The Columbus Organization


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Lynne Prato

Vice President of Accounting & Finance

Why I joined The Columbus Organization 

I always enjoyed working for companies that provide a service.  So, when the opportunity to work at Columbus presented itself, I embraced working for a company that helps improve the lives of the IDD community.

How I describe our organization to other people

Columbus provides support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  For example, autistic individuals.  We monitor their progress to see if they are able to possibly have a job or go to day class for interaction with others.  We also make sure their living situation is good and they are taken care of.  We also provide clinical staffing for state hospitals and regional centers (e.g., psychologists, nurses, etc.).

How I chose my career

As a child, I always enjoyed math.  While in high school, I was able to take accounting courses and it was then that I realized accounting was the career path for me.

A career highlight

Passing the CPA exam was a major highlight for me.  As many will tell you, the CPA exam strikes fear in the hearts of many accounting students, and I am proud to have passed.

How I describe myself

I’m not your typical accountant.  Most accountants are stuffy and frankly quite boring.  I believe my colleagues and staff would say they enjoy working with me as I bring an element of fun along with a commitment and dedication to my position. 

My background

I joined Columbus in 2018, bringing with me over 20 years of experience that includes Controller positions in the mortgage and pharmaceutical industries.   I started my career as a staff accountant and worked my way up to Controller, which has led me to my current position as VP, Accounting & Finance at Columbus.     

A bit about me

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our Golden Retriever, Lily.  I enjoy long bike rides and walks with my dog.  My husband and I love to travel to various destinations (Europe & Mexico) to experience the culture and food.      


Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Accounting   

Licensed CPA in the state of Pennsylvania