Essentials of the Business Office: Faculty

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Course Faculty

Mary Kay Markunas

Mary Kay Markunas

Mary Kay Markunas currently serves as Director, Research and Member Resources at NBOA, and has over 24 years of experience supporting management teams in independent schools and Fortune 100 companies. In this capacity, she manages all of NBOA's research efforts and surveys, as well as online resources and toolkits. Prior to joining NBOA, Markunas served as the director of finance and operations at The Avery Coonley School for 12 years. She holds a B.S. from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Lorri Palko

Lorri Palko

Lorri is currently the Chief Financial Officer for One Schoolhouse. Most recently, Lorri served as Associate Head of School – Operations at Atlanta Girls' School where she led all internal business and financial operations. Prior to teaching, Lorri worked in the business sector for twenty years, having served as President of two manufacturing companies, each with annual sales over $200 million and over one thousand employees. Lorri achieved revenue growth, improved profitability, and increased market positions through a collaborative leadership style focused on the growth of employees and the community while being a steward of long-term financial sustainability.

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Gain a more in-depth grasp of issues related to independent school human resources in NBOA's HR Compliance for Independent Schools online course. Intended for both human resources professionals and business officers who have oversight and responsibility for human resources, the course will help you learn to spot issues, address day-to-day human resources challenges, improve your school's policies and practices, and know when to engage legal counsel.

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