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When people start talking numbers eyes can start to glaze over.  To help combat that phenomenon, Chandra is committed to communicating budget information in an accurate, complete and understandable manner.  She was excited to become part of the Northern Kentucky University family as Budget Director in December 2017.  She provides leadership and strategic vision in the coordination and execution of the University’s budgeting processes.  She holds herself accountable to work collaboratively with all university stakeholders to promote fiscal responsibility while supporting student programs.  She enjoys building strong work relationships, listening to different perspectives, and identifying root causes to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.  She likes to call the small but mighty Budget Office team “storytellers”; because we analyze and tell the story behind the numbers.

Chandra comes to NKU with 20 plus years of financial services experience in the private and public sectors.  Most recently she was the Director of Budget & Accounting at The Cincinnati Public School District, with a general fund budget of $543 million, located in Cincinnati.  Her leadership roles over the course of her career covered a wide range of responsibilities, including audit, accounting, budget, compliance, and financial analysis.

Chandra likes to experience new activities with her husband Donte’. For her birthday this year he surprised her with axe throwing and she had a blast! She has a daughter who is a freshman in college and a son who is a sophomore in high school.

Chandra’s top four signature strengths are Judgment, Fairness, Love & Humor.

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Sharlene joined Northern Kentucky University as the Senior Budget Analyst on Halloween 2018.  She is an active Ohio CPA and has an MBA and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati, Linder College.  Her most relevant work experience was as the Director of Business Affairs at the University of Cincinnati.  Serving the Campus Services Auxiliary, she led the budget preparation, month-end closing, & financial accounting for the Rec Center, Housing, Food, Bookstore, Parking, Conference Services & Events, and the Kingsgate Marriott Hotel.  With not only the non-profit, university accounting experience, but also the perspective of a decentralized budget leader, she will help NKU as it strengthens ties within the financial campus community and improves its centralized budget process.  

Her prior experience was heavily concentrated in the Flavors & Fragrances manufacturing industry - most recently as Director of Accounting at Mane Inc. in Lebanon, Ohio; and also at Givaudan in Bond Hill/Carthage, Ohio, ending a 13.5 year tenure as the Financial Accounting Manager.  Other Corporate Accounting positions were held previously at Fifth Third Bank, Campbell Hausfeld, and Hillshire Farm & Kahn's. 

From her beginning as a non-traditional student, working full-time to pay for college, she has held positions at many levels within the financial hierarchy.  Like many of our NKU students she is no stranger to hard work and is creative to overcome barriers to her goal of a healthy, happy, fulfilled life.  Sharlene resides in Bridgetown, on the west side of Cincinnati with her son, Evan.


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Shari joined NKU in December, 2011. She began her professional career in budget and financial management as a Finance Manager, serving in several roles at Procter & Gamble from 1987 to 2010. Shari also held roles in Human Resources and Promotion & Marketing Services while at P&G.  Shari attended Miami University, Oxford, OH and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition, it appears as though Shari knows how to keep NKU in the family, as her son previously attended NKU, her daughter is currently an NKU student and Shari is also a student in the Business Informatics Certificate program at NKU.Shari resides in Burlington, Kentucky, with her husband, Barry and is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Burlington, Kentucky.