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Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) Member Biographies

Tino Batt, Fort Hall, Idaho
Tino Batt is an enrolled member and employee of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. Batt has served on the Fort Hall Business Council, the governing body of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho. Batt has served in the position as tribal treasurer from 2009 to 2015. In this position, Batt was involved in monitoring the financial management and accounting practices of all tribal entities operating within the tribal government structure. Batt serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Bancorporation Co. and volunteers with the local AARP Foundation Tax Aide program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on the reservation. In addition, Batt continues to serve on various committees under the Department of Health and Human Services with Administration for Children and Families Tribal Advisory Committee, and the Alternate for the Northwest Region for the Secretary Tribal Advisory Committee. In the past, Batt has represented the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Tribal Interior Budget Council with the Department of Interior. Batt has a B.S. degree in Human Resource/Corporate Training and Development from Idaho State University. (Indian Tribal Governments)

Susan Bernstein, New York, New York
Susan Bernstein is special counsel in the New York office of at Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP, where she has been advising employers and plan sponsors on ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation for over 20 years. Bernstein has experience working with qualified plans, nonqualified plans, 457 plans and 403(b) plans, as well as health and welfare plans. Bernstein is so-char of the Employee Benefit and Compensation Committee for the New York State Bar Association and serves on the Executive Compensation and Benefits Committee for the New York Bar Association. Bernstein has written numerous articles on employee benefit issues in addition to being a frequent speaker on employee benefit topics. Bernstein was named one of Employee Benefit Adviser’s Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising and was recognized by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel Honoree and by WHEDco with a Pro Bono Leadership Award. Bernstein holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the New York Bar. (2016 – 2017 Co-Chair, Employee Plans)

Judith Boyette, San Francisco, California
Judith Boyette is a partner in Hanson Bridgett LLP, a San Francisco law firm, and is the senior partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits Group. Prior to joining her law firm, Boyette spent more than 10 years at the University of California as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Benefits. Boyette’s clients include single employer and multi-employer plans, 403(b) plans, church plans and governmental plans. Boyette received a J.D. from the Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the California Bar. (Employee Plans)

Natasha Cavanaugh, Seattle, Washington
Natasha Cavanaugh is a tax attorney for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Cavanaugh served as lead tax attorney at a major public research university, where she managed complex tax matters, including the university's medical resident FICA tax refund claim. When in private practice, Cavanaugh represented educational organizations, museums, private foundations and other tax-exempt organizations. Cavanaugh has a J.D., University of Virginia, M.A., Sociology and a B.A., Economics, Stanford University. (Exempt Organizations)

Dean J. Conder, Denver, Colorado
Dean Conder is the Deputy State Social Security Administrator for the State of Colorado and has more than 15 years of experience working with state and local governments on FICA tax compliance matters and related training. Conder is a member of the National Conference of State Social Security Administrators and serves as its training and succession-planning chairperson. Conder co-authored an article on "Common Errors in State and Local Government FICA and Public Retirement System Compliance," which was published in the Government Finance Review (GFOA) in August 2009. Conder has also served as a state level board member for the state's Section 457 retirement plan. Conder previously served on the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and is a past president of the National Association of State Social Security Administrators. Conder holds an M.S. degree from the University of Denver College of Law. (Federal, State and Local Governments)

David Danenfelzer, Austin, Texas
David Danenfelzer is a community development professional committed to advancing the fields of nonprofit management, community planning and public finance. His current employer, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, is a statewide nonprofit housing finance corporation. Danenfelzer has helped Texas State Affordable to increase investment in affordable housing, redesigned its multifamily bond finance programs and created the first statewide affordable housing land bank. Danenfelzer is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his MSCRP at the University of Texas at Austin. (Tax Exempt Bonds)

Vandee V. DeVore, Jefferson City, Missouri
Vandee DeVore is the Deputy State Social Security Administrator for the State of Missouri and has more than 27 years of government experience, including experience, including experience as an accountant, tax auditor, payroll manager and Assistant Director, Division of Accounting. As the Assistant Director, Division of Accounting, DeVore oversaw and managed statewide payroll and policy, including tax withholding, reporting and reconciliations, Social Security administration and statewide employee benefit budget preparation. As the Deputy State Social Security Administrator, DeVore acts for the state with respect to its responsibilities for maintaining and administering the provisions of the state's Section 218 agreement/modifications and the proper application of Social Security and Medicare coverage. DeVore is an active member of the Association of Government Accountants, having served in several roles in the local chapter and the national organization. DeVore currently serves as the past-president on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Social Security Administrators. DeVore is also an adjunct instructor of managerial, governmental and nonprofit accounting at Columbia College in Missouri. DeVore holds a CGFM and has a B.A. degree in accounting from William Woods College in Missouri and an M.B.A. from Columbia College. (Federal, State and Local Governments)

