Ms. Riley joined Stanislaus County government in 1993 in the Treasurer/Tax Collectors office as the Supervisor of Investments, later re-titled Assistant Treasurer. As Assistant Treasurer, she managed daily cash and investments until 2005, when she moved to the Revenue Recovery division.
In 2006, Ms. Riley accepted a management position in Stanislaus County’s newly formed General Services Agency. As part of her current General Services Agency assignment, she works closely with the CEO’s Risk Management division to understand the many retirement issues that active employees face today.
Ms. Riley graduated from San Francisco State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Analysis. Prior to joining Stanislaus County, Ms. Riley has managed increasingly larger cash and investment portfolios in the private industry for over 25 years. She has worked through both bust and boom, from the market crash in 1987 when the Dow fell 23% in one day, to the market euphoria of 2005. Ms. Riley brings over 30 years of high profile investment and market knowledge. In addition, her passion and willingness to work with others is balanced with a conviction to find and execute unique solutions to important investment challenges. As an elected member of the Board of Retirement, she is responsible for representing the active/miscellaneous membership.
Donna has been married to her husband Donald since 1986. Together they have raised their son Thomas, who is now in college.
Mandip Dhillon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an extensive background in banking and management. He is currently an Assistant Director at Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
He began his public sector employment in 2001 as an Accountant at Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. He continued his career with Stanislaus County promoting to the Waste-to-Energy Project Manager in 2005 and Solid Waste Division Manager in 2010 at the Department of Environmental Resources. In 2013, he joined the Chief Executive Office as a Senior Management Consultant. He promoted to his current position as Assistant Director in 2017.
Prior to his employment with Stanislaus County, Mr. Dhillon was a Customer Service Manager for Retail Banking and Investment Services for Bank of the West for 12 years in various Bay Area and central valley locations.
He graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from California State University, Stanislaus in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2005.
He was elected to the Stanislaus County Employees Retirement Association Board by the general members on February 6, 2016.
Mr. Dhillon lives in Salida, California.
Jeff Mangar brings a unique experience working as a Trustee for StanCERA. Jeff has been a Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney for over 21 years and is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney assigned to prosecute aggravated white-collar crimes in the Real Estate Fraud Unit. Jeff received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1997. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1993. Jeff is a Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Specialization; and a past Bar Exam grader.
Mr. Mangar is a licensed real estate broker who works with investigators and forensic accountants to uncover fraudulent schemes such as securities fraud, bank fraud, and accounting schemes that manipulate financial data. He often works these complex financial investigations with the FBI, US Attorney, and Attorney General’s Office.
Mr. Mangar is also actively involved in numerous professional associations. He is the current President of the Stanislaus County Bar Association. Jeff is also the current President of the Stanislaus County Prosecutor’s Association. He is the Past President of the Stanislaus County Peace Officers’ Association, the only association comprised of every law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County.
Jeff Mangar has attended the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) program on “Modern Investment Theory & Practice for Retirement Systems” at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Classes included how to best diversify risk and generate higher returns; the predictability of long term asset returns; advanced portfolio analysis; alternative asset classes to protect against downside risk; alternative strategies to generate both alpha and uncorrelated returns;
avoiding the pitfalls of behavioral biases; and recent cases defining fiduciary duties.
Mr. Mangar has been part of StanCERA’s Internal Governance Committee which has the responsibility for oversight of all financial audits (both external and internal), compliance audits, bylaw revisions, policy revisions, retirement board member education and training (including ethics), and other internal governance matters.
Jeff Mangar has been enthusiastic to work with StanCERA to develop solutions to ever changing challenges and has been a great asset to the Board since 2018.
Mike Lynch Consulting is a public relations and public policy consulting firm owned by Mike Lynch operating out of Modesto California.
Mr. Lynch served as Chief Operating Officer of the Great Valley Center, a non profit agency serving all of California’s central valley, from Redding to Bakersfield, from 2004 through May 2007. The Great Valley Center offers leadership, capacity building and information services to California’s fastest growing and most diverse region.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Lynch owned and operated Mike Lynch Consulting. Mr. Lynch has extensive public policy and political experience at all three levels of government, local, state, and federal. In 1989, when Assemblyman Gary Condit was elected to the United States Congress, Mr. Lynch became his chief of staff, responsible for legislative and district office operations. Mr. Lynch worked in that capacity until opening his firm in 2003.
