Family & Children’s Association (FCA), a leading human services nonprofit organization on Long Island, has appointed finance executive Rita Thakkar, CPA, CIA to its board of trustees. Thakkar, who is based in the New York City area, is vice president, Internal Audit for CA Technologies, a global software development and services firm.
A certified public accountant and internal auditor, Thakkar brings to FCA more than 20 years of financial leadership expertise both in the U.S. and in Canada. She has held key positions at McKesson Corporation (#5 on the Fortune 500 ranking), where she served as senior director of Investor Relations (2013-2106) and senior director, Internal Audit (2011-2013).
“We are thrilled to welcome Rita Thakkar as our newest board member,” said FCA President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. “Rita’s credentials and financial background are assets to our organization. I am confident that her leadership will help to enhance the delivery of high-quality programs and vital services throughout our network.”
“The FCA Board welcomes Rita Thakkar to the team and we look forward to learning from her knowledge and expertise to help further FCA’s mission,” FCA Board Chair Drew Crowley said. “Rita’s wealth of experience in finance will be instrumental in guiding FCA through the many hurdles being faced by health and human service agencies across Long Island. Welcome to the FCA Family, Rita!”
Thakkar began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto and went on to serve as chief audit executive of Kendle International Inc., in the global healthcare/pharmaceutical sector. She holds a degree in accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and has completed executive leadership programs at McKesson and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
She has also been active in several professional and not-for-profit organizations, and currently serves as a Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Long Island, NY Chapter.
“FCA is a remarkable organization that helps thousands of Long Islanders obtain much-needed support to build better lives, and I am looking forward to playing a part in its ongoing success,” Thakkar said.
Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 25,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. FCA offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services, Residential Services, Children’s Mental Health Services, Preventive Services and Adult & Senior Services.
FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.
For more information about FCA, visit www.familyandchildrens.org.