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Talia Lomax-O'dneal

Talia joined the OMB in September 2000 from the State of Tennessee's Department of Finance and Administration. She has worked extensively in the field of finance in the public and private sector for more than 25 years. She has received numerous leadership and professional awards for her work. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of Government Accountants.

Talia received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Laurie Cathey

Laurie joined the Office of Management and Budget in November 2014 as an IT Project Manager and Coordinator. Laurie was previously with the Metro ITS Department where she was a Financial Business Analyst in the Business Solutions Office. Prior to her work at Metro, Laurie worked for Affinion Group as a IT Business Analyst.

Laurie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Kati Fisher

Kati joined the Office of Management and Budget in July 2011. Prior to coming to Metro, Kati worked for global logistics leader, Western Express, where she contributed to advancements in customer service and billing processes. She also served as a Bank Teller for Bank of America. She has significant experience in accounts receivable, billing, and cash handling operations.

Kati received her Bachelor of Business Management degree from Austin Peay State University.

Donna Foster

Donna Foster joined the Metro Nashville Government Finance Department in September 2006 as a Finance Officer in the Division of Accounts. In September 2008, she joined the OMB team as a Budget Analyst. She now serves as a senior grants accountant with the primary responsibility of overseeing 2010 flood recovery efforts with TEMA and FEMA.

Donna received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.

James Gadsden

James joined the Office of Management and Budget as a budget analyst in 2006. He was previously with the Metro General Services Department, where he worked in accounting and financial services for five years. Prior to his work at Metro, James worked for the State of Tennessee as a tax auditor and for a local television station as assistant controller.

James graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.S. in Accounting.

Kenneth Hartlage, CPA, CMA

Ken joined OMB in November 2004. Prior to coming to Nashville, he co-led the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina’s strategic planning program, including the development and implementation of methodologies to cost city services resulting in the elimination of a structural budget deficit. He also oversaw budget activity and provided financial guidance to city departments. Ken has worked with the Field Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, where he led the team which designed the division’s Oracle based operations management system, and designed a scorecard for performance management.

Ken received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lake Forest College. He holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Stacey Hudson

Stacey joined the OMB in March 2013. She started her professional career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania working with Social Security Disability claims. She also has experience in the technology and education industries by providing technical support for computer systems and office support.

Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from Lipscomb University. She holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.

Kathy King

Kathy joined the Office of Management and Budget in January 2005. While with the Office of Management and Budget, she has served as Budget Analyst to 21 Metro Nashville Departments, mostly Elected Official and Public Safety Departments. She began her professional career with Bank of America where she provided treasury services for four years while earning her college degree. After graduation she served as Cash Management Officer for the consolidated government of Augusta, Georgia. In the three years Kathy was with Augusta, she implemented a system for bank reconciliation that modernized the city’s reconciliation process with the latest Treasury Management Services. Kathy’s other duties were providing pension, payroll, general ledger reconciliation services, and budget preparation.

Kathy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia.

Herbert L. Majors, CPA

Herb joined the OMB team in March 2001 to manage Metro's Full Cost Accounting initiative. He has an extensive career in governmental accounting over the past 25 years. Herb has served as the Director of payroll operations for Metro and the State of Tennessee, and as Internal Audit Manager for the State of Tennessee, Department of Health and Environment. He has been recognized for his support and implementation of several Federal/State/Local government initiatives in human resource systems and Federal reporting.

Herb is a member of the International Who's Who of Professionals, Association of Government Accountants and is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and minor in Computer Science.

Greg A. McClarin

Greg joined the OMB in January 2001 as the newly formed Capital Investments Coordinator, responsible for researching, creating and implementing an overall capital project management strategy for Metro Nashville. Greg brings with him over 10 years of experience in the financial management field as a Vice President / Senior Financial Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager at First American National Bank [Regions] here in Nashville. He was responsible for the daily management of First American's $6 Billion investment portfolio, the cash position and the annual corporate revenue forecast.

Greg received a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Architecture and Finance with a minor in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Dennise Meyers

Dennise joined the Division of Grants Coordination in July 2008. Prior to her current assignment, she spent two years as Contract/Operations Coordinator for the Division of Real Property Services, also in the Department of Finance.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio).

In the Division of Grants Coordination, Dennise handles DGC review and approval of grant applications, awards and amendments for fifteen Metro departments and assists with the Mayor’s Office Direct Appropriation and Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) programs.

Kimberly Northern

Kimberly began her employment with Metro in January of 2006 in the Department of General Services’ Shared Business Office. She joined the OMB team in June 2008 to serve as the Department of Finance’s Human Resources Coordinator.

Kimberly attended Austin-Peay State University and Cumberland University.

Dustin Owens

Dustin joined the OMB as a Budget Analyst in 2012. He previously served as a Grants Analyst and Community Planner for the State of Tennessee. Dustin’s educational background includes a Doctorate of Public Administration from Valdosta State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Berea College.

Alicia Viravouth

Alicia started with OMB in November 2012 as a Budget Analyst. Her career began at State Trial Courts, where she worked on the $7.5 million dollar Community Corrections grant along with other administrative duties such as payroll, human resources, accounts payable and receivable and Jury Coordination assistance. While working in the department, she earned a Bachelors in Business and Management degree from the University of Phoenix. She was then promoted to the Health Department as a Finance Officer to manage the $7.5 million dollar Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) and $5 million dollar Fatherhood New Life grants. She is expected to graduate in 2014 with a Master of Accountancy from Lipscomb University. She also serves on the Special Olympics TN Young Professionals Board, and is actively involved with the Metro Employees Consolidated Charities Campaign since 2007.

Chinita White

Chinita joined the OMB on November 1, 2002. Before joining Metro, she was a Fraud Analyst in the Medicare Division of CIGNA. Her primary responsibility was the recoupment of funds fraudulently or erroneously paid to Medicare providers. She also has experience in internal audit and insurance.

Chinita received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and MBA from Tennessee State University.

Christopher L. Williams

Christopher joined the OMB team in January 2013 as a Budget Analyst. His career began in Louisville, Kentucky as the Executive Director for Canaan Community Development Corporation. While at Canaan CDC, Christopher assisted with the development of First Choice Market located in a community designated as a food dessert, Park DuValle; he managed the $800,000 workforce development grant and reported on the $5.5 million dollar project to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to Canaan CDC, Christopher served as a Management Intern with the City of Paducah – City Manager’s Office.

Christopher graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.

Vaughn Wilson

Prior to joining the Division of Grants Coordination in April 2005, Vaughn Wilson had 5 years of experience with Metro government. She joined Metro in 2000 when she was hired at Richland Village (Social Services) as a Program Specialist II. In 2002, she joined the Caring for Children staff, first as coordinator of the “Youth at Work” grant. (a collaboration between Caring for Children, the YWCA, and Metro Nashville Advancement Center to assist at-risk youth with job training and placement), and then as a case manager for at-risk children and families.

Before coming to Metro, she worked for three years as a Grants Review Officer at Meharry Medical College. At Meharry she reviewed grant applications, examined budgets, wrote and reviewed subcontracts, maintained webpages and databases.

In the Division of Grants Coordination, Vaughn handles DGC review and approval of grant applications, awards and amendments for fifteen Metro departments and completes the Grants Update annually.