Board Members

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

  •  Officer 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.
  • Employee 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.
  •  Expert 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.
  •  Retiree Member
    One member who is a retiree of the system, appointed by the Board.

 


Mr. Michael Brown
– Officer Member – Chairperson
County Administrator, Barry County
Serving the Board since: November 2007
Committee: Investment, Leadership Development
Education: Masters of Public Administration, Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Michigan State University
Term expires: 12-31-2022


Mary Sholander
– Officer Member
Director or Finance & Administration, Marquette County Road Commission
Serving the Board since: May 2020
Education: Northern Michigan University
Term expires: 12-31-2022


Edward Klobucher – Interim Appointed Officer Member
City Manager, City of Hazel Park
Serving the Board since: May 2020
Education: Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology – Norwich University
Graduate Certificate, Public Administration – Indiana State University
Certified Public Manager Designation – Saginaw Valley State University
Bachelor of Science, Political Science and History – Excelsior College
Graduate, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program – Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Term expires: 12-31-2020


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: 12-31-2022


Mr. Jason Sarata
– Employee Member – Chair Pro-Tem
Firefighter/Paramedic for Delta Township
Serving the Board since: January 2016
Committee: Leadership Development
Education: Bachelors in Business Administration/Finance, Associates in Fire Science, LCC
Term expires: 12-31-2021


Ms. Erin Rotman
– Employee Member
Benefit Analyst, Ottawa County
Serving the Board since: 2020
Education: Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Studies, Davenport University
Associates of Business Administration, Baker College
Term Expires: 12-31-2022


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: 12-31-2020


Mr. Michael Gilmore
– Public Member
President & CCO, Red Cedar Investment Management
Serving the Board since: 2012
Committee: Investment, Leadership Development
Education: Master of Business Administration, Finance, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Michigan State University
Term expires: 12-31-2022


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: 12-31-2021

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