On February 1, the Bylaws and Procedures Committee certified the current slate of officers and Samuel T. Mok, CGFM, officially became AGA’s National President-Elect Designate. He will begin his term as President-Elect on July 1. Mok, the chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, was already serving on the National Executive Committee (NEC) as the presidential appointee of National President-Elect RIchard Fair, CGFM. As a result of the nomination of Mok as President-Elect, Gwendolyn Sykes, MBA, CGFM, CDFM, has been named by Fair to be his new presidential appointee to complete Mok’s original term.
Sykes, the chief financial officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will join the NEC on July 1 and will serve until June 30, 2009. Sykes joined NASA in November 2002 when she was selected as the deputy chief financial officer for Financial Management. Since that time, she has made significant strides toward improving agency-wide financial integrity. She has launched several management initiatives designed to improve NASA's financial health and performance. Her leadership and resourcefulness are invaluable assets to the NASA community. A member of AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, Sykes served as co-chair of the 2005 PDC Technical Committee. She received an AGA National President’s Award in 2005.
Mok has named Oregon State Controller John J. Radford, CGFM, CIA, CFE, to be his presidential appointee to the NEC. His three-year term will begin on July 1. Radford began his career working for the City of Omaha, Nebraska, in various financial management positions. In 1983, he moved to Oregon and began work as the budget officer in the Oregon Judicial Department and was promoted to management services director in 1985. In 1989, the governor appointed him to the position of state controller. He has served in this capacity under five consecutive Oregon governors.
A founding member of AGA’s Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter, Radford received an AGA National President’s Award in 2006 for his chapter development and human capital initiatives. Radford was also recently appointed to a three-year term as a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the oversight body of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).