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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


crystal stasyszen, CPA


Getting to know


crystal


Many who know Crystal Stasyszen, CPA, would classify her as an altruistic zealot. Te tax senior with HoganTaylor in Oklahoma City is a member of the AICPA, the Oklahoma City Estate Planning Council and Linking OKC’s Young Adult Leaders (LOYAL) Class XIV. However, it’s her work with nonprofit organizations that has earned her reputation with her coworkers. Lou Ann Gibson, CPA, ABV,


What would we never catch you doing? Skydiving


If you weren’t a CPA, what would you be? A book store owner


What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you? A friend’s parents bought my class ring from OSU for me.


What was your favorite toy as a child? Rollerblades


If you could be a master chef at making anything, what would it be? Apple Pie


What’s your favorite sports team? San Jose Sharks


Do you collect anything? Books and yarn


Are you famous for anything? Among my friends, I’m known for knitting beautiful baby blankets.


CVA, a tax partner with HoganTaylor in Tulsa, praises her “willingness to serve beyond the office into the community,” saying, “She actively participates in community-centered events, whether it’s giving back during the holidays to Te Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital or delivering a grant check to Positive Tomorrows.” With HoganTaylor, Stasyszen can bridge her work and her volunteer efforts. “I have spent the last several years focusing on my community involvement to grow my understanding of the needs of the nonprofit organizations that serve our community,” she said. “I’ve actively sought out committee positions that have helped me understand the inner workings and challenges of the type of organizations that I serve. Stasyszen, a graduate of Oklahoma


State University, serves as an advisor to the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and helps plan and organize the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Library Endowment Trust Literary Voices. However, it wasn’t until she


volunteered for the United Way Community Investment subcommittee that she came to realize


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some of the pressures nonprofit organizations face.


“Te site visits and leadership


interviews opened my eyes to how hard it can be for an organization to manage resources when there are so many people in the community who need the type of assistance they provide,” Stasyszen said. “Te organizations must balance current community needs with their ability to keep their doors open long term. Choosing how to allocate the limited funding we could give, especially with the state and federal funding cuts most of the partner agencies were facing, was challenging to the point of being heart wrenching.” It’s that empathy, however, that makes Stasyszen so effective in her job. HoganTaylor’s chief marketing officer, Gail Huneryager, said, “Crystal is highly regarded at HoganTaylor. Te firm has relied on Crystal to enthusiastically serve our clients and she continues to be involved in leading many of our internal charitable and community service projects.” “Her desire to learn about community needs as well as her commitment to helping make things happen is sincere,” Huneryager said. “While she is already giving back to the community now, I know we will also see great things from her in the years to come.”


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