President's Message

By Mindy Russell, Finance and Budget Assistant, City of Peoria

Greetings to my fellow GFOAz Members,

I am honored to serve you this year as your GFOAz President! I appreciate your entrusting me with the unique privilege to represent this great organization, and to continue to work closely with your outstanding Executive Board, whose primary focus is to fulfill the mission of the GFOAz: "To promote excellence in governmental financial management through leadership, education and communication."

In a recent planning workshop, your GFOAz Executive Board identified several strategic goals to guide us in our planning efforts for 2015-2016. We adopted a fiscally strong budget which will allow us to achieve these goals and accomplish some amazing things. The board continues its efforts to provide timely, relevant and economical training opportunities for GFOAz members. In addition to the ongoing goals already in place, here are a few of the new goals we will focus on during the upcoming year. Read more

GFOAZ Summer Training - August 5-7 in Tucson

Join GFOAz for the annual Summer Training August 5-7, in Tucson.

The GFOAz Education Committee has been hard at work preparing sessions. The program will offer sessions on PSPRS, TPT reform, community facilities districts, GASB's refined standards, Arizona's property taxes and more, in addition to our keynote speaker and economic and legislative updates.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to get the latest information and network with your fellow colleagues. For more information and to register, point your browser here.

Volunteer with Education and Membership 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 Jerry Hart, Chair of the Membership Committee at

Motivational Quote

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

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

Michelle Cruz, Tax Auditor, City of Avondale
Justin Stadt, Senior Accountant, City of Mesa

GFOAz Board of Directors

Mindy Russell
Finance & Budget Assistant
City of Peoria

Scott Holt
Immediate Past President
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Lindsey Duncan
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Surprise

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

Christen Wilcox
Education Committee Chair
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria
Benjamin Ronquillo
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Sonia Andrews
Member At-Large
Finance Manager
City of Peoria

Christy Eusebio
Member At-Large
Assistant Finance Director
City of El Mirage

Jerry Hart
Membership Committee Chair
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe
August 5-7, 2015
GFOAz Summer Training
Westin La Paloma
Tucson, Arizona

August 18-21, 2015
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona

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City of Flagstaff
Airport Ops/ARFF Specialist

City of Surprise
Financial Analyst - Senior

Town of Marana
Senior Accountant

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