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Committee Members

As per City Council Resolution 298359, adopted on September 9, 2003, the composition of the Pension Reform Committee will be as follows:

  1. Five individuals who are not City employees and not City retirees and who have experience or expertise in defined benefit pension plans; and
  2. One taxpayer advocate, who is not a City employee or City retiree; and
  3. One member of the City Retirement Board who is not a City employee or City retiree; and
  4. One City retiree who is not a member of the City Retirement Board; and
  5. One City employee.

The Committee members appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council on September 29, 2003 are as follows:

Mr. Stephen Austin, a certified public accountant, is the managing partner at Swenson Advisors, LLP in San Diego, where he specializes in auditing a wide variety of companies and their pension plans. Mr. Austin received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bob Jones University and a master's of business administration from the University of Georgia.

Ms. April Boling, president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, was nominated by that organization and serves on the Committee as the taxpayer advocate. She served on the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on City Finances and the City of San Diego's Citizens' Budget Committee. Ms. Boling, a certified public account and owner of a private accounting practice, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of San Diego and also serves as the chair of this Committee.

Mr. Robert Butterfield is an attorney at Butterfield Schechter LLP, where he specializes in employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, retirement planning and taxation. Mr. Butterfield served on the San Diego City Employees Retirement System Board and on its Investment Committee from 1986 to 1991. He received his bachelor's degree in business from Boston University and his law degree from the University of San Diego.

Mr. Timothy Considine operates his own accounting business, Considine & Considine, which manages the affairs of various types of pension plans. Mr. Considine provides regular financial advice on the investment of retirement assets and understands the importance of proper fund allocation to maximize results for plan beneficiaries. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State University.

Mr. Stanley Elmore was nominated by the City of San Diego Retired Employees' Association and the San Diego Police Officers Association Inc. to serve on the Committee as the City retiree. He is a member and past president of the Retired Fire & Police Association and the San Diego City Employee Retirement System Health Advisory Committee. Mr. Elmore holds a degree in police science from San Diego City College.

Ms. Judith Italiano is the president and general manager of the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, (MEA), the City's largest labor union representing over 5,000 employees. As the lead negotiator for MEA, Ms. Italiano has developed extensive knowledge of the City of San Diego Employee Retirement System. She holds a degree in early childhood education from Fresno State University and serves on the Committee as the City employee representative.

Mr. William Sheffler, a consulting actuary for his own firm, provides actuarial services for defined benefit plan administrators and trustees. Mr. Sheffler provides actuarial testimony on valuation of employee benefits. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Claremont Men's College and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Richard Vortmann serves on the Committee as the San Diego City Employee Retirement System Board member and Vice Chair. Mr. Vortmann is president of National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, NASSCO. He has also served on the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on City Finances. Mr. Vortmann holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Kathleen Walsh-Rotto has over fourteen years of experience in working with defined benefit plans. Ms. Walsh-Rotto is currently employed by the Principal Financial Group as a Senior Relationship Manager and has expertise in defined benefit plan design, IRS required testing, legislative issues, fiduciary due diligence and compliance. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Iowa State University.

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