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Leila Melody Joins Providence as CFO

September 24, 2018 by Elaine Rottman

Leila Melody joined the Providence administrative team on September 24, filling a new chief financial officer (CFO) position.

Melody has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in finance, operations, and business administration at both for­-profit and not­-for­-profit organizations.

She has led accounting, finance, human resources, facilities, technology, and visitor experience, instituting best practices and developing systems that create and support significant organizational growth.

In addition, she has volunteered her time extensively to a wide variety of charities ranging from local animal protection organizations to international education initiatives by assisting with the development of business plans, coordinating volunteers, securing corporate sponsorships, and planning fundraising events.

She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Northwestern University in 2000 and earned an MBA with distinction from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2010 with concentrations in social enterprise, management and strategy, and international business.  

On her choice to join the team at Providence, Melody said, “I am excited to contribute to an institution focused on academic excellence and strong ethics, and am especially happy to be involved during the merger of the schools.”

As CFO, her focus will be on integrating accounting and HR practices, overseeing capital projects, and developing robust budgeting and financial modeling to ensure the future sustainability of the school. 

Providence interim head of school, Dr. Tim Loomer, expressed appreciation for the strengths Leila Melody brings to the Providence administration. He also said he wishes to publicly thank Tom Smith for so ably stepping in over the summer as business manager while Providence conducted the CFO search. “Tom’s long association with and service to first Santa Barbara Christian School and then Providence has been quiet, steady, humble, and capable. He is so very appreciated,” said Dr. Loomer. 

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