Staff

michelleMichelle Lui, CAE
Executive Director

Michelle is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, as well as overseeing its financial, program, and administrative objectives. Prior to joining the FMA, she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Financial Policy (CFP) at the University of Maryland College Park. There, she coordinated the Center’s operations, marketing, and logistics for all Center programs including conferences, roundtables, speaker series events, and a project-based practicum for MBA and MS Finance students. She currently serves as a Special Affiliate for the CFP and on the ASAE CAE Commission. Her prior volunteer service included the Board of Regents of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA®) and the ASAE Small Staff Committee.

DawnDawn Appleby, Program Assistant

Prior to joining FMA, Dawn served as Administration and Events Manager at the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) for more than 16 years, where she managed administrative tasks, planned events, processed payments, maintained the member database, and managed the society’s social media accounts. She relocated to the US in 2016 and has been working as an administrator at Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR). She also volunteers as an Adoption Counselor for Tampa Cat Crusaders.

ArdenArden Carregal, Student Assistant

Arden has recently joined FMA as a Student Assistant. He currently attends the University of South Florida and plans to major in Civil Engineering. He is proudly a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and attends meetings occasionally. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing video games.

 Linda Grimm, Administrative and Membership Manager

 Linda has worked for FMA since 1989, and currently works with professional memberships, placement services, library subscriptions and the association's financials. Outside of work, she is her youngest son's biggest race fan and enjoys camping with her husband.


kiearaKieara Nuñez, Membership, Marketing, and Communications Manager

Kieara is the newest team member—having joined FMA in July 2019—and is responsible for communications, branding, marketing, member engagement, and social content. Prior to joining FMA, Kieara worked with community bank clients to ensure effective marketing and promotion of products and services offered through TCM Bank, a subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America. She is a creative at heart with experience in B2C/B2B marketing and client relationship development; spanning the publishing, advertising, healthcare, and financial services industries. In her free time, she enjoys being supermom to her young daughter, watching documentaries (on any, and every topic), reading, and writing. She has a keen interest in personal and behavioral finance. Oh, and she loves a good podcast. Kieara graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in English. Go Bulls!

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Matt Staton, Managing Editor

Matt joined the FMA staff as a student assistant in 2009 and became the Managing Editor in 2010. His duties include the publications of FMA's flagship journal, Financial Management, and the production of the FMA Video Series. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Florida and moved to Tampa permanently in 2005. Most weekends, Matt enjoys relaxing while watching sports, especially his alma mater's Bulls.

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Shannon Tompkins, Director of Student Programs

Shannon has worked with FMA as Director of Student Programs since 2003. She also coordinates the Asia/Pacific Conference and the regional Doctoral Student Consortia. Shannon has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of South Florida. Outside of FMA, Shannon is extremely involved with The Junior League of Tampa and volunteering in the community. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, Ray, and their young son, traveling and reading.

 Karen Wright, Special Events Coordinator

 Karen joined FMA in 1986 as a general office assistant and now serves as the Special Events Coordinator, with direct and indirect responsibilities for the association's conference portfolio. Throughout her career with FMA, she has been actively involved in many facets of the association's activities, including serving as the Director of Student Programs, Managing Editor of Financial Practice and Education, and database creation. A native New Yorker, she moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida and found herself 'back home' when she started with FMA. In her spare time, she enjoys de-stressing with her husband and two furry-footed children. And yes, on Sundays, she can usually be found watching her Steelers!