DC Plans Administrator at Virginia Retirement System elevates from Vice President, replaces Sandy Blair, Administrator, California Savings Plus Program


Lexington, KY, October 25, 2023—The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators today announced the elevation of Kelly Hiers to NAGDCA Executive Board President. NAGDCA is the premier professional association for plan administrators and services providers of government-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans.

Kelly currently serves as DC Plans Administrator at Virginia Retirement System. She replaces Sandy Blair, Administrator, California Savings Plus Program, and is replaced as Executive Board Vice President by Mo Raihan, Chief Retirement Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals.

“We’re delighted to have Kelly helming the NAGDCA Executive Board,” said Matt Petersen, NAGDCA Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing to work with her in her new position as she continues to share her extensive experience and insights in furtherance of NAGDCA’s efforts to support public sector plan sponsors.”

Additional moves include Christina Elliott, Chief Benefits Officer, Deputy Executive Director for the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS), to Secretary/Treasurer, replacing Mo Raihan; Ronda Butler Bell, Executive Director & Board Secretary at the Maryland Teachers & State Employees Supplemental Retirement Plans, to Member-at-Large, replacing Christina Elliott; and Andee Gravitt to Industry President from Industry Observer. As previously announced, new members to the NAGDCA Executive Board include Beth Conradson Cleary, Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee’s 457(b) Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan, as Member-at-Large, and Jacob Peacock, Partner, Consulting Director at AndCo, as Industry Observer.

NAGDCA provides education, information, and training in all aspects of public plan administration to support members in creating plans that enable secure retirement outcomes for their participants. National Retirement Security Week, originally conceived by NAGDCA to encourage retirement saving among government workers, has grown into National Retirement Security Month, a national effort to inspire American employees to save adequately for a secure retirement that is observed throughout the retirement industry during the month of October. It has received bipartisan Senate resolution since its conception in 2006. To learn more about NAGDCA, visit https://www.nagdca.org/.

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