Heart Behind the Numbers, Chief Accountant Coreen Burnett

By: Coreen Burnett
January 8, 2016

Fisher House Foundation’s Chief Accountant, Coreen Burnett has been with the Foundation for nearly seven years, what she calls, her “forever job.” 

It took a long time, but I have finally found my forever job.  The day I interviewed at Fisher House six-and-a-half years ago, I knew I wanted the job.  Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker and vice president Derek Donovan both interviewed me and made me feel so comfortable and at ease that all I could think about for two weeks was wanting to walk into the office and get to work before I finally got the call that I was hired! 

My role with the Foundation is Chief Accountant.  I make sure that all receipts and disbursements are properly recorded, that everyone gets paid, prepare reports for management on a regular basis and oversee the work for our annual audit.  And every once in a while I go to an event outside the office to help spread the word about Fisher House. 

I earned my Masters in Accounting in 2001 from the University of Southern New Hampshire and hold my CPA license from the state of Massachusetts.  I have been married for 33 years to my husband Larry, we have a 26-year-old son who lives in South Carolina, and a yellow lab named Whiskey who keeps us company now that we are empty nesters. 

My passion outside of work is quilting and I have put my hobby to work for Fisher House Foundation by donating quilts to the Golf Classic auction for the last four years.  I am the current guild president for Four County Quilters Guild near my home.  In between quilting I enjoy loom knitting baby hats for donation to local hospital nurseries and reading mystery books.

I spent many years as an auditor in the not-for-profit sector.  I can attest that Fisher House has a mission and fulfills that mission every single day.  It is an honor to work at Fisher House.  Dave thanks us frequently for all we do, and that is very special, to know you are appreciated! – Coreen Burnett