Advisory Committee Members
Joyce Mader serves as chair of the Advisory Committee. As a partner with the Washington, DC, law firm of O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP, she engages in the representation of multiemployer, multiple employer, and single-employer pension and welfare plans on a range of issues to include plan administration, benefit claims and appeals, fiduciary matters, and DOL investigations. Ms. Mader was Union Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor Section, American Bar Association, and Union Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee Sub-Committee on Qualified Pension Plans. She is a former chair of the U.S. Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council. Ms. Mader is a frequent speaker before labor and industry groups and at educational programs on issues relating to employee benefit plans. She has testified as an expert in court proceedings and has presented testimony on several occasions before the DOL Advisory Council. She received her Bachelor's degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1973 and her Juris Doctor degree from The Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America in 1976. In 2011, Ms. Mader was appointed to serve on the PBGC Advisory Committee and reappointed to the Committee for a second term in 2014.
Cheryl Alston has been executive director for the Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas, since October 2004. She is also a member of the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Council of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems and the National Association of Securities Professionals. Ms. Alston also serves as vice-chair of the Volunteer Center of North Texas and a speaker at multiple industry conferences. She has an M.B.A. in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Ms. Alston was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee, and reappointed in 2013.
Donald J. Butt serves on the Board of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, and is active with the Committee for the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA). Prior to his current engagements, Mr. Butt worked for 40 years at Qwest Communications, retiring as the vice president for operations and defined contribution plans for Qwest Asset Management Co. in 2010. While at Qwest, he was responsible for the design, investment management, and selection of investment options in the company's $3 billion 401(k) plan. He was also part of the senior leadership team responsible for the investment and management of $10 billion in additional employee retirement assets. Mr. Butt has a Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver and an MBA from the University of Denver. In 2014, Mr. Butt was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee.
Robin L. Diamonte is the chief investment officer for United Technologies Corp., where she oversees $50 billion in global retirement assets. Prior to that role, she spent 13 years with Verizon Investment Management as managing director of Global Investments. Diamonte is also chair for the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), representing more than 100 of the country's largest private sector retirement funds on fiduciary and investment issues in Washington. She also chairs the Pension Managers Advisory Committee (PMAC), which advises both the NYSE and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Markets Group on the impact of policies and market conditions on institutional investors. Diamonte earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of New Haven. In 2013, Ms. Diamonte was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee.
Dallas L. Salisbury is president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Before joining EBRI at its founding in 1978, he held positions with the Washington State Legislature, U.S. Department of Justice, Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, and PBGC. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the Comptroller General of the United States. Mr. Salisbury has been honored with the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management, Plan Sponsor Lifetime Achievement Award and Keystone Award of World at Work. He holds a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 2011, Mr. Salisbury was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee, and reappointed in 2014.