Elizabeth “Betsy” Krisher, CPA, CGFM, is president of Maher Duessel in Pittsburgh, specializing in government and not-for-profit engagements. She serves a wide array of clients, including, community colleges, school districts, environmental and human service agencies, and member-based organizations. Under Krisher’s leadership as both president and managing partner, Maher Duessel has grown to more than 100 employees across six offices in Pennsylvania. Krisher’s career in the accounting profession spans over 30 years.
Krisher formally served as a mentor to several of her colleagues within Maher Duessel, and in 2014 established a formal mentoring program that would develop employees’ technical and leadership skills. Outside of the firm, Krisher is a leader in her community. A former president of PICPA’s Pittsburgh Chapter, she has served on the organization’s Education and Nominations committees. She is a current member of AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Section and chair of the organization’s Tax Resource Panel. Krisher has conducted numerous speaking engagements for the PICPA and the AICPA, in addition to other organizations such as the National Business Institute, Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Local Government Academy.
Other community organizations with whom Krisher is actively involved include the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (and the Local Operating Board for Westmoreland County), where she serves on the board of directors and executive committee, as well as the Executive Leadership Council where she serves as treasurer. Krisher is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s XXII class, and has earned an advanced single-audit certification from the AICPA.
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