Carolyn Christesen, CPA
Department Chair and Professor, Accounting
Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York
Carolyn Christesen has been teaching accounting at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, since 1998 and currently serves as accounting department chair. She completed a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Eastern Connecticut State University as well as BBA and MBA degrees in Public Accounting from Pace University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and is a recipient of the State of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Westchester Community College Foundation’s Teaching Excellence award.
Out of the classroom, Carolyn has been the advisor of the Accounting Club for the past ten years and has co-chaired the advisory committee for COAP, a summer program for high school minority students, since 2002.
Prior to her appointment at Westchester, she taught accounting at Pace University and worked at KPMG and a small accounting firm doing auditing and accounting work. She raised three daughters and lives with her husband in Connecticut. They love to read, cook, and spend time with friends and family.