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Director, Finance Candidate

Patricia Simpson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL


Your current position:

Director, Chemical Sciences Acad Advg & Career Services | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Describe your past experiences that will help you be successful in this role:

I have several years of prior experience working with SoACE at the Executive Board level. Specifically, I served as Treasurer/Director of Finance of the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers (SACE) for one year and then co-wrote all of the SOPs for the financial aspects of the new, SoACE, organization as part of the merger task force. Following my merger work, I served a two-year term as Vice President of Finance for the newly formed SoACE organization. During my tenure, I was responsible for the operating budget – including processing all bills and reimbursements and reconciling the operating budget monthly – and worked closely with our Association Management Team to make recommendations regarding our savings and CD accounts. As the two (Southeastern & Southwestern) original organizations had very different concepts of financial management, it was truly a challenging position. In addition, I have served as Treasurer of the American Chemical Society East Central Illinois division and currently serve as Treasurer of my Homeowner’s Association. Finally, I have served on the Midwest ACE board for the past two years as Director, Advancement and Communications, where I learned a great deal about the inner function, politics, and practices of the organization.


Brief paragraph on why you would be the ideal candidate for this role:

I believe that our regional associations are of vital importance to our profession. Midwest ACE provides us with excellent occasions for professional growth and networking connections. Since my own career has been enriched by my involvement with regional associations, I welcome the opportunity to continue to give back to the association by utilizing my previous experience in treasurer/financial management roles.


What goals do you hope to accomplish during your term:

One of the current challenges of MWACE, and many of our places of employment, is the need to do more with less. As Director, Finance, I would like to not only assist with the overall management of our operating expenses, but also continue the great work that Kerri Boivin has done in carefully reviewing and reconciling all income and expenses and searching for creative ways to maintain a balanced budget.




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