State Auditors Meet for 44th Annual Conference
Section: NSAA

NSAA President Greg Griffin recently welcomed state auditors to Atlanta, Georgia for the forty-fourth annual conference of the National State Auditors Association. The conference was held June 8-10 at the Omni at the Battery and featured attendance of over 185, including 27 principal state auditors and representation from 31 states. The conference was preceded on June 7 by a day of meetings of NSAA’s committees. 

Technical Agenda & Other Activities
The conference featured an emerging issues roundtable and general sessions covering a diverse range of topics. PowerPoint presentations and speaker bios from the conference are available
NSAA President Greg Griffin (GA) and the June 8 keynote speaker Mark Miller, VP of High-Performance Leadership, Chick-fil-A.   NSAA President Greg Griffin (GA) and the June 9 keynote speaker, Harold Melton, former Georgia Chief Justice.
Over 185 were in attendance at the conference this year, including representatives from 31 states.   State auditors from around the nation came together for networking in Atlanta, Georgia.
Left to right: NSAA Association Director Josh Winfrey and President Greg Griffin.   Left to right: NSAA President Greg Griffin, Justin P. Wilson, this year's Snodgrass Award recipient, and Jason Mumpower, Tennessee.
Several awards were presented during the conference. 

William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award
Justin P. Wilson, comptroller emeritus, Tennessee, was recognized for his longstanding support of the Association and its efforts and his efforts to improve government accountability and transparency.

Distinguished Service Award
Staci Henshaw, auditor of public accounts, Virginia, was recognized for her service on the AICPA Compliance Audits Task Force, as chair of the Audit Standards and Reporting Committee, as a member of the NSAA ASB Task Force and the NASACT CARA Subcommittee for GASAC Input, and for her consultation on updates to the NSAA External Peer Review Program checklists.

President's Awards 
Several people were recognized for their service on NSAA's Peer Review Training Task Force:
  • Hollie Andrus, Deputy State Auditor, Utah
  • Scott DeViney, Assistant Director for Quality Assurance, Washington
  • Greg Fugate, Director of Communications and Quality Assurance, Colorado
  • Scott Owens, Quality Assurance Manager, Georgia, and also Chair of the task force
  • Jennifer Paperman, Quality Assurance Manager, New York
Excellence in Accountability Awards
The recipients of this year's Excellence in Accountability Awards gave presentations about their award winning audits and projects on Friday, June 10.
Staci Henshaw, Virginia, received a Distinguished Service Award for her many contributions to improving government efficiency and effectiveness through NSAA's technical response networks and her work on NSAA's Peer Review Program.   Several were recognized with President's Awards for their work on NSAA's Peer Review Training Task Force (left to right: President Greg Griffin, at the podium, Scott Owens, Scott DeViney and Hollie Andrus).
Left to right: Dan Crossman (Nevada), chair of the Awards Committee, Utah State Auditor John Dougall, and NSAA President Greg Griffin. The award was presented for the innovative Project KIDS.   Washington State Auditor's Office staff Shauna Good, Michelle Fellows and Erin Catterlin accepted the Excellence in Accountability Award in the Large Performance Audit category.
California State Auditor's Office staff Bob Harris and Michelle Sanders accepted the Excellence in Accountability Award in the Small Performance Audit category.   Two states were recognized in the Forensic Report category. Left to right above: Louisiana Legislative Auditor Mike Wageuspack, Thomas Horne and Roger Harris.
Cindy Byrd, Oklahoma State Auditor, gave a presentation to her peers about her office's award-winning forensic report.   Justin P. Wilson, Tennessee Comptroller Emeritus, was giving a standing ovation by peers during the William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award presentation.

Business Meeting
On Thursday, members of NSAA held a business meeting where they heard reports from each standing committee and elected a new Executive Committee. The Executive Committee for 2022-23 will be:
  • President: John Geragosian, State Auditor, Connecticut
  • President-Elect: April Renfro, Legislative Auditor, Idaho
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Doug Ringler, Auditor General, Michigan
  • Immediate Past President: Greg Griffin, State Auditor, Georgia
  • Pat McCarthy, State Auditor (WA)
  • Earle Powell, Legislative Auditor (SC)
  • Sherrill Norman, Auditor General (FL)
2022-23 Executive Committee, left to right: April Renfro (Idaho), Sherrill Norman (Florida), Doug Ringler (Michigan), Earle Powell (South Carolina), John Geragosian (Connecticut), and Greg Griffin (Georgia). Not pictured: Pat McCarthy (Washington).   For his first order of business as NSAA's new president John Geragosian presented a plaque of appreciation to Greg Griffin for his year of service as NSAA's president.
Several resolutions were approved by members at the annual June business meeting: 
  • Thanking President Griffin for his service and for hosting the conference.
  • Wishing Elaine Howle, former California state auditor, well upon her retirement.
  • Wishing James Nobles, former Minnesota legislative auditor, well upon his retirement.
  • Wishing Jerry Durham, assistant director, Tennessee Division of Local Government Audit, well upon his retirement.


NSAA wishes to thank all those who helped with the conference, including Greg Griffin and staff from his office, especially Carol Schwinne. Active involvement by the state audit community is the reason for that: thanks to all who participated and attended. 

Last but not least, thanks to this year’s conference sponsors:

Premier Level
  • Bronner Group
  • CLA 
  • 20/20 Services
General Level
  • Becker
  • Diligent
  • Risk Insights
  • Workiva