Annual Meeting 2017 Speakers

Patricia “Trish” Bishop, Virginia Retirement System Director

Trish Bishop serves as the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, a $74 billion public employee retirement system. VRS provides benefit administration for more than 677,000 members and beneficiaries, including several retirement plans, insurance programs and disability programs.

Previously, Trish served as VRS’ Deputy Director, responsible for implementation of benefit policy and legislation; benefit processing; retirement counseling; call center services; disbursements; employer and member training; and insurance programs.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Trish served as VRS’ Director of Policy, Planning and Compliance where she provided legislative liaison support with the executive branch and the General Assembly; worked with systems’ actuary; and approved agency policy and procedures.

Before joining VRS, Trish served as a Principal Legislative Analyst with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), where she participated and led research teams that evaluated a wide array of state agencies and programs. At JLARC, Trish also was responsible for legislative oversight of the Virginia Retirement System. Before joining JLARC, Trish worked for the Senate of Virginia and in the executive branch.

During her 23-year public service career, Trish has been active in a number of professional and community organizations. Currently, she is an active volunteer with and has served on the board of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Previously, she served on the board of the Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association, two terms on the Executive Committee of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and as President of the Virginia Chapter of American Society of Public Administration.

Barry C. Faison, Virginia Retirement System Chief Financial Officer

Barry C. Faison serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Virginia Retirement System, a $74 billion public employee retirement system. His division includes the departments of Finance, Budget and Performance Reporting, General Accounting, Employer Reporting and Investment Accounting. In addition, his division prepares and publishes the VRS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the VRS Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR).

Mr. Faison has more than 40 years of service with Virginia state government and over 38 years of service with the Virginia Retirement System. He was VRS’ Controller for more than 11 years; prior to that, he served as Accounting Manager at VRS and as an auditor with the Auditor of Public Accounts.

Mr. Faison holds the Bachelor of Science in accounting and the Master of Science in business from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. He serves as Vice Chair of the GFOA Committee on Retirement and Benefit Administration.

Sara Redding Wilson, Director of the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Human Resource Management

Sara Redding Wilson, director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, has the distinction of being the longest-tenured director of the department in more than 30 years. She was appointed director in April 1998 and has served under five Governors of different parties, an acknowledgement of her strict non-partisanship.

During her tenure, Ms. Wilson has been instrumental in the re-engineering of human resource programs statewide, including the first revision of the state’s compensation program in 40 years. In 2008, Virginia was the only state to receive a grade of “A” for its “people” programs from the Government Performance Project, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust.

Prior to joining state service, Ms. Wilson was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Signet Banking Corporation. She is a graduate of Hamilton College in New York State and of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Sara has attended the Executive Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Virginia Executive Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Public Policy.

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