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Executive Team

TRA has an Executive Director who is appointed by the Board of Trustees and three Assistant Executive Directors who are responsible for overall operations.

View photos and terms of office for all TRA Executive Directors.

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Laurie Fiori Hacking
Executive Director
Teachers Retirement Association
60 Empire Drive Suite 400
St Paul MN 55103
800-657-3669 or 651-296-2409
lhacking@minnesotatra.org

Laurie Hacking joined TRA in March 2006. Prior to this, Laurie was Executive Director of the $70 billion Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) for six years. She also previously directed the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association from 1991-1996 and was director of the City of Cincinnati Retirement System. Laurie served as Planning Director for the Illinois Department of Revenue, and worked in Washington, D.C. on pension and retirement issues for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Ms. Hacking has vast knowledge and experience in the areas of public pension finance and administration, legislative relations, and implementation of customer service initiatives.

J. Michael Stoffel
Deputy Executive Director
60 Empire Drive Suite 400
St Paul MN 55103
800-657-3669 or 651-205-4252
JStoffel@MinnesotaTRA.org

Jay Stoffel joined TRA in January 2014. Prior to this, Jay was executive director of the Duluth Teachers Teachers Retirement Fund Association (DTRFA) since 1992. He was manager of finance for the Public Employees Retirement Association from 1988 to 1992, and principal auditor in the Office of the Legislative Auditor from 1979 to 1988. He is a member of the National Council on Teacher Retirement, where he currently serves on the executive committee.

Jay is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), where he serves on a committee that reviews annual financial reports of public employee retirement funds throughout the United States that have been submitted for the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program. Stoffel earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Luther Thompson, Ph.D, J.D.
Assistant Executive Director, Legal and Legislative Services
Teachers Retirement Association
60 Empire Drive Suite 400
St Paul MN 55103
800-657-3669 or 651-296-2409
lthompson@minnesotatra.org 

Luther Thompson began working at TRA in August 1999 as the Assistant Executive Director for Legal and Legislative Services. Luther brings strong academic, economic, legal and public pension fund experience to this position. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Luther is committed to the mission of TRA and total quality management of TRA’s resources. In his role as Assistant Executive Director he is committed to and focuses on developing and implementing sound public pension policy for Minnesota teachers consistent with the highest fiduciary standards. He supports the equitable promotion of the benefits and rights of all TRA members and retirees. Prior to joining TRA, Luther served as an elected member on the MSRS Board of Directors for 16 years.
Photo of John Wicklund John Wicklund
Assistant Executive Director, Administration
Teachers Retirement Association
60 Empire Drive Suite 400
St Paul MN 55103
800-657-3669 or 651-296-2409
jwicklund@minnesotatra.org

John Wicklund began working at TRA in October, 1992 and brings solid accounting and financial skills from his previous work experience at the Office of the Legislative Auditor. He has been responsible for budgeting, accounting and financial reporting for the Association. Wicklund graduated from the University of Minnesota–Minneapolis with a degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has been licensed in Minnesota since 1988. He is also a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) as designated by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). His philosophy of management for the Association is to maintain a strong actuarial funding position. "For TRA to thrive, members must have a belief that the money to pay their earned benefits will be there at retirement," he asserts. "The goal of TRA management must be to continually strive to possess the assets to pay current and future benefits to hard-working educators."
Photo of Karen Williamson Tim Maurer
Assistant Executive Director, Operations
Teachers Retirement Association
60 Empire Drive Suite 400
St Paul MN 55103
800-657-3669 or 651-296-2409
tmaurer@minnesotatra.org

Tim has served as TRA's Planning Director since April 2011 with responsibility for maintaining and updating TRA's strategic plan and for acting as the project manager for the TRA.NET project. Prior to becoming TRA's Planning Director, Tim served for four years as PERA's Retirement Services Director with responsibility for managing a 17-person department that included PERA's call center and estimate team.

 

 

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