Kathy Peters Nunamaker
Class of 1968
The remarkable story of Kathy Peters Nunamaker incorporates various successes in her life while at East Tennessee State University and beyond. Nunamaker earned a Bachelor's of Science in mathematics from ETSU in 1968, and then completed her Master's Degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois where she also began taking accounting courses. Nunamaker is a Certified Public Accountant.
During her time at ETSU, Nunamaker was an active member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, Baptist Student Union, ROTC Sponsor Corps, and the University Religious Council. Nunamaker served as a senator in the Student Government and was also a member of the ETSU band. She received several honors including being named a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Lambda, as well as being a "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges." While still a student, Nunamaker displayed her incredible work ethic that would serve during her career, functioning as a typist for the Reading Laboratory, a clerk in Dean Ross's office, and a dorm counselor in Powell and Ross Panhellenic Halls.
While working on her Master's degree, Nunamaker worked full-time as secondary school math teacher. After obtaining her degree, she took accounting classes with the intention of qualifying for the Certified Public Accounting exam. At this time, she was also a stay-at-home mother and tutored math students from her house. After becoming a CPA, her first job was as a part-time CPA in Champaign, Illinois with the Clifton Gunderson firm. After moving to Ohio, she began a successful career with Groner, Boyle, & Quillin (now known as GBQ Partners, LLC), the largest locally owned CPA firm in Columbus. She became a full equity partner—and also the first female partner—at GBQ in 1986. For the majority of her time at GBQ, she was the only female partner. Although now retired from public accounting, Nunamaker continues to be a licensed CPA in the state of Ohio. She also retains professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a national professional association for CPAs, and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Retirement has not slowed down Nunamaker, who is currently involved with the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, where she is the past chair of the Audit Committee and past chair of the board of Hilltop Christian Community Development Corporation. She also served on the board of directors for Goodwill Columbus for 15 years, where she was the first female board chair. Nunamaker, along with her GBQ partners, founded the Goodwill Great Balls of Fire Golf Outing. She now currently serves Goodwill Columbus as a member of the Emeritus Board. Nunamaker recently began her third term on the Upper Arlington Board of Tax Appeals.
In the past, Nunamaker served on several professional advisory boards, including the Columbus Foundation, the Columbus Medical Association Foundation, and Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Homes.
Nunamaker is still actively involved with ETSU. She has participated in the Alumni Return to the Classroom program, where she teaches and mentors students during Homecoming Week festivities. She is a member of the Distinguished President's Trust and also established the Jack and Sally Church Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which helps students from Carter and Johnson counties in Tennessee who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements along with financial need.
Even with all her success, Nunamaker believes that her most important accomplishment, in conjunction with her husband, Lawrence Nunamaker, is raising three children, all of whom turned out to be "good kids." 4/12