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Award Winner Spotlight: Patricia Licari, Friends Academy

By Net Assets posted 05-21-2021 05:46 PM


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Licari developed policies and programs to support institutional and strategic goals related to employee relations, well-being and job satisfaction.

The NBOA Professional Achievement Award recognizes the invaluable contributions made by independent school business, finance and operations staff who are not business officers. These staff members distinguish themselves every day and make exceptional contributions to their schools and the independent school community. The highlights below come straight from their colleagues' nominations.

See a full list of the inaugural recipients. Stay tuned to for additional profiles.

Title: Director of Human Resources
SchoolFriends Academy, Locust Valley, New York
Years in Position: 23
Years in an independent school business office: 23

Multiple skillsets: Licari served for 22 years as the controller for Friends Academy, and demonstrating a passion for employee relations and benefits administration, she obtained professional certification in human resources. “While developing her professional expertise in human resources, Tricia provided outstanding support in the finance office's day-to-day operations, including the oversight of payroll, and embodies the school's ethos of Strong Minds and Kind Hearts,” said Ann Marie Tidona, director of finance, operations and strategic projects.

Provides counsel and leadership: Licari is a consummate professional, holding herself to the highest standards. She is a source of counsel to the leadership team around employee relations and workplace conflict resolution and is serving on a committee focused on employee recruitment and retention from diverse backgrounds and cultures. “I could think of no greater partner in managing financial and human capital and service to the Friends Academy community,” said Tidona. “Tricia is a thoughtful and committed leader willing to listen fully and deeply to an individual's personal story.”

A passion for people: Licari advocates tirelessly for the health and wellness of the school's employees. “Tricia is widely known for her compassion and patience, giving freely of her time to meet with employees around sensitive human resource matters or to lend a supporting hand in retirement and benefits management,” said Tidona. She adds there was no doubt Licari rose to the to the occasion in managing the compliance and regulatory challenges of the COVID environment, all while holding the employees' safety and wellbeing at the forefront of decision making.

See a full list of the 2020 recipients and read more about the NBOA Professional Achievement Award. Net Assets will post additional profiles of award winners throughout the spring — check in to learn more about other recipients.


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