Chief Financial Officer Lynn Fleming is a new face at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, but she’s certainly no stranger to our field; Lynn comes to us with almost a decade of high-level financial experience at not-for-profit human services agencies.
After six years spent working in the public sector, Lynn dipped her toe in not-for-profit financial leadership in 2010, as Senior Accounting Manager at AVBI-Goodwill. She hasn’t turned back since.
“Working in a public accounting firm is really about trying to make money for people who are business owners, and helping them to develop tax strategies,” she says. “It was nice, but I was really only helping those specific people personally. I felt that there had to be something more rewarding. So I thought, ‘Maybe I could work at a non-profit.’”
Immediately prior to joining The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming this May, Lynn was Director of Finance for Epilepsy-Pralid, an organization for individuals affected by brain injury, epilepsy, or developmental disability and their families. Before that, she was Assistant Director of Finance at The Arc of Wayne, our sister agency and partner in the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes.
In nine years at not-for-profits, Lynn has managed budgets of up to $20 million; led general ledger, billing, accounts payable and payroll teams; overseen reports, financial reviews, and grants; and implemented payroll efficiencies for hundreds of employees.
Lynn’s background with human service agencies shortens the learning curve for her new position at The Arc. She is already armed with the understanding needed to help secure The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming as a high quality, cost effective agency in an evolving financial landscape.
“We’re recognizing that the traditional model is changing,” she says. “Now the question is how to position ourselves to weather that change, and not be harmed with the transition to Managed Care, and other changes that may be coming our way.”
As CFO at The Arc, Lynn and her team oversee all of the agency’s fiscal functions. Lynn is responsible for ensuring that each division and the agency as a whole meet financial targets. As such, her work has already begun with every senior manager and Executive Director Martin Miskell to develop annual and multi-year financial plans for programs and the overall agency.
Lynn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Accounting. She subsequently studied Non Profit Management at SUNY Brockport, where she earned a second Master’s Degree.
Lynn currently lives in Penfield, but her daily commute to Mount Morris is a homecoming of sorts.
“I grew up in Livingston County, and I still have some family in the area,” she says. “My mom had a bakery in Lima when I was little.”
Lynn inherited her mom’s love for baking. She also loves to read, craft, and cook. And she is an active cyclist, with her sights set on next year’s Tour de Perry bike trek to benefit The Arc.
Her husband, Jason, works for the Penfield School District. Completing their household are Lynn’s 9-year-old stepson, Eli, and “Hazel,” the family’s 10-month-old, high-energy beagle puppy. A new job combined with an active family life leaves very little in the way of spare time for Lynn.
“We did a puppy training class, which went OK. She graduated from it, but she had the least attention span of all the dogs there,” Lynn says. “So these days, it’s mostly about Hazel.”