Scott A. Belt, CPA – President
“When I entered the accounting field, I found that I really liked to improve the inner working of a company, so the operations team could focus more on growth than on the day-to-day business. I am passionate about growing businesses and want the business—and the owners—who work hard and take good risks to succeed.” Impact CFO Services Founder, Scott Belt
Scott grew up on a century dairy farm outside of Yamhill, Oregon, providing him with daily insight on how a successful business operates.
“Everything we do in life influences who we are and what we do. I started to work and manage projects and teams at a very young age.
“I learned a lot about being a leader and how to problem solve. I learned that what I was doing was only part of the process and that my work affected my future work or the work of others, and there were consequences for not completing a task correctly or on time. There are few if any shortcuts in life and the most important thing is that we are all on a team working toward one goal.”
Scott has worked in a variety of industries and has years of experience speaking the language of banks, financial institutions, governmental agencies, and CPA firms.
“Before starting Impact, I most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for Elite Care Management in Portland, Oregon, with more than 150 employees and more than 10 million in revenue.
“Business owners are often inundated with ‘noise’ that distracts them from really pushing their business forward. I can provide the financial and analytical services and skills that help people practically plan and realize their goals.”
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and minor in Mathematics from Linfield College. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Oregon. He also is a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Scott serves as a board advisor for the Executive Leadership Organization and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society–OSWIM Chapter. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing, and making barbecue classics on his Traeger grill.
Chad Fister – CFO
Chad Fister has over 15 years of executive business experience and is a proven leader, with financial and operational success in both public and private company environments.
Prior to joining Impact, Chad founded two companies, successfully sold another, and has served in various executive positions, such as CFO of an IPTV Services Company, Director of SEC Reporting for a Telecom Company, Director of Finance and Corporate Secretary for a Portland technology start-up, Vice President of Corporate Accounting for a Financial Services firm, Assistant Controller for a private Health Services company, and began his career in public accounting as an auditor for Deloitte. Chad holds an inactive-status CPA license in the State of Oregon. He attended Brigham Young University and earned a Master of Accountancy Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Chad is a father of five children and enjoys an active lifestyle playing golf, basketball, and other forms of exercise. What is left in his spare time, Chad uses to write novels, mentor others, and perform school assemblies for children and youth, promoting literacy and creativity.
Don brings nearly thirty years of operational, financial, and managerial accounting experience to organizations representing a broad and diverse range of industries and business sectors in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. His solid business experience is complemented with his strong business perspective in understanding the fundamentals of business – “how an organization works”.
He is an experienced, conscientious financial executive with demonstrated leadership abilities helping diverse companies develop, implement, and sustain efficient accounting procedures and processes and finding direction by strengthening accounting aspects of organizations throughout all business stages: business plans, start-up, growth, turn around, and exit strategy. Helping clients on a project, part-time, or interim basis, Don has repeatedly demonstrated his analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills by identifying concerns, evaluating alternatives, and implementing solutions to complex issues.
In addition to extensive hands-on experience in day-to-day accounting operations, Don is also experienced in project and organizational planning and management, debt restructuring, cost reductions, and capital acquisitions. Recent assignments have included: a forensic reconstruction of five years of accounting records to substantiate criminal embezzlement; interim CFO assignments during permanent CFO searches or leaves of absence; establishing accounting infrastructure to resolve partner disputes; developing business plans and feasibility studies for growing businesses.
Melody Snow – Controller
Melody grew up in Estacada, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She met Scott when he hired her for an accounting position on her first job out of college, and later followed him to another accounting position in the health care industry, and finally to Impact.
“Who you work with really makes or breaks a job. Scott and I have always worked well together, and I am excited to be working with him again. It’s interesting work to work with small or growing companies; helping them streamline their processes and organize information so it is useful.”
In her free time, Melody is also into health and fitness and teach group fitness couple evenings a week.
Dyana Otte – Controller
Dyana was born and raised near Portland, Oregon. She then spent 7 years in San Diego where she received her Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of San Diego and began her accounting career as an Assistant Controller for the San Diego Multiple Listing Service.
In 2000, Dyana returned to Oregon to care for a family member and made a career shift to Public Accounting, and where she first met Scott Belt. Her career in Public Accounting included consulting and auditing for both profit and non-profit organizations.
Dyana took a brief break from the Accounting profession to care for her two young children and pursue other creative passions before returning to Accounting in 2015, in a contractor capacity, and finally joining Scott full-time in January of 2018.
Since returning to Accounting, her passions have included onboarding clients, introducing new technology, training on both the staff and client level, developing policies and procedures, and improving workflow efficiencies, in addition to recurring accounting and financial reporting.
Dyana is very excited to be a dedicated team member of Impact CFOs and to help existing and new clients continue to grow.
Dyana’s time outside of work is focused on her school aged children, their academic, athletic and creative pursuits and time leftover is spent indulging her artistic side or spent with a good book.
Faith Brown – Bookkeeper
For the past eighteen years I have worked as a full charge bookkeeper for various small business. During this time I have learned how important it is to keep accurate books so the owners always knew what was happening on the financial side of their companies.
For the past three years I have had the pleasure of working with Scott at a local non profit. We have made a good team in providing the financial data for this group of people to focus on their future growth.
I also have intensive experience with quickbooks and am a certified quickbooks user.
My free time is spent designing new quilt projects and doting on my four legged housemate, Toby.