Alumna Chelsea Russell '16 named as one of Business West’s 40 under 40, Class of 2023. In her time at Westfield State, she pursued an internship at Meyers Brothers Kalicka that later turned into a job. She is currently working in the Audit and Assurance Department serving as a manager, where she handles large audits in the not-for-profit, commercial, and employment-benefit-plan arenas. She has also become an emerging leader at the firm, serving as co-leader of the Not-for-profit Division, a member of the mission and vision committee, an internal trainer for the Audit and Assurance Department, a member of the Business Development team, and a mentor to audit and accounting associates.
Her work to develop the Community Outreach program which established monthly charitable opportunities for the firm to participate in is a noteworthy project she is passionate about. She has coordinated drives, awareness campaigns, and service for a wide range of organizations in Western Mass., including Square One, Dakin Humane Society, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, the Opera House Players, Friends of the Homeless, Rachel’s Table, and many others.
“It’s become a staple of who we are,” she said of the program. “I always wanted something to make my work more meaningful. I love what I do, and I love my clients … but there was more that we could do with the resources that we have. We’re in Western Mass., and there’s so much need in the community.”
Congratulations Chelsea, we are proud to call you a Westfield State Alum and our newest Foundation Board Member!
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