PSEA active and retired members have a major stake in an upcoming election to a board seat on the Public School Employees’ Retirement System’s Board of Trustees.
Melva S. Vogler, a member of PSEA-Retired, is running for re-election to her annuitant seat on the PSERS’ board. Ballots were mailed to all annuitants of PSERS in October, and they must be returned by Nov. 22.
PSEA has recommended Vogler for the critical seat, which is the only one on the 15-member board representing annuitants.
“This seat is vitally important to the retirement of all PSEA members,’’ said PSEA Treasurer Jeff Ney. “Mel Vogler is nationally recognized for her vast experience and knowledge of pensions, and her re-election is critical.’’
Vogler, a former classroom teacher, has served for 26 years on the PSERS’ board.
“These are very uncertain and challenging times economically and politically, and I continue to strive to represent the interests of annuitants,’’ Vogler said, adding there are still factions in the state Legislature that would like to take away or greatly reduce public employees’ pensions.
Active PSEA members don’t have a vote but they can help re-elect Vogler by encouraging family, friends, and acquaintances who are annuitants to support her.
Vogler is a strong voice on behalf of public employees in the makeup of the board.
“I’m appreciative of all the support I’ve received in the past, and I’m respectfully asking for it again,’’ Vogler said. “I remain above politics and am looking out solely for the interests of annuitants.’’