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Meet a UACPA Member: Lisa Heise

Monday, May 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Spencer
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This article was originally published in the April issue

of The Journal Entry.

Lisa Heise, CPA is the CFO/COO of Make-a-Wish Utah. She moved to Utah in 2012 after living in Elko, Nevada for 20 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Lisa received a BBA in Accounting from The University of Oklahoma in 1978. Lisa and her husband have also lived in China for a few years. She has found success in balancing home and work life through sequencing in her career.  

What led you to become a CPA? 
Junior Achievement. I was treasurer for our company. That’s where I got that first wave of satisfaction at everything being in balance. (You know you get it, too!)

What have been your proudest moments as a CPA?
People often tell me that I don’t seem like an accountant. That always makes my day! Although I’ve received some accolades through my career, I take a great deal of satisfaction from my ability to make accounting and business concepts understandable.  

What would surprise people to know about you?

In the rare moments when I have the house to myself, classic rock & roll is playing. LOUD!

What bands do you like?

Eagles, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire would all be on the short list!

What do you do outside of work?
Savor the moment — whatever it is! Our home tends to revolve around our 3-and-a-half-year old grandgirl. That part of our life will be over before we know it as our daughter graduates later this year and they move forward in their lives. As we transition into empty nesters, we will continue to enjoy listening to good music (LOUD), watching our favorite sports, and savoring the great adults that our three kids have become. 

What is your favorite sport?

College football and basketball are among my favorites. My college team is the Oklahoma Sooners (While Arno's team is the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Always interesting on Bedlam Series days!) All three of the kids played soccer, and we follow RSL to avoid total withdrawal from the sport.

What are some of your goals as a professional?

As a professional, it is always my hope that I can make work easier for others and add value to decision-making and governance.I am a great advocate for those who choose to step out of the workforce temporarily, or who prefer part-time or other flexible work arrangements. It is gratifying to see public accounting and other industries increasingly looking at innovative ways to tap into great talent.

What advice do you live by? It takes a village! We are greater than the sum of our parts. Every task — every talent is integral to success! 

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