CCSD Financial Services Employee Recognitions
Please join us in congratulating Diana Eckles on her promotion to School Financial Specialist.
Please join us in congratulating Diana Eckles on her promotion to School Financial Specialist.
Posted: 12/5/2019

Please join us in congratulating Diana Eckles on her promotion to School Financial Specialist.

Diana joined Cobb County School District in 2014 as an ASP Bookkeeper. Most recently, Diana held the School Bookkeeper position at South Cobb High School.  Welcome to Local School Accounting and Internal Compliance, Diana!


Please welcome Tammi Rome to the Financial Services Department as the General Accountant in Accounting Services.
Please welcome Tammi Rome to the Financial Services Department as the General Accountant in Accounting Services.
Posted: 12/5/2019

Please welcome Tammi Rome to the Financial Services Department as the General Accountant in Accounting Services.  In her current position, she will primarily handle the accounting for most of the District’s federal grants.

Tammi grew up in Illinois and graduated with a degree in Accounting from University of Illinois and a Master in Finance from University of Northern Illinois.  She commenced working at the District as the Compton Elementary Bookkeeper before assuming her position in the District’s Title office.


Welcome Lisette Langford!
Welcome Lisette Langford!
Posted: 11/22/2019

Lisette is our new temporary support person in Financial Services. She is currently earning her Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and has experience in customer service and management.


Internal Compliance and LSA attend GASBO!
Internal Compliance and LSA attend GASBO!
Posted: 11/12/2019

Cathy Strudthoff-Brown, Suzanne Hatfield, Rochelle Gross, Sandy Heckman and Debbie Stinchcomb attended the 2019 Annual Georgia Association of School Business Officials, Inc. Conference (GASBO) held in Augusta, GA.  The theme this year was GASBO On My Mind.  They were also invited to attend the Annual GASBO Dinner hosted by Dale Alexander with Alexander & Company, the District’s employee benefits advisor.


Congratulations to Cindy Boyd on her announced retirement!
Congratulations to Cindy Boyd on her announced retirement!
Posted: 11/5/2019

Cindy Boyd, the Capital Projects/Accounts Payable Manager, is retiring December 1, 2019.  Cindy has been employed with the District for over 30 years and will definitely be missed!


Congratulations to Karen Pritchard on her announced retirement!
Congratulations to Karen Pritchard on her announced retirement!
Posted: 11/4/2019

Karen Pritchard, a School Financial Specialist for the Local School Accounting Department, is retiring December 1, 2019.  Karen has been employed with the District for 33 years and has been in Financial Services for 22 years.  Karen will definitely be missed!


Nancy Tolbert & Jeff Crimm Present at the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Conference
Nancy Tolbert & Jeff Crimm Present at the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Conference
Posted: 11/1/2019

Over the last weekend in October, Nancy Tolbert, Director of Financial Services Special Projects and Jeff Crimm, Financial Training Manager presented at the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) conference held in National Harbor, Maryland on the topic of “Implementing a Successful Financial Training Program for Non-Financial Employees”.


Congratulations to Shelly Polston Hall on her recent certification!
Congratulations to Shelly Polston Hall on her recent certification!
Posted: 10/29/2019

Congratulations to Shelly Polston Hall on her recent certification by completing a three-course financial management training program that focuses on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for state and local governments and financial reporting.    


Congratulations to Gina Wheeler!
Congratulations to Gina Wheeler!
Posted: 9/19/2019

Congratulations to Gina Wheeler for being voted the Classified Employee of the Year for the Financial Services Division!

Pictured L-R:  David Baker, Becky Beck, Gina Wheeler, Mandy Wissing, and Brad Johnson.


Please join us in welcoming Carmen Capps to the Financial Planning and Analysis Dept. in Financial Services!
Please join us in welcoming Carmen Capps to the Financial Planning and Analysis Dept. in Financial Services!
Posted: 8/29/2019

Please join us in welcoming Carmen Capps to the Financial Planning and Analysis Dept. in  Financial Services!

Carmen has over 20 years of public-school experience.  Her most recent position was with the Human Resources Department in the Compensation/Certification area.  She has been at both the school level and the administrative level in various capacities including technology, scheduling, budget, FTE and Human Resources. 


