2019 Conference Speakers 

Andrew L. Armagost, PhD

Research and Advocacy Manager
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

Co-Presenting: The Business of Benchmarking

Dr. Andrew Armagost is an experienced leader in education law, school finance and public policy with expertise in financial and quantitative analysis; legal research; drafting legislation; and policy development and review. He currently serves as the Research and Advocacy Manager at the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and previously served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Education Committee in the Senate of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Armagost’s role at PASBO links together professional development, research, and advocacy efforts on behalf of PASBO’s members. Dubbed the “king of spreadsheets”, his research aims to innovate analysis for a vast array of school finance data and law. Serving as staff in the Senate of Pennsylvania, Dr. Armagost worked with members of the Education Committee in drafting legislation and developing and analyzing state education policy.


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Amanda J. Bernard, CPA, CFE, CMA

Principal
Maillie LLP

Presenting: Data Analytics

Amanda is a Principal in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP. She has over thirteen years of professional work experience with Maillie LLP, including audit, taxation and advisory services for a wide range of clients in the manufacturing, service and construction industries, as well as homeowner's associations, not-for-profit organizations and local governmental agencies. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, Amanda also performs forensic investigations and related work.

When not servicing her clients, Amanda participates in the firm’s quality control review process and assists with staff training. Amanda also uses her analytical and computer skills to promote the firm’s usage of data extraction and analysis software as an audit tool.


Daniel Bradley, CPA

Principal 
Young, Oakes, Brown & Company, P.C.

Presenting: The New Yellow Book Standards

Daniel W. Bradley, CPA, is a principal with the regional certified public accounting firm of Young, Oakes, Brown & Co. P.C. He has extensive experience in performing audits of for-profit as well as governmental and not-for-profit organizations subject to the requirements of Government Auditing Standards.
Bradley authors educational seminars and course books required by Certified Public Accountants to meet their continuing professional education license renewal requirements. He is the co-author of highly-rated continuing professional education materials that are presently utilized on a national basis and has authored several course books.

Matthew Malinowski Lentz

Business Manager/Board Secretary
Upper Moreland School District

Presenting: Legislative Update

Matthew Malinowski Lentz is the Business Manager/Board Secretary for the Upper Moreland School District. In this role he oversees facilities, capital planning, budget, finances, transportation, technology and food service.  Mr. Lentz holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered School Business Administrator with the Association of School Business Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.  In 2007, Mr. Lentz completed the Advanced Governmental Finance Institute through the University of Wisconsin Madison and the Government Finance Officers Association.
 
Currently in his sixteenth year as a school business administrator, Mr. Lentz has worked with both urban and suburban school districts representing an array of economic and demographic settings.  Mr. Lentz is a past member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Administrators (PASBO).  He currently serves on both the Accounting and Human Resource Committees for PASBO and as a chair for the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).  He is the Author of The Mystery in School Finances: Discovering Answers in Community-Based Budgeting and is a frequent presenter for both ASBO and PASBO.


Susan McCrone

Chief
Pennsylvania Department of Education,
Division of Federal Programs

Co-Presenting: Pennsylvania 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 the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. After college, 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.

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David L. Nester, CPA

Business Administrator
Pottsgrove School District

Co-Presenting: Peer Review for Employee Benefit Plan Auditors

Mr. Nester has served as the Business Administrator for Pottsgrove School District for 15 years. Prior to joining the District, he was a shareholder of Dreslin and Company, Inc., a local CPA firm with offices in East Norriton and West Chester. He was shareholder in charge of the firm’s governmental and non-profit
audit practice. David graduated with honors from Kutztown State University. In addition to his membership in the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), he is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

David has served as Chairman of the PICPA Local Government Accounting and Auditing Committee and currently serves on the PASBO Accounting Committee. He has spoken on a variety of topics for these organizations. David has also served his community in a number of volunteer capacities including Vice Chair of Home Healthcare Management, Chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vacinity, Pottstown PAL, Treasurer of the Pottsgrove Educational Foundation, Relay for Life of Pottstown, and the SteelRiver Playhouse.

 



Timothy J. Shrom, PhD, PCSBA

Director of Research
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

Co-Presenting: The Business of Benchmarking

Timothy (Tim) J. Shrom presently serves as director of research for the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), Harrisburg, PA. He was actively involved as a member of PASBO while he served 35 years as the business manager/CFO at the Solanco School District in Quarryville, PA.
Dr. Shrom holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Elizabethtown College, a Masters and PhD in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University (PSU), where he has also done graduate work in their MBA program. His areas of specialty / focus are school finance, health care, and related public policy.

He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), and represented the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOI) as a member of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School Facilities Task Force.

He has presented, authored or co-authored numerous school finance studies with the most recent release issued by Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics (Temple CORP) in cooperation with the William Penn Foundation. 

 


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Christopher M. Turtell, CPA C. O’Brien, JD

Partner 
Accounting and Auditing Services, Herbein + Company, Inc.

Co- Presenting: Peer Review for Employee Benefit Plan Auditors

Christopher M. Turtell, CPA is a Partner who joined Herbein in 2002.  He began his career in the Audit department at Herbein + Company, Inc. upon graduating from Elizabethtown College.
As a Partner in the Accounting and Auditing Department, he is responsible for leading audit engagements with a specialty in local governments including compliance with Uniform Grant Guidance requirements.

Chris is a frequent speaker at the PICPA School District and Local Government Conferences as well as the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials annual conference. He also helps develop and present in-house and client seminars on emerging industry issues and best practices. Additionally, Chris is heavily involved in the firms quality control process for internal inspections and peer reviews.

Chris and his wife have watched a baseball game in 18 different major league stadiums on a quest to see them all.  In July of 2008, they welcomed their first child Branden Robert, and in November of 2010 they welcomed their second child Andrew Michael.

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Matthew S. Wildasin, CPA

Principal
Boyer & Ritter LLC

Co- Presenting: Pennsylvania Department of Education Update 

Matt is a principal in B&R’s Camp Hill office. He is a member of B&R’s Construction, Manufacturing and Distribution, Government Services, and Internal Audit Groups. He has over 16 years of experience providing auditing, accounting and consulting services for closely held companies and public sector entities.

Matt lectures at numerous seminars for in-house professionals, clients, and business organizations. Seminar topics include GAAP and GAAS updates. Matt has conducted compliance audit trainings for a variety of groups sponsored by the PICPA.

As chair of the personnel committee, Matt has oversight for developing programs and training materials for all team members. He is also a member of B&R’s Marketing Committee.


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Anthony W. Rapp, CPA, CFE, CGMA

Manager
Maillie LLP

Presenting: The Ins and Outs of Auditing Investments

Anthony is a Manager in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP. He has extensive experience working with local municipalities and school districts. As a Certified Fraud Examiner Anthony is able to provide a specialized level of expertise to our government clients. Anthony also provides forensic accounting services to public and private clients. Anthony is a continuing education instructor for the firm in these areas.