Employee Spotlight is a blog series meant to offer an inside look at our company culture and, most importantly, highlight the talented individuals who help make our company so special. From accountants and software implementation specialists to operations, marketing, and HR professionals, get to know the people behind Chazin & Company.
Today, we are getting to know Maria Injic, our new Director of Client Services. Maria is based out of Ohio. Let's learn more about her:
1. What drew you to Chazin & Company?
I started following Chazin & Company on LinkedIn a few years ago and have been impressed by the valuable accounting & finance content they provide to the nonprofit sector. It has been a great professional resource for me. I also loved the fact that Chazin & Company is a woman-owned accounting firm.
2. What are you most excited about with your new position?
I am excited to help support the staff at Chazin & Company so they can empower clients with the right data and, in turn, our clients can focus on furthering their missions. I am also excited to learn about the meaningful and transformative work our NFP clients are doing.
3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I live in the snowbelt outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The last few years I have taken up skiing with my husband and my three kids. They usually leave me behind on the slopes but I enjoy improving my skiing skills and techniques. I even partake in a women's ski group at my local ski hill. Additionally, I love to run. I have run countless half marathons/5ks and one (only one!) marathon. I am part of the Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town chapter in Cleveland. I have met some of my best friends at their 5 am group runs.
4. What's your favorite volunteer activity?
I am the co-leader for Girl Scout Troop 71205 which is comprised of 6th and 7th grade girls. I was surprised that one of the girls' favorite badge works was the exercise on budgeting 🙂. The girls completed their Bronze Award as Juniors with a service project for Project Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps provide school clothes to students in need. The girls are working towards their Silver Award this year!
5. Please share any exciting news or a fun fact about yourself:
My favorite race to run is the Seneca 7 – a 77.7-mile, 7-person relay race around Seneca Lake in New York. The race started as part of a school project (not mine 🙂) and helps supports local charities and tourism efforts. The race registration opens at 7 am on Halloween every year and sells out in less than five minutes. I have been lucky to get a spot for two years and have my fingers crossed I will get my team in for 2023! Six of my closest (perhaps not after the race!) friends and I take turns running around the lake. It takes the entire day. As one member of the team runs, the other members pile into my minivan and drive to the next relay exchange point. The race takes about 12 hours and must be completed by 7:57pm. It is always a test of endurance and friendship!