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Finance Roundtable


The Finance Roundtable is an invited focus group that meets approximately three times during the school year to discuss issues related to school finance. The Roundtable is not advisory but rather serves as a sounding board providing valuable insights into school finance issues or potential issues. Members are invited by the Bureau of Finance, Facilities, Operation, and Transportation Services. Members come from the Department of Education, Department of Management, Legislative Services Agency, State Auditor's Office, Iowa Association of School Business Officials, Iowa State Education Association, Iowa School Board Association, Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium, Iowa School Business Management Academy, auditing firms, school financial service firms, school districts, and area education agencies. Although individual members are invited from various organizations and backgrounds, members represent only their own personal viewpoints in a collegial setting.


The Finance Roundtable meets on the fourth Wednesday in October, January, and April. For meeting details, see Iowa Department of Education Calendar.


  • Earl Whipple, Division Administrator, Department of Education
  • Kassandra Cline, Bureau Chief, Department of Education
  • Tom Anderson, School Business Official, Muscatine Community School District
  • Kate Baldwin, School Business Official, Norwalk Community School District
  • Donna Beerman, School Business Official, West Des Moines Community School District
  • Tim Bloom, School Business Official, Newton Community School District
  • Nancy Blow, Iowa Association of School Business Officials
  • Pam Bormann, State Auditor's Office
  • Margaret Buckton, Iowa School Finance Information Services
  • Johna Clancy, School Business Official, Indianola Community School District
  • Randy Collins, Superintendent, ;Akron-Westfield, Lawton-Bronson and Whiting Community School Districts
  • Jim Donoghue, Education Program Consultant, Department of Education
  • Scott Dryer, Education Program Consultant, Department of Education
  • Melissa Fettkether, School Business Official, Postville Community School District
  • Denelle Gonnerman, School Business Official, Cedar Falls Community School District
  • Dennis Gourley, School Business Official, Great Prairie Area Education Agency
  • Mike Guanci, Legislative Services Agency
  • Craig Hansel, School Business Management Academy, Iowa State University
  • Pat Heiderscheit, Administrator, Keystone AEA
  • Darla Hetzel, School Business Official, East Mills Community School Districts
  • Kim Huckstadt, Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa
  • Nancy Janssen, Nolte Cornman & Johnson, CPAs, P.C.
  • Michael Kalvig, School Business Official, Central Rivers AEA
  • Kevin Kelleher, School Business Official, Dubuque Community School District
  • Rachel Kruse, Education Program Consultant, Department of Education
  • Gene Lawson, Grant Wood / Vista Iowa
  • John Lee, Education Program Consultant, Department of Education
  • Darwin Lehmann, Superintendent, Forest City Community School District
  • Jane Lindaman, Superintendent, Waterloo Community School District
  • Jan Miller-Hook, School Business Official, Johnston Community School District
  • Paulette Newbold, School Business Official, Marshalltown Community School District
  • John Parker, Department of Management
  • Trudy Pedersen, School Business Official, Storm Lake Community School District
  • Bill Roederer, Education Program Consultant, Department of Education
  • Patti Schroeder, Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Larry Sigel, Iowa School Finance Information Services
  • Shawn Snyder, Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Jon Studer, Iowa State Education Association
  • Shona Trudo, School Business Official, Van Meter Community School District
  • Chad Vink, School Business Official, Oskaloosa Community School District
  • David Wilkerson, School Administrators of Iowa