Denise began her professional career in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Co. Since marrying a co-worker was frowned upon in those days, Denise left public accounting to join a client. She and that former co-worker have now been married almost 38 years. She is a CPA and, for the past 25 years, has been the Chief Financial Officer for a firm that provides technical services to the telecommunications industry. From 2015 until 2023, she also taught a high school accounting class.
Having been blessed to learn from two extraordinary mentors, Denise realizes that good leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. Her life view is shaped by the four words that summarize the Bible: Love God. Love people.
Denise is a “double-Dawg” with a BBA in Accounting and a Master of Accounting in Taxation. As a UGA varsity football and basketball cheerleader for three years, she was on the field for the Bulldogs’ 1980 undefeated season and National Championship victory.
Denise has been on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Cheer sport-specific ministry for 10 years. In prior years, she was the treasurer of the Marist Parents Club, Marist Booster Club, and Special K’s and she held roles related to her children’s schools and activities.
Special Pops Tennis
Denise joined the Special Pops board in 2023 after witnessing the positive impact it has had on her son for the past eight years.
Patrick and Denise were introduced to Special Pops Tennis through his high school Special K’s program. After years of trying and getting bored with a variety of sports, Denise’s son, Patrick, attended a Special Pops tennis practice in 2016. His love for the sport has grown each year and the friendships created through Special Pops Tennis fill his life with joy and happiness. He loves the combination of playing as an individual and with teammates in doubles matches and SPUD teams.
Denise is qualified to pick up balls during tennis practices and matches. As she debated what sport to learn in preparation for an eventual (and hopeful) retirement, she selected golf since the ball isn’t moving while she’s trying to hit it.