Originally from apple farming country in Western New York State, Mary Lynne Kniley earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University’s Harrisburg campus in 1993, graduating with Highest Distinction. She later returned to that same Penn State campus for her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, graduating in 2007. Her career actually spans more than 40 years, from entry level bookkeeping positions in the 1970’s and lots of practical experience through the 1980’s and 90’s. She went into public accounting in 1993, first with KPMG in their Harrisburg PA office, then with Miller & Miller CPA’s, a regional firm in Lancaster County, PA. After more than six years of auditing and tax work, both corporate and personal, she transitioned to K-12 education and spent 16 years with Hempfield School District in Lancaster County, PA. She retired in 2015 as the Director of Finance at Hempfield, and relocated to western New York. She now serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Elim Bible Institute and College. As of 2019, she has been planning, implementing and managing education budgets for almost 20 years! Her interests include family time, reading, hiking and exploring state and national parks, as well as any other travel she can fit into her busy schedule.