Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CFNI) Mary Ann Shacklett was among 14 Certified Public Accountants recently recognized for serving their profession in an outstanding manner. Shacklett was recognized with the Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award on May 13 by the Indiana CPA Society.
The award recognizes a Certified Public Accountant in business and industry that has been instrumental in the success of their employer and/or made a notable entrepreneurial achievement. She was among 14 top CPAs in the state honored for their outstanding service.
In her role as the top finance professional for the parent company of the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, Shacklett has been directly involved with the development of Community Hospital’s Surgery Center, the hospital’s Cardiology Center, Hartsfield Village Continuing Care Retirement Community and Community Hospital Fitness Pointe. She also spearheaded the attainment of the largest bond issue of the system of $170 million in November, 2012. Under her leadership, the healthcare system’s Standard & Poor rating has been upgraded four times within the past six years, with a current rating of A. Over her career during the past 30 years with CFNI, from lower to mid-management levels to the senior level, Shacklett has continued to serve as a role model for other women in healthcare and finance.
Shacklett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a major in Accounting from Purdue University Krannert School of Management, West Lafayette. She also has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Indiana University Northwest and holds a CPA.
In 2015, Shacklett was selected as Most Influential Woman of the Year - Finance by Influential Women of Northwest Indiana. She was recognized for her work with CFNI and the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center, and out in the community.
Shacklett serves on the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Finance, Indiana University Northwest School of Business & Economics advisory board and the Caring Place board. She also is a member of the Indiana CPA Society, American Institute of CPAs and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She remains an active member as past president of the Calumet Chapter of the Indiana CPA Society and serving on the Indiana CPA Society Leadership Cabinet. She also is a Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree.
For more information about the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital – Munster; St. Catherine Hospital – East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center – Hobart visit comhs.org.