Staff & Leadership 

NGMA Staff


Andrew S. Goldschmidt, CAE
Executive Director
Contact Andrew

Gail Remy
Senior Manager of
Membership & Chapters
Contact Gail

Chere Williams

Senior Manager
of Communications
Contact Chere

Kelli Klepic
Certification and Professional
Development Manager

Contact Kelli

Bo Inscho
Member Engagement Manager
Contact Bo

Lauren Souliotis

Marketing and Design Associate
Contact Lauren 

Rachael Swetnam
Director of Operations
Contact Rachael

Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Alyssa Haugen
State of Minnesota
Contact Alyssa

Tiffany Winters Kesslar, Esq.

Vice President
Brustein & Manasevit
Contact Tiffany

Eric Russell,
Crowe LLP
Contact Eric

Kerry Neal, Esq.
Director for the Office of Grants and Agreements, Department of the Interior
Contact Kerry

Melanie Wade, CGMS
Member-at-Large (ex-officio)
The International Association
of Chiefs of Police, Inc
Contact Melanie

Board Directors

Maria Howeth, CGMS

Director of Project Support
The Chickasaw Nation

Scott Sheffler, Esq.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Benjamin Kofi Quansah,
Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard
Certified Graduate

Grants & Financial Management Specialist
Independent Consultant

Cynthia Branch, CGMS

Manager Planning and Operations
American Medical Association

Kimberly S. Butler
SBA Director
Office of Grants Management
US Small Business Administration


Carol Kraus, CGMS
Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit,
Governor's Office of Management and Budget, Illinois

Board Committees

Board Program Evaluation Committee  Board Governance Committee  Board Finance Committee

Board Program Evaluation Committee

Overall Role - The Program Evaluation Committee is responsible for advising the Executive Director and acting as a
sounding board for existing and proposed programs.

Responsibilities - The specific responsibilities of the Program Evaluation Committee include:

  • Program Development
    • Providing advice and feedback on new/proposed programs to the Executive Director.
    • Reviewing annually the programmatic needs of the organization with the Executive Director for future planning purposes.
  • Program Quality
    • Providing advice and feedback on existing programs at the request of the Executive Director.
    • Reviewing annual program evaluations and satisfaction surveys and providing feedback to the Executive Director. These reviews of the surveys would provide the background for any advice and feedback to the Executive Director. This may be in summary form with detailed information being requested from the Executive Director as deemed necessary for better understanding of the program and its particulars.
    • Discussing with the Executive Director recommendations regarding program and service changes based on the evaluations and the changing needs of the organization.
  • The role of the committee is to provide advice and feedback to the Executive Director, not to design the specific programs. Program design and execution will be carried out by the Executive Director and the NGMA staff with no direct intervention from the committee.

Meetings - The Committee will have interaction for the purpose of carrying out the goals and objectives
established by the committee. Meetings will comprise at a minimum:

  • Quarterly conference calls; and
  • Communication via telephone conferencing, email, or other arrangements agreed upon by committee members.

Meetings may also be convened at the request of the Executive Director to the Committee Chair when the Executive Director is looking for additional feedback and advice.


Cynthia Branch, CGMS, Committee Co-Chair
Maria Howeth, CGMS, Committee Co-Chair
Benjamin Kofi Quansah, CGMS, Committee Member
Carol Kraus, CGMS, Committee Member
Eric Russell, CGMS Committee Member
Melanie Wade, CGMS, Committee Member
Andrew Goldschmidt, Committee Member (ex-officio)

Board Governance Committee

Governance Committee Charter

Overall Role
- Responsible for the structure, health and continuing functioning of the NGMA Board of Directors
and for maintaining the Board and staff relationship.

- The specific responsibilities of the Governance Committee include:

  • Board Appointments
    • Ensure the Board reflects the needs of membership served and provides talents needed to accomplish the strategic plan. To do this, the committee may:
      • Develop and recommend to the Board a statement of the experience and competencies currently needed on the Board, to be used as a guideline for recruitment and election of Board members.
      • Creation of qualifications to run as a Board Director and/or Executive Officer.
      • Evaluate the performance of individual Board members.
      • Succession planning as needed for Officer or key Board positions.
  • Board Development
    • Recommend policies and processes designed to provide for effective and efficient governance, including but not limited to policies for:
      • Evaluation of the Board.
      • Election and re-election of Board members.
      • Board orientation and education.
      • Succession planning for the Board chair and other Board leaders.
  • Board Governance
    • Establish Board meeting frequency, communication standards and types of meetings required to meet annual objectives.
    • Propose new tools, such as consent agendas and issue briefs, to improve Board efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Review and recommend a position description detailing responsibilities of and expectations for Board members and the President.
    • Review the Association’s Bylaws at least annually and recommend necessary changes.
    • Develop templates for and review all Board Standing Committee charters and action plans annually for consistency and alignment with the strategic plan.
    • Advise on plans or needs for Board member education, including new Board member orientation, continuing education of Board members, and an annual Board retreat.
    • Establish and oversee a Board self-assessment and improvement process.
  • Board and Staff Relationship
    • Ensure regular updates and communication between Executive Director, Governance Committee and entire Board regarding progress toward organization priorities.
    • Consult and provide guidance to Executive Director on establishment of organization’s operating policies and procedures.
    • Create and review guidelines for Board/staff contact to ensure open communication and awareness of key activities.
    • Ensure escalation policies and procedures are in place to receive and address concerns from staff, Executive Director or Board members.

Meetings- The Governance Committee meets at least four times a year or when necessary at the call of the
committee chair. Meetings occur via telephone and members carry out individual assignments with
communication to the committee chair at least one week prior to the next meeting.


Alyssa Haugen, Committee Chair
Tiffany Kesslar, Committee Member
Eric Russell, CGMS, Committee Member
Scott Sheffler, Committee Member
Andrew Goldschmidt, Committee Member (ex-officio)

Board Finance Committee

Overall Role
- The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting the Board in ensuring the organization is in
good fiscal health.

Responsibilities - The specific responsibilities of the Finance Committee include:

  • Ensuring that accurate and complete financial records are maintained
    • Monitoring income and expenditures against projections.
    • Reviewing and recommending financial policies to the Board, including ensuring adequate internal controls and maintaining financial records in accordance with standard accounting practices.
  • Ensuring that accurate, timely, and meaningful financial statements are prepared and presented to the Board
    • Presenting financial statements at each Board meeting as deemed appropriate.
  • Overseeing budget preparation and financial planning
    • Proposing for Board approval a budget that reflects the organization’s goals and board policies.
    • Ensuring that the budget accurately reflects the needs, expenses, and revenue of the organization.
  • Safeguarding the organization’s assets
    • Reviewing proposed new funding for ongoing financial implications, recommending approval or disapproval to the Board.
    • Ensuring that the organization has the proper risk-management provisions in place.
  • Helping the Board understand the organization’s financial affairs
    • Ensuring that the Board is well informed about the Association’s finances.
    • Educating the Board about financial matters.
  • Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and other requirements related to the Association’s finances
    • Ensuring that the Association maintains adequate insurance coverage.
    • Ensuring that the IRS Form 990, other forms, and employment and other taxes required by government are filed completely, correctly, and on time.
Meetings - The Committee will have interaction for the purpose of carrying out the goals and objectives established by the committee. Meetings will comprise at a minimum:
  • Quarterly conference calls; and
  • Communication via telephone conferencing, email, or other arrangements agreed upon by committee members.


Kerry Neal, Committee Chair
Eric Russell, CGMS, Committee Member
Melanie Wade, CGMS, Committee Member
Andrew Goldschmidt, Committee Member (ex-officio)