FTA Staff

Contact us at: [email protected] 

Executive Director: Gale Garriott

Verenda Smith, Deputy Director

Coordination and liaison with IRS, other federal agencies and other associations. Primary editor for the weekly TaxExPRESS. Communications and general media inquiries.

Ronald Alt, Senior Manager - Economic and Tax Research

State tax policy research, database maintenance, economic research.

Cindy Anders-Robb, Senior Manager - Motor Fuel and Tobacco Taxes 

Coordinating the activities of the FTA Motor Fuel Tax Section and Tobacco Tax Section including Uniformity efforts, Training, and Annual and Regional Meetings.

Carol Faulb, Accounting and Finance


Charlie Helms, Manager - Regional Events (MSATA, NESTOA and WSATA)

Organizes and facilitates annual conferences for the Midwestern, Northeastern and Western regions. 

Ryan Minnick, Manager - Special Projects

Coordinates the TaxAdmin.org platform; provides strategic input and executes technical and infrastructure initiatives.

Darrell Reeves, Office Manager

General office management; assists with meeting preparations and registration. 

Ken Roberts, Manager - Member Relations

Conducts member agency visits and serves as a primary point of contact for member feedback and member requests.

Terri Steenblock, Manager - Compliance

Oversight of FTA's Audit and Compliance initiatives and the state Suspicious Filers Program.  Advisor on state use of data for fraud and audit discovery.

Linda Tanton, Chief Counsel

Provides analysis of Supreme Court and significant state tax cases; directs the information exchange agreement; assists with certain legislative and conference activities.