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Iowa Professional Leadership Award

The Professional Leadership Award is one of the highest honors that Iowa ASBO bestows upon its members. The awards are not just a measure of extraordinary deeds or a lengthy career – they are arecognition of those school business officials who, throughout their career and lifetime, have demonstrated excellence in service to their school district, communities and their profession.

Two awards are presented each year with award recipients receiving:

  • A Scholarship to present to a graduating high school senior from the recipient’s school district - It is suggested that preference may be given to students entering an education or business course of study.
  • A plaque for the recipient’s office
  • Invitation to next Iowa ASBO Leadership Conference
  • Reimbursement for registration/airfare/lodging up to a fixed amount to attend the next ASBO International Conference

Criteria considered in the selection process include:

  • Leadership in the Schools – The candidate has gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the learning conditions for students in their school system.
  • Leadership in the Profession – The candidate has demonstrated commitment to improving the level of professionalism among school business officials through active participation in the Association and specifically as volunteer coordinator of the IASBO mentor program.
  • Professional Development – The candidate has demonstrated a continuous interest in learning and in staying abreast of developments in the field of school business management.
  • Leadership in the Community - The candidate has demonstrated an active interest in improving their community through participation in local events and serving as a positive role mode representing the school district.

2016 Recipients

Angie Morrison - 18 years Business Manager/Board Secretary 
Linn-Mar CSD - West Branch CSD - Winfield Mt. Union

Leadership in the Schools:

Current / past responsibility for all aspects of accounting and reporting for the District including Budget, CAR, A/P, A/R, Payroll, Benefits, erate, all state reporting and applications and all other duties as assigned! supervise the Business Office staff and take care of the day to day functions of the department, prepare monthly reconciliations and financial reports, complete payroll reporting, assist with budget, state reporting and applications, provide support to district secretaries and principals as requested, oversee Before/After School Childcare contracts and serve as Board Secretary.

 

Innovative programs implemented during her service have included:

created a Business Office Procedure Manual and Student Activities Manual to increase internal controls and put expected procedures and processes in one place for employees to reference.

implemented new time management systems for hourly employees. 

Touch Base for our online payment system.  I helped the ROAR Store, our student store, get off the ground and helped them implement In Touch Receipting for their POS system

 

Leadership in the Profession:

Iowa ASBO

              2 yrs -Regional secretary

              4 yrs - Regional chair

              6 yrs - Board of Directors and President

              2 yrs – SBO mentor

Committees

              CAR advisory - Finance Roundtable

              SBO Authorization Advisory - Professional Growth

Conference instructor  

 

External Leadership:

Booster Club and Fine Arts

Bear Award” for “outstanding volunteer” 

Coached several youth sports’ teams

Girl Scout Leader

Cub Scout Leader

made sack lunches for every away game for the team for every sport (100 per game for football; 25 for basketball; 35 for volleyball!) and distributed them to the teams after each game

co-present to the Marion Leaders in Action and I meet regularly with the PTO Treasurers to assist them with reports, best practice ideas, and provide a networking opportunity for them to share and ask questions

 

 

 

Cindy McAleer, CFO – Clinton CSD

Leadership in the Schools:

small school - processing payroll, accounts payable, general ledger and being responsible for all of the state reports 

mid-size school - included responsibility for general ledger, cash receipts, registration,  state reporting and for overseeing transportation, plant services and nutrition.

current district - responsible for budgeting, general ledger, bank reconciliations as well as overseeing transportation, plant services, nutrition, technology and the print shop, and most of the state reporting.

 

Programs implemented during her years of service include:

electronic timekeeping in 2 districts

electronic purchase orders in 2 districts

online registration in 2 districts

electronic leave requests

new student database program

online facility rental program

created a Risk Management Committee to address an increasing workers compensation modification factor

 

2 - Leadership in the Profession:

Iowa ASBO

              8 years – SBO mentor

              4 years – Professional Development Committee to School Business Management Academy

 

 

Professional Development:

Attended all IASBO Conferences past 5 yrs

Graduate of Iowa School Business Management Academy

Attended 3 recent ASBO Intl Conferences

 

Leadership in the Community:

Junior Achievement Instructor

Member of Assumption/St. Patrick Catholic Church

Member of Finance Council of Assumption Church

Member of Northeast CSD Education Foundation

Member of Facility Task Force – Clinton CSD

Alter & Rosary Member – Assumption Catholic Church

Volunteer Scorekeeper Volleyball and Track Meet Timer

Community Betterment Group Member

Athletic Booster Member

Treasurer Northeast Athletic Boosters

Past City Clerk for City of Goose Lake

Past PTO member of Northeast PTO

Past Lunch Buddy for Central Clinton CSD

Past member of Central Performing Arts Committee

Past Religious Education Teacher

 

