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Work experience

2011Present

Controller

The Public Theater

Provide financial oversight for $21M operating budget, $18M endowment, and capital projects.  Oversee annual audit and preparation of monthly financial statements. Prepare and present interim forecasts, financial and cash flow reports to senior management and Board. Coordinate investment activities with Finance Committee, acting as liaison with banks and investment managers

20062011

Controller promoted to Development Director

The Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Historical Association

As DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, promoted ethical, cost-effective, and community-sensitive fundraising practices. Cultivated an environment in which the Board, Fundraising Committee, staff and volunteers were encouraged to fundraise for the Association and its mission. Provided fundraising opportunities for the Association by developing, maintaining, participating in and overseeing a comprehensive fundraising plan, including events, campaigns, and other fundraising devices, representing 50% of the annual operating budget.

As CONTROLLER, optimized all financial performance through analysis and efficient management of human resources. Managed accounting, budgeting, forecasting and cash management for all aspects of the Association, including production of America's longest-running outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony. Directed all accounting and finance functions for compliance with fund accounting and timely management reporting. With the Executive Director, ensured the success of box office goals and development efforts, including annual membership and marketing drives, fundraising events and capital campaigns. Prepared budgets for the sake of winning and complying with private, state, and federal grants.

20052005

Interim Controller

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Restructured financial system and automated monthly and annual reporting. Developed improved processes for tracking temporarily and permanently restricted net assets. Assessed, redesigned and implemented new business practices to better track public support. Rescued systems for Fixed Assets and Prepaid Insurance. Consolidated financials for subsidiary organization. Prepared specialized grant reports and board presentations.

20022004

Accounting & Budget Manager

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Managed accounting and budgeting staff, including Accounts Payable and Receivable. Prepared monthly and annual financial reports, as well as budgets and forecasts. Worked with departments and board to create annual operating and project budgets. Led annual audit preparation and presented year-end reports to the Board of Directors. Restructured and automated financial system. Developed processes for tracking temporarily and permanently restricted net assets. Prepared daily status reports, including the activity of Box Office, Planning and Support and Capital Projects.

20002002

Operations Manager

Cowboy Pictures

Oversaw the financial success of individual films and the company as a whole. With seven direct reports, managed Acquisitions, Booking and Print Shipping, as well as Publicity and the creation of all collateral materials. Directed the general operations of the business, such as Finance, Human Resources and Legal. Created and implemented production schedules and budgets for all phases of theatrical release.

19972000

Senior Accountant promoted to Systems Implementation Specialist

Guggenheim Museum

As SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST, assessed, redesigned and implemented new business practices with a multitude of departments, including Finance, Membership, Fundraising and Curatorial and Collection Management. Collaborated with IT in the implementation of enabling technology and user training. Fostered an environment of continuous improvement. Designed and institutionalized ongoing operational procedures and processes.

As SENIOR ACCOUNTANT, managed accounting staff, including Accounts Payable and Receivable. Prepared monthly and annual financial reports, including regular presentations to the Board of Trustees. Prepared audit documents and schedules. Managed investment portfolios. Tracked and discounted gifts and contributions. Prepared monthly accruals for exhibition-related expenses and bond-related interest. Reconciled overseas operations and bank accounts, including Berlin, Bilbao and Venice. Oversaw application of FASB principles.

19951997

Studio Owner and Manager

Anvil Entertainment

Developed and implemented initial business plan and music studio model. Established all operating and accounting procedures. Set up financial systems. Prepared budgets and financial reports. Obtained licenses and permits required to start business. Organized successful marketing and promotional efforts as needed. Managed studio staff. The studio broke even in its first year and sales doubled in each of the subsequent two years.

19951996

Senior Accountant

EuroBank

Managed internal accounts, including interest payable, interest receivable and loans in process. Reconciled external bank accounts. Purchased foreign currencies. Processed wire transfers. Restructured accounts payable and inventory systems. Implemented FDIC required loan procedures.

