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Participant Representative Sergeant Aurora Police Department
Lee Catavu has served as a police officer since 2004 and is currently a sergeant for the City of Aurora Police Department. He also serves as the Secretary of the Aurora Police Pension Fund and is the Past President of the Aurora Police Officer's Union.
Participant Representative Officer Bloomington Police Department
Paul Swanlund has served as a police officer at the Bloomington Police Department since 2003 and serves as the President of the Bloomington Police Pension Fund. He also serves as a committee member on Bloomington’s Grievance Committee.
Beneficiary Representative Retired Officer Collinsville Police Department
Daniel Hopkins is a retired police officer who previously served the O’Fallon Police Department, Shiloh Police Department, and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. He was hired in 1987 to serve as a police officer in Collinsville and was elected to the pension board in 1988. Trustee Hopkins retired from the Collinsville Police Department in 2006. He then continued his role on the pension board as the elected retired officer for the Collinsville Police Pension Fund and has served as the Board President since 1998. Trustee Hopkins has served on the Collinsville Township Board of Trustees since 2017.
Beneficiary Representative Retired Lieutenant Rock Island Police Department
Mark Poulos currently serves as an alderman in the City of Rock Island and most recently worked as Chief of Police in Coal Valley after 33 years of service as a lieutenant at the Rock Island Police Department. For over 30 years, Trustee Poulos was a board member of the Rock Island Police Pension Fund. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1973 until 1977 when he was honorably discharged.
Municipal Representative Finance Director
Elizabeth Holleb is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of work experience in municipal finance, including the Government Finance Officers Association, the Village of Northbrook, the Village of Oak Park and the City of Highland Park. She oversees the Finance and Information Technology activities for the City of Lake Forest, including development of the annual budget, coordination of the annual independent financial audit, serving as staff liaison to the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee, and administration of a five-year IT Master Plan which guides the City’s technology initiatives. Trustee Holleb has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University where she was a Cum Laude graduate of the Honors College.
Municipal Representative Mayor City of Macomb
Michael Inman has served as Mayor of the City of Macomb since 2011. Previously, he had a 30-plus year career in Law Enforcement, including service with the Illinois State Police and as a McDonough County Deputy Sheriff. Trustee Inman was also a member of the Macomb Library Board of Trustees, the McDonough County Board of Supervisors and served as a Macomb City Alderman. He is a past president of the Illinois Municipal League. He studied Mass Communication and Law Enforcement Administration at Western Illinois University.
Municipal Representative Mayor City of Wheaton
Trustee Suess has served as Mayor of Wheaton since May of 2019. Previously, Trustee Suess served on the Wheaton City Council for fourteen years representing the City’s North District. Since August 2010, Trustee Suess currently represents the City of Wheaton on the DuPage County Water Commission (a water utility responsible for bringing Lake Michigan water to DuPage County), and serves as Chair of the Commission’s Finance Committee. In January 2020, Mayor Suess was appointed by the Governor to the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund as a Trustee.
In March of 2019, Trustee Suess retired as a partner from a global investment consulting firm, completing a 40-year career in the investment and financial field.
Trustee Suess is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. In addition, Trustee Suess has a graduate degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.
Illinois Municipal League Former Mayor Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League Carbondale
Brad Cole has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League (IML) since 2014. He previously served as the Senior Vice President of Pepsi MidAmerica. Prior to entering the private sector, he worked as Downstate Director for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, served as Mayor of the City of Carbondale for two four-year terms, which followed one four-year term on the city council, and was Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor George Ryan. He is Chairman Emeritus of Sister Cities International, having served two years as chairman of its global board of directors. Separate from the League, he serves as Managing Director of the IML Risk Management Association. Trustee Cole is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in a double major of political science and biological sciences, and a master’s degree in legal studies from the SIU School of Law.
Richard White’s experience spans a forty-three-year career substantially spent as a public servant with supervisory and executive level experience in law enforcement and public retirement systems.
Richard worked in the criminal justice system and private security for forty years which included thirty-four years as a sworn law enforcement officer. His responsibilities as a first-line supervisor with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department (OCSD) included assignments in the jail system, patrol operations, reserve deputy force operations and training bureau. The OCSD is a large multi-faceted law enforcement agency in a county with a population of over three million residents and provided direct policing services to approximately 650,000 residents, as well as, managed one of the largest county jail systems in the nation. Mr. White retired from the OCSD after 32 years of service.
Mr. White served on the Political Action Committee for over twenty-five years with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, which represents over 3,400 sworn peace officers in Orange County (CA) and is affiliated with local, state and national law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police.
During his law enforcement career, Mr. White served nine years as a member of the Board of Trustees on the Orange County (CA) Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) having been elected by the law enforcement, fire service and probation officer active member participants in the pension fund. During this period, OCERS managed an administrative budget of approximately $11 Million and a trust fund with approximately $10 Billion in assets. There were 39,000 active and retired members of OCERS in 2012.
Mr. White served one-year as Secretary and four years President of the Board of Directors of the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) which is an organization of 20 independent county retirement systems in California that were created as part of the County Employees Retirement Law (CERL). SACRS supports its system members by providing education and insight to trustees and staff so that they can be more effective stewards of their systems' pension plans. Investment assets of the 20 county retirement systems exceeded $110 billion and represented contributions from 500,000+ current and future public sector plan beneficiaries throughout California.
