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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JUNE 4, 2015
ORDER OF BUSINESS

Notice of this meeting has been provided through the annual notice of the schedule of regular meetings of the Board filed with and prominently posted in the offices of the Secretary of State. The 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

DISCLOSURE OF THE OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT

(A) When necessary, the Board shall adopt Resolution A to go into closed session to consider individuals’ disability applications, which states:

In accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-13, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees go into closed session for purposes of discussing matters pertaining to disability retirement which involves material involving personal medical and health records, data, reports and recommendations relating to specific individuals, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(3). Those matters are confidential unless expressly waived by the individual involved.

The actions taken during closed session relating to a disability retirement are anticipated to become available to the public immediately at the conclusion of the meeting and will be posted on the Division of Pensions and Benefits’ website within a reasonable time; however, personal information pertaining to an individual shall be redacted from the minutes of such meeting and shall remain confidential until after such time as the Board determines that the need of confidentiality no longer exists and the matters discussed can be disclosed.


(B) When necessary, the Board shall adopt Resolution B to go into executive session to request/receive attorney-client advice from the Deputy Attorney General, which states:

In accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-13, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees go into closed session to discuss matters falling within the attorney client privilege, and/or matters in which litigation is pending or anticipated, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(7).

The minutes of such meeting shall remain confidential until after such time as the Board determines that the need of confidentiality no longer exists and the matters discussed can be disclosed and the Board waives the attorney-client privilege.


RETIREMENT LISTS

Option Changes - none


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:43 AM

Adjourned: 12:30 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Paul Orihel, Howard Lipoff, Ed McCarthy, Michael
Weik


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Val
McManus; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Patricia Kenny; Felicia Kenny; Wolodymyr
Tyschenko, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 07, 2015
Approved (Trustee Weik abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Bateman, Karen
Newark Public School 8/1/2014 5 Approved (off payroll over two years)
D-2 Kenny, Felicia
East Orange School
District
4/1/2013 D Request to process ordinary
disability application during
pendencey of administrative
matter - Denied
D-3 Asch, Glen

Penn Grove Reg
School
3/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Adam, Joann
Mansfield Twp BOE     Reexaminations No longer disabled;
Return to work
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Acevedo, Gustavo A

07/15

A

Asbury Park BOE

Barniskis, Donald S

01/15

C

Winslow Township BOE

Carenza, Linnea J

12/14

1

Englewood City BOE

Carmen, Patricia A

04/15

A

Hamilton Twp Bd Ed (Atlantic)

Cundiff, Andrea A

03/15

5

Southampton Twp BOE

*Downes, Marie

07/14

A

Jersey City Public Schools

*Galardi, Patricia

03/15

5

Evesham Twp BOE

Goins, Linda A

10/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Jatzke, Linda M

04/15

5

Pennsville Twp BOE

Jereb, Gayle E

04/15

B

Union Twp BOE (Union)

Lommel, Beth P

12/15

5

Long Hill Twp BOE

MacMillan, Laura-Anne

07/14

5

Nutley BOE

Schupner, Dale D

09/15

5

Passaic BOE

Spaldo, Debra

07/15

5

Sussex County Vocational

*Thomas, Eric M

02/15

D

Dover BOE

Van Syckel, Shonda

09/15

5

Gloucester Co Special Services S

Velazquez, Joleen

07/15

A

Lodi BOE

*Re-examination in 18 months                                                                                         Total = 17



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Gaskin, Colin
Newark Public School 7/1/2014 5 2/1/2004
10/3/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary with re-exam in 18 months (2/1/04 - no incident report on file)
E-2 McCarty, Percey
Atlantic City BOE 1/1/2015 A 11/6/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-3 Sullivan-Rubin, Sharon
East Orange School
Dist
7/1/2014 5 10/2/2013
10/7/2013
Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability (10/2/13 - no incident
report; Tabled for info from
employer and a new IME)
E-4 Barnes, Darlene

Paterson BOE 3/1/2014 5 4/8/2008
5/17/2011
2/21/2014
a) Honorable Service; Request to
Postpone - Approved request to
postpone
b) Accidental disability; Request to Postpone - Approved request to postpone
E-5 Rodriguez, Olga
Hammonton Town BOE 2/1/2015 5 9/5/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Early

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Healy, Doretta - Marlboro Twp. BOE - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Slaughter, Wayne - Bridgeton BOE - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Retirements)
F-3 Purvis-Chapman, Legistrean - Glassboro BOE - Honorable Service
Approved (no forfeiture) (Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Gafford, Susan - North Hunterdon-Voorhees - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and has now granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective July
1, 2012 under option A; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision with modifications; Noted exceptions (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-2 Hiller, Torise - Passaic BOE - Initial Decision ALJ dismissed the appeal for the
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits for failure of petitioner to comply with
Judge's Order Compelling Discovery
Adopted ALJ decision
G-3 Thompson, Jaclyn - North Hunterdon-Voorhees - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial of accidental disability, but reversed and granted Ordinary Disability
retirement benefits effective July 1, 2012, under Option C; Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions (Retirements, Health
Benefits)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Chavez, Erine - Cranford Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's decision of partial
forfeiture retirement benfits due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-2 Breheny, Carole - Madison Boro BOE - a) Reconsideration -
Denied
b) Hearing request; Appeals the Board's decision denying creditable salary for 2011
summer work - Approved
(Vote: 5:1; Trustee Liebman: Nae)
H-3 Devaney, William - Camden City BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Scott, Ronald - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the Board's decision to hold
processing of retirement application in abeyance during pendency of criminal matter
Denied and directed Secretary to prepare Final Administrative Determination
H-5 Shain, Bonnie - Perth Amboy BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Vertucci, Geraldine - Maywood BOE - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Sandel, Katherine - Pemberton Township BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Chunan, Chen - Hamilton Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers May - TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers May - Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of April 30, 2015
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of April 30, 2015
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers June - TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers June - Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

"+" Indicates personal appearance
"=" Indicates items not mailed

The next meeting of the Board will be held on July 2, 2015.

 
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