Shirley West-Meeks

Overview

Shirley has 30 years of business and industry experience in roles such as Director of Internal Audits, Budget Director, Government Budget Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, Senior Accountant, and Consultant. She has broad experience in financial reporting (including consolidations), treasury management, month-end close, cash flow management, budgeting/ forecasting, financial modeling, performance metrics, internal controls, system implementation, and process improvement.

• As a CAST Consultant, assisted with month end close, grant accounting management, balance sheet reconciliations, and aggregated budgets for a private, nonprofit corporation.
• As Government Budget Analyst for the Bureau of Budgets at State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, oversaw accounting, reporting, and budget functions with adherence to GAAP and government regulations, including annual operating budgets, projections, variance analysis, account analysis, and implementation of process improvements
• Collaborated with State Bureau Directors and other Executive team members to identify strategic, organizational, and development objectives and then aligned budget, grant, and business system initiatives in support of those objectives
• As Director of Internal Audits for the Denton County Water Supply District at SRuthWest Accounting and Auditing Services, provided consulting services to the Denton County Water Supply District, helped establish an Internal Audit Division including all internal audit policies, procedures, reporting, and risk assessments
• Planned and executed operational, financial, and compliance audits to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls
• As Sr. Financial Analyst at Mercedes Benz Financial Services, oversaw decision support MBFS/MBUSA subsidy and intercompany reconciliation ownership and process, performed data analysis and manipulation, analytical assessment, data collection, communication packaging, and presentation of results to support financial operations
• Utilized Lemans, CARS, EFT, Mainframe/Netstar, and SAP technologies to process, analyze, and investigate daily activities of Accounting Systems processes
• Managed and reconciled inter-company transactions and global treasury settlements, recorded monthly transactions of assigned countries, and managed expenses of inpatriate/expatriate
• As Principal Accountant for Board of Education at City of Detroit, led accounting team to ensure optimal cash flow, performed forecasting and analyses, executed daily funding decisions, managed investments, and developed management reporting
• Served as Sr. Financial Planner/Analyst at General Motors Corporation
• Served as Sr. Analyst/Finance Administrator Divestitures at Ford Motor Company
• As Sr. Accountant/Accountant at City of Detroit Finance Department, prepared financial reporting statements for the Bureau of Substance Abuse, Ryan White (SEMHA), and AIDS Counseling & Testing Program
• Served as Budget Director/Assistant Finance Director at State of Michigan

Education

  • Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, MI - Master of Science in Management, Business Process Reengineering
  • Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, MI - Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
  • Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, MI – Master’s Certification in Finance – Treasury Management and Investments
  • Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, MI – Master’s Certification in Project Management

In the community

CLA INT DEI Ambassador

INT Women@CLA VBC

INT Sankofa - VBC

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)