LCSN: PROFILE: Peru native enjoys helming Society of Women Accountants

November 27, 2009. Retrieved online November 30, 2009 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Lourdes Vannier knows about stress. As an accountant and president of the Las Cruces chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants, Vannier said the last month of the year can become hectic as she and her colleagues rush to make sure clients are not missing out on any tax credits and that they are meeting tax bills and a host of other concerns.

Then, after the champagne corks have been popped and a new year begun, thoughts turn to tax-filling season, and W2s, extensions and like issues.

Still Vannier, 51, said she enjoys her job. The accountant with Beasley, Mitchell & Co. in Las Cruces said she likes the precision of math.

“I like numbers. I want to get to the point,” she said. “I don’t want to get close to something, I want to get it right. Plus my father was an accountant.”

Work stress, anyway, cannot compare with what she and her family have dealt with the past two decades. A native of Peru, Vannier moved to the United States 20 years ago with three young sons who all became U.S. citizens and all served in the military.

In fact, all three spent time in Iraq.

“They all went to the Iraq war: two in the Marines and one in the Army,” she said. “It was tremendous stress; it was terrifying.”

When she left her hometown of Lima two decades ago, Vannier said she fled political turmoil and a “crazy” economy.

“At that time I was a single mother with three kids, so I knew I couldn’t make it there and I feared for my sons in the sense of ‘what are they going to do?’” she said.

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