Please join us in Congratulating Denise Taliaferro on her promotion to Travel & Leave Payroll Representative.
Please join us in Congratulating Denise Taliaferro on her promotion to Travel & Leave Payroll Representative.
Posted: 8/21/2019

Please join us in congratulating Denise Taliaferro on her promotion to Travel & Leave Payroll Representative.  Denise has 12 years of experience with the Cobb County School District.  Most recently, Denise held the Lead Leave Benefits Representative in Human Resources.  Welcome to Payroll Services, Denise!


Please join us in congratulating Diana Cothran, Cindy Boyd, and Tim Conner for their many years of service.
Please join us in congratulating Diana Cothran, Cindy Boyd, and Tim Conner for their many years of service.
Posted: 8/12/2019

Please join us in congratulating Diana Cothran, Cindy Boyd, and Tim Conner for their many years of service.

Pictured (L-R):  Brad Johnson, CFO; Diana Cothran, Cash Specialist (20 years of service); Cindy Boyd, Capital Projects/Accounts Payable Manager (30 years of service); Tim Conner, Property Control Supervisor (20 years of service).


Please join us in Congratulating Darlene Teague on her promotion to School Financial Specialist
Please join us in Congratulating Darlene Teague on her promotion to School Financial Specialist
Posted: 8/6/2019

Darlene has over 13 years of experience with the District, including positions as Clerk at Allatoona High School and Paraprofessional at Lewis Elementary.  Most recently, Darlene held the School Bookkeeper position at Acworth Elementary.


Congratulations to our New Hire Bookkeepers!
Congratulations to our New Hire Bookkeepers!
Posted: 8/1/2019

Congratulations to our New Hire School Bookkeepers for SY 2020 on completion of their 6 day Financial Services training course. 

Pictured from L-R:  Brad Johnson, CFO, Kendra Horton - Chalker Elementary, Tammy Hayes - Bryant Elementary, Rene Boyd - Garrett Middle, Kathy Summers – Nickajack Elementary, Pamela Sewell - Dodgen Middle, Rhonda Walker-Oh Training Specialist


Please join us in Congratulating Kimberly Coonfield for being selected for the position of Payroll Manager
Please join us in Congratulating Kimberly Coonfield for being selected for the position of Payroll Manager
Posted: 6/8/2019

Kim has worked for the District for 14 years in many different positions and has been with the Payroll Department for 4 years.  We look forward to her continued success and contributions.”


Please join us in Congratulating Rochelle Gross on her promotion to Manager of Local School Accounting
Please join us in Congratulating Rochelle Gross on her promotion to Manager of Local School Accounting
Posted: 6/5/2019

Rochelle has over ten years of experience with the District, including positions as the Acworth Elementary School Bookkeeper and Lassiter High School Bookkeeper.  As the Internal Compliance Accountant, Rochelle has worked closely the last four years with Local School Accounting, ASP, Audit and Property Control. 


Congratulations to our CCSD Financial Services Accounting Department!
Congratulations to our CCSD Financial Services Accounting Department!
Posted: 5/20/2019

For the 38th consecutive year, our Accounting Department has earned both the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, and the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Pictured (L-R):

Front row- Colette Turner, Diana Cothran, Peggy McClure-Greenough, Tricia Crupi, Mandy Mattison, Diane Kalb, Dawn Vastola, Karen Meeks, Beth Atkinson, Shelly Polston, Jan Hendrix

Back row- David Banks, David Chastain, Jaha Howard, Charisse Davis, Chris Ragsdale, Randy Scamihorn, David Morgan, Brad Wheeler


Congratulations to Mary Waymire on receiving her B.S. degree in Accounting
Congratulations to Mary Waymire on receiving her B.S. degree in Accounting
Posted: 4/25/2019

Congratulations to Mary Waymire on receiving her B.S. degree in Accounting from Strayer University in March, 2019.

Pictured (L-R): Tom Marshall, Director of Accounts Payable & Capital Projects Accounting; Mary Waymire, Capital Projects/Accounts Payable Team Lead; Cindy Boyd, Capital Projects/Accounts Payable Manager


Congratulations to Gina Wheeler, Financial Services Classified Employee of the Year 2019-20
Congratulations to Gina Wheeler, Financial Services Classified Employee of the Year 2019-20
Posted: 4/22/2019

Congratulations to Gina Wheeler, Classified Employee of the Year 2019-20.  Pictured L-R, Becky Beck, Budget Manager; Gina Wheeler, Budget Coordinator; David Baker, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.


