Ms. Zielke has been a key project lead on various distress municipal government financial advisory service projects assisting in measuring the financial health of communities and the development of strategic initiatives to address operating shortfalls. She specializes in providing restructuring and business advice to troubled public sector entities and creditor groups on governmental financial and operational issues.
Her primary areas of focus include: cost structure and revenue enhancement analysis, financial and operational management, performance benchmarking, budget redesign and reporting processes, cash flow forecasting, financial modeling, debt capacity analysis, and evaluation of strategic alternatives.
Ms. Zielke recently served in an interim staffing capacity as the Interim Deputy CFO / Executive Director of Budget for Detroit Public Schools and the Interim Director of Policy and Budget for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Before A&M, Ms. Zielke worked in state and local government, serving in senior financial and administrative positions (University of Missouri-Kansas City; Unified Government of Wyandotte County / City of Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City Board of Public Utilities; and the State of Kansas).
Ms. Zielke earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in economics and marketing, from Adrian College, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. She is holds a certification as an Emergency Manager from Michigan State University.
Ms. Zielke has been a member of Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), where she served on the Executive Board for six years and was the elected 2004-2005 National President of GFOA. She is a member of Women in Public Finance, GFOA, Alpha Kappa Psi and the Kansas University City Management in Training Association.
As an author and speaker, she has made numerous presentations on a variety of topics, including strategies for business process improvement, leadership, and best practices in budgeting and resource allocation strategies.