Melody fell in love with accounting in third grade when she was thrilled by the magic of the bank rec. She knew that accounting was her calling, set her sights on the profession, pursued her passion with zeal, and became a partner at age 30. She owns Feniks & Company, LLC and focuses on small, closely-held businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Melody believes public accounting is the heart of the accounting profession, and her practice emphasizes the trusted client advisor concept. She believes knowledge shared is power, and seeks to empower her clients by sharing her knowledge and expertise as an integral part of client service. She also emphasizes candid communication and continual professional development with her team in a variety of ways, such has insisting that each team member start the workday with 15 minutes of reading. She keeps a library of books on leadership, personal insight, communication, teamwork, and business, and the team shares what they learned at the close of each book.
Melody is active in many accounting associations as well as her local community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. She served on the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) Executive Committee for five years, and served on the AICPA Nominations Committee. Through her work with PCPS she teaches Trusted Client Advisor Workshops, and helped form and currently chairs the Small Firm Women’s Networking Group. She is a Member-at-Large of the AICPA American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) Legacy Task Force, and she was honored with the AWSCPA’s 2016 Woman of the Year Award. She has served her State Society in many roles, notably as past president of the Alaska Society of CPAs, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Liaison to the Alaska Board of Public Accountancy on behalf of the Alaska Society. The Society recognized her service with its Distinguished Service Award and its Public Service Award. Melody served as a Trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation for six years and chaired the Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committee for four years. She also volunteers in local organizations and serves on local non-profit boards from time to time.
Melody enjoys travel, flying around Alaska in a Cessna 172, cooking, cycling, sewing and needle craft, gardening, and spending time with her English Labrador, Taiga.