She was selected from several strong candidates based on her immense 16-year background in nonprofit accounting. In addition, she holds an accounting degree from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Sullivan University.
Anne-Marie will focus on accounting, audit practices, budgeting, policies, and procedures for two nonprofits led by the Development Finance Authority (DFA) - the Western Reserve Community Fund (WRCF) and the Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR).
Rachel Bridenstine, Executive Director of WRCF and Managing Director and DFWR, stated, “Over the past two years WRCF and its lending platforms have grown exponentially. In addition to our two nonprofits, there are 14 subsidiary audits to track and manage. Anne-Marie’s experiences provide her with a unique skill set matched to our needs.”
DFA President Chris Burnham stated, “We’re delighted to have someone with Anne-Marie’s talents join our team. We’re confident she will ensure we continue to manage the finances of our organizations in the prudent manner our Boards and funders expect.”
Development Finance Authority of Summit County concentrates on economic and community development finance, primarily in the Northeastern region of Ohio, by aiding others in obtaining capital that otherwise might not be available.
Established in 1993, the organization started as Summit County Port Authority, and originally, their objectives were to save unused rail lines in Summit County for future transportation needs. But they discovered an opportunity in economic development and shifted their focus on building a solid tax foundation, development finance, and job creation.
In 2012, the organization changed its name from the Summit County Port Authority to the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) to better describe its actual function.