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1985 1990 1988 Graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in accounting 1989 Received a master’s degree in professional accounting from WVU 1989 Joined Simpson & Osborne, CPAs, AC as a staff accountant 1995 2000 2000 Named a partner at Simpson & Osborne 2001 Named president of the Junior League of Charleston 2005 2008 Joined the team at Suttle & Stalnaker PLLC 2009 Graduated from Leadership West Virginia 2010 2015 2014 Named chair of the board of the YMCA of Kanawha Valley “I am always trying to figure out how to help our economy. I believe we all have a responsibility in fixing the problems in our communities and our state.” job was with her church, Christ Church United Methodist. “My church used to serve lunch after Sunday services, and they employed the youth to work as wait staff. I learned many valuable lessons, including how to plan and set up for the expected number and how to manage the overall food ser- vice process,” she says. “Those small earnings are still reflected on my annual Social Security benefit statement, and it always makes me smile.” Today, Clark serves Christ Church as a member of the finance and liturgical com- mittees as well as the board of trustees. She has also held leadership positions with the YWCA, Junior League of Charleston and Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. “There are several reasons why it’s im- portant for me to give back,” says Clark. “First, as a Christian, the scripture pas- sage from Luke, which reads ‘to whom much is given, much will be required,’ is always in my head. I also remember at my dad’s retirement party he said he had lived his life serving God, his family and his fellow man. My dad died about three months later, and those words echo in my head. At the end of my road on this earth, I want to know I lived my life that way, too.” Among her many volunteer placements focused on at-risk children, she also served as the co-chair of Whale of a Sale, a day- long, second-hand sale at the Charleston Civic Center. Before the days of Walmart and consignment stores, this sale of cloth- ing, furniture and home goods made it easy for the community to shop affordably. Starting her career at Simpson & Os- borne, the CPAs pushed Clark to learn all she could, a sentiment she now shares as a mentor. “They were quick to teach and ready to listen if I had a concern, and they never held back when I needed construc- tive criticism,” she says. “I learned from them not only how to be a trusted advisor but also how to be an effective leader.” Clark has also made an effort to be a role model and mentor for her daughter, her daughter’s friends and the athletes she coached in the Charleston Church Recre- ation Association basketball league. “It has helped me understand what issues young people face today,” she says. “I try to offer coping tools to help them get through these issues.” At the end of the day, it’s her love for her home state that keeps her motivated. “Knowing that people need the knowl- edge I have and that I can help more people if I keep at it keeps me going,” sa \\˂'H[H[^\Z[Y\H]š[\Xۛ^KH[Y]HH[]BH\ۜX[]H[^[H؛[\[\[][]Y\[\]K'H;k˕ՑVPUUKBBH MŽM