One CPA’s journey from political science to accounting

Written on Nov 21, 2019

By Nicole Fracasso, OSCPA communications intern

From political science at Miami University to Russian history at European University at St. Petersburg, Katie Moline, CPA, has blazed a new trail into the accounting industry.

“You don’t have to know everything right now; you can start your journey and realize that you want to do something else,” she said. “Who knows, maybe the path will emerge at some point, but I’m really glad I went into the CPA profession.”

Moline was recently recognized by Toledo’s 20 under 40 Leadership Awards Recognition Program, a prestigious honor that celebrates the accomplishments of 20 professionals under the age of 40 who represent strong levels of leadership in their careers and in the community. While there are many deserving recipients this year, Moline is one that stands out within the accounting industry.

“The whole purpose of the award is to motivate people to get involved in their community,” Moline said. “I think it's wonderful to have an award in Toledo that recognizes young leaders that are doing that.”

Moline’s path to becoming a CPA differs from most. After graduating with a political science and history degree, Moline accepted an internship working for U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Shortly after, Moline took her talents to Russia to earn her masters with the intent on becoming a Russian history professor.

During her year in Russia, Congresswoman Kaptur was coincidentally in the area on a congressional delegation in Ukraine and invited Moline to join. After returning to Toledo, Moline worked in Kaptur's office for five years before she decided to get her CPA.

“When you work with so many constituents and businesses, you realize having financial knowledge is critical and lacking a lot of times,” she said. “And so, I wanted to go into a career that could really do something about it.”

After taking the necessary classes, Moline was able to sit for the CPA exam and now works as a senior audit accountant at Weber Clark where she focuses on auditing engagements and other client services within the firm.

“I really enjoy what I do,” Moline said. “I love being part of the problem solving, being able to help people in that capacity, helping businesses help clients be better and having their businesses run better.”

She also serves on the wellness committee and the marketing committee at Weber Clark. She even teamed up with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department to start a women’s health initiative which is responsible for creating a mother’s room at the office where breastfeeding mothers can pump throughout the day.

“We have a lot of young women and some young mothers, so we wanted to create a mother’s room,” Moline said. “I think that’s incredible and important, especially in our profession where we need to retain the best talent and energy that supports that.”

This initiative also brought a wellness coach, giving employees a chance to discuss their goals, healthy decision-making, mental and reproductive health.

Moline said receiving the 20 under 40 recognition has been one of the highlights of her career, along with passing the CPA exam.

“Helping people and making the world better is what gets me out of bed in the morning,” she said. “Being a CPA has given me another tool in my toolbox to do that.”

PHOTO: Katie Moline, CPA, is honored as one of Toledo’s 2019 20 under 40 Leadership Award winners on Oct. 29 by past honoree Chad Bringman.

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