GFOA Recognition for Outstanding Public Service

GFOA Recognition for Outstanding Public Service honors individual GFOA members for their dedication to the profession, their colleagues, their organizations, and their communities. The work of finance professionals is critical to government's ability to serve, but often occurs behind the scenes. GFOA's membership network includes many individuals who exemplify the role of public servant, working to support others, lead organizations through both good times and bad, and make a positive impact on those they serve.

Please help us tell their story as a way of recognizing their achievements and motivating others. Recognizing the impact of public finance officers on their organizations and communities is also one of the best ways to recruit new workers to this profession.

Recipients of GFOA's 2024 Recognition for Outstanding Public Service




Lake Akinkugbe

Director of Finance

Alex Renew, VA

Dennis Click

Deputy Controller

County of Albemarle, VA

Jessica Conley

Finance Director

Walworth County, WI

Dawn Donovan

Town Comptroller

Town of Eastchester, NY

Alex Fedak


City of Oklahoma City, OK

Perla Fikter

Finance Director

Bear Valley Community Services District, CA

Rex Gaither

Finance Director / Assistant Town Manager

Town of Smyrna, TN

Jim Golden


City of Longmont, CO

Leah Harris


San Miguel Fire and Rescue, CA

Russell Hill

Assistant Finance Director

City of Waco, TX

Sabrina Jackson

Senior Assistant Director

City of Houston Public Works, TX

Dawn Jindrich

Finance Director

Linn County, IA

Melanie Keeton

Assistant Finance Director

City of San Antonio, TX

Natalya Krutova


Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Talia Lomax-O'dneal

Finance Deputy Director

Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, TN

Kimberly Lord

Director of Finance

Town of Manchester, CT

Timothy Manglicmot

Senior Finance Manager

San Diego Community Power, CA

Dawn McGuire

Accounting Specialist 

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, MN

Bill McHale


Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, TX

Kelli Munroe

Chief Deputy Treasurer

Pinal County, AZ

Claudia Orugbani

Grants Fiscal Manager

City of Milwaukee, WI

Catherine Piepho

Finance Director

Washington County, MN

Jocelyn Quintos

Director, Accounting Operations

City & County of San Francisco, CA

Robert Scott

Director of Finance and Administration

City of Brookfield, WI

Courtney Shearer


Virginia Lottery, VA

Donna Silva

Director of Finance & Human Resources

San Juan Water District, CA

Nikki Stanton

Finance Director

Warren County, NC

Molly Talkington

Finance Director

City of Rolling Meadows, IL

Marcia Tannian

Director, Finance & Investor Relations

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY

Steve Webb

Finance Director

City of Covington, KY

Darlene Wildes

Deputy Auditor

City of Columbus Auditor's Office, OH

Nancy Young-Oliver

Chief Financial Officer

TriMet, OR


All GFOA members are eligible to to be recognized with this program or nominate someone who mas made a difference, exemplified the values in GFOA's code of ethics, or served as a role model for the public finance profession. Nominations for 2025 will open in January 2025.