Meet the Trustees

William T. Buividas - Chairman, appointed by Senate President Andy Biggs

William T. Buividas was appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in 2017. In January 2019, his peers unanimously selected him as the board’s chairman. He also chairs the PSPRS Defined Contribution Committee that oversees the state’s 401(a) and 457 plans for first responders.

With more than 18 years in public safety – including 16 years working for the Phoenix Police Department – Buividas combines first responder credentials with business and retirement benefit experience. Buividas holds master’s degrees in finance and administration with an emphasis on leadership, as well as multiple undergraduate degrees in public safety-related subjects.

Currently, Buividas also serves as chairman of the City of Phoenix Healthcare Trust Board, which oversees benefits for 35,000 active first-responders, retirees and their families across the city. He previously served on the city’s local PSPRS pension board and as a member of the City of Phoenix Deferred Compensation Board. An adjunct instructor of public safety-related courses at Glendale Community College, Buividas also previously was a member of the Board of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, where he served as the organization’s treasurer and its lead contract negotiator.

A resident of Phoenix, Buividas and his wife Jennifer have two children.

To contact Will Buividas, send an email to WillB@psprs.com.

Mike Scheidt - Vice Chairman, appointed by House Speaker David Gowan

Appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in 2017, Vice Chairman Mike Scheidt brings to the Board nearly a quarter century of frontline experience as a first responder and a firefighter. Scheidt has worked for the City of Tempe for more than 19 years as a firefighter, paramedic and an engineer. Prior to joining the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, Scheidt was a Tempe police officer for a stint and also a firefighter in Joliet, Illinois, for four years.

Beyond serving the public by running 911 emergency calls, Scheidt has amassed years of experience in public safety finances, employment and pension issues. Since 2003, he has served as a trustee for the Tempe chapter of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, helping to oversee all aspects of local firefighting operations. Additionally, Scheidt serves as an elected member of the Tempe Fire Department’s local board and as a member of the City of Tempe Deferred Compensation Board, which oversees assets and contributions to the city’s 457(b) deferred compensation plan.

A board member of the Arizona Firefighters Health Care Trust, Scheidt has been also a certified Arizona realtor since 2004. He earned his real estate broker’s license in 2010 and founded MEKA Realty in 2015.

A Scottsdale resident, Scheidt and his wife have two daughters.

To contact Mike Scheidt, send an email to MScheidt@psprs.com. 

Jim Ameduri - appointed by House Speaker Rusty Bowers

Appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in March 2019, Jim Ameduri, CEO and Managing Partner of Alize Ventures, brings to PSPRS more than 30 years’ experience as a global investment expert.

Prior to establishing his own firm in 1992, Ameduri worked as a financier and investment manager at Dean Witter Reynolds and First Interstate Bank, NA. Since 1992, he has built and managed a succession of businesses and he has structured business transactions for partner and affiliates'‚Äč capital totaling over US $10 billion. Ameduri’s restructuring work has often focused on operations and capital efficiency and on managing turbulent periods of company growth, acquisition or decline.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in finance from Youngstown State University, Ameduri earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. An Eagle Scout, Ameduri currently serves as chairman of the Board for Capax World (a nonprofit focused on sustainable solutions to global poverty); as a director of the Arizona State University Foundation Investment Committee; and as a director of the Arizona Community Foundation, where he serves on the Investment and Special Assets Committees.

Ameduri and his wife of 28 years live in Scottsdale. They have three children.

To contact Jim Ameduri, send an email to JAmeduri@psprs.com

Christopher J. Hemmen - appointed by Governor Doug Ducey

Christopher J. Hemmen, a major with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, brings nearly three decades of public safety experience and management expertise to the PSPRS Board of Trustees.

Hemmen began his career at DPS in 1993 as an officer trainee, working his way up the ranks to his present role as chief of staff for the Highway Patrol Division. During his tenure at DPS, Hemmen has managed multi-million-dollar agency budgets, led statewide criminal interdiction efforts and helped the agency achieve hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on infrastructure and equipment costs.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s Certified Public Manager Program, Hemmen earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. In 2018, he attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  A resident of Goodyear, Hemmen was appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in July 2019 by Governor Doug Ducey.

To contact Christopher Hemmen, send an email to CHemmen@psprs.com

Scott McCarty, CPA - appointed by Senate President Steve Yarbrough

Appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in January 2019, Scott McCarty brings more than 30 years of public service experience to the board. McCarty has worked as the Finance Director for the Town of Queen Creek since 2015.

Prior to joining Queen Creek, McCarty worked for the Town of Paradise Valley, the City of Surprise, the City of Scottsdale, the Town of Gilbert and for Puyallup and Des Moines in the state of Washington. At each stop, McCarty has helped these municipalities manage finances and tax dollars, multimillion-dollar budgets and retirement system obligations. Additionally, McCarty served as the chair of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Pension Task Force.

