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MERS Retirement Board

The Retirement Board is responsible for the administration of the Retirement System. It has the fiduciary responsibility for the investment of assets and oversees the system.

Michael-Brown
Back row (standing, left to right): Philip LaJoy, Amy Deford, James Wiersma, John Ogden, Randy Girard. Front row (sitting): Michael Brown, Lori Newberg, Sally Dreves, Michael Gilmore.

MERS is administered by a nine-member Retirement Board consisting of the Following members:

  • Three members of the Retirement System who are officers of a participating municipality or of a participating court, who shall be designated as Officer Board members.
  • Three employee members of the Retirement System who are not officers of a participating municipality or of a participating court, who shall be designated as Employee Board members.
  • Two members appointed by the Retirement Board who have knowledge or experience in retirement systems, administration of retirement systems, or investment management or advisory services.
  • One member who is a retiree of the system, appointed by the Board.

Michael-Brown

Mr. Michael Brown - Officer Member - Chairperson
County Administrator, Barry County
Serving the Board since: November 2007
Committee: Investment
Education: Masters of Public Administration, Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Michigan State University
Term expires: 12-31-2016


Philip-LaJoy

Mr. Philip LaJoy - Officer Member
Chief Administrator of Canton Township
Serving the Board since: 2013
Committee: Budget
Education: Bachelor’s in Business, University of Detroit
Term expires: 12-31-2015


Randy-Girard

Mr. Randy Girard - Officer Member
Township Manager, Charter Township of Marquette
Serving the Board since: November 2007
Committee: Personnel
Education: Master of Arts, Public Administration, Northern Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Northern Michigan University
Term expires: 12-31-2014


Amy Deford

Ms. Amy Deford - Employee Member
Retirement Administrator for the County of Saginaw
Serving the Board since: January 2012
Committee: Budget
Education: Degree in Business, Delta College
Term expires: 12-31-2014


Lori-Newberg

Ms. Lori Newberg - Employee Member
Employee Services Coordinator, Ingham County, Lansing
Serving the Board since: January 2009
Committee: Personnel
Term expires: 12-31-2015


Sally-Dreves

Ms. Sally Dreves - Employee Member - Chairperson ProTem
Human Resources Technician, Grand Traverse County
Serving the Board since: 2004
Committee: Personnel
Education: B.A. Degree, Business Administration, Ferris State University
Term expires: 12-31-2016


James-Wiersma

Mr. James R. Wiersma - Public Member
President, Family Investment & Resource Management, LLC, Holland
Serving the Board since: 2009
Committee: Investment
Education: BA, University of Michigan
Master of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
Term expires: 12-31-2014


Michael-Gilmore"

Mr. Michael Gilmore - Public Member
Director of Investment Services, Delta Dental
Serving the Board since: 2012
Committee: Investment
Education: Master of Business Administration, Finance, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Michigan State University
Term expires: 12-31-2016


John-Ogden

Mr. John Ogden, CPA - Retired Member
Retired Finance Director from the City of Port Huron
Serving the Board since: 2003
Committee: Budget
Education: BA, Walsh College
Certified Public Accountant
Term expires: 12-31-2015

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