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    Melissa Kinney

                      Accounting Professional


More than 20 year's experience in diverse financial services with particular expertise in Higher Education; developing, implementing, and managing complex projects within time and budgetary constraints.

Work experience

Senior Accountant

Augusta University - University of Georgia, Medical Partnership
Jun 2016Present

Manage the day-to-day accounting operations for The AU/UGA Medical Partnership. 

Ensure assigned business transactions and processes are performed in a timely and quality manner in accordance with established University of Georgia (UGA) as well as Augusta University (AU) policies and internal controls.

Oversee all monthly reconciliation and reporting transactions for accounts (UGA, UGA Foundation, UGA Project/Grants, AU, AU Project/Grants, Augusta University Medical Associates (AUMA), Physicians Practice Group (PPG), Medical Partnership Student Government (SGO), St. Mary’s and Athens Regional Residency Programs). This requires both high level accounting knowledge and proficiency in UGA and AU financial policies, procedures, and financial systems. Not limited to:
Web DFS, IMF/TSO, QMF, ARROW, Kronos, Simpler, eLeave, PeopleSoft Financials, Time Net

Prepare and monitor monthly and year-end cash management reporting.

Analyze all accounting transactions and policies for all accounts. Determine corrective actions, adjustments, as needed.

Create queries and extract financial data for both UGA and AU using UGA’s financial systems and AU’s PeopleSoft financials. Prepare financial reports as well as develop, build and maintain internal excel spreadsheet tracking all financial data from both institutions and private sector sources.

Assist in analyzing, developing and enforcing internal financial policies and procedures, make recommendations for improvements.

Establish and revise work methods and procedures based on analysis.

Prepare reports for the Director of Finance and Operations including analytical report reviews and others as needed.

Maintain required transactional supporting documentation and records based on retention/audit standards.

Assist with all external and internal audit requests.

Facilitate UGA Foundation scholarships to Augusta students at the Medical Partnership.


University of Georgia, Office of STEM Education
Apr 2005Jun 2016

Managed the accurate and timely processing of up to 5.8 million dollars for Office of STEM Education and OSE PreCalculus Online Learning Development.

Keep accurate and current account balances

Manage and reconcile to general ledger

Responsible for departmental and post award financial and budgeting transactions.

Advise and oversee representatives of partnering school districts and UGA Faculty to ensure that their financial submissions meet grant and UGA requirements.

Maintain and provide work tasks for Graduate Assistants Assist STEM departments and faculty in budget development of teaching/research projects, ensure that personnel, fringe, travel funding, and materials and supply funds requested meet the needs of the project and are adequate.

Process budget amendments, JV's, personnel documents and other financial documents required or needed. Process hiring for OSE employees as well as Graduate and Research Assistants.

Serve as liaison between UGA department faculty and granting agency.

Responsible for maintaining and providing all requests for budgetary audits from OSE and partner school districts.

Request formal vendor quotes for contract renewal at end of term as dictated by Contract Operations.

Grants Specialist

University of Georgia, Office of Sponsored programs
Jan 2001Apr 2005

Pre and Post award documentation, budgetary data, and scope of work for faculty applying for grant funding.

Served as a liaison between Grant Officers, Faculty, Federal/State Granting Agencies and Contracts and Grants.

Resolve backlogged reporting, restore order and organization to processes/records in disarray, research and collect final closing reports for archiving.

Track award submission and closures.

Allocate work and insured work accuracy of student workers.

Associate Accountant

University of Georgia, Police Department
Nov 2000Jan 2001

Monthly and hourly payroll.

Track and maintain all leave balances for department.

Balance department accounts to general ledger.


General office duties.

Office Manager

Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association
Aug 1995Nov 2000

Financials, Budgets & Cash Flow Reporting

General Ledger Maintenance and Bank Reconciliations

Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Reporting to Board

City Government contract billing

Internal and External Audits

Marketing and Development



Georgia Massage institute

Associate of Science




Efficient and Professional Attitude, Time Management, Team Player, Positive and Friendly, Problem Solving, Excellent Customer Service and Communication Skills, Research and Analytical Skills, Resourceful, Adaptable


Financial Reporting/Reconciliation, Payroll Accounting, Budget Coordination, Internal/External Audits, Grant Billing/Tracking, Staff Management, Month - End Journal Entries, Federal/State Level Compliance, Expense Reports, Customer Service


Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Kronos, IBM's Query Management Facility (QMF), ARROW Accounting, IPAWS, Quickbooks, Simpler, PeopleSoft, Time Net, Hyperium