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Chapter Officers

President, Walter Darling

Walt DarlingWalt Darling has held positions with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, the Indiana Department of Public Safety, the Kansas Governor's Budget Division as the Public Safety Budget Senior Analyst, and as the Chief Finance Officer for the Kansas Highway Patrol. After retiring in 2006, he has worked part-time for the United States Postal Service and has started a company locally that serves those that homebrew beer and make wine.

The President serves for a three year commitment, first as President-Elect, then as President, and then as the Immediate Past-President. The President oversees all activities and ensures the smooth operation of the Chapter.

Immediate Past President, Russell Shipley

Russell ShipleyRussell Shipley, CPA, CFE is a native Kansan. He graduated from Hoxie High School and Kansas State University with a Master of Accountancy. Russell currently works at  Sink, Gordon and Associates an accounting firm in Manhattan, Kansas, where he focuses on audits of governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies, as well as performing reviews, compilations, and fraud examinations. Russell enjoys gardening and many other hobbies. Ask him about his many tomato plants this year!

President-Elect, VACANT

Empty Board RoomThe President Elect serves for a three year commitment, first as President-Elect, then as President, and then as the Immediate Past-President. The primary responsibility of the President-Elect is to Chair the Professional Development Seminars and the Professional Development Conference Committee. A critical activity for the President Elect is to coordinate on all activities with the President and Past President in preparation for becoming President the following year.

Treasurer, Kent Olson

Kent OlsonKent is the Director of the Division of Fiscal and Asset Management for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Kent enjoys drawing, networking, and history.

As the Treasurer for the Topeka Chapter, he reviews all financial transactions and sits on the Chapter Executive Committee, the body that establishes policies to implement the Bylaws and conduct routine business. The position of Treasurer is elected on an annual basis, and in accordance with the Bylaws, the incumbent cannot be re-elected.

Secretary, Paula Hinman

Paula HinmanPaula Hinman, CPA graduated from the University of Kansas with a double major in business administration & accounting. After spending 7 years in public accounting, she joined the State of Kansas, working for almost 14 years at SRS, before recently becoming the Budget/Business Director for Kansas Geological Survey at KU. Paula is a graduate of the Kansas Certified Public Management Program. She also participates in the Northeast Kansas Chapter of CPA's, and serves as the Vice-President of ASTRA.

The Secretary takes minutes of meetings and maintains the historical records for the organization. One of the hardest tasks in any organization is remembering from one year to the next, and one group of volunteers to the next, just what has happened in the past. Knowing the past helps Chapter leaders to focus on the future.

Chapter Directors

Accountability: Marie Winter-Zima

Marie Winter-ZimaMarie Winter-Zima is a native of Topeka. She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School and Washburn University with a BBA in Accounting. She is a CPA licensed in Missouri. Marie has worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield as an Auditor, Professional Review Analysis, and Medicare Reimbursement Specialist for 19 years of her career. She also worked in Kansas City for Baird, Kurtz, and Dobson as a Senior Consultant. She was hired by the State of Kansas as a General Ledger Analyst for the Sunflower SMART Project. Marie is currently working as a Manager at Myers & Stauffer, a CPA firm in Kansas City. Marie works with states regarding DSH survey audits, EHR audits, and rate settings. Marie enjoys home decorating, rafting, and cooking.

The Accountability Chair works with community and governmental leaders to focus on changing government financial information so that it is easy for those governed to understand. Documents need to be clear and consise. AGA has provided a blueprint for such a basic document in the Citizen-Centric Report. This report provides an overview of the mission, goals, and objectives of an entity, its revenues and expenses, and an overview of its accomplishments in a consise four-page document that is easy to read and understand. It is hoped that this simple document can help the citizens better understand what government does, why it does it, and how well it does it.

Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program Chair: Linda Shaver

Linda ShaverLinda Herring Shaver is a fifth generation Kansan whose family still owns the farm that has been in the family for 119 years. She grew up and graduated high school in Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University. She has also lived in Texas, returned to college, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tarleton State University with a BBA in HR Management. Linda worked at Washburn University School of Law and then began employment at the State of Kansas in 2006, first at the Kansas Highway Patrol, then at the Kansas Insurance Department, and now currently at the Department of Administration, on the SMART team.

Linda is married and has one child who is an LPN and is currently doing mission work in Japan. Linda served as a Treasurer at her church in Texas for seven years and her church here in Kansas for seven years. She has taught basic computer classes to senior citizens, prepared the church newsletter, and reviews the weekly PowerPoint presentations for worship. She has a large extended family both in Kansas and Louisiana who keep her busy, a herd of Schipperkes, and is always working on home improvement projects on the home that she and her husband literally built.

AGA provides the CGFM certification on an international basis. This certification has become the national standard for government finance professionals. This position is charged with developing ways to encourage professionals to obtain the certification and to make it as easy as possible for them to do that.

Chapter Recognition: Kathy Bohnhoff

Kathy Bohnhoff is retired from state service (she worked for the Kansas Insurance Department). Kathy enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

This position tracks the Chapter's activities, capturing the points available from the national organization for activities directed in accordance with the vision of the national organization. This position assists in the conduct of programs and in the direction of the Chapter to help assure conformance with the National vision. The Chapter has received the Platinum level service award for the past several years. Platinum is the highest award available.

Community Service: Abby Moore and Nickie Roberts

Abby Moore from the State of Kansas, Department of Administration is our community Service Chair. Abby enjoys spending time with her family, travel, and volunteering (she is also a member of Rotary in Topeka).

Nickie Roberts from FHIB Topeka is the Assistant Community Service Chair. Nickie enjoys reading, loud music, and volunteering in our community.

The Community Service Chair coordinates activities of the Chapter related to our assistance to community organizations and special needs. For the past several years, AGA has been closely identified with the Race Against Breast Cancer, Battered Women Task Force, Topeka Rescue Mission, Toys for Tots, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, American Heart Walk and the Ronald McDonald House. The coordination of these activities requires a strong working relationship with many community organizations and the development of a team of volunteers from within the Chapter Membership. 

Education Committee:
Kent Olson
Linda Farlow
Beckie Brown
Nicole Malott
Walter Darling

Past President Coordinator: Brandi White

Membership Chair: Jeanine Browning
The Membership Chair is the principal communicator between the Chapter and its members. This position recruits new members, encourages current members to stay members, and coordinates with regional and national membership coordinators on monthly and quarterly conference calls. An important element of this position is keeping the Executive Committee up to date on a monthly basis of any changes that take place and of success with recruiting efforts.

Young Professionals Career Program: Linda Shaver

Linda Shaver This position focuses on those persons that are considered to be at the beginning of their career in government finance. The task is to identify these people and generate a dialog with them and between them that provides assistance in their current tasks, but also in their future leadership potential within governmental agencies.


Bylaws: Vacant

The Bylaws Chairperson reviews the Bylaws of the organization and proposes changes to keep the Bylaws consistent with the AGA National Bylaws and with the activities and functions of the AGA Topeka Chapter.

Communications - Newsletter Editor - Vacant

The Newsletter Editor coordinates the assembling of articles for the monthly publication, authoring articles on topics of interest to our members and ensuring a timely distribution to the members.

Web Site Development and Maintenance: Michaela Butterworth

Michaela Butterworth Michaela is the a Staff Development Specialist with the State of Kansas, Department of Revenue. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Michaela came to Kansas and has worked for the State of Kansas for over six years. Michaela holds degrees in Fine Arts and in Organizational Design from Sydney TAFE, and Floral Design from MCC in Omaha, Nebraska. The Topeka Chapter's web site is hosted by, the Information Network of Kansas. Michaela is working as the web mistress, making changes and adding information. If you have information you would like to have on the site or find errors, please let Michaela know.

Awards: Vacant

The Awards Chairpersons are responsible for ensuring the Chapter is recognized for its efforts in accordance with the catagories available for such recognition. Awards are usually submitted once annually and include catagories such as Education, Community Service, and Chapter CGFM Award.

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