Houser’s work with KPM feeds a passion for service that began when she was a college student completing nonprofit work hours through her business fraternity. Her passion for giving back has led her to become involved with a wide variety of local nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, The Doula Foundation and the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.
While Houser is proud of her ability to juggle family time, volunteerism and the demanding deadlines that public accountants face year-round—not just during tax season—she’s fed up with the idea of having it all. “It’s unfair to set people up thinking that you’re going to achieve this perfect balance, because it’s not a balance,” she says. “It’s a juggle.” Houser relies on old-school to-do lists, as well as grounding activities like walking the family dog, to keep things in perspective.
Ultimately, the grind is worth it. “My nonprofit work is one of my top achievements,” she says. “Not only do I have the opportunity to volunteer with organizations I really care about, but coming in as a professional with an in-depth knowledge of nonprofits and being able to help those organizations—and becoming a focused leader for our firm in the nonprofit area—has been a very rewarding and very meaningful experience.”