Following retirement, Mr. White served as a Retirement Administrator for the Mendocino County Employees’ Retirement Association (MCERA) where his principal responsibilities include management of the trust fund; delivery of retirement, disability and death benefits to eligible members; administration of cost-of-living programs; and general assistance in retirement and related benefits. Richard managed an administrative budget of approximately $800,000 and a trust fund with approximately $440 Million in assets. There were 2,900 active and retired members of MCERA in 2014.
In June 2020 Mr. White was named interim Executive Director of the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund (IPOPIF). The Fund was created, in 2020, by the State of Illinois and will be responsible for the consolidation of the investment assets of the 357 Article 3 downstate and suburban police pension funds into a single statewide investment pool with an estimated $8.5 billion in assets under management.
Richard earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development with an emphasis on Leadership in Police Organizations awarded from the University of San Francisco, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and an Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science from Farmingdale State College in New York. Mr. White has attended numerous professional development courses in both law enforcement and public pension administration.
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Chief Investment Officer
Kent Custer joined the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund (IPOPIF) as their first Chief Investment Officer in May of 2021. IPOPIF is a public pension investment fund responsible for consolidating and managing the investment assets of 358 separate Illinois Pension Code Article 3 (police) pension funds. Prior to IPOPIF Mr. Custer was the Chief Investment Officer of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. Earlier roles include Chief Investment Officer of the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund, Senior Investment Officer at the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, and Investment Analyst at A.G. Edwards. Mr. Custer started his career as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. He received his BA from Southern Illinois University and his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Regina Tuczak has over thirty years of professional experience serving employee retirement systems in various financial capacities and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.Prior to IPOPIF, Regina was the Executive Director of the County Employees’ and Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Cook County and the Forest Preserve District Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Cook County (collectively the Cook County Pension Fund) where she led all fund operations, including investing assets of approximately $14 billion and providing member service to over 40,000 retired and active members. Before the Cook County Pension Fund, Regina served the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago for approximately nine years, first as the Comptroller and then as Executive Director. Prior roles include over eighteen years working at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP where she delivered audit services to a diverse client portfolio, including many employee benefit plans. As a Director at Deloitte & Touche LLP, she oversaw the Chicago Office Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice. Regina earned a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Investment Officer Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund
Steve serves as the Investment Officer for the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund (IPOPIF). Steve joined IPOPIF in August 2021, bringing over 15 years of investment industry experience. In this capacity, Steve will provide critical support for the asset transition project and development of the new investment program.
Most recently, he was the Investment Officer for the $4 billion Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (MEABF). At MEABF, he managed all aspects of the Fund’s investments, including investment selection and monitoring across all asset classes, investment operations, strategic implementation of investment policies, liquidity management, and worked closely with the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining MEABF, Steve spent 11 years with Northern Trust in various capacities, ultimately serving as an Associate Relationship Manager and Second Vice President, working with public pension plans across the country.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Technology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also actively involved in The Investment Diversity Exchange (TIDE) as an Advisory Board Member.
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Investment Officer Illinois Police Officers' Pension Investment Fund
Barbara Meyer serves as an Investment Officer for the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund (IPOPIF), supporting the asset transition project and the development and implementation of IPOPIF’s new investment program.
Prior to IPOPIF, Meyer was an investment portfolio manager at Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF), where she focused on investment selection and monitoring for the public markets equity portfolio. Previous experience with pension and retirement savings plans includes consulting and client relationship management roles with Mesirow Financial, Northern Trust, and Ibbotson Associates.
Meyer received her BBA from Loyola University and an MA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Administrative Analyst Illinois Police Officers' Pension Investment Fund
Kate recently worked with the Illinois Department of Child Services as an Office Associate II in the Peoria office and before that as a production plant manager with Cintas Corporation. Kate has knowledge and a wide range of skills in information technology, payroll and scheduling, administrative/ office support, logistics, operations planning and implementation, training and supervision of employees, and interpersonal skills.
Kate obtained two bachelor’s degrees in social and criminal justice as well as business administration, which she received from Ashford University and California Coast University, as well as a certification in Medical Billing and Coding from DeVry University. After graduating high school, Kate enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where she served thirteen years as an Electronic Warfare Officer, Senior Exercise Control Staff Non-Commissioned Officer, and Vertical Assault Climbing Instructor. During her career she and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for outstanding leadership, initiative and devotion to duty as well as multiple other awards, certificates, and commendations. Kate is thankful for the opportunity to serve all those within the IPOPIF community.
Samantha has a background in the criminal justice system with recent experience with the Department of Children and Family Services, as an investigator, and previous experience with the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office and Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Ambrose University where she graduated with honors and an Associate’s Degree from Illinois Central College also graduating with honors.
Joseph has 15+ years of experience in Information Technology and 5+ years managing IT systems and worked for the past six years with a local company as the IT Administrator. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois- Springfield and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Robert Morris University.
Sean has extensive experience in communications and broadcasting, having spent many years performing play-by-play duties for professional hockey in the Illinois and Kansas areas. Sean has recently served as a Director of Broadcasting and previously as Operations Manager with radio stations that included writing blogs, social media content, news stories and hosting radio shows. Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Illinois State University.
Amy most recently worked at the Livingston County Mental Health Board as a Financial Officer, where she managed many finance and accounting responsibilities, including preparation of the budget and monthly financial statements, maintaining and reconciling the general ledger, and providing financial information to the Mental Health Board. Amy’s previous work experience includes Manager of External Reporting for Ulta Beauty, Senior General Ledger Accountant for Navigant Consulting, and a staff accountant at a public accounting firm. Amy holds a Certified Public Accountant license in the State of Illinois and is a Notary Public. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.
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