Meet the LAGERS Executive Team
Keith Hughes, CEBS, CGFM
Mr. Keith Hughes serves as Executive Secretary for Missouri LAGERS. Keith started with LAGERS in 1987 and served as the Assistant Executive Secretary/ Comptroller since 1989. Prior to his service with LAGERS, Keith worked for the Missouri Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement and the Missouri State Auditor’s office.
Mr. Hughes has volunteered for various pension related boards serving as the President for the Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS) for 2 years and has served as Chairman of the Board of Pensions of the Church of God for 7 years. In addition, Keith has been a member of the Special Review Committee for the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting (GFOA) for the past 30 years.
Mr. Hughes has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting and Management, from the University of Central Missouri. In addition, Keith attained the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certificate from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1994.
In his spare time Keith enjoys his family, sports, and raising Black Angus cattle.
Brian Collett, CFA, CAIA
Brian has been the Chief Investment Officer of Missouri LAGERS since April of 2005. His fiduciary responsibilities include managing LAGERS’ investment portfolio and serving as the investment advisor to the LAGERS’ Board of Trustees.
Under his leadership the LAGERS investment portfolio ranks in the first quartile in the public fund universe, returning 7.57% net of fees for the last five years ending June 30, 2016, exceeding the assumed rate of return of 7.25%. Over this time frame, the portfolio has also outperformed LAGERS’ Policy Benchmark by 1.55%. Prior to his CIO position, Brian held various positions across the investment industry including Senior Research Manager for the South Carolina Retirement Systems and a Senior Technology Analyst for the Russell Investment Group. Brian currently serves on several advisory boards for numerous US and global investment funds.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Marian University and a Master of Business Administration from Butler University. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1999 and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2010. In his free time Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and two children, Drew and Zoe. He also enjoys motorcycle riding and running.
Bob Wilson, CEBS
Bob serves as the Assistant Executive Secretary, Member Services for LAGERS and has been with the system since 1994. Prior to joining LAGERS, Bob was a licensed securities and investment representative.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Kansas and received the Kansas Honors and Kansas Key Award recognitions. He has also earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certificate from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Bob is the Past President of the Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS).
In time away from LAGERS, Bob enjoys golf, motorcycles and getting back to the farm.
Tami Jaegers, RPA
Tami is the Assistant Executive Secretary, Operations for LAGERS. She joined the team in March 2001 just after graduating college. She is responsible for the oversight of the Benefits, Employer Reporting and Information Technology departments.
Tami has Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lincoln University. She has also earned the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) certification from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Tami spends most of her free time with her husband, Derek and their two daughters, Lexi and Lani. She enjoys weekend camping trips, attending her daughter’s volleyball games and playing volleyball on a recreational league with her friends.
Pam Hopkins, CPA, CIA, CGFM, RPA
Pam serves as Compliance Officer/Internal Auditor for Missouri LAGERS. Pam started with LAGERS in 2000 as Assistant Executive Secretary/Operations and assumed the newly created role of Compliance Officer/Internal Auditor in 2010. Prior to working for LAGERS, Pam was employed as a Performance Auditor with the State of Missouri Legislative Research Committee Oversight Division and previously as a Senior Auditor with Williams-Keepers, LLC .
Pam is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri, and is a member of the Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Government Accountants.
Pam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from William Woods College. In addition, she attained the Retirement Plan Administrator certification from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 2004, the Certified Internal Auditor designation in 2015, and is a Certified Government Finance Manager.
Pam lives in Hartsburg, Missouri and enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with family.
Melissa Rackers, CPA, CEBS, CGFM
Melissa serves as the Chief Financial Officer and has been with LAGERS since April, 2010. Her responsibilities include financial reporting and oversite, human resources and facilities management. Prior to her service with LAGERS, Melissa was employed by Shelter Insurance Companies.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting & Finance, from the University of Central Missouri. In addition, she is a Certified Public Accountant, has earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certificate from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.
Melissa lives in Wardsville, MO with her husband, Brad, and three daughters, Macey, Kaylee and Kamille. In her spare time Melissa enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time with her family.
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