The IPOPIF is governed by an independent and autonomous Board of Trustees.
Participant Representative Sergeant Peoria Police Department
Shawn Curry has served as a sergeant at the City of Peoria Police Department since 2004 and also serves as the President of the Peoria Police Pension Fund. He previously served as a deputy sheriff at the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, which is where he began his career in 1996. Trustee Curry has held various positions ranging in work as a certified correctional officer, police officer, arson investigator, elderly service officer and lead homicide investigator. He received his associates degree in law enforcement from Illinois Central College.
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 City of Lake Forest
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 Representative 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.
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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Shaun is a retired City of Pekin Police Officer with 25 years of service. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout and served for four years. Upon completion of his commitment to the United States Army, he enrolled at Illinois Central College, where he obtained his associate degree in 1995. In 1996, Shaun was hired by the Pekin Police Department. In 1997, Shaun continued his education and enrolled at Illinois State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2002.
Shaun held various positions during his 25-year career with the City of Pekin; including Master Firearms Instructor, Master Control Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Multi-County Drug Enforcement Group agent, and spent time as a Motorcycle Officer. Shaun served on the Pekin Police Pension Fund from 2016 until his retirement in 2021. Shaun had a rewarding career with the City of Pekin and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the IPOPIF community.
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