CalSTRS Board Trustees Elected to Serve Another Four-Year Term
Teachers’ Retirement Board member-representatives will serve through 2019

News release Michael Sicilia

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) yesterday announced the election of the three member-representatives to the CalSTRS governing board. The members will each serve a four-year term, which begins January 1, 2016.

The two board members who represent pre-kindergarten to 12th grade educators who were certified elected by CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes are:

  • Dana Dillon, intermediate grade school teacher from Weed, CA. She has served on the Teachers’ Retirement Board since her election in 2003, including stints as chair and vice chair. Ms. Dillon has been active in the California Teachers Association for more than 26 years, serving as state council representative and an elected member of its board of directors. Ms. Dillon’s re-election has been certified for the pre-kindergarten to 12th grade (non-administrator) seat.
  • Harry M. Keiley, a high school teacher with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. He was first elected to the Teachers’ Retirement Board in 2007 and served as vice chair from 2010 to 2014. In 2011 he was elected for a second term. Mr. Keiley has served as chair since 2014. He has served as the president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association and chair of the California Teachers Association Political Involvement Committee. Mr. Keiley’s re-election has been certified for the pre-kindergarten to 12th grade (inclusive) seat.

The following board member represents community college educators and was certified elected:

  • Sharon Hendricks, a communications studies professor with the Los Angeles Community College District. She was first elected to the Teachers’ Retirement Board in 2011. Ms. Hendricks was elected as vice chair in 2014 and was recently re-elected for the 2015–2016 term. She also serves as president of the American Federation of Teachers, local 1521 chapter at Los Angeles City College. Ms. Hendricks is active in the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers.

Legislation in 2003 established the election for these three seats to the 12-member Teachers’ Retirement Board, which sets policy, regulations and guidelines for CalSTRS. This year the inclusive and community college educator seats received only one candidate nomination each. Election regulations state that in such a case, upon verification of the signatures the candidates presented in their nominating packets, the remaining election procedures are to be canceled. The candidates, Harry Keiley and Sharon Hendricks, were certified as elected in March.

There were two candidates for the non-administrator seat, but upon the formal withdrawal of one candidate, the same single candidate regulations applied. Dana Dillon was certified elected on April 13, 2015.

Since each vacant seat has been certified elected, the scheduled October 2015 distribution of voter ballots has been canceled. The next election process for member-representative seats will begin in 2018 with a Notice of Election.

The 12-member board also includes members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate representing the public, school boards and retired members as well as four ex-officio board members: State Controller, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Treasurer and Director of Finance.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $190.8 billion as of February 28, 2015, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans. CalSTRS also provides disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California’s 879,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts. 

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