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ETF Board Election: Educational Support Personnel

Attention, all educational support personnel employees: It’s time to vote for the  Educational Support Personnel Member of the ETF Board! Cast your vote during the upcoming election period, February 2-27, 2015. The thirteen-member ETF Board has oversight and fiduciary responsibility for the trust funds.

New this year – no paper
Elections are going paperless! This change makes it more convenient for you to cast a ballot, speeds up the voting process and eliminates ballot printing and distribution expenses.

Review the candidates’ statements below, then vote online or via telephone – the choice is yours! Both methods are secure and user friendly.
Follow these two easy steps to cast your vote:

  1. Obtain your unique, six-digit voter registration number online or call toll-free 1-888-492-4763.
  2. Cast your ballot online or dial toll-free 1-888-879-9641 during the election period, February 2-27, 2015.

Questions? Email the election services vendor or call toll free at 1-888-492-4763 during these hours:
January 15 - January 30, 2015        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CST, Monday - Friday
February 2 - February 27, 2015     24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Only active employees who are employed as educational support personnel in school districts and Wisconsin technical college districts are eligible to vote in this election.

ETF Board – Educational Support Personnel Member
(three candidates vying for one seat; vote for the candidate of your choice)

Kimberly Hall
Personal Statement:
I am currently the Director of Human Resources for the D.C. Everest Area School District. I hold a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). I am responsible for administering and coordinating employee benefits including WRS, Deferred Compensation (457), and Tax Sheltered Annuities (403b).

I have 17 years of vested service in the Wisconsin Retirement System. I was elected to the ETF Board and have served since June 2011. As part of my term on the ETF Board, I participated in Retirement Plan and Investments Series Training and received a recognition certificate of completion.  As an incumbent, I will provide consistency on the ETF Board, which I believe is fundamental to ETF and WRS.

Leilani Paul
Personal Statement:
I have been an employee of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis. for the past 34+ years, working in various educational support positions. For about 18 of those years I worked in the payroll department and my duties included working on anything related to the Wisconsin Retirement System. I processed the day-to-day WRS transactions and also completed the WRS Annual Report each January. My current role is a Student Financials Analyst. I have a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration. I have always had an interest in the happenings of WRS. I believe I could give good representation to the Educational Support group members of the WRS.

Kay Hansen
Personal Statement:
I am employed by the Denmark School District as a paraprofessional in our special education department. Within my 33 years with the district I have also worked as a paraprofessional in our elementary media center, with food service, indoor and outdoor student supervision, and as a summer custodian.

I have been a part of the Wisconsin Retirement System since 1989. I had the opportunity to speak before the Joint Finance Committee in favor of the WRS treating ESPs with the same respect as teachers, regarding hours worked, under the WRS. The Fairness for Education Support Professionals (Act 28) became effective on June 30, 2009.

I believe my diverse work background helps me to understand the needs of all educational support personnel. All ESPs deserve to have a secure retirement. Please support me, Kay Hansen, as your representative on the WRS ETF board. Thank you!