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Essay Contest Winners

This year's winners wrote essays on the current topic of:  “Identifying and adopting best practices can improve performance. Describe best practices from your career that may improve DOD financial management.” Congratulations to the winners – and watch for the winning essays soon.

First Place

Col Steven Minkin, Washington Chapter

Colonel Steven Minkin is the Chief of Budget Operations and Integration at  the Air Force Pentagon in Washington D.C. He holds a Doctorate in Management  from the University of Phoenix, and has been published in numerous journals  for his work on leadership and virtual teams. Colonel Minkin has served as the Chapter President for the Aloha Chapter in Hawaii and served as Adjunct  Faculty for the University of Phoenix's MBA and M.Ed. program.

Second Place

Jennifer Miller, CDFM-A, Gulf Coast Chapter

Jennifer Miller is a Deputy Branch Chief and Cost Analyst at the National Guard Bureau Headquarters in Virginia. In this role she serves both the Army and the Air Force. Prior to her current opportunity, she served in weapons systems program offices at Eglin Air Force Base, Headquarters Army Special Operations Command, and offices of Maxwell Air Force Base as a PALACE Acquire. Jennifer is a Certified Government Financial Manager affiliated with the Gulf Coast chapter of ASMC; a Certified Defense Financial Manager with acquisition specialty; and doctorate of business administration student.  

Third Place

Ginger L. Schmid, CDFM, Washington Chapter

Ginger Schmid serves as a Budget Analyst for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Operations directorate.  She is a Certified Defense Financial Manager, has her Level 3 Financial Management Certification,  and is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.  She holds a  master's degree in Business Administration from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the Midwestern State  University.

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