Upcoming GFOAz Events
October 24, 2008
GFOAz Annual Budget Forum
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ

January 9, 2009
GFOAz January Training

February 18-20, 2009
GFOAz Annual Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, AZ

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Job Postings
City of Chandler
Senior Tax Auditor/Tax Auditor

City of Tolleson

Pinal County
Accountant IV

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GFOAz News is published by the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona. Forward your comments or suggestions to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Attn: Liisa Laikko, 1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, Phone: 602-258-5786, Fax: 602-253-3874, email: llaikko@azleague.org
2008 Summer GFOAz Conference a Success
Over 150 members from across the state met at The Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley for the GFOAz Summer Conference. Overall, the conference sessions were well received and enjoyed by all of those that attended. Read more
Motivational Quote
"A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do." --Anthony T. Dadovano
Fall GFOAz Training: Annual Budget Forum
The 2008 GFOAz Annual Budget Forum will take place on October 24, 2008. The event will be held at the new Tempe Center for the Arts. The Forum will feature presentations by Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, Tim Everill, Assistant Director of the State Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Jim Rounds, Senior Vice President, Elliot D. Pollack & Co. The event will also feature a roundtable discussion that will allow attendees to talk about current budget issues with members from other parts of the State.

Be sure to join us in Tempe for this exciting and informative event.

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Professional Development Scholarships Available
The GFOAz Board established a professional development fund to assist members with financial support to attend educational courses, programs, and conferences sponsored by GFOAz or GFOA. Read more
This Little Light of Mine
By Ellen Perlman

Reprinted with permission from the August 2008 issue of Governing magazine. www.governing.com

Sam Palmer is not a choreographer, but he plays one at the public library in Fayetteville, Arkansas. From his basement office, Palmer has created a dance for the building's interior lights on his computer system, giving each a role for different times of day. Some dim on bright days. Others turn on as staff members arrive. In the late afternoon, half of the lights turn off. Read more

Handling Tough Questions from Tough Audiences
By Marnie E. Green

All the preparation and knowledge in the world cannot prepare you for an audience who does not like or believe you. Many of my clients face public audiences who are hostile or who do not want to hear the message that is being delivered. However, even in the most tenuous scenarios, some presenters seem to develop rapport and build the trust of their audience. Here are a few of the things these experts do to win over their tough audiences: Read more

GFOAz Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have recently transitioned. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email: llaikko@azleague.org.
GFOAz Welcomes New Members
Active Members
Diane Archer, City of Casa Grande
Rhonda Cheetham, AZ Dept. of Public Safety
Peter Christensen, City of Peoria
Aja DeZeeuw, Town of Superior
Dawn Haddock, Bank of America
Jeanne Jones, City of Scottsdale
Glen Law, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Ana Lugo, City of Yuma
Winona Medina, City of Peoria
Eileen Moe, Coconino County
Sheri Morgan, Town of Marana
Suzanna Sombrero, Town of Sahuarita
Sandy Sutton, WIFA

Commercial Members
Corey Arvizu, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Scott Hoppa, Scott Hoppa Insurance Agency, Inc.
Scott Kies, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Cherie Roberts, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Jennifer Shields, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

Member Profile: Tom Duensing
Deputy Financial Services Manager
City of Tempe

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in the small town of Liberal, Kansas until I was 12 years old. Liberal is located in the high plains/oil country of southwest Kansas. The next stop was Yuma where I finished middle school and high school. Then it was off to college at Arizona State University, and I have lived in Tempe for the most of the last 25 years.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Working at the local government level gives me the opportunity to work on so many different types of projects from software implementations to light rail financing to retiree health plan structuring. Local government serves a critical need and financing is such an important factor in effective government. Read more

Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona Executive Board
James Menlove
Finance Director
Navajo County

Vicki Rios
Revenue Manager
City of Peoria

Stacey Lemos
Immediate Past President
Finance Director
Town of Oro Valley

Jeanine Jones
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria

Steven J. Baumgardt
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Tolleson

Scott Holt
Member At-Large
Director-Financial Services
Yuma County

Roger Kolman
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Maricopa

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria

Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona
1820 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 258-5786
Fax: (602) 253-3874