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Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Snyder

Kelsey Snyder, class of 2016

Kelsey Snyder, May 2016 graduate from Eastern Kentucky University, holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Personal Finance. During her pursuit of an accounting degree, she took a wide variety of accounting classes in an attempt to find her passion, including Intermediate Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Forensic Accounting, Auditing, and Tax. In Dr. Isaac’s tax class, she and the class became certified to prepare income taxes. Through Dr. Isaacs and Kentucky River Foothills, the class then used their certifications to prepare tax returns for citizens of Madison County for free!

It wasn’t until the first semester of her senior year that a class in personal money management sparked her interest and she decided to pursue a minor in personal finance in addition to her accounting degree. The class was instructed by Finance faculty Maggie Abney. In the following semester, she enrolled in Personal Financial Planning and our very first Banking class at EKU, both also taught by Ms. Abney. During class, they spent their time learning and discussing various banking regulations, the roles of the Federal Reserve, and several other important aspects in the banking industry while also researching key financial events in U.S. History, such as the Great Depression and the Financial Crisis of 2008.

Throughout her college career, Kelsey maintained a job working 30-40 hours per week on top of her full-time college schedule. During her last semester of college, she also accepted a co-op position working as a Certified Tax Preparer at Liberty Tax Service in Richmond.

Kelsey now holds a full-time position as a Credit Analyst at Citizens National Bank in her hometown of Somerset, Ky., which she landed immediately upon graduation. As a Credit Analyst, she analyzes tax returns, financial statements, and other credit data for businesses and individuals who seek a loan to determine their cash flow and the potential risk they create for the bank. 

Kelsey and her fiancé, Ryan Fortenberry, are currently planning a wedding for May of 2017. After the wedding, Kelsey plans to earn a Master’s Degree of Business Administration while advancing her career in banking, and traveling as much as possible!

Published on November 11, 2016

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