2020 Speakers: Pennsylvania School District Conference Webcast


Bubness, Matt

Matt Bubness

Senior Manager, Research and Consulting Center
Government Finance Officers Association

Presenting: Strategies to Deal with Financial Impact of COVID-19 on School Districts

Matt Bubness is a Senior Manager with the Research and Consulting Center at the Government Finance Officers Association. Currently, Matt leads the outreach efforts related to the best practices in budgeting for school districts and community colleges that are a part of GFOA's new awards centered on budget process improvements. Matt also staffs GFOA's Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy and leads consulting engagements related to process improvements. Prior to joining GFOA, Matt worked for Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago. Matt served most recently as the operations and finance director for all special education programming at CPS and previously held roles in operating and capital budgeting and revenue forecasting. In addition to his local government experience, Matt worked in the municipal bond field, including credit rating analysis and structuring bond issuances. Matt holds a B.S. in Public Affairs and Masters in Public Administration, both from Indiana University Bloomington.

Diasio, Edward

Edward A. Diasio, Esq.

Wisler Pearlstine LLP

Presenting: Alternate Funding for Schools – More than Property Taxes

Edward Diasio is an associate in Wisler Pearlstine’s education law practice group. Edward represents public school districts and other educational entities on a wide range of general school law matters involving topics such as board governance; policy development; student rights, responsibilities, and discipline; residency disputes; the use of technology, social media, and application software in a school setting; contract development and review; and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Edward is passionate about his work and opportunities to support and advocate for students and public education at both the local and state level. He prioritizes and values building strong professional relationships with his clients and understanding their individualized goals and desired outcomes. Edward believes that this approach to the practice of law is critical to being an effective advocate and achieving success as his clients define it.

Edward is a former member of the North Penn Board of School Directors. In that role, he served as chair of the finance committee and was selected by board colleagues to represent North Penn on the joint operating committee of the North Montco Technical Career Center and on the board of directors of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Serving in these capacities afforded Edward a unique opportunity to develop additional insight on matters involving public education and enhance his ability to advocate and achieve success for his clients.

Kavanaugh, Shayne

Shayne Kavanagh

Senior Manager, Research
Government Finance Officers Association

Presenting: Strategies to Deal with Financial Impact of COVID-19 on School Districts

Shayne is the Senior Manager of Research for GFOA and has been a leader in developing the practice and technique of long-term financial planning and policies for local government. He started GFOA's long-term financial planning and policy consulting offering in 2002 and has been working with governments on financial planning and policies ever since. Shayne has worked with many governments of different sizes and types on financial planning and policies across the United States and Canada.

Shayne's financial planning experience also drives his research at GFOA. He is the author of a number of influential publications on financial planning, including:
• The leading and highly regarded book about long-term financial planning in local government, Financing the Future.
• Financial Policies: Design and Implementation, GFOA's flagship publication on the topic.
• Informed Decision-Making through Forecasting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Revenue Analysis
• Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities, GFOA’s latest and most complete guidance for how to achieve and maintain the financial health of local governments.
• A number of articles on long-term financial planning, financial policies, budget reform, using technology to improve efficiency, and other related topics for magazines including Government Finance Review, Public Management, School Business Affairs, and Public CIO.

Prior to joining GFOA, Shayne was the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Palos Park, Illinois, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of financial management operations, including budgeting, utility billing, payroll, and accounting. He received his MPA degree from Northern Illinois University.

Kowalczyk, Jeff

Jeff Kowalczyk

Audit Partner
Barbacane Thornton & Company 

Co-Presenting: GASB Update 

Jeff Kowalczyk is a partner specializing in serving governmental and not-for-profit organizations. He has served as a speaker for various state and local conferences, and has over 10 years of auditing experience providing quality services to clients in the industries he serves. Jeff is currently certified in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and is a member of both the PICPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition to his CPA licensure, Jeff is a certified fraud examiner and certified government accounting professional. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his master’s in business administration from West Chester University.

Susan McCrone

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs

Presenting: Department of Education Update

Susan McCrone has been with the Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs, since May 2005 in multiple capacities. Susan began her career here as regional coordinator of federal programs, and then she became the state consolidated review manager and worked with the School District of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Susan has been the chief of federal programs since the spring of 2012. Prior to going to the Department of Education, Susan attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and obtained a bachelor of science in elementary education. Susan was hired by the West Perry School District, where she taught elementary school for two years and seventh grade geography for three years. After time spent teaching, Susan applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was hired by the Division of Federal Programs, where her career in education continues today.

Nugent, Tim

Timothy J. Nugent, FSA, EA, MAAA 

Consulting Actuary

Co-Presenting: Understanding the Auditor’s Responsibility Related to Actuarial Reports

Tim Nugent is experienced in the actuarial valuation of pension and welfare benefits, serving both public and private sector clients. Client assignments include actuarial valuations for minimum funding and employer accounting under ERISA, FASB, and GASB standards; cost studies and legislative impacts (including multiyear projections); and government filings. He also serves clients with post-retirement benefit plans by performing valuations to comply with FASB ASC Topic 715 and GASB 25, 27, and 45 standards.

Tim has experience in developing stochastic and deterministic cost-projection models for private and public sector clients to determine future funding levels and the cost of proposed plan changes. He has experience in performing audits for pension plans, including analysis of data, actuarial procedures, and assumptions.

Porter, Scott

Scott F. Porter, FSA, EA, MAAA 

Principal, Consulting Actuary

Co-Presenting: Understanding the Auditor’s Responsibility Related to Actuarial Reports

Scott Porter serves both public and private sector clients regarding their defined benefit pension and retiree medical plans. Client assignments include actuarial valuations, cost studies, and accounting valuations under GASB statements 67, 68, 74, and 75, and FASB codification ASC Topic 715, and government filings.

He has developed cost projection models for private and public sector clients to determine future funding levels and the cost of proposed plan changes, as well as GASB 67 and 74 depletion date calculations. He has assisted clients in collective bargaining, testifying to legislative bodies, and implementing plan changes.

Scott has consulted for several governmental entities with unique funding strategies, including rate collars, phase-in strategies, and dedicated revenue, such as from lottery enterprise and sales tax, to assist with funding and financial reporting of pension plans. He also has experience in performing actuarial audits for pension plans, including analysis of data, actuarial procedures, and assumptions. Scott is a contributing member to Milliman’s public sector strategic planning group and Milliman’s pension and health experts group. Scott serves on the Society of Actuaries Retirement Plans Experience Committee.

Thompson, Megan

Megan N. Thompson

Herbein + Company

Co-Presenting: Uniform Grant Guidance – Are You Prepared?

Megan N. Thompson, CPA, began her accounting career with Herbein in 2009, focusing mainly on government clients. Megan is now a manager in the accounting and audit department, specializing in the government industry and working with municipality and school district clients. By focusing on clients who are subject to standards from the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Megan is able to assist with implementation of new standards and provide consultation on efficiencies and best practices. As a manager, Megan is responsible for all aspects of the engagement, including planning, preparation and review of audit procedures, and financial statements.

Megan is member of the PICPA and AICPA. She is actively involved in PICPA's Reading Chapter Schools and Colleges Committee, where she previously served as chair. Megan enjoys presenting at various internal trainings within the firm, specifically geared toward updates and changes to standards related to governmental accounting. Megan is also a member of the firm’s Herbein Hero’s Committee.

Outside of work, Megan is actively involved in the children’s programs at her church, and she has two young boys who keep her busy.