 

2015 Recipients

Shirley Maxwell - 24 years as Business Manager / Bd Sect. at Red Oak/Stanton-
West Central Valley School-New Market School-

 

Leadership in the Schools:

direct responsibility for or supervising:

all business and financial operations, negotiation team member, Admin. Cabinet, School Nutrition Program, Human Resource Department, facilities, grants, Facilities Study, bond issue/construction payments of new high school,  assisted with payroll in a neighboring district,and another during the difficult time of voting to dissolve their district, and through the process of the dissolution, auction assets, and closing the final books for transition into two neighboring districts

Innovative programs implemented during her service have included:

Implemented Designated Doctor and Return To Work Programs in two districts.

Wrote grants to help two districts obtain funds to purchase automatic external defibrillators,

Implemented Self Pay Plan program,

Initiated the Pcard program into the district and at this time the district ranks as the highest for ratio per student spending

 

Leadership in the Profession:

IASBO Board member

Regional Director

Mentor

Graduate of first Iowa School Busin Mgt Academy

Dept. Of Education Advisory Committee  (2009-13)

DE Finance Roundtable

Instrumental in the organization of monthly meetings for Corner Conference Business Managers before IASBO regional meetings began.

 

External Leadership:

Villisca Volunteer Ambulance-31 years  EMT

CPR Instructor- 25 years

4-H leader-12 years4-H County Fair Judge

Speech Judge for H.S. District and State Speech Contest

Announcer for Nodaway Saddle Club Horseshows, hometown homecoming and summer celebration parades, and county fair livestock shows      

Member of PEO Chapter

Methodist Church-Served as Confirmation Mentor-4 yrs,

Sunday School Teacher for many years

Past Director for Southwest Iowa Scattered Toms Turkey Federation

 

 

 

Karron Stineman - 39 years Business Manager / Board Secretary
(15 yrs Louisa-Muscatine)

Leadership in the Schools:

Responsibility for all the day-to-day financial business of the district.

Oversee payroll and HR operations as   well as budgeting, both certified and line item. 

Board Sect duties.

Many other tasks fall under my area of responsibility, such as open enrollment, DE reports,                       negotiations, and  certified enrollment to name a few

 

Programs implemented during her years of service include:

Transitioned the district from the AEA financial services to an in-house computerized system and over the years implemented direct deposit for employee           and vendor payments.                                                                                       

Recently implemented the InTouch Receipting program that provides better internal controls for our building offices 

Working toward making online student registration a reality through the use of the InTouch program.                  

Pilot district for the  p-card program in Iowa.

 

Leadership in the Profession:

Iowa ASBO

              President 2011-2012

              Regional Director

              Academy Professional Growth Committee

              Mentor

              Presenter at IASBO conferences

              co-chaired the Region 6 Golf Tournament since its inception 13 years ago                        

              D.E. Finance Roundtable

 

Professional Development:

Attended all IASBO Conferences past 5 yrs

Graduate of Iowa School Business Management Academy

Attended 3 recent ASBO Intl Conferences

 

Leadership in the Community:

Established and chaired the “Grandview Visioning Committee” for our little town with Trees Forever

Established the first “Toys for Tots” campaign for our school district

Served on the first American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” committee established in Louisa County

Planned and executed a 25 year all-school reunion (600+ attendance)

Serve as the “Daffodil Days” campaign coordinator for the district with the American Cancer Society

Serve on the Early Childhood committee

And over the years lots of things such as Girl Scout co-leader, volleyball scorer, team chaperone

 

2014 Recipients:

Steve Graham - Cedar Rapids Schools Executive Director of Business Services

Steve has served as a school business official in Iowa public schools for 27 years and as Executive Director for Business Services at Cedar Rapids for 17 years.

 

Significant accomplishments during his career include:
Developed an Appropriate Use of Public Funds Policy

Cash Management Procedures (including remote staff training modules)

Fiscal Management of Non-CRCSD Bank Accounts

Book Fairs - Cash Handling Procedures

Secondary School Activity Fund Accounting Manual

Purchasing Card Guidelines

Cooperative Purchasing Manager

P-Card deployment

Financial Integrity Hotline, (Anonymous whistle blowing)

Electronic Purchasing/Requisition system

Electronic time keeping leave management system

Electronic bookkeeping software and on-line fee payment system

Electronic Fixed Asset Management system

Electronic facility reservation system

Next generation on-line Grant Wood AEA admin. data system

 

 

He has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President, and participant on study and research committees. His willingness to share his expertise have included many presentations at the state level.

