When Jennifer Sinclair accepted a position as controller of 523-bed St. Dominic-Jackson (Miss.) Memorial Hospital in 2001, she saw it as a good opportunity to gain a foothold at a large, tertiary hospital. And Sinclair, now 38, was adept at jumping when an opportunity presented itself.
Sinclair attended Mississippi State University, taking night classes while working full time as an accounts payable manager at a poultry processing company. She finished her accounting degree in three years, at age 19. On the advice of a mentor, she took a job after graduation as a staff auditor at Ernst & Young at 20, and by 25, she was the director of accounting at 108-bed River Oaks Hospital, Flowood, Miss.
“She's passionate, driven and very motivated,” says Claude Harbarger, president of St. Dominic's. “She has the financial capabilities and knowledge, which are the core basics of her job, but she also brings so much integrity and professionalism, too.”