Employee Spotlight

Theresia Heller

Theresia Heller, Director, Finance/Controller

Theresia Heller joined NAAG in August 2008 as the new director of finance/controller. She oversees the major financial needs of the Association and Mission Foundation including investment management, financial reporting, long-range financial plans, and grant management. Her duties also include ensuring NAAG is in compliance with various regulatory practices and managing payroll and accounts payable.

Theresia draws upon her expertise in financial analysis and years of experience to make sound financial decisions on behalf of the association. Previously, Theresia worked at the World Bank Credit Union and most recently at Chevy Chase Bank. During her 15 years there, she rose through the ranks. Most recently, she served as vice president and division controller in the commercial and real estate division.

She has made the smooth transition in her position but recognizes the differences between the non-profit and for-profit sectors. “The non-profit world has different challenges than the for-profit world. One challenge for me is bringing all the areas of finance that I deal with under one umbrella,” Theresia said. She tackles these challenges with ease as she continues to monitor NAAG’s financial transactions.

When she is not crunching numbers or monitoring investments and statements, she enjoys walking her German shepherd Buck and reading biographies about historical figures and events. This Huettlingen, Germany (located in the Stuttgart area) native also travels frequently to Europe to visit her family.

Theresia holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in both organizational behavior and development from Catholic University in Germany. She also studied as a Fulbright scholar at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She later obtained her MBA in finance and international business from the University of Maryland.

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