Marcelino Gomez, Phoenix, Arizona
Marcelino Gomez served as the Assistant Attorney General (Tax and Finance) at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice for 26 years and as an Assistant General Counsel at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Gomez represented the tribal governments on matters related to federal and state taxes including the risk management, employee benefit and retirement programs. Gomez is now in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Gomez received a B.B.A. in Accounting from New Mexico State University and J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Gomez is a member of the State Bars of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the Navajo Nation Bar Association, the ABA Tax Section and is a USSF Soccer referee and instructor. (Indian Tribal Governments)

William Johnson, Dallas, Texas
Bill Johnson is the senior vice president for First Southwest. Johnson is responsible for managing, mentoring and strategic planning for 22 rebate professionals. Client relationship responsibility includes rebate liability planning and implementation of tax changes for tax-exempt bond clients. Johnson is responsible for developing and implementing the current internal arbitrage compliance and maintains a list of arbitrage clients from state and local governments. Johnson earned his B.B.A. degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and an M.S. degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University. Johnson is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPAs and is a licensed CPA in Texas. (Tax Exempt Bonds)

Cindy Lott, New York, New York
Cindy M. Lott serves as Interim Academic Program Director for Nonprofit Management Programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Prior to her current position, Lott served as Executive Director and Senior Counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, and within that Program was the developer and lead counsel to the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project from 2006-2015. Currently, Lott is also a Senior Fellow at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, working in conjunction with the Institute’s Tax Policy and Charities project. Lott develops and moderates a series of national convenings on state and federal regulation of the charitable sector and is engaged in research regarding regulatory capacity and enforcement at the state level. Lott is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Lott is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Indiana and Massachusetts. (Exempt Organizations)

Amy Coates Madsen, Baltimore, Maryland
Amy Coates Madsen is the director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where she has served for more than 20 years. Madsen specializes in nonprofit organization management and governance issues and works with organizations of all sizes and mission areas. Madsen serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of nonprofit best practices, board conduct, openness/transparency, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics and regulation, and nonprofit management. Madsen received her B.A. degree from Virginia Tech, and her M.A. in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University. (Exempt Organizations)

Floyd Newton III, Atlanta, Georgia
Newton is a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta in the public finance practice. He has more than 30 years of broad experience with tax-exempt bonds. Newton is an active member of the ABA Tax Section 103 Committee and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Newton was President of NABL in 1998-1999 and served on NABL’s Board of Directors from 1994-2000. Newton received a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia Law School. (Tax Exempt Bonds)

Christopher W. Shankle, Shreveport, Louisiana
Chris Shankle is a senior vice president with Argent Trust Company in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shankle assists his clients with a broad array of employee benefits issues, including retirement plan governance and fiduciary matters, plan design, testing and disclosure matters. Throughout his career, Shankle has been involved in numerous outreach initiatives on employee benefits issues and is a frequent speaker on the subject. Shankle has led the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants technical resource panel on employee benefit plans monitoring legislative and regulatory activity. Shankle has more than 26 years of experience in the employee benefit industry and is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. Shankle received a degree is from the University of Mississippi’s school of Accounting and is a licensed CPA in Mississippi and Louisiana. (Employee Plans)

Andrew Watt, Arlington, Virginia
Andrew Watt is the president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals based in Arlington, Virginia, representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year around the world for countless causes. Named president in 2011, Watt has worked for the nonprofit community since the early 1990s. Watt serves on the board of directors for AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada. From 1993 to 2005, Watt was employed by a similar organization in Britain. Watt has international experience, fundraising expertise and experience with small/medium nonprofits. Watt has served on the Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector since 2012. Watt has served as both a volunteer and board member of many nonprofit organizations. Watt sits on the board of the National Philanthropic Trust – UK and is currently chair of the American Friends of Winchester College. Watt was an adjunct faculty member of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota from 2007–2012 where he taught on the globalization of philanthropy. Watt received a B.A. at the University of Edinburgh. (Exempt Organizations)

Matthew I. Whitehorn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matt Whitehorn is a partner in the Tax Department and chair of the Employee Benefits Group at Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia. Whitehorn has more than 25 years' experience working with qualified and non-qualified plans including 457(b) and (f) plans, and 403(b) plans. Whitehorn co-chairs the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee. Whitehorn has a B.A./M.A. in History from The Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Tax L.L.M. program at the Temple University School of Law. (2016 – 2017 Chair, Employee Plans)

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