Key Consultants


jayJay Masci, PMP, CSM
Senior Project Oversight and Program Manager

Mr. Masci has over 31 years of experience with large-scale systems development projects. He has approximately 25 years of IV&V, oversight, project management, business analysis and executive experience. Mr. Masci is a public pension expert with over 18 years of in-depth experience in public retirement systems projects. He is actively involved in the pension community providing presentations at PRISM, CEM and NPEA.

BobBob Solheim, PMP, CSM
Senior Project Oversight and Program Manager

Mr. Solheim has over 34 years of information systems experience with large-scale systems development projects. He has over 26 years of experience in oversight, project management and executive roles. Mr. Solheim is a Public Retirement System industry expert, with over 21 years of experience providing leadership and management direction as well as business analysis for statewide systems development projects.

SueSue Richards, PMP, CSM
Senior Project Oversight and Project Manager

Ms. Richards has over 28 years of information systems experience, including business analysis, software design and development, and project management. She has over 20 years of project management experience that includes 9 years of managing public pension system projects. She has experience in the development of RFPs, cost benefit analysis, employer reporting set-up, testing and managing large scale system replacement projects.

KirstinKirstin Carlson, PMP, CSM
Project Manager and Senior Business Consultant

Ms. Carlson has over 15 years the public pension industry experience having worked over 12 years at the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and 3 years working for Provaliant. Since joining Provaliant Ms. Carlson has worked at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration (MPERA) and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) assisting with the development of pension replacement RFPs and providing oversight for a public pension system replacement project.

RayRay Smith
Senior Project Oversight Manager and Senior Business Consultant

Mr. Smith has extensive experience, over 28 years, in the public pension industry.  Prior to joining Provaliant he previous served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Texas County & District Retirement System (TCDRS) and as the Director of Special Projects for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. During his consulting career at Provaliant and Maximus Mr. Smith consulted with 17 other public employee retirement systems across the United States. His experience ranges from leading strategic planning with governing boards to project oversight and monitoring of large projects for the replacement of pension administration, financial and investment related technology solutions, along with being responsible for the administrative, financial and technology operations of a statewide fund. 

WendyWendy Sanchez, MBA, PMP, CSM
Senior Project Oversight and Project Manager

Ms. Sanchez is a PMP/ITIL certified professional with over 15 years of information systems and finance project management experience. She has 8 years of pension industry experience as a Project Manager for the Texas Employees’ Retirement System and as a Provaliant employee managing the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Financial System Replacement and Quality Assurance projects.

ShellyShelly Pardis, PMP, CSM
Project Manager and Senior Business Consultant

Ms. Pardis is a Project Manager and Senior Business Consultant with over 17 years of in-depth technical and business experience in the public retirement sector. She has experience working as a Project Manager for a line of business implementation project and as Business Process Owner on a major system conversion project. Since joining Provaliant she assisted with the development of a pension replacement RFP and provided oversight for a public pension system replacement project.

MaryMary Dunn
Project Manager and Senior Business Consultant

Ms. Dunn has over 14 years the public pension industry experience and over 13 years of project management experience. As the former Assistant Chief Administration Officer at the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) she brings in-depth pension business knowledge including 13+ years of experience in strategic, operational, and organizational planning, leadership coaching and development, and staff training and development. Since joining Provaliant, Ms. Dunn has worked at the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System (NVPERS) leading the development effort for a pension replacement RFP and providing oversight for the public pension system replacement project.

GaryGary Sitz
Senior Pension Solutions Architect and Senior Project Manager

Mr. Sitz is a veteran technologist with over 43 years or experience in IT, 10 years in pension and 7 years as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Provaliant Mr. Sitz was the Director of Information Systems Architecture for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TXTRS) where he established a technical architecture to modernize mission critical application as part of the pension administration system replacement project. While at TXTRS Mr. Sitz established the Project Management Office and business analyst team, helped create the Executive Steering Committee and developed and implemented IT Governance policies. Prior to TXTRS Mr. Sitz worked at the University of Texas where he managed the planning and construction of a new $33 million dollar data center.