Elizabeth (‘Betsy’) E. Krisher, CPA, CGFM


Personal Information

What inspired you to choose a career in public accounting?
The Big 8 firm recruiter essentially talked me into it when I interviewed in college. He told me to give it a shot and if I didn’t like it, I would be well positioned to get another job. Thirty-six year later, here I am, still in public accounting.

What advice would you give to someone joining Maher Duessel fresh out of college?
Embrace the pace and variety of experiences working with our wonderful client base and our talented employees.  You won’t regret it.

If I were not an accountant my dream job would be?
To host an interview style podcast that would allow me access to any guest I wanted.

Betsy began her public accounting career in 1985 at a then “Big 8” firm, joined Maher Duessel in 1991, and is Chairman and Director of Non-Profit Services for the firm. She also serves as Partner in Charge of the firm’s employee benefit plan audit team. Betsy serves as Engagement Partner for a wide range of governmental and non-profit audit clients including municipalities, school districts, community colleges, authorities, arts/cultural organizations, associations, community development entities, environmental/conservation organizations, foundations, HUD funded entities, human service agencies, libraries, and religious entities. She has extensive knowledge in Single Audit compliance. Betsy has been tapped as a key presenter at numerous professional conferences for organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Section and the AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. In 2024, she was named one of America’s Top 200 CPAs by Forbes.

Professional Involvement
  • AICPA Not-for-Profit Section Advisory Council Member
  • AICPA Tax Exempt Organization Technical Resource Panel – Past Chair and Past Associate Member
  • TEGE Exempt Organizations Council Program Committee – Member
  • National Pipeline Advisory Group – Member
  • AICPA National Non-Profit Expert Panel/Audit Guide Task Force – Past Member
  • AICPA Advanced Single Audit Certification
  • PICPA Board of Directors – Immediate Past President
  • Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Board of Directors – Member

Commitment to the Community

  • United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania – Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Executive Women’s Council – Member; Past Treasurer
  • Leadership Pittsburgh – Class XXII
  • B.A. in Economics in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Pittsburgh

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