Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (CAAFR)

The Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting assists public finance officers in their efforts to utilize sound auditing and accounting standards and produce transparent financial reports on the health of state and local finance activities. The committee works closely with the GASB, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and other organizations and recommends best practices for effective government finance operations.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Melinda Gildart, Controller, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
  • VICE CHAIR: Melanie Seale, Assistant Finance Director, City of San Antonio, TX 
  • Diane Allison, Director of Business Services, Ascension Parish School Board, LA
  • Robert L Balducci, Comptroller, New York City, NY 
  • Erin Ballou, Senior Staff Accountant, City of Bowling Green, KY
  • Lana Berry, Senior Financial Manager, City of Atlanta/Department of Watershed Management, GA
  • Allison Bradsher, Controller, City of Raleigh, NC
  • Jerry Durham, Assistant Director, Research and Compliance, Division of Local Government Audit, Tennessee State Comptroller's Office
  • Susan Friend, Director, Accounting Division, Broward County, FL
  • Jodie Hartman, Director of Finance/Treasurer, Village of Lake Zurich, IL
  • Pamela Hodges, Controller, City of Carrollton, TX
  • Sara Jantz, Director of Accounting, Sedgwick County, KS
  • Alexandra Johnson, Assistant Audit Manager, Washington State Auditor’s Office, WA
  • Dennis Kauffman, Finance Operations Manager, City of Sacramento, CA
  • Michelle Kirby, Controller, City of Portland, OR
  • Sheri Larsen, Finance Division Administrator, Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller, NE
  • Frances (Fanny) Lee, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Michele Levine, Chief Account and Deputy Comptroller for Accountancy, City of New York, NY
  • Margaret Moggia, Chief Financial Officer, West Basin Municipal Water District, Carson, CA
  • Kelly Neal, Assistant Finance Director, City of Edmond, OK
  • Diane Reichard, Chief Financial Financial Officer, City of Plant City, FL
  • Debra Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, State of Maryland
  • September Strange, Assistant Director of Finance, City of Little Rock, AR
  • Stephanie Walker, Director of Finance & Administration, City of Gaithersburg, MD


  • Stephen Blann, Director of Governmental Audit Quality, Rehmann, MI
  • Irfan Bora, Accounting, Rutgers University, NJ
  • John Hulsey, Public Service Assistant, University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute, GA
  • Carol Jessup, Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois Springfield, IL
  • Mona Stephens, Faculty, University of Phoenix and Southern New Hampshire University
  • Christopher J Telli, Partner, BKD, LLP, CO


  • William Hall, Finance Director, Town of Bethel, VT
  • Andrew Scott, Budget Director, City of Portland, OR

GFOA Staff

  • Todd Buikema, Acting Director, Technical Services Center, GFOA