Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Board of Directors
Katina Hampton, MBA, CGFO
Director of Administrative Services, City of Friendswood
Katina Hampton began her career with the City of Friendswood in March 2007 when hired as the Budget Manager in the Administrative Services department. In October of 2009, Katina was promoted to Deputy Director of Administrative Services – Fiscal Operations responsible for Budget, Utility Billing and served as Deputy Investment Officer. Katina held this position until April of 2016 when her title changed to Deputy Director of Administrative Services – Finance; which added to her responsibilities, the oversight of the Accounting functions (payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivables and treasury management).
Katina was promoted to her current position, Director of Administrative Services, in June 2017. She is now responsible for Finance and Municipal Court. Under Katina’s leadership the City continues to earn Distinguished Budget Presentation and Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards from the Government Finance Officers’ Association. Katina has also served on Regional and State Executive Boards and Committees of the Government Finance Officers Association.
Katina earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She earned the Certified Government Finance Officer credential in 2009.
Katina and her husband, Darrell, are the proud parents of 3 adult children. They are active in their church and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Director of Finance, Town Northlake
John Zagurski is currently serving as the Director of Finance for the Town of Northlake. Mr. Zagurski has over fifteen years of government experience. For the past nine years, he has focused on local government finance, long-term planning, transparency, and municipal management. Mr. Zagurski became a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) in 2013 and earned his designation as a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) the following year. He has served as the Chair of the GFOAT Legislative Committee, North Area Representative, Board Treasurer, and now as the President-Elect. John holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Central Arkansas.
Adrienne Lothery, CGFO
Assistant City Manager City of Colleyville
Adrienne Lothery was named Assistant City Manager for the City of Colleyville in October 2017 with initial oversight responsibility for the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, City Secretary, and Parks departments. In May 2018 her responsibility shifted to the Police, Community Development, Parks, Library, and Colleyville Center departments as a part of an ongoing cross-training initiative. She held the role of Strategic Services Manager for the City of Colleyville from 2013 – 2017 and previously served as the Budget and Grants Manager in the Town of Flower Mound’s Finance Department.Adrienne holds undergraduate degrees in political science and business administration from Southern Methodist University, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. She earned the designation of CGFO from GFOAT in 2010 and is a graduate of the International City/County Management Association Leadership ICMA Class of 2016. Adrienne joined the GFOAT Program Development Committee in 2010, and transitioned to Co-Chair of the Scholarship and Fellowship Committee from 2014-2018. In addition to her professional work, Adrienne is a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth and enjoys travelling wither her husband and daughter.
Chief Financial Officer, City of Lubbock
Blu Kostelich currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the City
of Lubbock, Texas, where he manages the City’s Financial Planning and
Analysis, Accounting, Purchasing, Risk Management, Central
Warehouse, and Print Shop. Blu received his Bachelor’s Degree from
the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Master’s
Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist
Blu brings over 15 years of service and experience in both finance and
operations roles, with 6 of those years in public sector finance for
Bridgeport, Texas and Lubbock, Texas. In Lubbock, Blu also serves as a
Board Member for the Lubbock Fire Pension Fund and as the Co-Chair
of the Governmental Affairs Committee for GFOAT. Prior to
transitioning to the public sector, Blu held roles in the private sector as
a Manufacturing Plant Operations Manager for TAMKO Building
Products and a Senior Financial Analyst for Lennox International.
Blu spent the first five years of his post-graduate career as an Armor and Calvary Officer in the United
States Army, including a thirteen month deployment to Baghdad from 2008-2009. Throughout his
service, Blu was awarded the Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. Blu also received his Air
Assault Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.
Outside of work, Blu enjoys spending time with his wife, Callie, and his six-year-old daughter Juliana
Budget Manager, City of Plano
Casey is the Budget Manager for the City of Plano and has worked in local government budgeting/finance for over 26 years. Casey started his career with the City of Dallas in the budget and research department. He obtained his MPA degree from Texas Tech University in 1992. Casey served two full terms on GFOA’s National Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy and just completed two full terms on GFOA’s National Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration (CORBA). Casey is also active in the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) and currently serves as GFOAT’s Group Class Representative on the TMRS Advisory Committee.
Meg Jakubik, CGFO
Strategic Services Manager, City of Bedford
Meg Jakubik, CGFO, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. She has fifteen years of experience working for the City of Bedford, having served in various departments, including the Police Department, City’s Secretary’s Office, City Manager’s Office, and Finance. As the Strategic Services Manager, she is responsible for coordinating the City’s budget, overseeing municipal franchises, and other special projects.
Meg has been a member of GFOAT since 2012 and earned her Certified Government Finance Officer designation in 2014. She previously served as the chair of the Communications Committee for GFOAT and as a member of the Program Committee.
