:: Board Of Directors


President - Stefanie Niemela
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Stefanie Niemela is currently the Comptroller for the Department of Early Learning. She is a graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a Bachelor’s in Managerial Accounting and will graduate from Chapman University in March with a Master’s in Business Administration and Certification in Public/Non Profit Leadership.

Stefanie has served as the Accounting Manager for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a State Financial Consultant for the Office of Financial Management, and started her career with the state at the Department of Transportation where she worked for 8 ½ years.

President Elect - Vacant
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This position is currently vacant. If you are interested in serving on the AGA-Olympia board, please email webmaster@aga-olympia.org or contact another board member.
Immediate Past President - Cindy Kay
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Cindy Kay is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Washington since 1995. Cindy graduated from Saint Martin’s University with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She previously held positions as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Securitizations of a publicly traded specialty finance company as well as Controller and Vice President of Accounting of community banks located in the Pacific Northwest. She recently joined the state in 2009 as the Financial Systems Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Ms. Kay also serves as an Executive Board Member for the Financial Management Advisory Council “FMAC” since 2009.
Treasurer - Kendra Thomas
E-mail thke235@lni.wa.gov


Kendra Thomas has served within the Office of Internal Audit at the Department of Labor and Industries since August 2014. Prior to that, she worked at the Washington State Auditor's Office as an Assistant Audit Manager and an Assistant State Auditor for over six years. Kendra is a graduate of Saint Martin's University with a Bachelor's in Accounting and Criminal Justice.
Secretary - Heidi Algiere
E-mail heidi.algiere@ofm.wa.gov


Heidi Algiere is a Senior Financial Consultant with the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM), starting with OFM in February 2013. Before transferring to OFM, she was an Assistant State Auditor with the Washington State Auditor’s Office for 10 years. She briefly left the Auditor’s Office in 2005 to work at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance as their Senior Accountant, returning to SAO in 2006. Prior to working for the State, Heidi worked in the banking field for 12 1/2 years and held various positions with a publicly traded specialty finance company. Heidi is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with an emphasis in finance. Heidi was selected in January 2011 to participate as a team member in the National State Auditors Association peer review for the Oklahoma Office of the State Auditor.
CGFM - Bill Ford
E-mail bill-and-anne@comcast.net


Bill served as the Assistant Secretary for Administrative Operations for the Washington State Department of Transportation from July 2005 through June 2011. Previously, he was the Budget Director for WSDOT for seven years. Prior to joining WSDOT in 1997, Bill spent 27 years with the Washington State Patrol, 12 years as a trooper on Snoqualmie Pass, three years in WSP Research and Development, and 12 years as Patrol’s Chief Financial Officer. He graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree. He followed this up with a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He was awarded his CGFM certificate from the AGA on June 1, 1995. Bill is also a Governor’s Distinguished Manager Award recipient. He is responsible for the following WSDOT areas: Office of Information Technology, Accounting & Financial Services, Administrative Services, Internal Audit, Office of Human Resources, and the Enterprise Risk Management Office. Bill retired July 1, 2011.
Membership Chair - Bret Brodersen
E-mail bbrodersen@cityofcentralia.com


Bret Brodersen is currently the Finance Director for the City of Centralia Washington. He is a graduate from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a graduate from Brandman University (Chapman System) with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Bret previously has served as a State Financial Consultant for the Office of Financial Management for 10 years and for six years worked for the Department of Revenue.

Scholarship & Early Career Chair - Scott Sevall
E-mail scott.sevall@utc.wa.gov


Scott Sevall is a Regulatory Analyst for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Prior to that he was a Fiscal Analyst at the Department of Ecology and spent 6 years in the US Navy. Scott graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus in Accounting.
Community Service - Sandra Starnes
E-mail sandra@pgst.nsn.us


Sandra has served as Children & Family Services Financial Manger for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe since 2002. Sandra is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Accounting.
Webmaster/Communications - Ann LaRue
E-mail webmaster@aga-olympia.org


Ann graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with both a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). She is licensed in Washington State as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ann has worked for Washington State since 2001. Ann joined the AGA – Olympia Chapter in 2007. She served as the Membership Chair for 7 years and is currently serving as the webmaster.
Education Chair - Denise Nguyen
E-mail dnguyen@sbctc.edu


Denise Nguyen is currently the Accounting & Reporting Associate Director for the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. Prior to that, she was an Assistant State Auditor for the State Auditor’s Office for eight years. She graduated from the University of Portland with a major in Accounting.