2021 Winners

Eileen Ramage
National Association of Home Builders

Eileen Ramage, CFO of National Association of Home Builders, serves as the head of the finance services team leading accounting services, including purchasing products and services, membership accounting and collecting payments due, are centered here. In addition, she leads NAHB’s complex budgeting process, ensuring that NAHB leadership is always accurately apprised of the association’s financial situation and forecasts for future growth. In her role she also provides financial counsel to NAHB affiliates: Home Innovation Research Labs, Inc.; National Housing Endowment; Home Builders Institute; National Housing Center Corporation; and Build-PAC.

Before joining NAHB, Eileen served as CFO at the American Health Care Association Directed financial turnaround from 2002 deficit to 2012 cash and investment reserves in excess of $20 million. She also served as CFO for Sonepar Distribution US/Capital Lighting where she played an integral role in the April 2000 sale of Capital Lighting to Sonepar Distribution US, a subsidiary of $ 7 billion Paris-based Sonepar Distribution. Prior to her roles as CFO, Eileen as Vice President of Operations at Surgical Specialties Instrument Co and was a Partner at Friedman & Fuller, P.C./McGladrey LLP. 

Ramage holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and American Society of Association Executives. 


Dave M. Fitzsimmons
National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Inc.

Dave has been with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) for 25 years, starting as Accounting Manager and working his way up to CFO in 2013.  In his current role, Dave oversees the association’s financial, information technology, and building logistics operations.  NACDS is a 501(c)(6) trade association, with a related 501(c)(3) Foundation, and a related Political Action Committee. 

Prior to NACDS, Dave was the Controller for The Word Among Us, a large 501(c)(3) Catholic Publishing Company.  Dave still serves on the Board of the Word Among Us, recently serving as Chair of the Board and the Finance Committee.  Dave started his career at Keller, Zanger and Co., which later became a part of RSM, LLP. 

Dave has a BS in Accounting from Mt. St. Mary’s University in MD, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Dave lives in Lorton, VA with his wife of 33 years.  He and his wife have four grown sons.


John Robertson
Capital Area Food Bank

John Robertson joined the Capital Area Food Bank in 2020.  John directs the financial and information technology functions at CAFB.

John graduated with honors from Cedarville University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and holds a juris doctor from George Mason University School of Law.  He began his career with KPMG where he spent twelve years as an auditor serving clients in the financial services and not-for-profit industries.  He worked in KPMG’s offices in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Moscow, Russia; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Washington, D.C.  During his time at KPMG, he was a national instructor for continuing professional education and was a professor of accounting at the Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia.  In addition to his time with KPMG, John has fifteen years of financial leadership experience, having served as CFO of the American Petroleum Institute; the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and as a Director of Finance and Operations at the National Geographic Society.

John is a licensed CPA in the District of Columbia and is also a member of the Virginia State Bar.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Greater Washington Society of CPA’s and the American and Virginia Bar Associations.


2021 Rising Stars

Leila Green
Conference of State Bank Supervisors

Leila Green is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). In this role, she provides strategic leadership for the Finance and Office Operations teams to empower CSBS staff and member decision-making with timely and accurate reporting.

Staff under Leila’s leadership are engaged in major initiatives including supporting the financial transaction needs of the NMLS Modernization; implementing a new financial management system; and creating a long-term space plan which allows for staff collaboration and efficient use of space.

Prior to joining CSBS in May 2019, Leila served as Vice President, Business Operations at RTCA. She’s held positions of increasing responsibility at the Institute for Industrial Productivity, Aeronautical Systems, Inc., National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, BAE Systems and MCI.  She is a certified public accountant and holds the CGMA designation.  She has received numerous awards for innovation at previous employers.

Brice Hadden
Managed Funds Association

 

Brice Hadden serves as Vice President, Accounting & Finance and MFA-PAC Treasurer at Managed Funds Association (MFA).

In this role he is responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, supports the COO on operations and human resources, and ensure proper compliance for MFA-PAC.  He supports the President & CEO and Leadership team on day-to-day operations, budget development and forecasting, and special projects such as real estate, membership initiatives, and business planning.  Brice works extensively with MFA’s Treasurer and Audit & Finance Committee on reporting, audit planning, and periodic policy and procedure review.

Prior to joining MFA, he worked at SmithBucklin & Associates, the largest full service association management company where he provided full service accounting for up to 20 clients.  Upon joining MFA, Brice built out its accounting department and policies as MFA transitioned from a SmithBucklin client to a stand-alone association. 

Originally from Western NY, Brice earned his Bachelors in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University followed by a Master from St. Bonaventure. He now resides in Alexandria, VA, and is a proud father of two children and an avid Buffalo Sabre fan to his own determent. 

Tanisha Lewis
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tanisha Lewis is the Chief Financial Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. With over 120,000 members and 260 affiliated societies, AAAS represents 10 million people across all fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ecosystem.

