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T.J. joined the SAFS division of OSPI in September of 2009, and was named Director in November of 2012. Before joining OSPI he spent 7 years in the banking industry, most recently as a business banker with a local Tacoma bank. He grew up in a military family, and thus has lived in six different states and two different countries. He is a graduate of Stadium High in Tacoma, and Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. T.J. lives in Tacoma with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys, Ethan and Isaac. While not at work, he enjoys golf, cycling, and watching college athletics. He can be reached at (360) 725-6301.
Becky joined School Apportionment and Financial Services in 1986. She is the Administrative Assistant to T.J. Kelly, Director, and provides support for the rest of the SAFS staff. Our publications would be riddled with grammaticl grammatical errors without her. When she is not proofreading, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and son, Michael. She also enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, and crafting. To contact Becky, please call (360) 725-6300.
Ross joined the School Apportionment and Financial Services unit in September 1998. His primary duty is administration of the S-275 school district personnel reporting process. He advises the State's 296 school districts and 9 educational service districts on the laws and rules governing personnel reporting, including placement of school district personnel on the statewide salary allocation schedule . He also calculates the K-3 staff ratios and does adjustments resulting from school district audit findings involving S-275 staff mix data. Before coming to SPI, Ross worked at the Department of Health for 5 years. He also served in the Air Force for 23 years and taught management at the University of Southern California. He enjoys walking and jogging. You can contact Ross at (360) 725-6308.
Mike has worked within the Washington State system since 1984 and has been with OSPI since 1986. He currently reviews and approves all school district F-195 budgets and F-200 extensions, ESD F-206 budgets and F-269 extensions, and other financial reports including emergency advances and apportionment redirections. As a current member of the School District Accounting Advisory Committee (SDAAC) he helps to advise OSPI and the State Auditors Office on school district accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and related matters. Prior to 1998 Mike was a member of Grants Management where he worked in all areas of that section including over 2 years as Lead Analyst and nearly 4 years as Supervisor. While there he was instrumental in standardizing and automating the reporting process for federal and state grant expenditure reimbursements. He also served ad hoc on the six-member SDAAC sub-committee that initially designed and wrote Chapter X - Grants Management of the Accounting Manual for School Districts. These positions, taken together, have provided Mike with a very good understanding of school district finance. His experience has enabled him to gain familiarity with laws and regulations, as well as professional standards. Mike was the first - and still only - staff person at OSPI to receive from the Washington Association of School Business Officials both its Financial Manager certificate and Certified School Business Official designation. The designation is one of the highest forms of recognition for school business officials setting standards for professional ethics and competence. Mike can be reached at (360) 725-6305.
Ramona Garner joined the School Apportionment and Financial Services team in April of 2010. Ramona comes to OSPI with twenty-four years of school district experience. Her early experience started as secretarial, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, personnel, budget and the many "other duties as assigned" that go with working at a small district, growing into her position of Business Manager for the Rainier School District for seven of the twenty-four years. Her many school district responsibilities have prepared her for assisting the 295 school districts and 9 ESDs with their financial reports. Ramona enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, their spouses and grandchildren, as well as fishing, boating, camping, and gardening. You may contact Ramona at (360) 725-6304.
Daniel came to OSPI in February 2008, first as the Categorical Funding Supervisor, then the School District Accounting Supervisor from August 2008 through February 2013. He is now the Data Analyst for School Apportionment and Financial Services. Prior to joining OSPI, he worked for 22 months in the Puyallup School District with Capital Projects and grants. Daniel recently earned a Master's in Public Administration through Penn State, and is looking forward to exploring the theories of "leisure reading" and "free time." He enjoys hiking, photography, beadwork, reading, gardening, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. You may contact Daniel at (360) 725-6177.
Becky joined the School Apportionment and Financial Services team in July 2009. Prior to coming to OSPI, she was the Purchasing/Accounting Supervisor for the Peninsula School District. When not at work, Becky is busy with her son and daughter and working on her many quilting projects. To contact Becky M, please call (360) 725-6306.
Steve is a long time member of the School Apportionment Unit. Steve is busy each month with school districts' apportionment payments and basic education funding formula. He works with the calculations for Levy Lid and provides assistance to the field in these areas. Steve is an avid bicyclist and rides every day to work. Please call Steve at (360) 725-6307.
Melissa joined the School Apportionment and Financial Services team in January 2014. She has been working for the state since 1995, beginning with DSHS and the remaining 18 years with the State Patrol. The most recent position with the Patrol was a Budget Management Analyst. When not at work, Melissa enjoys working out; loves to be with her family outdoors, running, hiking, clam digging and spending time at the lake house. You can reach Melissa at (360) 725-6302.
Paul joined SAFS division in November 2013. His prior experience includes 8 years as the Accounting Supervisor with the Shelton School District and 12 years as a controller and accounting manager in private industry. Paul graduated from Central Washington University and grew up in the Yakima area. He lives in Shelton with his wife, Rhonda, where they've raised a daughter, Kathryn, and a son, Jacob. Time away from the office is spent in home improvement mode or enjoying golf, or traveling with family and friends. You can reach Paul at (360) 725-6303.
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