Vanessa R.

Board of Directors, Board Member
Vanessa joined the board of Ruff Start Rescue in January 2024, driven by her deep-seated passion for animal welfare and her admiration for the impactful work the organization accomplishes. Her decision to join Ruff Start’s board was a natural progression of her commitment to make a difference in the lives of animals.

Vanessa resides in Rogers, MN, with her loving family, which includes her husband, three children, two rescue dogs (one of which is a Ruff Start alum), and a rescue cat. They share a fondness for activities involving water, be it swimming, boating, or simply enjoying time by the lakeside. Their love for travel further bonds the family, with each journey bringing new experiences and memories.

Professionally, Vanessa is a dedicated and skilled Senior Controller at Eisner Advisory Group, where she leads the non-profit industry team for accounting services. With over a decade of experience in her field and as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she is an expert in guiding non-profits across the nation. Vanessa’s work involves establishing and maintaining compliant financial practices, assisting nascent organizations in becoming audit-ready, and leading a team of accountants who provide comprehensive controllership services to clients.

Vanessa’s academic background is as impressive as her professional achievements. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Bemidji State University. This solid educational foundation has been instrumental in her successful career.

Vanessa’s life is a harmonious blend of professional excellence, community service, and a fulfilling family life. Her role at Ruff Start Rescue is not just a position on a board; it’s a reflection of her commitment to bettering the world for both animals and people alike.

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