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ASBO Awards Annual Meeting Scholarships to Emerging School Business Leaders

Reston, VA – July 18, 2017 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by U.S. Communities, awards school business managers who have fewer than five years’ experience with $2,000 to attend ASBO International’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

ASBO International’s Annual Meeting is the premier professional development event for school business officials. The conference provides attendees education sessions, workshops, and seminars on school business issues and offers invaluable networking opportunities. The 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo will take place September 22–25, in Denver, Colorado.

“The Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship opens the path for district officials who are seeking professional development and a network of mentors to guide them in their careers,” says ASBO International Executive Director John Musso. “At a time when school systems struggle to invest in professional development, we are grateful to U.S. Communities for helping us provide an award program that recognizes and develops new professionals into effective district leaders.”

“U.S. Communities is honored to sponsor such an important program,” Kevin Juhring, executive director of U.S. Communities, says. “Supporting the professional development of new school business leaders helps elevate the entire profession and we look forward to welcoming the latest group of scholarship recipients at the ASBO conference.”

Congratulations to this year’s Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship recipients:

Kimberly A. Aguiar, Assistant Business Manager, Bristol Warren Regional School District, Bristol, RI

Karri Burgess, Maintenance Buyer, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO

Marshall C. Crutcher, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Mehlville School District, Maryland Heights, MO

Richard M. Daybell, MPA, SFO, Business Manager, Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, Richford, VT

Lynette K. Edwards, CSRM, Business Manager, Clintonville School District, Clintonville, WI

Jordan J. Ely, Director of Finance, Ashland School District 5, Ashland, OR

Lindsay Joerns, Business Director, Elcho School District, Elcho, WI

Kent Kindschy, MS, EDS, Superintendent, Turtle Lake School District, Turtle Lake, WI

Leanne Martin, Assistant Director of Business Affairs, Northern Lebanon School District, Fredericksburg, PA

Christopher J. May, CFO, Financial Specialist, Michigan Department of Education, Jackson, MI

Dana J. Miller, Budget Director, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO

Tracey Moerer, Board Clerk, Burlington Unified School District 244, Burlington, KS

Tyler Moore, Accounting Coordinator, Madison School District, Phoenix, AZ

Kristen Nickelatti, Comptroller, Greendale School District, Wauwatosa, WI

Trisha D. Schock, CHC, MBA, External Fiscal Director, North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee, WA

Stacy D. Stair, CPP, MBA, Accountant, Pleasant Valley School District, Brodheadsville, PA

Jeremy Struss, Director of Business, Swallow School District, Hartland, WI

Valerie Varhalla, MBA, CSBO, Comptroller, Barrington Community Unit School District, Barrington, IL

Learn more about ASBO International’s Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship at and the Annual Meeting & Expo at

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About U.S. Communities
ASBO is a proud co-founder of U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance—the leading national purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services for schools. By aggregating the nationwide purchasing power of public agencies and education institutions, U.S. Communities provides school solutions through a broad line of competitively solicited contracts. U.S. Communities suppliers have committed to providing their lowest overall public agency pricing as well as delivering comprehensive solutions and value-added services. Learn more at