Business | Finance
Dedicated to making her customers feel comfortable, Consuelo Garcia is excelling as the owner of Ameri Tax. She opened the income tax and bookkeeping services company in 2010 after many years in her family’s businesses, and is proud of stepping out on her own. Ms. Garcia is thrilled that her company continues to grow, believing that “you grow when you give.” Notably, since its start, Ameri Tax has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Garcia loves having the opportunity to help her largely Hispanic clientele and make their lives easier; she finds it extremely rewarding. She attributes her success thus far to the support of her mother, who gave her strength and faith.
Ms. Garcia’s professional journey officially began when she turned 24. That was the year her family opened a Mexican restaurant and she became responsible for overseeing the front of the restaurant, including customer service and accounts. Her family then started a flooring business from 2000 to 2009, where she also held a leadership role. During this time, Ms. Garcia was gaining a lot of hands-on accounting experience. She began doing income tax work on the side, and the rest is history. To enhance her standing in her field, Ms. Garcia earned a certification from the IRS. She also joined prominent organizations like the National Federation of Independent Business, Latino Tax Pro, and the National Society of Accountants. Looking to the future, she hopes to leave a legacy for her family.
Finance | Art
Driven by her desire to help others, Ruth McKim has traversed a variety of fields in the hope of making a difference. She initially decided to pursue art therapy, first as the director of art therapy at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital and then as the co-director of art therapy at Norton-Children’s Hospitals Inc. and the director of art therapy at NKC Hospitals. She loved the feeling of seeing art make people feel better, but ultimately decided to go in another direction. From 1970 to 1947, Ms. McKim became a tutor at the Kentucky Association for Specific Perceptual-Motor Disability, and in 1976, Ms. McKim became a researcher for Board Aldermen and public relations staff for the Department of Consumer Affairs. She stayed in the latter role until 1978, and then transferred within the organization to become a realtor associate until 1986. At that point, she assumed her last professional position: financial planner at National Life Vermont, which she held until 2004.
Outside of her career, Ms. McKim was very active in her community. She was a volunteer and art donor for PBS, a coordinator of Louisville Food Day, a voter registration canvasser, and a secretary and treasurer for St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. She also participated with the Republican National Committee, the Republican Presidential Task Force, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
EDUCATION | Finance
For the past seven decades, Imogene Klutts Chambers has dedicated herself to her career as a school system administrator and financial consultant. Her journey began with a Bachelor of Arts from East Central University, after which she immediately joined Marlow Public Schools as a high school mathematics teacher. A year later, she was employed by Bartlesville Public Schools, where she also garnered experience to become the assistant superintendent of business affairs and the treasurer. During his time, Dr. Chambers also served as a financial accounting consultant for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She furthered her education at Oklahoma State University with a Master of Science in 1974 and an EdD in 1980, as well as at the Association of School Business Officials, International, with certification as a school business administrator in 1976. Dr. Chambers served as a Director of Plaza National Bank (now BOK Financial) from 1984 to 1994.
Although she is officially retired, Dr. Chambers continues to give back to her community. She was a member of the board of directors of MUTUAL Girls Club from 1981 to 2016, and a life member of the East Central University and Oklahoma State University Alumni. Further, Bartlesville School District was one of three school districts that founded the Oklahoma School Insurance Association to pioneer the self-funding of workers’ compensation. She served as treasurer and later as administrator, retiring from that position in 1996.
For more than four decades, Rita M. Barredo faced every day with perseverance, hard work, and a determination to succeed. She wanted to be able to do things on her own, so she set her own goals and paved her own path through the financial field. Her efforts paid off, as, after nearly 10 years as a timekeeper for Timex Group USA, Inc., she finally became an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, Mass. Ms. Barredo held that position from 1985 until her retirement in 2016.
Proud of her achievements throughout her journey, Ms. Barredo considers one of the highlights of her career to be getting certified with the CPA in the state of Connecticut. She is also proud to be a diplomate through the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and the American Board of Forensic Accountants, and a certified information systems auditor, information technology professional, government auditing professional, management accountant, and internal auditor. Further, she holds a Master of Arts in public history from Central Connecticut State University, an MBA and a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Hartford, a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Post University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Connecticut, as well as certification in Homeland Security.
Recognized amongst her peers as an expert in financial reporting and financial analysis, Irene Borum has thrived as the Chief Financial Officer of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and as the president of Abacus CPA LLC. The former company works to promote health and support the care of health care needs of the Atlanta, Ga., community, and the latter provides full tax services. Ms. Borum was encouraged to enter the field by a professor, who saw her potential. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Borum gained experience as a finance manager at Boston Medical Center, a finance and accounting manager at Turner Broadcasting Philips Arena, a regional audit and financial reporting manager for the American Cancer Society, and a senior manager of financial reporting at Crawford & Company.
Ms. Borum prepared for her endeavors by earning an MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in 2017, a Master of Arts in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also joined prominent professional organizations like The American Institute of CPAs and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
Finance | Education
Although Eula DeWitt is now retired, she is proud to have served the IRS faithfully for more than three decades. The bureau allowed her to combine her passion for corporate America with her God-given gift for education, which thrilled her. She strongly believes that people are the greatest thing ever created; she always enjoys being of service to others. Dr. DeWitt started out as a field agent in 1981, the same year she graduated The City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and economics, and she remained in the position for the duration of her time there. Over the years, she also served as part of the organization’s Public Speakers Bureau, and as an instructor for revenue agents.
