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March/April 2003
 
 
 

Finance and Accounting Department Profile

BY PAMELA TURNER

The Finance and Accounting Department headed by Joe Sternburg, VVA Chief Financial Officer and VVAF Executive Director, oversees all accounting functions for VVA, VVAF, AVVA, and Veterans Collectibles. Joe, who has a B.S. in accounting, served ten years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was with the Force Logistics Command in Red Beach, Vietnam.  He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years' experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations and has over 15 years' service in veterans service organizations.

The skilled team in the Financial and Accounting Department includes Administrative Assistant Deborah Johnson, known as "DJ" to headquarters staff. Joe says she "does a fantastic job in assisting him with whatever tasks are assigned her."  DJ processes membership checks, VVAF grant applications, and Mike Nash Scholarship applications. She records annual report submissions ffrom VVA state councils and chapters and is the registrar for all VVA conferences and conventions. DJ also is the VVA liaison for the Mike Nash Scholarship fund and assists with quarterly VVA board meetings.

Dana Crosse, Controller, has a B.S. in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She oversees all accounting functions and works closely with Joe in preparing monthly financial statements, monitors and coordinates budgets, and oversees annual outside audits.

Sutonta Thumprasert, CITP, has been employed as the Staff Accountant since 1997. He reconciles all VVA and AVVA accounts, assists the Controller with VVA and AVVA financial statements and budgets, codes and reconciles reimbursement vouchers, and interacts with membership and Board members on status of reimbursements.

Deborah K. Williams, Accounting Specialist since 1996, processes account payables and receivables, rebates, and Household Goods checks.  She also prepares VVA staff payrolls and accounts payable for Veterans Collectibles.  Deborah was awarded the Chapel of Four Chaplains award in 2002. This award honors those who have worked selflessly above and beyond what is required by their professional or organization positions. Deborah is staff liasion for Veterans Against Drugs and mentors to the youth in the community. She said, "Working at VVA has allowed me to grow in many areas, and I thank VVA for a great learning experience."

Janis Isaac, VVA's Development Assistant, monitors the VVA donor database and generates revenue reports. She processed 50,000 donations received by VVA in 2002 as a result of various appeals coordinated by VVA's consultant, Mansfield Associates. She also ensures that all contributions are acknowledged and thank-you notes sent to donors. Janis said, "VVA's membership is very supportive in all of our appeals for donations."  She also said, "Since I began working with the department in 2001, the donor database has grown significantly, from 18,000 donors to over 56,000 donors."

   

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