Congratulations to David Baker on being named Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
Congratulations to David Baker on being named Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
Posted: 4/16/2019

Please join us in congratulating David Baker for being selected for the position of Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.  David has worked in the Financial Services Division for many years and has performed at a high level. We look forward to his continued success and contributions to our Finance Team in future years.


Congratulations to Paige Smith on being appointed Director of Payroll Services
Congratulations to Paige Smith on being appointed Director of Payroll Services
Posted: 4/8/2019

Please join me in congratulating Paige Smith for being appointed for the position of Director of Payroll Services effective June 1st after Lisa Carter Leach retires.  Paige has worked in the Financial Services Division for many years and has performed at a high level. We look forward to her continued success and contributions to our Finance Team in future years.


Congratulations to Cathy Strudthoff Brown on being named Director of Local School Accounting Internal Compliance
Congratulations to Cathy Strudthoff Brown on being named Director of Local School Accounting Internal Compliance
Posted: 4/8/2019

Please join me in congratulating Cathy Strudthoff Brown for being selected for the position of Director of Local School Accounting and Internal Compliance.  Cathy has worked in the Financial Services Division for many years and has performed at a high level. We look forward to her continued success and contributions to our Finance Team in future years.


Congratulations to Lisa Carter Leach on her Announced Retirement
Congratulations to Lisa Carter Leach on her Announced Retirement
Posted: 3/7/2019

Lisa Carter Leach, Director of Payroll Services, is retiring June 1, 2019.  Lisa started with CCSD in 1990 and came to Payroll back in September, 2000.  She has enjoyed working in Financial Services and will miss all of her co-workers!


Welcome to Jana Hunt, Financial Services Newest Employee
Welcome to Jana Hunt, Financial Services Newest Employee
Posted: 3/7/2019

Please join us in welcoming Jana Hunt, Munis Administrator/Analyst, to the Financial Services Team!  Jana is a Project Management Professional who came to us from Northside Hospital where she worked as a Sr. Applications Analyst.  She brings with her over 14 years of experience in managing projects, systems and business analytics.  She’s going to be a valuable asset to our team as we move forward with the Munis ERP Implementation and ongoing Financial Services initiatives.


Munis Bookkeeper Process Testing

Munis Bookkeeper Process Testing

Front Row (L-R):  Sandy Heckman, Angie Coriell, Barbara Bates, Rochelle Gross, Laurie Habla, Mary McCarthy, Sarah Ramsden; Second Row (L-R):  Lyn Vermilya, Diana Eckles, Amy Nowatzki, Ana Conde Cueva, Nancy Breu, Cathy Strudthoff, Laura Hough, Jeanette Harrison;  Back Row (L-R):  Jeff Crimm, Helene Price Veal, Rhonda Walker, Sherry Seabolt, Karen Pritchard, Sindy Newcomer, Lorri Latif, Diane Osterfeld.

The Financial Services Division hosted a Munis Bookkeeper Process Testing Session during the recent Cobb County School District Winter Break.  The group consisted of 12 School Bookkeepers, the Local School Accounting Staff and representatives from the Procurement Department.  We’d like to extend a special thank you to all involved for your support of this District Wide initiative.  The feedback gained during the 3 days will be key in the development of the upcoming Munis Bookkeeper training sessions.  This was truly an example of the District’s Mission of One Team, One Goal, Student Success!


Financial Services Initiative Recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International.

Financial Services Initiative Recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International.

The Financial Services University Training intitiative was recently recognized in the January edition of School Business Affairs Magazine.  The magazine is published by the Association of School Business Officials International and provides an update on the progress and success of the Pinnacle Award Winning Financial Services University.

Click here to read the article.

Building Success Outside of the Box


Congratulations to the new Deputy Chief Financial Officer Mandy Wissing!

Congratulations to the new Deputy Chief Financial Officer Mandy Wissing!

Congratulations to Mandy Wissing for being selected for the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer.  Mandy has worked in the Financial Services Division for many years and has performed at a high level. We look forward to her continued success and contributions to our Finance Team in future years.


Welcome back, Sonja Waters!

Welcome back, Sonja Waters!

