Meet Jacque Fanning, Chief Financial Officer

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Jacque Fanning and her best friend made a pact while in high school that they would go off to college and become nurses together. But after taking a science class, she knew that nursing wasn't her calling. With help from her high school adviser, Jacque decided to go in a different direction: accounting. It was very good advice because she went on to attend Hastings College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting. Today, she is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Bluestem Health.

After graduating from college, Jacque worked for a CPA firm for six years, acquiring her CPA designation, and gaining many valuable experiences in auditing, accounting and tax preparation. But something was missing: she still had that desire to help others, just not as a nurse. That desire led her to work for the next 20 years as the Finance Director for the non-profit The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and two years at Mary Lanning Healthcare, both in Hastings, before moving to Lincoln as a result of her husband's job transfer in 2016. 

As CFO at Bluestem Health, Jacque's responsibilities include preparing and interpreting monthly financial statements, reporting to the board of directors on the financials, implementing the organization's annual budget, managing day-to-day cash flow, managing and reporting for various grants and supporting the CEO with the development of budgets and strategic planning of future expansion. In her two years at Bluestem Health, she has seen the organization go through a rebranding strategy and culture change, added new clinics to make services more accessible throughout Lincoln, and experienced the joy of working again for a company where the work environment is so positive.

With healthcare constantly changing, Jacque finds that balancing the funding and meeting federal regulations presents many challenges. In 2019, she will participate in her first U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant application process and site visit to ensure the organization continues to receive federal funding that it heavily relies on to provide services to those in need. Without the funding, she knows it would significantly impact their efforts to provide high-quality healthcare services to many people in the Lincoln area and from multiple locations. 

When not at work, Jacque enjoys spending time with her husband and their blended family of two daughters, two sons and two granddaughters. Two of the children are in college at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; three children are married. She and her husband like doing yard work, and sitting on their deck enjoying a glass of wine while watching the deer and other wildlife roam through their backyard and the grasslands nearby. They also enjoy an occasional golf game together, dining out, and traveling to warm places with sunny beaches, like Hawaii and Mexico. 

"When I interviewed for this job, it felt so comfortable and I knew this was where I needed to be," says Jacque. "Helping people receive the medical care they need fulfills that purpose to serve others that I had back in high school."