Deputy City Manager, City of Glenn Heights
Clifford Blackwell is the Deputy City Manager, for the city of Glenn Heights. He began his career in local government finance in 1996 with the City of Fort Worth, Texas by working as a utility rate analyst within the water department and later working as a budget analyst within the city manager’s office. In 2000, he landed a position as an assistant finance director with the City of Watauga, Texas. In 2006 and 2008, Clifford became the finance director for the Cities of Kennedale and Forest Hill, respectively. In Kennedale, he was able to assist the city in achieving its first ever GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation award. In Forest Hill, he assisted the city in overcoming major budgetary constraints by passing its first balanced budget in ten years. In January 2010, Clifford joined the City of Bedford as its director of administrative services and has been in the position until 2017, where he was then promoted to the assistant city manager position.
Todd Simoneaux, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, City of Beaumont
Todd Simoneaux is the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Beaumont, Texas. He oversees finance, budget, utility billings, purchasing, solid waste, fleet maintenance, municipal airport, employee benefits, and municipal court. Todd has been with the city for 15 years where he started as the City’s Controller until his promotion to CFO five years ago. He started his career in public accounting as a tax accountant and external auditor with Edgar, Kiker & Cross CPA’s for seven years. Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration – general business and another Bachelor’s degree in business administration – accounting from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He also obtained his CPA license from the state of Texas in 2001. Todd has been the past president of the southeast Texas chapter of CPA’s and has been a member of GFOAT since 2006.
Monika Arris, CGFO
Director of Budget & Finance, Collin County
Amy Dozier, CPA, MBA
Director of Finance, Kerrville Public Utility Board
Amy has almost 20 years of experience in finance and accounting including roles in auditing, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting and special projects. Her experience in governmental accounting began with the City of Kerrville in 2013. Amy joined Kerrville Public Utility Board in June 2021 as Director of Finance. Prior to KPUB, Amy served as CFO for the City of Kerrville.
Amy is a Certified Public Accountant, has an MBA from Texas Christian University and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is new to the GFOAT Board in 2021.
Deborah Reid, CPA
Director of Finance, City of Amarillo
Debbie Reid is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas with 36 years of experience: 8 years in public accounting and the private sector, 12 years in non-profit and 16 years in government, including 12 years with the City of Mesquite, Texas. Debbie joined the City of Amarillo, Texas as Finance Director in October of 2020.
Debbie was Director of Finance for the City of Mesquite, Texas for 12 years, during which she directed the operations of Accounting (including payroll processing, Warehouse operations and Print Shop/Mailroom), Budget and Financial Analysis, Purchasing and Collections (including cash receipt functions, Tax Office, Municipal Court, and Utility Billing). She was also responsible for coordinating the City’s annual bond sale, financial transparency initiative, special purpose districts and all financial reporting to the City Council. Debbie accepted the position of Finance Director for the City of Amarillo in October of 2020 and is responsible for many of the same functions as she had in Mesquite.
Debbie has been a part of two major ERP system implementations. She was the project manager of the Implementation of HTE software at the City of Midland, Michigan several years ago and the project manager of the implementation of Tyler Technology’s Munis software at the City of Mesquite, Texas from 2012 through 2015. Both implementations were successfully completed.
Director of Finance, City of San Antonio
Jon is the director of finance for the City of San Marcos. For more than seven years, Locke was the executive director of finance for the City of Killeen. He has 18 years of financial leadership experience, including being city treasurer in the city of Big Rapids, Michigan, and as assistant director at Perry County Job & Family Services in Ohio.
Locke has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University in Ohio. According to the release, Locke is a licensed certified public accountant and a certified government finance officer. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, newly elected to the Board of Directors as the central representative, and serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Accounting Manager, City of Conroe
Cassie Smith is the Accounting Manager for the City of Conroe, Texas, where she oversees all aspects of accounting, including payroll, accounts payable, cash handling, and reporting. She has been with the City for 5 years and prior to that served as the Reporting Manager in the Harris County Auditor’s Office for 12 years. She fell in love with governmental accounting working as an outside auditor in a small regional firm.
Cassandra is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas, is a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM), and a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Accounting from Sam Houston State University. Cassie is currently the co-chair of the Membership Committee and enjoys getting to know people from different areas.
Cassie and her husband of 30 years, West, are active in their community and enjoy spending time with friends and family. They are proud parents of two adult children, Hayden and Carley.
Martie Simpson is the Executive Director for the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas. She started her municipal finance career with the City of Killeen in 1997 and finished her career with the city in 2014 as the executive director of finance. Martie served as the finance director for the City of New Braunfels from 2014 to 2018. Martie is a Certified Public Accountant with a degree from Baylor University and is a past president for GFOAT.
Steve Williams, Assistant City Admin/CFO
City of Conroe
Stormy Johnson, Assistant Finance Director
City of Burleson
Laurie Brewer, Assistant City Manager
City of Georgetown
Deborah Reid, CPA, Director of Finance
City of Amarillo
Lavern Gaines, Affiliate Association Senior Manager
Texas Municipal League
Tristan Gideon, Affiliate Association Assistant Manager
Texas Municipal League
Tristan Gideon, Affiliate Association Assistant Manager
Texas Municipal League