Happy New Year!

Because finances can feel like a three ring circus, the finance team poses in our circus-themed gallery in front of Gifford Beal’s 1922 painting, Center Ring. Left to right: Cherie Nichols, director of budget and reporting, Earl Richards, senior accountant, Sue Nichols, chief operating officer, and Lydia O’Connor, finance assistant. Photo: Sandy Lee

Ringing in the new fiscal year and representing one of the museum’s most valuable assets (its staff) are the members of our finance department. As at many other museums, neither the staff nor the invaluable works of art appear as assets on the museum’s balance sheet.

In the Field: Finance is a Battlefield

Looking up, looking down. Senior Accountant Earl Richards, in red, shoots Cherie Nichols, director of budgets and reporting, and Jess Stephens, staff accountant, on an observation deck at the Pennsylvania State Memorial, while Sue Nichols, chief operating officer, to Earl's right, reads an historical marker. Photos: Earl Richards and Jess Stephens

After fighting the fight to restore our four star rating on Charity Navigator and complete a successful FY11 audit, the finance department celebrates victory with a field trip to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg landscape. Photo: Jess Stephens