New advancement administrator joins staff

Saba Nia

Following former Senior Advancement Administrator Brenda Janowitz’s retirement, Advancement Administrator Amber Kasongo joined the advancement team.

Janowitz’s departure caused a shift in the advancement department: former Advancement Administrator Marla Scholm took over as Senior Advancement Administrator and Kasongo joined the team to fill Schlom’s position.

As part of the Advancement Office, Kasongo will be responsible for the school’s ledger, which includes reconciling annual giving and advancement credit card transactions.

She will also review reports and prepare agreements for bank and investment accounts and is responsible for processing all bank transactions, donations, reimbursements and account transfers.

Prior to joining the advancement department, Kasongo worked in accounting at certified public accounting firms including Miller Stephens Tiller and Henderson Hurcherson & McCullough, as well as medical device company Immucor Inc.

Kasongo said she believes that her prior experience in the field of accounting will aid her in her new position at the school.

“Accounting just kind of prepared me to be very detail-oriented and data-driven,” Kasongo said. “The role I do now is making sure everything is accurate and correct in the giving process so that’s how it helps me now.”

Kasongo also said she is looking forward to joining the school community and helping the Advancement Office anyway she can.

In addition to depositing checks from other departments and assisting with the year-end audit, Kasongo will aid the HW Black and Red groups and assist with other Business Office duties as needed.

Kasongo said she is excited to get to know the school community better, and that she appreciates how passionate everyone is about their respective role at the school.

“I think it’s a great organization,” Kasongo said. “It’s a great school. There are really, really happy people here and the teachers are really, really great, so the students are getting an awesome education and you can tell that from the history of the school.”