Board

Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok

Chairwoman
Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok

Chairwoman

Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok is the chairwoman for the Illinois State Board of Investment, was elected to the Board in 2013. She is also the Chair of the Judges’ Retirement System.

Justice Schostok is the former president of the Illinois Judges Association, sits on many legal committees and is a frequent speaker on legal topics. She sits on the Board of Directors for Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL. Justice Schostok is the founding member and a board member for The Michael Matters Foundation, which assists individuals diagnosed with brain cancer.

Justice Schostok received her B.S. from Youngstown State University and her J.D. from Capital University Law School.

Shari Greco Reiches, CPA

Vice Chair
Shari Greco Reiches, CPA

Vice Chair

Shari Greco Reiches, Vice Chair of the Illinois State Board of Investment, has stood on the Board since 2015.

Prior to founding Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, a company that delivers global investment management and financial planning solutions to individuals, families and non-profit organizations, Ms. Greco Reiches was a Vice President at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc., as well as managed the Chicago Region of Private Banking for U.S. Bank.

Ms. Greco Reiches earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and successfully completed the CPA exam before going on to earn a Master’s degree in banking from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

Katherine Hennessy​, CFP®

Recording Secretary
Katherine Hennessy​, CFP®

Recording Secretary

Katherine Hennessy, Recording Secretary was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Investment in June 2017.

Ms. Hennessy is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Partner at AssetGrade LLC Registered Investment Advisors. Prior to joining AssetGrade in 2016, she worked at Fidelity Investments for 15 years and Northern Trust for 4 years.

Ms. Hennessy earned her Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame.

Ezequiel Flores

Member-at-Large
Ezequiel Flores

Member-at-Large

Ezequiel “Zeke” Flores was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Investment in 2015.

Mr. Flores is Founder and CEO of Flying Concessions, an experienced airport retail, food, and beverage concessionaire that focuses on the core competencies of food and beverage, retail development, airport concessions, merchandising and consulting.

Mr. Flores graduated from DePaul University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, as well as a Master of Arts in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union.

Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

Treasurer
Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

Treasurer

Michael Frerichs, State Treasurer of Illinois, has served on the Illinois State Board of Investment since 2015.

Treasurer Frerichs was elected to office in November 2014 as the 74th person to serve in this role where after spending just under one year in office, he was elected by his peers across the country to be on the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers' Executive Committee. Treasurer Frerichs’ initiatives have centered on encouraging savings plans for college and trade schools, increasing financial education among all ages, removing barriers to a secure retirement, and protecting residents from predatory companies.

Treasurer Frerichs graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and continued on to attend National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan where he studied Mandarin Chinese while teaching English courses.

Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza

Comptroller
Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza

Comptroller

Susana A. Mendoza, Illinois State Comptroller, has served on the Illinois State Board of Investment since 2016.

Prior to her statewide election, she made history by becoming the first woman ever elected as Chicago City Clerk. Originally elected in 2000 as the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly, she was most notably recognized for her leadership and legislation on social services, education, law enforcement, job creation and animal welfare.

Comptroller Mendoza attended Truman State University, formerly Northeast Missouri State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Stacey Woehrle​, CPA

Appointed Member
Stacey Woehrle​, CPA

Appointed Member

Stacey Woehrle is one of the newest additions to the Illinois State Board of Investment since her appointment in 2017.

Ms. Woehrle is a finance consultant with over 15 years of experience that includes corporate positions at Ernst & Young LLP, Oracle Corporation, Brunswick Corporation, and Tenneco Inc.

Ms. Woehrle earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is a CPA.

Committees

EXECUTIVE

Chairwoman Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok
Vice Chair, Shari Greco Reiches
Recording Secretary, Katherine Hennessy
Member-at-Large, Ezequiel Flores

AUDIT & COMPLIANCE

Chairwoman Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok
Ezequiel Flores
Shari Greco Reiches
Stacey Woehrle

INVESTMENT POLICY

Ezequiel Flores
Katherine Hennessy
Shari Greco Reiches
Justice Mary Seminara-Schostok

EMERGING MANAGER

Ezequiel Flores
Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs
Shari Greco Reiches

Staff

Johara Farhadieh

Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer
Johara Farhadieh

Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer

Dipesh Mehta

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer
Dipesh Mehta

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

David C. Zaloga

Director of Operations, Accounting, and Audit
David C. Zaloga

Director of Operations, Accounting, and Audit

Scott Richards

Senior Investment Officer
Scott Richards

Senior Investment Officer

Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting
Genette Bacon-Cordova

Portfolio Officer for Financial Reporting and Accounting

Shawn Evans

Investment Officer
Shawn Evans

Investment Officer

Mitchell Green

Assistant Investment Officer
Mitchell Green

Assistant Investment Officer

James Karls

Portfolio Operations Analyst
James Karls

Portfolio Operations Analyst

Polly Smith

Private Secretary
Polly Smith

Private Secretary

Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer
Atul Talwar

Chief Information Officer

Renee Westfield

Administrative Assistant
Renee Westfield

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Revilla

Assistant Investment Officer/Board Secretary
Jessica Revilla

Assistant Investment Officer/Board Secretary