GFOAz Upcoming Trainings

Thank you to everyone who attended the GFOAz Annual Budget Forum on October 17 at the Burton Barr Public Library in Phoenix, AZ. The training was well-attended with more than 95 members! We appreciate the suggestions provided by those who completed the online survey that provides the committee with feedback and ideas for upcoming trainings. Read more

Interested in Serving on the GFOAz Board of Directors?

A nine-member Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight of the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona. The board includes the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Chairperson of the Education Committee, Chairperson of the Membership Committee and four at-large directors. Read more

GFOAz Scholarships Available

In 2015, GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Winter Conference, February 18-20, 2015, in Prescott. The association will also offer one scholarship to the annual GFOA (national) conference, May 31 - June 3, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Please see the attached scholarship application for more information on how to apply. Please apply for either the winter conference or national conference. Applications and/or nominations are due by December 5, 2014. To apply, point your browser here.

Motivational Quote

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." - President John F. Kennedy

Apache County Receives First GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Congratulations to Apache County, who received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2013. This is Apache County's first time receiving the award.

To celebrate their achievement, GFOAz Board Member Brian Wright attended the Apache County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 7 to present them with the award. 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

Greg Flynn, Sr. Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Mark Landsiedel, Planning & Community Dev. Director, City of Flagstaff
Grace Ochotorena, Finance Manager, Town of Sahuarita
Julie Richard, Sr. Development Manager, Greater AZ Development Authority
Tracy Schmidt, Sr. Accountant, City of Chandler
Lauri Wingenroth, Budget Manager, City of Goodyear
Cathy Woolery, Town Clerk, Town of Kearny

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 of Finance
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
January 16, 2015
GFOAz January Training
Tempe History Museum
Tempe, Arizona

February 18-20, 2015
GFOAz Winter Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona

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Arizona Dept of Transportation
Final Voucher Manager

City of Flagstaff
MSW - Water Services Tech

City of Glendale
Contract Analyst

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