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The SERS Leadership Team is committed to administering the direction set by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the system.

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Richard Stensrud
Executive Director
Joined SERS: 2017

Richard Stensrud joined SERS as the Executive Director in 2017. He is the central point of accountability for SERS' overall affairs, investment performance, and operational and financial performance.
Before joining SERS, Stensrud served as CEO of the $8 billion Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS). Along with serving as CEO of SCERS, Stensrud has been the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the State Association of County Retirement Systems, representing over twenty retirement systems, for the past ten years.
This public service followed two years as CEO of the Merced County Employees’ Retirement Association. Additionally, Stensrud has held general counsel and senior policy advisor roles for the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan, Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois, and Public School and Education Employees Retirement System of Missouri. He also has legislative experience as the general counsel/director of policy and planning for the Missouri State Treasurer and as assistant attorney general in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
Stensrud received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University.
Helen Ninos
Deputy Executive Director
Joined SERS: 2011

Helen Ninos joined SERS as the Deputy Executive Director in 2011. She is responsible for the administration of SERS’ Member Services, Health Care, Finance, Information Technology, Administration, and Human Resources departments. SERS has a staff of approximately 175 people.

Ninos was previously employed at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General where she worked as Chief Operating Officer – Human Resources and Chief of Workers Compensation, Chief of Civil Rights, Assistant Chief of Civil Rights, and Labor Counsel. In addition, she has served as the Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Central Ohio, Chief of Staff at the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, and Associate General Counsel for Employment and Human Resources at The Ohio State University.

She earned her BA in Political Science from West Virginia University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.

Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Franklin County Developmental Disabilities Board. In her capacity at the Attorney General’s Office, she served as Secretary of the Central Benefits Foundation Board and was a member of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.


Leadership Staff 

John Grumney
Director – Member Services 

Anne Jewel
Director – Health Care


Farouki A. Majeed
Chief Investment Officer

Joseph M. Marotta
General Counsel
Tracy Valentino
Chief Financial Officer

Jay Patel
Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Sanders
Director - Administrative Services

Michelle Miller
Director - Human Resources



The term of the office for elected members is four years and begins on July 1.

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Daniel L. Wilson, Chair
Appointed Member

Term Expires 9/27/2020

Daniel L. Wilson was reappointed to the Board by the Governor. He is Chief Financial Officer for the Mentor Exempted Village Board of Education, where he has worked since 2004. Wilson has more than 42 years of experience in the fiscal management of Ohio public schools.

Dan Wilson is serving his fourth term on the Board.

Wilson is the Past-President of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Past Chairman of the Foundation for School Business Management.


James Rossler, Jr., Vice Chair
Appointed Member

Term Expires 11/4/2020

The Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the President of the Ohio Senate reappointed James Rossler, Jr.  as an investment expert to the SERS Board. He is treasurer of the Rossford Exempted Village School System, near Toledo, and regional past president of the OASBO.

James Rossler is serving his fourth term on the Board.

Rossler received his BS degree in management from the University of Toledo and his MBA  from the University of Findlay.


Jeffrey T. DeLeone
Appointed Member

Term Expires 12/5/2020

Jeffrey T. DeLeone was appointed to the Board by the Ohio Treasurer. This is his first term.

He is President of Jeff DeLeone & Associates (JDA), a business and governmental affairs consulting company that advises large and small businesses, trade associations, and corporate executives on navigating the Executive, Legislative, and Regulatory branches of government. He served almost eight years in multiple roles as a senior advisor to Governor George V. Voinovich and his administration.

DeLeone earned his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University
and his BS degree in marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Hugh W. Garside, Jr.

Term Expires June 30, 2019

Hugh W. Garside, Jr. is serving his first term on the Board.

Garside is the treasurer and chief fiscal officer at South-Western City Schools, where he has served for 16 years. Previously, he served as an assistant auditor with the Ohio Auditor of State. In addition, he has served on the OASBO Educational Finance Committee, as chairperson of the organization's Professional Development Committee, and as an OASBO Foundation Board Member.

Garside earned a B.S. in accounting from Heidelberg College and an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. 


James Haller
Term Expires 6/30/2021
James Haller is serving his first term on the Board.
Haller is a custodial/maintenance worker at Lima City Schools, where he has served for nearly three decades. He also has been a member of OAPSE for 27 years, and currently serves as chairman of the organization's Budget Committee. In addition, he has served as vice president representing Allen County for the Northwest Ohio Central Labor Council.
Haller is a graduate of Lima Technical College.

Christine Holland

Term Expires 6/30/2019

Chris Holland is serving her second term on the Board.

Holland is a secretary for the Oregon City Schools in the Administration Building since 1989. She has served on  the OAPSE Executive Board, OAPSE State Budget Committee and OAPSE State Nominating  Committee. She has also been an officer at both the OAPSE district level and local level. Holland also has been involved in many different committees for the Oregon City Schools.


Catherine P. Moss

Term Expires 6/30/2020

Catherine Moss is serving her fourth term on the Board.

Moss retired in 2017 after 19 years as an Administrative Secretary at Lakeland Community College. She retired in 1997 after 30 years with the West Geauga Local Schools, where she also served as President of OAPSE Local 255. She currently serves as Secretary / Treasurer of AFSCME 1184 Subchapter 120 and serves as the Secretary / Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Kidney Foundation of Lake County.

Moss is a long-time member of the School Employee Retirees of Ohio (SERO).

Barbra M. Phillipsundefined

Term Expires 6/30/2021

Barbra Phillips is serving her fourth term on the Board.

Phillips works for Ashland City Schools as a bus driver for disabled students and is an OBI instructor. She is president of OAPSE Local 233, President of the Ashland/Wayne/Holmes Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Executive Board member of N.E. Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO.


Beverly A. Woolridge

Term Expires 6/30/2019

Beverly A. Woolridge is serving her second term on the Board, her first as a retiree member.

She retired in 2014 as Administrative Secretary Emeritus, after 39 years of service with Akron Public Schools.

She has held memberships in the Akron Association of Classified Professionals (local), the Ohio Education Association, and the National Education Association. She currently serves as a member of the Northeast Ohio Education Association (region) on the ESP Organizing and Credentials Committees.

Woolridge is a graduate of The University of Akron and a member of the state and local chapters of School Employee Retirees of Ohio (SERO).