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About the Office of Management and Budget

Chris Harmon, Assistant Finance Director, Budget Officer

Mr. Harmon joined the Finance Director's Office in May 2018 after serving nearly twenty years in various capacities with the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. He joined OMB in February 2019. Chris previously served as a district Metro Council Member and as a member of the Metro Property Standards and Appeals Board and the Metro Industrial Development Board.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Lipscomb University and a Masters in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.

Kati Guenther

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.

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.

Brandon Hess

Brandon joined the Office of Management and Budget in February 2015. Prior to this, he served as a retail sales manager, where he used nearly seven years of industry expertise to develop and implement a more efficient strategic sales approach; one that resulted in annual double-digit revenue increases. Brandon received his BBA in Finance and Marketing from Austin Peay State University and his MBA in Finance from Belmont University. He also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification in Statistical Analysis and Project Management.

Rose Hirschy

Rose joined the OMB in January 2015. Prior to coming to Nashville, she worked as a Planner in the Indianapolis office of DLZ, one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the Midwestern United States. While at DLZ, she advanced client's capital budgeting and project expense management. She has also worked for an Indianapolis area utility, contributing to the organization's regulatory compliance and environmental stewardship.

Rose earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from Anderson University (Indiana).

Loan Huynh

Loan joined the Office of Management and Budget in January 2015. Loan previously worked for the Kansas City Aviation Department, an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to her employment with Kansas City, she served as a Financial Aid Specialist, reviewing applications to determine eligibility according to federal, state, and institutional guidelines, and providing financial advice to help students fulfill their educational and occupational goals. Loan has experience as a Mutual Fund and Corporate Securities Representative, researching and evaluating prospectuses and resolving service requests. She was also an Intern for the City of Kansas City Missouri Mayor's Office, which provided her with the opportunity to research and make suggestions on policy development, including the city's annual budget proposal. Loan earned a Bachelor of Public Administration and a Master of Public Affairs from Park University.

Rachel Jones

Rachel joined the Office of Management and Budget in September 2019. She previously worked for the City of Killeen, Texas, where she served as a Finance Grants Analyst, monitoring and administrating federal, state, and local grant applications and contracts.  Prior to working in grants, she was the Budget Administrator for the Public Works Department. Rachel also served in Killeen’s Finance Department as an Accounting Specialist, performing various duties such as accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Rachel’s career took her to Enterprise Alabama, where she applied her accounting skills as a bookkeeper for the Enterprise City School System. Rachel earned her BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M - Central Texas and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Tadayoshi Kawawa

Tadayoshi joined the Office of Management and Budget in March 2019. He moved to the Nashville area from Wichita, KS, where he served Sedgwick County first as an ICMA Local Government Management Fellow and later as a budget analyst. During his time with Sedgwick County, he advised elected officials and department heads on county policy and budgetary needs, conducted a logistical and financial needs assessment for the 2018 General Election, assessed the feasibility of proposals and made recommendations following an RFP, and assisted with the development of the first update to the county’s strategic plan in twenty years.

Tadayoshi received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Wichita State University. While earning his MPA, he also worked as a graduate research assistant focused on public finance.

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.

Mathew Miletich

Mathew joined the Office of Management and Budget in September 2019 as a Revenue Analyst. Prior to this, he worked in Nashville as a Credit Risk Analyst, utilizing various ad-hoc methodologies to complete projects geared towards reducing nonessential expenses. Mathew has considerable international experience, having lived and worked for seven years on three continents outside of North America, where he developed fluency in Korean.  Mathew received his BA in International Relations from Eckerd College and his MA in Global Risk from Johns Hopkins University – SAIS.

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 started with OMB in December 2012 as a Budget Analyst and is now serving as the Strategic Business Coordinator. His career in government began with the State of Tennessee in the Department of Economic and Community Development where he reviewed and evaluated 159 grant applications for the State of Tennessee's Community Development Block Grant Program and provided oversight and compliance for 59 awarded grants totaling $29,500,000. Dustin transferred to the Department of Environment and Conservation, where he administered $5,699,480 in regard to the Waste Tire Recycling Grant Program. During his first two years with OMB, some of the departments Dustin has worked with on their budgets include Codes, Planning, Public Works, and Water.

Dustin's educational background includes a Doctorate of Public Administration from Valdosta State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Berea College.

Richie Swiger

Richie joined the Office of Management and Budget in March 2017. Prior to coming to Metro, Richie served as a Branch Representative at Cornerstone Financial Credit Union, where he excelled in customer service and collaborative problem solving. Richie has also worked at Region's Bank in Nashville. His other professional experience includes financial reporting and cash handling operations.

Richie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University.

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. Alicia served on the Special Olympics Tennessee Young Professionals Advisory Board from 2012 to 2013. In 2014, she earned a Certified Municipal Finance Officer certification. She has been actively involved with the Metro Employees Consolidated Charities Campaign since 2007.