Awards & Certifications


Each year GGFOA recognizes outstanding members of the organization. The following award recipients were honored at GGFOA’s most recent annual conference.

President's Award For Outstanding Service

Created in 1988, the President’s Award recognizes one member annually for leadership in and contribution to the GGFOA.

2020 recipient:
Laurie Puckett, Gwinnett County

Service Award

Since 1994, the Service Award has been presented to a member in recognition of his or her spirit of volunteerism in promoting the purpose of GGFOA.

2020 recipients:

John Hulsey, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Melanie Kearns, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

2020 scholarship recipients

Jim Pehrson Conference Scholarship:
  • Janice Beckham, Camden County Board of Commissioners
  • Kimberly A. Dockery (Kim), City of St. Marys
  • Teresa Duval, City of Social Circle
  • Lee Siefert, City of Centerville
  • Kimberly Spencer, Coastal Plan Regional Library System
  • Glenda Worsham, City of Climax
Certificate in Public Financial Management (CPFM) Scholarship:
  • Deborah Upshaw, City of McDonough
GGFOA Leadership Academy Scholarship:
  • Valerie R Prince, Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Level 1 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
  • Jeanne C Bradley, Unified Government of Athens-Clark County
  • Steven Mayfield, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
  • Donna Todd, Putnam County Board of Commissioners
Level 2 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
  • Abby C Branan, Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners
Annual College Scholarship:
  • Ted Moeller, UGA Master of Public Administration (MPA) Student

Finance Officer Certification

Local government officials hailing from Georgia communities both large and small attained their Certified Financial Officer status. Congratulations to those who attained either their Level I or Level II Certificate. Follow the link to the CVIOG website to learn more about this great program for government officials.

FY 2020 LEVEL I Completions:

  • Donna Ballard, Rockdale County Government
  • Katrina Banks, Clayton County Water Authority
  • Amanda Carmichael, City of Griffin
  • Amanda Cash, Jackson County Water and Sewage Authority
  • Michael Eaton, City of Albany
  • Mamie Jackson, Pierce County Board of Commissioners
  • Danny Lamonte, City of Powder Springs
  • Caitlin Lewis, City of Gainesville
  • Emily Mills, Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority
  • Holly Murkerson, Grady County Board of Commissioners
  • Kamaria Powell, City of Norcross
  • Tashana Rivers, DeKalb County Government
  • Christian Roach, Catoosa County Government
  • Suzanne Schultek, Monroe County Board of Commissioners
  • Derrick Turner, City of Lawrenceville
  • Barbara Vargo, Putnam County Board of Commissioners

FY 2020 LEVEL II Completions:

  • Felicia Adams, Heard County Board of Commissioners
  • Typhanie Ansley, Hall County Government
  • Donna Ballard, Rockdale County Government
  • Lee Ann Bartlett, Fayette County Government
  • Angelique McDonald, City of Dahlonega
  • Joe Perez, City of Lawrenceville
  • Audrey Segars, City of Hartwell
  • Wanda Smith, Forsyth County Government