After graduating from the UW-Madison School of Business in 1990, I followed the standard path for most Accounting majors by joining a public accounting firm. I audited municipalities, counties, non-profits and private colleges for several years. I then took a position as the Finance Director for a small city in southern Wisconsin. Despite it’s small size, it provided a great introduction to how politics impacts financial decisions and budgets in a public sector organization. I learned that any issue, large or small, can become political. I found it fascinating. After serving as Finance Director for a Wisconsin Technical college for two years, I attended the La Follete School of Public Affairs and UW-Madison and earned my Master’s Degree. I then worked as the Deputy Controller for Milwaukee County and the Finance Director for the City of Sun Prairie. I am happy to be back and UW-Madison , in particular the School of Human Ecology. The faculty and staff here are so diverse in their areas of study. The energy in our school is contagious. There is rarely a dull moment.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill