Mount Dora Christian Academy and Children’s Home has named Charles Marcussen as Chief Financial Officer effective June 1, 2022. Marcussen succeeds Bob West, who passed in January 2022.
Marcussen is a familiar face to our campus as his wife, Jennifer, is one of our VPK teachers. Together they have two daughters attending MDCA, Josie (13) and Millie (9).
A native of South Bend, IN, Marcussen attended Harding University, earning degrees in Accounting (1999) and in Management and Marketing (1998). He enjoys being a long-suffering fan of the Cleveland Browns, Guardians (Indians), and Cavaliers, as well as his hometown team, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to baseball on the radio, completing a set of Legos, seeing his kids excel in theatre and the arts, reading and learning about ancient history, and spending time every year on the beaches of Boca Grande.
For the past 20-plus years, Marcussen has served in various roles while progressing through the ranks in corporate and public accounting in both Little Rock, AR, and Orlando, FL. Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer at MDCA, Marcussen was a Managing Partner at MSH CPAs in Orlando. As the Director of Tax Engagements at MSH, he led a team of professionals to provide tax preparation services to both individuals and small to mid-size multistate partnerships and corporations across industries. His practice areas focus on providing CFO and consulting services to small businesses and individuals, tax preparation services, and assisting clients in estate and trust administration needs.
Marcussen is an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida, a Charter Global Management Accountant (AICPA/CIMA), and a member of the AICPA and FICPA. He served on the FICPA's Elder Planning and Support Committee, the Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Committee, the International Taxation Committee, and the Federal Taxation Committee. These toles have allowed him to influence and shape the future of the CPA profession in the state of Florida.
Marcussen views his role at MDCA as an opportunity to invest in the students and community by building a legacy of transparent financial management and leadership. He believes his career path has guided him and prepared him for this position. He looks forward to leading in financial reporting, statutory compliance, strategic development, and developing best practices and controls. In short, he aims to provide MDCA's leadership with the information needed to fulfill our mission of "building on a legacy of faith and service."