Homeport Employee Profile: Jeney Wilkins

Jeney Wilkins

Jeney Wilkins

Title:   Senior Accountant

Responsibilities:    I am responsible for our Home Ownership line of business which includes payment of invoices, contractor draws and applications for funding from third parties like a construction lender or a development subsidy from the City of Columbus.  I work with our Rental Development Department to complete the construction cost certifications (essentially an audit) for our Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.  I manage the Franklin County Down Payment Assistance grant for our Program Services Department.  I am also responsible for other general activity within the Finance Department like posting the bi-monthly payroll, month end transactions and creating audit schedules.  I act as the backup for day-to-day transactions when other Finance staff are out of the office.

What do you like most about the organization?

First and most immediately I am thankful and blessed to work with a tremendously capable and resourceful group of people. I am thrilled to work in an organization that focuses on families and nurturing children.

What have you done in your career you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?   

My prior experience in affordable housing was working with special populations that were predominantly single adults.  We focused on those with mental illness, were chronically homeless and the disabled.  

Jeney hit a bullseye on her first archery attempt at a Boy Scout event near Athens. 

Jeney hit a bullseye on her first archery attempt at a Boy Scout event near Athens. 

Favorite things you do outside of work?

I work out five days a week, read as much as I can and spend time with my family.  I have volunteered in first Cub Scouts and then Boy Scouts with my son for the past 10 years, joining him in countless adventures, learning new things and serving in various positions within the troop.  My son will be graduating high school this year so it’s a very exciting time. I’m always willing to try something new.

Personal Heroes? 

I strive to be my own personal hero but if I have to pick someone else I would say Theodor Seuss Geisel– children’s book author Dr. Seuss. “If you never did you should. These things are fun.  And fun is good.”

What do you like about Central Ohio?

I like that we live in a major city that doesn’t have that metropolis or big city feeling.  Traffic isn’t too bad and there’s plenty of things to do whatever your interests. The community, its people, agencies and government do care for others, a true sense of ‘We’re all in this together.’