Bookkeepers Conference Sessions

8:00am - 8:30am 

Registration &  Refreshments

8:30am - 8:45am 


8:45am - 9:45am

Evidence-Based Model Implementation for School Support Professionals The Evidence Based Formula is a game changer for all school districts and will have an impact on local decisions and budget allocations. Support professionals will get an insider view on how this change impacts their district and the role they will play as this new funding becomes a reality.
Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D. SFO, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, Illinois ASBO

9:50am - 10:50am

Payroll Track: Updates on ACH and Fraud Protection

Learn about changes that will enable the issuance and receipt of same day ACH Transactions and get information on the importance of ACH Positive Pay Fraud protection.

Jill L. Hagan
SVP/Government Banking Division Mgr., MB Financial Bank, N.A. 
Todd C. Sholeen Vice President, Huntington National Bank

Non-Payroll Track: How Can I Assist My Business Manager with Food Service Responsibilities?

In this session, we will review applications, filing claims, what to look for on invoices and tips to meet the food service deadlines.

Cynthia J. Dykas
 Business Manager, CSBO, Worth SD 127
Abe Singh  Business Manager, Hawthorn CCSD 73
Sharlyne P. Williams Chief School Business Official, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 168

10:55am - 11:55am

Payroll Track: In The Weeds - Understanding the TRS Annual Report

Learn how to prepare yourself for the Annual Report throughout the year and tips and tricks to avoid common errors.

Sean P. Carney
Asst. Supt./Business, Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125
Maureen Owens Accounting Supervisor, Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125

Non-Payroll Track: Avoid Fraud - Internal Controls to Help Track Your Receipts

Explore how local school districts have become victims of fraud and what you can do to protect your district and yourself. Bring your problems and we will address your concerns.

Aimee L. Briles V.P./Government Funds, Wintrust Financial
Julie-Ann C. Fuchs Associate Superintendent, Kaneland CUSD 302

11:55am - 12:45pm


12:45pm - 1:45pm

Payroll Track: Payroll Basics

If you are new to payroll or would just like a general refresher, walk through the payroll process and get helpful hints along the way.

Sean P. Carney
Asst. Supt./Business. Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125

Non-Payroll Track: Business Office Internal Controls

Learn about internal controls, why they are put in place and how they keep a district safe.

Elizabeth Gasparini 
CPA, Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd.
Brittany M. Tjardes Dir./Business Services, Lake Forest SD 67 & 115

1:50pm - 2:50pm

Payroll Track: Payroll Laws

Walk through all of the laws surrounding payroll, focusing on the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime. Learn about additional IRS Regulations and stay for questions and answers at the conclusion of the session.

Mary B. Kalou
Assistant Superintendent, Maine Twp. HSD 207

Non-Payroll Track: Ask the Auditors

Ever wonder why your auditors ask you questions about protocols for check disbursement? Or perhaps, why you have to create a new account for a grant? In this session, you will have the ability to ask our distinguished panel of auditors for answers to many different types of questions.

Betsy R. Allen 
Audit Principal, Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd.
Matt R. Beran 
Partner, Lauterbach & Amen, LLP
Carl Thomas 
Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

2:55pm - 3:55pm

Payroll Track: IMRF from the Employer Perspective

We know that IMRF is a pension plan, but why do employees have to join? What are the responsibilities of IMRF employers? What are the hottest topics within IMRF? Come meet an IMRF representative and learn everything you need to know about IMRF.

Kevin Davis
Field Representative Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)

Non-Payroll Track: p-Card Processing & Internal Controls

Explore what controls and procedures are necessary to protect your district and employees who use p-Cards.

Robyn M. Cornelissen
 Finance Manager, East Maine SD 63
Andrew L. Mace Partner, Klein Hall CPAs
Holly Wallace
Sponsored Programs Coordinator, Illinois ASBO