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Serving others has always been an important part of Michael Lin’s life, and her accounting work grew naturally out of that. Years ago, when her pastor offered her a job as the church bookkeeper, she saw it as a valuable ministry, and gladly accepted.
That set her on a career path that led to several accounting degrees, a successful business, and a wide range of experience in various commercial and ministry settings. From her first bookkeeping post with The Salvation Army, Karen moved on to become Accounting Supervisor at Indal Aluminum, working directly with the Controller/Vice President.
In the midst of her busy life, Karen met an intriguing young man named Don at a church Halloween carnival. The attraction lasted — they’ve been married since 1975, and raised two children, Christy and Michael.
The pull to serve her family was just as strong as her business ties — and just as rewarding, in different ways. She quit her job in 1986 to stay home with Christy, then three years old. But that didn’t prevent her from starting two businesses during the same time. In 1987, Karen went back to school to study tax preparation, but missed the final exam — she was giving birth to her son Michael.
In the 1990s, Karen completed her accounting education, attending Chaffey College and the University of La Verne concurrently. She graduated with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Bachelor of Science in May 1996, with honors from both colleges. She is a member of Magna Cum Laude at the University of La Verne.
After several years in the accounting business, Karen joined forces with
Ray Revenaugh in 2005, becoming a partner in Accountabiity. She’s now at the helm of a complex, diverse company with a full staff of employees. But the ethos that started it all hasn’t changed: After more than 30 years, it’s still all about serving others.