Retirement Board

The Retirement Board is composed of seven members. Its membership includes:



  Mark R. Vincent:
   

Mark R. Vincent is the Chairman of the Retirement Board. He was appointed to the Board by Governor Gibbons in April 2009. He served as the Boardís Vice-Chairman from July 2009 to July 2011, and as its Chairman from July 2011 to the present.

Mr. Vincent is the Chief Financial Officer of the city of Las Vegas. Prior to that, he was the cityís director of Finance and Business Services from 1998 through 2010. The departments of Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Municipal Court, and the City Clerk currently report to him.

Prior to his employment with the city, Mr. Vincent served 17 years with several Department of Energy prime contractors that supported the weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site (now known as the Nevada National Security Site). Mr. Vincent has been a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Nevada since 1981.

In addition to Nevada PERS, Mr. Vincent was also appointed by the Nevada League of Cities in December 2010 to serve on the Nevada Department of Taxationís Committee on Local Government Finance, where he serves today.

A resident of Las Vegas since 1965, Mr. Vincent is a 1978 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with distinction.

  Katherine Ong:
   

Ms. Ong is the Vice-Chair of the Retirement Board and was appointed to the Board by Governor Sandoval in 2011. She is co-founder of Hobbs, Ong & Associates, Inc., a financial consulting group specializing in municipal bond financing, and financial problem solving and support. Ms. Ong retired from Clark County, Nevada where she was employed as the Budget Manager. Ms. Ong currently serves on the Board of Directors of Employers Holdings, Inc., a Nevada corporation listed on the New York Stock exchange. Ms. Ong received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with an emphasis in Finance.

  Vikki Courtney:
     

Vikki Courtney was appointed to the Retirement Board by Governor Sandoval in June of 2016. Vikki currently serves as President of the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) which represents 18,000 educators and licensed professionals of the fifth largest school district in the country. She made her home in Las Vegas in 1980 and has been employed by the Clark County School District as an educator for over 35 years. Vikki earned her Master of Education, Administration degree from UNLV and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.

  Scott M. Gorgon:
   

Scott M. Gorgon serves as a Battalion Chief for the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Mr. Gorgon has completed over 35 years in the Nevada Fire Service. Mr. Gorgon currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada representing more than eighteen hundred active fire fighters.

Before working for the North Las Vegas Fire Department, Gorgon worked for the Bureau of Land Management and the Carson City Fire Department. He currently is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), teaching in the Fire Science Department. Professional affiliations include International Association of Fire Fighters, National Society of Executive Fire Officers and a member of the Professional Qualification committee for the National Fire Protection Association.

Gorgon studied at the Truckee Meadows Community College and earned his Associate's Degree in Fire Science. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration at Cogswell Polytechnical College. After earning both degrees, Gorgon continued his education, earning a Master's Degree in Executive Fire Leadership, and later becoming an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) graduate of the National Fire Academy.

Gorgon makes it a priority to be involved in his community. He serves his community through his involvement in the various charitable efforts of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, including raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and sponsoring scholarships for the Public Education Foundation.

  Audrey Noriega:
   

Audrey Noriega was appointed to the Retirement Board by Governor Sandoval on July 1, 2013. Audrey has been employed by the Clark County School District for 26 year and currently serves as Director of Payroll and Benefits. Audrey started her career as the Payroll Department supervisor in 1987. During her 26 years with the Clark County School District, she has served as Acting Director of Accounting and Acting Director of Risk Management. Audrey serves on numerous committees for the Clark County School District.

  Tim Ross:
   

Tim was appointed to the Retirement Board by Governor Sandoval in August 2015. He has lived in Reno nearly 40 years. After graduating from the University of Nevada Reno, Tim spent many years in private business which included owning retail stores in both Reno and Carson City.

Shortly after turning to a career in Law Enforcement, he was elected to serve on the Board of the Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association (WCSDA). Tim is currently serving his third term as the President of the WCSDA as well as serving as the President of the Peace Officers' Research Association of Nevada (PORAN). PORAN is a statewide organization representing nearly 2,000 commissioned peace officers. Additionally, Tim spent time as a Legislative representative for PORAN and the WCSDA during the 2015 Legislative Session.

  Kay Scherer:
   

Kay Scherer currently serves as the Interim Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources headquartered in Carson City.

Scherer has been with the department since November 2004 in the capacity of deputy director, and was named to the interim position in September 2016. The department includes State Parks, Forestry, Water Resources, Environmental Protection, State Lands, Natural Heritage and Historic Preservation, as well as the Conservation Districts, Sagebrush Ecosystem and Off-Highway Vehicles programs.

Schererís prior public sector experience includes positions with the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, the Attorney Generalís Office, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the City of Las Vegas. She has also worked 15 years in the private sector, some of which included operation of her own consulting business.

A member and former chairman of the Stateís Employee-Management Committee under Governors Sandoval, Gibbons and Guinn, Scherer graduated in 1979 from the University of Nevada, Reno.