MSRS Board of Directors

About the Board

MSRS is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors that has a fiduciary responsibility to the members and beneficiaries of all MSRS plans, the taxpayers, and the State of Minnesota. The Board sets policies, hears disability and benefit appeals, and oversees the administration of all MSRS plans for state employees, as well as the Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP) and Minnesota Deferred Compensation Plan (MNDCP) for all public employees.

Duties, powers, and election of the MSRS Board of Directors are specified in Minnesota Statutes 352.03.

2020 MSRS Board Meetings

The Board generally meets every other month on the third Thursday. Meetings are held in the Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building at 60 Empire Drive in St. Paul, Minnesota. Meetings usually begin at 9 a.m. and are approximately two to three hours in length. Meetings are open to the public and subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.

For more information, see Board Meeting Calendar.

  • Thu, January 16
  • Thu, March 26 - Canceled
  • Thu, May 21 - Online Meeting
  • Thu, July 16 - Online Meeting
  • Thu, Sept 17 - Online Meeting
  • Thu, November 19

MSRS Board Members

Mary Benner, Chair
Appointed by Governor
Term ends 1/02/2023
Michael LeDoux
State Patrol Plan, elected by members
Term ends 5/01/2022
Joseph Sullivan
General/Unclassified Plans,
elected by members
Term ends 5/01/2024
Michael Schweyen
General/Unclassified Plans,
elected by members
Term ends 5/01/2024
Michael Roelofs
Appointed by Governor
Term ends 1/04/2021
Commissioner Jim Schowalter
Appointed by Governor
Term ends 1/02/2023
Wesley Skoglund
Elected by retirees of all plans
Term ends 5/01/2024
Daniel R Gorman
Correctional Plan, appointed by Board
to complete elected member's term
Term ends 5/01/2024
Chester Jorgenson
General/Unclassified Plans,
elected by members
Term ends 5/01/2022
Jacqueline Terry
General/Unclassified Plans,
elected by members Term ends 5/01/2022
Tommy Bellfield
Appointed by Met Council's
Transit Operations
Term ends at direction of transit union

Contact a Board Member

c/o Minnesota State Retirement System
60 Empire Drive, Suite 300
St. Paul, MN 55103

MSRS - 651-296-2761 or 1-800-657-5757


Becoming a Board Member

To learn how to become a Board member, see election process.

  • Six directors are elected by active (presently working) members covered by an MSRS pension plan. The State Patrol Plan and Correctional Plan elect one board member each. The General Employees Retirement Plan and Unclassified Retirement Plan elect four members.
  • One director is elected by the retirees of all plans.
  • One director is appointed by the Metropolitan Transit Council.
  • Three directors are appointed by the Governor.

Board members do not receive compensation for their service to MSRS but may be eligible for reimbursement of necessary expenses incurred while serving on the Board.

MSRS Administrative Staff

  • Executive Director
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Interal Benefits Officer
  • Chief External Benefits Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Erin Leonard
  • Tim Rekow
  • Linda Henderson
  • Mark Manion
  • Kurt Augustin

Professional Consultants

  • Legislative Actuary
  • Consulting Actuary
  • Legal Counsel
  • Medical Advisor
  • Milliman
  • Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • Kathryn Woodruff, Asst. Attorney General
  • MMro Managed Medical Review Org