Maria K. Mento, Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, recently retired from the Atlantic County Utilities Authority after 24 years of service.
Maria was hired by ACUA in 1990 as a Budget Analyst, and in 1994, was appointed to the position of Chief Finance Officer.
During her tenure, Maria was responsible for the financial management of the Authority’s Solid Waste and Wastewater operations, which have combined budgets in excess of $60 million, an annual multi-million dollar capital improvement program, debt and cash management, investments, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, payroll, accounting and financial reporting.
Maria can be credited with establishing various accounting, budget, internal control, grant and office procedures and automating the functions of the finance department. The value and accuracy of her representations are a tribute to her professionalism and credibility.
In addition to her service at ACUA, Maria has served as a volunteer and board member for many local organizations and nonprofits. Her current positions include serving as Chair of the United Way of Atlantic County Women’s Leadership Initiative and on the Board of Trustees for Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) and St. Joseph High School in Hammonton.
In 2012, Maria was inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame, and in 2013, Maria was recognized by the United Way as Volunteer of the Year.
Maria holds a MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Rowan University. She is a Certified County Finance Officer, a Certified Municipal Finance Officer, a Certified Public Manager and holds a real estate license.
Maria played an integral role in shaping ACUA’s reputation as an environmental leader in Atlantic County and throughout the state, and she will be greatly missed by ACUA and its partners. We wish her the best and thank her for her many years of service and dedication!