounting functions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll as well as preparation of financial statements, tax reports, account reconciliations, and general ledger entries.

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