How long have you been in your current position and how does it relate to the deferred compensation/defined contribution industry?
I have been with MSRP since January of 2021. MSRP is the defined contribution voluntary retirement savings plan that is available to Maryland State Government employees. The is the companion benefit to the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. MSRP is an active member of NAGDCA.
What leadership positions have you held within the deferred compensation/defined contribution community, as well as with other organizations (professional or volunteer), that have bearing on potential NAGDCA leadership responsibilities?
My current role as MSRP’s Executive Director and Board Secretary is a cabinet secretary level State agency head. MSRP is an independent agency, so my position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees rather than the Governor. Prior to joining MSRP, I served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. I understand the dynamics and innerworkings of boards. I have direct insight, experience, and knowledge relative to the attributes of a board member who adds value to the governance process.
What special skills or training do you possess that would benefit the association?
In addition to having the experience of working with State boards, I have held leadership positions in the federal government as well as the private sector. I have direct experience with the State legislative process. I am a focused, conscientious person who is driven by goals, data, and results. I work well with teams and groups, and I believe I am adept at “big picture” thinking Lastly, I hold a Master of Public Administration degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law/Legal Studies with a Business Administration minor.
What has been your previous experience with NAGDCA? (First year of participation, specific contributions to association such as newsletter articles, committee service, conference presentations, etc.).
In August of 2021, NAGDCA’s Executive Board selected me to serve a 2-year term (2021-2023) on the Legislative Committee. In January of 2022, I was asked to serve as Chair of the Auto Enrollment Subgroup. I have been enjoying my work on the committee and the subgroup. I will be participating in the DC Fly-In event in June of 2022.
Why do you want to be Board Member? What are your goals for NAGDCA and how can your involvement contribute to execution of the strategic plan?
I have been enjoying being engaged in NAGDCA and being a member of the Legislative Committee. I believe that I have expertise, knowledge, and skills that will add value to the NAGDCA Executive Board. I would like to see NAGDCA continue to be the leading resource and network for DC plans. My current goal is to help push NAGDCA’s legislative messaging forward. Specifically, I am very hopeful that the Auto Enrollment Toolkit will be a huge success by delivering the desired result of increasing legislation in support of auto enrollment on a national level.