FTA Staff

Contact us at: [email protected] 

Executive Director: Mary Peterson

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.

Pamela Pinkett, Accounting and Finance

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

For FTA, Charlie organizes and facilitates annual conferences for the Midwestern (MSATA), Northeastern (NESTOA) and Western (WSATA) regions. Charlie also organizes the Southeast's regional conference (SEATA) but it is a separate organization and is not under the FTA umbrella.  

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. 


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, General Counsel

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