Member Spotlight from December 1, 2016
It was Lynn Knight’s career in governmental auditing that led her to switch careers to school business. “I thoroughly enjoyed auditing school districts and always volunteered to work overtime in the summer since the fiscal year end for school districts was June 30,” she says.
Lynn went back to school to earn a master’s degree in school business management, and in 2005 she was hired as the finance manager for the Stevens Point Area School District in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Three years later, she became the business manager for the nearby School District of Nekoosa, where she continues to serve today. Although Lynn thought it would be difficult moving to a smaller school district, she has found it more enjoyable. “There are new opportunities waiting for me each day!” she says.
Understanding the importance of getting involved in the field, Lynn joined Wisconsin ASBO in 2005, and in 2013–2014, she was elected to serve as president of their board of directors. “To this day, I am humbled and honored to be elected to such an esteemed position despite having less than 10 years of experience,” she says.
ASBO International is an important tool as well. “School Business Daily keeps me abreast of developments across the country,” Lynn says. “Accents Online gives me ideas to implement in our district, and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting has given me a goal to achieve for Nekoosa. ASBO’s wealth of knowledge and resources has helped me become a better business official.”
If you attended ASBO’s Annual Meeting & Expo in September, perhaps you saw Lynn and her husband Steve—they were the couple who arrived by motorcycle! She explains that after not having a motorcycle for over a decade, they bought one last spring.
“We knew we wanted to travel in our ‘close-to-retirement’ years and thought ‘why not on a bike’?” Lynn and Steve did weekend trips all over Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in preparation for their first cross-country trip to Phoenix. “We traveled 4,102 miles and visited nine states, all in two weeks!” Lynn says. “We can’t wait for Colorado!”
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