- Kelly MitchellIndiana Treasurer
2019 SFOF National Vice Chair
Kelly Mitchell was elected as the 55th Treasurer for the State of Indiana on November 4th, 2014. In this role, Treasurer Mitchell serves as the Chair of the Indiana Bond Bank, the Statewide E-911 Board, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, the ABLE Authority, and as the Sole Trustee of the State Police Pension Trust among a number of other positions. As the Chief Investment Officer for the State, she is responsible for the management of approximately five to seven billion dollars on a daily basis.
For seven years prior to becoming Treasurer, Kelly Mitchell worked in the Treasurer of State’s Office as the Director of TrustINdiana, Indiana’s local government investment pool.
Prior to joining the Indiana Treasurer of State’s Office, Kelly Mitchell was a County Commissioner for eight years in Cass County, Indiana. During her tenure as Commissioner, she served as President of the Board of Commissioners for five years and was named First-Term Commissioner of the Year by the Association of County Commissioners. Treasurer Mitchell also served on the State Board of the Association of County Commissioners for three years, and as a member of the County Government Senate Study Commission. As Commissioner, she served seven years on the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation and as President of the Foundation for one year. She founded and co-chaired Cass County “Make a Difference Day”, managing hundreds of volunteers and dozens of projects every year.
Treasurer Mitchell holds a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). In 2018, the Treasurer received an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is an alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. During the summer of 2015, Treasurer Mitchell completed The Commandant’s National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has also been selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. The Treasurer was awarded both the Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Governor Mike Pence and the 2016 Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. As Treasurer, she sits on both the Legislative Committee and the Financial Education Committee of the National Association of State Treasurer’s (NAST) as well as on the Executive Committee of the College Savings Plan Network (CSPN). Treasurer Mitchell is also a member of the State Financial Officers Foundation where she serves on the Executive Committee. Treasurer Mitchell resides in Indianapolis, with her husband Larry, and they have a blended family of four children and two grandchildren.
- Dennis MilliganArkansas Treasurer
On November 4, 2014, Dennis Milligan became the first Republican elected to the Office of Treasurer of State since Reconstruction securing 56% of the vote. The Treasurer of State serves as the State’s banker and is responsible for an investment portfolio of approximately $3 billion.
Dennis previously served as the Saline County Circuit Clerk from 2011-2015.
The middle child of Lee Milligan, a truck driver, and Mae Milligan, a homemaker, Dennis grew up in Little Rock and graduated from McClellan High School in 1976. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dennis is a successful small business owner who started his company, Water Treatment Services (WTS), from scratch in 1985. WTS has grown from serving central Arkansas to serving customers in 17 states. Dennis also owns a real estate developing company and is a home builder.
Dennis and his wife, Tina (Summers), married in 1977 and have lived in Saline County since 1985. They have one daughter, Tiffany, an attorney, and son-in-law Chad Brown, vice president of WTS; and three grandchildren: Jackson, and twins Gabby and Grace.
Dennis is a member of The Church at Rock Creek. In his local community, Dennis has coached little league baseball, and supported the Saline County Humane Society, his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Saline County Seniors. Dennis was appointed constable in Saline County by Governor Mike Huckabee in 2006, and has served as a reserve deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s office. He has supported scholarships for single parents and created eight scholarships for high school seniors in four Saline County high schools. Dennis was named to the Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors in 2014.
Dennis previously ran for state representative in 2002 and 2004. He served as chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee in 2005. Dennis went on to serve as the Treasurer for the Republican Party of Arkansas and Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2008.
As Saline County Circuit Clerk, Dennis was an innovator and unafraid of challenging the status quo. He never accepted the old adage, “well that’s how we’ve always done it.” He implemented an online juror information data collection system, usage of a computer system to randomly assign jurors and allowed for the use of debit and credit cards to pay filing fees.
In 2012, Dennis was one of 12 nominees for the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. This national award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices. Dennis was nominated for his jury notification system that replaced a method which required jury panelist to call a recorded message each week to find out if they were needed or not for jury service. His notification system sent notices to panelist via a pre-recorded message to a home or cell phone, or via an email or text message saving the taxpayers’ time and money. Dennis is the only Arkansan ever nominated for that award.
During the 89th Session of the Arkansas General Assembly, Dennis worked closely with legislators on Act 291. Previously Dennis ended the practice in Saline County of the Circuit Clerk being paid personally while acting as the commissioner for the sale of real or personal property. Act 291 ended the practice statewide and has the fee go into the county funds which cover the operations of the Circuit Clerk offices.
As Treasurer of State, Dennis will continue to bring his innovate spirit and mindset to the Treasurer of State’s office. He has pledged to restore honor and integrity, and regain the public’s trust in the office. He will be introducing a blind bidder program to receive and award investment proposals from pre-approved vendors, posting all public records online and automating the operations of the office as much as allowed by law.
