Past Leadership Academy Classes

The following leaders attended past offerings of the GFOA Leadership Academy is hosted in collaboration with the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. 


  • Lorraine Bias, Senior Fiscal Administrator, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, NC
  • Shelia Briesch, Accounting Manager, City of Edmond, OK
  • Sonja Corley-Brown, Manager, SFAA - Division of Procurement Services, SC
  • Joni Crawford, Finance Manager, City of Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Karen Ervin, Director of Finance, City of Monroe, OH
  • Lavern Farina, Accounting Manager, City of Greenwood Village, CO
  • Jason Lawrence, Finance Administrator, City of Tallahassee – StarMetro, FL
  • Jacob Lee, County Auditor, Kankakee County, IL
  • Jennifer Messerschmidt, Assistant Finance Director, City of Oshkosh, WI
  • Michele Pennell, Chief Deputy Auditor, Lake County Auditor, OH
  • Valerie  Prince, Administrator/CFO, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, GA
  • Andrea Rich, Financial Analyst, City of Edina, MN
  • Joseph  Starks, Finance Director, City of North Branch, MN
  • Maddison Paul, Budget Officer, City of Rock Hill, SC
  • Kristen Vipond, Assistant Finance Director, Otter Tail County, MN
  • Jami Peoples, Finance Manager, Chesterfield County Mental Health, VA
  • Adrian Cox, Acting Budget Director, Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Juan Lopez, Administrative Analyst, Monterey County, CA
  • Kimberly Warren, Financial Services Division Chief, Fauquier County Government & Public Schools, VA