SPTRFA Staff

Jill Schurtz – Executive Director,
Christine MacDonald – Deputy Director
Nancy Langer, Rachel Pastick, Janet Williams, Tamera Zielinski


Jill E. Schurtz

Executive Director
Contact Info: 651-642-2550

Ms. Schurtz is the Executive Director and CEO of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association, where she oversees investments and pension benefits administration.  Prior to serving in this role, she was the CEO of Robeco-Sage, a NY based asset management firm.  Jill is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point and served seven years in the U.S. Army, where she attained the rank of Captain. Following her military service, she received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Her other professional affiliations include practicing law at Skadden, Arps; investment banking at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray; and the technical research group at Knight Equity Markets.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the MacPhail Center for Music, and the Board of Trustees for Breck School.

Christine MacDonald

Deputy Director
Contact Info: 651-642-2550

Ms. MacDonald serves as the Deputy Director of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association. She joined SPTRFA in 2003 after a ten year career with the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor (OSA), where she was the Director of Public Pension Oversight. In that role she had significant public pension plan responsibilities. During her tenure at OSA she was also responsible for auditing and financial/legal oversight for cities, counties, and tax increment financing districts in Minnesota. With her experience in public pension regulation, she is involved in all aspects of SPTRFA management, including statutory and regulatory interpretation covering investment and administrative requirements.

She also works closely with all other Minnesota public retirement funds to ensure appropriate coordination and continuity. Ms. MacDonald is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where she earned a B.S.B. in Accounting with High Distinction, finishing in the top 3% of her class.

Nancy Langer

Member Services Specialist & Accounts Payable
Contact Info: 651-642-2550

Nancy began her career with SPTRFA in 1978. Her responsibilities include maintaining the active teacher database and updating payroll information from the St. Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul College. Nancy also handles all of the refund of contributions requests and inquiries about repayment of refunds.

 

Rachel Pastick

Member Services, Communications & IT
Contact Info: 651-642-2550

 

Janet Williams

Member Services
Contact Info: 651-642-2550

 

Tamera Zielinski

Secretary

Tamera joined SPTRFA in October 2001. Her responsibilities include regular administrative duties. She schedules counseling appointments at the SPTRFA office and is usually the first person answering and directing member phone calls.