School of Business and Leadership

Experience and expertise

“My career is an example of how important it is to be a lifelong learner and be able to change with technology.  

I started my career in corporate finance, which involved financial analysis and new business negotiations. When I moved to Rochester, I decided to pursue certification as a public accountant, because it challenged me to diversify my knowledge base. This new career meant starting over and embracing a different type of work, but it ended up being a great choice as it complemented my finance skills.

The reality is even if you stay in the same field, chances are the way work is accomplished will change over the course of your career. That is why I challenge myself to keep learning and stay current in the world of finance so I can create relatable course content for my students.” 

Becoming a professor at Nazareth

“My goal is to be invested and engaged with my students, to best prepare them for successful careers. Teaching has been the most rewarding experience of my career; there really is nothing like it! The size of the school gives me the opportunity to work with the students one on one. Every year I come away thinking these aren’t just great students; they are great people.”

Why finance?

“Without sound fiscal management, even the most brilliant business model cannot survive forever. Our finance major ensures the students get a strong foundation in finance, accounting, and economics. They are prepared for work in either corporate finance or investments, and there are tremendous career opportunities in both areas.

I love to invite guest speakers to my classes, because I want my students to hear from those who are doing the work in the field they are pursuing. Many guest speakers are alumni who love giving back to the college.

Students also get several opportunities to gain hands-on experience in finance like participating in the Golden Flyer Investment Fund, the Adirondack Cup competition, and service learning.”

Courses I Teach

  • Accounting I
  • Corporate Finance I
  • Corporate Finance II
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Senior Seminar in Finance

Golden Flyer Investment Fund

“I am the faculty advisor for the $100k fund that is managed entirely by students. It is their responsibility to analyze and invest in the stock market. When we talk about hands-on learning, it doesn’t get more real than this! The students are incredibly professional and it has shown in the results so far. We want this to be an experience that they can carry into their future workplace.”

Cathy Leverone in finance lab

Cathy Leverone in Nazareth's finance lab

About Leverone

  • Certified Public Accountant in both New York and New Hampshire
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • Member of the American Institute of CPA's (AICPA), the American Finance Association (AFA), Financial Education Association (FEA) and Financial Executives International (FEI)
  • Board member for the Rochester Small Business Council, Fairport Dollars for Scholars, and P.L.A.Y. Inc.
  • Owner of Cathy A. Leverone CPA, LLC.
  • In her free time, she loves to travel, especially to the ocean.

Service Learning

Whenever possible, I try to bring a service learning project into the class, because it takes students out of the classroom and gives them a new perspective. In past years, students have helped not-for-profits develop sophisticated financial proposals that allowed the charities to better allocate their funds. The students grow so much during these hands-on experiences, and they get the chance to see the contribution they are making to the community.  

Adirondack Cup investment competition

“This is a student-led small cap stock competition with schools across New York and New England. The team is responsible for creating a hypothetical $1 million portfolio invested in five small cap funds. I am impressed by how hard the students work and the level of knowledge they display. That type of investment requires significant high-level analysis, but they have been up to the challenge. In our first year of participation, the Nazareth Team took first place!”

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