McCarty, a Certified Public Accountant, holds an Accounting degree from the University of Redlands in California. He is a resident of Queen Creek.

To contact Scott McCarty, send an email to SMcCarty@psprs.com

Brian Moore - appointed by Governor Doug Ducey

A veteran of more than 26 years’ service with the Phoenix Fire Department, Brian Moore brings extensive public safety and retirement system experience to the PSPRS Board of Trustees. Moore, who holds an elected position as the chairman of the Daisy Mountain Fire District Board, was appointed as a PSPRS Trustee by Governor Doug Ducey in June 2019. Additionally, he has served as an elected member of the Phoenix Fire PSPRS Local Pension Board since 2006.

Moore, a fire captain/paramedic, currently serves as vice-chair of the nine-member City of Phoenix Deferred Compensation Board. That Board oversees more than $2 billion in employee assets. In that role, Moore also serves as chair of the city’s Investment Selection Sub-Committee. In 2016, Moore was appointed to the PSPRS Defined Contribution Committee. His work has included helping to develop and implement the new Defined Contribution plan for Tier 2 and Tier 3 PSPRS members, which became effective in July 2017.

An executive board member of the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Local 493 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Moore serves as the local’s vice president of member benefits and health care.

An Ohio native, he is a 1985 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has been married for 29 years to his wife, Julie, a City of Surprise Fire and Medical battalion chief. The Moores have three children.

To contact Brian Moore, send an email to BMoore@psprs.com

Harry A. Papp, CFA - appointed by Governor Doug Ducey

Papp has 38 years of experience in portfolio management and security analysis. After completing his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago he joined G.D. Searle & Co.  At Searle he was responsible for overseas financing/acquisitions and managed the domestic real estate holdings of the company. He also holds a Master of Science degree in geochemistry from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in economics and chemistry. He was awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1984.

In 1981 he joined L. Roy Papp & Associates, LLP and began working as a portfolio manager. He currently oversees the private client business at the firm and serves as managing partner. 

He is past chairman and a current member of the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona. He is a longtime trustee of the Phoenix Zoo, and past board chairman. He serves on the board of directors of the Arizona State University Foundation, currently chairs the audit committee and is past chair of the investment committee. He is a board member and treasurer of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. He is president of Arizona Five Arts Circle and serves on the planned giving committee for the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum. He is also secretary and treasurer of HA.P.I. He was appointed to the Arizona State Board of Investment in 2012, and in 2017 was appointed to the board of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

To contact Harry Papp, send an email to HPapp@psprs.com

Dean M. Scheinert, CFA - appointed by Governor Doug Ducey

Appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in late 2016, Dean M. Scheinert has built a four-decade career in portfolio management, bond and stock market financial analysis and non-profit organizational leadership and management.

Currently, Scheinert works as the Chief Advancement and External Affairs Officer for Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Prior to that role and his executive fundraising work with the Musical Instrument Museum, Scheinert worked for 35 years as a senior banker and asset management executive in New York and in Phoenix. He has amassed extensive experience in investing institutional and high net worth family capital using both the traditional capital markets and alternative investment strategies.

Before moving to Arizona in 2012, Scheinert managed investment portfolios for a number of high-profile companies in New York and Connecticut including Wood Creek Capital Management, LLC; Auda Alternative Investments; Perry Capital, Cowen & Company and Travelers Inc./Smith Barney.

Scheinert currently serves on the Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Dean’s Council and on the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Board of Directors, where he has served as the investment committee chair. Scheinert is a CFA and earned an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Tufts University.

To contact Dean Scheinert, send an email to DScheinert@psprs.com

Donald A. Smith Jr. - appointed by Governor Doug Ducey

Appointed to the PSPRS Board of Trustees in late 2016, Donald A. Smith Jr. served as the president and CEO of CopperPoint Insurance Companies (previously SCF Arizona) for more than 16 years before his retirement in 2016. Prior to leading CopperPoint, Smith worked as a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Before that, Smith spent 20 years in private industry at New York-based Continental Insurance, where he was vice president and director for the company's Mid-Atlantic region.

A 1974 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Smith holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2001. Smith served as chairman of the board of directors for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross from 2004 to 2006, and he was named the organization's "Humanitarian of the Year" in 2008.

Smith was named a Phoenix Business Journal Most Admired CEO in 2009, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leader of the Year in 2010 and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council awarded him its Distinguished Service Award recipient in 2011. He is a past board member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and is past chair of the board of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and of the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Currently, Smith is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council and recently served on its board of directors. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for Valley of the Sun United Way, the Center for the Future of Arizona, and on the board of trustees for the Heard Museum since its inception.

To contact Donald Smith, send an email to DSmith@psprs.com.