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The SERS Retirement Board consists of nine members - four elected employee members, two elected retiree members and three investment expert members. One investment expert is appointed by the governor, a second one by the treasurer of state, and the third one jointly by the speaker of the House and president of the Senate.

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Board Responsibilities

As SERS’ governing body, the Retirement Board is responsible for the administration and management of the System. Among its duties, the Board:

  • reviews and adopts policies concerning investments, audit plans, SERS members, contributors, benefit recipients, employers, and staff
  • adopts administrative rules
  • conducts membership determination hearings
  • approves disability and retirement applications
  • approves the appointment of external investment managers
  • adopts an annual administrative budget
  • determines and certifies employer and employee contribution rates
  • monitors actuarial and financial status of the System by reviewing annual actuarial reports and the financial audit
  • administers and determines the plan design and level of benefits for the discretionary SERS retiree health care program

Board Member Commitments

The Retirement Board generally meets at least two full days every month, except in August, in Columbus, generally on the third Thursday and Friday. On average, a Board member can expect to spend approximately 40 working days each year involved in attending and preparing for regular, special, committee, or seminar meetings for Board business, education, planning, or training. Members of the Board receive no compensation for their services other than reimbursement of necessary expenses. The term of the office for elected members is four years and begins on July 1.
 
Board Eligibility

For one of the four member-elected Board positions, all SERS members, other than disability recipients, are eligible to run for the Retirement Board. However, a member must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony, theft offense, or ethics law violation, and must certify this to the retirement system.

To be nominated for an open member-elected position, a candidate must gather the signatures of at least 500 SERS members on an Official Nominating Petition. As part of the 500 signatures, there must be at least 10 different counties of employment represented by 20 members’ signatures each. Members must sign their name, print their name, provide the last four digits of their Social Security number, and provide the name of their school district and county of employment. This information is necessary to verify that a member is eligible by law to have their signature counted on a Nominating Petition for a candidate.

For one of the two retiree-elected Board positions, all SERS disability and service retirees who live in Ohio are eligible to run for the Retirement Board. However, a retiree must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony, theft offense, or ethics law violation, and must certify this to the retirement System.

To be nominated for an open retiree-elected position, the candidate must gather the signatures of at least 150 SERS retirees on an Official Nominating Petition. As part of the 150 signatures, there must be at least 5 different counties of Ohio residence represented by 10 retirees’ signatures each. Retirees must sign their name, print their name, provide the last four digits of the Social Security number, and provide their county of residence. This information is necessary to verify that a member is eligible by law to have their signature counted on a Nominating Petition for a candidate.

Additional Requirements for Board Members

The conduct of SERS Retirement Board members is subject to Ohio’s ethics laws and campaign finance disclosures. Board members are also held accountable for their fiduciary duties and all candidates should know the circumstances by which SERS Retirement Board members can be removed from office.

http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/EducationandPublicInfo_EIEB.html

http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/Retirement_System_Information_Sheet.pdf

http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/fdsfactsheet.html

http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/forms/FDS0801.pdf

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The Retirement Board generally meets at least two full days every month, except in August, in Columbus, generally on the third Thursday and Friday.

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2014 Meeting Dates

  Agenda Highlights
January 
No Board Meeting    
February 
13th (Thurs.) Board Retreat Agenda Highlights
13th (Thurs) Audit Committee Agenda  
13th (Thurs) Compensation Committee Agenda  
14th (Fri.) Agenda Highlights
14th (Fri.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
March 
20th and 21st (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
April 
16th (Weds.) Audit Committee Agenda  
17th (Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
May 
14th (Weds.) Audit Committee Public Notice  
14th (Weds.) Audit and Compensation Committee Public Notice  
14th (Weds.) Compensation Committee Public Notice  
15th (Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
June 
4th (Weds.) Audit Committee Public Notice  
18th (Weds.) Audit Committee Public Notice  
19th (Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
July 
16th (Weds.) Audit Committee Public Notice  
17th (Thurs.) Compensation Committee Public Notice  
17th (Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
August
No Board Meeting    
September
18th and 19th (Thurs. and Fri.)    
October 
16th and 17th (Thurs. and Fri.)    
November 
20th and 21st (Thurs. and Fri.)    
December 
18th and 19th (Thurs. and Fri.)    

All dates are tentative.

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The term of the office for elected members is four years and begins on July 1.

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Daniel L. Wilson, Chair
Appointed Member


Term Expires 9/27/2016

Daniel L. Wilson was appointed to the Board by the Governor. He is Chief Financial Officer for the Mentor Exempted Village Board of Education, where he has worked since 2004. Wilson has more than 39 years of experience in the fiscal management of Ohio public schools.

This is Wilson’s third term on the SERS Board. He served as an elected member from July 1, 1992-June 30, 1996, and as the governor’s appointee from Sept. 28, 2004-Sept. 28, 2008.

Wilson is the Past-President of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Past Chairman of the Foundation for School Business Management.



Catherine P. Moss, Vice-Chair
Retiree-Member


Term Expires 6/30/2016

Catherine Moss is serving her third term on the Board.

Moss is an Administrative Secretary to the Director for Student Success in the College Readiness and Student Success Division at Lakeland Community College. She retired in 1997 after 30 years with the West Geauga Local Schools, where she also served as President of OAPSE Local 255. She currently serves as Treasurer of AFSCME 1184 Subchapter 120 and is on the Board of Directors of the Kidney Foundation of Lake County.


