Sharon Mahan, Financial Services Director

People do not choose to be poor. There is usually some life circumstance that contributes to their financial situation. I believe that, given the chance, people will choose to better themselves and make a better life for themselves and their families.

My father was killed in an accident when I was five, leaving my mother with six children between the ages of three and sixteen to provide for. I was not aware of the financial struggles my mother had when I was growing up. We were always taught that we had to work for what we wanted. I started babysitting at the age of eleven and, when I was old enough, I worked in the office at my high school through a work experience program that was offered by the local community action program. This work experience program allowed me to earn “spending money” and helped me gain skills that I still use today.

Couleecap provides a similar work experience program, and many other programs, that give the people in our service area a chance to better their financial situations. I have worked in Couleecap’s Finance Department for almost 30 years. Although I don’t provide direct services to our clients, by ensuring that the agency receives “clean” audits, I help to ensure that Couleecap will continue to receive funding for these programs to help the people in our service area make a better life for themselves and their families.



Sharon began her employment with Couleecap in 1982. Prior to working at Couleecap she was an accountant at for-profit businesses in southwest Wisconsin.

1973 graduate of Western Wisconsin Technical College, LaCrose, WI. Associate Degree: Accounting

Current activities and involvements:

Independent Living Resources, Inc. Audit Committee
Couleecap Relay for Life Team

































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