Two New Members Join NHRS Board of Trustees

Apr 06, 2020
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For Immediate Release: April 6, 2020

CONCORD, NH – Two new members recently joined the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS, the retirement system).

Monica Mezzapelle of Concord joined the Board in March upon her confirmation as NH Commissioner of the Treasury. She joined the State Treasury in May of 2014, serving as Deputy State Treasurer prior to being appointed Commissioner. In that capacity she was responsible for the administration of Treasury operations, including the Abandoned Property Division. She also served on the New Hampshire Deferred Compensation Plan Commission.

Mezzapelle began her career in public accounting and joined the State in 2000 working as a financial and compliance auditor for the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, spending the last seven years as an audit manager. Mezzapelle is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the AICPA designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Hampshire Government Finance Officers Association. She received her B.S. in accounting and finance from La Salle University in Mexico.

She replaces former State Treasurer Bill Dwyer, who resigned to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Scott Christensen of Portsmouth joined the Board in March as a public member. He is the Managing Partner of the Northern New England offices of Northwestern Mutual, a position he has held since 2004. Christensen attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing in 1984. He entered the financial services industry with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1987. His career with Northwestern Mutual started in 1990.   

Christensen serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts Daniel Webster Council. He also participates on the board of Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity and the Board of Advisors of StayWorkPlay NH.   

Christensen replaces longtime Trustee Dr. Richard Gustafson, who did not seek reappointment.

NHRS is administered by a 13-member Board of Trustees that includes one employee member, one teacher member, one firefighter member, one police officer member, four employer representatives (one each representing the state, counties, schools, and municipalities), four public members, and the State Treasurer. All trustees – with the exception of the State Treasurer, who serves ex officio – are nominated by the governor for three-year terms and must be confirmed by a vote of the Executive Council.

All trustees must have familiarity with or experience in finance or business management. A full list of trustees is available at:

About NHRS

NHRS provides retirement, disability, and death benefits to its eligible members and their beneficiaries. The State of New Hampshire and more than 460 local government employers participate in NHRS for their employees, teachers, firefighters, and police officers. NHRS has approximately 48,000 active members and 38,000 benefit recipients. NHRS administers a defined benefit plan qualified as a tax-exempt entity under sections 401(a) and 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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