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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Congratulations to the 2017 Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship recipients!

Kimberly A. Aguiar
Assistant Business Manager
Bristol Warren Regional School District
Bristol, RI
Leanne Martin
Assistant Director of Business Affairs
Northern Lebanon School District
Fredericksburg, PA
Karri Burgess
Maintenance Buyer
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, CO
Christopher J. May, CFO
Financial Specialist
Michigan Department of Education
Jackson, MI
Marshall C. Crutcher, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mehlville School District
Maryland Heights, MO
Dana J. Miller
Budget Director
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Thornton, CO
Richard M. Daybell, MPA, SFO
Business Manager
Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union
Richford, VT
Tracey Moerer
Board Clerk
Burlington Unified School District 244
Burlington, KS
Lynette K. Edwards, CSRM
Business Manager
Clintonville School District
Clintonville, WI
Tyler Moore
Accounting Coordinator
Madison School District
Phoenix, AZ
Jordan J. Ely
Director of Finance
Ashland School District 5
Ashland, OR
Kristen Nickelatti
Greendale School District
Wauwatosa, WI
Lindsay Joerns
Business Director
Elcho School District
Elcho, WI
Trisha D. Schock, CHC, MBA
External Fiscal Director
North Central Educational Service District
Wenatchee, WA
Kent Kindschy, MS, EDS
Turtle Lake School District
Turtle Lake, WI
Stacy D. Stair, CPP, MBA
Pleasant Valley School District
Brodheadsville, PA
Jeremy Struss
Director of Business
Swallow School District
Hartland, WI
Valerie Varhalla, MBA, CSBO
Barrington Community Unit School District
Barrington, IL


Tina-Michelle Burkholder
Director of Finance
Independent School District 882
Monticello Public Schools
Monticello, MN
Channa Byerly
Chief Financial Officer
Duncan Public Schools
Duncan, OK

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