During his junior year of high school, Chris Garra enrolled in an accounting class. “It was accounting in its simplest form,” he recalled. “In accounting, everything is black and white. You are discovering where the differences are and making them equal. At the end of the day I liked the black and whiteness of it.”
Years later, however, with more than two decades of professional accounting experience, Chris realizes that accounting in the real world is rarely just black and white. Fortunately, he still loves the process of reconciling the differences.
Chris is the newest member of the accounting department at Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society headquarters. He joined the Society on March 5, 2018 as a staff accountant, focusing on bank reconciliation and payroll.
Prior to coming to the Society, Chris was senior staff accountant for a telecommunications company for nine years. Before that, he was controller for the Reston Association. A Buffalo, NY native, he earned his accounting degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1995.
Although he was not familiar with the Society before joining the staff, Chris has family members who served in the Air Force, and once aspired to be a pilot himself. “When I was in high school I applied to the Air Force Academy,” he explained. “I wanted to fly, but I didn’t have 20/20 uncorrected vision, so I took a different path.”
“The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a great place to work, Chris said. “The work we do is work we can be proud of. We’re helping people and making a difference in their lives.”
When he’s not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, running, and playing on a street hockey team.
Welcome to the Society, Chris!
By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso