November 2017

GFOAz Remembers Board Member Brent Mattingly

GFOAz is saddened by the sudden death of our board member and Peoria Finance Director Brent Mattingly. Brent passed away unexpectedly in September.

Brent served with the City of Peoria for more than 20 years and was the Chief Financial Officer for over a decade. He was an active member of GFOAz and most recently served as a Member At-Large on the GFOAz Board of Directors.

GFOAz 2017 Fall Budget Forum

GFOAz is pleased to present its ever-popular annual budget forum on Thursday, November 2 at the Cottonwood Recreation Center in Cottonwood.

The annual budget forum is a time for professionals to come together to learn about budgeting best practices in other cities and towns and discover the upcoming developments in city/town budgeting.

Presentations for the day will include an update on the PSPRS reform, recommended practice and how to address PSPRS costs.

Join us for this extremely interactive and fun day of learning – you’ll be earning your CPEs without even realizing it!

Online registration has closed, but there are still a few spots available! Please contact Emily Webb at if you are interested in attending.

GFOAz Membership Renewal

Membership renewals for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOAz) are due Friday, December 31. Click on the link below to download the membership renewal form. Membership is good from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.

2018 GFOAz Membership Renewal Form

Please complete the fillable form and remit your payment by December 31, 2017. You may pay your membership dues by check or credit card. Please send completed forms and credit card payment to

We value your membership to GFOAz and look forward to your continued involvement. If you have any questions regarding dues or membership, please do not hesitate to contact Samantha Womer at or 602-258-5786. You may also contact Membership Committee Chair Jerry Hart at

GFOAz Board of Directors – Open Seats for 2018-19 Board

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 2018, 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. The following members of the Executive Board are scheduled to remain on the board through 2018 to fulfill their terms:

  • Lindsey Duncan, 2017 President, Surprise
  • Bonny Lynn, President-Elect, Coconino County
  • Mindy Russell, Member At-Large, Peoria
  • Donna Meinerts, Member At-Large, Apache Junction
  • Kirsten Lennon, Education Committee Chair, Cottonwood
  • Jerry Hart, Membership Committee Chair, Tempe

If you would like to be considered, please submit a brief letter that includes: your name, title, organization, a brief summary of your experience and why you are interested in serving on the board.

Letters should be addressed to Bonny Lynn, President-elect of GFOAz, and may be mailed or e-mailed to GFOAz c/o Samantha Womer at 1820 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007; e-mail

Letters of interest must be received no later than January 5, 2018. A summary of this information will be on the ballots distributed to active members January 12, 2018. If you have any questions about the election or nomination process, please contact Samantha Womer at 602-258-5786.

GFOAz Scholarships Available

In 2018, GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Winter Conference, February 21-23, 2018, in Prescott. The association will also offer one scholarship to the annual GFOA (national) conference, May 6-9, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Please apply for either the winter conference or national conference. Applications and/or nominations are due by January 12, 2018. To apply, point your browser here.

GFOA Updates

GFOA 22nd Annual Governmental GAAP Update Webinar

The GAAP Update web-stream event will take place on November 2, 2017 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm (ET)

GFOA Member Facebook Group

You can now connect with GFOA and our members like never before by joining the new GFOA “Members-Only” group on Facebook. This group will allow you to easily interact with members from across the United States and Canada and GFOA staff.

All you have to do is click here and log into Facebook to join.

GFOA 112th Annual Conference

Go to the GFOA’s Annual Conference webpage to access information about the conference as well as their mentorship program. More information and registration will be available early November.

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 Kirsten Lennon, 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

Connect with GFOAz

Stay connected with GFOAz! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for all GFOAz updates and join the GFOAz LinkedIn group to share inquiries, post jobs, and network with other GFOAz members.

Click here to follow us on Facebook, click here to connect on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @GFOArizona!

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 Board of Directors

Lindsey Duncan

Finance Director
City of Surprise

Benjamin Ronquillo

Past President
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Bonny Lynn

Finance Director
Coconino County

Mindy Russell

Member At-Large
Finance & Budget Assistant
City of Peoria

Jerry Hart

Membership Committee Chair
Deputy Director - Financial Services
City of Tempe

Kirsten Lennon

Education Committee Chair
Accounting and Budget Manager
City of Cottonwood

Christy Eusebio

Member At-Large
Assistant Finance Director
City of El Mirage

Sean Kindell

Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Donna Meinerts

Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Apache Junction

Job Postings

Town of Marana

Grants Manager

City of Douglas

Finance Manager

Yuma County

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

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Calendar of Events

GFOAz Fall Budget Forum

November 2, 2017
Cottonwood, AZ

January Training

January 11, 2018
Peoria, AZ

Winter Conference

February 21 – 23, 2018
Prescott, AZ