Executive Staff and Presidential Appointees
Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate
Constance Donovan is the Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate. The position was created when the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law on July 6, 2012. The PBGC Board selected Ms. Donovan to serve as a liaison between the Corporation and participants and plan sponsors and to advocate on behalf of retirees. Prior to joining PBGC in December 2013, Ms. Donovan served as a pension counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury. Previously, Ms. Donovan worked with PBGC during her tenure at the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration. While there, Ms. Donovan coordinated daily activities between PBGC's board agencies comprised of the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Commerce, and PBGC staff to assist in the Board's oversight functions. Ms. Donovan also served as executive director and general counsel to several prominent public pension plans. She began her career in business with NCR Corporation where she assumed increasing management and leadership responsibilities within the company. Ms. Donovan earned her LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D. degree from the American University Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Chief Financial Officer
Patricia Kelly is Chief Financial Officer. She joined the PBGC in November 2007 after serving in the same position at the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Ms. Kelly was the CFO and Budget Officer for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. During her federal career, she also worked at the Bureau of the Census where she was the Assistant Division Chief in the Decennial Census, the largest peacetime operation of the United States government. She earned an MBA from American University, and an MA and BA from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Kelly also holds a CPA license and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification.
Cathleen (Cathy) Kronopolus
Acting Chief of Benefits Administration and Acting Director of the Benefits Administration and Payment Department (BAPD)
Cathleen (Cathy) Kronopolusis the Acting Chief of Benefits Administration and Acting Director of the Benefits Administration and Payment Department (BAPD). She is responsible for planning and directing PBGC's benefits administration activities. Ms. Kronopolus joined PBGC in September 2012 to serve as the Director of the Workplace Solutions Department. Prior to joining PBGC, Ms. Kronopolus served in a number of executive positions at the General Services Administration, including the Regional Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service for the National Capital Region, the Assistant Commissioner for Real Property and Asset Management, the Chief of Staff for the Public Buildings Service and the Acting Chief of Staff for GSA during the last Administration transition. Ms. Kronopolus began her federal career with the Environmental Protection Agency, where she served in a number of staff and management positions focused on protecting workers and the environment from possible exposures to licensed chemicals. Ms. Kronopolus holds a B.A. in Geological Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts.
Chief Management Officer
Alice Maroni is Chief Management Officer. She came to PBGC in May 2011 after ten years at the Smithsonian Institution where she served as Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for the Institution’s financial integrity, including budgeting and contracting services. Before joining the Smithsonian, Ms. Maroni was Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). In that capacity, she advised the Pentagon leadership on all budgetary and fiscal matters and management improvement programs. On a day-to-day basis, she directed the justification of the budget to Congress, managed departmental negotiations on the budget in the inter-agency process, and oversaw the execution of the annual budget. On an interim basis, she served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, functioning as the Department’s chief of staff. Prior to her tour in the Pentagon, Ms. Maroni was a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee, advising and assisting the Chairman and other committee members on defense budget, financial, and economic issues. Before joining the committee staff, she worked in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. Ms. Maroni graduated from Mount Holyoke College and earned a masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is also a graduate of the National War College. Ms. Maroni is a recipient of the Distinguished Federal Leadership Award given by the Association of Government Accountants. She is a certified Government Financial Manager and a member of both the Association of Government Accountants and the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), serving as the National President of ASMC from May 1995 to May 1996.
Chief of Staff
Ann Orr is Chief of Staff. Ms. Orr's prior government service includes eight years at the National Endowment for the Humanities where she was Chief of Staff. In her tenure at NEH, Ms. Orr successfully fought off efforts to eliminate the agency. She also created programming to engage the general public in humanities disciplines such as history, English and philosophy. Ms. Orr was also a professional staff member on the predecessor to the Senate HELP Committee. During her ten years of service on the now Senate HELP Committee she worked to enact legislation in elementary and secondary education and vocational education. She also worked on titles of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Omnibus Drug Act. In addition to her stints in government, she was the executive director of two foundations. Ms. Orr was the Executive Director of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and Executive Director of the National Trust for the Humanities. Ms. Orr holds a B.A. from Yale University.
Sanford (Sandy) Rich
Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring
Sanford (Sandy) Rich is Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring. Sandy joined PBGC in 2012 and has long and varied experience in business, in finance and in restructuring. Immediately before joining PBGC, he was a Managing Director of Whitemarsh Capital Advisors, LLC, which provides restructuring and financial advisory services to businesses in the healthcare, real estate, housing, manufacturing, media, energy, retailing and technology industries. Prior to that, he served for decades in senior leadership roles at Merrill Lynch in investment banking, GEM Capital as a manager of investment portfolios, and Citicorp managing the loan business. Sandy has operating experience serving as CEO, Director and Audit Committee Chairman of both public and private companies. Sandy graduated with a BS from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and received his MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.
Chief Information Officer
Robert Scherer is Chief Information Officer. Mr. Scherer began his Government career with the U.S. Secret Service in 1986. While at the Secret Service, he served in a series of progressively responsible positions in application development, database administration, and IT infrastructure support. Mr. Scherer left the Secret Service in 2001, where he was the Assistant Division Chief for IT Infrastructure, to become the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. During his tenure at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the IT program and successfully led efforts to establish Capital Planning and Investment Control, Configuration Management, and IT Security and Enterprise Architecture programs. He also developed a cadre of certified project management professionals. While at the National Transportation Safety Board—where he served until 2015—Mr. Scherer was responsible for closing significant long-term audit findings and instrumental in improving IT business processes. Mr. Scherer holds a MBA in Information Systems from George Washington University and is a graduate of the National Defense University's Chief Information Officer and Advanced Management Programs.
Judith Starr is General Counsel. She came to PBGC in July 2005 from the Department of the Treasury, where she served as chief counsel of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network with responsibility for administering the Bank Secrecy Act. In that position, she oversaw the creation of information-sharing mechanisms among government entities and the financial services industry, and the expansion of suspicious-activity reporting and anti-money laundering requirements. Prior to that, she was assistant chief litigation counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. Ms. Starr also served as a special prosecutor for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has published a number of articles on both securities and bankruptcy law, and is a recipient of the SEC's Stanley Sporkin Award for outstanding contributions to SEC enforcement. Ms. Starr began her legal career as a clerk to Judge William Schwarzer of the U.S. District Court for Northern California. Before entering government service, she was a commercial litigator in private practice in Los Angeles. Ms. Starr received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and her bachelor of arts from the College of William and Mary.