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Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance
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Seattle, WA 98104-3191

AFWA Seattle Chapter Board Members 2017-2018

President – Cayenne Chonette:

The Finance and Human Resources Director for the Washington State Wine Commission, Cayenne is a graduate of Washington State University with a BA in Business Administration Accounting. Cayenne’s first profession was culinary arts. She graduated from Western Culinary Institute in 1996 with a culinary arts diploma as the youngest graduate in her class at the age of 17 years old. After working in the culinary industry for several years she decided to return to school to focus on a business degree in accounting. She began working in accounting a year later as an accounting assistant at an environmental and engineering company. She quickly found that accounting was where she belonged and worked her way up the corporate ladder in various industries over the next 15 years. She is now a managerial accountant with over 15 years’ experience across a wide variety of industries including; state government, non-profit, agriculture, engineering, retail furniture and commercial real estate. Cayenne is passionate about agriculture, culinary arts and the ocean. In her free time you will find her in her garden growing a diverse variety of vegetables, in her kitchen cooking up garden fresh meals or in the Puget Sound paddling her kayak. Cayenne currently resides in Tacoma, Washington with fiancé Craig and two sons, 17 year old Lucas and six month old William.

Current Past President – Katherine Eastham, CPA:

A graduate of Whitworth University, Katherine holds a BA in Marketing and Accounting. In 2013, she started her career at Rightside and has continued to grow within the company. As a Sr. Accountant, she is responsible for the accounting of internally developed software, intangible assets, and monthly variance analysis. Katherine obtained her CPA license in 2014. She is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Seattle Chapter of AFWA. Katherine has been a member since she was a college student and feels that AFWA has given her the opportunity to connect with other professionals in a variety of accounting and finance fields at different points in their career. She has been able to listen to their advice and take it into consideration when thinking about what she wants her career to look like in future years.

Treasurer – Linda Burrus, CPA:

Linda earned both a BA in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She is also a CPA. Linda initially worked in corporate accounting and financial reporting, including SEC Reporting, for several publicly traded companies. Linda also participated in the preparation and filing of an Initial Public Offering and a Supplemental Public Offering for a company. Since 2004, Linda has been doing Sarbanes-Oxley work for small and medium sized companies, in addition to setting up and documenting internal controls for private companies. Linda served as President of the Seattle Chapter of AFWA for 2013-2014, in addition to multiple other roles during her time as an AFWA member. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening and reading.

Secretary – Kari Hedman, CPA:

Kari spent over 25 years in corporate accounting for the real estate brokerage industry, rising through the ranks to VP and CFO positions of small real estate companies. She finally took the CPA exams in 2016 and is now in public accounting with a focus on small businesses and non-profits. She joined AFWA this year and values the opportunities to connect and brainstorm with other women in the accounting and financial field. In her spare time she loves exploring National Parks with her family and continuing to expand her skills by watching You-Tube videos on Excel Pivot Tables and trying out new software packages.


Director – Diane Buxton Ho, CPA:


Diane has been an accountant for 3 years, after earning her accounting credits to qualify for the CPA exam from North Seattle College. She spent two of those years in the cannabis industry, rising rapidly from staff accountant to assistant controller in an industry known for its unique financial challenges. She joined AFWA as a student and was the chapter Secretary for the last two years. Diane is a gamer and thinks cash flow management is similar to a video game.



Programs – Director – Mary Fisher, CPA:

After graduating from Colorado State University, Mary Fisher began her accounting career as an Auditor for State of Alaska Legislative Audit. She earned her CPA certificate while working there and then moved on to public accounting doing auditing and taxes. After earning an MBA degree at University of Alaska Anchorage, Mary decided she wanted to work on the operational side of accounting and began a career as a Controller in the telecommunications industry. After about 15 exciting years of telecommunications start-ups and mergers and acquisitions, she made the career switch to the non-profit field. She been in non-profit accounting for about 15 years and currently is working for Sound Generations in downtown Seattle, one of Seattle’s largest non-profits providing senior services. Mary has been a member of AFWA since 1981 when Fay Von Gemmingen encouraged her to join the Anchorage chapter. She was President of the Anchorage chapter and when she moved to Seattle in 1991, became active in the Seattle chapter which was celebrating its 50th anniversary at the time. She later served as President of the Seattle chapter and as an Area Director for Washington and Oregon chapters. She’s been on the Board on and off for years and is currently serving on the Program and Journal committees. The Seattle chapter provided a supportive network and was a great way to get involved with the community when she first moved to Seattle and continues to be a great network after all these years. In addition to AFWA, Mary enjoys reading, Sudoku and planning for retirement.