Rose Russo serves as Chief Financial Officer for Operation Stand Down. A daughter of an Army Veteran and two WWII Navy Veterans, she brings years of nonprofit experience to Operation Stand Down. Rose has a passion for nonprofit work, believing that our careers should not only take care of our households, but should lift-up and empower our fellow man.
Rose served as the first Chief Financial Officer for Remote Area Medical, obtaining their group exemption ruling and helping them to expand nationally. Her work included putting a sound accounting system in place that assured both GAAP and IFRS compliance. She raised the funds to build an IT structure that served as a springboard for growth. Rose also served in other CFO capacities over the years, including as CFO for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.
Rose has an undergraduate degree in accounting from East Tennessee State University. She also did some post-graduate study in astrophysics.
Rose has a large extended family that brightens her life and she can be found most weekends cooking for them. Her passions include reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She has one grown son. Being active in fostering animals, an ever-changing menagerie resides with her.