Member Profile: April Henderson, CPA

by Cory Wilmarth | Feb 22, 2018
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April Henderson, CPA, is part-time Controller at the Seattle Aquarium. A long-time non-profit supporter and a boating enthusiast, working for the Aquarium combines April’s love of the water and her desire to spend her time making positive contributions to the lives of others. “It’s satisfying to work with so many organizations that are doing good in the world,” April said.

April first came to Washington in 2002, studying for her CPA exam while her husband David was teaching at the UW. They had both moved several times in the past but, after falling in love with Seattle’s activity and natural beauty, they moved from Tucson to Ballard in 2005.

Growing upon a farm in Kentucky, April learned her work ethic from her parents, raising crops and a variety of animals. “To this day, they are still the hardest working people I know!” said April.April finished school in Brookings, South Dakota, where she also first met David.

April discovered accounting when her father became a CFO, having earned his MBA. “He would let me come into his office to do odd jobs and earn a little money. He’d let me run tapes on the checks that had to be deposited. I felt so grown up with a big stack of checks on a desk in front of me!”

She started college in pre-med at Radford University in Virginia, but found accounting fit her much better. April knows several auditors who began in pre-med and attributes this to a love of puzzles and problem-solving. April was also president of the accounting club before graduating in 2001.

After graduating, April found work as a public accountant with Short, Harris, & Co. She decided to earn her CPA to expand her career options. April is confident that she made the right decision.

When she moved to Seattle, April was hired by Clark Nuber. Through their firm, April has worked with several not-profits and enjoyed seeing behind the scenes at these organizations. She also is proud to have served as board member and Treasurer for the Washington Poison Center.

April also serves as co-chair of the WSCPA’s Not-For-Profit Conference Committee, giving back to the organization. “I’m impressed by how smoothly the planning process goes. My involvement has been a real treat!” said April. She will complete her tenure as co-chair at the end of 2017.

After starting her family in 2013, April looked to find more balance between work and time spent at home. She did not want to leave accounting, which fulfilled and challenged her and promised more opportunity for growth. She had also poured a lot of time and energy into becoming a shareholder.

When she learned that the Seattle Aquarium, a well-run non-profit, was looking for a part-time Controller, she made the leap from public accounting to this new role in November 2013. This gave April more family time and the ability to keep taking on new challenges.

Recently, April was offered the job of Director of Finance. Not ready for a permanent position, April became temporary Interim Director of Finance until the position was filled in June. Like her previous positions, she enjoyed the time spent working behind the scenes with the Executive Team.

April’s family now lives in Lake Forest Park and enjoys the peace and quiet of living near Lake Washington. Her daughter Abby Rose just started first grade. In their spare time, they love going boating, a hobby they picked up after moving. “When we left Seattle for Tucson, we really missed the water!”

Currently, April looks forward to the expansion of the Aquarium. The management hopes to make it the “jewel of the waterfront.” With its record attendance, they hope to accommodate more guests with more programming and interactions with marine life.

Most of all, April is grateful to work at a place where people come to spend time with their loved ones. The Aquarium gets a variety of guests, including tourists, schools, and families with children, but they all come expecting to have a good day. April is thrilled to be a part of that positive energy.

“Time is love,” said April. “It’s the most precious commodity many of us have. How we choose it spend it should reflect who and what we really love!”

Cory Wilmarth ( is the Communication, Design, and Social Media Coordinator for the WSCPA.

This article appeared in the fall 2017 issue of the WashingtonCPA Magazine. Read more here.

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