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From Chapter President Freda Jackson:

Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am glad to have had the opportunity to serve as the Montgomery/Prince George’s County (MPGC), Association of Government Accountants (AGA) President for the 2019/2020 Program Year. This year we have had transitions and challenges, but most importantly in response to those events we have demonstrated resilience and strength.

At the beginning of the program year, I shared my goals of increasing member, industry, and sponsorship value; increasing student and young professional membership; and increasing attendance at our dinner meetings and workshops. This year we were able to achieve those goals by expanding our collaboration with other AGA Chapters, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the University of Maryland (UMD). While we had to cancel our basketball outing, second UMD visit, and March – May Dinner Meetings, we had many accomplishments. Here are highlights from our 2019‐2020 program year:

  • July 2019 – PDT Habitat for Humanity Project Team and Sponsorship, New Orleans, LA

  • September 2019 – Dinner Meeting with Chidilim (Chi) Okonkwo, Director, NASA Financial Systems Office and raffle benefiting Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

  • September 2019 – Sponsored ACCA - DC Chapter Multicultural Celebration at the World Bank in Washington, DC

  • September 2019 – Community Service Event at Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, State of Justice Symposium

  • October 2019 – Young Professionals Social Hour at Denizen’s Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, MD

  • October 2019 – Dinner Meeting with Richard Virgile, USCG DHS Chief Actuary and raffle benefiting Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc.

  • November 2019 – Joint Dinner Meeting with the NOVA chapter featuring Steve Koons and Jessie Carpenter Partners, Cotton & Company and raffle benefiting Shepherd’s Table.

  • November 2019 – Collaborated and presented to the University of Maryland, Accounting and Business Association with AGA National President-Elect, Wendy Morton-Huddleston as guest speaker

  • November 2019 – Community Service Event, MPGC AGA Marched in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Silver Spring, MD (televised)

  • December 2019 – Winter Workshop with top Federal Financial Management professionals in government and private industry and donation benefiting the Mission of Love Charities

  • January 2020 – Dinner Meeting with Tracy Abdo, CPA, Senior U.S Government Accountability Office and raffle benefiting IMPACT Silver Spring

  • February 2020 – Community Service Event/Volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank Distribution Center in Washington, DC

  • February 2020 – Matt Dragonette, MPGC Board Member presented at the NLT Young Professionals Panel live session and webinar

  • February 2020 – Dinner Meeting with Douglas Glenn, CPA, Assistant Deputy Chief Financial Officer at DoD and raffle benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank

  • March 2020 – Obtained Becker COVID-19 CPE Package for MPGC AGA Members

  • March 2020 – Updated Chapter Bylaws

  • April 2020 – Conducted Chapter Support Campaign of Capital Area Food Bank for COVID-19 relief efforts

  • April 2020 – Virtual Membership Happy Hour

  • May 2020 – Spring Workshop Webinar (AGA/ACCA) with top Federal Financial Management professionals in government and private industry (over 500 registrants) and a donation benefiting the Mission of Love Charities and Manna Food Center

  • June 2020 – Awarded MPGC AGA Criticizes Centric Report (CCR) Scholarship to Morgan State University CCR Team ($2,000)

  • Conducted a CGFM Study Group with free study materials.

  • Acquired over 70 new members including e-students.

  • Offered monthly webinars to our members free throughout the program year

AGA National Recognition of the Montgomery/Prince George’s County Chapter

  • March 2020 – Certificate of Excellence for our 2018-2019 Citizen’s Centric Report (CCR)

  • June 2020 – Platinum Level Chapter for the 2019/2020 Program Year

  • June 2020 – AGA National 2020 Community Service Award Recipient

AGA National Recognition of the Montgomery/Prince George’s County Chapter Members

  • Andy Barr Award – Doreen Shute

  • Volunteer of the Year – Denise Reyes

We will celebrate our MPGC AGA Chapter award winners, members and sponsors in September 2020 for the 2019/2020 program year due to gathering restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This has been an extraordinary year! I am truly humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve alongside such an amazing group of professionals. Thank you to the MPGC AGA board members, sponsors, partners, members, and volunteers who made the chapter activities successful.

I have learned so much by this experience serving as your President. I am excited about the future of our chapter and know our chapter will continue to thrive in the 2020‐2021 program year under Mathew Wenzel’s leadership!


Freda Jackson, MSM, MBA, CICA, CGFM

Montgomery/Prince George’s County (MPGC) Chapter President