Chapter Newsletters

Newsletter - Summer 2020


It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2019-2020 ASMC Southside Virginia Chapter President. I am especially appreciative for the great speakers and topics that we have provided our chapter members this year. We have achieved some great accomplishments this year!

Despite the challenges that the COVID19 Pandemic has presented, it continued to be a great year for our chapter. Our luncheons continued to be sup-ported this year by our members who displayed their support through extremely high levels of turnout each month. Unfortunately, due to the current operating environment , our annual Mini-PDI has been postponed. Our chapter continued to showcase its community level focus through various initiatives such as: member participation and serving at the monthly Feed the Hungry events, donations to the local Feed the Hungry effort in Petersburg as well as awarding 11 deserving high school students with college scholar-ships. Additionally, I urge all ASMC Southside Virginia Chapters who are teleworking and are in need of CPEs for the CDFM Certification and DOD FM Certification requirements to check out the virtual PDI opportunities available on the National PDI Website.

As most of you are aware, my tenure as your chapter President ends at the end of June and Nisha Dowdell will transition into the role as our new ASMC Southside Virginia Chapter President. I encourage each member to contact Ms. Dowdell or any other member of our executive committee and get involved whether it be by attending the monthly luncheons, chairing a commit-tee, writing a FM article for our newsletter, volunteering with our community service and fundraising events, or sharing your ideas and suggestions to help our chapter do great things for our local financial management community during this next year and the years to follow.

Cathy Dale, CDFM



Our chapter recently awarded $6,000 to 11 graduating seniors from local high schools. Our chapter raises funds that afford us the opportunity to award the scholarships by our volunteering at the Richmond Raceway, St. Benedict’s Church Oktoberfest, etc.



Our chapter recently donated $1,000 to Feed The Hungry at Journey Ministries. During this pandemic, the Board voted this donation would benefit our community.



We want you to share your accomplishments with us for our next newsletter. Did you earn a degree, obtain your CDFM certification, obtain your FM certification, receive a promotion, volunteer, etc.? If you answered yes to any of the questions or have something else to share, please email your organization's VP or Shelby Harrison at or We will include your accomplishment in our next newsletter.

Certified Defense Financial Management (CDFM) Certification

Congratulations to the following members who obtained their CDFM certification:

          Anglea James (DCMA)
          Anthony Marvan (DeCA)

          Kevin Gray (DLA)
          Steven Orth (DeCA)


Anglea James, MBA, PMP, CSCP, CDFM

Anglea James, is currently a Lead Information Technology Budget and Program Analyst. In her former position as Lead Program Analyst, she was responsible for budget and program analysis for a 243 million dollar reimbursable program portfolio for the Defense Contract Management Agency, she received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her leadership of the agency’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Integrated Process Team (IPT) from November 2018 through July 2019.  Ms. James earned her CDFM in Feb 2020.


The Southside Virginia Chapter retained our Five Star Status for 2019-2020 and also received Community Service Excellence award.

The Five Star Status award is presented to chapters who meet the following requirements:
          1. Monthly Meetings

          2. Executive Committee Meeting

          3. Newsletters

          4. Quarterly Newsletter and

          5. Administrative
The Community Service Excellence award is presented to chapters who provides the community with philanthropic services.

Newsletter - Fall 2019

Your ASMC Southside VA Chapter has been diligently working behind the scenes to provide our DoD financial management community with world class speakers.

The ASMC Executive Committee strives to provide our membership with quality speakers with relevant, value added Financial Management topics to ensure our FM Workforce is highly trained and well informed.  Attendees can use these training luncheons to meet CPE requirements for CDFM, CDFM-A, and/or DoDFM Levels I, II and III Certifications.  Each luncheon is worth 1 CPE.

The Executive Committee hit the ground running this year with three outstanding speakers who provided training on various informative and educational topics.  In July, Ms. Nicole Vickery, DCMA Program Analyst, kicked off the 19/20 ASMC training year speaking to our membership about the "Strategic Planning Process."  Ms. Crystal Squire, DCMA Financial Systems Project Manager, provided an interesting presentation at our August luncheon on "Financial Analysis & Reporting."  In September, Mr. Kirby B.Lampersberger, Director, Army's Manpower & Force Management Course (MFMC), provided our Chapter with an "Overview of the Army's Manpower & Force Management Course."  

And, the committee is looking forward to our October speaker, Ms. Erica Chambliss, Chief, Manpower Execution Branch, HQ DeCA.  Her topic will be on "Quantitative Analysis Tools for Manpower Decision Support."  We hope to see you there!

