Mary’s passion for education and the desire to improve the accessibility of quality education for all members of the community have led to her joining the Ascend Business Services, a member of the Atrisco Companies. Here she can leverage the Atrisco Companies existing experience in shared business office functions and working with the OBMS system and combine that with her financial management skills and experience.
Mary is an experienced Certified Public Accountant with over thirty years of financial and accounting experience. Mary is also licensed as a charter school business official by the State of New Mexico. Mary’s professional experience includes a solid mix of public accounting, for-profit, non-profit and school experience. Prior to joining the Atrisco Companies, Mary has been working with a local Accounting Firm focused on supporting non-profits with back office services. The Firm’s efforts were focused on lowering administrative costs, improve internal controls, achieve grant and regulatory compliance and strengthen financial management by converting their business office functions to a system that allows the non-profits to focus their effort and resources on direct programs and services. Many of these non-profits work in the areas of early childhood and after-school education.
For over nine years Mary was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Bosque School in Albuquerque where she managed all financial functions of the school while maintaining and fostering high ethical standards, integrity and respect for the school community. She was responsible for the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts, instituted planning and control procedures and was responsible for audit and grant compliance. As an active participant on the Finance, Investment, Facilities and Strategic Planning committees of the Board of Trustees she made presentations demonstrating financial models, reports and budgets.
Mary has served on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for the Santa Fe Leadership Center and Leadership+Design, a non-profit providing innovative training and consulting services to school administrators across the country. She has been an active participant in the National Business Officers Association, Independent School Association of the Southwest, New Mexico State Society of CPA’s, and the American Institute of CPA’s.