 

Evidence of his commitment to continuing personal professional development Steve has Attended 9 IASBO Conferences past 5 yrs, is a graduate of Iowa School Business Management Academy, attended 15 recent ASBO Intl Conferences, is an instructor and presenter at ISBMA, and a CAFR preparer / author. 

 

Mr. Graham’s leadership in the community has included, Church Finance Committee member, Usher and Sunday Hospitality Facilitator 2001- 2012,Past - Sunday School Instructor, Little League Coach, and a Long time member of noon Rotary.




Melissa Fettkether - Valley Schools Business Manger

Melissa is recognized for her professional leadership in the relatively short period of seven years as Business Manager at Valley Community schools. The following items will offer verification of her qualifications to receive Iowa ASBO’s highest form of recognition and appreciation.

 

Completed projects at Valley Schools during her tenure include:

·       Install Building Security and Camera System

·       Managed Construction of FEMA Safe Room /     Wrestling Facility

·       Infinite Campus Implementation

·       Paperless Timecards and Leave Requests

·       P-Card Program

·       Payschools

·       1:1 laptop initiative implementation

 

Her leadership in Iowa ASBO has included serving as a mentor to new school business officials, service on the professional growth committee, and been an Iowa ASBO conference presenter. At the ASBO International level she has been a presenter at ASBO Intl conference, is a member of  the auditing and budgeting committee, and was a  Bridges to the Future recipient.

 

Her involvement and leadership in the community is evidenced by involvement as 4-H club leader, her parish, Valley Community Coalition- Treasurer, youth center volunteer, and youth baseball concession stand coordinator

 

Her personal and professional contributions to our schools and our community are highly appreciated.

 





 

2013 Recipients

Donna Gregory – West Des Moines CSD Director of Business Services

Donna is in the 7th year at West Des Moines Schools as Director of Business Services with prior service as Business Official at Bedford, Clarinda, Lewis Central school districts.

In addition to the normal responsibilities she has computerized the accounting system from a manual paper process. Donna developed a 5 year financial workout plan for SBRC in a prior district and helped devleop a partial self-funded health insurance plan in the district. She implemented a new accounting software previously scheduled to go “live” before her arrival but fraught with technical challenges. Donna is responsible for managing 226 district procurement cards where the district policies developed under her leadership have become a model for other districts.

Giving back to the profession has included serving as IASBO Board President in 2002-2003 with prior service as a board director for two years, a regional chair, regional secretary, member of the professional growth committee, mentor, and presenter at IASBO and ISBMA academy sessions.

Outside of the district and IASBO she was President of the Iowa Association of School Board Secretaries in 1993-94 and has earned the Governor’s Award, IOWAccess Project Five Electronic Budget and Information System. Donna also served as a committee member on the Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust board sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards
 

Kurt Subra , CPA - Heartland AEA as CFO with 11 years prior service as CFO at Ames and West Des Moines

In addition to many local district responsibilities Kurt served as IASBO’s lead representative in 2008 to get legislation changed and to establish partnerships with the state of Iowa, community colleges, AEAs, local districts, and vendors for corrective language re: 403b programs. One of the more memorable political accomplishments was “Barn moving made easy…how to squeeze two weeks work into a six month political and logistical exercise.” He outsourced the food service program in Ames CSD, after which the program had its first profitable year of operation in after many years of deficit spending.

Mr. Subra served as IASBO President in 2009-2010 and earned the distinction of the president who visited more regional meetings than any officer in memory. He previously served as IASBO Treasurer,
Mentor,Academy Professional Growth Committee member and as a presenter at many IASBO conferences. On the ASBO International level Kurt has served as Vice Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, was a Bridges to the Future recipient and participant and has been a Co-presenter for two ASBO Intl conference workshops

His leadership in the community is evidenced by the following:
Elder and Treasurer, Lakeside Fellowship, Polk City
Former coach – soccer, flag football, basketball, little league baseball
Former board member, Polk City Library Foundation
Former board member, Ames Chamber of Commerce
Former board member, Ames Junior Achievement
Former classroom presenter, Ames Junior Achievement
Former officer, U.S. Army Reserve
 

2012 Recipients:

Michelle Wearmouth - Dallas Center Grimes Business Manager
Michelle has served the Dallas Center Grimes Community Schools for 12 years as business manager . The following items will offer verification of her qualifications to receive Iowa ASBO’s highest form of recognition and appreciation.

