Director, Division of Financial Integrity
Health Resources and Services Administration
Coming out of high school, Pat Reese wanted to become a nurse. But after one semester in school, she decided nursing wasn’t for her. Pat knew she needed to get a college degree, so while working as a clerk typist, she went back to school to pursue a business degree. Luckily, one of her first classes was Accounting 101. After her third accounting class, she was hooked; she knew she wanted to become a CPA.
Today, Pat protects taxpayers’ money. And she’s proud of it. So what exactly does that mean?
Basically, Pat watches over our tax dollars to ensure organizations and people who get federal funding are held accountable. “When I identify instances where our money was used inappropriately, I feel like I am earning my paycheck,” she says. “There is never a boring day!”
Even though Pat stays busy at work, she makes sure to take some time to sink her toes in the sand and spend time with her husband at their second home, overlooking a bay. “I love boating, walking along the beach, watching sunsets and sunrises on the water and catching up with family and friends,” Pat says. What a great way to unwind after a long week at work.
If you think she has any regrets about becoming a CPA, think again. “Regardless of the specific job or industry you choose, being a CPA will add value and credibility. Choosing to become a CPA is a smart move and one you will always be glad you chose,” she says.
“Choosing to become a CPA is a smart move and one you will always be glad you chose.”
Years as a CPA: 30
Best job: Timekeeper for over 500 construction workers (how I met my husband)
Worst job: Federal Aviation Administration's Chief of Staff - not enough hours in the day!!
Hobbies outside of work: Boating, yard saling
Words to live by: "There are windows of opportunity everywhere you look. Be aware of these windows and recognize that they will close. Decide which windows you want to pursue and be sure to do so before they close."