Board of Directors

MDGFOA has an exceptional team of volunteer Officers, Directors, Standing Committee Chairs, and Educators who are diligent in assuring that all MDGFOA members and associates experience the best services all year.


Robert Sandlass, President
Harford County Government
Bel Air, Maryland

Joe Beach, President-Elect
Deputy General Manager of Administration in Finance
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Laurel, Maryland

Rob Burk, Secretary
Carroll County Government
Westminster, Maryland

Eric Jackson, Treasurer
Chief of Treasury
Charles County Government
LaPlata, Maryland

Jason Zimmerman, Past-President
Chief Financial Officer
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Baltimore, Maryland


Ken Henschen- State
Assistant Director
Comptroller of Maryland-GAD
Annapolis, Maryland

Timothy Hayden- Southern
Director of Finance and Budget
Calvert County Government
Prince Frederick, Maryland

Jennell Rogers- At Large
Chief, Bureau of Treasury Management
City of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Lisa Moody- Municipalities
Director of Finance
Town of Bel Air
Bel Air, Maryland
Tammy Kennedy-Nichols- Associate
Senior Vice President, Director
Public Sector Banking, Global Banking & Markets
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Keith Novak- Associate
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Edward Leiter- Central
Financial Analyst II
Carroll County Public Library
New Windsor, Maryland
Dawn Mitchell Parks- Eastern
Finance Director
Town of Ocean View
Ocean View, DE

 - At Large

Rafiu Ighile- At-Large
Chief Business & Technology Officer
Howard County Public School System
Ellicott City, Maryland

Christina Osborne- Associate
Vice President
Government Banking
M&T Bank
Kim Williams - GFOA Representative
General Accounting Manager
Montgomery County Government
John Kroll- Washington Metro
Corporate Budget Manager
Riverdale, Maryland
Diane Fox- Western
Director of Treasury
Frederick County Government
Frederick, Maryland
Courtenay Desabaye- Public Education
Special Assistant to the CFO in Office of the CFO
Baltimore City Public School System
Baltimore, Maryland

Caroline Sturgis- County
Montgomery County Government
Rockville, Maryland

Jennifer Diercksen- Associate
First Vice President
Public Finance
Davenport & Company LLC

Executive Staff

Mike Walther- Program Co-Chair
Senior Fiscal & Policy Analyst
Baltimore County Auditor's Office
Towson, Maryland
Alex Strate- Program Co-Chair
Senior Auditor
Baltimore County Public Schools
Towson, Maryland

Standing Committees

Joe Beach- By-Laws

Joe Beach - Long Range Planning

Christina Osborne- Membership

Tammy Kennedy-Nichols- Partnerships

Mark Edwards- Communications

Jennifer Diercksen- Education/Continuing Prof.

Jason Zimmerman- Nominating Committee

Jason Zimmerman - Lloyd Jones Scholarship

Affinity Group Chairs

Investment and Treasury Management

Tim Hayden, Co-Chair

Robert Burk, Co-Chair


Steve Kraus, Chair


Keith Novak, Chair

Tax / Revenue

Eric Jackson, Co-Chair

Daniel Lewis, Co-Chair

Young Professionals

Mike Walther, Co-Chair

Alex Strate, Co-Chair

Jason Zimmerman, Co-Chair


June 2019

In accordance with Article VII, Election of Officers and Directors, of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association, the nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Directors for vote by the membership:


President-Elect     Joe Beach, WSSC

Treasurer                Eric Jackson, Charles County Government

Secretary                Rob Burk, Carroll County



State: Ken Henschen, 2nd term (State of Maryland)

County (new in 2014): Caroline Sturgis, 1st term (Montgomery County)

Municipality: Lisa Moody, 2nd term (Belair, MD)

At Large (formerly Baltimore City):  Jennell Rogers, 1st term (Baltimore City)

At Large:  Courtenay Desabaye, 1st term (Baltimore City PSS)

Associate (new in 2014): Jennifer Diercksen, 1st term (Davenport & Co.)

The following Officers and Directors are not on the ballot as they are holding current terms or in automatic advancement:

President- Elect becomes the President

Robert Sandlass, Harford County Government

President becomes Past President

Jason Zimmerman, DHMH

Nominating Committee Chair: Lenny Moore

The Nominating Committee Report is respectfully submitted.

Lenny Moore

MDGFOA Past President

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