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Responsibility for the operation and administration of MOSERS is vested in an eleven-member board of trustees.  

Additional Board Information

Crystal Wessing - Chairwoman

Elected Active Member

Crystal Wessing has been a state employee for 18 years. She currently serves as the Director of Financial & Administrative Services for the Office of Administration’s Information Technology Services Division.

Previously, Ms. Wessing served as the department budget officer for the Office of Administration and before that as a budget and planning analyst as well as several other financial-based roles throughout her career in state government. Additionally, she serves in various volunteer leadership capacities at High Point Baptist Church, where she is a member, and at her daughter’s school, River Oak Christian Academy in Jefferson City.

Ms. Wessing holds a master’s degree in finance from Jones International University (now part of Trident University International) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College. She resides in California, Missouri with her husband, John, and their daughter, Maggie.

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Gary E. Metzger - Vice-Chair

Governor Appointed Member

Gary Metzger is the Missouri and Kansas Regional Chairman of Simmons Bank. He previously worked as chairman, president, and CEO of Liberty Bank for 20 years. A native of St. Louis, he graduated from Vianney High School. Mr. Metzger received his bachelor’s degree in economics from MacMurray College and his master’s degree from Western Illinois University.

Mr. Metzger’s community involvement includes the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, Inc. and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the president of the board of directors for Highland Springs Country Club and a prior director of the following organizations: the Missouri Bankers Association, ABA Consumer Lending Committee, BCFO, and the Trust Company of the Ozarks.

Mr. Metzger and his wife have three (grown) children, five grandchildren.

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Representative Rusty Black

House Appointed Member

Rusty Black represents Grundy, Livingston Counties and a majority of Linn County (District 7) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2016. He serves on the following legislative committees:

  • Subcommittee on Appropriations - Education, Chairman
  • Pensions, Vice-Chairman
  • Agriculture Policy
  • Budget

In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Black worked as an agriculture educator for thirty-two years before retiring in 2016. During his time as a teacher, Representative Black worked at Nodaway-Holt R-7 for five years and Chillicothe R-2 Schools for twenty-seven years. Representative Black is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a bachelor of science in agriculture in 1983, and went on to graduate with a master's degree in agriculture education by 1993.

Representative Black was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, living in Amazonia then moving and graduating from high school in King City, Missouri. He currently resides in Chillicothe with his wife. Together, they have four children and four grandchildren. Representative Black and his wife attend the United Methodist Church and both are active with various community organizations.

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Gary Findlay

Elected Retired Member

Gary Findlay served as the Executive Director of MOSERS from 1994 until his retirement on January 1, 2016. Shortly after receiving his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Missouri, he entered the U.S. Army as an infantry lieutenant with a tour that included one year of combat duty in Vietnam.

His professional career following the military included more than 42 years of service to public retirement plans.

At present, Gary also serves as a board member of the Missouri Association of Active and Retired Missouri State Employees (ARMSE). He lives in Jefferson City

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Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick

Ex-Officio Member

Scott Fitzpatrick was appointed as State Treasurer on January 14, 2019. Prior to this, he represented Barry and portions of Stone and Lawrence counties in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

In addition to his duties as State Treasurer, Fitzpatrick is the CEO of MariCorp US., a Shell Knob-based marine manufacturing and construction company. He is a member of the Cassville, Shell Knob and Monett Chambers of Commerce. He has been recognized in Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”

Treasurer Fitzpatrick currently lives in Cassville. He and his wife, Mallory, have two sons, Luke and Carson (born in 2016), and are members of United Methodist Church in Cassville.

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Jenny Jacobs

Elected Active Member

Jenny Jacobs is the Chief Financial Officer of State Technical College of Missouri, a component unit of the State of Missouri. She earned her BSBA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and has been a licensed CPA since 1998. She spent 9 years in public accounting primarily in business and personal income tax, 8 years as the CFO of a multi-specialty medical group, and the last 5 ½ years in higher education at State Technical College. She resides in rural Linn, Missouri with her husband, Greg.

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Joe Keifer

Governor Appointed Member

Joe Keifer, a Managing Partner and co-founder of Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC, has worked extensively in the field of financial management since 1998.

Graduating from the University of Missouri – St Louis in 1990, Mr. Kiefer earned a degree in Accounting. Early in his career, he spent three years as a practicing CPA then joined the Edward Jones accounting department in 1992. Through his decision to become a financial advisor in 1998, Mr. Kiefer enhanced his ability to work with clients to reach their financial goals uncovering a passion for his occupation.

Strongly believing in the importance of giving back to the community, Joe has devoted a significant amount of his time to the Chamber of Commerce and to The Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he served as Ducks Unlimited Mid-County Chapter President and as Board Member for the YMCA of St. Charles County.

