Jason Helsen, CPA, CFO, SFO, will join the MSBO team as Associate Executive Director in early 2023. Consistent with the MSBO Board succession plan that has been developed over the years, the Board appointed MSBO Deputy Executive Director Robert Dwan to serve as MSBO’s next executive director beginning in July 2023. He will fill the position currently held by David Martell who will retire in June 2023.
Jason’s primary areas of responsibility will be assisting MSBO members with school finance and business operations and processes, serving as liaison with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and other state agencies on school business matters, and managing MSBO products, services and professional development in school business and finance.
Jason is an active MSBO and ASBO International leader, currently serving as chair of the MSBO Bylaws & Resolutions Committee and as a member of the ASBO Bylaws Committee. He has served as regional group president, chairperson of the MSBO School Finance Services Committee and West Michigan Risk Management Trust Chairperson.
He has a strong background in school finance and business. He has also shared his expertise by speaking at various MSBO and ASBO workshops and meetings, and has obtained his MSBO Chief Financial Officer (CFO) certification as well as the ASBO International’s Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO).
Jason’s professional background includes serving as Associate Superintendent/Director of Financial Services for Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, finance director of Reeths-Puffer and Whitehall District Schools and supervisor of business services for Grandville Public Schools. Jason has a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Hope College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
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