2019 Election for Open Positions on the Board of Directors

The GAPPT Board of Directors consists of eight (8) members elected by the association's membership. This year, the GAPPT has three (3) board positions up for election:
  • President
  • Secretary
  • Director at Large - Position 2

To learn more about the positions, please see the GAPPT Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities.

Click HERE to access the 2019 Ballot Form.

The election process will conclude at 5:00pm on September 6, 2019. Only Plan Sponsor and Emeritus members in good standing will be able to participate. Election results will be posted to the GAPPT website on September 13, 2019. New Board member installation will be held during the Tenth Annual Conference at the Legacy Lodge (Buford, Georgia) on September 18, 2019.

The following members have accepted their nominations for a position on the GAPPT Board of Directors:


President

Term: 2019-2022

tim-milliganTim Milligan
Fire Chief of the City of Marietta / Appointed Trustee

Georgia Firefighters Pension Fund
Current Position: President

Tim Milligan is the Fire Chief of the City of Marietta. Tim joined the Marietta Fire Department in 1997, and during his tenure worked in each division within the department. He has held various positions and most recently served three years as the Fire Marshal for the City.
Chief Milligan has earned numerous technical and professional certificates, as well as several degrees culminating with a MBA from Regis University. He is very involved in his community, having participated in Leadership Cobb, co-chairing the class of 2017, and currently supports many local non-profits in varying capacities. For the last six years he has served on the Georgia Firefighters Pension Fund Board, a position appointed by Governor Nathan Deal. He has also served as a trustee for the City of Marietta.
Tim has been actively involved in the GAPPT, and has held several positions on the Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Association's president.

Secretary

Term: 2019-2022

Karen-RojasKaren Rojas
Retirement Manager

City of Gainesville
Current Position: Secretary

Karen has been employed by the City of Gainesville for 8 years. She began her career as an HR Assistant. Through her commitment and dedication to the City, she has been promoted up the ranks to her current position as Retirement Manager. As the Retirement Manager, Karen directs and coordinates the retirement programs for the City of Gainesville in the hopes of assisting retirees make a smooth transition into a new phase of their life. She also serves as Secretary to the Retirement Plan A Board.


Director at Large - Position 2

Term: 2019-2022

Ramona-BivinsRamona Bivins
Chief Financial Officer

Clayton County Board of Commissioners

Ms. Ramona Bivins serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Clayton County Board of Commissioners.  As CFO, Ms. Bivins is responsible for the Internal Audits and Finance Departments. In her role of CFO, she provides leadership in the development and the continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic objectives for the Finance Department. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Clayton County Public Employees’ Pension Board, holding the office of Secretary of the Board.
A native of Texas, Ms. Bivins has over twenty years of experience in the areas of governmental accounting, budgeting and finance.  Prior to her tenure with Clayton County Board of Commissioners, she worked for two of the largest school districts in Georgia, serving as the Budget Director and Interim Chief Financial Officer with Clayton County Board of Education and as Director of Budget for the Atlanta Public Schools System, managing budgets nearing three quarter of a billion dollars.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, Ga.   Ms. Bivins is a member of the Clayton County Employees Retirement System Board, where she serves as Secretary.  She is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, Government Procurement Association of Georgia, Georgia Association of Pension Trustees (GAPPT), Council of Development Finance Agencies, and the Association of Government Accountants.

Ms. Bivins is married, with five children and eleven grandchildren.  

David Harris, ASA, EA, MAAADavid-Harris
Director of Retirement

Gwinnett County Public Schools

My name is David Harris and I am running for GAPPT’s Member-at-Large position.  I currently serve (since 2018) as the Director of Retirement for Gwinnett County Public Schools, providing administration for our $2 billion defined benefit pension plan covering 35,000 members.  I also oversee the school district’s 403(b)/457(b) defined contribution plan that has over $650 million in assets.  I am strongly committed to the education of my employees on the necessity of pension plans for a comfortable retirement lifestyle.
Prior to my current role, I spent 25 years as a pension actuary for some of the nation’s largest actuarial firms, maintaining a focus on the sustainability of public defined benefit plans across the Southeast.  I have provided consulting to several public plans in Georgia and have been a speaker on actuarial & administrative topics at GAPPT, Florida Public Pension Trustees Association (FPPTA), Opal Group, and the Southeast Institutional Forum.  This past year, I was asked to provide cost analysis and opinion on several pension bills presented to the Georgia State Legislature.
Having served as both an actuary and an administrator, I feel I bring a unique understanding and perspective regarding public pension plans.  A member of GAPPT since 2012 (first as an Associate, now as a Plan Sponsor), I now want to assume a leadership role to help GAPPT meet its future goals of enhancing its educational opportunities for trustees (both within and outside the State of Georgia) and increasing its membership and outreach.

On the personal side, I have lived in Atlanta since 1973 (in Alpharetta for the past 23 years), have been married for 25 years, have two sons (one a graduate of UGA, one a senior at Georgia Southern), two dogs, and enjoy tennis, running, and cycling.

Morgan-WurstMorgan Wurst
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer

Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund
Current Position: Director at Large - Position 2

Morgan began his work for the Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund in November of 2009 as the Assistant Treasurer.  He was responsible for the Fund’s internal finances and Budget, as well as day to day operations of the portfolio.  He was named Deputy Director in November of 2013 and assumed his current role of Executive Director & CIO of the Fund in May of 2014.
Before joining GFPF, he spent over 8 years in Atlanta working for AT&T (BellSouth) in various roles in their Treasury Department.  He began work there as a Senior Treasury Consultant and ended as an Associate Director of Liquidity Management.  Various roles there included Budgeting, Sarbanes-Oxley consulting, daily commercial paper pricing and issuance, the daily investing of the Corporate and Pension cash, etc.
Prior to his stint at AT&T, Morgan spent two years at Arthur Andersen as a financial consultant in their Houston office spending time working on oil & gas royalties damages claim analysis, real estate valuation and other corporate finance projects.

Morgan has a graduate degree in Accounting from the University of Texas @ Austin and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Florida State University.  He has earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential.


The Board of Directors would like to thank the membership for their participation in the election process. Questions can be directed to Tracy Wells-Ransom, Vice President and Rules Committee Chairperson, at [email protected] or Sue Reynolds at [email protected]t.org