2017-2018 Elected Board Members

President: John Giammo

John Giammo began his federal career in Retired and Annuitant Pay in 2008 as a temporary contractor for Lockheed Martin.  He then became a permanent employee with DFAS-CL when the contract returned to the government in January 2010. In addition to Retired Pay, John has held positions in Civilian Pay and in Audit Readiness. John transferred to NASA Glenn Research Center in December 2016. He currently serves as a Budget Analyst in the Instutional Resources Branch in Finance.


Academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Cleveland State University and twenty four hours of accounting-related coursework.  Subsequently, John has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP), CompTIA Security+, Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), Financial Management (FM) and Lean6 Green Belt certifications.  Moreover, John graduated from the Cleveland Federal Community Leadership Institute (CFCLI) program in June 2016.


John has been an active member of the ASMC Cleveland Chapter since joining in 2011, serving three and a half years as the Marketing Coordinator, two years on the Newsletter Committee and one year as the Vice President of Programs. He also received the Chapter’s Member Scholarship Award for academic excellence in 2012, while pursuing his Master’s degree.


Outside of DFAS, John enjoys watching sports, movies, Netflix, travel, trivia and spending time with family and friends. He is a passionate fan of the Browns, Cavs, Indians and Buckeyes.

President-Elect: 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 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.

Vice President of Membership: Lillian Powell

Lillian Powell joined Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in 2010. Previously, she worked as a government contractor in Retired Military and Annuitant Pay (R&A) for Lockheed Martin Information Technology. During her career at DFAS, Lillian has worked in different areas including Military Pay, R&A Pay Call Center/Customer Care Center, Civilian Pay, and now Audit Readiness (AuR). 


A graduate of Hiram College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management and a minor in Communication. She also has an associate degree in Arts & Science from Cuyahoga Community College.  In 2016, she started her new position as an Accountant in Audit Readiness under the Leaders in Motion (LIM) program.


She has been an active member in American Society Military Comptroller (ASMC) since August 2015 and served on the Membership Committee for the past two years.  Lillian participated in membership drive events that allowed her to speak with prospective members about ASMC and what an elite organization they will be joining. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve as Vice President of Membership in the Cleveland Chapter.


Lillian has volunteered for Autism Speaks, Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society-“Making Strides against Breast Cancer”, and ASMC community service. She believes that giving back to the community is self-fulfilling and motivating for her. Also, she enjoys traveling, photography, gardening, fishing, attending the theater, and spending time with her family and friends.

Vice President of Programs: 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 is currently serving as an Accountant in the Accounts Maintenance and Control (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, Local PDI sub-committee before accepting the role as VP of Programs (2017-2018).  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 spending 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 13 years and has two children: Hayden (daughter) and Colton (son). 

Vice President of Nominations: Jessica Ciccolini

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) and Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) certifications.


Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their families and friends.  Hobbies include bicycling, hiking, reading, and spoiling her puppy, Sully.

Treasurer: CWO3 Matthew Pfarr, USMC

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Pfarr enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003 and was assigned as a Disbursing Technician. During his enlisted career he served as a separations pay clerk, auditor, travel clerk, Lead Defense Travel Administrator, administrative analyst, and travel auditor. In 2013 he attended Warrant Officer Basic Course and was reassigned to be a Finance Officer.  He currently serves as the Deputy Disbursing Officer of DSSN 6102 in Disbursing Operations at DFAS Cleveland where he is responsible for preparing fiscal documents and reporting to transactions to treasury. Overseas deployments include Iraq and Bahrain. He has also volunteered as a Suicide Awareness Trainer and Uniformed Victim Advocate.

CWO3 Pfarr joined ASMC Cleveland Chapter in 2016 to broaden his defense finance experience and learn from the financial expertise of fellow professionals. He served a year on the Scholarship Committee.  He earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Park University and is Financial Management (FM) certified. He is currently pursuing Certified Defense Financial Management (CDFM) Certification.

In his free time he enjoys playing card games, running, reading, writing music, serving in his church’s worship team, and spending time with family. He is married with three children.

Secretary: Shana Rose

Shana Rose has been with DFAS since 2007, and currently works in Departmental Reporting in Accounting Operations.  In her role, she works with her team to produce quarterly financial statements for the Navy, as well as reporting monthly to Treasury. 


Shana has been a member of ASMC since 2008, and formerly served as the Treasurer.  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 has recently started fostering cats, dogs, & rabbits through the Cleveland APL.  She also tries to stay active by playing volleyball several times a week.

2017-2018 Committee Members

Position Name
President John Giammo
President-Elect Elena Baykal
     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 VACANT
     Military Liaison VACANT
     Military Liaison Dominique Bray
Past Presidents Advisory Board  
     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
Vice President of Membership Lillian Powell 
     Membership Committee  LCDR Brad Braunaugh
     Membership Committee  Jim Caywood
     Membership Committee  Jane Mullins
     Membership Committee  Perlita Arnold
     Membership Committee  Lucinda Holden
     Membership Committee  Seung (Jay) Choi
     Membership Committee  Sandra Morgan
Vice President of Programs Lance Jones 
     Local PDI Committee Sarah Ruppert
     Local PDI Committee Jennifer Polcar
     Local PDI Committee David Rose
     Luncheon Committee Stan Foster
     Luncheon Committee Paul Cotton
     Luncheon Committee Kari Vescio
     Luncheon Committee VACANT
     Special Events Committee Paul Cotton
     Special Events Committee Ashley Platko
     Marketing Committee VACANT
Vice President of Nominations Jessica Ciccolini
     CDFM Committee Brenda Banks-Hammonds
     CDFM Committee Kira Swanson
     CDFM Committee Jason Ward
     Education/Scholarship Committee Julie Coghlan
     Education/Scholarship Committee Kari Vescio
     Education/Scholarship Committee Kelsey Zifzal
Treasurer Matthew Pfarr
     Treasurer Committee Dana Malone
     Treasurer Committee Gerald Whitsett
Secretary Shana Rose
    Newsletter Editor Daniel Goliat
          Newsletter Committee VACANT
          Newsletter Committee VACANT
          Newsletter Committee VACANT
          Newsletter Committee VACANT

    Webmaster Committee

LCDR Brad Brunaugh