Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Paige Carey
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"I was very aware of West Chester University, as my older brother Bill and older sister Helen were attending when I graduated high school, and they would tell me all about their time in West Chester. I even went to visit them on a few occasions. My brother was an Accounting Major and his explanation as to what accounting involved and what the opportunities were after graduation were very important in my decision making."
How has the quality of education you received from WCU prepared you for life after graduation?
"The accounting was certainly pragmatic, career-wise. The classes were rigorous and being prepared was expected. The auditing class, specifically, stands out to me because none of my friends who were accounting majors had the 'big end-of-the-semester' project that we were given. We were given a fictional company to do a case study of, and it was incredibly helpful. Real life scenarios and critical decision making made the class different than what other colleges and universities were doing. It also made me feel that WCU was preparing us for the workforce."
What is a typical day like for you?
"I wear a couple of hats at my firm, so I really don't have a typical day. Certain times of the year, mostly February through April, I am more focused on the tax aspect of my firm. Other times, summer through fall, I am the partner in charge of our Not-For-Profit Audit Section, which I love. I do work for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, along with a number of different not-for-profits. Additionally, part of my job is client development so I am often out with clients, associates and referral sources."
What advice would you give to someone who would like to enter your field?
"Consider both public and private accounting. I did both. I started in private accounting, then I realized I preferred public. Study hard and remember what a rewarding profession it is. We are really employed to watch over the public trust, which I think is quite honorable."
What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?
"To experience as many disciplines as possible. In public accounting, I began in auditing, but due to the nature of my client base, I also got a Masters in Tax to better serve my clients. I sometimes see the younger staff gravitating to audit from tax and vice versa after having a rotation in both departments. Work hard, be prepared and stay positive. It only gets better!
Be sure to stay in contact with your friends and associates at WCU. Building a network is both fun and rewarding. It's also important to reach out for mentors in your office when you get there. And to you, alumni, please reach out to the younger staff and be that mentor to them.
Utilize the Career Development Center! They've reached out to us to come to campus, along with a number of other outstanding firms in the area."
What makes our college standout to you?
"Today, I love the many opportunities and majors that are offered. Great professors, great facilities and a great location. Value-wise there is none better. I've met with many people who work for the College of Business and Public Management, and they all have a real passion for what they're doing, which I find admirable."
What is your favorite memory of being a student at WCU and/or in our college?
"One specific memory doesn't really stand out. Instead, the entire experience, from the friendships that grew out of my time there, to my accounting classes, to playing rugby, to living in the town of West Chester, it's really something that I'll never forget."
What's the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn't learn from your resume alone?
"I'm a terrific joke teller in spite of what family and friends will attest."
So, what's your favorite joke?
"The past, present, and future all walked into a bar. It was tense."