Fairbanks welcomes new VP/CFO

Janine Shopp has spent her entire career as a numbers person, but serving that role in the health-care industry has added meaning to her work.

Shopp, who joined Fairbanks and Hope Academy (the recovery high school supported by Fairbanks) as vice president and chief financial officer at the beginning of the year, considers herself pretty empathetic.

“I feel what other people feel and tend to draw on their emotions,” she said. “That’s not a traditional characteristic in an accountant or finance person. To feed that part of me, being in health care has always been appealing. It brings more meaning to my work and the numbers.”

Born and raised in Greenwood, Shopp earned her bachelor of science in accounting from Ball State University and her master’s in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her career has taken her from serving as a controller at an assisted living facility in Ohio to local stints at IU Health and St. Vincent, the latter serving under Barb Elliott, now Fairbanks’ president and CEO. Shopp was director of finance for Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine – an Indianapolis neurosurgeon group – before coming to Fairbanks.

“Working there, I always knew I wasn’t the smartest person in the room,” she quipped.

But Shopp’s good with more than just numbers. At Fairbanks she’s also in charge of information technology. That includes medical records, patient accounts and more. Shopp is a “self-declared computer nerd.”

“I know enough to use a computer to help simplify things,” the Center Grove High School graduate said. “Nothing makes me happier than for someone to say ‘there’s got to be a better way’ because there usually is. It’s exciting when you can solve a huge problem for someone. But I can’t always talk computer talk or take one apart and put it back together.”

It’s not just her connection to Elliott that brought Shopp to Fairbanks. She has acquaintances who’ve been treated here.

“I’ve always heard great things about the impact Fairbanks has had,” Shopp said. “I’ve personally been touched by various people who’ve faced some kind of addiction. It brought another fire to me to join an organization where you can feel passionate about what you’re doing. It’s a nice meld of my personal and professional lives.”

Married with three daughters, Shopp enjoys creative hobbies like arts and crafts, and spending time with her family – especially playing games.

“We’re a very competitive group,” she said. “We actually have a running tally of who’s won on a chart we keep on the fridge.”