Annual Conference a Success

Over 200 people were in attendance for the 52nd Annual GFOAz 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.

If you need any presentations from the conference, please contact to let us know which presentations you need and they will be emailed to you.

Welcome to New GFOAz Board Members

The GFOAz Board welcomes its newest board members, Sean Kindell and Bonny Lynn! Sean Kindell is the deputy finance director for the City of Phoenix and Bonny Lynn is finance director for Coconino County.

Christy Eusebio, assistant finance director for El Mirage, was nominated to serve for a second term. The three newly elected members join President Ben Ronquillo, Past President Mindy Russell, Member At-Large Sonia Andrews, Education Committee Chair Christen Wilcox and Membership Committee Chair Jerry Hart.

The GFOAz Board also recognizes Lindsey Duncan as the President-Elect. Lindsey is the finance director for the City of Surprise. She has served on the GFOAz Board since February 2015 and also serves on the GFOAz Education Committee.

GFOAz May Training: Lions and Tigers and Bonds...Oh, My!

GFOAz is pleased to present its May quarterly training on Thursday, May 12 in Flagstaff.

This year's May Training will focus on bonds and include topics like financing public infrastructure through the issuance of municipal bonds, options for financing in the bond market, arbitrage and post issuance bond compliance. Read more

GFOAz 2016 Member Directory

The 2016 GFOAz directory has been uploaded to the GFOAz Website. As a member, you are able to log in and view the directory. Please point your browser here to access the directory.

You will need to log in to view the directory, as it is only accessible to members. If you do not remember your password, please click the "forgot password" link and a new one will be generated for you.

Motivational Quote

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

GFOA 2016 Scholarship Winners

This year GFOAz awarded two scholarships to the GFOA Annual Conference in Toronto, May 22-25.

This year's winners were: Vicki Rios, interim finance and technology director, City of Glendale and Sherry Schurhammer, finance director, City of Nogales.

Conference Scholarships Available through GFOAz

GFOAz Summer Training Scholarships - Deadline June 10

GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Summer Training, August 3-5, 2016, in Tucson. Point your browser here to view the application. Applications and/or nominations are due by Friday, June 10.

Don't Miss GFOA's 110th Annual Conference

Join the 110th GFOA Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada! Thousands of public finance professionals gather each year for this three-day conference to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, view new products and network with peers. The 110th Conference will be held May 22-25 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of this year's conference is Sharing Solutions and Strategies. Read more

Excited! Applied. Rejected? Were You Really Ready to Apply?

In this three part-series, Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev"), Vice President of Client Capacity Building for eCivis, will help you analyze your agency's grant writing readiness. The interactive question-and-answer format of the webinar will guide attendees through decision-making processes that will save time and avoid disappointment. Read more

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 Jerry Hart, Chair of the Membership Committee at

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

Brandi Flores, Financial Analyst Senior - Budget, City of Surprise
Theresa Fox, Financial Management Analyst - Senior, City of Surprise
Ivette Gastelum, Senior Accountant, Santa Cruz County Court Administration
Toni Golden, Finance Manager - CHS, Yavapai County
Irma Gonzales, Budget Manager, City of Avondale
Roscoe Hanlon, Sales Tax Analyst, City of Lake Havasu City
Hakon Johanson, Deputy Director of Finance, Town of Gilbert
Sara Konrad, Environmental Program Supervisor, WIFA
Catherine McGovern, Billing Specialist, Town of Paradise Valley
Tanya Sunstrum, Accountant, City of Lake Havasu City
Kathy Yancy, Finance Supervisor - CHS, Yavapai County
Zhengron Wong, Accountant IV, City of Phoenix

GFOAz Board of Directors

Benjamin Ronquillo
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Lindsey Duncan
Finance Director
City of Surprise

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

Bonny Lynn
Member At-Large
Finance Director
Coconino County

Christen Wilcox
Education Committee Chair
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria
Mindy Russell
Past President
Finance & Budget Assistant
City of Peoria

Sonia Andrews
Member At-Large
Finance Manager
City of Peoria

Sean Kindell
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Jerry Hart
Membership Committee Chair
Deputy Internal Services Dir. - Finance
City of Tempe
May 12, 2016
GFOAz May Quarterly Training
High Country Conference Center
Flagstaff, Arizona

May 22-25, 2016
GFOA 110th Annual Conference
Toronto, Canada

August 3-5, 2016
GFOAz Summer Training
Westin La Paloma
Tucson, Arizona

August 23-26, 2016
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Scottsdale Princess Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

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City of Flagstaff
Maintenance Worker - Temporary

Coconino County
Assistant Director - Community Services

City of Lake Havasu City
Customer Service Specialist

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