When Dr. DeWitt wasn’t working, she was very active in her community. She was a missionary in Belize, England, Guyana, Jamaica, and the West Indies, as well as Kano State, Jos State, and Benue State, Nigeria. She was also a guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Convention at Hunter College, the president and vice president of the Toastmaster’s 21 Club, and a member of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York and the Exploring Division of Greater New York. Further, Dr. DeWitt was the board governor of the Stuart Cameron McCloud Society and the director of the York College Alumni Association. She maintains roles like associate minister of the Bethel Baptist Church, missionary evangelist for the Wartburg Lutheran Home for Seniors, member of the Prison Ministry Team to Rikers Island through the Bethlehem Missionary Church, and leader of the Altar Workers Ministry to this day. Other current roles include tutor at York College, The City University of New York, Sunday school teacher at the Bethlehem Missionary Church, and member of the First Corinthian Baptist Church.
Finance | Law
Recognized for her skill in private equity, capital markets, and hedge funds, Mary Harmon is thriving in her position as a managing director at Goldman Sachs. She has held the position since 1999, and is driven by her desire to tackle issues and obtain the best possible outcomes. Some of her responsibilities as a manager include finding ways to motivate her team to have the same visibility and accountability she possesses and serving as a tax counsel for the financial giant. Her blend of financial and legal knowledge has been invaluable.
Ms. Harmon initially became involved in her profession on the advice of a professor, who recommended she supplement her CPA certification with an LLM. She dropped and sold everything to move to New York and make her new dream a reality. She only intended to stay for nine months while she garnered experience, but ended up loving her work so much that she stayed. Ms. Harmon furthered her education with a JD from the University of Arkansas in 1984. She also joined prominent professional organizations like ABA and the Federal Bar Assocaition.
Finance | EDUCATION
Growing up, Ruth C. Harris idolized her older sister, and wanted to do everything she did. Although she considered majoring in chemistry when it came time to pick her path, she ultimately decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and pursue business administration. She found she especially enjoyed accounting, and an inspiring professor encouraged her to see where that interest could take her. Now, Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University), a Master of Business Administration from New York University and an EdD from the College of William and Mary. She also became the first African-American woman in the Commonwealth of Virginia to become a certified public accountant. As the great-granddaughter of slaves, Dr. Harris found this to be an exemplary achievement, since there were fewer than 100 African-American CPAs across the nation.
Upon graduation from New York University, Dr. Harris joined the staff of Virginia Union University as an instructor in the commerce department. Over the next 48 years, she progressed through a variety of roles, including assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of accounting. She also held administrative positions such as department head, director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business Administration, chairman of her department, and member of the management team of the school of business. In 1997, Dr. Harris stepped down from her duties and assumed the title of distinguished professor emeritus, which she maintains to this day. She considers the highlight of her career to be the success of her students. Further, she is proud that, during her tenure, her department was known for making deadlines ahead of time and for being professional and efficient.
Passionate about numbers and technological advancements, Sarah J.D. Baca has relished in her new job with Capital Ford Lincoln. She is known amongst her peers for her excellence in employee relations, management, and human resources, and has earned a reputation for always being ready and willing to help out. Further, she has demonstrated an aptitude for negotiation, budgeting, payroll, compensation, and account reconciliation. As the controller of one of the premier Lincoln dealerships in Santa Fe, N.M., since 2014, Ms. Baca takes pride in the fact that she is responsible for dealing with millions of dollars. Looking forward, she hopes to use the knowledge she gains to advance and become the general manager or owner of her own car dealership.
Prior to her present endeavors, Ms. Baca spent nine years as the director of human resources at Beaver Toyota Scion. She enhanced her knowledge of the field by earning an Associate of Science in business administration and management and a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Santa Fe Community College, both in 2008. In 2011, Ms. Baca obtained a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and management from New Mexico Highlands University, and in 2015, she earned an MBA from the same institution. Additionally, she was certified as a professional in financial services by the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals in 2017. She considers her graduate degree to be her greatest achievement thus far.
On top of her diversified international experience, Isabelle Mathieu strongly believes that having the right attitude has made all of the difference in her successful career as a financial director. She is committed to being a reliable, valuable asset to the teams she works with, and to making sure that all of the goals of a project are met. To ensure she is always at her best, she regularly goes back to school and develops her knowledge. Ms. Mathieu attended the ESSEC Business School in France in 1979, and earned a master’s degree in international economics in 1981 and a specialization for executives in business management strategy in 1994. She proceeded to obtain an executive master of advanced studies in international taxation in Switzerland in 2013, as well as a certification in a high-level executive program dedicated to corporate governance.
Ms. Mathieu is currently using her background in her role as the international financial director of Bameo, an affiliate of the Vinci Group and Meridian Infrastructure Fund. There, her responsibilities include running big projects on an international basis, including the creation and development of new structures, especially holdings and JVs, and practicing corporate operational finance and management of financial and tax risks. Ms. Mathieu is also tasked with managing multi-cultural teams comprised of local and multi-locals of up to 30 people and up to 12 multiple sites. This type of work has allowed her to gain familiarity with institutional environmental interaction and with implemented financial processes, and to garner hands-on experience with countries like France, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, and Uruguay. Due to her dedication and knowledge, she is often asked to run big, international projects.