Celebrating NASRA's 60th Annual Conference, August 2014
Ms. Bilyeu was appointed as executive director of NASRA in September 2013.
Before joining NASRA, she served as the executive officer of the Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada since 2003. She was responsible for all aspects of fund management including analysis of plan funding, investment oversight, operational and strategic planning, and fiduciary and governance issues. Prior to her appointment as the executive officer, she served for eight years as the System's operations officer, overseeing benefit administration, including survivor, disability, and retirement programs. Before coming to work at the System, Ms. Bilyeu was the System's legal counsel in the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, representing the System in benefits litigation, contracts analysis, Board governance and fiduciary issues.
She is in her second term on the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB). FRTIB administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and is an independent Federal agency overseen by five presidentially appointed board members and an Executive Director. The TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan for over 4.5 million Federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. Ms. Bilyeu also served as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board from 2007 through September 2010. The Advisory Board is an independent, bipartisan board created by Congress and appointed by the President and the Congress to advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.
Ms. Bilyeu received her juris doctor from California Western School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.
As research director for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, Mr. Brainard collects, prepares and distributes to NASRA members news, studies and reports pertinent to public retirement system administration and policy.
Mr. Brainard is co-author of The Governmental Plans Answer Book, Third Edition, and he created and maintains the Public Fund Survey, an online compendium of public pension data sponsored by NASRA. He created the State & Local Pension Exchange, predecessor to the Public Fund Survey and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association. He has discussed public pension issues before Congress, state legislative committees, public pension boards of trustees, and on multiple media outlets.
He is an appointed member of the Texas Pension Review Board and an elected member of the Georgetown, Texas, city council. Mr. Brainard previously served as manager of budget and planning for the Arizona State Retirement System and as a fiscal analyst for the Texas and Arizona legislatures. He holds a B.A. and an M.P.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Brown is the research manager for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) where he is responsible for collecting and updating data and contributing to fact sheets and other research materials which help inform the public pension community. He has co-authored papers on public pension and retiree health care including “Strengthening State and Local Government Finances: Lessons for Negotiating Public Pension Plan Reforms,” “Understanding Finances and Changes in Retiree Health Care,” and NASRA Issue Briefs on pension spending, hybrid retirement plans, and cost-of-living adjustments.
Prior to joining NASRA, Mr. Brown worked on pension and retiree health care issues for the Center for State & Local Government Excellence and the International City/County Management Association. He holds a master’s in public policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in interdisciplinary social sciences from James Madison University.
Ms. Hiatte is the Administrative Coordinator for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. She is primarily responsible for the management of the membership database, as well as assisting members and associates with requests and inquiries. In addition, Ms. Hiatte assists the Executive Director with operations and conference/meeting management.
Prior to joining NASRA in 2014, Ms. Hiatte was employed with the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) serving as Senior Executive Advisor and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. In this position, she acted in an advisory capacity to the executive director in all phases of the operation of the retirement systems, serving as a member of the steering committee overseeing the development and implementation of the new pension administration software, and serving as the recording secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Ms. Raymond has served as director of federal relations for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators for more than 16 years. In this role, she advocates the interests of NASRA members before Congress, the Administration and its many federal agencies, and is a liaison to other professional associations, interest groups and policy organizations.
She coordinates numerous policy and federal education efforts between NASRA and other national associations regarding state and local retirement issues. She also frequently speaks and writes on federal legislative and regulatory matters and is a contributor to association publications on state retirement system policies and administration.
Ms. Raymond serves on the advisory board of the Wharton Business School’s Pension Research Council, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Government Liaison Committee, and the board of directors for the Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security. She was a congressionally-appointed delegate to the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings.
Formerly, Ms. Raymond was the legislative analyst for the Government Finance Officers Association. She also worked as a graduate student associate for the California Debt Advisory Commission within the California State Treasurer’s Office.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s degree, with honors, in public administration and intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California.