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Board of Trustees

TRA is managed by a board of eight trustees. The board consists of five elected trustees and three statutory members representing the Minnesota School Boards Association, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Minnesota Budget and Management. Four of the five elected trustees are active members of the Association and one is a retiree of the Association. The administrative management of the Association is the responsibility of the Executive Director who is appointed by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees meets approximately six times per year to oversee the administration of the pension fund. Although the State Board of Investment manages all retirement investments, the trustees are required to become knowledgeable in both pension administration and investments under state law. The trustees annually elect a president and a vice-president.

As fiduciaries, trustees are held to a standard of care called the prudent person rule under which they must exercise their decisions in the same careful manner that they would use in making their own retirement decisions.

Trustees are also obligated to consider the benefit needs of all pension fund participants regardless of any individual constituency that may have been instrumental in their election. Trustees are required to file an annual Statement of Economic Interest with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Photo of Marti Zins Martha Lee (Marti) Zins, President Elected Trustee (Retiree)
17509 Saddlewood Lane, Minnetonka, MN 55345
952.935.4976
martizins@comcast.net

Martha Lee (Marti) Zins, Board President and Elected Trustee (Retiree) of the Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) was a media specialist, then media director for the Hopkins School District.  Marti was elected to her sixth term on the Board of Trustees in 2009. She is a past president of the Minnesota Education Association (MEA), and represented Minnesota teachers as a director of the National Education Association (NEA).  A TRA trustee since 1989, Zins serves the needs of Minnesota teachers with a special emphasis on the expansion of automated services that increase accessibility of information to members and retirees throughout the state.  She works to maintain the funding stability of TRA and of defined benefit public pension plans.  
Term expires: June 30, 2017

Photo of Mary Broderick Mary L. Broderick, Vice President
Elected Trustee
1003 - 31st Avenue N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
320.493.7396
maryb@cloudnet.com

Mary Broderick, a teacher in St. Cloud since 1977, and president of the St. Cloud Education Association since 1996, was elected to her first four-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees in 2007. Mary also serves as president of the East Central Area Labor Council, sits on the Executive Board of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, and is a member of the Education Minnesota Council of Local Presidents. Mary is committed to helping retirees and active members increase their awareness, understanding, and involvement in pension issues, as well as working to maintain and improve teacher retirement benefits in Minnesota.
Term expires: June 30, 2019

Marshall Thompson
Elected Trustee
7421 W. Lake St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952.210.6795
mthompson14@gmail.com

Marshall Thompson, elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, has been a math teacher within Osseo Area Schools since 2004 and currently serves in the role of Instructional Coach at both Osseo and Maple Grove Senior High Schools. He is Education Minnesota Osseo’s lead negotiator, and has been on the bargaining team since 2010. Marshall is committed to raising awareness of the value of TRA for active members, working toward equitable benefits, and maintaining our strong pension system.
Term expires: June 30, 2019

Photo of Robert Gardner

Robert J. Gardner
Elected Trustee
3002 Virginia Avenue N, Crystal, MN 55427
763.546.9895
gardner.rbrt@gmail.com

Robert Gardner, an English teacher in the Edina school district since 2005, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009. Rob, who previously taught in St. Cloud, has been on the Education Minnesota Governing Board since 2002. He currently also serves as a member of the Education Minnesota Executive Committee. A former member of the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors and past president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, Rob is dedicated to improving pension benefits for all TRA members while maintaining strong, open communication with both active and retired members.
Term expires: June 30, 2017

Photo of Mary Supple

Mary B. Supple
Elected Trustee
7300 Oakland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
612.866.8829
mandmsupple@aol.com

Mary Supple is a sixth grade math teacher at Richfield Middle School. She currently serves as a negotiations team member for her local, Education Richfield. Past service has included the roles of local president, local governmental relations chair, member of the Education Minnesota Governing Board as well as the Political Action Committee, and member of the NEA Board of Directors. She is also currently involved with the Richfield League of Women Voters. Mary believes that all members of TRA, both active and retired, should have a voice and will work toward a goal of a stable, equitable pension system for all.
Term expires: June 30, 2017

Photo of Tiffany Rodning

Tiffany Rodning, Deputy Executive Director
MN School Boards Association Representative (MSBA)
Statutory Member
507.934.2450 or 800.324.4459
trodning@mnmsba.org

MN School Boards Association Representative (MSBA)
1900 W. Jefferson Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082


Visit the Minnesota School Boards Association website.

