Committee On Retirement and Benefits Administration (CORBA)

The Committee on Retirement Benefits and Administration works with state and local administrators, trustees, and personnel officials to effectively manage state and local retirement funds and employee benefits. The committee tracks new industry practices, regulatory and legislative developments, and issues best practices to assist public pension and personnel officers.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Debby Cherney, Deputy General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, CA
  • VICE CHAIR: Barry Faison, CFO, Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, VA
  • Bob Biles, Vice President - Finance, Utah Transit Authority, UT
  • Kathleen Clarke Buch, Finance Director, Town of Darien, CT
  • Max Duplant, Assistant City Manager, City of Irving, TX
  • Douglas Fiddler, Senior Actuary, South Dakota Retirement System, SD
  • Karl Greve, CFO, Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA), CO
  • Tina Leiss, Executive Officer, Nevada Public Employees Retirement System, NV
  • Dennis Lockhart, Director of Finance, Road Commission of Oakland County, MI
  • Darlene Malaney, Director, Finance Services, Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller, FL
  • Scott McCarty, Finance Director, Town of Queen Creek, AZ
  • Maryann Motza, Colorado State Social Security Administrator, CO
  • Russell Nash, Chief Operations Officer, Austin Employee's Retirement System, TX
  • Mark Nannini, CFO, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Duane Pitcher, Finance Director, City of Ames, IA
  • Richard Schnuer, Finance Director, City of Champaign, IL
  • Ebony Shelton, Director of Financial Policy and Planning, County of San Diego, CA
  • Brenda Shott, Assistant CEO, Finance & Internal Operations, Orange County Employees Retirement System
  • Ari Sky, Chief Financial Officer, City of New Bedford, MA
  • Casey Srader, Budget Manager, City of Plano, TX
  • John Troyer, Deputy Director of Finance, City of Hilton Head Island, NC
  • Phyllis Walker, CFO, State Universities Retirement System, IL
  • Mark Whelan, CFO, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System, KY
  • Barbara Whitehorn, CFO, City of Asheville, NC 
  • Charlene Wilson, CFO, Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana, LA


  • Paul Angelo, Senior Vice President and Actuary, Segal Consulting, CA
  • Corinne Larson, Vice President, State Street Global Advisors, Boston, MA
  • Valentine (Jim) Link, Jr., Managing Director, PFM Asset Management LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • John Saeli, Vice President, Market Development and Government Affairs, ICMA-RC, DC


  • Marc Gonzales, Director, Department of Finance, Clackamas County, OR
  • Terry Stone, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Hanover County Public Schools, VA

GFOA Staff