Board of Retirement

The management of the Retirement Association is vested in the Board of Retirement, which is composed of the following nine members:

1. County Treasurer

2. Two active members of the Retirement Association elected by the general members

3. One active member of the Retirement Association elected by the safety members

4. One retired member of the Retirement Association elected by the retired members

5. Four members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. These members shall be qualified electors of the County who are not connected with county government in any capacity, except one may be a County Supervisor.

The law provides for two Alternate members, one elected by retired members and one elected by safety members. Presently, there is only an alternate retired member, as the County of Fresno has only one qualifying safety group.

All board members, except the County Treasurer, serve three-year terms. The Board meets twice a month (1st and 3rd Wed).

Trustee Biographies

Donald Kendig

Nathan Magsig, MBA MS, Board Chair

Appointed Member

Initial Term Started: 01/10/2017

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2019

Professional Background:

Nathan Magsig worked at the Coalition for Urban Renewal Excellence for 11 years before becoming the Energy Director and Responsible Managing Employee (General Contractor) for the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission. While there, he managed 9 contracts worth approximately $15 million, 16 employees and 2 subcontractors. The EOC helps people who live in low-income housing by weatherizing their homes, home rehabilitation and installation of solar energy systems among other things. Nathan also supervised the expansion of a recycling center, remodeled a homeless shelter for teenagers, revitalized a baseball park and built a Community Development Financial Institution to inject new sources of capital into neighborhoods that lack access to traditional financing.

Nathan was elected to the Clovis City Council in 2001. He was re-elected three times and has served as Mayor. He was sworn in as Fresno County Supervisor District 5 on January 9, 2017. In his capacity as a Supervisor, he serves on numerous Boards and Commissions.

Degrees:

Nathan has multiple college degrees from California State University of Fresno. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Criminology and later received his Master’s degree. In 2006, he again graduated with distinction and received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Craig School of Business.

Other Activities and Information:

Nathan met his wife, Julie Magsig (nee Musser), in 1995 and were married on August 4, 2001. They have three wonderful children – Mason, Michael and Mark.

Donald Kendig

Robert Dowell, Board Vice-Chair

Elected Retired Member

Initial Term Started: 06/05/2013

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2019

bobdowell@comcast.net

Professional Background:

19 years — Fresno County Dept. of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health, — Director of the Air Pollution Control District — During those 19 years, I served 10 years on the Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association Board and served as Board chair for eight of those ten years

11 years — San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Director of Planning I was seated on the current FCERA Board as a trustee on August 2, 2013

Degrees:

I have a B.S. Degree in Microbiology from California State College, Long Beach and an M.S. Degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Fresno

Certifications and Supplemental Education:

I have attended numerous educational conferences sponsored by the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS), the California Retired County Employees Association (CRCEA) and the California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS)

Other Activities and Information:

I have been married to my wife, Sue, for 51 years and we have two daughters and four grandchildren

Donald Kendig

John Adams

Elected General Member

Initial Term Started: 11/16/2018

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2021

Professional Background:

John has fifteen years of public sector experience working for the County of Fresno in the Department of Public Works and Planning. He started in Economic Development researching areas for industrial park development and then moved to Community Development where he traveled extensively throughout the County helping small communities with HUD funding. John transferred to the Development Services Division where he currently manages the General Plan, coordinates with city partners regarding annexations and evaluates applications for compliance with the Williamson Act, (a State-initiated farmland preservation program).

Private Sector Experience:

In the private sector, he managed hundreds of thousands of dollars for twenty plus years as a Purchasing Manager for several local manufacturing firms and managed millions of dollars in private trust accounts.

Education:

John earned an MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Management and Marketing in1991 while working fulltime and helping raise a family of four children. As of December 2017, John and his wife Kristie have four grown children and 14 grandchildren ranging in age from 19 years to five months.

Public Sector Activism:

During the Great Recession, he created extensive MS Excel budget spreadsheets that presented other options to the Board of Supervisors instead of the salary cuts that were imposed on employees by the Board of Supervisors. He has fought for reduced health insurance costs from the San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority (SJVIA) and the Board.

Greatest Achievement:

All four of his grown children have college degrees and some have advanced degrees and/or medical certification.