She has been very involved in Iowa ASBO serving as a regional director, professional growth committee member and mentor to several beginning school business officials for the past six years. He was responsible for establishing this IASBO Professional Development Award Program. Michelle serves on the professional growth committee to the Iowa School Business Management Academy, has presented at 11 Iowa ASBO conferences, is a valuable Iowa ASBO resource on special education funding issues, serves on the IASB finance policy committee , and the guiding committee for the EMC safety group.

Evidence of her commitment to continuing personal professional development finds she has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy. She has also taught financial health analysis, line item budgeting, and financial health issues courses for ISFLC for eight years.

 

Leslie Finger - Iowa City Schools Business Office Supervisor

Mr. Finger has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President, and participant on study and research committees. His willingness to share his expertise has included many presentations at the state level.

Evidence of his commitment to continuing personal professional development Leslie has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years. He is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy and has been an instructor there for 10 years.

Leslie’s involvement and leadership in the community is exemplified by his past service in the Iowa City Noon Optimist member for 20 years, church council & treasurer for three years, board of directors for Iowa Children’s Museum for two years, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach for eight years, Iowa City girls softball coach for five years, youth soccer coach (2 teams) for six years, co-president of city high band parents for three years, and on the parent stage crew for 4th Avenue Jazz Company (show choir group) for four years.

2011 Recipients:

Ramona Jeffrey - Mason City Director of Finance
Ramona has served the Mason City Community Schools for 9 years as Director of Finance with 14 years prior service in Mason City as the businessoffice manager and 4 years as business manager at Rockwell Swaledale schools.

She has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as President following her service as secretary on the IASBO Board. Ramona has served as a presenter at several conferences and promoted recent changes to state reporting requirements.

Evidence of her commitment to continuing personal professional development find she has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and the ASBO International Conference several of the last years. She is also a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy.

Ramona’s quiet contribution to the community is shown by her service to Opportunity Village board of directors, secretary of Salvation Army board of directors, and Sunday school teacher.

 

Trudy Pedersen - Storm Lake Business Manager

She has been very involved in Iowa ASBO serving as a regional director, district member on the IASBO board of directors and upcoming service as treasurer of Iowa ASBO. Her willingness to share her expertise have included presentations at recent state conferences. She also represents local school interests as she serves on the Department of Education CAR/SES Advisory Committee.

Evidence of her commitment to continuing personal professional development Trudy has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in recent years. She is also a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy.

Trudy’s involvement and leadership in the community is exemplified by her past service on the Storm Lake Library board of trustees and many committees in her church.

2010 Recipients:

Ed Chabal - Mt. Pleasant Director of Finance

He has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President in addition to serving as a regional director, professional growth committee member and mentor to beginning school business officials. He was responsible for establishing this IASBO Professional Development Award Program. Ed also served as chair of IASBO Credentialing Committee, ASBO CAFR reviewer (8 years),Co-chair of ASBO CAFR Committee, ASBO Professional Development Committee member(3 years), Faculty of Iowa School Business Management Academy (7 years), coordination of Paul Bobek ASBO campaign(4 years), presenter at IASBO New Member Bootcamp meeting, and recently elected to a three year term on ASBO International Certification Exam Credential.

Evidence of his commitment to continuing personal professional development find has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and the ASBO International Conference several of the last years. He is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy.

R. Duane VanGorp - Waukee Schools
Duane has served as a school business official in Iowa public schools for 30 years with the most recent 8 at Waukee. His prior districts of service included Dallas Center-Grimes, Saydel and Johnston Many innovative programs have been implemented during his years of service to enhance the efficiency of district operations.

He has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President, and participant on study and research committees. His willingness to share his expertise have included presentations at the state and level.

Evidence of his commitment to continuing personal professional development Duane has attended nearly every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and the ASBO International Conference six of the last eleven years. He is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy.

 

2009 Recipients:

Marsha Tangen - Davenport Chief Finance Officer -
Marsha has served the Davenport Community Schools for 23 years with the most recent 13 years as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to becoming CFO, she was the Supervisor of Payroll and Accounting and prior to that position she began her school business career as Supervisor of Payroll. The following items will offer verification of her qualifications to receive Iowa ASBO’s highest form of recognition and appreciation.

