I am humbled, honored, and privileged to serve you as Chapter President of the Charleston WV AGA for a second time in 2022-2023.   I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Jane Caswell, for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the AGA during her presidency, and to the members of the Executive Board of 2021-2022. I am inspired by their commitment and dedication to our chapter.  They helped us grow in extremely difficult times and continued to provide training events and educational opportunities to our members in an ever-changing environment of uncertainty.  

 

The last two years have been difficult, to say the least.  However, something the last two years have taught us all is to be innovative and resilient.  We have learned more about technology.  We have learned to get outside our comfort zone and find new ways to do things.  We have learned to Advance, Grow, and Accelerate, which is exactly what the AGA is all about.

 

As our chapter is growing, we continue to look for ways to improve benefits to our members.  We plan to do more outreaches to colleges and universities to help increase interest in careers in governmental financial positions.  We will continue our efforts to assist our colleagues to obtain professional certifications through the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) study group and lending library.  We will also continue to provide affordable CPE opportunities to those in our profession by holding CPE luncheons every other month as well as the Spring and Fall Conference.  As restrictions are being lifted, we also plan to be more involved in community service.  

 

Allow me to introduce our 2022-2023 Executive Board also working towards these endeavors:  

 

 

  • President-Elect - Betsy Lynn Chapman, CGFM
  • Secretary & Historian - Judith A. Strawderman
  • Treasurer - Angela Dawn Leshon, CPA, CGFM
  • National Council of Chapters Representative & Past President - Jane S. Caswell, CGFM, CIA, CGAP
  • Accountability - Marie Long, CPA
  • CGFM/Professional Certification - Betsy Lynn Chapman, CGFM, Heather N. Gillenwater, CGFM, Jamie Chambers, MSA, CGFM, CIA, CGAP
  • Communications - Taylor S. Cole
  • Community Service - Elizabeth A. Farley, CPA
  • Early Career - Kathy J. Anderson 
  • Education & Meetings -   Emily S. Fleck, CPA, CGFM, Alan M. Clemans & Roger L. Townsend, CGFM 
  • Membership -  Betsy Lynn Chapman, CGFM
  • Newsletter - Samantha J. Chapman, CGFM & Catherine I. Hanna 
  • Recognition - Lisa A. Rutherford, CPA

This is an amazing group of people who constantly inspire me and have volunteered their time to help you.  With their continued support and feedback from you, our members, I am confident our Chapter will be able to provide top-notch service to our members, others in our profession, and the citizens whom we serve.  I encourage you to reach out and let us know what we can do to help you.  

 

Upcoming Events
I am excited that this year we plan to hold our Fall Conference in person.  Our Fall Conference is set for September 19-20 at the Charleston Marriott.  This event will be worth 16 CPE credits! More information and schedule will be sent out in a few weeks.   I am looking forward to talking to everyone at the conference and learning what we can do to provide the most benefit to you.

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Additionally, we are getting ready to start a new round of the CGFM Study Group.  To become a Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) one must have a bachelor's degree (any subject), agree to abide by the AGA's Code of Ethics, pass three comprehensive exams, and have at least two years of experience (one does not need the two years of experience to take the test, but they do to be certified).

The three exams are:

  1. Governmental Environment (study group lead - Heather Gillenwater of the WV Adjutant General’s Office)
  2. Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting (study group lead - Betsy Chapman of the WV Department of Administration Financial Accounting and Reporting Section)
  3. Governmental Financial Management and Control (study group lead - Jamie Chambers, MSA, CGFM, CIA, CGAP)

Content outlines are available at https://www.agacgfm.org/CGFM-Certification/Candidates/CGFM-Process/Examination-Requirements.aspx

Our AGA Chapter provides the study guides through our lending library at no cost to both members and non-members.  One does not need to be in the study group to borrow a study guide.  Additionally, there is no cost to participate in the study group.  To find out more please contact Betsy Chapman at betsy.chapman@wv.gov.

 

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Our chapter is currently participating in the WVStrong Summer Running/Walking Challenge which supports The Fix’em Clinic.  Although the challenge started on June 1st, you can still sign up if you are interested in participating.  The challenge runs until September 14th.  Participants can choose to do 222 miles or 435 miles.  There is no charge to participate in the challenge, but they do ask for donations for the clinic.  Also, we are working on plans to do a drive for the Children's Home during the Fall Conference - more details coming soon.

 

Are you ready for a great year?!?!


 

Wishing you all health, happiness and all the success you wish to achieve!  See you soon!

 

Best Wishes,

Jamie Lenore Chambers,, MSA, CGFM, CIA, CGAP

2022-2023 AGA Charleston Chapter President 

CGFM/Professional Certification Co-Chair

Upcoming Events

Charleston WV AGA Fall Conference

Date:  September 19–20, 2022
Location: Charleston Marriott

On-line registration begins August 24. For group registration or invoicing contact: emily.s.fleck@wv.gov

Charleston CPE Luncheon

Date:  October 18, 2022
Location: 
WV Department of Environmental Protection

Speaker to be announced

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