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“No longer am I mad about the things I don’t have; all I’m living for is love and laughs.” –from “Saves the Day” by Atmosphere


Amanda halverson, CPA


According to Feeding America, 635,740 people in Oklahoma are struggling with hunger. Of those, 218,770 are children.


Tat is a statistic that doesn’t sit


well with Amanda Halverson, CPA, a tax manager with Eide Bailly in Oklahoma City. “It is unacceptable that one in four


children in Oklahoma go hungry, and I hope to be able to assist the Regional Food Bank with its mission,” she said. Halverson was selected to participate in the Regional Food Bank’s Leadership Council Class IV, a program for young professionals, ages 24 to 35, who agree to volunteer one year of their time and creativity to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and increase the visibility of the Regional Food Bank. Of the more than 50 applicants, Halverson was one of the 25 chosen, allowing her the opportunity to invest herself in a cause that’s always hit close to home. “I grew up in a poor area where a lot of kids were on reduced lunch plans and many kids went hungry at home,” she explained. “Tey lacked a stable home life and had no idea where their next meal would come from. While I had a rough home life as well, I never went hungry and I always wanted to help those who did. It was amazing to see a program where volunteers filled backpacks full of food so children didn’t have to worry and wait until Monday for their next meal.” Her devotion to helping others comes as no surprise to those who know her. Greg Jones, CPA, a partner in charge at Eide Bailly in Oklahoma City, said, “Amanda is not only a


dedicated tax accountant, but also one of the most passionate people I have had the pleasure of meeting. She cares for her clients as if they were her own family … She is truly an example of what we all strive to become as CPAs and as members of this community.” Her coworker, Donny Matteson, a tax manager at Eide Bailly and a 2017 OSCPA Trailblazer, added, “Tis willingness to put others before herself applies in both her professional and personal life… Amanda has never shied away from a challenge at work and is eager to learn from new projects and endeavors.” One of those challenges, Halverson says, was when she became a manager and found out she was pregnant. “I struggled to keep everything balanced and make sure I was taking care of myself and executing my new duties to the best of my ability,” she said. “I was able to get everything wrapped up before I went on maternity leave and make sure all of my clients were taken care of while I was out.” Halverson said the bigger hurdle was coming back from maternity leave in the middle of busy season, when she worked out a schedule that allowed her to leave the office at 5 p.m., spend time after work with her family, then work from home at night after her new son went to bed. “Sure, it was a struggle and I was exhausted by the end of it, but I was able to help my coworkers through the storm,” she said. “It was rewarding to be able to come back strong and help everyone through spring busy season while still being present at home.”


Getting to know


Amanda


What is one thing on your bucket list? Traveling to Italy and Greece.


What is your ideal vacation destination? An all-inclusive resort somewhere tropical


How many pairs of shoes do you own? Not enough.


Do you have a favorite TV show? All of the Chicago shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med


What snack do you crave late at night? Birthday Cake Remix ice cream from Cold Stone. It’s delicious and can make me break my diet if readily available.


What was your favorite toy as a child? The only one I can remember vividly is a purse that my grandparents had put a lot of coins in. It would keep me entertained to dump all the coins out and count them. I suppose my family always knew I’d be a CPA someday.


March/April 2019


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