President's Message

By Benjamin Ronquillo, Finance Director, City of Litchfield Park

It has been a privilege to serve on the GFOAz Board of Directors since 2014; I appreciate you entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as your current president. The board's primary goal has been to fulfill the mission of the GFOAz, which is "to promote excellence in governmental financial management through leadership, education and communication." To that end, the following strategic goals have been identified to guide board planning efforts for 2016-2017: Read more

GFOAz Summer Training - August 3-5 in Tucson

Join GFOAz for the annual Summer Training August 3 - 5, in Tucson.

The GFOAz Education Committee has been hard at work preparing sessions. The program will offer sessions on succession planning, importance of public service, software implementation, EMMA and many more. Attendees will also hear from an economist to give an update on our national economy and Arizona-related topics as well as representatives from the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and the County Supervisors Association of Arizona on a legislative update.

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.

Resource Documents Available Through the League

The League of Arizona Cities and Towns offers many resources for organizations to access. Some documents of use to GFOAz members such as "It's Budget Time," the Municipal Budget and Finance Manual and a calendar of required postings, are available through the League.

To view the full list of League publications, please point your browser here.

If you have any questions on any publications, please contact League Staff at 602-258-5786.

GFOAz Board Available for Presentations

If your organization has recently received a GFOA award (CAFR, PAFR, and Budget Award), GFOAz Board Members are available to recognize your achievement.

Please contact Amy Price at if you are interested in a GFOAz Board Member traveling to your organization to attend an upcoming council meeting or event and recognize your organization.

Motivational Quote

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."
- Michael Jordan

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. 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

Isaac Bunney, Senior VP, Sun West Bank
Peter Christensen, Business Services Manager, City of Peoria
Mindy Hunt, Finance Assistant, Town of Quartzsite
Maria Lee, Accounting Clerk, City of Eloy
Brandon Mancuso, Finance Director, La Paz County
Kabrina Romero, Accounting Specialist, City of Safford
Brittney Williams, CPA, Heinfeld, Meech & Co.

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
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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AZ Dept. of Transportation
Accounting Manager

City of Chandler
Sr. Financial Reporting Analyst

City of Flagstaff
Code Enforcement Manager

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