Bethaney M. Willis joined Families First as Chief Financial Officer in August 2015. Bethaney has dedicated her entire professional career to fiscal management, maintenance, & reporting. Her accounting experience has been progressive in nature beginning as a staff accountant.
She has over 22 years of experience in financial management, strategic planning & analysis, forecasting, budgeting, cash management, auditing, and internal controls in the not-for-profit and governmental fund accounting industry.
Bethaney has lead financial teams exceeding 25-members with primary focus on sound financial reporting, team cohesion and development, and fiscal responsibility & accountability. As a member of the executive leadership team within an institution of the University Systems of Georgia, Bethaney identified a $16 million dollar deficit within a month of hire and in turn was tasked as a team member for process improvement to return the institution to a positive fiscal operating status. This was accomplished through the development and implementation of internal controls and re-defined policies and procedures.
Not only is Bethaney a leader and catalyst for change in the professional arena, she also invest her time and effort in the community. She serves as Worship Pastor at her local church and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. both keeping her very connected and active in the community.
She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a B.A. in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting; holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Baker College’s Executive M.B.A program in Flint, MI. and also holds a Master of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA.
She is married to Dr. Jerremey Willis and is the proud mother of two children, Cameron and Courtney.