This spring, one of KICA’s senior management positions opened as Director of Finance Deborah Retalis accepted another opportunity. Interest in the position was strong and, after weeks of consideration, Jane Ovenden, a CPA with 30 years in public accounting, has been hired as the association’s new director of finance. She will join KICA on June 6.
Since 2012, Ovenden has served as senior director of operations with the Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System Foundation. In this position, she oversaw financial reporting and audits, operating budget, treasury functions and donor-related reporting for the foundation, which had net assets in excess of $40 million.
Prior to 2012, she worked as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society, and as a tax manager for Dixon Hughes. She is well-versed in fund accounting and Financial Edge, both of which are employed by KICA.
Ovenden, a Clemson native, is a summa cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, with a double major in accounting and humanities. She is a member of AICPA and the SCACPA. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society.
“Finance is a vital function to KICA,” said COO Jimmy Bailey. “We are excited to welcome such a highly qualified individual to the KICA team.”