Laura Davis, Controller for Frontier Nursing University (FNU), earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and went on to receive her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. She also has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. For the past two years, she has managed the daily operations of accounting at FNU.
Laura manages a team of five associates and is mentored by Michael Steinmetz, VP of Finance. Her team operates the daily procedures of payroll, accounts payable, student accounting, financial reporting, charitable registrations, and management of funds related to grants and donations. Laura is also responsible for coordinating the annual audit of FNU’s financial statements.
Laura’s Six Sigma certification is put to good use among her accounting team members. Six Sigma is a set of techniques that seeks to improve efficiency and quality of output by identifying the causes of defects and variability in daily processes and improving them. Originally, this method was created and implemented for the manufacturing sector, but Six Sigma can be applied to any industry, including accounting.
“We try to create an environment in which we are all encouraged to improve an aspect of our process each day to serve the community at large,” said Laura. “Our team flourishes in this environment, which makes us feel empowered as individuals and creates a spirit of teamwork.”
As she had always enjoyed her experiences with higher education, Laura chose FNU for the chance to be an active participant in it.
“I loved the idea of working in a growing and innovative environment that supports the health of families,” said Laura.
Laura’s favorite part of being at FNU is being part of a culture of creativity and learning. Outside of her work as Controller, Laura and her husband also own a needlepoint company that creates wholesale designs for stores around the country, as well as a retail segment with customers in 45 states. She stays active, frequently competing in races, and is involved in Boston Terrier rescue with three dogs of her own. Laura also has a travel agent license and cruises every chance she gets!
Thank you for your commitment to improvement at FNU, Laura.