Committee Reports

Certification Committee
Kelly Rae Strickland, Committee Chair

Conference Host Committee
Johnna Agin, Co-Chair
Susan Nabors, Co-Chair

The annual conference is just around the corner and the Host Committee members are very excited to share with you the outcome of many months of planning.  This year’s conference will be June 24-28, 2017 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.  Be sure to register for the conference and plan to attend the many fun events.

The Conference Host Committee has held numerous conference calls over the past several months and we are now putting on our final touches for the events. If you are a golfer, make sure to register for the golf tournament scheduled for Sunday morning.  Zumba is a fun way to kick off your day and get your blood pumping so check that out on Sunday morning.  The Hospitality Suite is an opportunity to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere and perhaps show off your dancing and singing skills.  The Tuesday Night Event will be a night of Hollywood glamour with food, live entertainment, photo opportunities and much more!  Dress up like a Hollywood star from the 20s, 30s, 40s or today and walk the red carpet to what is sure to be a great extravaganza!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Host Committee members for your dedication and creativity in planning this year’s conference activites.  Also, we could not have pulled this all together without the assistance of the Board Liaison, Shannon Ramsey-Chessman.  Enjoy the conference!

School of Governmental Finance Committee 
Jennifer Desrosiers, SOGF Committee Chair

The development and organization of the 2017 School of Governmental Finance is off to a great start!  This team is very creative and we are very excited and hope you will be able to join us at the 2017 School of Governmental Finance being held at the Omni in Jacksonville Florida from October 23-27, 2017.  The Committee has put together just the right theme for this year “Lifting up Emerging Leaders” and we are working on getting some great new speakers and topics for our members.     

As always, if you want to join our committee, be a speaker, or if you have a presentation idea, we would still love to hear from you!  Please contact Jennifer Desrosiers at or any committee member for assistance.

Watch for additional details and please make plans to join us at the 2017 School of Governmental Finance!

Technical Resource Committee
Melissa Burns, Committee Chair

The Technical Resources has been busy during this past quarter, and have accomplished the following:

  • Drafted a response to an exposure draft for Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) specifically Project 24-16ED, Implementation Guide No. 201X-Y; Implementation Guide Update 201X.


  • Completed the update of the Basic Government Resource Manual, which the board approved at its meeting held in April

  • Prepared a response to an Invitation to Comment; Project 3-25I Financial Reporting Model Improvements-Governmental Funds.

  • Assisted FGFOA President Sarah Koser with drafting a testimonial statement for a hearing held by GASB on the Project 3-25I Financial Reporting Model Improvements-Governmental Funds

The next few months will be focused on preparing a webinar on the Basic Government Resource Manual. 

Webinar Committee
Brandy Ferris, Committee Chair

The Webinar Committee met for the first time at the annual Florida Government Finance Officers’ Association conference that was held in June 2016. There was a great turnout for the meeting, with only a few members unable to attend. After that meeting, the Committee was off to a great start.

The webinar schedule was soon finalized and approved by the Board. The Committee has successfully completed the following webinars, each with close to or more than 300 participants:

Florida Benchmarking Consortium

FLSA Changes and Standards Update

Financial Advising - Debt or Cash?

IT Controls

CRC and Healthcare Reform Act

GFOA Budget Award

Legislative Update

The next webinar will be held on July 20, 2017, and will cover the FGFOA’s Government Resource Manual. We will close out the year with a webinar intended to assist local governments with determining where their fiduciary responsibility begins and ends. This webinar will be held on August 17, 2017.

I think this year has been a great one, full of educational and networking opportunities. Both the Committee and I look forward to finishing the year on a high note and continuing to serve the FGFOA Membership in the future.

Divergent Ad-Hoc Committee
Donna Wright, Ad-Hoc Committee Chair

The Divergent Committee presented our first seminar in many years!

Topics and Speakers:

  • FLSA Overtime law

    Richard Blystone –  Garganese, Weiss & D'Agresta, P.A.

  • Employee Recruitment, Retention and Evaluations

    Joyce Chastain – The Krizner Group

  • Enhance your own performance

    Nicole Gasparri – City of Boca Raton

  • HR discrimination/harassment/ Rules
    Michael Roper – Bell & Roper & Kohlmyer, PA

Florida League of Cities provided a lovely site for this first seminar.  The seminar was well attended.  The speakers provided lots of good information for use in our jobs.  If you were unable to attend this time, be on the lookout for future seminars!!

Social Media Ad-Hoc Committee
Jason Loschiavo, Ad-Hoc Committee Chair

The Social Media Ad Hoc committee has completed its goals from the board and has finalized a framework for FGFOA’s social media usage including assignments, benchmarks, guidelines, and a social media policy. FGFOA has purchased software to monitor the social media sites and has registered the twitter handle @FL_GFOA.

Be sure to follow @FL_GFOA on Twitter and the @FGFOA Facebook page for updates and information regarding the organization. Also be sure to check out the website’s new look at!

Thank you to staff for all their hard work in leading the FGFOA into the future.