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Professional Lecture Series (PLS)

The Professional Lecture Series Presentations provide experts in their field to provide insight into government activities in accounting, auditing, budgeting, general government, leadership, and management in state or local government. These speakers are well qualified to provide political insight, commentary, or details on programs, program expansions, or program eliminations that will assist you in focusing on your work and maintaining a valid perspective on the current governmental values and culture within which you and your agency or department must exist.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - PLS

Data Security Summit

The Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Information Technology Services, and Legislative Post Audit combine at this event to provide you an overview on data security; what you need to know, what you need to keep secure, what liability you have if you fail in that effort, and what policies or procedures you can
employ to ensure you correctly follow the state guidelines. Please notify your IT and computer staff of this opportunity!

Click here to register for the summit: Register for Data Security Summit

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Registration: 11:30 am
Lunch is included.
Location: Florentine Room, Jayhawk Tower, 700 SW Jackson St, Topeka, 66603
Cost: $20 for AGA members and $40 for non-members
CPE: 3 credits
End time: 2:40 pm

Adrian Serene - Assistant Attorney General

Adrian SereneAdrian Serene is an Assistant Attorney General working in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Serene regularly represents the attorney general's office in civil and criminal prosecutions across the State of Kansas. Specifically, Serene files civil actions related to the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and criminal prosecutions related to financial crimes such as theft and mistreatment of a dependant adult. He is active in the Topeka community and lives in Topeka, Kansas with his wife and two children.

John Byers - Chief Information Security Officer

John ByersJohn Byers is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of Information Technology Services. John is responsible for the development and oversight of the State Information Security programs, and brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience.

 

Justin Stowe - Deputy Director, Legislative Post Audit

Justin StoweJustin graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in political science and a Master’s in public administration. Immediately following his graduation from K-State’s MPA program he went to work for the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit and has been there for the past seven years.

In his role as Deputy, Justin currently develops audit requests Kansas legislators and legislative committees, oversees the division’s IT and internal security functions, and manages several audit teams. As the division’s IT Security Audit Team Manager, Justin helps develop and administer the LPA IT audit plan and processes, and edits the LPA's confidential audit reports.

Click here to register for the summit: Register for Data Security Summit

December 5, 2014: Annual Holiday Celebration and Toys for Tots Fundraiser

Happy HolidaysHAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The AGA Topeka Chapter invites you to our annual Holiday Celebration.

Date: December 5th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Reynolds Lodge at Lake Shawnee

Food, drink, and holiday music will be provided. AGA requests that attendees provide a $5.00 donation to Toys for Tots.

Click to RSVP to: Brandi Baer by December 1st with the number of people included in your party. Please bring your spouse or significant other, potential future members, colleagues, and working associates.

The Topeka AGA Loose Change program for November 2014 through January 2015 will also be collecting funds for the Toys for Tots program.

October 25, 2014: The Race Against Breast Cancer (RABC)

2014 RABCOn October 25, 2014 the Topeka AGA sponsored a team of six members for the 23rd annual 5K Run/Walk event.  

Our team members were Nickie Roberts, Marie Winter-Zima, Craig Heiland, Kathy Bohnoff, Leah Stewart, and Abby Moore.

Pictured at left: Nickie Roberts, Marie Winter-Zima, and Abby Moore.

The Race Against Breast Cancer, Inc (RABC) was established to pay for a full range of screening/diagnostic mammography services to women who live and work in Northeast Kansas counties (Atchison, Brown, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Nemaha, Osage Pottawatomie, Shawnee and Wabaunsee) who are in need of financial assistance.  Their mission is “Improving health through education, access, early detection, screening, and breast health awareness.”  If you are interested in obtaining a no cost mammogram through the RABC, please call the RABC office at (785) 271-1500.

The AGA RABC team donated a total of 18.5 volunteer hours towards the 2014 RABC event, and the Topeka AGA Chapter's Loose Change program for August 2014 through October 2014 also collected funds for the RABC.

 

9/5/14: Allen Community College Awards Topeka AGA Scholarship

The Topeka AGA Chapter received a letter from Allen Community College advising that the recipient of the Endowment Association Scholarship for 2014-2015 is Taylor K. Ashley from Topeka KS. The Annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the Allen Community College Activities Building.

Our Chapter was delighted to receive a lovely thank you letter from Taylor, in gratitude as recipient of the scholarship award. Says Ms. Ashley "Even though I graduated with 3.8 GPA and I was an excellent student, I always thought college was not available to me... affording college out of my own pocket would be impossible at this time. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to better my education and advance my career, and that gift is a priceless one."

Ms. Ashley plans to complete her Bachelor's degree, and continue on to achieve a Master's in Business Administration. She has set her sights on working for the Veteran's Association so that she can give back to her country, and those who have served. We heartily wish Taylor all the very best in her studies and career!


September, 2014: Russell Shipley attains CGFM Certification!

The Topeka Chapter would like to take a moment to recognize the Topeka AGA Chapter Past President, Russell Shipley, in recognition for his recent CGFM certification. Congratulations, Russell! Way to go! We are delighted for you.

June 30, 2014: National AGA Topics newsletter features Linda Shaver

Did you see it? Our very own Topeka AGA Chapter member, Linda Shaver CGFM, was featured in the 'Meet your CGFM Member' section of the National AGA weekly newsletter, Topics.
In case you missed it, check it out by clicking this link: Meet Linda Shaver, CGFM
Congratulations, Linda! Thank you for setting such a great CGFM example.

June 9, 2014: Topeka Chapter website wins award from National!

Excerpt from email, received from AGA National Office:

Congratulations on being selected as the First Place winner for AGA’s Chapter Website contest in your chapter group! In honor of your accomplishment, we would like to present you with a plaque at the Wednesday morning (July 16, 2014) awards breakfast at the PDT in Orlando.

Russell Shipley, outgoing Chapter President will accept the plaque on behalf of our chapter. Thank you, Russell!

Accountability - Citizen Centric Report (CCR)

Who best to initiate a powerful yet simple example of an easy-to-read document that demonstrates to the public a governmental entity's openness and willingness to be publically accountable than the persons that do the work ensuring that the entity is accountable. AGA has initiated a four-page document that clears out all the confusing information in government reports and highlights just the important issues. The AGA Topeka Chapter has completed such a report as an example of how easy it is to do.

This four-page report is currently being used on an annual basis by States and Municipalities across the United States. Let's get it to use in your governmental entity.

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