Lewis first joined AAAS in August 2004 as a senior accountant on the grants team, of which she assumed leadership in 2018. In this position, she oversaw the organization’s grant portfolio that encompassed as much as $30 million in private and public funding annually from over 60 sources.

In 2020, Tanisha stepped into her current role of CFO and is an integral part of the team that is re-imagining the foundation of how AAAS operates. She oversees the organization’s annual budget of more than $110 million and helps to formulate and execute the organization’s overarching financial strategy.

Lewis’ comprehensive non-profit financial accounting, grant accounting, and compliance experience helps her bring a collaborative problem-solving approach to AAAS’ financial activities. She is also leveraging new technological systems to progressively manage the organization’s evolving, complex business models

Tanisha is a DC native with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the George Washington University. She is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s (GWSCPA), the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). Prior to joining AAAS, her experience included working in public accounting, where she managed the outsourced financial accounting functions including audit and tax compliance for multiple DC-area non-profit associations.

 


 

PAST HONOREES

2021

  • CFO of the Year: Eileen Ramage, National Association of Home Builders
  • Association CFO of the Year: Dave Fitzsimmons, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Inc.
  • Philanthropic Organization CFO of the Year: John Robertson, Capital Area Food Bank
  • Rising Stars:
    Leila Green, Conference of State Bank Supervisors
    Brice Hadden, Managed Funds Association
    Tanisha Lewis, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2019

  • CFO of the Year: Joseph Budzynski, Volunteers of America
  • Association CFO of the Year: Lisa Haynes, Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Philanthropic Organization CFO of the Year: Steve Barker, World Resources Institute
  • Rising Stars:
    Zahilys Hernandez, National Retail Federation
    Randy Marsh, Horton’s Kids
    Jessica Sherry, Share Our Strength

2018

  • CFO of the Year: Joe Janela, American Pharmacists Association
  • Association CFO of the Year: Margie Erinle, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Philanthropic Organization CFO of the Year: Mary Jane Morrow, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • Rising Stars:
    Rick Cohen, National Council of Nonprofits
    Tea Gennaro, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc
    Zerihun Haile-Selassie, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
    Dave Jackson, American Counseling Association
    Warren Sander, Society for Conservation Biology

2017

  • CFO of the Year: Guy Sheetz, Futures Industry Association
  • Association CFO of the Year: Allison Ingram, Society of Military Engineers
  • Philanthropic Organization CFO of the Year: Jim Thomasell, National Parent Teacher Association
  • Rising Star: Mark Hornby, Family Career and Community Leaders of America

2016

  • CFO of the Year: Deborah Cowan, NPR
  • Nonprofit Transformational Leader: Paul Archambeault, Airlines for America
  • Rising Star: Carolyn Mollen, Independent Sector

2015

  • CFO of the Year: Philip Parisi, United Service Organizations
  • Nonprofit Transformational Leaders:
    Paul Vitale, Toy Industry Association
    Tom Tepper, Wilderness Society
  • Rising Star: Don Miller, Meals on Wheels America

2014

  • CFO of the Year: Stewart Uretsky, Brookings
  • Nonprofit Transformational Leaders:
    James Lum, Guide Star
    Sam DiCario, Food Marketing Insitute
  • Rising Star: Sara Bannon, American Society of International Law

2013

  • CFO of the Year: Marvin Irby, National Restaurant Association
  • Nonprofit Transformational Leaders:
    Samantha Barbee, International Youth Foundation
    Forrest Cason, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Rising Star: John Lozitio, Academy of Management

2012

  • CFO of the Year: Stanley Berman, Global Impact
  • Nonprofit Transformational Leaders: Kimberly McKinnish, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Rising Star: Jason Daisey, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc

2010

  • Nonprofit CFO Lifetime Achievement Award: Kevin Hardardt, American Gas Association
  • Nonprofit CFO Innovator of the Year Award: David Keen, National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Rising Star: Lisa Stewart, Institute for Higher Education Policy

2009

  • Nonprofit CFO Lifetime Achievement Award: Moira Fathy Baker, National Science Teachers Association
  • Nonprofit CFO Innovator of the Year Award: Christopher Liedel, National Geographic Society
  • Rising Star: Alexis George, Bob Woodruff Foundation

2008

  • Nonprofit CFO Lifetime Achievement Award: Eileen Frazier, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
  • Nonprofit CFO Innovator of the Year Award: Jack Deeds, Search for Common Ground
  • Rising Star: Stephanie Murphy, Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

2007

  • Nonprofit CFO Lifetime Achievement Award: Kristen Conte, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Nonprofit CFO Innovator of the Year Award: Usha Chaudhary, United Way of America
  • Rising Star: Abigal Gorman, American Dental Education Association

2006

  • Nonprofit CFO Lifetime Achievement Award: Brenda Hargett, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery