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2019-20 Chairman’s Challenge Coin Recipients


Christina Chifici, CPA, CIT, CCIFP, Director of Audit and Assurance Services, LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, Covington, LA

Christina Chifici, CPA, CIT, CCIFP

On Aug. 9, 2019, Bert Guiberteau, Bond Manager - Baton Rouge Office, Cory Tucker & Larrowe, Inc. presented Christina Chifici, CPA, CIT, CCIFP with the Chairman’s Challenge Coin.

When asked why Bert chose Christina he said, “As a member of the Louisiana CFMA Conference committee since inception 17 years ago, I have had the privilege of working with Christina since 2010 when she became chair of our conference committee. Christina is an example of how engaged leaders of our association can add to much value to chapters and other members. Christina has been a CFMA member since 1997 and was part of the CCIFP first testing group in 2004. Under Christina's leadership, we have been able to maintain the reputation of our conference as being one of the best in the country."

Mandy Irvin, Founder/CEO, Hoop5 Networks, San Marcos, CA

Mandy Irvin

On Sept. 17, 2019 Dave Miller CTP, CCIFP, CRIS, CFO of Jokake Construction Services, presented Mandy Irvin with a Chairman’s Challenge Coin. 

When asked why Dave chose Mandy he said, “I selected Mandy to because she is such a pleasure to work with. Mandy has been instrumental in the success of the Southwest Regional Conference since its inception five years ago. She set up the website and has maintained the information for the Southwest Regional Conference for the past five years, in addition to maintaining other regional conference websites. She always goes above and beyond, this year she helped us set up the conference app and I think she ends every conversation with, “Sure thing, happy to help.”

Melissa Rutledge, CPA, CCIFP, CFO, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas, TX

Melissa Rutledge, CCIFP

On Nov. 8, 2019 Michelle Eastman, CCIFP, CFO, North Mechanical Contracting & Service presented Melissa Rutledge with a Chairman’s Challenge Coin. 

When asked why Michelle chose Melissa she said, “Melissa is committed to advancing the ICCIFP and is working hard to strengthen the relationship between ICCIFP and CFMA. Two years ago I spoke with Melissa about the importance of ICCIFP having an updated strategic plan, and Melissa agreed. She spearheaded the formation of the ICCIFP Strategic Planning Task Force and is working with that Task Force to coordinate a new strategic plan, in fact, this week ICCIFP just had a very successful strategic planning meeting with their facilitator and Executive Director, Veronica Whitehead. Melissa is very deserving of this coin as she has played and continues to play a crucial role in advancing the relationship between CFMA and ICCFIP.”

Bob Bobek, CPA,  Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD, Partner, Maumee, OH

Bob Bobek, CPA

On Dec. 19, 2019 Pamela Hepburn, CCIFP, CRIS, CFO, OCP Contractors presented Bob Bobek with a Chairman’s Challenge Coin. 

When asked why Pamela chose Bob she said, “Bob stepped up when the chapter needed a chair for both the Buckeye Conference and the Scholarship Scramble. With his leadership and vision, both signature events achieved new records in attendants and sponsors and are poised to be successful for years to come.”

Tammy Bass, Controller, Pence Construction, LLC, Beaverton, OR

Tammy Bass

On March 4, 2019, Patsy Anderson-Dunn, CFO, Grow Construction Tammy Bass, Controller, Pence Construction, LLC with the Chairman’s Challenge Coin.

When asked why Patsy chose Tammy she said, “I selected Tammy as a recipient of my Challenge Coin because of her unwavering support of CFMA. She has been involved in the Portland Chapter longer than anyone, her wisdom and history are priceless! She joined Sept. 12, 1988 which as of March 4, 2020 is 11,497 days of CFMA support! She challenged chapter leadership to grow the chapter into one focused on member value, growth, and excellence. Tammy has done everything imaginable at the chapter level over the years and remains deeply committed and involved today always serving in one way or another. Tammy does not seek recognition, and many of the roles have been done in the background; in fact, she prefers to be out of the limelight even though she is a shining star.

I can’t think of anyone who deserves this honor more.  Thank you for all you do and always saying, ‘Of course, I’d be glad to help!’”

Mary Lynn Jones , Accounting Manager,  Alliance Safety Council, Baton Rouge, LA

Mary Lynn Jones
Mary Lynn Jones

On Nov. 21, 2019, Bert Guiberteau, Bond Manager - Baton Rouge Office, Cory Tucker & Larrowe, Inc. presented Mary Lynn Jones with the Chairman’s Challenge Coin.

When asked why Bert chose Mary he said, “Mary has been an outstanding CFMA member since 1996 serving in a variety of leadership roles, including chapter president and board member. She has been a key coordinator for our chapter meetings and has been involved in the Louisiana CFMA Joint Conference for 18 years. She is truly indispensable.”

Jennifer Murphy, CCIFP, CFO/Treasurer, Pleune Service Company, Grand Rapids, MI

Jennifer Murphy
Jennifer Murphy

On Feb. 29, 2020 Michelle Eastman, CCIFP, CFO, North Mechanical Contracting & Service presented Jennifer Murphy with a Chairman’s Challenge Coin. 

When asked why Michelle chose Jennifer she said, “Jennifer is a very dedicated member of the Western Michigan Chapter. She was instrumental in the Suicide Prevention event the chapter was involved in. She served as the chapter's president and then stepped up to get involved with CFMA at an organizational level. She is on committees and has been through the Mentoring Program. In 2020-2021, she will start her role on the Executive Committee. Her passion for CFMA is infectious! She has already done great things for CFMA and I have no doubt she will continue to do great things in the future!”