Annual Conference a Success

More than 150 people were in attendance for the 50th Annual Conference held at the beautiful Prescott Resort in Prescott, Arizona.

The GFOAz Education Committee did an excellent job providing members with first-class training experience. GFOAz thanks all of its sponsors for their continued support, those who presented during the conference, and all of the members in attendance for making this another great conference.

Presentations from the conference are posted here.

Welcome to New GFOAz Board Members

The GFOAz Board welcomes its newest board members, Christy Eusebio, Robert Weddigen and Christen Wilcox! Christy Eusebio is an accounting manager for the city of El Mirage, Robert Weddigen is the finance director for the town of Cave Creek and Christen Wilcox is a senior accountant for the city of Peoria. The GFOAz Board also recognizes Mindy Russell as the President-Elect. Mindy is a management and budget assistant for the city of Peoria. She has served as the GFOAz Education Committee Chair for several years. Christen Wilcox will assume the role of Education Committee Chair.

Spring GFOAz Training: Fundamentals of Government Finance

GFOAz is pleased to present its May quarterly training, "Fundamentals of Government Finance" on Thursday, May 15. The training will focus on the essentials of government finance; a perfect day of learning for those new to the profession or those looking to brush up on the basics. Read more

GFOAz 2014 Scholarship Winners

This year GFOAz awarded two scholarships to GFOAz members to attend the 2014 winter conference in Prescott, February 19-21. This year's winners were: Julie Walker, accountant for the city of Williams and Jim Keen, accountant and assistant town clerk for the town of Carefree.

GFOAz also awarded a scholarship for a GFOAz member to attend the 2014 GFOA 108th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May. This year's winner was Jeanette Parrales, finance assistant director of the city of Nogales.

Motivational Quote

"There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
- Nelson Mandela

GFOAz Scholarships Available

GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Summer Training, August 6-8, 2014, in Tucson.

For more information on how to apply, point your browser here.

Volunteer with Education and Member Services Committees

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the GFOAz Education or Membership Committee, there are plenty of opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering with the Education Committee to help plan future conferences and trainings, please contact Christen Wilcox, Chair of the Education Committee at If you are interested in reaching out to organizations to increase and maintain GFOAz membership, please contact Valerie Fenske, Chair of the Membership Committee at

ASU Annual Public Finance Conference

Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs and the Center for Urban Innovation present its third Annual Public Finance Conference. This national conference brings together practitioners and public officials from across the United States to examine core principles of municipal finance focusing on current priorities, perspectives, deal structures and best practices that attendees can take back to their home communities for implementation. Real solutions for real challenges. 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 Samantha Womer at 602-258-5786 or email:

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Jessica Archuleta, Accountant, City of Avondale
Denise Breland, Accounting Technician, City of Sedona
Melissa Busby, Senior Accountant, City of Prescott
Beverly Cunningham, Finance Specialist, Town of Quartzsite
Lisa Danka, Deputy CFO, Phoenix/Maricopa/Arizona Dept. of Transportation
James Fults, Accountant, City of Casa Grande
Czarina Gallegos, C.I.P Administrator, City of Yuma
Cassidy Grantham, Accounting Manager, Yavapai College
Kay Green, CPA, Accounting Professionals, LLC
Joseph Jarvis, Finance/Purchasing Director, City of Globe
Miranda Katz, Revenue Administrator, Arizona Department of Transportation
Melissa Knotts, Finance Clerk, Town of Springerville
Sherry McGlade, Senior Accountant, City of Mesa
Debbie Nelsen, Regional Territory Manager, New World Systems
Kathryn Pehl, Budget and Privilege Tax Manager, City of Prescott
Victoria Prins, Finance Director, City of Tolleson
Craig Rudolphy, Accountant, Town of Fountain Hills
Kelly Ruelas, Accountant, Town of Prescott Valley
Cindy Smith, Controller, Arizona Department of Health
Anthony Turley, Administrative Services Director, City of Show Low
Julie Walker, Accountant, City of Williams
Nancy Walker, AP/PR Clerk, Town of Kearny
Janette Wallin, Senior Accountant, City of Mesa
Diane Wascher, General Accounting Administrator, Phoenix/Maricopa/Arizona Department of Transportation

GFOAz Board of Directors

Scott Holt
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Mindy Russell
Management & Budget Assistant
City of Peoria

Benjamin Ronquillo
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Christen Wilcox
Education Committee Chair
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria
Jerry Hart
Immediate Past President
Deputy Director - Finance/Technology
City of Tempe

Christy Eusebio
Member At-Large
Accounting Manager
City of El Mirage

Robert Weddigen
Member At-Large
Finance Director
Town of Cave Creek

Valerie Fenske
Member Committee Chair
Administrative Services Director
City of Lake Havasu City
May 8-9, 2014
ASU Annual Public Finance Conference
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona
More information

May 15, 2014
GFOAz May Quarterly Training
Surprise, Arizona
More information

May 18-21, 2014
GFOA 108th Annual Conference
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
More information

August 6-8, 2014
GFOAz Summer Training
Westin La Paloma
Tucson, Arizona

August 19-22, 2013
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
City of Lake Havasu City
Accountant/Accountant, Senior

Town of Prescott Valley
Sales Tax Auditor

City of Williams

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