Newsletter - Summer 2019


I am honored to serve as your 2019-2020 ASMC Southside Virginia Chapter President and excited to work with the Executive Committee to coordinate new and exciting educational events for our members.  New officers were installed on Tuesday, 25 June, at Luca's restaurant.  The Executive Committee is ready to plan and organize valuable training and learning opportunities that will help each of you excel in your career aspirations.  I hope to see your continued support for these activities and participation at our fundraising and community service events in the coming year.

Outgoing President, Ms. Linda Randall, did an outstanding job this past year leaving me with some BIG shoes to fill.  She worked diligently to ensure that our local ASMC Chapter maintained a 5-star status.  This was no easy feat as only 20 of a total of approximately 120 Chapters earn this status.  But, the hard work of our members did not go unnoticed and our Chapter earned awards for Communications and Community Service at the National PDI.  And, the feedback I have received from the Mini-PDI was phenomenal - our members are still raving about the great speakers we were able to lock in.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any recommendations for speakers and/or training topics for our membership.  I encourage each of you to take advantage of the activities offered by our local Chapter and actively participate and attend our monthly luncheons this year.

Cathy Dale, CDFM

Newsletter - Fall (Oct/Nov) 2018

These first three months of my presidency have flown by! Everyone is actively engaged in their agencies fiscal year end closeout while striving to be active in achieving our Chapter goals for fund raising, planning luncheons, a Holiday luncheon and what will be here before you know it, the Mini PDI in March. I am very pleased to serve as your president this year and I feel that the executive committee is committed to retain our Five Star status and bring more foresight as well as cohesion into our business processes.

Newsletter - Winter (Dec/Jan) 2018

We ended 2017 with a wonderful celebration at the Lee Club. We enjoyed

holiday music provided by the Dragon Scales by the talented Appomatax Regional

Governor’s School while relaxing and enjoying a nice meal . It was all

about our members socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Loads of

laughter and lots of pictures to capture the memories.

Newsletter - Fall (Oct/Nov) 2017

We kicked off our first monthly luncheon in August with an interesting

presentation from Ms. Renee Halton from the Richmond Federal

Reserve.She was followed in September with a presentation from a DCMA

senior Internal Control Analyst, Mr. Shawn Underwood, who emphasized

the importance of having robust user entity controls and the

importance of auditability. In October, Ms. Lily

Eskanos provided us an excellent presentation on personal financial

planning. She provided us with tips, useful websites, and a sample

budget planning spreadsheet for all to use.

In this issue there is a letter from the incoming president, a recap of the August luncheon, contact information for the incoming chair members, and a list of upcoming events. 

Newsletter - May 2017

On March 23, 2017, 120 professionals representing 6 organizations gathered together to attend the Southside Virginia Chapter’s 19th mini PDI training event. Nine speakers led dynamic, informative sessions covering multiple topics from decision support to the congressional budget to personal development. The lunchtime speaker, Mr. David Rohrer from the Air Logistics University, delivered an engaging presentation on leadership, a topic relevant to all. It was an incredibly successful event with very positive feedback. 

In this issue a message from our Chapter President Julie Lawson, Donations to the Food Pantry, FM Certification Deadline Changes, ASMC Membership Dues Increase, Luncheons and Past Chapter Meetings and Upcoming Events...

Newsletter - December 2016

In this issue check out pictures from Holiday Party, learn about ASMC membership dues increase, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and future upcoming events.

In this issue, read about how our President Julie Lawson addresses challenges for the new FY, ASMC membership due to increase and the location for the Christmas Luncheon is booked. 

Newsletter - July 2016

In this issue read a message from our outgoing 2015-2016 Chapter President Cynthia L. Morgan and a message from our incoming 2016 -2017 Chapter President Julie R. Lawson. Check out our new ASMC Executive Board Members 2016-2017, upcoming Chapter events and so much more!!!

In this issue read about what made our 18th Annual Mini PDI such a success and upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

Newsletter - October 2015

Hear from our President...Learn how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity this upcoming holiday season....And see how we have been keeping our chapter going and growing STRONG!!!!

Newsletter - July 2015

Meet our 2015 - 2016 Chapter President Ms. Cynthia Morgan...Read about our Run for the Fallen...See our 2015 ASMC Scholarship recipients....and much more!!!

Newsletter - April 2015

Read how our 17th Annual Mini-PDI was such a GREAT success.  We had over 130 participants!!!

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