Board of Trustees
The nine-member Board of Trustees for TESRS is appointed by the Governor. Members are appointed for six year terms.
The composition of the Board is required to include five trustees who are active members of the pension system (including one of whom represents emergency medical services personnel, if the pension system has a participating department that provides emergency medical services), one trustee who is a retiree of the pension fund, and three trustees who have experience in the fields of finance, securities investment, or pension administration.
In May 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed Virginia (Jenny) Moore of Lake Jackson to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Moore has been with the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department since 1996, currently serving as a fire fighter and Arson Investigator. Jenny is also a Reserve Police Officer for the city of Lake Jackson, as well as a part-time instructor for the Brazosport College Police Academy. Jenny is a guest instructor at the Texas A&M University Firemen’s Training School and holds the position of Office Manager for Starboard Industries. Mrs. Moore is a native of Corpus Christi and holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Brazosport College.
Pilar Rodriguez, Vice-Chairman (Edinburg) - Firefighter Member
Pilar is the executive director of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority. Previously, he served the city of McAllen
as assistant city manager, director of public works, deputy city engineer and director of traffic. He currently serves as
deputy fire chief for the Pharr Volunteer Fire Department, a structural specialist for Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and
Rescue Team and as team leader for the Texas Public Works Strike Team. He is a member of the Texas Public Works
Association and the State Firefighters & Fire Marshals Association. Rodriguez received a bachelor of Science in civil
engineering from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.
Courtney Gibson Bechtol, Secretary (Rockport) - Investment Professional Member
Courtney is a partner at Oxbow Advisors, serving as the portfolio manager and member of the firm's investment committee. She is currently serving on the Odyssey After School Enrichment Program Board of Directors and is a former committee
chair for the Texas State Maritime Museum. Bechtol received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of
Texas at Austin.
Edward J Keenan, (Houston) - Firefighter Member
In May 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Edward J. Keenan to the Board of Trustees to a four-year term ending, September 1, 2023. Mr. Keenan oversees the business, financial and administrative functions of the Waisburd Group of Companies in the USA this includes Walworth Valves, the San Jacinto River and Rail Industrial Park.
Rodney Alan Ryalls, (Burkburnett) - Firefighter Member
In May 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Rodney Ryalls to the Board of Trustees to a four-year term ending September 1, 2023. Mr. Ryalls was the Fire Chief for Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department for many years and continues to serve with the Department as a volunteer firefighter. Mr. Ryalls retired from the Air Force as a firefighter in 2004 and began a civil service career with Sheppard Air Force Base Fire Department where he is currently the Deputy Fire Chief.
Stephanie Lynn Wagner, (Wimberley) – Finance Member
In May 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Stephanie Lynn Wagner to the Board of Trustees to a four-year term ending on September 1, 2023. Stephanie Lynn Wagner is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Sendero Women & Wealth. She serves on the Governor’s Commission for Women.
Romero (El Paso) - Finance Member
In July 2020, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Jerry Romero to the Board of Trustees to a term set to expire on September 1, 2025. Mr. Romero is a Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. He previously served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors, and on the Texas Workforce Development Council. He is a board member of United Way of El Paso, president of the El Paso Housing Finance Corporation, and is active in a number of other volunteer roles in his community. Romero attended The University of Texas-El Paso and studied in the field of finance. Additionally, he attended a number of certification programs including The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business for a Compliance Officer certificate, University of Minnesota Minneapolis for a Community Development Officer certificate, and the University of California John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management Latino Leadership Program.
Kevin Deiters, Executive Director Texas Emergency Services Retirement System
Kevin has over thirty years of experience in public service. He directed the $2.3 billion college savings program for the State of New Mexico and the $2.2 billion prepaid tuition and college savings program for the State of Texas. Before focusing on college savings, Kevin served as Policy Director for the Fire Fighters Pension Commission and directed the administration of the Texas Statewide Emergency Services Retirement System. For ten years he played an active role at the State Pension Review Board in the promotion of sound pension policy for the State of Texas.
Kevin is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and a graduate
of the University of Texas. He and his
wife Debra reside in Austin Texas. In his spare time, he builds and maintains
hiking trails throughout the southwestern United States.