Listee Features — Finance

FAITH MCCLUNG KLINE O’BRIEN

Backed by a lifelong love for working with numbers and a passion for investing, Faith McClung Kline O’Brien has thrived as the president of Hearthstone Enterprises, Inc. She has been with the company since 1996, and she really values the relationship she has built with her employees. Their support has given her security and the freedom to be herself. Ms. O’Brien also likes the fact that her work is challenging, as that means that every day brings something new to keep her on her toes. Prior to this endeavor, Ms. O’Brien garnered experience in a variety of other positions. Some of these include director of trusts and investments at Hillsdale College, director of trust and investment services and corporate assistant

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JANICE JONES SCHLIEKER

Skilled at math for as long as she can remember, Janice Schlieker is a natural at accounting. She has been taking care of the books from her first job as a cashier at a movie theater while she was in high school, and is currently parlaying her expertise into her roles as an accountant at Timberline Church, an office manager at Energy Solutions, Blessing Ranch, and Poudre Aviation, a bookkeeper at Jim & Dave’s Appliance, and a consultant at Longaberger Basket Co. Her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing every financial aspect of the various organizations, ensuring everything runs smoothly from a monetary standpoint, and handling reconciliations. Ms. Schlieker’s passion outside of numbers is religion. One of the highlights of her journey

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MARY ANN LERCH

A business valuation expert, Mary Ann Lerch loves analyzing data. Numbers and charts speak to her, and she finds the constant quest for knowledge to be exciting and enlightening. Ms. Lerch is currently lending her skills to her professional community on a consulting basis, which she’s done since 2005. She also contributes what she’s learned to professional journals, webinars, and presentations. Some of the highlights of her career include being the first woman to publish in the Business Evaluation Review and being one of the first women to get an ASA with the American Society of Appraisers. Ms. Lerch didn’t start out with the goal of pursuing a career in math and business, however. It wasn’t until she took a

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ANNE CULTON RUZICKA

Known for her integrity, trustworthiness, and competency, Anne Culton Ruzicka is thriving as a certified professional accountant (CPA). She started her career as the audit manager for Arthur Young & Co., after which she decided to step out on her own and found Ruzicka & Associates. Over the next four decades, Ms. Ruzicka served the company as a partner and vice president. She left in 2014, however, to pursue a position as the director of Kessler Orleans Silver, Ltd, PC. Today, Ms. Ruzicka is lending her services to Wipfli, LLP and Cetera Financial Servers and Predecessor Firms. She is the director of the former and a registered investment advisor for the latter. Her expertise lies in auditing and accounting for

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MARY DEVON O’BRIEN

Backed by expertise in communications and management, Mary Devon O’Brien is thriving as the commissioner of the Essex County Tax Board and as the president of Anamex, Inc. She started the former position in 2008 and the latter in 1995, and really loves her work. Ms. O’Brien appreciates that both draw heavily on her past experiences. In tax hearing appeal cases, she has to follow the law, be fair to everyone, and try to ensure that no one suffers. In the service organization, the highlight of her work is with the eyeglass recycling program. At the beginning of her career, Ms. O’Brien served the Defense Communications Division ITT as a program administrator, a manpower controller, a manager of cost and

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EVA JO SPARKS

Positive, hardworking and honest, Eva Jo Sparks has become a trusted member of the forensic consulting community. Her expertise lies in white collar crimes like financial and health care fraud, predatory lending, and mortgage crime, and led her to create her company, Oklahoma Expert Witness. There, she is responsible for forensic accounting and investigations, detecting embezzlement, reconstructing financial records and books, preparing cases for court, creating trial exhibits, and testifying in federal and state courts. ​ The most gratifying aspect of Ms. Sparks’ job, however, is assisting pro se litigants who have been wrongfully cheated and have no means to assist themselves. One of her most notable cases involved an attorney altering her expert report regarding Medicare fraud. She worked

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M. NISA KHAN

The founder and president of IEM LED Lighting Technologies, M. Nisa Khan has thrived in the semiconductors and engineering field. She and her company develop LED lighting technologies through research, innovation, and engineering. Their services include providing training and tutorials for R&D, manufacturing, engineering, and marketing for LED and SSL lighting. They also offer comprehensive LED/SSL luminaire product design, optimization, simulation, and testing for various existing and new lighting products.  Dr. Khan also works as an independent consultant and performs feasibility studies in various LED lighting and display industries.​ ​ ​Dr. Khan is the author of the research and college textbook, “Understanding LED Illumination.” It was described as the “most comprehensive introductory book in LED lighting,” by Professor Chou at

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CONSUELO GARCIA

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

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RUTH A. MCKIM

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

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IMOGENE KLUTTS CHAMBERS

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

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