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Posted: 9/13/2017

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that Susan Vest became its Director of Finance and Operations/CFO on August 21, 2017. Mrs. Vest brings to the Udall Foundation over 20 years’ experience leading professional financial and audit organizations.

Prior to joining the Udall Foundation, she was the Chief of Internal Review for the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. In previous positions, Mrs. Vest served as the Enterprise Risk Program Manager for The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, and in financial and audit management positions with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Treasury Department. In addition to varied experience in budgeting, establishment and oversight of internal control environments, financial reporting, financial oversight of a trust fund, financial analysis and other relevant experience, she is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Udall Foundation Executive Director Philip Lemanski said, “Susan is known for her integrity, work ethic, fairness and facilitative management style as well as her deep knowledge of auditing and internal controls. We are privileged to have her join our senior management team and are confident that she will improve all financial aspects of the Udall Foundation.”

Mrs. Vest received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Toledo in Ohio and is a member of the Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners.

“We are delighted that Susan has joined the Udall Foundation’s leadership team. She brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience in the Federal finance system to the Foundation. She is committed to helping us continue to develop and implement the systems and controls necessary to ensure that we are operating efficiently across all of our programs,” said Eric Eberhard, chair of the Udall Foundation Board of Trustees.

About the Udall Foundation

Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and to the Native Nations Institute to conduct environmental policy research, research on Native American and Alaska Native health care issues and Tribal public policy issues, and training; and provides assessment, mediation, training and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

For additional information, please contact Executive Director Philip Lemanski at (520) 901-8500 or

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