Debra J. Basham
Employee-Member


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Term expires 6/30/2017

Debra Basham is serving her first term on the Board.

Basham is a school bus driver/cafeteria worker for the Bath Local Schools District in Lima. She has been a bus driver for 25 years and for the last 12 years has also worked in the cafeteria. She served as president of OAPSE Local 357 for 18 years and has served as Vice-president since 2010.


Nancy Edwards
Appointed Member


Term Expires 12/5/2016

Nancy Edwards was appointed to the Board by the Ohio Treasurer.  She is the former Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for State Auto Insurance Companies and was responsible for information security, physical security, and privacy matters. Edwards is currently a Risk Management Consultant for Dedicated Technologies.

Her insurance career started 35 years ago as an actuary at JCPenney Insurance. Since then, she has worked in actuarial, claims, underwriting, branch operations, and sales.

Edwards earned her MBA and bachelor’s at The Ohio State University. In addition, she has passed various CPCU and actuarial exams and the CISSP exam.


Madonna D. Faragher
Employee-Member


Term Expires 6/30/2015

Dee Faragher is serving her second term on the Board.

Faragher is a school bus driver and currently works for Westlake City Schools. She has served as OAPSE Local 276 president and OAPSE Northeast District treasurer.
 


Christine Holland
Employee-Member

 

Term Expires 6/30/2015

Chris Holland is serving her first term on the Board.

Holland is a secretary for the Oregon City Schools in the Administration Building since 1989. She has served on   OAPSE Executive Board, OAPSE State Budget Committee and OAPSE State Nominating  Committee. She has also been an officer at both the OAPSE district level and local level. Holland also has been involved in many different committees for the Oregon City Schools.


Barbra M. Phillips
Employee-Member


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Term Expires 6/30/2017

Barbra Phillips is serving her third term on the Board.

Phillips works for Ashland City Schools as a bus driver for disabled students and is an OBI instructor. She is president of OAPSE Local 233, President of the Ashland/Wayne/Holmes Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Executive Board member of N.E. Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO.

 


James Rossler, Jr.
Appointed Member

 

Term Expires 11/4/2016

The Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the President of the Ohio Senate reappointed James Rossler, Jr.  as an investment expert to the SERS Board. He is treasurer of the Rossford Exempted Village School System, near Toledo, regional past president of the OASBO, and previously served on the SERS Board from October 2004 to June 2005.

Rossler received his BS degree in management from the University of Toledo and his MBA from the University of Findlay.


Frank A. Weglarz
Retiree-Member


Term Expires 6/30/2015

Frank Weglarz is serving his first term on the Board.

Weglarz retired from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools after 23 years of service. He served as Vice President and President of OAPSE Local 102, Treasurer and President of OAPSE Local 617, and Vice President of OAPSE Northeast District.

He is currently a member of AFSCME 1184 and is active in community volunteer work.

 
 
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Links to discussion topics and highlights from previous Retirement Board meetings are available below: 

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2013 Meeting Dates Agenda Highlights
January 17th and 18th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
February 4th (Mon.) Board Retreat Agenda Highlights
February 21st and 22nd (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
March 21st and 22nd (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
April 18th and 19th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
May 15th (Wed.) Audit Committee Agenda  
May 15th (Wed.) Education Program – Investment Asset Allocation Agenda  
May 15th (Wed.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
May 16th and 17th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
June 19th (Wed.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
June 19th (Wed.) Audit Committee Agenda  
June 20th and 21st (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
July 17th (Weds.) Audit Committee Agenda  
July 18th (Thurs.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
July 18th and 19th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
August - No Meeting    
September 18th (Weds.) Audit Committee Agenda  
September 19th (Thurs.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
September 19th and 20th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
October 17th (Thurs.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
October 17th and 18th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
November 21st (Thurs.) Audit Committee Agenda  
November 21st and 22nd (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
November 22nd (Fri.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
December 18th (Weds.) Audit Committee Agenda  
December 19th and 20th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights

 

2012 Meeting Dates Agenda Highlights
January 19th and 20th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
February 15th (Wed.) Board Retreat Agenda  
February 16th and 17th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
February 24th (Fri.) Pension and Health Care Roundtable Agenda  
March 22nd and 23rd (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
April 19th and 20th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
May 14th and 15th (Mon. and Tues.) Agenda  Highlights
May 14th (Mon.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
June 21st and 22nd (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
July 24th (Tues.) Agenda  Highlights
No Board Meeting    
September 20th and 21st (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda

 Highlights

October 18th and 19th (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda  Highlights
November 27th (Tues.) Agenda Highlights
December 20th and 21st (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights

 

2011 Meeting Dates

Agenda Meeting Highlights
January 20 and 21 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
February 16 (Wed.) Board Retreat Agenda  

February 17 and 18 (Thurs. and Fri.)

Agenda Highlights
March 17 and 18 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
April 20 and 21 (Wed. and Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
May 17 (Tues.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
May 18 and 19 (Wed. and Thurs.) Agenda Highlights
June 14 and 15 (Tues. and Wed.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
June 16 and 17 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda

Highlights

July 21 and 22 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda

Highlights

August - No Board Meeting  

 

September 8 and 9 (Thurs. and Fri.)

Agenda

Highlights

October 20 and 21 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda

Highlights

November 17 and 18 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights
December 14 (Wed.) Compensation Committee Agenda  
December 15 and 16 (Thurs. and Fri.) Agenda Highlights


 

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