2018-2019 Elected Board Members
President: Elena Baykal
Elena Baykal joined ASMC in the fall of 2011, and she enjoys being active with the Chapter. Elena has a Master of Accountancy from Cleveland State University. She previously worked for a CPA firm and joined DFAS in the summer of 2009. She has had the opportunity to work in several different areas of DFAS and has learned a lot about culture and the daily business of DFAS. Currently, Elena works in Systems Operations, where she enjoys bringing to life innovative ideas and likes to meet new people on different projects. Outside of work, Elena enjoys traveling and eating tasty cuisines.
President-Elect: Lance Jones
Lance Jones began his Financial Management career in 2003 through his Active Duty enlistment in the United States Air Force. After six years of military service he transitioned to civil service as a Customer Service Representative in Retired and Annuitant Pay, DFAS-CL in 2010. Lance served as an Accountant in the Accounts Maintenance and Control (AM&C), DFAS-CL from 2015-2017. Lance currently is the Branch Chief for the ERP (GF) branch in AM&C, DFAS-CL.
Lance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American Public University System (Charles Town, WV) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Accounting.
Lance has been an active member of the ASMC Cleveland Chapter since joining in 2010. He has served as Co-Webmaster when the Cleveland Chapter established the website, Membership Committee, Co-Editor on the Newsletter
Committee, and VP of Programs. Lance has been formally recognized for his outstanding service for many of the committee’s he has served with ASMC.
Aside from his career, Lance enjoys jogging, fishing, volunteering at his church, and spedning time with family and friends. He also enjoys spending time hiking the trails of the Ohio Erie Canal Way. Lance has been married to Shannon for 14 years and has two children.
Vice President of Membership: Lillian Powell
Lillian Powell is serving her second consecutive term as Vice President of Membership in the Cleveland Chapter. During her first-term as VP of Membership, she led eight membership committee members for 2017-2018 and the membership committee had an outstanding year. Lillian Powell is named 2018 ASMC National Recruiter of the Year in size Category A.
Prior to being an officer, she served as a member on the membership committee for two years. Lillian has been an active member of American Society Military Comptroller (ASMC) since August 2015 and she looks forward to new opportunities to continue her involvement in the Cleveland Chapter.
Lillian earned her bachelor’s degree from Hiram College. She majored in Accounting & Financial Management and has a minor in Communication. Currently, she is pursuing a Certified Defense Financial Management (CDFM) Certification.
Lillian has volunteered to participate in ASMC community service, Alzheimer’s Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cleveland Federal Executive Board (FEB) Tutoring Program, and various community services throughout the Cleveland community. Serving the community gives Lillian a sense of purpose because she has a chance to give back and help others. In her free time, Lillian enjoys gardening, photography, fishing, genealogy, sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
Vice President of Programs: Paul Cotton
Paul Cotton began his career with DFAS- Cleveland in March of 2014, when he began his career as a Customer Service Representative in the Customer Care Center. After leaving the Customer Care Center he went on to work as a Military Pay Technician in Retired and Annuity Pay. Paul is seven year U.S. Army Veteran, who finds it rewarding to serve military retirees from all branches of service and carrying out their wishes for their families. Shortly after joining DFAS, Paul became a member of ASMC, which has been instrumental to his personal growth and professional development. In the last 2 years he has served as a member of ASMC’s Programs and Luncheon sub-committees, and look forward to volunteering more of his time to take on greater responsibilities for the Chapter. Paul holds an Associate’s in Business Management from Draughons Junior College in Clarksville, Tennessee and Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Vice President of Nominations: Jessica Ciccolini
joined DFAS Cleveland in 2008 as an Accounting Technician in Accounts Payable. After completing the LIM program, she served as a Contingency Planner within the Site Support Office, then as an audit liaison in Disbursing Operations. She currently works as a management support specialist within the DFAS Cleveland Directors’ Office.
