Diane B. Allison, CPA, CGFO

Title: 
Director of Business Services
Organization: 
Ascension Parish School Board
Bio: 

Diane Allison has been the Director of Business Services of the Ascension Parish School Board since 2010. She is responsible for the financial management and overall accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting for the district. She oversees the accounting, debt and treasury management, budgeting, grants, purchasing, warehousing, and internal print shop functions.

Diane’s areas of expertise are accounting and financial reporting, financial management, budgeting, fiscal policies, school activity funds, accounting for the expenditure of tax-exempt bond proceeds, tax and fiscal compliance, and internal controls.

Diane has over 25 years of accounting experience, including in the for-profit manufacturing, not-for-profit, public accounting, and local government sectors. She has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years and also holds certifications as a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Government Finance Officer, and Certified Louisiana School Business Administrator.

Diane has presented at national, state, and regional accounting conferences, including the American Institute of CPAs, Society of Louisiana CPAs, Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association, Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, and both the Southern and Louisiana Associations of School Business Officials. In addition, she has written articles for various professional publications. She has served on and chaired various Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants’ (LCPA) state and chapter committees. She currently serves on the LCPA state and local Governmental Accounting and Auditing committee, and the state Accounting and Auditing Standards committee, in addition to being appointed to a three-year term on the national Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting. She also serves on the boards of the Women in Public Finance, Louisiana chapter and the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials.

Diane is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Accounting. She is a member of the following professional associations: 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association (past President)
  • Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (past President of the New Orleans chapter)
  • Louisiana Association of School Business Officials
  • Southern Association of School Business Officials
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • Women in Public Finance