Smith College: BA, Psychology
University of Southern Maine: MBA, Finance and Marketing
Controller and Head of HR Strategy
What I do for my actual role is not as important to me as the people I work with. My undergrad degree is in psychology from Smith College. When I graduated, I thought I wanted to be a clinical psychologist and was well down the path of applying to graduate schools when my father told me “get back to the career center and find yourself a job”.
I did as my father asked. I applied to a handful of investment banking firms and Big 6 (at the time) accounting firms and ended up taking a job with Coopers & Lybrand (later PricewaterhouseCoopers). They sent me to train at the University of Southern California in accounting and then I began work in Boston as an auditor.
In 2001, I moved back to Maine to be closer to family and wanted to settle down and begin my own family. I’ve had the luxury of working in both small start-up environments and large billion-dollar public and private companies such as IDEXX and LL Bean. I always had great jobs with great companies, but what made them special were my coworkers.
People often tell me that I don’t seem like the accounting or finance type. It isn’t the accounting that I enjoy but rather the interactions with people. My career has evolved over the years from accounting to finance to HR as I gravitated towards the numbers that directly relate to employees.
I was first introduced to Rarebreed through a friend. He met Dan and Matt and they were telling him about the company and their next hire. Luckily, my name came to mind as having the skillset they were looking for; all because of RELATIONSHIPS.
Building relationships with partners, vendors and employees is at the core of Rarebreed and the part of my job that I love. I’m so honored to be part of such a great team and that Rarebreed is headquartered in Maine is the icing on the cake.
I live in Cumberland with my husband Ron and very active daughters Kylie and Jordan.
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