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We are proud of the people who work together as a team at IPERS. Although we’re a group with many personalities, we share one vision, a strong work ethic, and the desire to serve our members.
At the helm since 2003 is Donna M. Mueller, IPERS' chief executive officer. By law, the CEO is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate for a four-year term. Donna was most recently reconfirmed on April 11, 2016. Iowa law requires that the CEO possess high credentials and experience in pension and investment administration. She received her Juris Doctor in law from Washington and Lee University and is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University. The long-term financial health of IPERS is her top goal and has led to improvements to the system's funding and equity to its members. As CEO, she oversees actuarial services, general counsel, internal auditing, and public information, as well as the organization as a whole.
David Martin, chief benefits officer, heads up the largest team of our organization. IPERS' Benefits staff is on the front lines serving members, retirees, beneficiaries, and employers. They educate members about benefits, counsel members about when to retire and answers hundreds of questions. The Benefits division also has an Employers Relations team that helps our participating employers comply with IPERS’ rules. Another team within Benefits specializes in helping Special Service (public safety) members, whose benefits differ from those offered to most IPERS members. Group presentations, individual counseling, and specialized compliance training all come from our Benefits division.
Led by Karl C. Koch, chief investment officer, most of IPERS' investment professionals have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Our large and diversified portfolio is managed using external investment advisers, with IPERS' investment team overseeing all asset classes. Staff, working with IPERS’ investment consultants, advises the IPERS Investment Board on asset allocation, investment policies and strategies, and contractor selection. Additionally, this team implements the policies and plans approved by the Board. They negotiate and manage detailed contracts that direct the activities of the investment managers and monitor the performance of IPERS’ investment portfolio.
The Financial division provides accounting, facilities management, human resources, office support and purchasing functions. Darla Iverson, IPERS' chief financial officer, integrates her team with all areas of the organization. She is also responsible for publishing IPERS' Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for more than two decades.
Information Management Division
The Information Management division provides data management and information technology services for the entire organization. Headed up by Rick Hindman, chief information officer, Information Management makes sure that all member, retiree, and employer hard-copy and electronic records are safe and secure, and that IPERS computer systems are secure and up to date. They ensure that records and systems are backed up to prevent lost information should a disaster strike. Information Management also is responsible for providing physical security of the IPERS office building.