I grew up in a small town in Michigan and "ventured" to Anderson University. I never imagined that I would end up, 22 and engaged working public accounting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In fact, I never imagined most of the things I experienced as a student at the FSB. A big catalyst in the development I experienced was SIFE. SIFE literally changed my life. It started when I prepared predictive financials for a potential laundry mat as a freshman. Then it progressed to being able to lead the competition team, one of the most stressful jobs I've ever had.
While a student at AU, I completed internships at both non-profit and for-profit companies as I was interested in both and wanted to figure out which one would be a better fit for me. InvisionAU assisted me with my for-profit internship and while I enjoyed my time at that particular company I quickly learned that working for a cause is what motivated me. I completed my non-profit internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was hired on relatively soon after I graduated from AU. I didn't realize coming into this profession how much it would change my perspective on so many things.
After graduating from Anderson with a major in Marketing, minor in Entrepreneurship, and my MBA I have been working for a non-profit organization called Christ In Youth (CIY). I currently work as the Tour/Marketing Manager for the preteen conference called SuperStart! We tour all over the country hosting a two day event designed specifically for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
Without the professors at the FSB, I would definitely not be where I am today. With faith on my side, I feel better everyday about the product I provide, in an area where small businesses struggle daily. As my advisor, Dr. Fox really helped me towards the end when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. Dr. Haskett and Dr. Lucas were always available after hours for any questions I had, and I had a lot.
Right now I'm a Partner at a small CPA firm on the westside of Indy, Rhodes Knisley CPAs. I focus on preparing individual tax returns. I pray that I am being "salt and light" to my employees and co-workers and clients through my attitude, work ethic, & generosity.
My time at the Falls School of Business was great. The business school offers a unique atmosphere that allows students to thrive if they’re willing to work. My professors served as teachers, mentors and friends. Cindy Gibson was very instrumental in my growth and development while at Anderson. As an advisor, she put me in a position to succeed. As a professor, she prepared me for my career. As a mentor, she played a critical role in connecting me with internship opportunities.
As a new graduate in 2003, I began a career in Chicago with a Fortune 500 telecommunications company working with a diverse group of finance professionals from many different backgrounds. I realized the value of the education that I’d received when I saw how my skills stacked up against those of my colleagues.
I wear a few hats right now - I am co-owner of The Meeting Place on Market, a coffee house/ cafe in downtown Lima, Ohio, Chief Information Officer of myStaffingPro, a software company, and wife & mom of three wonderful & unique kids. Anyone who is a heartfelt follower of God is salt & light wherever they are, but I think the unique place God has called me to is encouraging economic development in the city of Lima, a "rust belt" city that has lost quite a bit of manufacturing business.
Anderson University's Falls School of Business has become a vital stepping stone in my future. While getting my marketing degree, I took a sports marketing class with Dr. Buck where we had a class internship with the Indiana Pacers.
The Falls School of Business was not in existence when I attended Anderson College in the early 1960's, however I did take several classes from Dr. Glenn Falls and I have to say that he was the most fair professor I had at Anderson College.