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Myron Frans, Commissioner
Minnesota Management & Budget
Statutory Member
651.201.8011

Minnesota Management & Budget
400 Centennial Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155

Visit the Minnesota Management & Budget website.

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Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner
Department of Education
Statutory Member
mde.commissioner@state.mn.us

Department of Education
1500 Hwy 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266

Visit the Department of Education website.

TRA Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

All Board of Trustee meetings are held at 9:30 am in the TRA Offices at 60 Empire Drive, Suite 400, Saint Paul, unless otherwise indicated.

Public Participation at Board Meetings

Members of the public wishing to address the board shall arrange to do so by giving notice (preferably in writing) to either the board president or executive director in advance of the meeting. The board provides members of the public with opportunities to address the board at the conclusion of the agenda. Members of the public should limit their comments to three (3) minutes and confine comments to matters under the board’s jurisdiction and authority. Stakeholder groups who wish to speak to the board shall designate a spokesperson.

      Meeting Agendas  
9:30 a.m. December 14 2016
9:30 a.m. February 15

2017

TRA Approved Meeting Minutes

Minutes are posted once they are approved at the following Board of Trustees meeting.

2015 2016 2017
December 16, 2015 December 14, 2016  
November 18, 2015 November 16, 2016  
September 16, 2015 September 21, 2016  
August 18, 2015 August 17, 2016  
June 17, 2015 June 15, 2016 June 21, 2017
May 20, 2015 May 18, 2016 May 24, 2017
April 8, 2015 April 13, 2016 April 12, 2017
February 18, 2015 February 17, 2016 February 15, 2017
     

2014

2013 2012
December 17, 2014 December 11, 2013 December 12, 2012
November 19, 2014 November 13, 2013 November 14, 2012
September 17, 2014 September 18, 2013 September 19, 2012
August 20, 2014 (Bd Retreat) August 14, 2013 August 15, 2012
June 18, 2014 June 19, 2013 June 20, 2012
May 14, 2014 May 15, 2013 May 16, 2012
April 9, 2014 April 10, 2013 April 18, 2012
February 12, 2014 February 13, 2013 February 15, 2012
     
2011 2010 2009
December 14, 2011 December 15, 2010 December 16, 2009
November 16, 2011 November 10, 2010 November 18, 2009
September 15, 2011 September 15, 2010 September 16, 2009
August 17, 2011 (Bd Retreat) August 18, 2010 (Bd Retreat) August 20, 2009 (Bd Retreat)
June 15, 2011 June 16, 2010 June 16, 2009
May 18, 2011 May 19, 2010 May 19, 2009
April 14, 2011 April 22, 2010 April 14, 2009
February 16, 2011 February 17, 2010 February 17, 2009
     
2008 2007 2006
December 16, 2008 December 11, 2007 December 13, 2006
November 18, 2008 November 13, 2007 November 15, 2006
September 19, 2008 September 18, 2007 September 13, 2006
August 19, 2008 (Bd Retreat) August 21, 2007 (Bd Retreat) June 7, 2006
June 3, 2008 June 6, 2007 May 17, 2006
May 13, 2008 May 16, 2007 April 19, 2006
April 15, 2008 April 18, 2007 February 15, 2006
February 12, 2008 February 14, 2007 January 18, 2006
 
2005 2004 2003
December 14, 2005 December 8, 2004 December 17, 2003
November 2, 2005 November 10, 2004 November 19, 2003
September 14, 2005 September 16, 2004 September 17, 2003
June 15, 2005 June 9, 2004 June 12, 2003
May 19, 2005 May 19, 2004 May 8, 2003 
April 20, 2005 April 14, 2004 April 10, 2003 
February 16, 2005 February 18, 2004 February 13, 2003
     
2002 2001 2000
December 12, 2002 December 13, 2001 December 15, 2000 
November 14, 2002 November 16, 2001 November 16, 2000
September 12, 2002 September 12, 2001  September 14, 2000
June 5, 2002 June 8, 2001  
May 9, 2002 May 11, 2001  
April 11, 2002 April 12, 2001  
February 14, 2002 February 15, 2001  
 
     
     

 

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