Mr. Keifer and his wife, Dina, have been married since November 1994. Together, they have two children, Grant and Gabrielle. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, golf, traveling and any outdoor activity.

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Commissioner Sarah Steelman

Ex-Officio Member

On January 6, 2017, Governor Eric Greitens appointed Sarah H. Steelman as the Commissioner of the Office of Administration. She was confirmed by the Missouri State Senate on February 9, 2017. The Office of Administration is the administrative and managerial arm of Missouri State Government, and the Commissioner serves as Chief Executive overseeing its seven divisions.

As Commissioner, Steelman serves on the following boards: Board of Fund Commissioners, Board of Unemployment Fund Financing, Minority Business Advocacy Commission, Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP), Missouri Higher Education Savings Program (MOST), Missouri Public Entity Management Fund (MOPERM), Missouri State Capitol Commission, Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS), Petroleum Storage Insurance Tank Fund (PSITF), and the Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Steelman was a professor of economics at the Missouri University of Science & Technology where she taught for two years. From 2004 to 2008, she served as Missouri State Treasurer where she was responsible for the management of $19 billion in annual revenue and over $3 billion in long- and short-term investments in the state’s portfolio. While Treasurer, she launched the first terror-free investment fund in the nation to ensure that no taxpayer dollars were invested in terrorist-sponsoring countries. Over 30 states later followed her lead and enacted similar policies. Elected by District 16 in 1998 and 2002 as a Missouri State Senator, Steelman served as chairman of the Committee on Commerce and the Environment and as a member of the Committees on: Aging, Families, Mental and Public Health; Education; and Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight.

Commissioner Steelman’s career includes roles as the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey, an economist for the Department of Revenue, and as an adjunct professor in economics at Lincoln University. She also served as the director of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in Rolla.

Steelman attended the University of Missouri–Columbia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in economics. She and her husband, David, have three sons, Sam, Joe, and Michael, and one grandson, Graeme David.

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Senator Wayne Wallingford

Senate Appointed Member

Senator Wayne Wallingford was appointed to MOSERS’ Board of Trustees on May 6, 2014.

Senator Wallingford, a Republican, was elected in November 2012 to represent Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Scott, and Wayne Counties (District 27) in the Missouri State Senate. He was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives in November 2010.

In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Wallingford is the Chief People Officer at McDonald’s of Southeast Missouri. He previously spent 11 years with Taco Bell Corporation as a general manager, multi-unit manager, field staffing manager, field training coach, and area coach.

Senator Wallingford is a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force. He served on active duty for 25 years, including five tours in Vietnam and six tours in Desert Storm. He received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 21 Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism, and several other honors.

Senator Wallingford is a 1964 graduate of Geneva Community High School. He received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 1968 and his master’s in management supervision with a specialization in health care administration from Central Michigan University in 1983.

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Senator Gina Walsh

Senate Appointed Member

Senator Gina Walsh was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2012, pledging to honor the hard work, aspirations, and faith of the people of North St. Louis County. She is working to create affordable opportunities for consumers, businesses and families, to foster innovation for tomorrow, and to stand with parents as they educate and care for their children. In November 2016, Senator Walsh was elected to a second term and chosen to serve as minority floor leader.

Prior to her service in the Missouri State Senate, Senator Walsh served four terms in the Missouri State House of Representatives, representing North St. Louis County’s 69th District, which included Bellefontaine Neighbors, Dellwood, Glasgow Village, Jennings, Moline Acres, Riverview, and Spanish Lake. While serving in the Missouri State House of Representatives, Walsh built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common sense solutions to the problems facing Missouri.

Senator Walsh is a 1975 graduate of Rosary High School and lifelong resident of North St. Louis County. She is also a graduate of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Apprenticeship School. Senator Walsh served on the board of the Riverview Fire Protection District for nearly 10 years as director, serving five years as chairperson.

Walsh is a retired member of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #1 with over 35 years of experience in the trade. She is also president of the Missouri State Building & Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO).

Active in her community, Senator Walsh is a member of the North County Labor Legislative Club, St. Ferdinand and Spanish Lake Democratic Clubs, and the Spanish Lake Community Association. She also serves on the Marygrove Governing Board and the North County Incorporated Board of Directors.

An active member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Senator Walsh serves on the Parish Pastoral Council. She has three children and three grandchildren.

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Representative John Wiemann

House Appointed Member

Representative John Wiemann, a Republican, represents part of St. Charles County (District 103) in the Missouri State House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014.

In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Wiemann has been an insurance broker and the President/CEO of Midwest Physician Insurance Advisors.

Representative Wiemann is a 1985 graduate from John F. Hodge High School in St. James, Missouri. He received his associate degree from East Central Community College in 1987 and both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in health administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Representative Wiemann attends Assumption Catholic Church, where he volunteers as an usher, marriage preparation counselor, and coaches the church youth basketball team. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, National Rifle Association, and the Lewis & Clark Pachyderm Club. He is the immediate past president of the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs.

