July 20, 2023

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ASBO International Awards Scholarships to Rising Leaders

Ashburn, VA – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Security Benefit, awards school business managers who have fewer than five years of experience with $2,000 to attend ASBO International’s Annual Conference & Expo. The 2023 conference will be held in National Harbor, Maryland, in October.

“ASBO International is committed to supporting promising new practitioners as they develop into our school business leaders of tomorrow,” ASBO International Interim Executive Director/Chief Operations Officer Siobhán McMahon, CAE says. “The Emerging Leaders Scholarship is one way to provide those relatively new to school business with professional development focused on their unique needs, along with a network of knowledgeable mentors to guide them as they grow and develop in their careers.”

Don Wiley, Vice President and National Director of Affinity Market Relationships for Security Benefit, says, “As a leader in the education space for more than six decades, Security Benefit recognizes the importance of investing today in the leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to support the 2023 ASBO Emerging Leaders Scholarship program and to play a part in ensuring these school business professionals have the resources they need to provide every student with a quality education.”

The 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipients are:

Tiwana (Tina) Adams, Business Coordinator, City of St. Charles School District, St. Charles, MO
Anthony (Tony) Arnzen, Accountant, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Hazelwood, MO
Brianna Biesiada, Accounting Specialist, Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission, New Egypt, NJ
Carol Corey, Assistant Business Administrator, Chichester School District, Aston, PA
Amber DeRosier, Accounting Analyst, York County School Division, Yorktown, VA
Asia Follensbee, SFO, Budget Analyst, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY
Hope Hague, Director of Financial Reporting, Hatboro-Horsham School District, Horsham, PA
Zach Hary, HR Manager, Monticello Public Schools, Monticello, MN
Danielle Kahler, Business Specialist, Lansing School District, Lansing, MI
Kyle Kiffer, Treasurer/CFO, Streetsboro City School District/Windham Exempted Village School District, Streetsboro, Ohio
Baillie Nash, Accountant, ISD 273–Edina Public Schools, Edina, MN
Phuong (Mila) Ngo, Financial Analyst, Federal Way Public Schools, Federal Way, WA
Latoshia Patterson, Accountant, Detroit Service Learning Academy, Detroit, MI
Dominick Ruth, Assistant Director of Finance, Higley Unified School District #60, Gilbert, Arizona
Kevin Sommer, School Business Administrator, Tully Central School District, Tully, NY
Katie Taylor, Business Manager, Starmont Community School District, Arlington, IA
Morgan Thornton, Business Manager/Food Service Director, Manson School District 19, Manson, WA
Jennifer Variale, Director of Finance and Business Operations, Bethel Public Schools, Bethel, CT
Kristine Vaughn, HR/Payroll Coordinator, Skiatook Public Schools, Skiatook, OK
David Ziegelbauer, Business Manager, Howards Grove School District, Howards Grove, WI

The mentors for the 2023 scholarship recipients are:

Ciara Corley, SFO, Chief Finance Officer, Cahokia Community Unit School District 187, Cahokia, IL
Chad Green, SFO, Chief School Finance Officer, Gulf Shores City Schools, Gulf Shores, AL

Learn more about ASBO International’s Emerging Leaders Scholarship at and the Annual Conference & Expo at


About ASBO International
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) provides programs, resources, services, and a global network to school business professionals who are the finance and operations decision makers in school systems. Our members manage school budgeting, purchasing, facility operations and maintenance, human resources, technology, transportation, food service, healthcare, and other areas of education administration and operations. ASBO International promotes the highest standards of school business management, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.

About Security Benefit
Security Benefit Corporation (“Security Benefit”), through its subsidiary Security Benefit Life Insurance Company (SBL), a Kansas-based insurance company that has been in business for more than 131 years, is a leader in the U.S. retirement market. Security Benefit together with its affiliates offers products in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments for employers and individuals and held $47.8 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2022. Security Benefit, an Eldridge business, continues its mission of helping Americans To and Through Retirement®. Learn more at and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.