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.
- 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
|Month||Day||Committee||Agenda & Approved Minutes|
|July 2017||21||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|September 2017||22||Full Board||Agenda|
|21||Deferred Compensation Committee||Agenda|
|October 2017||19 & 20||Educational & Planning Meeting|
|November 2017||17||Full Board|
|16||Deferred Compensation Committee|
|January 2018||19||Full Board|
|March 2018||16||Full Board|
|15||Deferred Compensation Committee|
|May 2018||18||Full Board|
|17||Deferred Compensation Committee|
|Month||Day||Committee||Agenda & Approved Minutes|
|July 2016||29||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|September 2016||30||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|29||Deferred Compensation Committee||Agenda|
|October 2016||20 & 21||Educational & Planning Meeting||Agenda | Minutes|
|November 2016||18||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|17||Deferred Compensation Committee||Agenda|
|January 2017||20||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|March 2017||17||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|16||Deferred Compensation Committee||Agenda|
|May 2017||19||Full Board||Agenda | Minutes|
|18||Deferred Compensation Committee||Agenda|
Board Elections 2017
Your Voice. Your Vote.
KPERS Board Elections were held April 1-30.
School Election - Ernie Claudel
Non-School Election - Ryan Trader
Meet the Candidates
Ernie (Paul E.) Claudel is retired from public education after 33 years as an elementary classroom teacher and building administrator, mostly in the Olathe School District. He is currently an elected school member of the KPERS Board of Trustees, now completing a 4-year term. Ernie also serves as co-chair of the Kansas Coalition of Public Retirees, and is the Legislative Chairman for KARSP. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from FHSU, with graduate hours from KU. He served in the US Army Security Agency, for which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
He has spent the last 12 years studying the KPERS system and observing the committees which oversee and govern KPERS, as well as the KPERS Commission of 2011 for KCPR and KARSP.
He and his wife of 49 years, Janet, live in Olathe. They have two adult children.
Joella R. Reid-Skyles, a native Kansan, graduated from Pittsburg State University (BME-1972, MS-1992). She enjoyed a 42-year career, 41 of those years in Pittsburg, teaching vocal music, speech, English and history. She directed the drama program at Pittsburg Community Middle School for 23 years. Joella was the Assistant Debate and Forensics Coach, Pittsburg High School for 10 years. She participated in five facilities/budget committees. Joella belonged to NEA, KNEA and PEA/Pittsburg for 41 years.
Joella is married to Dan Skyles, and has one daughter, Margaret Bowie.
David is a lifetime Kansas resident who retired, after 37 years, from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan. David served as a Professional Photographer within the college providing photographic support services. He is a member of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association (past president), Professional Photographers of America and Certified Professional Photographers Association. He worked with United Way Allocations Committee. He also provided leadership as Cubmaster to Pack 75 and Assistant Scoutmaster to Boy Scouts Troop 76. David was a KSU Classified Senator, serving as president in 1995.
David graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1972 with a business degree. Married for 42 years, his wife, Carol, was a teacher and administrator with USD 383. They have one son, a KSU graduate. David currently serves as President of the Yard Art Classics Car Club in Manhattan and enjoys his KPERS benefits.
I am a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Olathe. My wife, Meghan, a Blue Valley Northwest High School teacher, and I have two daughters under the age of two. My brother is a Kansas City, Kansas, Firefighter. I am the son of a career Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Captain and a career Olathe School Teacher. KPERS is an integral part of my family’s and friends’ lives.
I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Systems Engineering is the field of quantifying and analyzing projects or systems from start to finish, with an emphasis on the relationship between schedule, budget and scope. I worked in the military defense and aerospace industry, coordinating multiple commercial and government contracts before making the career change.
|August-November 2016||Candidates collect signatures|
|November 30, 2016||Candidate forms due|
|April 1, 2017||Voting starts|
|April 29, 2017||Postmark deadline for paper ballots|
|April 30, 2017||Voting ends at 11:59 p.m.|
|May 5, 2017||Paper ballots received deadline|
|July 1, 2017||Winners take office|
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