Harrisburg Catholic Administrative Services has recently welcomed two new Controllers, Kevin Huddy and Chad Seiders.
Mr. Huddy, as Financial Controller, oversees the financial reporting of the diocese and its parishes and schools, including the development of the diocesan budget, month-end reporting, journal activities, investments, bank reconciliations and insurance. He also oversees the Payroll and Accounts Payable departments.
Mr. Seiders, as Systems Controller, is responsible for working with the Microsoft Dynamics NAV system, an enterprise resource planning software that assists and supports the diocese’s accounting, payroll and financial operations. He will examine its added functionality, and how it interacts with budgets, month-end reporting and other items under the purview of the Financial Controller.
“We are tackling issues collaboratively,” said Mr. Huddy, whose background is grounded in internal audit and controls, financial analysis and the assessment and validation of business processes. He has worked for Highmark, KPMG, Anthem Blue Cross and The Hershey Company.
“Right now, there is a lot of work to be done to understand and to learn, but we are moving forward,” he said. “We will be communicative and collaborative so that everyone is on the same page in the efforts of HCAS supporting the diocese.”
“The related administrative aspect of that is really important,” Mr. Seiders concurred. “There is a broad range of experience that we bring to that, and so a systems model and defined methods are very important to the success of the overall financial process.”
Mr. Seiders has a background in managing and analyzing operations, finance and information systems. Much of his career was developed at Capital Recovery Agency, where he worked as Director of Information Systems, Finance and Operations. More recently, he was the Controller at companies such as Dreumex USA, Inc., and R.F. Fager Company.
“With our newness, we have some fresh eyes on how things could be enhanced, and that will lead to better outcomes going forward,” Mr. Huddy remarked. “People are excited about the opportunity for us to come in and help the diocesan organization.”
Don Kaercher, CEO of Harrisburg Catholic Administrative Services, stated, “I’m pleased to welcome Kevin and Chad to HCAS. Previously, the role of Controller comprised the two essentially full-time positions of diocesan controller and implementation analyst for the NAV software project. By re-splitting these roles, we will be able to continue on the path of refining the financial core of NAV, while looking forward to rolling out other features and modules in the software. At the same time, we will now be able to provide an even better service delivery to the diocese and its parishes and schools on financial and administrative matters.”
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness