Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and Remote Work Strategies

Presented on:
March 30, 2021 10:00 AM PT
1 hour, 30 minutes

Many organizations have implemented telecommuting and work-from-home setups in response to COVID-19. These new work conditions pose significant challenges to employers and employees as they adapt to abrupt changes.

Join us for our panel discussion to hear how governmental entities are navigating the remote work environment. We’ll cover key ways to adapt operations, internal control processes, and public outreach programs to combat challenges brought on by COVID-19.

This webcast is the first of a series, so stay tuned for related future content.



Laurie Tish, CPA, Partner and Governmental Services National Practice Leader, Moss Adams

Laurie focuses on serving municipal utilities and governmental entities. Her expertise includes generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) pertinent to governmental entities, municipal and tax-exempt finance, regulatory and statutory accounting and reporting, and federal compliance audits. She also serves as the lead partner on annual examinations and reviews of corporate sustainability reports.

Michelle Kirby, CFO and Director of the Bureau of Revenue & Financial Services, City of Portland

Michelle joined the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services as the Controller in March 2015 and was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer in October 2018. Prior to relocating to Portland, Michelle spent 18 years with the City of Phoenix, AZ, as the Accounting Supervisor for much of that time and serving as the City Controller for four years. She has been actively involved in the Government Finance Officers Association for many years.

David Pierce, Enterprise Services Section Manager, King County Solid Waste Division

Dave leads and manages the Enterprise Services Section of King County’s Solid Waste Division where his responsibilities include executing and monitoring contracts, budgeting, and rates setting. His experience in financial management includes over 16 years of budget development, monitoring and forecasting, as well as cost modeling for rate development used in interlocal agreements.

Gigi Decavalles-Hughes , Director of Finance and Treasurer, City of Santa Monica

Gigi oversees the management of City Hall’s investment portfolio and preparation of the budget; financial operations including financial reporting, purchasing, payroll, and accounts payable; business and revenue operations; internal audit; and risk management. Gigi has held this post for nearly nine of her 24 years with the City of Santa Monica.

Rudy Caluza, Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting, Port of Seattle

Rudy is the director of accounting and financial reporting at the Port of Seattle. His career background also includes chief accounting officer for Metropolitan King County Government; director of executive internal audit for King County Government; congressional auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); and assistant controller in private sector. Rudy is a two-time recipient of the National Management Association “Manager of the Year” award, recipient of the Blacks in Government “Leader of the Year” award, and Port of Seattle “Champion of Diversity” award.

Registration Form

Please make sure Javascript is enabled and your browser is up-to-date.