- J.B. McCuskeyWest Virginia Auditor
John B. “JB” McCuskey, West Virginia’s 21st State Auditor, was a two-term member of the House of Delegates, District 35 in Charleston from 2012-2016. He is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication. He is also a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and was previously an attorney for six years with Steptoe & Johnson in Charleston.
While serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates, Auditor McCuskey was a member of the Energy, Industry and Labor, Judiciary, Banking and Insurance (chair), and Enrolled Bills (chair) Committees. He also served on Interim Committees including Energy, Judiciary, Technology, and the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (chair).
Born in Clarksburg, and a longtime resident of Charleston, Auditor McCuskey is a graduate of George Washington High School, Class of 2000. Before attending law school, he worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., in the offices of the Army and Department of Defense General Counsels.
Auditor McCuskey is the son of John F. McCuskey of Charleston, 70th Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and former member of the State Legislature, and the late Anne McCuskey. He resides in Charleston with his wife, Wendy, and daughters, Charlotte Anne and Martha Elizabeth, where they own a small business.
- Allison BallKentucky Treasurer
Allison Ball is the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Prior to her role as State Treasurer, Treasurer Ball practiced bankruptcy law and focused on consumer rights and commercial litigation. As part of her time in public service, Treasurer Ball spent four years as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases.
Treasurer Ball has a rich Kentucky history; her family has been in Eastern Kentucky since the 1790s. She holds a degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and was very active while a student there, serving as President of the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Treasurer Ball has led a professional career developing and improving the economic mobility of individual Kentuckians. She developed a deep appreciation of entrepreneurialism and small businesses when, at the age of 9, she started her first business selling pencils, and continued with the operation of a small town law practice. Treasurer Ball understands the importance of a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility in any enterprise.
Treasurer Ball is focused on being a watchdog for Kentucky taxpayer dollars spent in Frankfort. Since taking office, she has launched a new transparency website making it easier for Kentuckians to see how the state government is spending their money, established a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities called STABLE Kentucky, and created a Financial Empowerment Coalition and Database focused on improving the financial literacy of Kentuckians.
Treasurer Ball is married to Taylor County, Kentucky native, Asa James Swan. The couple has one son, Levi, whose birth in 2018 made Treasurer Ball the first Kentucky constitutional officer to give birth while in office.
- Grant WallaceChief Deputy Treasurer - Arkansas
Grant Wallace is Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s Chief Deputy Treasurer for Programs and Services. As Chief Deputy Treasurer, he oversees the communications, human resources, IT and 529 departments in the office. He serves as an executive team member, senior advisor, directs communication strategy for the office, oversees the operation of the 529 college savings program and ABLE program, and advises on policy and legislative issues. Wallace is a 2010 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of General Studies, Summa Cum Laude.
Wallace most recently worked for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as the Grassroots Manager for Arkansas. Prior to that, he served as campaign manager for Beth Anne Rankin’s 2012 bid for U.S. Congress. He worked for the American Cancer Society as the West Texas Regional Director of Health Initiatives and Field Government Relations Director. Wallace also served during Mike Huckabee’s term as governor in several roles including: Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs and Finance, Communications Assistant and Assistant Director of the governor’s Washington, DC office.
- Derek KreifelsPresident, SFOF
Derek Kreifels is the founding President of the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF).
As President of SFOF he is charged with leading the national organization and collaborating with like-minded state officials to promote fiscally responsible, free market principles to better impact state and federal financial policy. Kreifels is charged with ensuring that SFOF’s fiscal, operational, fundraising, marketing, and communication strategies are effectively implemented.
Kreifels spent five years as Assistant State Treasurer of Kansas. As Assistant State Treasurer he also served as chief of staff - an agency head and deputy to a statewide elected official. He managed all aspects of the Treasurer’s office including scheduling, policy development, legislative, budgeting and personnel.
Kreifels was accountable for an office which processed over $21B annually which is comprised of 42 employees with an annual budget of over $3.5M. He worked with the State Treasurer to create new programs and modernize existing ones to reach out to a diverse set of Kansans with a wide variety of financial education initiatives. He was responsible for identifying innovative ways to help return unclaimed property to Kansans.
Kreifels played an integral role in working with the Kansas 529 Learning Quest program and program manager to develop annual marketing plan which includes television, radio, newsprint, collateral material and other borderless marketing initiatives.
Kreifels continuously sought out ways to increase the use of technology in the office to reduce costs. He directed Emergency Preparedness Operations planning and training for the agency with exposure to FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Kansas Department of Emergency Management.
Kreifels has spent the last 25 years encouraging, advising and working along side various federal, state, and local leaders. Before working for the public sector, Kreifels spent several years in banking.
He attended Kansas State University, received his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University, and his Masters from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He lends his leadership to several boards and non-profits. He and his wife Melanie recently traveled to a remote part of Ghana, Africa, on a mission trip to attend the grand opening of a school. He and Melanie live in the Kansas City area.