By Cindy Kent
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Who: Silvia Chestnut Evans, President of Palm Beach Accounting and Financial Services LLC, was recently appointed treasurer of Milagro Center’s Board of Directors. The role taps into Evans’ accounting skills, she says, but also taps into her creative side, allowing her to use both sides of her brain to support kids in the arts. The Milagro Center provides arts and values education and academic support to over 75 children in grades K-12 through it’s after-school and summer programs
Why the community should care. There is a paradigm shift happening in society, where we are moving toward an economy built on inventiveness. Milagro helps kids learn new approaches to life, to create artistic and emotional beauty, which will directly impact on their success in life.
Experience: Certified public accountant; previously: clerk of courts, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County, managed family divisions and child support depository.
Education: University of Florida, bachelor’s degree in finance; Saint Leo University, Masters of Business Administration with concentration in accounting.
Community: Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2014; Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club; Wellington Garden Club; Woodard Group Leader
What’s new: Technology — from paper ledgers to cloud-based software. I’m a member of Intuit’s Accountant Council. I realized along the way that I could either learn new technology or get left behind, and the tie-in is that Milagro students are learning about using technology, too.
Advice to young professionals seeking community engagement experience: Get involved in the arts, dive into technology and social media.
Wisdom: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein
On the side
Married: 25 years to Bill Evans
Family: Daughter, Alexa, teaches dance at Maltz Theatre in Jupiter. Son, Max, is an accounting major at FAU.
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