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Melody Thornton Named to Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego


Melody Thornton, CPA, a partner in J.H. Cohn's San Diego office, was named to the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. Effective September 1, she is the chapter's treasurer. As treasurer, she is also a member of the executive committee and chair of the finance committee.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation depends on donations to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The wishes are limited only by the child's imagination.

Among Melody's first roles with Make-A-Wish was as a judge at the recent Summer Wishes fundraiser. Approximately 20 teenagers attended sessions to learn how to use Microsoft Office suite programs and then applied those new skills and their own creativity to raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

The group raised more than $11,000-enough for three-year-old Wish child Maddy to go on a Disney cruise with her parents plus additional funds to put toward a future child's Wish. Melody recently ended her term as president of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants' San Diego chapter. She is a tax partner with 20 years of experience in tax and management consulting for public and private sector companies in various industries, including technology, light manufacturing, and distribution. She specializes in technical areas of corporate tax planning, equity-based compensation, and mergers and acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in taxation for not-for-profit organizations and in California tax issues. She is a member of the Firm's Not-for-Profit Industry Practice, Capital Markets and SEC Practice, and State and Local Tax Group. Melody graduated from the National University with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.

On the East Coast, J.H. Cohn's New York and New Jersey offices support local chapters of Make-A-Wish through annual employee bowl-a-thons. In New Jersey, the Firm has raised more than $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey over the past ten years, making it the top corporate donor in the state.

Published date: 9/1/2011

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