The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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LaShahn Gaines, CPA, SFO

Candidate for Director

LaShahn Gaines, CPA, SFO
Chief Financial Officer
Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Fredericksburg, Virginia

My name is LaShahn Gaines, and I was born in Washington, D.C. I have served as an energetic, visionary leader for 27 years. Since 2005, I have served as the CFO for Spotsylvania County Schools (SCS). In this capacity, I oversee a 350 million dollar budget that supports 24,000 students and 3,500 employees. In the pursuit for excellence, my educational background and professional credentials are evidenced by a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting, a Certified Public Accountant license and being a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations. My distinctive leadership is substantiated by several prestigious awards: 2017 ASBO Distinguished Eagle Award, Robert Lynn Canady Lifetime of Service Award from the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, and DC Government CFO of the Year Award, and budget awards from ASBO and GFOA. I have also provided statewide leadership to Virginia ASBO as Immediate Past President (2019), President (2018), Vice President (2017), Treasurer (2016), and Director (2014-2015).


Vision Statement

Question 1: All professional membership organizations strive to grow membership, but current trends indicate that membership numbers are decreasing nationwide. Why do you think that is? What would you recommend that ASBO International do to grow membership?

Question 2: Public education is under constant scrutiny, and ensuring a transparent and ethical organization is imperative to garnering and maintaining public trust. What are the key characteristics of an ethical organization?

Question 3: The success of ASBO International is closely linked with the success of its state, provincial, and international affiliates. How can ASBO International further strengthen relationships and enhance collaboration with its affiliates?