The IPOPIF is governed by an independent and autonomous Board of Trustees. In January 2021, the following Trustees took the Oaths of Office:
Participant Representative Sergeant Peoria Police Department
Shawn Curry has served as a sergeant at the City of Peoria Police Department since 2004 and also serves as the President of the Peoria Police Pension Fund. He previously served as a deputy sheriff at the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, which is where he began his career in 1996. Trustee Curry has held various positions ranging in work as a certified correctional officer, police officer, arson investigator, elderly service officer and lead homicide investigator. He received his associates degree in law enforcement from Illinois Central College.
Participant Representative Officer Aurora Police Department
Lee Catavu has served as a police officer at the City of Aurora Police Department since 2004. He also serves as the Secretary of the Aurora Police Pension Fund and the Union President for Aurora’s Police Officers.
Participant Representative Officer Bloomington Police Department
Paul Swanlund has served as a police officer at the Bloomington Police Department since 2003 and serves as the President of the Bloomington Police Pension Fund. He also serves as a committee member on Bloomington’s Grievance Committee.
Beneficiary Representative Retired Officer Collinsville Police Department
Daniel Hopkins is a retired police officer who previously served the O’Fallon Police Department, Shiloh Police Department, and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. He was hired in 1987 to serve as a police officer in Collinsville and was elected to the pension board in 1988. Trustee Hopkins retired from the Collinsville Police Department in 2006. He then continued his role on the pension board as the elected retired officer for the Collinsville Police Pension Fund and has served as the Board President since 1998. Trustee Hopkins has served on the Collinsville Township Board of Trustees since 2017.
Beneficiary Representative Retired Lieutenant Rock Island Police Department
Mark Poulos currently serves as an alderman in the City of Rock Island and most recently worked as Chief of Police in Coal Valley after 33 years of service as a lieutenant at the Rock Island Police Department. For over 30 years, Trustee Poulos was a board member of the Rock Island Police Pension Fund. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1973 until 1977 when he was honorably discharged.
Municipal Representative Finance Director City of Lake Forest
Elizabeth Holleb is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of work experience in municipal finance, including the Government Finance Officers Association, the Village of Northbrook, the Village of Oak Park and the City of Highland Park. She oversees the Finance and Information Technology activities for the City of Lake Forest, including development of the annual budget, coordination of the annual independent financial audit, serving as staff liaison to the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee, and administration of a five-year IT Master Plan which guides the City’s technology initiatives. Trustee Holleb has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University where she was a Cum Laude graduate of the Honors College.
Municipal Representative Mayor City of Macomb
Michael Inman has served as Mayor of the City of Macomb since 2011. Previously, he had a 30-plus year career in Law Enforcement, including service with the Illinois State Police and as a McDonough County Deputy Sheriff. Trustee Inman was also a member of the Macomb Library Board of Trustees, the McDonough County Board of Supervisors and served as a Macomb City Alderman. He is a past president of the Illinois Municipal League. He studied Mass Communication and Law Enforcement Administration at Western Illinois University.
Municipal Representative Mayor City of Wheaton
Trustee Suess has served as Mayor of Wheaton since May of 2019. Previously, Trustee Suess served on the Wheaton City Council for fourteen years representing the City’s North District. Since August 2010, Trustee Suess currently represents the City of Wheaton on the DuPage County Water Commission (a water utility responsible for bringing Lake Michigan water to DuPage County), and serves as Chair of the Commission’s Finance Committee. In January 2020, Mayor Suess was appointed by the Governor to the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund as a Trustee.
In March of 2019, Trustee Suess retired as a partner from a global investment consulting firm, completing a 40-year career in the investment and financial field.
Trustee Suess is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. In addition, Trustee Suess has a graduate degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.
Illinois Municipal League Representative Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League Carbondale
Brad Cole has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League (IML) since 2014. He previously served as the Senior Vice President of Pepsi MidAmerica. Prior to entering the private sector, he worked as Downstate Director for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, served as Mayor of the City of Carbondale for two four-year terms, which followed one four-year term on the city council, and was Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor George Ryan. He is Chairman Emeritus of Sister Cities International, having served two years as chairman of its global board of directors. Separate from the League, he serves as Managing Director of the IML Risk Management Association. Trustee Cole is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in a double major of political science and biological sciences, and a master’s degree in legal studies from the SIU School of Law.
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Investment Officer Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund
Steve serves as the Investment Officer for the Illinois Police Officers’ Pension Investment Fund (IPOPIF). Steve joined IPOPIF in August 2021, bringing over 15 years of investment industry experience. In this capacity, Steve will provide critical support for the asset transition project and development of the new investment program.
Most recently, he was the Investment Officer for the $4 billion Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (MEABF). At MEABF, he managed all aspects of the Fund’s investments, including investment selection and monitoring across all asset classes, investment operations, strategic implementation of investment policies, liquidity management, and worked closely with the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining MEABF, Steve spent 11 years with Northern Trust in various capacities, ultimately serving as an Associate Relationship Manager and Second Vice President, working with public pension plans across the country.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Technology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also actively involved in The Investment Diversity Exchange (TIDE) as an Advisory Board Member.
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