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Jul 2003Mar 2011

Financial Manager/ COO

TN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Directs and organizes the financial, accounting and management of the operations of the 1,200 member professional association.  Responsible for transitioning the financial records of the association and newly established 501c3 nonprofit foundation, from manually kept records to electronic and internet based operations.

Serves as part of the management team to creatively and effectively meet the needs of the members, including a web site, direct deposit, 401k and cafeterial plan for employees.  Acts as liaison to facilitate the financial and management matters of the association and foundation with board, members and staff.

Helped create and interactive "ask Janet" program for physicians with coding questions. Responsible for developing the HR function, financial reporting function and the budgeting process, including reporting for $500k grant from the State of Tennessee.


  • Responsible for the administration and management of the Business Office, Human Resource Office and over all financial functions of the organization
  • Oversight of all functions of the business office including: Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, Cash Management and Audit
  • Responsible for departmental and organization budget development and management, including grant budgets for state and foundations
  • Play key role in developing organization wide financial and operational policies
  • Prepares and provides financial reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Investigate and report on annual financial operating issues
  • Oversight and review of all agency rental agreements and other agency contracts with outside vendors and contractors
  • Oversee human resource functions of the organization including: Benefits, Payroll administration and monitoring

Executive Staff Team

  • Provide leadership as executive staff team on financial and administrative operations of the organization
  • Serve as part of the senior management by providing input to help guide the operations
  • Assist other executive staff with preparation of key operating statistics to monitor their area of operations

 Boards and Committees

  • Attend board and executive committee meetings
  • Prepare briefings and reports for board and executive committee meetings as necessary
  • Provide information and insight to the board and executive committee on the financial operations
  • Prepare the treasurer to present monthly and year end reports to the board
  • Staff the budget and finance committee reports

· Guide the committee through the annual budget process

Consults with:

  • Executive Director
  • Board President
  • Department Heads 

As a team member and leader, described by Executive Director as Exceeding Expectations in areas such as:  "Reliable, dependable; instills confidence in execution of work".."Able to make sound, logical decisions, exercises good judgement; able to see problems objectively" and "Strives to attain goals, self-starter, ability to act responsibly." 




Brentwood Baptist Church

I was hired at Brentwood Baptist Church, as their first Controller.  They had a bookkeeper in place that had a manual accounting system going.  In preparation for the new $20 million+ construction project of a new church building and move, it was my responsibility to set up new controls and computerized accounting systems.  I implemented a budgetary structure where each department was able to monitor and manage their related budget accounts on our accounting system, with controls in place.  We de-centralized the accounting functions and put the responsibility on the departments to manage their money.  I was able to prepare the first financial statements of the $8 million annual budgeted church organization that were reviewed by an outside accounting firm.  I also starting a pledge system to track pledges for the capital campaign. 

In December 2000, I had our first child and then retired from the church staff  in September 2001.  I had stayed on in a part time capacity and then as a consultant as the new staff was being built.

Reference:  J. Michael Witt, former Business Manager of BBC, 615-373-8243  or cell 584-8195.


Director of Finance & Administration

Nashville Symphony

As part of the management team, successfully secured a work partnership with the musician's union under a collective bargaining agreement.  As Director of Finance, I was responsible for supervising two full time accountants and reporting to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, on all financial and management areas.

During my time at the Nashville Symphony Association, I was called upon to make 3year and 5 year budget projections, in order to keep the association in the black.  The Nashville Symphony also toured with Amy Grant, and produced two CD's while maintaining their rigorous schedule.

Annual Budget Preparation, working with department heads

Monthly Analysis of Financial Statements

Assisted with Musician's Union contract negotiations

Prepared budgets, forecasts and cash flow forecasts

Supervised two staff members, payroll, accounts receivables and accounts payable personnel

Maintained accuracy and controls for ticket sales/earned income and annual campaign/contributions

Staff liasion to Finance Committed and Trust Advisory Committee and Board of Directors

Reference:  Vernon Rose, Previous Interim Executive Director and Director of Development, 615-347-0873


Career Progression

Brentwood Country Club - Financial Manager, 1994 - 1996

TN River Gorge Trust - Highlights included art auction to benefit the gorge

Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga - Highlights included grants administration & regranting management

R. Edward DeMars & Associates, CPA's



Bachelor of Science

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Competency + Good Judgement = Excellence and Quality

Type 12 (Developing People) is likely to feature the following "Key Traits"

1  Always sees people as being capable of growth 2  Emphasizes potential 3  Wants people to experience both doing a good job and attaining personal satisfaction 4  Likes creative input from all levels of the organization 5  Gets productivity from employees by emphasizing the worth of each individual 6  Holds a clear understanding of the social dynamics at play in a workplace

"Taken directly from the personal assessment of Cathy D. Jolley, by the Hartman Value Profile."


To obtain a professional position which will allow me to utilize my experience with opportunities for advancement and growth.

"Working in the nonprofit environment has allowed me to use my creative energy to plan, implement and evaluate many different plans and budgets. I have had the opportunity to work with some very influential people with great caring hearts. I enjoy collaborating with other organizations and corporations in order to meet the nonprofit's goals and objectives. It is very exciting for me to continue to work in a field where more and more nonprofit organizations are being managed as a business, but keeping a focus on their mission."

Cathy D. Jolley


US Green Building Council - Finance Committee Member, 2011

"Doing Good in Nashville" - Board Member, 2011

Ride for Reading, Inc. - Financial Advisor

Greater Nashville Athletic Club