Skills

Theatrical Works
For the screen: Tiananmen, Triggerstreet.com Screenplay of the Month; The 13th Christmas, Best Screenplay, Monterey Screenplay Competition (chaired by Clint Eastwood); Hacks; Emily's Sneakers; A Girl Named Bliss.   For the stage:   Author of Simon's Pirate Adventure for Waterside Theatre, Manteo, NC, 2009-2010 (and held over for 2011). Co-author of Rapunzel, Pinocchio, Rumplestilskin, and Hansel and Gretel for the Children's Hour Players, a touring ensemble, with 100+ performances each.  
Fundraising
Think about the person you love the most, whoever it is--your husband, your mother, your baby girl, or maybe it's your pet Schnauzer. Now imagine--whoever it is--they 're dying. There's an operation that can save them, but you can't afford it.   What are you going to do?   Make a list of everyone you know who would want to help you save your loved one. This is YOUR LIST, the list of everyone you know who might possibly help you in a fundraising effort, because there is no one you would leave off such a list if at all possible.   As a fundraiser, this is my first step: I ask every board member of the non-profit to make their list.
Database Management, etc.
Also proficient with FileMaker and Access (database software), Project, Basecamp, Lotus 1-2-3 (including macro programming), Rentrace, FedLine, Skype, Adobe Photoshop, ACT (contact management), FileMaker Donations, and Raiser's Edge (fundraising). Trained in all functions of modern e-mail and calendar software, including Outlook, Thunderbird and Apple's Mail.
Social Networking
An early adopter of applications such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yammer.  
Excel
  Special virtuosity in Excel and fluent in all components of MS Office, both Macintosh and IBM, with a special interest in on-line and network security.
Small-business and mid-level financial systems
  Expert in professional small-business and mid-level financial systems, including Great Plains, Solomon, Blackbaud (Financial Edge), Libra, Peachtree, Multiview, Best Budgeting and QuickBooks. Skilled in financial report writing software including Crystal, FRx and CS Dave.

Theatrical Works

References

Marisa Keselica

Anna Lee

Carl Curnuttee

Kathy Horne

Education

Aug 1992May 1995

Bachelor of science

Babson College

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

"Babson College has been selected among the Most Admired Educational Institutions, according to a survey conducted by the Boston Business Journal. The BBJ noted that Babson was among 30 companies/organizations, CEOs, and brands that epitomize the most admired throughout Boston’s business community. Babson was one of just three educational institutions recognized, along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University."

Fundraising Writing Samples

Recent Audits Managed

Films Distributed

Objective

A leadership position with a non-profit making a positive impact in its community, drawing upon my development experience, financial expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Summary

I'm a hands-on, yet strategic-minded, non-profit professional. I am an experienced non-profit Controller, Budget Manager, Development Director and systems specialist--I can make any system or database from Blackbaud to Great Plains sit, stay, and rollover for treats. I am also a born leader and communicator--a seasoned manager who enjoys motivating a team.

Potential employers will see that I have a diverse set of skills. It has been my pleasure to prepare financial statements, lead audits, and provide board and committee support for several internationally renowned non-profits. Recently I have had success in grant writing, major donor and individual giving initiatives, events, direct mail appeals, and corporate and government relations.

Affiliations & Memberships

Board Member of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild.

Brooklyn Children's Museum, member; WNYC, member; Electronic Frontier Foundation, contributing member; American Red Cross, volunteer; American Civil Liberties Union, member and volunteer; Amnesty International, volunteer.

Career Highlights

  • 10+ years experience at several internationally renowned non-profits.
  • Raised $2M in nine months to open the 71st season of The Lost Colony following a total loss fire.
  • Increased the number of active Roanoke Island Historical Association supporters by a factor of five.
  • Re-implemented the accounting systems and software at BAM and the Museum of Jewish Heritage and trained staff to utilize lost functionality.
  • Distributed over 20 feature films, including the Academy Award nominated Promises and works by acclaimed artists like Catherine Breillat, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Campbell Scott.