As an Accounting Associate, Astri is responsible for bookkeeping and financial reporting for Willow Street client families, focusing on cash management, bill pay, and bank reconciliations. She also provides monthly financial reporting to Relationship Managers.
Astri has over 30 years of bookkeeping, accounting, and financial management experience. Most recently she was the Controller of a medical practice and surgery center in Salt Lake City; she has previously owned and operated both a private bookkeeping business and a Norwegian bakery in Park City. Astri attended the University of Utah and completed MBA courses in Financial Accounting and Marketing at the Wharton School.
A first generation Norwegian, Astri lives with her husband in Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and exploring local trails by foot, Nordic skis, and snowshoes. Astri also dabbles in the fiber arts, practices yoga, and visits her homeland, where most of her family still lives.
What Is The Best Piece of Advice You’ve Ever Been Given?
The best advice I have been given, which I define as having had the most positive impact on my life, is, “Small things done consistently add up to big things in the long run.” Following this advice can help lead us not only to a healthy mind and body, but also to professional success, financial stability, and future opportunities.
Before Joining Willow Street, What was the Most Interesting Job You’ve Had?
Earlier in my career, I had the pleasure of being the Lifestyle Director for an over-55 luxury condominium complex. When I started in the position, I thought that I would help the lovely residents stay active and young by implementing programs to nurture the body, mind, and soul. Their eagerness to stay active, positive attitude, and desire to learn taught me that youthfulness is a state of mind. I became so fond of the residents that I volunteered to teach several classes—cooking, computer skills, and exercise—and often stayed after work to participate alongside them in other activities that I had organized. We developed a wonderful bond, and I loved seeing others volunteering to share their expertise with the residents.
As a Relationship Manager, Gina serves as a primary point of contact for client families, accountable for working closely with clients and their advisors, including legal, tax/accounting, investment, and banking leads. Working with clients of Willow Street Group, LLC, Gina is responsible for trust administration, financial reporting and analysis, cash flow management, and special projects.
Gina’s diverse professional background includes nearly 20 years in the title insurance industry, where she facilitated complex real estate transactions. Prior to joining Willow Street, she worked as the Operations Director of a local non-profit, managing financials, human resources, marketing, and development. These professional experiences have honed her customer service and project management, while strengthening many technical skill sets.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Gina earned her BA at Bowdoin College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. Gina moved to Jackson in 1998 and shares her love of the outdoors with her husband and two children. Whether skiing, hiking, or mountain biking, she tries to find time every day to hit the trails, often with her family and dog in tow. Gina is also a volunteer tutor with the Teton Literacy Center.
If You Could Learn to do Anything, What Would it Be?
I would love to learn to speak Spanish. I studied French through college and was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying in France. Becoming fluent while immersed in the culture was wonderful, but unfortunately my French has become rusty over many years with few opportunities to practice. If I spoke Spanish, I could use it daily at home with my children and also while traveling—two of my great loves.
If You Suddenly Found Yourself With Two Hours of Free Time, What Would You do With It?
As a working mom with two kids, time is the most valuable commodity. I often feel like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that I want and need to do. With two hours of free time in the winter, I would skin up Snow King or hike up Mount Glory and then enjoy the ski back down. Outdoor adventure is always more fun with the company of a good friend or my husband—and as my kids get older, they are becoming great partners on these adventures.
Please join us in welcoming Astri and Gina.