Dr. McCollor retired from the St. Paul Public Schools after serving over 34 years in the District. After teaching science at Battle Creek Middle School, he served as assistant principal at Battle Creek, Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, and Como Park High School. Most recently, he served 17 years as Principal at Washington Technology Magnet School, where he was honored as Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.
Dr. McCollor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from the University of Minnesota, a Master 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 an SPTRFA Trustee since January of 2000. He has served as Chair of the Annuities and Refunds Committee, Chair of the Personnel Committee, and most recently as Vice President until he was elected President in April 2020. He also serves on the Board’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.
Lori Borgeson, Vice President
Email: lborgeson at sptrfa.org
Annuities and Refunds Committee
Board Appointee to St. Paul Teachers Pension PAC
Lori Borgeson started her career in the business field, working in various payroll and human resource roles. After four years in business, she went back to school to earn her teaching license. She received her B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, and her M.A.T. 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 was elected to the SPTRFA Board in January of 2012. During her tenure, she served as Treasurer until her recent election as Vice President. Additionally, Lori has been on two bargaining teams for SPFE 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, serving as its Secretary until she was elected as its Chair in January 2020.
Matt Bogenschultz, Secretary
Email: mbogenschultz at sptrfa.org
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 Learners, reading and writing. He has served as the PAC chair since 2006. During his first tenure on eight years 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 Chair.
Tom Koreltz, Trustee
Email: tkoreltz at sptrfa.org
Tom is a 1989 graduate of Harding High School and has been working as a teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools since 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Cloud State University.
Tom is highly motivated to protect the current defined benefit pension program for current retirees and enhance the pension for active members. He is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees as he believes in the mission of SPTRFA.
John Kunz, Trustee
Email: jkunz at sptrfa.org
Executive Committee, Chairperson
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
Zuki Ellis, Ex-Officio
Email: zellis at sptrfa.org
Zuki Ellis joined The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education and the SPTRFA Board of Trustees in 2016. She and her husband, Greg, live in the Midway area with their three sons, the youngest of whom attends Saint Paul Public Schools. A longtime supporter of SPPS, Zuki attended and graduated from Webster Magnet and Highland Park Middle & Senior High Schools.
In addition to serving as a member of the SPPS Board of Education, Zuki is a Parent Trainer with the National Parent Teacher Home Visits program. She believes the pressing concerns for the upcoming year are Special Education, parent understanding of the process, partnerships that exist in the best interests of our students, and the legal and moral responsibilities to support our students. As a lifelong citizen of Saint Paul, she wants to give back, support, challenge, fight for, and lead the community that has helped to raise and shape her life, as well as the lives of all the students of the district.
Michael McKay, Treasurer
Email: mmckay at sptrfa.org
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
Email: kodegard at sptrfa.org
Audit Committee, Chairperson
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, 2015, and 2018. Karen has received a certificate on Governance (2007) and a certificate on Investments (2008) issued by the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NTCR).
Stephanie Pignato, Trustee
Email: spignato at sptrfa.org
Investment Committee, Chairperson
I have been with the St. Paul Public School District for over 30 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 am a building steward and proudly serve as a Trustee for St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund.
Maggi Schiller, Trustee
Email: mschiller at sptrfa.org
As a retiree, I am deeply committed to protecting and improving our pension benefits. I recently retired, after teaching mathematics and statistics 28 years in St. Paul. I also am a tax and small business accounting professional enrolled to practice before the IRS since 1986.
In my life as a tax professional, I have gained invaluable knowledge about retirement options, funding, taxation. I have become fiercely supportive of defined benefit pension plans like ours. My extensive experience puts me in a unique position to understand the personal impact of plan changes.