Kristine Devine plays tennis once a week and volunteers her time with various non-profit organizations, not to mention maintaining a very busy work schedule as senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a wife, a mother of three, (Graham, Jack, Bailey)…and a paraplegic as a result of a childhood accident.

Kristine has never allowed her disability to stop her, much less slow her down. “I have an incredible family that has always been supportive of me,” said Kristine. “I also have a genetically stubborn nature, which can be good and bad, but in this case, it has been a positive force in helping me to overcome both mental and physical obstacles.”

In her current role, Kristine coordinates and instructs local training seminars, and is a part of the corporate task force which develops and teaches training programs for governmental auditors nationwide. This has assisted in more cost-efficient and better-trained auditors in the field and enhanced client-services. Her outstanding work a leadership ability has made Kristine a key member of Deloitte’s Columbus office and greatly valued by her clients. “I can’t get into the accounting departments at two of my clients,” said Kristine. “So we meet somewhere else and communicate electronically. They don’t see the wheelchair, just the contribution I make.”

Kristine has been a very active member and participant in the business and civic communities of central Ohio, serving on the AICPA task force to rewrite the State and Local Government Audit Guide, and has done numerous Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) technical training presentations as well.

She is an avid sportsperson. In 1988, she won the silver medal for track at the USA Paralympic Competition in Seoul, Korea. Today, Kristine dedicates much of her free time to The National Adaptive Tennis Academy (TNATA) and serves as a member of the board. The group’s mission is to provide adaptive tennis to individuals with disabilities.

Kristine has been recognized by the Columbus Jaycees as one of its “Outstanding Young Professionals” in 1988 and has received the 2000 ALIVE Award for Active Leadership in Volunteer Endeavors presented by the Young Professionals of The American Cancer Society, the Forty under Forth Award presented in 2001 by Business First, and the 2002 Association of Government Accountants’ Private Sector Excellence Award. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.