Board of Trustees

vanessa heffronVanessa Heffron, Chair of the Board, Citizen Appointee

Mrs. Vanessa Heffron, who serves as a Citizen Trustee and as Chair of the Board, has served on the Investment Committee from October 2013 to June 2016 and was Chair of the Funding Committee.   She brings 20 years of leadership and finance expertise to the System.  As Director of Treasury and Investor Relations with Diversey, she has oversight of the Company’s global pension investments and sits on Diversey’s Benefits committee with responsibility for the U.S. investment guidelines.  Prior to joining Diversey, Mrs. Heffron worked for over 14 years with United Technologies (Goodrich Aerospace Segment) and did extensive work on pension investment management and the design of the retirement plan guidelines and policy reviews.

She sports a consistent record of success in identifying opportunities to streamline financial operations along with increasing visibility and transparency of financial factors to key stakeholders including pension boards, and rating agencies. Previously she worked with Sealed Air and American Express Financial.  Mrs. Heffron received her MBA from Wake Forest University and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Miami University-Oxford.

Scott L. Greer, Treasurer, Ex-Officio

Mr. Scott Greer serves as the Treasurer and Board Member for the Charlotte Firefighters Retirement Board and as a member of the Investment Committee beginning June 1, 2008. As City Treasurer, Mr. Greer leads the City’s Treasury division and is responsible for the general oversight of the City’s debt issuance programs, banking relationships, revenue estimates and fund investments. Mr. Greer received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 and completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1998. In September 2009 he completed a certificate program in “Advanced Investment Management” at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

lydia crutchfieldLydia F. Crutchfield, Citizen Appointee

Mrs. Lydia F. Crutchfield, who serves as a Citizen Trustee and a member of the Benefits Committee since July 2008, is the Director of Teammate Health in the Human Resources Department with Atrium Health System.  She has been a Registered Nurse for nearly 40 years and is currently responsible for the health and safety of the 35,000 teammates in Atrium Health. Mrs. Crutchfield is a healthcare professional with extensive occupational health and leadership experience, possessing in-depth knowledge of occupational health nursing, occupational regulatory requirements, and policy and procedure development. She has solid communication and relationship-building skills with a strong work ethic. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the national organization- Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP). She is very involved in mentoring and enjoys providing community service. Mrs. Crutchfield received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling from Regent University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University.

marvin-picMarvin O. Wilson, Jr., Elected Retiree

Mr. Wilson serves on the CFRS Board as an elected Retired Member effective October 2016 and is currently serving on the Investment Committee. He joined the Charlotte Fire Department on January 2, 1969 and rose through the ranks to Captain.  Mr. Wilson was first elected to the Board as an Active Member in 1986 and served until 1989 in various positions including Vice Chairman and the first Benefits Committee Chairman.  He holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. Mr. Wilson retired from the Charlotte Fire Department in June of 1995 but has retained his interest in the pension arena by attending various pension seminars and conferences over the past 20 years.  Mr. Wilson was a trustee on the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission as a representative to the Speaker of the House.  He was also the president of the Charlotte Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 660 from 1983-1995 and served on the Legislative Committee of the IAFF from 1985-1995.

robert-campbellRobert Campbell, Ex-Officio

Mr. Robert D. Campbell serves as an ex-officio Board Member for the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System. He currently is a member of the Investment Committee and served on the Funding Committee beginning in November 2014. As Finance Director for the City of Charlotte since November 2014, he supervises the Accounting, Business Systems, Procurement, Revenue, and Treasury Divisions of the Finance Office.  Prior to this position, Mr. Campbell served as Deputy Finance Director for ten years.  He also served as Business Systems Division Manager for four years as well as a Supervisor in Business Systems for three years.  He also served seven years in the Financial Reporting Division where he assisted with preparation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Before joining the City, he was employed as an Internal Auditor with Belk Store Services.  Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers’ Association.

John Carr, Vice Chair of the Board, Citizen Appointee

Mr. John Carr joined the Board as a Citizen Trustee in July 2014 and serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Investment Committee. He brings over 25 years of leadership and business experience to the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System.  Mr. Carr is a General Partner at WEDGE Capital Management and is responsible for portfolio management and client service.  Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2011, he was a Senior Vice President and Head of the Atlanta office at Callan Associates.  As an investment consultant, he developed strategic investment solutions for institutional investors including pension funds, defined contribution plans, and not-for-profit institutions.  He was responsible for developing investment policy statements as well as conducting asset allocation studies and investment manager searches.  Previously, Mr. Carr held portfolio manager positions with Invesco and RidgeWorth.  Among an array of duties he also managed U.S. large-cap growth and intermediate fixed income portfolios and lifecycle mutual funds.  Mr. Carr began his investment career at Towers Watson, working in both the Atlanta and Hong Kong offices.  Mr. Carr received his BBA with a concentration in Finance from Emory University, and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Melinda K. Manning, Citizen Appointee

Mrs. Melinda K. Manning who serves as a Citizen Trustee, currently is a member of the Benefits Committee since June 2017. Mrs. Manning has had a long career as a pension actuary, beginning with Towers Perrin in Los Angeles, transferring with that firm to Charlotte, then moving to AON as a Vice President in retirement consulting. During her career as an actuary, she was responsible for numerous pension and retiree medical plans, certifying to the accuracy, quality and delivery of valuation results, plan design options, funding strategies and executive benefits. Mrs. Manning enhanced her retirement and benefits background by moving to Carolinas Healthcare System as Director of Population Health Analytics within their Dickson Advanced Analytics department. While an actuary, Mrs. Manning was active as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and also an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Sheila Simpson, Human Resources Director, Ex-Officio

Mrs. Sheila Simpson serves as an ex-officio Board Member for the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System since December 2017. She currently is a member of the Benefits Committee. As a collaborative, solution-oriented leader, Shelia leads the City of Charlotte of being the Director of Human Resources. In this capacity, she is responsible for establishing human resources strategies to cultivate a winning city environment. She oversees Talent Acquisition Management, Benefits, Payroll, Compensation, and Organizational Development and Learning. Her primary focus has become developing strategies that support a unified approach across all city  departments. Sheila graduated from Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Materials Logistics Management. She has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations management in both public and private sectors. Sheila is a SHRM, Senior Certified Professional.

Lee Thompson, Elected Member

Captain Lee W. Thompson, who is an elected Member of the Board since March 2018 currently serves on the Benefits Committee. He began his career with the Charlotte Fire Department in 2005 and has held all ranks including engineer before becoming a captain. Captain Thompson is currently assigned to Engine Company # 16 in south Charlotte. Prior to joining the Charlotte Fire Department, Captain Thompson enlisted in the N.C. Air National Guard as a medical flight technician in 1995. In his 23 years of military service, he has held multiple assignments with increased responsibilities to include being an Air Force Squadron Commander. Currently he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is an Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the State of North Carolina. He directs and coordinates Defense Support to Civil Authorities for natural/man-made disasters and emergencies. Captain Thompson received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. He is completing coursework to earn his MBA from Pfeiffer University.

Ryan S. Pope,  Elected Member
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Joseph E. Hager, Elected Member
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