Bethaney M. Willis

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.

Alma Mater:

Tougaloo College (Bachelor’s), Baker College Center for Graduate Studies (M.B.A.), & Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div)

Favorite Book:

In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant

Favorite Movie:

The Notebook – this movie is the epitome of never failing love. 

What is one thing you could never give up?

My Faith!


What is one quality you bring to your work at Families First?

Passion/Commitment…I know the response would seem as two, however, for me, they work hand in hand. 

What is your dream for the community we serve?

My dream is that hope would abound in the community we serve and this hope is rekindled daily through visible results from pooled resources, skills and abilities directed toward the community. If there is intentional effort to plant seeds of hope and water it with action, not just words, then my belief is hope will flourish.