Monica R. Valentine is the Executive Director of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). Ms. Valentine serves as the technical director and program administrator for FASAB. Technical activities include developing accounting standards for federal government departments and agencies as well as responding to inquiries regarding the application of accounting standards. Ms. Valentine also manages the research staff supporting Board deliberations.
Prior to her position as FASAB Executive Director, she served as a FASAB Assistant Director leading the Board’s staff work on the classified activities and lease accounting projects. She also worked on the accounting standards for liabilities and natural resources, as well as other related FASAB Interpretations, Technical Bulletins, and Technical Releases. She was also the lead staff member for the Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee (AAPC), a permanent committee of FASAB.
Prior to joining the FASAB staff in 1991, Ms. Valentine was an Audit Manager with the public accounting firm of KPMG. She served several different audit client industries while with KPMG, such as the banking, education, nonprofit, and local government industries. Ms. Valentine is a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and a Certified Government Financial Manager. Ms. Valentine graduated with honors from Howard University receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants.
Melissa BatchelorPhone: 202-512-5976
Ms. Batchelor, who joined FASAB in April 2002, began her federal career at the Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General where she performed financial statement audits as required by the Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990. Ms. Batchelor also worked for the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General for two years as a technical reviewer over financial statement audits. As an audit manager, Ms. Batchelor worked on several first clean audits in the federal government. Ms. Batchelor returned to the Department of Commerce to join the Chief Financial Officer’s office. There, she prepared the Department’s first Accountability Report for fiscal year 1999, which included the Department’s first clean audit opinion and the Department’s second Accountability Report for fiscal year 2000, which received the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting. Ms. Batchelor was also responsible for other financial management activities, including audit follow-up, financial policy updates, and working on the Department’s Government Performance and Results Act Task Force. As a result of her accomplishments toward improved financial management and reporting, Ms. Batchelor received four Bronze Medals, the highest honorary award granted by the Inspector General. Ms. Batchelor graduated with honors from Mary Washington College, receiving a BS in business administration and accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Government Accountants.
Robin GilliamPhone: 202-512-7356
Ms. Gilliam began her federal career in 1997 at the Census Bureau working on the audited Financial Statements. She then gained extensive knowledge in developing core financial systems at Commerce, Labor, and the Treasury Departments. While at Treasury, Ms. Gilliam was the liaison to the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) and the Financial Systems Integration Office (FSIO), joining a team of agency experts to develop the federal core financial system requirements and the standard reimbursable business processes. She also led a diverse group of agencies in developing the Interagency Agreement—IAA—form to standardize reimbursable agreements across the Government. Ms. Gilliam worked closely with OMB and agencies to develop financial data standards and policies, for which she wrote and contributed to the Treasury Financial Manual. Ms. Gilliam joined FASAB in September 2013 and is the project manager on risk reporting. Ms. Gilliam has a Bachelor’s degree in art and psychology from Goucher College and a Certificate in Accounting from UMBC. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Project Management Professional, and is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management.
Leigha KigerPhone: 202-512-7358
Leigha Kiger joined FASAB in 2015 as the organization’s first communications specialist. Ms. Kiger assists in the development of Board publications by editing for clarity, consistency, and uniformity. She also manages internal and external communications, including meeting minutes, newsletters, listserv messages, and FASAB’s website content. Ms. Kiger frequently presents in-person and virtually at conferences on topics including FASAB project updates, plain language writing, and effectively communicating financial information. Before joining FASAB, Ms. Kiger participated in AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service. During her year of service, she piloted and coordinated the first financial literacy program of its kind at a local non-profit in Florida. Ms. Kiger graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and serves as the head webmaster for the DC chapter.
Romona ParkerPhone: 202-512-7350
Ms. Parker joined FASAB in October 2016. She began her federal career with the Department of the Navy, where she primarily worked with the Chesapeake Division as a clerk-typist. In 2001, she transitioned to the United States Army JAG Corps as legal secretary to the Chief of the Trial Counsel Assistance Program and four attorneys. Her responsibilities included filing briefs and motions to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as coordinating training conferences. In doing so, she prepared, processed, and coordinated all domestic and international travel arrangements for the division. In 2012, Ms. Parker assumed the position of staff administrative program analyst for the Directorate of Contracting within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; immediately before joining FASAB, Ms. Parker served as a paralegal specialist for the Army Corps Chief Counsel’s Office.
Ricky A. Perry, Jr.Phone: 202-512-5720
Ricky “Alan” Perry, Jr. joined the FASAB research staff in July 2019. Alan manages projects related to lease accounting and implementation. He serves as the lead staff liaison to the AAPC. Prior to his current role he worked at GAO, where he managed federal financial audits, audited certain disaster relief and tax credit programs, and assessed government-wide payment integrity processes and strategies. While with GAO, Alan detailed with FASAB between 2015 and 2019, managing the Board’s tax expenditures project and supporting its education and outreach efforts. Alan is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of North Carolina and a Certified Government Financial Manager. He is an active member of the Association of Government Accountants (D.C. chapter). He holds a master’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University.
Domenic N. SaviniPhone: 202-512-6841
Mr. Savini began his career with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) where he supervised both mobile and resident audit teams performing a host of compliance, operational and financial statement audits. While serving as a customer service liaison with both the Department of Transportation-Maritime Administration and Department of the Navy, Mr. Savini developed DCAA’s first-ever Maritime Audit Plan. As a result of his accomplishments, in 1998 he was selected for the prestigious Director’s Fellowship Program. Mr. Savini also worked for the Department of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command as a financial analyst and contract negotiator. In that capacity he was primarily responsible for financial management of the Navy’s multibillion dollar Maritime Pre-positioning Ship program. Mr. Savini served in several prominent positions with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). Notably, as Director of REAC’s Public Housing Authority (PHA) Finance Division, he directed the financial assessment and GAAP conversion of HUD’s 3200 Public Housing Agencies and was also responsible for developing nation-wide financial analysis training for both HUD and PHA staff. Immediately prior to joining FASAB, Mr. Savini held the prestigious position of Director of Finance & Administration with the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler/Freer Galleries of Art. As a result of his accomplishments toward improved Smithsonian financial management and reporting, Mr. Savini’s financial reporting model was adopted by the Institution and served as the foundation for subsequent Board reporting. Mr. Savini is a member of the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) Special Review Committee and frequently speaks at conferences around the country. Mr. Savini has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kean University and a master’s degree in general administration from Central Michigan University. He is licensed in New Jersey and Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Josh R. WilliamsPhone: 202-512-4051
Mr. Williams joined FASAB in August 2020. He began his federal career in 2008 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and served various roles as a budget analyst and an accountant. He managed many aspects of the USACE Civil Works financial statement audit for multiple years in which USACE received a clean opinion each year. In 2018, he led a team that managed the first ever USACE Military Construction financial statement audit and successfully achieved a clean audit opinion. During his tenure at USACE, Mr. Williams was also responsible for other financial management activities, including analyzing overhead cost accounts, writing policies, updating regulations, and managing programs to fund USACE construction field management of military construction contracts. Mr. Williams is a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in economics and finance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington as well as a master’s in business administration and a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.