President's Message

By Jerry Hart
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

It has been a privilege to serve on the executive board of GFOAz since 2009; I appreciate you entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as your current president. The board continuously strives to fulfill the mission of the GFOAz, which is "to promote excellence in governmental financial management through leadership, education and communication." To that end, the following strategic goals have been identified to guide board planning efforts for 2013-2014: Read more

Growth & Infrastructure Consortium 2013 Conference

The GFOAz Board of Directors is pleased to provide a unique educational opportunity and is co-sponsoring a conference with the Growth and Infrastructure Consortium (GIC) on October 2-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona. GIC is a national organization dedicated to infrastructure planning and financing, including impact fees. Read more

Town Receives GFOA Award

The town of Marana received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the sixth straight year. The award reflects a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984 to encourage state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

To find out more information about the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, point your browser here.

GFOAz and GFOA Scholarship Winners

GFOAz has awarded two member scholarships to attend the 2013 summer conference in Tucson, August 7-9 and has awarded one member scholarship to attend the GFOA National Conference in San Francisco, California June 2-5. This year's summer conference scholarship recipients were Sharon Buono, finance director, city of Bisbee and Kristen Lennon, accounting/budget manager, city of Cottonwood. Stacey Lemos, finance director, town of Oro Valley, received the GFOA award. Read more

Motivational Quote

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby

Message from Stacey Lemos, Finance Director, Town of Oro Valley, 2013 GFOA Conference Scholarship Recipient

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the GFOAz Board of Directors for selecting me as the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship to attend the 107th Annual GFOA Conference in San Francisco.

In my time at the conference, I attended 13 sessions over the course of four days and learned something new at each one of them. I also enjoyed talking with other finance professionals from around the country to learn about their government practices and how they have weathered back from the Great Recession. Read more

GFOAz Members on the Move

Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This 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 Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or email:

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Jacob Gable, Bureau Administrator, Phoenix/Maricopa - AZ Dept. of Corrections
Katherine Determan, Management & Budget Analyst, Town of Marana
Richard Evitch, Budget Manager, Phoenix/Maricopa - AZ Dept. of Corrections
Ana Flores, Finance Director, Town of Wellton
Anna Flores, Town Clerk, Town of Kearny
Lora Ingram, PW Sr. Financial Analyst, City of Surprise
Amy Lindsay, Management Assistant, City of Goodyear
Rodney Rinehart, Town Manager, Town of Wellton
Lexie Rosenfeld, Sr. Management Assistant, City of Chandler
Rachelle Sanchez, AP/PR Clerk, Town of Kearny
Karen Sypniewski, Finance Manager, Town of Youngtown
Ryan Wimmer, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, City of Mesa

GFOAz Board of Directors

Jerry Hart
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

Joe Duffy
Finance Director
City of Chino Valley

Sandra Schulz
Member At-Large
CFO/Director of Finance
Coconino County

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
Scott Holt
Immediate Past President
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Vicki Rios
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Sherry Schurhammer
Member At-Large
Exec. Director of Financial Services
City of Glendale

Barbara Goodrich
Member Services Chair
Management Services Director
City of Flagstaff
August 7-9, 2013
GFOAz Summer Training
Westin La Paloma
Tucson, Arizona
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August 27-30, 2013
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Hilton El Conquistador
Oro Valley, Arizona
More information

October 2013
Growth & Infrastructure Consortium 2013 Conference
Chaparral Suites
Scottsdale, Arizona
City of Peoria
Finance Manager

City of Sedona
Director of Financial Services

City of Mesa
Financial Systems Trainer

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