Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and still live locally with my husband and our two sons. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote short stories, poetry, and I interned at the local newspaper in high school. I planned on being a journalist and traveling the world and writing about the people and places that I visited. Then a college economics class changed everything. I fell in love with numbers and the puzzles they provided.
I had heard all of the jokes about how boring accounting was and I expected a few pocket protectors and calculators as future gag gifts from my friends. What I didn't expect was how social accounting is. My first role was in Accounts Receivable and Collections and I found very quickly how much the success in my role would rely on my relationships with our customers. I learned to listen, ask better questions, and how to be a good partner.
During my career, I have been very lucky to work with and for incredible leaders who taught me to always use my voice, whether to offer guidance, ask tough questions, or accept new challenges and opportunities. Because of them, I have been able to explore different roles in Accounts Payable, Payroll, Financial Reporting and have been able to build and lead my own teams. Through all of it, I have continued to appreciate the social side of accounting and the relationships, both internally and externally, that it has given me.
What is your favorite part about working at PebblePost?
My favorite part is the people, followed quickly by the opportunities. Let's be honest, finance and accounting can be done anywhere. But when you find a team of people that supports you, energizes you, and inspires you and they are at a company that encourages questions and ideas, does not accept the status quo, and is not afraid of change...you are home. I am home.
What is the first word that comes to mind when you think about PebblePost?
Evolving. I chose to join PebblePost because I knew that the day-to-day would be challenging, engaging, and would push me to grow. There would be no risk of feeling stagnant or complacent. Over three years later, that still holds true today.
If you could be quarantined with three historical figures who would they be?
Oooh, so many amazing choices. I would have to choose Maya Angelou, Julia Child, and Barbara Jones. Maya Angelou would bring such a wise, comforting calm to any anxiety-filled moment. Julia Child would keep us laughing and well-fed while we waited out quarantine. And my mother-in-law Barbara Jones, would tell me story after story of my husband's childhood so I could later tease him endlessly.
What is the first thing that you're looking forward to doing once we can get out and about freely again?
Gather with family and friends and celebrate all of the milestone moments that have happened these past few months. From birthdays to anniversaries, to my nephew's high school graduation, to my son's 8th-grade promotion. These moments matter and I cannot wait to celebrate them all.