Jessica has been a member of ASMC since November of 2010. She has served in a variety of capacities with the Cleveland Chapter, including Newsletter Committee member, Executive Assistant to the President, President-Elect, President, and Vice President of Nominations.
A graduate of Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, she has also earned the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP), and DoD Financial Management certifications.
Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their families and friends. Jessica and Michael recently expanded their family; their first child, Embry Rocco, was born in February 2018. Once adjusted to her new role as a mother, she plans to partake in her previous hobbies, which include bicycling, hiking, reading, and spoiling her puppy, Sully.
Treasurer: Kari Vescio
Kari Vescio is an Accountant in Audit Readiness, and became a member of the ASMC in December 2016. Kari is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University. She started her career with DFAS Cleveland in August 2009 then transferred to DFAS Rome in July 2010. She then transferred back to DFAS Cleveland in July 2014 during this time she worked in Accounts payable the entire time up until April 2016 when she entered the Leaders in motion program. Kari and her Husband Brad have been married for eight years and have two beautiful daughters, Gianna (6) and Alexis (2). They have a dog named tucker (Yorkie) who is one years old, and the family enjoys taking him on walks and bike rides. Kari strives herself on hard work, multi-tasking and completing all tasks assigned in a timely manner. Kari is looking forward to her new role as Treasurer for ASMC because she wants to further develop her leadership skills and personal development as well as continue to network. She takes pride in serving the customers and mission here at DFAS Cleveland, and is looking forward to a success chapter year
Secretary: Shana Rose
Shana Rose has been with DFAS since 2007, and currently works as a Supervisor in Departmental Reporting in Accounting Operations. In her role, she works with her team to assist Audit Readiness with TI-97 reconciliations, and the Navy with their Financial Statement Report Compilation efforts. Shana has been a member of ASMC since 2008, has formerly served as the Treasurer, and is the current acting Secretary. She has her Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University with an emphasis in Accounting, and is also a Certified Defense Financial Manager. Outside of work she loves to volunteer at the Cleveland Food Bank, and the Cleveland Animal Protective League as a foster for cats, kittens, and special needs rabbits. She also stays active by playing volleyball several times a week.
2018- 2019 Committee Members
|Corporate Sponsorship Committee||VACANT|
|Community Service Committee||Jessica Huff|
|Community Service Committee||Ryan Serne|
|Community Service Committee||Lynn Zielaskiewicz|
|Community Service Committee||Frankie Denmeade|
|Project Management Committee||John Giammo|
|Military Liaison||Dominique Bray|
|Past Presidents Advisory Board|
|Past President||John Giammo|
|Past President||Bryan Conway|
|Past President||Lou Ockunzzi|
|Past President||Frankie Denmeade|
|Past President||Jessica Ciccolini|
|Past President||Jaclyn Donadio|
|Past President||Jason Denmeade|
|Past President||Jeff Hayden|
|VP Membership||Lillian Powell|
|Membership Committee||Perlita Arnold|
|Membership Committee||Seung (Jay) Choi|
|Membership Committee||Sandra Morgan|
|Membership Committee||Kannwanaemelinna Onwudinjo|
|Membership Committee||Jane Mullins|
|Membership Committee||Andrea Alford|
|VP Programs||Paul Cotton|
|Local PDI Committee|
|Local PDI Committee|
|Local PDI Committee||David Rose|
|Luncheon Committee||Stan Foster|
|Luncheon Committee||Julie Pfaff|
|Special Events Committee||VACANT|
|Special Events Committee||Ashley Platko|
|VP Nominations||Jessica Ciccolini|
|CDFM Committee||Kira Swanson|
|CDFM Committee||Victoria Evans|
|Education/Scholarship Committee||Julie Coghlan|
|Education/Scholarship Committee||Falana Banks|
|Education/Scholarship Committee||Jennifer Dunn|
|Education/Scholarship Committee||Kristen Miller|
|Treasurer Committee||Whitney Joy|
|Treasurer Committee||Gerald Whitsett|
|Newsletter Editor||Daniel Goliat|