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Retirement Administrator Donald Kendig

Donald C. Kendig, CPA

Retirement Administrator

dkendig@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Admin: 559-457-4400

Main: 559-457-0681

Fax: 559-457-0318

Responsibilities/Summary

Under direction of the Board of Retirement, the FCERA Retirement Administrator plans, organizes, directs and administers the activities of the FCERA, a 1937 County Employees’ Retirement Act (1937 Act) agency. The Administrator is responsible for directing the operations of FCERA, implementing and monitoring Board policy, and coordinating the activities of contracting, investing and consulting firms on behalf of the Board

Professional Background

Mr. Kendig’s service at FCERA started on November 5, 2014. His career in retirement plan administration began on January 1, 2003, previously serving as Retirement Administrator, for 2 years, for the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA), a similarly sized 1937 Act agency. Initially, he served as a Trustee, for 9 years, on the Board of Retirement for Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System (SBCERS), also a 1937 Act agency.

In addition to Mr. Kendig’s career in retirement plan administration, Mr. Kendig served for approximately eight years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD), a local government agency that protects the people and the environment of Santa Barbara County from the effects of air pollution. While serving, he was responsible for the facilities and financial activities, which included purchasing, accounts payable (A/P), accounts receivable (A/R), collections, payroll, internal & external financial reporting, budgeting, fixed asset depreciation & reserves, State and Federal grant administration, and contracting. He also served as the SBCAPCD’s Safety Officer and Risk Manager.

Degrees

Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis (high honors), University of California, Santa Barbara. A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences (honors), Palomar College.

Certifications

Mr. Kendig possesses an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, No. 78000, initially issued August 1999 and renewed April of every odd year.

Supplemental Education

Certificates for Hedge Funds, Real Estate and Other Alternative Investments; Advanced Investments Management; and, Fundamentals of Money Management from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School. Certificates for Principles of Pension Management and Fiduciary Law from the Stanford University Law School. Certificate for Public Pension Investment Management from the University of California, Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business. Certificate for Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from the San Luis Obispo County Employee University. Certificates for Labor Relations and Arbitration from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association. Certificate for Leadership Principles and Practices from Leadership Santa Barbara County.

Memberships

Mr. Kendig is a member of the Sierra Toastmasters Club 135 and the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Other Activities

Mr. Kendig’s other activities include supporting his growing family, hiking and mountain biking, and exploring all that the San Joaquin Valley, neighboring Sierra Nevada mountains, and national parks have to offer. He loves technology that improves the quality of life and often dabbles in the cutting edge.

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Debbie Paolinelli, CPA

Assistant Retirement Administrator

dpaolinelli@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Elizabeth Avalos

Elizabeth Avalos

Executive Assistant

eavalos@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Responsibilities

Executive Assistant to the Retirement Administrator and Board of Retirement.

Background

Elizabeth began her career with Fresno County in 2000 with the ACTTC Office as an Office Assistant I and quickly promoted to Executive Assistant with FCERA in 2005. Elizabeth has served three Retirement Administrators and numerous Trustees over the years and is dedicated to serving the Public and the FCERA Team Members in her role as Executive Assistant. 

Patricia Montoya

Patricia Montoya

Benefits Manager

pamontoya@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Responsibilities

As the Benefits Manager, Ms. Montoya organizes, plans, and supervises the activities of all benefits staff.

Background

Prior to working for the County of Fresno, Ms. Montoya worked in the private sector for 19 years. She began her career with FCERA in 2008 as an Account Clerk II and in 2009 was promoted via the competitive process to a Retirement Specialist. In 2016 Ms. Montoya became the Benefits Manager, leading a team of five Retirement Specialists.  Ms. Montoya has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Rebecca Lor

Doug Kidd

Retirement Investment Officer

dkidd@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Doug has had a long and varied professional career in business and investments, ranging from being self-employed to working for large corporations, from active private investment managers to prior experience in the public pension plan world.  He remains fascinated by trying to solve the evolving puzzle of investment markets and welcomes the challenge of preserving and growing the retirement assets of the Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association.

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Steve Mayer

Business Systems Analyst

smayer@FresnoCountyCA.gov

 

Responsibilities

Mr. Mayer oversees FCERA's Telecommunications, Web Site, Systems, Hardware, and Network activities.

