Board Members

John Kunz, President
Mike McCollor, Vice-President
Matthew Bogenschultz, Secretary
Lori Borgeson, Treasurer
Zuki Ellis, Ex-Officio
Feryle Borgeson, Trustee
Michael McKay, Trustee
Karen Odegard, Trustee
James Paddock, Trustee
Stephanie Pignato, Trustee

John Kunz, President

Email: jkunz at sptrfa.org

Committees:

  • Executive Committee, Chairperson
  • Investment Committee

John has been teaching mathematics at Highland Park Senior and Junior High Schools since 1971. He also teaches Computer Programming and Driver’s Education. During his career, John taught at Macalester College’s Twin City Institute for Talented Youth from 1985-1995. John has been a coach in the Math League since 1981 and has participated in and taught in the International Baccalaureate Program at Highland Park Senior High School since 1993. John’s involvement in Union and Retirement programs has been extensive. He has served as:

  • Building steward at Highland Park since 1982
  • Treasurer for the Committee of Nine from 1990 to 1992
  • Chairperson of the Committee of Nine from 2003 to 2006
  • Treasurer and trustee for the AFT Local 28 Scholarship Fund from 1987-1997, and Chairperson since 1998.
  • Mr. Kunz has been a Trustee of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association since 1992.
  • Elected in 2006 to serve as President of the Board of Trustees.
  • Inducted in the Minnesota State Math League’s Hall of Fame for his 25 years of Math Team coaching.
  • 2007 Winner of the William E. Gardner PreK-12 Outstanding Educator Award, from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education & Human Development Alumni Society

John has received certificates issued by the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR):
July 2007 on Governance, July 2008 on Investments


Mike McCollor, Vice-President

Email: mmccollor at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Personnel Committee, Chairperson

 

Mike McCollor is currently the principal at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School. He has been with the Saint Paul Public Schools for twenty years. After teaching science at Battle Creek Middle School, he was promoted to assistant principal at Battle Creek, Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, and Como Park High School.
Dr. McCollor holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Science Education from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Science degree in Experiential Education from Mankato State University, and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy and Administration. He has been a trustee since January of 2000.

Matt Bogenschultz, Secretary and Board Appointee to PAC

Email: mbogenschultz at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Investment Committee
  • Board Appointee to St. Paul Teachers Pension PAC

 

Matt Bogenschultz earned his B.A. in Economics, International Relations and German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received an M.A. in German Literature from UW-Madison. He has completed the coursework for an M.ED in Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota.
Matt teaches English Language Learners, reading and writing. During his eight year tenure on the Committee of Nine he served as secretary and treasurer. Matt has been a Board member since 1999. In 2006, he was appointed by the Board as St. Paul Teachers Pension PAC (formerly Committee of Nine) Chair.

Lori Borgeson, Treasurer

Lori Borgeson

Email: lborgeson at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Annuities and Refunds Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Investment Committee

 

Lori started her career in the business field. She began as a payroll specialist for a small third party administrator and then worked for a computer consulting company doing various human resources and payroll duties.  After four years in business, she went back to school to earn her teaching license. Her B.A. is from Concordia College in Moorhead and M.A.T. is from UW – River Falls.  She has been teaching math at Johnson Senior High since 1997.  She is also the math team coach and a building steward.
Lori has been on two bargaining teams for SPFT, and is a trustee of the Local 28 Scholarship Committee.  She has been a member of the St. Paul Teachers Pension PAC (formerly Committee of Nine) since 1999. The majority of those years she served as secretary.  She was elected to the Board of Trustees in January of 2012.

Zuki Ellis, Ex-Officio

Email: zellis at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Investment Committee

Feryle Borgeson, Trustee

Email: fborgeson at sptrfa.org

Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Personnel Committee

 

Feryle started teaching math and science at Finley, North Dakota in 1964. He taught math at Cleveland Junior High from 1966-1981. Feryle taught math at Johnson High School from 1981 until his retirement in December 1997.

During his teaching career, he was president of the Finley Education Association and led North Dakota’s first successful State and National Teachers’ sanctions. In St. Paul, he served on negotiations, several years on the Teachers Advisory Board, was a building steward, was on the Federation Executive Board several years, the MFT Cope Committee and the SPFTA Cope Committee.

In 1997 Feryle was the recipient of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ MARY McGOUGH Distinguished Service Award.”  In the late 1960’s, when he worked for First Investors Corp., he was a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

He was first elected to the SPTRFA Board of Trustees in 1989. He is also currently on the Lyngblomsten corporate Board of Directors.

In 2002 and 2003, Feryle was elected vice-president. In 2004 and 2005, he was elected as president of the board of trustees.


Michael McKay, Trustee

Email: mmckay at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Investment Committee

 

Mike has been teaching in the Saint Paul Schools for over 20 years and is currently teaching Math at Highland Park Senior High. He has a long association with the district having been a student at St. Anthony Park, Murray Junior High and Como Park Senior High. Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked in the private sector for a time before returning to the Saint Paul District while earning his Masters in Education from the University of Saint Thomas.
Mike is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Falcon Heights Fire Department Retirement Fund and has previously served as Treasurer of the Fund. He has been a member of the Fire Department since 2000. He was elected to the board in 2016 and is honored to represent both the present and future retirees of the Saint Paul School District.

Karen Odegard, Trustee

Odegard

Email: kodegard at sptrfa.org

Committees
  • Audit Committee – Chairperson
  • Personnel Committee
  • Investment Committee

 

Karen has a B.S. in Music Education, K-12, University of Minnesota; M.A. in Elementary Education 1-6, University of Wisconsin- River Falls; M.A. in Reading K-12, University of Wisconsin- River Falls; and Reading Recovery certification from The Ohio State University. Karen’s career began in Northern Minnesota teaching elementary music K-12. Her tenure with Saint Paul Public Schools started as a music specialist then an elementary classroom teacher and then served as a Teacher on Special Assignment, which included the positions of Reading Recovery teacher leader and district literacy coach.
Karen’s involvement in the Union was extensive. She served as a steward and as an officer on the Executive Board. She served as the Reading Collaborative leader (SPFT) from 1996-2007. In 2007 Karen was the recipient of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ Mary McGough Distinguished Service Award. Karen was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006.  She was re-elected in 2009, 2012 and 2015. Karen has received a certificate on Governance (2007) and a certificate on Investments (2008) issued by the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NTCR).

James Paddock, Trustee

Email: jpaddock at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Annuities and Refunds Committee
  • Investment Committee

 

Currently is an assistant principal at Washington Technology Magnet. He graduated from Harding High School in 1977. As a second generation educator in St. Paul James started his teaching career as a substitute teacher for three years. He taught at Highland Park Senior High for fifteen years then was appointed an assistant principal at Como Park Senior High School for ten years.
James Paddock also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from The University of Minnesota Duluth, a Master of Science Degree From Mankato State University and his Educational Administrative Licensure from St. Mary’s University. This is Mr. Paddock’s third term on the board.

Stephanie Pignato, Trustee

Email: spignato at sptrfa.org

Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Investment Committee

 

I have been with the St. Paul Public School District for over 27 years. I am a classroom teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet. I graduated from Harding High School, The University of Wisconsin- River Falls, and Hamline University.
I currently serve as an Executive Board Member with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, act as a building steward, am a national trainer for the Reading and Thinking Math collaboratives, and participate on various committees for the Union.I am proud to serve as a Trustee for St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund.