THE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Marvin Leavitt, Chairman
Current Term 11/01/2017 – 10/31/2020
Mr. Marvin Leavitt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1966. He was a Certified Public Accountant in Nevada in 1968. From 1972 until 2001 he was Finance Director for the City of Las Vegas and prior to that he was Director of Administrative Service for 9 years. He serves as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government Finance for more than 25 years, and on numerous legislative committees, including the committee on Local Government Finance and Taxes. He was a lobbyist working on finance and taxation issues from 1977 until 2003. Since retiring from the City of Las Vegas in 2001 he has been a consultant. Marvin continues to represent the Urban Consortium, composed of the five largest cities in the state, since the 2003 legislative session through the 2007 Legislative Session.
Tom Ciesynski, Member
Current Term 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2019
Thomas Ciesynski was appointed as Washoe County School District's Chief Financial Officer in August 2013.  Prior to that time, Mr. Ciesynski served as Interim Chief Financial Officer during portions of 2011 and 2012 and as Chief Accountant for nineteen years after starting with the District in 1991 as its Senior Accountant.  During his time with the District, Mr. Ciesynski has worked with and supervised all aspects of the District's financial operations including the implementation of the existing information technology system.  Prior to coming to the District, Mr. Ciesynski served as the Assistant Controller for Sparks Family Hospital in Sparks, Nevada, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services (the third largest healthcare corporation in the United States), from November 1989 to October 1991.  Mr. Ciesynski obtained his certified public accountant's designation having passed all four parts of the exam in his first attempt and working for the top four international accounting firm Ernst & Young in Sacramento, California from January, 1987 to November, 1989.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada-Reno with high academic standing.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Northern Nevada Association of Government Accountants.  He also participates with the Council of Great City Schools, whose membership includes the largest urban school districts in the United States.  In 2016, Mr. Ciesynski was appointed to the Committee on Local Government Finance for the State of Nevada representing the Nevada Association of School Boards.
Jessica Colvin, Member
Current Term 12/1/2017 to 11/30/2020
Jessica Colvin was appointed by the Clark County Board of County Commissioners as the County Comptroller in June 2011. Prior to becoming Comptroller, Ms. Colvin was the controller of a non-profit organization, Nevada HAND. Ms. Colvin started her career working for a public accounting firm primarily auditing non-profit organizations and government agencies for over 10 years. Ms. Colvin is a native Nevadan, graduating from Valley High School and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a CPA licensed in the state of Nevada. 
Jeff Cronk, Member
Current Term 1/30/2017 – 1/29/2020
Mr. Cronk has over twenty years of experience as a  local government finance professional.  Jeff began his employment at the City of Sparks s the Accounting Manager in January 2006, and was appointed as the Director of the City's Financial Services Department in January 2010.  In addition to his local government experience at the City of Sparks, he has been employed at the Washoe County School District and was an auditor for a variety of governmental agencies in Northern Nevada while earning his professional license.  Jeff also has a broad range of financial management experience outside of the governmental world including manufacturing and not-for-profit industries.  Mr. Cronk obtained his college education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a Certified Public Accountant, holding an active license since 1995, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Association of Government Accountants.
Marty Johnson, Member
Current Term 7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020
Mr. Martin Johnson is the president of JNA Consulting Group, LLC, an independent public financial advisory firm. He has worked in the municipal finance industry for over 25 years. He has advised clients in Arizona, California and Nevada on the issuance of more than 500 transactions totaling more than $15 billion. He has worked on projects for every school district in the State of Nevada. He is well regarded for his quantitative and financial modeling skills having developed large, complex capital financing models for many of his clients. He also has extensive experience assisting clients with credit rating presentations and legislative issues. He has provided “Bonds 101” training to numerous agencies and organizations throughout the State. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his family. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance from Brigham Young University.
Gina Rackley, Member
Current term 4/26/2018 to 1/31/2020.
Gina Rackley was appointed by the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners as the County Comptroller in January 2017. Prior to that, she served as the Humboldt County Treasurer for ten years. Gina began her career in local government finance in the City of Winnemucca Clerk / Treasurer’s office in 1990. She accepted a position in the Humboldt County Comptroller’s office from 1999 to 2006 when she was elected as Treasurer. Gina is a native Nevadan, born in Hawthorne. She attended the University of Nevada – Reno and graduated from Great Basin Community College in Winnemucca with a degree in Business Administration. Gina is a member of the Government Finance Officers of America, Government Investment Officers of America, and the County Fiscal Officers Association of Nevada.
Beth Kohn-Cole, Member
Current Term 3/31/2017 to 3/31/2020
Ms. Beth Kohn-Cole is the partner in charge of audit and accounting services for the public accounting firm of Kohn & Company LLP. She is a CPA licensed in the states of Nevada, California and Florida. Ms. Kohn-Cole has over 34 years of experience in public accounting with an emphasis on local governments, nonprofits and homeowner associations as well as other industries. Kohn & Company LLP was established August 2013 and is located in Reno. The firm performs auditing, which is the distinctive service of a public accounting firm, as well as provides tax preparation services and a wide range of management advisory services including arbitration support services, internal audit services, internal control reviews, forensic accounting, business acquisition support, computer software purchase and implementation, training and consultation regarding accounting procedures, and bookkeeping and cash management services. Ms. Kohn-Cole is a member of the AICPA, the Nevada Society of CPAs and a member of the Local Government Finance Committee of the State of Nevada.
Jim McIntosh
Current Term 1/30/2017-10/31/2019
Jim McIntosh was named Finance Director for the City of Henderson in July 2016 where he is responsible for management and operational oversight of the City's Finance Department.  Prior to joining the City, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Clark County School District (CCSD), the nation's fifth largest school district, where he worked for the past seventeen years and previously served as both the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and the Accounting Director. As Chief Financial Officer at CCSD, he was directly responsible for a broad range of operations including accounting, budget, investments, risk management, facilities, information technology, and debt management.  He has served on state task forces related to education funding, is an alumnus of the Clark County Public Education Executive Leadership Program and the Harvard Public Education Leadership Project.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Association for Finance Professionals.
Christine Vuletich, Member
Current Term 2/01/2017 to 1/31/2020
Christine Vuletich is the Assistant County Manager for Finance and Administration at Washoe County where she oversees the Budget division in the County Manager’s Office and the departments of Comptroller, Technology Services, Human Resources and the Registrar of Voters. Christine has served in local government finance and management for more than 20 years. Her previous experience includes the positions of Assistant County Manager and Chief Financial Officer for Douglas County, Nevada, Director of Finance for the City of South Lake Tahoe, California, Assistant Finance Director for the City of Folsom, California, Finance Administrator for the Sacramento Regional Transit District, in Sacramento, California, and Deputy Treasurer for the El Dorado Irrigation District in Placerville, California. Christine is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada. She also served on the Board of the California Municipal Treasurer’s Association for ten years, and is a two term Past President of that organization. Her education includes a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in General Management from Golden Gate University, and a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Sacramento.
Mary Walker, Member
Current Term 3/31/2017 to 3/31/2020
Ms. Mary Walker, CPA is the founder and President of Walker & Associates. Ms. Walker's area of expertise includes local government finance including budget and capital planning, debt management, and redevelopment and government affairs. Ms. Walker has also had extensive experience working with the Nevada State Legislature regarding local government and hospital issues. Ms. Walker's financial experience includes 4 years in public accounting and 12 years as the Carson City Finance Director. Ms. Walker was also the Carson City Redevelopment Director for 5 years. In 1998, Ms. Walker founded Walker & Associates, a private consulting firm focusing on government affairs and financial management for local governments. Ms. Walker served on the Legislative Subcommittee Studying Laws Relating to the Distribution among Local Governments of Revenue from State and Local Taxes. Ms. Walker is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and Nevada Society of CPAs. Ms. Walker is past director of the Nevada Community Credit Union, fiscal officer for the Nevada Association of Counties, officer of the Redevelopment Association of Nevada and officer of the Nevada Government Finance Officers Association. Ms. Walker received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Paul Johnson, Member
Current Term 7/01/2016 to 6/30/2019

