Debbie Pierce is the Director of Finance (Controller) at Achieving the Dream. In this role, she will be assisting in financial reporting and overseeing the entire accounting operations.
Debbie started her accounting career in a small CPA firm in Binghamton, NY where she experienced her first tax season, preparing corporate financial statements and income tax returns. She also worked on engagements of financial reviews, compilations and audits.
She continued her career working as a full-charge bookkeeper for a small manufacturing plant, handling all the office duties. Along with all the bookkeeping, human resources, payroll and administrative duties, she also provided corporate management with reports that specified and compared factors that affected prices and profitability of products; maintained inventory records.
Prior to joining RAFFA, Debbie had gained several years experience working internally for a Catholic Charities of Broome County in New York State before moving to Maryland and joined Raffa’s accounting outsourcing team where she worked for 5 years.
In the 10 years that she has lived in Maryland, she was a senior accountant at Raffa, responsible for multiple clients, the entity controller at the American Nurses Association, and then the controller at Goodwill of Greater Washington. Some of her duties during this time, included assisting in month-end closings, financial analysis and reporting, maintaining internal control, managing cash flows, and supervising staff accountants. She also would review complete financial records, which includes all aspects of accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, banking and purchasing. She was also involved in the preparation of year-end audit reports, 990 and 990T schedules, required grant reports, and sales tax returns. Throughout her experienced she was able to analyzed finance department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
Debbie is a licensed CPA and graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.