Welcome back, Sonja Waters!  Sonja started in our Payroll Dept. in December 2011. She then left CCSD briefly to work in the Marietta School System, but returned back to our Payroll Dept. early January 2019.

Welcome back, Sonja!!


Congratulations to Nancy Tolbert for her Recent Promotion!

Congratulations to Nancy Tolbert for her Recent Promotion!

Congratulations to Nancy Tolbert for her promotion to Director in the new Financial Services Special Projects Department.  Nancy has worked in the Financial Services Division for 5 years and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of many technology and financial related projects.  We look forward to continued success by striving to make our division the best financial services operation in the country.


Financial Services Presents at GASBO

Financial Services Presents at GASBO

Suzanne Hatfield, Rochelle Gross and Cathy Strudthoff (L-R) were invited to present at the Georgia Association of School Business Officials (GASBO) Conference in November 2018.  Their session titled “The Many Adventures in Local School Bookkeeping” provided the many daily adventures in Local School Bookkeeping with auditing local school activity accounts, training of School Bookkeepers, new and Aspiring Principals, managing online payments in student activity accounts at the local school level, overseeing the financial operations of After School Programs, and other pertinent topics for local school activity accounts.


Congratulations to Debbie Stinchcomb for 30 Years of Service

Congratulations to Debbie Stinchcomb for 30 Years of Service

The District’s Capital Projects Accounting/Accounts Payable Department pictured left to right:  Brad Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, Tom Marshall, Director, Debbie Stinchcomb, Accountant (recipient of 30 years recognition), Cindy Boyd, Manager.

Debbie was hired by the District in August 1988 as a paraprofessional at Compton ES. In 1989, she accepted a receptionist position for the Transportation Department where she worked for the next 10 years.  In 1999, Debbie joined the Financial Services Department by accepting a Clerical position with Capital Projects.  In 2001, she was promoted to Capital Projects Budget Technician, and then became a Capital Projects Specialist in 2004.  During Debbie’s time in the Capital Projects Department she was encouraged by her Manager, Bonnie Tedder, to advance her career by going back to college and completing her degree.  Debbie worked regular hours and went to Kennesaw State University at night and graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting in May 2012.    In May 2016, Debbie accepted her current position of Accountant for Capital Project Accounting and Accounts Payable.

Debbie, congratulations on your 30 years of service with the Cobb County School District.


Congratulations to Jane Smith on her Announced Retirement

Congratulations to Jane Smith on her Announced Retirement

Jane Smith, Representative with the CCSD Payroll Dept., has announced her retirement effective January 1, 2019.  Her last day with the District will be December 21, 2018.  Jane started her career with the Cobb County School District in March 1990 as a Clerk at Sedalia Park. She later moved into a bookkeeping position there until July 2008 when she moved to the CCSD Payroll Dept.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity working for Cobb. I will miss the daily responsibilities and the fellowship of our great department.” 

I know you will want to wish Jane well as she starts this new chapter in her life!


Return to Employee Recognitions
Please join us in congratulating Diana Eckles on her promotion to School Financial Specialist.

Please welcome Tammi Rome to the Financial Services Department as the General Accountant in Accounting Services.

Welcome Lisette Langford!

Internal Compliance and LSA attend GASBO!

Congratulations to Cindy Boyd on her announced retirement!

Congratulations to Karen Pritchard on her announced retirement!

Nancy Tolbert & Jeff Crimm Present at the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Conference

Congratulations to Shelly Polston Hall on her recent certification!

Congratulations to Gina Wheeler!

Please join us in welcoming Carmen Capps to the Financial Planning and Analysis Dept. in Financial Services!

Please join us in Congratulating Denise Taliaferro on her promotion to Travel & Leave Payroll Representative.

Please join us in congratulating Diana Cothran, Cindy Boyd, and Tim Conner for their many years of service.

Please join us in Congratulating Darlene Teague on her promotion to School Financial Specialist

Congratulations to our New Hire Bookkeepers!

Please join us in Congratulating Kimberly Coonfield for being selected for the position of Payroll Manager

Please join us in Congratulating Rochelle Gross on her promotion to Manager of Local School Accounting

Congratulations to our CCSD Financial Services Accounting Department!

Congratulations to Mary Waymire on receiving her B.S. degree in Accounting

Congratulations to Gina Wheeler, Financial Services Classified Employee of the Year 2019-20

Congratulations to David Baker on being named Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

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