Born May 15, 1967 in St. Louis, Representative Wiemann currently resides in O’Fallon with his wife, Yvette. They have two children, Blake and Clayton.

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Job Description

A trustee of the system must demonstrate strategic leadership and have the ability to work as part of a group. Specific responsibilities include oversight of the administration of the pension, deferred compensation, life insurance, and long- term disability plans as well as oversight of the management of system assets. Major responsibilities include making decisions about the appropriate asset allocation for the investment portfolio, setting the annual contribution rate, and approving the annual budget for the operation of the fund. Trustees are responsible for preserving the long-term corpus of the fund, maximizing total return within prudent risk parameters, and acting in the exclusive interests of the members of the system. A trustee must understand and accept the fiduciary obligations that are outlined in state law.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Attendance (104.460.5)
    • May not miss three consecutive meetings unless excused by the board
    • Important to maintain quorum
  2. Preparation
    • Receives board packet two weeks prior to the meeting
  3. Actuarial Valuations - The board of trustees has the responsibility to select and employ an actuary to serve as its technical advisor on matters relating to the funding of the system. The actuary’s responsibilities include performing an annual valuation of the liabilities, assets, and reserves of the system and certifying the amount of contributions necessary to discharge the liabilities and costs of system administration. The actuary recommends for the board’s consideration mortality and other tables to be used in valuations and periodically conducts a general investigation of the mortality, retirement, disability, death, employment turnover, interest, and earnable compensation experience of the system. The actuary also prepares valuations as necessary to determine the fiscal impact associated with proposed increases in retirement benefits.
  4. Certification of Contribution Rates – The executive director, on behalf of the board, shall certify the contribution rates for the ensuing fiscal year to the division of budget by October 1. The rate is to be computed as a level percentage of payroll to cover the normal cost and amortize the unfunded accrued liability.
  5. Audits - The board of trustees is responsible for arranging for annual audits of the system’s records and accounts by a certified public accountant. The state auditor has the authority to examine MOSERS’ audits at least once every three years and reports to the board and the Governor on the results of the examinations.
  6. Benefit Administration - The board of trustees has the responsibility to administer MOSERS’ retirement plans, deferred compensation plan, long-term disability plan, and the basic and optional life insurance plans as authorized by statute.
  7. Budgeting - The board of trustees is responsible for approving the system’s budget and other related fiscal operations of the office, including expenditures for building expansion, major equipment purchases, renovation, repair, and other capital improvements.
  8. Investments - The board of trustees has adopted investment objectives against which MOSERS' investment performance will be measured. These objectives are to (1) develop a Real Return Objective (RRO) intended to keep contribution rates at a reasonable level over long periods of time absent changes in actuarial assumptions (2) establish an asset allocation policy that is expected to meet the RRO while minimizing the impact of the Plan investments' volatility on the contribution rate (3) maximize long-term investment returns by exposing Plan assets to a prudent level of risk in order to support the goal of having sufficient funds available to meet projected benefit payment obligations, and (4) monitor costs associated with the efficient implementation of the asset allocation policy through the use of internal and external resources.
  9. Legal Counsel - The board of trustees has the authority to appoint an attorney or firm of attorneys to be the legal advisor to the board and to represent the board in legal proceedings. The board has appointed a law firm to provide legal services. In the event the board does not make such an appointment, the attorney general of the state is required, upon request, to provide whatever legal services are necessary.
  10. Legislation - The retirement system was created by law and is affected by various legislative proposals at both the state and federal level. Legislative activities at the state level are concentrated during the year from the month of November (two months prior to the time the General Assembly actually reconvenes) through the end of session which occurs on or around May 15 of each year. Legislation passed by the General Assembly must be signed or vetoed by the Governor no later than 45 days after the session ends. Enacted legislation becomes effective August 28, unless an emergency clause containing an earlier effective date or another effective date stipulated by law is adopted. Activities relating to the monitoring of legislation are coordinated by staff under the direction of the executive director. The executive director and staff are responsible for keeping the board informed on all retirement legislation and on the financial impact associated with any increases in proposed benefits.
  11. Governance – Governance Policies – The board determines the direction of the system by establishing governance documents which define the ultimate goals of the system in a number of key areas including investments, benefits, legislation, and the actuarial condition of the plan. Since trustees are not in a position to implement their policy decisions, they have delegated authority for day-to-day decision-making to the executive director for the overall operation of the plan and the chief investment officer (CIO) for the investment program. Critical to this delegation is the requirement for the executive director and CIO to comply with any limitations on actions that the board has expressly established in the MOSERS’ Governance Manual and/or Investment Policy Statement.

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Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Address: 907 Wildwood Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65102 Phone: 800.827.1063 URL: Email: Founded On: September 1, 1957