GFOAz January 2016 Training

Be sure to attend the next quarterly training on January 21, 2016 at the Fountain Hills Community Center. This day-long training will be in partnership with the Arizona Municipal Clerks' Association (AMCA) and touch on topics like Affordable Care Act, bond elections, contract record keeping, procurement and public records law.

The training will include 5 CPE credits and lunch. Be sure to register today!

An Update from the GFOAz Education Committee

Thank you to everyone who attended the GFOAz Annual Budget Forum on October 22 at Zions Bank in Phoenix, AZ. We appreciate the suggestions provided by those who completed the online survey that provides the committee with feedback and ideas for upcoming trainings.

Be sure to attend the next quarterly training in Fountain Hills on January 21, 2016! We are partnering with the Municipal Clerks Association and offering interesting topics including Bond Elections 101, Contract Record Keeping, Public Records Requests, and an update on the Affordable Care Act Filing. 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.

In 2016, there will be three at-large director seats open. Any active member in good standing is eligible for election to membership on the board. An active member is defined as any public employee or elected or appointed official having responsibility for, or engaged in, the function of governmental finance in any public jurisdiction of the state of Arizona. Read more

Motivational Quote

"Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both." - Dwayne Johnson

GFOAz Scholarships Available

In 2016, GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Winter Conference, February 17-19, 2016, in Prescott. The association will also offer one scholarship to the annual GFOA (national) conference, May 22-25, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

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 16, 2015. To apply, point your browser here.

GFOAz Student/Internship Program - Host Information

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOAz) has launched the first student scholarship/internship program! The scholarship is available to junior/senior level students pursuing a major in business, accounting, finance, economics, public administration, and/or other related program. Read more

Registration is open for GFOA's 110th Annual Conference

Go to GFOA's website and click on the "Annual Conference" tab to access a conference brochure and registration form, register for preconference seminars, reserve a room in GFOA's official hotel block, and sign up for tours. Session information will be announced in early 2016. Remember: All delegates traveling to Toronto from the United States will need a passport. Apply or renew yours today. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

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

Robert Baer, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Scott Butler, Budget Coordinator, City of Mesa
Sharon Broderius, Accountant II, City of Glendale
Lisette Camacho, Controller, City of Glendale
Mary Cavanaugh-March, Edward Jones
Courtney Friedline, Sr. Budget & Research Analyst, City of Chandler
Veronica Gonzalez, Deputy Director, City of Phoenix
Jeff Graves, Budget Analyst, City of Casa Grande
Peter Klimoski, Budget Coordinator, City of Mesa
Cheryl Landyatter, Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Mark Munson, Accountant I, City of Glendale
Jannah Oglesbee, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Tracy Pytlakowski, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Brian Ritschel, Office of Management & Budget Deputy Director, City of Mesa
Samuel Schultz, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Maria Shufelt, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Mesa
Khala Stanfield, Management Assistant, City of Goodyear
Brian Trethaway, Budget Coordinator, 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
January 21, 2016
GFOAz & AMCA January Training
Fountain Hills Community Center
Fountain Hills, AZ

February 17-19, 2016
GFOAz Winter Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona

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City of Flagstaff
Library Specialists - Youth Services

Town of Marana
Senior Accountant

City of Tucson
Pension Administrator

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