National Black Accountants Assoc. Appoints New Officers

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The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) announces the appointment of Charlisa R. Watson as Chief Administration Officer; Rose Harper-Elder as Director, Development and Corporate Relations; and Cheryl Galloway-Fenner as Director, Membership. This new cadre of executives is poised to grow NABA's membership and evolve the organization's core programming to befit a wider range of stakeholders.

"We are excited to have these distinctive women join our organization," says NABA President and CEO Gwendolyn D. Skillern, CPA. "I am confident that they have the talent to help NABA continue to expand the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance."

Charlisa Watson — who is also serving as the interim Executive Director and COO — works closely with the national president to help the board of directors fulfill its governance function, and she sets strategy for the national office as it relates to headquarters' management and administration; financial management and reporting; membership services and development; community affairs; meeting planning; and marketing and public relations.

She was part of the executive team of the National Medical Association before joining the organization. While there, she served as the House of Delegates Liaison/Operations Manager and helped reorganize operations, design new Medicaid programs, and develop and retain strong provider networks. Her career encompasses more than 15 years of senior-level operations experience, to include work with associations and nonprofits. Watson holds a Master's of Science from Central Michigan University and currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for Lupus Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

Rose Harper-Elder oversees and continues to develop a comprehensive fundraising program that meets both short- and long-term needs of the organization, and she is also working on an aggressive plan for a NABA fundraising department.

Her varied career includes work as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, lecturer, adjunct professor, author, global event planner and contributing writer to national publications, with more than 30 years of experience in operation and management of global corporations. She has served on national boards for banks, non-profit organizations and government commissions, and she has chaired a $2.5 billion retirement fund; she also has extensive experience in fundraising and managing nonprofit organizations, as she currently serves on a national board that has raised an excess of $1.5 billion for 17 consecutive years.

Harper-Elder attended Howard University and has taken executive business and finance courses at both Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Cheryl Galloway-Fenner is responsible for implementing NABA's evolving membership strategy and meeting membership goals and revenue targets; additionally, she serves as the NABA national office liaison to the organization's chapters and regions, and she will direct and execute the
organization's marketing plans. Prior to joining NABA, she spent 14 years with Fannie Mae, where she developed extensive experience in customer relationship management, project management, contract negotiations, strategic planning facilitation and employee management.

Previously, Galloway-Fenner was an account executive with Motorola Communications & Electronics, Inc., and also worked for the United Way of Central Maryland as a fundraiser. She attended the University of Maryland – College Park where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Community Development.

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