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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
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 2012 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2011.

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: 10:35 AM

Adjourned: 1:10 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Susanne Culliton, Martha Liebman, Neil Williams, Paul Orihel, Erland Nordstrom


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Mazzeo; DAG Nels Lauritzen; Marylou Mayoros; Valerie McManus; Jim Jameson, NJEA; Michael Barrett, attorney; Rita Linder-Lavery; Betty Gross



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 02, 2012


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Election of Board Member elected by Trustees
Paul Orihel elected as trustee for a term of three years (8/31/12 through 8/31/15) (Trustee Culliton abstained.)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2

Return to Employment
Approved

C-3
Retirement List
Approved
C-4
Chapter 221
Approved

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Wirkmaa, Nancy
Franklin Lakes BOE 2/1/2012
5
Approved
D-2 Monthly OD Grid    
 
Approved (See attached list)
(Jeanne Mansfield Brimat w/1 year re-exam)
D-3 Chica, Astrid New Brunswick BOE
7/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Joline, Maureen Freehold Twp. BOE
4/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred (off payroll over 2 years)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alicea, Anna

09/12

D

Cumberland Regional School Dist

Anthony, Denise M

05/12

5

Readington Twp BOE

Becker, Georgianne

04/12

5

Winslow Township BOE

*Brimat, Jeanne Mansfield

04/12

A

Manalapan Englishtown Regional

Cardenas, Michael R

08/12

A

Newark Public Schools

Fetherman, Paula L

07/12

5

Vernon Township BOE

Frame, Kathleen R

01/13

4

Medford Township BOE

Gallant, Tiffany A

02/12

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Gibson, Sharon A

08/12

1

Asbury Park BOE

Giglio, Arlene A

12/12

5

Voorhees Twp BOE

Gross, Deborah M

05/13

B

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Huamanchumo, Soraya A

08/12

5

Paterson BOE

Irwin, Annemarie

03/12

5

Lakewood Twp BOE

Kreitzman, Natalie Rae

07/12

5

New Brunswick BOE

Kriete, Barbara J

08/12

A

Randolph Township BOE

Lappin, Loretta A

07/12

5

Clifton City BOE

Leaman, Diane

08/12

C

Ho-Ho-Kus BOE

Merlino, Dennis J

07/12

5

Kingsway Regional School Dist

Musselman, Casey L

06/12

5

Vineland City BOE

Nebbia, Toni

09/12

2

Cliffside Park BOE

Ott, Joseph C

10/12

5

Livingston BOE

Seidman, Barbara R

06/12

5

Middlesex Co Vocational School

Shetty, Maryann B

01/13

5

Belvidere Town BOE

Tinsman, Clare E

05/12

5

East Amwell Township BOE

Wilson, Katherine A

08/12

D

South Plainfield BOE

Zimmerman, William

07/12

5

Elizabeth BOE

*Approved with 1 year re-exam

Total = 26




CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Davey, Melissa Plainfield BOE
5/1/2010
5
3/10/2009
3/10/2009
3/10/2009
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue OD; Modified original decision; Continue in OAL
E-2 Bowman, Michalene Orange City BOE
11/1/2011
5
4/14/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (occurred on pavement in front of school and during lunch break)

E-3

Troublefield, Pamela Elizabeth BOE
4/1/2012
D
9/4/2007
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Perez, Ana Newark Public
Schools
10/1/2011
5
12/10/2004
11/17/2006
1/1/2009
Denied Accidental, Offer Service (no documentation to support claim for 2009)

E-5

Breitwieser, Joyce Elizabeth BOE
7/1/2012
5
1/28/2010
Approved
E-6 Hoffman, Neil C Newark Public
Schools
2/1/2012
C
5/13/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Ciolino, Mitchell Passaic County
Vocational School
2/1/2012
5
2/11/2011
Approved
E-8 Linder-Lavery, Rita North Plainfield BOE
3/1/2011
5
9/22/2009
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue in OAL

E-9

Sarno, Una Passaic BOE
7/1/2010
1
4/30/2009
5/1/2009
5/5/2009
12/14/2009
Reconsidered and Approved Accidental; Withdraw from OAL



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Gross, Bettie - Passaic Vocational School - Honorable Service
No Forfeiture; Approve Retirement (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Ivan, Thomas - Spotswood BOE - Honorable Service; Request to Postpone
Approved request to postpone



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Barckett, Anthony - Garfield City BOE - Appellate Division Decisions ADMINISTRATIVELY
REMOVED FROM AGENDA
G-2 Mikitish, Michael - Pace Charter School of Hamilton - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Bailey-Benson, Mary - Irvington BOE - Initial Decision Dismissal
Adopted ALJ decision
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Gafford, Susan - North Hunterdon-Voorhees - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Slobodin, Arlene - New Brunswick BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Hilbert, Nancy - Camden City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund A As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Isabel Nichols vs. PERS
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Thomas Shappell vs. PERS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Lawson McElroy vs. PERS
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division Decisions Robert Grimaldi vs. PERS
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund A As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-9 Common Pension Fund B As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-10 Common Pension Fund E As of June 30, 2012
Noted
L-11 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-12 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-13

Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2012
Noted

L-14 Common Pension Fund A As of July 31, 2012
Noted

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 New Business The Board expressed concern regarding the new Division procedures which
will mandate the electronic submission of retirement applications effective October 1, 2012.
The Board indicated that this does not provide sufficient time for those who do not have
access to computer to make other arrangements.

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 4, 2012.

 

 
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