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Women Against Abuse Finance Director Named 2013 Nonprofit CFO of the Year!

Philadelphia, PA (July 11, 2013) — Christine Stevens, Director of Finance at Women Against Abuse, Inc., won the nonprofit category at today’s CFO of the Year Awards hosted by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The awards expo, which sold out with more than 400 guests at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City, recognized the region’s top financial officers. Nominees hailed from small to extra-large companies from across the Greater Philadelphia Region.

During Ms. Stevens’ six year tenure at Women Against Abuse, the organization’s budget has doubled in size from $4 million in 2008 to $8 million today. Her expertise and care have resulted in improved accounts receivable processes resulting in increased cash flow, less reliance on lines of credit, and balanced annual budgets. Women Against Abuse has experienced clean audits for the past four years and received glowing accolades of its financial management by funders.

“Stevens is not only Women Against Abuse’s CFO, but she is a highly valued member of the Executive Management Team and often contributes creative solutions and ideas that are well beyond the realm of financial management,” said Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director. “Most importantly, she holds high ethical standards, a strong work commitment and a deep passion for and dedication to the mission of Women Against Abuse.”

When asked during the awards show who she would choose to replace Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill, Ms. Stevens said, “Lilly Ledbetter devoted herself to advocating for equal pay for women, culminating in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. I would love to see Lilly’s picture on the $100 bill as a constant reminder of the power of getting involved in issues of injustice and making a difference. $100 is $100, regardless of your gender.”

Ms. Stevens’ fellow finalists for the Nonprofit Organization category included Samuel Philip, CFO of Programs Employing People, and Heidi Turley, CFO and Vice President of Operations of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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