Jeff joined the LAGERS team in 2004 and currently serves as the Chief Strategy & External Affairs Officer. Jeff leads the external affairs and employer reporting teams responsible for member education and engagement, stakeholder relations, media relations, government relations, reputation management, employer services, new employer onboarding, employer benefit changes, and actuarial processing. He also assists the Executive Director in the day-to-day management of the system as well as supports the development and implementation of long-term organizational strategy.
He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with an emphasis in speech communication. In addition to his formal education, Jeff earned a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership & Management from Michigan State University in 2015, the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 2016, the Certified Retirement Counselor designation from the International Foundation on Retirement Education through Texas Tech Center for Financial Responsibility in 2011, and the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Missouri Governance Institute in 2020.
Jeff is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Knights of Columbus, and serves as President of the Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems.