Rural Leader Magazine September/October 2015 - Page 23

Risings Stars in Rural America Above and Beyond and looks to promote change and equality across the nation and motivate others to see that they are powerful beyond measure.— Valarie Burke, 23 receive the CPA license after completing two years of public accounting experience— Keisha Burks, 37 Hometown: Benevolence, Georgia Hometown: Bainbridge, GA Profession: Nonprofit Administration Profession: Accountant   Keisha is the daughter of Bennie and Dorothea   Valarie Burke is an auditor for one of the world’s Burks, and she is a 1996 graduate of Randolph-Clay leading public accounting firms, Price Waterhouse High School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Coopers, LLP. Valarie is practicing accountancy as a in Organizational Management (2014) from Ashford risk assurance associate in Charlotte, NC, specifically University and an Associates in Business Administraproviding process assurance for financial services tive Technology at Albany Technical College. Curclients. Valarie has a great work ethic and has always rently, she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in gone above and beyond to put forth her best. Early Childhood Studies-Teaching and Diversity in   Valarie's contributions to the community focus Early Childhood Education from Walden University. on youth education and financial li ѕɅ