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2014 Employer Conference Speakers


Roberto Aceveda

Roberto Aceveda

One of our newest managers, Roberto Aceveda, joined the Division of Retirement and Benefits (DRB) in April 2010. Born in California, Roberto came to Alaska at a very young age. He grew up in Juneau and Kake. He received his degree in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College in 2000. Before coming to DRB, Roberto worked in the insurance, financial and banking industries, obtaining his Washington, Oregon and Idaho State Insurance licenses and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 6 and 63 security licenses.

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Erika Burkhouse

Erika Burkhouse

Erika Burkhouse is the supervisor of the Active Payroll section for the Division. Active Payroll processes retirement contribution payrolls for all of the retirement funds. This includes the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), Supplemental Benefit Annuity System (SBS-AP), and Deferred Compensation (DCP).

Erika Burkhouse is a life-long Alaskan, born in Seward and raised in Pelican and Sitka. She attended college in Seattle, working summers in Sitka on her father’s tender. Erika joined the Division in 2002 and has held a number of positions in the Finance section. In 2006, Erika moved to a leadership position in the Active Payroll section and has served as the supervisor of this section since 2008.

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Marla Christenson

Marla Christenson

Marla Christenson has been with the Division since 2009. She has served the Division in the roles of Disability and Survivor Benefits Specialist, Regional Counselor for Southeast Alaska, and Operations Supervisor. She currently serves as Benefits Process Manager and is responsible for management of the Disability, Survivor, and Pension Benefits teams. Prior to her time with the Division she worked in nonprofit management for over 20 years.

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Marilyn R. Collister

Marilyn Collister

Marilyn Collister is Senior Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, for Great-West Retirement Services®, a division of Great-West Financial. She is an employee benefits attorney specializing in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans. Her areas of expertise include the unique rules applicable to governmental and church plans and tax-sheltered annuities. Marilyn received Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation degrees from the University of Denver College of Law.

A frequent speaker at national conferences, Marilyn contributes to “401(k) Answer Book,” a leading technical manual for governmental defined contribution plans, and has authored numerous articles on issues and legislation related to employer-sponsored retirement plans. She serves on the Best Practices Committee for the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) and the Retirement Income Task Force of the American Benefits Council.

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Larry Davis

Larry Davis

Larry Davis is the Appeals and Risk Mitigation Manager for the division. He was born in Sitka and has lived in Juneau since 1967. After graduating from college with a degree in Economics he worked for the State of Alaska in human resources and as a labor economist, and then decided to start his own small business. Larry joined the Division in 1997, where he has been able to put all of his life’s lessons to good use, making sure employers, and current and future generations of employees, retirees, and survivors receive complete information and excellent customer service.

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Kay Gouyton

Kay Gouyton

Kay Gouyton joined the Division in January 1980, remaining on the team through eight governors and at least eleven directors. She became the Accounting Section Lead Auditor in September 1985 and became the Audit Section Supervisor and State Social Security Administrator in 1991.

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Mandy Ireland

Mandy Ireland

Mandy Ireland is a retirement and benefits specialist in the Active Payroll section. She has worked in the Division for the past 8 years and the State of Alaska since she was a 16-year old student intern. Born and raised in Southeast Alaska, Mandy’s main duty with the Division is to process the payrolls for the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and Supplemental Benefit Annuity System (SBS-AP).

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Kathy Lea

Kathy Lea

Kathy Lea is the Chief Pension Officer for the Division. She is a life-long Alaskan from Ketchikan. Kathy has worked for the Division in various capacities for 25 years. Kathy's areas of responsibility involve the administration of ten pension plans and the State Optional Benefit plans, which include disability and life insurance benefits.

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Thomas Mansell

Based in Santa Rosa, California, Thomas Mansell has worked for the Internal Revenue Service since 1993. A Certified Public Accountant, Thomas worked with general program audits until 2006 when he switched to the Indian Tribal Governments group. He moved to the Federal, State and Local Government group in 2009.

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Sondra Meredith

Sondra Meredith administers the Office of Teacher Education and Certification for the State of Alaska. She has worked in this capacity for the past five years. Before accepting her current position in certification, she managed the Alaska Teacher Performance Review, served as the Alaska Homeless Liaison, and oversaw the Right Start and Even Start programs, which are also housed within the Department of Education & Early Development. Prior to her work at the department, Sondra taught for 15 years in rural Alaska.

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Kathleen Rodegeb

A representative of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Kathleen Rodegeb joined the IRS as an Internal Revenue Agent in 1987. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Francisco State University, Kathleen became a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Kathleen’s expertise includes income, trust, employment, and excise and fuel taxes and issues related to federal, state, and local governments. She is the Federal, State and Local Government, and Area Manager for the Pacific Group.

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Kevin Worley

Kevin Worley

Kevin Worley became the Division’s Chief Financial Officer in October 2013, after transferring from the Department of Corrections where he worked as an Internal Auditor. Kevin has worked for the State of Alaska since 1990, serving in various accounting and leadership positions, including two terms with the Division from 2000 to 2004 and 2007 to 2009. Kevin oversees all accounting functions within the Division, including PERS & TRS payroll processing, refunds, payments to retirees, preparations for and audits of all retirement and health systems’ financial statements, and working with the retirement systems’ consulting actuary.

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Linda Zagar

Linda Zagar

A Retirement and Benefits Technician in the Employer Payroll unit, Linda Zagar was raised in Billings, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in 1978. She began working for the State of Alaska in October 1987. In 1997, Linda started at the DRB as a Retirement and Benefits Technician in the Health Benefits section, then was promoted to the Retirement Section where she served as a walk-in counselor in our Juneau office and processed Qualified Domestic Relation Orders (QDRO’s) and reviewed divorce decrees. After a seven-year hiatus, Linda returned to work at the DRB in August. Linda Zagar's main duties at the DRB are to process the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) payrolls, process refunds and indebtedness payments, and send out pre-tax paperwork and forms.

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