Goals as Trustee:

  • John’s first goal is for FCERA to realize a 95 to 100 percent funding ratio through prudent investment allocation.
  • John’s second goal is to reduce FCERA member service purchase, contribution adjustment, and retirement request response times from weeks or months to days.
  • John’s third goal is to appropriately staff FCERA in order to address member service request response times.
Donald Kendig

Rauden H. Coburn, III, DDS

Appointed Member

Initial Term Started: 03/06/2012

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2018

DrRod@comcast.net

Professional Background:

  • U.S. Army: 1968 – 1971
  • Clinical Dental Practice: Rod H. Coburn, DDS, Inc., 1971 -2007
  • University of California, San Francisco: Clinical Faculty, 1978 – 1982
  • Dental Benefits Consultant: 1982 – present, currently Dental Director for Administrative Solutions, Inc.

Degrees:

  • BA, Zoology: California State University, Fresno
  • DDS: University of California, San Francisco
  • Internship: Ireland Army Hospital, Ft. Knox, Ky.

Certifications and Supplemental Education:

  • American Association of Dental Consultants: Dental Consultant Certification
  • Academy of General Dentistry: Fellowship
  • Las Vegas Institute: Advanced Esthetic Dentistry
  • University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton Schoool: Certificate for Portfolio Concepts and Management and Certificate for International Investing and Emerging Markets

Memberships:

  • Past President: Fig Garden Rotary Club, Fresno-Madera Dental Society, and Central Valley YMCA
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Fresno Madera Dental Society
  • San Joaquin River Parkway Foundation
  • Bulldog Foundation
  • KVPR: Broadcaster’s Circle

Other Activities and Information:

  • Trustee: Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Fresno County Grand Jury: 2009 -2011; Foreman 2010- 2011
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Married to Shelly, father of three children, Papa to seven grandchildren and avid Bulldog booster
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Oscar J. Garcia, CPA

County Treasurer

Initial Term Started: 11/02/2016

Current Term Expires: Ex Officio

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Steven Jolly

Appointed Member

Initial Term Started: 04/21/2004

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2019

Professional Background:

Wells Fargo Advisors, Managing Director-Investment Officer since 1988

Degrees:

Economics, minor Business Finance California State University, Fresno

Donald Kendig

John Robinson

Elected Safety Member

Initial Term Started: 01/01/2018

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Professional Background:

I have lived in Fresno County for the last 47 years. I’m married and have two children. I began with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Deputy Sheriff. I currently serve as a board member on the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association board and have done so for the last 4 years. 

Donald Kendig

Riley Talford

Elected General Member

Initial Term Started: 01/01/2018

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2020

Professional Background:

Riley has served Fresno County for 15 years and is currently employed by the Probation Department as a Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer. His career in Probation has spanned three counties (Madera, Merced, and Fresno). He has also served as an educator managing After School Programs where he wrote, was awarded, and managed grants funds in excess of $1.5 million dollars annually. Prior to service in the public sector Mr. Talford served 6 years in the United States Navy where he held a Top Secret clearance serving in various locations overseas. 

Degrees:

Riley earned a BA in Psychology from National University graduating Magnum Cum Laude. He continued his education earning a MA in Education. 

Service:

Mr. Talford has spent countless hours working and mentoring youths of varying age groups. Serving as a head coach he has helped kids learn at an early age that hard work and dedication leads to success which was experienced in multiple championships earned at all levels of competition. Mr. Talford currently serves as the Chapter President of SEIU Local 521 where he is a champion of workers’ rights and a community activist. “Each day I wake with the goal making tomorrow a better place by the actions I put forward today!” His hard work and public community based activism has aided in the restoral of wage cuts, changes to our healthcare system to reduce employee costs, and lobbying efforts to protect our retirement. 

Other Activities and Information:

Riley and his wife Annette have been married for 6 years and have 3 children at home. He is also a proud father three young adult children which includes his collegiate athlete and college graduate son, and a daughter serving in the US Air force. “It is my honor to represent Fresno County Employees on the Retirement Board. During my term I will be an active voice championing positions that will increase our retirement fund which will have a positive impact on member contributions. Also, by strengthening our pension fund, employees can have peace of mind knowing their pension fund is healthy and their retirement is secure. Last, I want push efforts to optimize the staffing, systems, and processes of FCERA with the goal of drastically lowering response times to employees’ requests.”

 

Donald Kendig

Mary Ann Rogozinski

Alternate Retired Member

Initial Term Started: 03/10/2013

Current Term Expires: 12/31/2019