Background

Prior to FCERA, Mr. Mayer worked for Fresno County Department of Social Services as an Office Assistant and an Eligibility Worker. Mr. Mayer joined FCERA in 2017.

Kim Zepeda

Anthony Ramirez

Business Systems Analyst

antramirez@FresnoCountyCA.gov

 

Responsibilities

Mr. Ramirez oversees FCERA’s Web Site, Hardware, Telecommunications, and Network activities.

Background

Mr. Ramirez started with FCERA in June 2016 as an Account Clerk I.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from DeVry University.

 

Jared Wong

Jared Wong

Communication Analyst

jawong@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Prior to working for FCERA, Mr. Wong worked for The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL gaining experience in leadership, guest service, and management. He then moved back to Fresno and worked in public accounting for over 3 years. He began his career at FCERA in February 2015 as an Account Clerk II. Later in September 2015, he was promoted via the competitive process to a Retirement Specialist. Mr. Wong has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accountancy Option, from California State University, Fresno.

Conor Hinds

Conor Hinds

Supervising Accountant

cohinds@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Responsibilities

Mr. Hinds oversees the daily operations of the Accounting and Payroll Unit.

Background

Prior to working with FCERA, Mr. Hinds was the Assistant Business Manager for Clear Channel Worldwide from 2000-2003. He has also previously served as the Accounting Supervisor for California Industrial Services from 1999-2000 and an Accountant for Hinds Hospice Home Foundation from 1996-1999. Mr. Hinds has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accountancy Option from California State University, Fresno.

M. Gonzalez

Monica Pena

Supervising Retirement Technician

mopena@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Responsibilities

​As the Supervising Retirement Technician, Ms. Peña organizes, plans, and supervises the activities of the Retirement Technician staff.

Background

Ms. Peña Joined the FCERA team in 2016 as an Office Assistant and in 2018 was promoted via the competitive process to the Supervising Retirement Technician. Prior to her career with Fresno County, Ms. Peña spent eight years working in Tax Preparation and Property Management.

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Frankie D Dorsey

Supervising Retirement Specialist

fdorsey@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Responsibilities

Mr. Dorsey oversees the daily operations of the Retirement Specialist Unit.

Background

Mr. Dorsey has worked for the County of Fresno for over 20 years, 14 with FCERA. He obtained is Associates Degree from Fresno City College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Fresno State in 2017. 

Retirement Specialists

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Lauren Bailey

Retirement Specialist

lbailey@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Ms. Bailey began her career with Fresno County as an Account Clerk I with the Department of Child Support Services in August of 2018. She joined the FCERA team as a Retirement Specialist I in June of 2019. Ms. Bailey has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accountancy Option from California State University, Fresno.

Diane Didulo

Diane Didulo

Retirement Specialist

dldidulo@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Prior to Ms. Didulo's employment with FCERA, she was employed with the Department of Human Services System, Employment and Temporary Assistance for 7 years. Ms. Didulo has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance Option, from California State University, Fresno.

Matthew Gonzalez

Matthew Gonzalez

Retirement Specialist

matgonzalez@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

After 10+ years in the private sector, Mr. Gonzalez decided to change paths. He obtained his degree in accounting and then joined the County of Fresno in the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office. In 2013, after being successful in the Special Accounting unit, he made the transition to the Retirement Association as a Retirement Specialist.

Mai Donna Lor

Mai Donna Lor

Retirement Specialist

mailor@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Ms. Lor began her career with Fresno County in April 2014 as an Account Clerk I with the Department of Child Support Services in the Program Accounting Unit. With the experience and knowledge she gained, she transferred to FCERA in December 2015 as an Account Clerk II. Later in March 2016, she was promoted to a Retirement Specialist.  Ms. Lor has a Bachelor of Science with an Accounting option from California State University of Fresno.

Rebecca Lor

Virginia Meza

Retirement Specialist

vmeza@FresnoCountyCA.gov

Background

Prior to working for the County of Fresno, Ms. Meza worked in the non-profit sector for eight years, where she gained experience in accounting.  She began her career with FCERA in August of 2015 as an Account Clerk III and was later promoted to a Retirement Specialist in March 2016.