Office: Hebeler 102 - A
To my students, I bring the knowledge and skills learned from my studies in accounting, business education, and MBA programs; a decade of industry experience; and more than a decade of teaching at the college level. As a certified public accountant (CPA), my experience ranges from helping individuals and small- to medium-sized companies with their accounting needs to directing an international nonprofit organization. As a university instructor, I have taught many classes in accounting, financial analysis, computer applications, business communications, and business professional development.
My industry experience includes serving as the Director of Fiscal Affairs and Operations for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a nonprofit corporation located in Missoula, Montana; Washington, D.C.; and Tokyo, Japan. I accounted for and oversaw budgets in excess of $3.5 million and an investment portfolio in excess of $12 million; prepared for and administered the annual financial audit and single (Federal grant) audit; and oversaw day-to-day operations, including human resources, payroll, and accounts payable. I reported directly to and communicated regularly with a Board of Directors consisting of 12 high-level executives and politicians from the United States and Japan.
Prior to directing fiscal affairs at the Mansfield Foundation, I worked with a large variety of clients as a CPA in public accounting. I compiled businesses’ financial statements for the purpose of reporting to shareholders and/or obtaining bank financing; assisted with business valuations as needed for court proceedings, such as in the case of divorce or bankruptcy; and corresponded with governmental agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Small Business Administration on the behalf of clients. Additionally, I performed individual, partnership, and corporate tax research, tax planning, and tax return preparation. I also worked with small and medium-sized businesses to select and set up bookkeeping and asset management software and trained clients on the use of the software.
My education includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Office Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. I participate regularly in continuing professional education courses to stay abreast of developments in accounting and finance and in online education.
Having grown up as the oldest of nine children on a farm in Western Montana, I learned at an early age the value of a strong work ethic. I also learned compassion and patience. As an instructor, I apply these traits, working hard to ensure students have the materials, information, and activities necessary to learn efficiently and succeed academically. I am attentive to students’ individual needs while at the same time, setting high standards and expecting students to take responsibility for their own learning. My students consistently report that they enjoy the way classes are conducted, the open communication with their instructor, and are surprised by and pleased with how much they learn.
Advice to Students
Take time to figure out where you want to be in five years regarding your career, your finances, your family, and your personal development. Then devise a plan for working toward those goals. Be sure your plan includes time to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Being healthy in all these regards is the key to being able to stay on track long-term. Lastly, work hard on a regular basis to reach your goals. Enjoy the journey and be proud of your accomplishments!
- M.B.A., The University of Montana
- B.S. in Business Education, Central Washington University
- B.S. in Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis, Minor in Office Administration, The University of Montana
- ADMG 302 Financial Analysis for IT and Administrative Management
- Online, web-based curriculum development
Prior Work Experience
- Executive Director of Operations, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (an international nonprofit corporation), 1996-1999
- Accounting Instructor, The University of Montana, 1994-1996
- Certified Public Accountant, 1987-1994
- Active in public education and community organizations providing music and theater performance opportunities for children.