[by Phyllis Shaikun]
The Jewish Community of Louisville recently welcomed Jamie S. Pillsbury, MBA, as the organization’s chief financial officer/vice president. Pillsbury brings a wealth of experience to her position. She most recently worked as CFO of the YMCA of Southern Indiana in New Albany, where she handled all aspects of accounting, negotiated financing of the Y’s expansion and tracked cash, grant funding and expenditures, including those associated with Metro United Way.
Prior to her time with the Y, Pillsbury served as senior accountant with the Presbyterian Church USA for seven years. Her responsibilities included three conference centers, a magazine publisher, the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and an international relief agency within the church.
Shortly after her 1989 graduation from Asbury College with a double major in accounting and business management, she began her career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, KY, where she grew up. Pillsbury later worked as a staff accountant with Acordia of Lexington before moving to Louisville as controller of Louisville Fire Brick Works – her first experience running an office.
Two years ago, Pillsbury earned an MBA from Indiana University and is eligible to sit for the CPA exam. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honorary Society, IU Chapter.
The JCL position intrigued Pillsbury, who was motivated to seek the job as an opportunity to continue learning. She felt that her experience in process improvement and implementing change in communication access and function would be a good fit for the changes occurring at the JCL’s with its mission to merge two cultures.
“My goal,” she says, “is to make the financial picture of the JCL transparent to everyone in the community. We all have a stake in making the community strong and vibrant, and an accurate picture of where we are financially is vitally important in so many ways.”
Pillsbury’s life is not all tied to work, however, and when time permits she enjoys a good game of tennis and likes to swim laps. She and her husband, Larry, live in the Eastern Parkway area with their 12-year-old son, Grant, and 9-year-old daughter, Grace.
“Very pleasing to me is that Jamie has chosen to spend her career working with wonderful social and charitable organizations,” said JCL Board Chair Edward Weinberg. “She obviously understands the satisfaction one obtains from not just doing a good job, but, at the same time, doing good. I am confident she will find the same satisfaction every day at the JCL.”