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The SERS Leadership Team is committed to administering the direction set by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the system.

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undefinedLisa Morris
Executive Director
Joined SERS: 2004

Lisa J. Morris was named the Executive Director of the SERS in October 2010. Morris had fulfilled the duties of Interim Executive Director since the retirement of James R. Winfree in April 2010.

With this appointment, Morris became just the sixth Executive Director since the System’s founding in 1937. Her duties include maintaining external relations with the legislature, the governor’s office, advocacy groups, member employers, active members, and retirees, as well as managing the plan’s day-to-day operations under the direction of the Retirement Board.

Morris joined SERS as Deputy Executive Director in 2004. She was instrumental in leading the staff in SERS’ Strategic Planning and Change-Ready Culture Initiatives over the past three years.

Before joining SERS, Morris spent more than 20 years in public sector management and leadership, including several years as Ohio’s chief mining regulator and also as director of Ohio’s clean water programs. This public service followed several years in the private practice of law in civil litigation. Throughout most of her career, Morris has also been active in animal welfare and community service.

Morris received an undergraduate degree in history from the College of Wooster and a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

 


undefinedHelen Ninos
Deputy Executive Director
Joined SERS: 2011

Helen Ninos joined SERS as the Deputy Executive Director in 2011. She is responsible for the administration of SERS’ Member Services, Health Care, Finance, Information Technology, Administration, and Human Resources departments. SERS has a staff of approximately 175 people.

Ninos was previously employed at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General where she worked as Chief Operating Officer – Human Resources and Chief of Workers Compensation, Chief of Civil Rights, Assistant Chief of Civil Rights, and Labor Counsel. In addition, she has served as the Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Central Ohio, Chief of Staff at the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, and Associate General Counsel for Employment and Human Resources at The Ohio State University.

She earned her BA in Political Science from West Virginia University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.

Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Franklin County Developmental Disabilities Board. In her capacity at the Attorney General’s Office, she served as Secretary of the Central Benefits Foundation Board and was a member of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.
 


 

Leadership Staff 

 
John Grumney
Director – Member Services 

 
 
Anne Jewel
Director – Health Care

 

Farouki A. Majeed
Chief Investment Officer

 
Joseph M. Marotta
General Counsel
Carla Marshall
Interim Director – Finance  
   

Jay Patel
Chief Technology Officer


Matthew Sanders
Director - Administrative Services
 
 


 

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

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James Rossler, Jr, Chair
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.


Daniel L. Wilson, Vice-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.


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.


Catherine P. Moss
Retiree-Member


Term Expires 6/30/2016

Catherine Moss is serving her third term on the Board.

Moss is an Administrative Secretary to the Associate Provost of Teaching and Learning Effectiveness 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, on the cabinet of  United Way of Lake County as Chair of Special Events, and on the Board of Directors of the Kidney Foundation of Lake County. 


 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.


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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