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January 28. 2013 1:22AM

As a single mother, Kelli Boyle worked hard on her journey


Kelli Boyle, 38

Home: Deerfield

Birthplace: Derry

Family: FiancÚ, Matthew D'Amore; daughter, Melyssa

High school: Pinkerton Academy College/post-grad degrees: B.A.

in accounting from SNHU (formerly New Hampshire College)

Current job: CPA principal at Nathan Wechsler & Company, P.A.

Key past positions held: Assistant controller at NETS Electronics (14-plus years ago)

Volunteer activities: Board member of Goodwill Industries of Northern NE; MSA Advisory Board Member at UNH; volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society

Most admired person (outside your family): Our military!

Key current professional challenge: Not enough hours in the day Last major achievement: Becoming a principal at NWC Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Cost of higher education

Favorite place in New Hampshire: In the woods after a fresh snowfall

What book are you reading now? “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield

How do you relax? Kayaking the lakes of New Hampshire

Kelli Boyle is a respected financial adviser in the state's nonprofit sector, but equally remarkable is the journey which brought the 38-year-old professional to that position.

From a single mother working through college to principal and director of Non-Profit Practice at Nathan Wechsler & Company, a financial services provider offering accounting and business advising, she is a consummate example of non-traditional success.

Beginning at Nathan Wechsler as an associate after graduating from Southern New Hampshire University in 1998, Boyle became a manager of the firm in 2005, earning the respect of her shareholders and staff. Then in 2011, she was invited to be a principal of the firm.

Much of her work has involved nonprofits, a sector Boyle describes as an "area of growth" for the firm. Recently, she has been asked to assist in public nonprofit mergers involving the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and Granite United Way, a fact which the firm's managing director Kirk Leoni says "demonstrates the respect she has earned in the sector and her continued commitment to professional growth."

As a result of her work, Boyle has been invited to share her expertise as a speaker for a number of nonprofit conferences and seminars. Outside the office, she's also contributed her time and efforts to a number of charity and community causes, serving as a board member of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, a master of science in accounting advisory board member at UNH, and a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society

Boyle's contributions extend within the firm itself. As a part of the company's Lifestyles Committee, Boyle helped to develop a program of flexible work arrangements which the firm later implemented. Investments were made in technology, allowing employees to work from home one day a week

"If they put in high quality work and they're a great employee, why would you want to give that up?" Boyle said. "We all know if you're not happy and healthy in your personal environment, everything suffers, and more so in this generation. It's a holistic view of everything in your life needing to be going in the right direction."

It's an issue which holds particular resonance for Boyle. All of her accomplishments, through college and her career, were made while she was a single mother. While at SNHU, she attended night courses through an alternative program.

"I think that made me appreciate my college experience a whole lot more," she said. "I think I carry that on, that sense of accomplishment, and it makes me want to keep going."

Her daughter, Melissa, is now in her second year at UNH, having recently arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, for a semester of study off-campus.

"I couldn't be prouder," Boyle said. "She's grown into a fabulous, smart woman who has lots of options ahead of her. It's pretty cool."

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