CarterBaldwin Executive Search is proud to have partnered with Marist School in the appointment of Brenda Leslie as Vice President of Finance for the Atlanta-based Catholic school.
Brenda is a well-rounded finance professional with senior management experience in public, private, and non-profit professional settings. Since 2018, Brenda has served as the Director of Financial Services and Assistant Vice President – Controller for CENGI schools with the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Brenda had two stints at KPMG before working as Director of Finance and HR at Camp Twin Lakes. It was at Camp Twin Lakes, working in a mission-focused organization, that instilled in her a passion to use her finance skills in ways that could ultimately serve others and impact lives.
Her professional experience includes not only accounting but leading key initiatives and management within the areas of human resources, compensation and benefit plans, goal setting and metrics creation, facilities management and planning, insurance and risk management, banking and auditing.
As Vice President of Finance, Brenda will partner with Marist President J.D. Childs to design and implement a strategic financial plan. This new position fits Brenda’s long-standing involvement with Catholic education. She grew up in New Orleans and attended St. Andrew the Apostle School and Academy of the Sacred Heart. Brenda earned her BS in accounting from the University of New Orleans.
About Marist School
Founded in 1901 and located in Atlanta, GA, Marist School is an independent, Catholic, private, nonprofit, college preparatory, coeducational day school enrolling 1100 students in grades 7-12. The school is the oldest Catholic secondary school in Atlanta and owned and operated by the Society of Mary, more commonly known as the Marists. The school’s mission to form the whole person in the image of Christ through instruction grounded in religious values, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the spirit of the Society of Mary, is advanced through communal pursuit of excellence in academic, religious, extracurricular, leadership, and service programs.