GFOAT Board of Directors 2019-2020
Director of Finance, City of Boerne
Sandra (Sandy) is Finance Director for the City of Boerne, Texas where her responsibilities include all aspects of the City’s financial operations, Utility Customer Service and Billing and Solid Waste. Sandra is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Finance Officer and graduate of Leadership Boerne. Sandra has been the Finance Director for the City of Boerne since November 2004. Past employment experience includes commercial lender for a local bank and Controller for Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop, Inc.Sandra is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers of Texas and Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas. Sandra is currently on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Boerne Performing Arts and has served on various civic and professional boards and committees.
Robert (Bob) Scott
ACM/Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
Bob Scott is Chief Financial Officer/Assistant City Manager for the City of Carrollton, Texas where his responsibilities include all aspects of the City’s financial operations, Information Technology, Solid Waste and Municipal Court. Mr. Scott, a CPA, began his career in public accounting, ultimately serving as an audit manager with responsibility for a large number of governmental clients. He has extensive experience in accounting and financial reporting issues having served on various GASB review committees and taskforces including the pension taskforce. He has been active in GFOA for many years serving both as Chairman of the CAAFR Committee and on the GFOA Executive Board. Also an active member of the AICPA, he currently serves as a member of the State and Local Government Expert Panel and has authored the AICPA course: GASB 68 Accounting and Auditing Seminar. In 2008 the AICPA named him the outstanding CPA in local government. He has twice received GFOA of Texas Outstanding Finance Officer Award.
Director of Finance City of Richardson
Keith Dagen is the director of finance for the City of Richardson. He began his government career with the City of Garland in 1998 and joined Richardson in 2003. Keith is a Certified Public Accountant, has an Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Harding University. Keith has been a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) since 2003, where he is currently the president-elect. Previously, he held board roles as secretary and as GFOAT’s representative to the Texas Municipal Retirement System’s Advisory Committee on Benefit Design. He also served on GFOAT’s Financial Reporting and Regulatory Response Committee from 2007 until 2019 and has represented GFOAT’s interests before the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Keith is also a member of GFOA, GTOT, and a graduate of Leadership Richardson.
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.
Accounting Manager City of Weatherford
Sidney Smith is the Accounting Manager for the City of Weatherford. Sidney started her career in municipal government finance in July 1998 working for the City of Springtown. She has also worked for the City of White Settlement. She is a Certified Government Finance Officer and has an Associate Degree in Accounting. Sidney has been a member of GFOAT most of her government finance career and has been on the GFOAT Board since July 2017 when she joined as North Representative. Sidney has also served on the Newsletter/Website committee and Conference Planning Committee which she was the co-chair of from July 2008 until November 2017. Sidney still serves on the Conference Planning Committee which she enjoys very much and is proud to be a part in planning the quality conferences GFOAT members have come to expect. Outside of work Sidney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling with her husband, watching sports, especially the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, listening to Texas Country music, and working on sewing and cross stitch projects.
Susan L. Morgan, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, City of Round Rock, Texas
Susan has over 30 years’ experience in government and finance including leadership positions at the municipal, regional, and state level. She currently serves as the chief financial officer for the City of Round Rock where she oversees all aspects of budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, and treasury management; as well as the City’s municipal court, purchasing, and utility billing departments. Prior to joining Round Rock in 2015, she served as finance director for the City of Georgetown from 2011 to 2015, and 1992 to 1999. Susan spent several years as senior financial analyst for HDR Engineering, Inc., performing business and financial consulting to cities and districts. Her other experience includes chief financial officer for the Brazos River Authority, finance director for the Texas Water Development Board, and audit staff at Ernst & Young. Susan is a certified public accountant with a degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. Susan serves as treasurer on the participant advisory board of TexasTERM, a local government investment pool. She has been a member of GFOAT since 1992 and has served in various leadership and board roles. Susan and her husband, David, have two daughters. In addition to her professional work, Susan is an active volunteer with various church and high school booster organizations.
Director of Finance, City of Nederland
Cheryl began her government career with the City of Port Arthur in 1985 and has been a member of GFOAT since that time. Cheryl is a graduate of Lamar University with a BBA in accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988. Cheryl has over 40 years of accounting experience; nine in Public Accounting and over 34 in municipal government. She has been employed with the City of Nederland for 26 years serving as chief financial officer and assistant city manager. Cheryl was employed as a part-time accounting instructor for Lamar State College Port Arthur for 10 years and currently serves on the advisory committee for the business information system accounting program. Cheryl has served on several GFOAT committees over the past 34 years; membership, scholarship and recently as the East Representative. Cheryl and husband Phillip have been married over 37 years; have a son and daughter as well as two granddaughters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and country western dancing.
Director of Finance, Town Northlake
John Zagurski is the director of finance for the Town of Northlake. He oversees finance, utility billing, and budget services. John previously worked for the Town of Trophy Club for five years as the finance manager, strategic services coordinator, and budget analyst. He started his career in public administration with the Town of Westlake as the special projects coordinator. John holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. He also earned his designation as a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) in 2014. John has been active in the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) since 2014. He has been active serving as a member and chair of the Legislative Committee. John continues to serve GFOAT by holding the board position as the north area representative.
Department Fiscal Administrator
Clara has served as the department fiscal administrator for the human resources department for the City of San Antonio since 2011. She has more than 25 years of municipal government experience in various accounting and management positions including finance director for City of Shavano Park and City of Boerne, and comptroller for the Center for Health Care Services. She has been a CPA since 1991 and is currently a member of the CORBA committee for GFOA. She has also recently been accepted to the GFOAT Board of Directors as the South Representative. Clara and her husband have been married for almost 40 years; they have four daughters and a son-in-law.
Director of Finance, City of Perryton
Don Jennings, CPA, is the director of finance for the City of Perryton, where he has worked for the past 27 years. Don is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas having served on the Board of Directors for three terms and is now serving his fourth.Before getting into the accounting field, Don served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He studied at Spartan’s School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he earned an aviation electronics degree. Don went on to work for Flight Safety International, where he designed jet simulators. Don continued his education by earning a degree in accounting and later earning his CPA..Don and his wife Carol have been married for 40 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren. In Don’s spare time, he enjoys family time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking, and working on classic cars.
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.
Director of Finance and Administration, City of Bedford
Clifford Blackwell is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Bedford, Texas. 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.
Janina K. Jewell
Director of Finance, City of Euless
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.
Charles S. Cox, City Manager
City of Farmers Branch
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 A. Mol, Director of Finance
City of Mesquite