Congratulations to the 2016 Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship recipients!

Justin Attaway, CSBO
Skokie School District 69
Skokie, IL
Timothy A. Gronski, MBA
Geneseo Community Unit School
District 228
Geneseo, IL
Neal Breen, MBA, CRA, CIA
Thompson Public Schools
North Grosvenordale, CT
Charisse Gutierrez, MBA
Somerville Board of Education
Somerville, NJ
Shaquita W. Burke
Vicksburg Warren School District
Vicksburg, MS
Caitlin Kaufman
Milwaukee Academy of Science
Shorewood, WI
Channa Byerly, MBA
Duncan Public Schools
Duncan, OK
Anna Munson, MBA
Riverview Gardens School District
St. Louis, MO
Thomas W. Carpenter
Ringgold School District
Monongahela, PA
Shelly Murphy
St. Vrain Valley School District
Longmont, CO
Robert Chady
Marshall Public Schools
Marshall, WI
Robert Ogg, MBA, CPA
Crooksville Exempted Village School District
Crooksville, OH
RaSena Christopher
St. Ignatius Schools
St. Ignatius, MT
Justin Petrone, CPA
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, CO
Jeff Feyerer, CSBO
Fairview School District 72
Skokie, IL
Brian Tomamichel
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation
Fortville, IN 
Michael R. Gerlach
Hustisford School District
Hustisford, WI
Sarah Viera, MSE, CSRM
Merton Community School District
Merton, WI

Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experience

  • “Receiving the scholarship to attend the Annual Meeting has been a great honor and experience for me in my professional life. I know that the knowledge and experience I’ve gained through this conference will benefit my students, staff, district, and community.” – Michael R. Gerlach, Director of Finance, Hustisford School District, Hustisford, WI
  • “The Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship experience far exceeded my expectations. I now had an arsenal of fellow leaders and friends to help me navigate any and all future school business challenges. With their support, I will be better equipped to create thoughtful and creative solutions.” – Shelly Murphy, District Accountant, St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, CO
  • “With this experience, I have been able to build friendships with colleagues from across the nation that will last beyond the conference.” – Brian Tomamichel, Business Manager, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, Fortville, IN
  • “Attending the annual meeting because of the scholarship is one of the best experiences of my career so far. Every aspect exceeded my expectations and has changed how I can and will do my job!” – Sarah Viera, MSE, CSRM, Business Manager, Merton Community School District, Merton, WI
  • “Being a recipient of the scholarship allowed me the opportunity to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo and gain not only the confirmation that this is the only career option for me, but also allowed me to connect to other people just as passionate about the success of the profession and our kids. I wouldn’t have been able to be here without it and would still be asking ‘did I make the right decision?’ I’m all in now!” – Shaquita W. Burke, Director of Finance, Vicksburg Warren School District, Vicksburg, MS
  • “The scholarship provided me with the opportunity to attend an outstanding professional development conference and to network with talented professionals across the country.” – Timothy A. Gronski, MBA, Chief School Business Officer, Genesco Community Unit School District 228, Genesco, IL
  • “The Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship allowed me to experience valuable professional development opportunities unlike any other. Being able to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo allowed me to bring back vital information and to see the value in all that ASBO does.” – Jeff Feyerer, Business Manager/CSBO, Fairview School District 72, Skokie, IL
  • “School business officials need to use all available resources to be successful, and in just a few short days I’ve expanded my resource pool tenfold.” – Neal Breen, MBA, CRA, CIA, Business Manager, Thompson Public Schools, North Grosvenordale, CT
  • “As a second-year SBO, this experience allowed me to expand my network of peers and gave me the tools to approach problems from a global perspective.” – Justin Attaway, CSBO, Business Manager, Skokie School District 69, Skokie, IL
  • “On a day-to-day basis, business officials have so few peers. Being able to make connections with others in similar places in their own careers has been invaluable.” – Justin Petrone, CPA, Director of Accounting, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
  • “What a wonderful opportunity to learn and connect.” – Rob Ogg, MBA, CPA, Treasurer/CFO, Crooksville Exempted Village School District, Crooksville, OH
  • “What an awesome experience attending ASBO International’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, which offered diverse workshops, awesome general session speakers, and ample networking opportunities. See you next year in Denver!” – Robert Chady, Business Manager, Marshall Public Schools, Marshall, WI
  • “The Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship experience was unlike any professional development I’ve previously attended. In addition to the educational sessions, the program helped me establish a core group of colleagues that I can always reach out to. The program has met and exceeded my expectations.” – Caitlin Kaufman, Operations Coordinator, Milwaukee Academy of Science, Shorewood, WI