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Board of Trustees

KPERS Board Members

The KPERS Board of Trustees is comprised of nine members. Four are appointed by the Governor, two are appointed by legislative leaders, two are elected by Retirement System members, and one is the elected State Treasurer. All serve four-year terms.

Kelly Arnold

Kelly Arnold Chairman

  • County Clerk, Sedgwick County
  • Board member since March 2013
  • Current term expires January 2021
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Wichita, KS
Ernie Claudel

Ernie Claudel

  • Retired Teacher and Administrator
  • Board member since July 2013
  • Current term expires June 2021
  • Elected Member - School
  • From Olathe, KS
Emily Hill

Emily Hill

  • Partner, Bowersock Captial Partners
  • Board member since July 2019
  • Current term expires January 2023
  • Appointed by Governor
  • From Lawrence, KS
Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson

  • President and CEO of Community National Bank in Seneca
  • Board member since July 2019
  • Current term expires June 2023
  • Appointed by Speaker of the House
  • From Seneca, KS
Jake LaTurner

Jake LaTurner, State Treasurer

  • Kansas State Treasurer
  • Board member since April 2017
  • Current term expires January 2023
  • Statutory Member
  • From Pittsburg, KS
Brad Stratton

Brad Stratton

  • President and CEO, Overland Park Wealth Management
  • Board member since November 2019
  • Current term expires January 2023
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Overland Park, KS
Ryan Trader

Ryan Trader

  • Firefighter/Paramedic , Olathe Fire Department
  • Board member since July 2017
  • Current term expires June 2021
  • Elected member - Non-School
  • From Olathe, KS
Suresh Ramamurthi

Suresh Ramamurthi

  • Chairman, CBW Bank
  • Board member since July 2013
  • Current term expires June 2021
  • Appointed by the President of the Senate
  • From Topeka, KS
James Zakoura

James Zakoura

  • Partner, Smithyman & Zakoura law firm
  • Board member since March 2018
  • Current term expires January 2021
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Overland Park, KS

Board Duties

    Board Duties:
  • Reviews and adopts actuarial assumptions and reviews employer contribution rates.
  • Determines an appropriate asset allocation mix.
  • Establishes and follows investment policies and guidelines.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of investment managers.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of various other service providers, including actuaries, consultants, advisors and custodians.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of the executive director (chief executive officer).

Board Meetings & Minutes

FY 2021
Month Day Committee Agenda & Approved Minutes
July 2020 24 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  23 Audit Committee Agenda
  23 Investment Committee Agenda
  24 Personnel Committee Agenda
September 2020 18 Full Board Agenda
  18 Personnel Committee Agenda
17 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  17 Investment Committee Agenda
October 2020 8 & 9 Board Educational & Planning Meeting
     
November 2020 20 Full Board
20 Audit Committee
  19 Deferred Compensation Committee
  19  Investment Committee
January 2021 22 Full Board
  22 Audit Committee
  21 Investment Committee
  21 Personnel Committee
March 2021 19 Full Board
  19 Audit Committee
  19 Personnel Committee
  18 Deferred Compensation Committee
  18 Investment Committee
May 2021 21 Full Board
  21 Personnel Committee
  20 Deferred Compensation Committee
  20 Investment Committee

FY 2020
Month Day Committee Agenda & Approved Minutes
July 2019 19 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  18 Audit Committee Agenda
  18 Investment Committee Agenda
  19 Personnel Committee Agenda
September 2019 20 Full Board Agenda
  20 Personnel Committee Agenda
19 Investment Committee Agenda
  19 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
October 2019 15 & 16 Educational & Planning Meeting Agenda | Minutes
       
November 2019 22 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  22 Audit Committee Agenda
  21 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  21 Investment Committee Agenda
January 2020 17 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  17 Audit Committee Agenda
  16 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  16 Investment Committee Agenda
March 2020 20 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  20 Audit Committee Agenda
  20 Personnel Committee Agenda
  19 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  19 Investment Committee Agenda
May 2020 22 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  22 Personnel Committee Agenda
  21 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  21 Investment Committee Agenda

Committee Assignments

Board Elections 2021

KPERS Board members serve an important role overseeing operations and safeguarding the System’s assets. Retired and active members can run for an elected board position and get involved. Board duties.

In April 2021, members will elect two board members. To get on the ballot next spring, you need to collect 100 member signatures on a petition and submit an affidavit.

COVID-19

With the current COVID-19 situation, we are offering online petitions for those who wish to be on the upcoming 2021 Board Election ballot. Any individuals who choose to do an online petition will still be required to submit an affidavit for themselves and any others who help gather signatures. Please contact Kristen Basso, communications officer, at [email protected] to get set up with your online petition. BOT election online petition

Download Candidate Nomination Petition form
Download Affidavit of Petition Circulator form

Election Timeline

August-November 2020 Candidates collect signatures
November 30, 2020 (12 p.m. CST) Candidate forms due
April 2021 Voting period
July 1, 2021 Winners take office
KPERS 2021 Board Election Logo

How the Board is Organized

The KPERS Board of Trustees is comprised of nine members. Four are appointed by the Governor, two are appointed by legislative leaders, two are elected by Retirement System members, and one is the elected State Treasurer. All serve four-year terms. Current trustees

Required Personal Commitment

The Board meets seven times a year, usually in Topeka. Trustees also serve on the committees listed earlier, which require additional meetings on the day before the full Board meeting. On average, trustees will spend 15 days a year in Board meetings. Occasionally there are special phone meetings between regularly scheduled meetings. In addition, trustees must read meeting materials in advance and prepare for meetings. Trustees must be committed to their fiduciary responsibilities according to law, acting in the best interest of members for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to members and their beneficiaries.

Trustee Compensation

Trustees receive compensation for each Board meeting at the legislative daily rate, $88.66 a day Trustees do not receive an annual salary or stipend.

They also receive allowance and reimbursement like State of Kansas employees:

  • Lodging: $96 allowance, arrangements through KPERS
  • Subsistence allowance: $55/day
  • Mileage: $0.575 cents per mile for privately-owned vehicles

  Helpful Links
  Opportunities
  Location

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
611 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
Toll-free: 1 888 - 275-5737
Email: [email protected]


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