Chief Financial Officer
Merelise joined JCS in November 2018. As CFO, she is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of the organization’s business, finance and personnel operations. Within finance, she guides the staff, finance committee, investment committee and board of directors on all financial matters, including external audit functions, banking, investments, tax reporting and human resources. She also oversees the financial reporting of JCS’s related entities Shalom and Shalom II Affordable Housing Complexes and Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence.
Prior to joining the leadership of JCS, Merelise was CFO and COO at Lincoln School, a private all-girls institution. She has also served as Director of Finance at the University of Rhode Island Foundation, a separate Advancement and Endowment entity of the University of Rhode Island, and as an auditor at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Merelise has extensive knowledge in the nonprofit arena, with a strong record of building solid financial infrastructures, improving and creating accounting and reporting procedures and providing sound financial analysis.
Merelise has served on multiple boards and currently holds the position of Treasurer for the Coventry Soccer Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting at the University of Rhode Island.