Melissa A. Irizarry, was born and raised in New York City and blessed with Puerto Rican parents, and lived in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.
She has 25 years of experience in Finance. As Director of Finance for the Southeast Texas Food Bank she oversees the organizations financial stability through careful tracking and reporting systems, offers sound advice regarding spending and budget questions. Proficient in managing accounting and Human Resource. Has successfully designed and implements new financial organizational policies and procedures. She has created usable budgets for the business, including evaluating the needs of each department in the long term. She manages the organization’s annual budget that is supported by food industry donations, individual and corporate donors, and the USDA.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting in Puerto Rico at “Universidad Inter-Americana de Puerto Rico” she has an Associate’s Degree in Ministerial Arts from “Universidad Mizpa” from Puerto Rico, and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, she is currently pursuing her MBA in Finance from Lamar University.
She has experience in both public and government organizations as an Accountant, Director of Finance, Comptroller, Business Manager, Human Resource Specialist and Financial Consultant for small business. She has helped small businesses thrive and overcome their financial struggles. Has managed to make them focus on increasing revenues and managing staff members. She focused on the accounts receivable of the business and manages to increase the company’s revenue.
As a former Finance Director to a Not-for-Profit Medical Facility, she states “when I first arrived they had no funds to purchase medical necessary supplies like syringes and gloves and I took a look at their finance and found funds where not being utilized properly. We made some simple changes found ways to better manage the finances and for the first time in 13 years employees whom had not received raises, received a bonus”
Personal accomplishments: Served as a Youth Pastor for three years and directed and coordinated youth camps for 12 years. She managed to raise funds for the camps. The funds were used for food and guest speakers. Melissa states: “My greatest accomplishments are written in lives that have been impacted and transformed by the youth camps. Today as a result of the youth camps some serve as Pastors, Military overseas, Worship Leaders and Singers.”
Melissa currently serves as the Administrative Assistant in a not-for-profit organization and Board Member at her local church, she leads a Women’s Bible Study group called “Diamonds In The Rough”, and the idea of the group is to help women’s personal and spiritual growth. Melissa states: “I have found the greatest achievement in life is to serve”
Melissa enjoys music, writing, laughing and engaging with people. She states: “I’m perfectly imperfect and grateful to be known by the Almighty God. I never meet a stranger, only a distant acquaintance”