February marks the Chinese New Year — 2015 is the Year of the Sheep — so there is no better time to get to know Aqua Indiana employee Yan Ma, a Chinese native who will celebrate her fifth anniversary with Aqua this August.
As a financial accountant based in Aqua Indiana’s Indianapolis offices, Yan is responsible for Aqua Indiana’s monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial reporting, in addition to reporting to regulatory agencies.
Yan moved to the U.S. from China 18 years ago. After graduating from Ball State University with a B.S. and M.S. in accounting, she held positions with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Bankers Conseco Life and Ernst & Young, to name a few, before coming to Aqua.
When Yan isn’t dealing with numbers, she is getting in touch with her more creative side, sharing her culture through the art of Chinese folk dancing and singing. In fact, she has performed in many Chinese festivals in the Indianapolis area and is also a member of a local Chinese choir. Yan has been performing since 2002, when she first moved to Indianapolis. Her performances, she explains, allow her to build a bridge connecting her Eastern and Western cultures.
“Singing and dancing to my culture’s music helps me relax and relieves my homesickness, and most importantly, it is fun,” says Yan. “My dance team consists of professionals from within different industries including scientists, accountants, IT engineers, etc. I love dancing with these fine individuals and sharing my cultural background with local communities through various performances,” Yan says.
Yan also participates in half-marathons and loves to travel, embracing every culture along the way. She strives to be a global citizen in everything that she does.
Yan’s favorite water activity — aside from working in the water industry, of course — is to watch her children’s swimming lessons. She and her husband of 22 years, Mark, have two one-year-old twins.
Yan enjoys getting to know employees she doesn’t usually work with, so take the time to get to know her as she dances her way into a new year!