VRS is an independent state agency, governed by the provisions of Title 51.1 of the Code of Virginia and other applicable law. The Board of Trustees administers and is trustee of the Virginia Retirement System Trust.

Board of Trustees

Nine members serve on the Board of Trustees. Their appointments are shared between the executive and legislative branches of state government.

Contact Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Virginia Retirement System
P.O. Box 2500
Richmond, VA 23218

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O'Kelly E. McWilliams, III, Esq.
O'Kelly E. McWilliams, III, Esq.
Chair
Mintz
Joseph W. Montgomery
Joseph W. Montgomery
Vice Chair
The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
The Hon. J. Brandon Bell, II
The Hon. J. Brandon Bell, II
Board Member
Brandon Bell Financial Partners
John M. Bennett
John M. Bennett
Board Member
Virginia Commonwealth University (Retired)
Michael P. Disharoon
Michael P. Disharoon
Board Member
Palladium Registered Investment Advisors
William A. Garrett
William A. Garrett
Board Member
City of Manassas
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D.
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D.
Board Member
Virginia Commonwealth University
W. Brett Hayes
W. Brett Hayes
Board Member
Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network
Troilen Gainey Seward, Ed.S
Troilen Gainey Seward, Ed.S.
Board Member
Dinwiddie County Public Schools (Retired)

Executive Staff

The board appoints the VRS director, who serves as chief administrative officer, as well as the chief investment officer and the internal audit director.

Patricia S. Bishop

Patricia S. Bishop

Director

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Ronald D. Schmitz

Chief Investment Officer

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Jennifer P. Schreck

Internal Audit Director

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Michael P. Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

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Mark A. Rein

Chief Technology and Security Officer

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Jeanne L. Chenault

Director of Public Relations

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Barry C. Faison

Chief Financial Officer

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Robert L. Irving

Director of Customer Services

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Paula G. Reid

Director of Human Resources

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Cynthia D. Wilkinson

Director of Policy, Planning and Compliance

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Investment Advisory Committee

The Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) is responsible for monitoring investments and investment opportunities and making asset allocation recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Contact Investment Advisory Committee

Investment Advisory Committee
Virginia Retirement System
P.O. Box 2500
Richmond, VA 23218

Lawrence E. Kochard, Ph.D., Chair

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, Makena Capital Management

Hance West, Vice Chair

CIO and Managing Director, Investure

Michael Beasley

Retired Chairman Emeritus, Strategic Investment Solutions, Inc.

Theodore Economou

Head of Asset Management, Symbiotics
(Switzerland) SA

Thomas S. Gayner

President and Chief Investment Officer, Markel Corporation

Deborah Allen Hewitt, Ph.D.

Retired Clinical Professor, The College of William and Mary

Nancy G. Leake

Advisory Partner, Partners Group (USA) Inc.

W. Bryan Lewis

Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, United States Steel Corporation

Rod Smyth

Chief Investment Strategist, Riverfront Investment Group

DC Plans Advisory Committee

The Defined Contribution Plans Advisory Committee is responsible for providing plan administration, plan design and investment recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Contact DCP Advisory Committee

Defined Contribution Plans Advisory Committee
Virginia Retirement System
P.O. Box 2500
Richmond, VA 23218

The Hon. J. Brandon Bell, II

Chair, Member, VRS Board of Trustees, Brandon Bell Financial Partners

Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Member, VRS Board of Trustees, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ravindra Deo

Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Shannon T. Irvin

Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Nelson County Public Schools

Rick Larson

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Training and Performance, James Madison University

Brenda O. Madden

Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director, Davenport & Company

David A. Winter

Owner, Winter HR Consulting, LLC