Paul Johnson, Chief Financial Officer
Paul has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the White Pine County School District since March 1997 and has had the privilege of serving on a number of Nevada fiscal panels and funding studies to evaluate the Nevada Plan funding formula for K-12 education.  Most recently, he was involved on a committee tasked with repairing and simplifying the current Nevada Plan funding formula.  In 2013 through 2014 he served as a member of the Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding Technical Advisory Committee.  The Task Force was created to recommend a plan for funding public schools based upon a weighted formula that takes into consideration the individual educational needs and demographic characteristics of pupils.  Through his efforts and involvement with various committees that serve to improve Nevada's funding, he has earned the following awards:  

  • Nevada Association of School Boards:  District Level Administrator Impacting Student Achievement
  • Nevada Association of School Boards:  Executive Director's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education and Nevada School Boards Service During the 2015 Session of the Nevada Legislature
  • Nevada Association of School Boards:  Executive Director's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education and Nevada School Boards Service as a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding
  • Nevada Association of School Administrators:  Central Office Professional-Technical Administrator of the Year 

In September 2002, he was appointed to the White Pine County Commission by Governor Kenny C. Guinn and served the remaining term through 2004.  During this period he served as the Vice Chair and Chairman of the Commission and served on several advisory committees.

 

Mr. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UNLV and has a diverse background including experience with small businesses, corporations and local government operations.  He is actively involved in civic organizations, local government affairs, economic development and youth athletics/activities.