She has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President in addition to serving as a regional director, professional growth committee member and mentor to beginning school business officials. Her willingness to share her expertise have included 10 presentations at the state and international level in the last five years.

Evidence of her commitment to continuing personal professional development find has attended every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and the ASBO International Conference the last 12 years. She is a member of the first graduating Iowa School Business Management Academy and has been actively involved in many fiscal related sessions at both School Administrator of Iowa and Iowa Association of School Board meetings and frequently participates in vendor or special topic webinar sessions.

Mike Hamilton - Southeast Polk Finance Officer -
Mike Hamilton has served as a school business official in Iowa public schools for 36 years with the most recent 10 at Southeast Polk. His prior districts of service included Sioux City and North Scott. Many innovative programs have been implemented during his years of service to enhance the efficiency of district operations.

He has been very involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO President, and participant on at least seven study and research committees. His willingness to share his expertise have included 18 presentations at the state and international level. Hamilton’s service to the profession through ASBO International includes being a Certificate of Excellence Reviewer, and serving on the School Finance Research Committee and Bylaws Committee.

Evidence of his commitment to continuing personal professional development Mike Hamilton has attended every IASBO Spring and Fall conference in the past five years and the ASBO International Conference most of the last 25 years. He is a member of the first graduating Iowa School Business Management Academy and has been actively involved in many fiscal related sessions at both School Administrator of Iowa and Iowa Association of School Board meetings.

He has earned both the ASBO International and GFOA Certificates of Excellence in Financial reporting in all the three districts where he has been employed.

2008 Recipients:

Jackie Black
Jackie’s accomplishments and contributions include 23 years in school business with the last 10 at Newton. She has served IASBO in a number of ways including serving on the nominations, professional growth and bylaws standing committees, the fiscal reserve study committee in 2005, being a mentor, secretary and chair of her region, and serving as President of IASBO in2005-2006. Jackie has attended nine ASBO International Conferences and has been a presenter at IASBO and the Iowa School Business Management Academy. She is currently serving on the IASB ISCAP Board, the ISEBA Advisory Committee, and Department of Education Project Easier Task Force.

In her community, Jackie has served on the United Way annual campaign, Big Brothers/Big Sisters advisory committee, retired Jasper County volunteer advisory committee, and as the chamber of commerce educational coordinator for their Leadership Iowa program. She belongs to Chapter ME PEO, the First Christian Church Education Committee, and she serves as a children’s worship leader and vacation Bible school teacher. Last, but not least, Jackie has a Master’s Degree in finance through the University of Phoenix.

Joe Hintze
Joe’s accomplishments and contributions include 32 years in school business management with the most recent 12 at North Scott. He has beenvery involved in Iowa ASBO as an IASBO board member, regional director and as a member of the audit, GASB 45, and constitution committees. His willingness to share his expertise have included at least six presentations at the state level since 2000, and has become our resident expert on activity fund policies and procedures. In addition he has developed a Staff Handbook for Business Office Procedures. Grants for recycling projects were received from the Department of Natural Resources in 2005 and 2007 as a result of his application efforts.

He is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy and has missed only one IASBO conference in the last five years. Under Joe’s leadership the North Scott Schools has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from ASBO and GFOA. He is also a Committee Member for the Public Employment Relations Board’s (PERB) Health Care Data Collection Project. Joe is very active in the community as a current member and Past President of North Scott Kiwanis with his major project involving organizing and running a developmental basketball league for grades1-6 that includes over 400 children annually. Joe is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church Christian Experience Weekend Team. And last but not least is a little known skill set of serving as Santa Claus for Long Grove Civic League Children’s Christmas Party.

2007 Recipients:

Shirley McAdon - Adel Desoto Minburn -
19 years as Bd. Sect. / Treasurer at ADM
IASBO Officer
Mentor
Mentor program coordinator and trainer
Presenter at state conference sessions
City Council member and Mayor
Multiple community committees on youth

Craig Hansel, Ph.d. - Cedar Falls
21 years serving in the Grant Wood AEA, Ft. Madison CSD and Cedar Falls CSD
Presenter many at state & national conferences
Service on various committees and serving as IASBO President in 1996 - 97.
Conducted major role in School Business Management Academy curriculum restructure
5 time Kiwanis outstanding service award recipient.

2006 Recipients:

Jan Culbertson – Central Clinton
Paul Bobek – Iowa City
 

 

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