Born in Sacramento, Mike Lynch worked five years as administrative assistant to a member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors before moving to the Office of Majority Services in the California State Assembly. In the Assembly, Mr. Lynch worked on the personal and caucus staff of members and as chief consultant to a legislative committee.
Mike Lynch graduated from Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Ana, a high school teacher, live in Turlock. He serves as a Stanislaus County Supervisors’ appointee to the Stanislaus County Retirement Association governing board and is a member of the Tuolumne River Citizens Advisory committee. Mr. Lynch is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. DeMartini was born and raised in Stanislaus County. He graduated from Grace Davis High School. He has been farming since 1972 and he farms more than 1000 acres on the West Side between Patterson and Ceres. He grows almonds, walnuts, peaches, grapes and row crops.
Jim DeMartini serves on the Board of the Gateway Rotary, the Board of the American Heart Association and is a member of the Elks Club. He is on the Central Valley High School Bond Oversight Committee, and is a past chairman of this committee. Mr. DeMartini is a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, the Latino Community Roundtable and the Patterson, Newman and Ceres Chambers of Commerce. Mr DeMartini is also chairman of the Republican Party of Stanislaus County. In 2004, he was elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors District 5.
Mr. DeMartini’s wife Anne serves as a trustee for the Yosemite Community College District and she is a member of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Sharpe is a Supervising Probation Officer with Stanislaus County and represents StanCERA’s safety members. Samuel was re-elected to a second term in July 2018. Samuel currently sits on the Internal Governance Committee, which is responsible for: Audits, Bylaws Revisions, Policy Revisions and Board Member Education.
Samuel is a veteran and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1997. Samuel graduated from Menlo College in 2001 with a Bachelors degree in Management. In 2018, Samuel graduated from the University of San Diego with a Masters of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership. Samuel is married to his wife Kelli and they have one daughter Parker.
Employee Elected by Safety Members
Alternate to Seat No. 7
Term: 3 years
Mr. O’Neal began his employment with Stanislaus County in 1969 with the Department of Social Services, working there until 1972. From there he owned several small businesses, worked in the Purchasing Department for Mendocino County, for North Coast Opportunities as the Senior Programs Coordinator and had a brief employment with Merced County. Upon his return to Stanislaus County in 1981, Mr. O’Neal worked in the Social Services Department where he managed several programs and served as the Assistant to the Deputy Director. He spent his final stint in county service as a Manager in the Department of Employment and Training.
Mr. O’Neal has served on the Stanislaus County Grand Jury, the Empire Fire Board and is the past president, as well as an active board member, of the Retired Employees of Stanislaus County (RESCO).
Mr. O’Neal was born in Bakersfield, California and grew up in Modesto, California. He attended local schools and received his Associate in Arts from Modesto Junior College and his Bachelor in Arts from California State University Stanislaus. Michael lives in Oakdale with his wife Carolyn, who retired as a manager from Stanislaus County Child & Family Services. They belong to the Modesto Regional Horseless Carriage Club of America and enjoy travel, gardening, spending time with friends, and touring in their Model A.
Mr. Grover is President and owner of Solecon Industrial Contractors, which was established in 1981. The company provides mechanical systems and services to the plants, factories, hospitals and general contractors in the Central Valley of California. Mr. Grover is a director for Partners International, a Christian mission organization and also serves as a board director for the Workforce Alliance, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, the Stanislaus Community Foundation and Nexus Engineering.
He has been actively involved in Stanislaus County business and civic organizations for a number of years, including serving as a member of the board of directors of the Modesto Commerce Bank, 5.11 Tactical, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the McHenry Mansion, Doctors Medical Center Foundation, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Modesto Rotary Club.
Civically he has served on the City of Modesto Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustments and was the Stanislaus County Grand Jury foreman in 1992. He served in publically elected office as a Stanislaus County Supervisor for two terms, 2003-2010.
Mr. Grover enjoys travel, fishing, golf and snow skiing. He and his wife Elaine have three daughters; Sarah, Rachel and Emma.