PA State Capitol Building




Mailing Address

PO Box 61543
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1543


Shipping Address

300 Swatara Street

Dauphin, PA  17018-0765



Karen K. Deklinski
Executive Director
Phone: 717-979-5788

Douglas A. Bonsall

Director of Operations/Office Manager
Phone: 717-921-1957

James A. Perry
Executive Director Emeritus
Phone: 717-545-3901


PAPERS Brochure

2017 PAPERS Membership and Sponsor Fees

PAPERS Membership Application








13th Annual


May 24-25, 2017

Harrisburg, PA








Participating Members | Affiliate Members | Associate Members | Join PAPERS


Welcome to PAPERS


The mission of the Pennsylvania Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (PAPERS) shall be to encourage and facilitate the education of its membership in all matters related to their duties as fiduciaries overseeing the assets of the pension funds with which they have been entrusted.  It will be PAPERS' primary purpose to conduct an annual educational forum that provides the basis for improved financial and operational performance of the public employee retirement systems in the State. PAPERS will function as a central resource for educational purposes and act as a networking agent for all public plan staff and board members.

To learn more about PAPERS, please click here.



Karen Deklinski Hired as New PAPERS Executive Director following Retirement of Jim Allen

 The Board of Directors of PAPERS (Pennsylvania Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Karen K. Deklinski as the association's new Executive Director effective 1/1/2017.   Ms. Deklinksi is from the Harrisburg area and comes with a strong leadership background in state government, association management and as a small business owner. 

Click here for a complete bio of Ms. Deklinski.  She may be contacted at or 717-979-5788.

Karen is anxious to meet the corporate firms and pension plans that currently make up PAPERS’ membership and is already planning outreach efforts to spread the work about PAPERS’ work with many more firms and plans.  A regular quarterly newsletter will be published and once again PAPERS is asking members to submit articles and research papers on topics of interest to the fiduciaries who manage public pensions and the firms that provide various services to those plans.  If interested in submitting materials, please contact PAPERS Director of Operations Doug Bonsall at for a set of newsletter guidelines.

James B. Allen, PAPERS' Executive Director since August 2014, earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the position at the end of 2016.  Mr. Allen, formerly the Secretary of the PA Municipal Employees' Retirement System, was PAPERS' second Executive Director following founder James A. Perry who served from 2005 through 2014.




PAPERS' Final Webinar for 2016

Click here to access information presented at this webinar.

A Closer Look at:
 Alternative Investment Classes

Wednesday, December 21, 2016  at 10:30 AM
Eastern Standard Time



Click here to view the conference final agenda.


Special Thanks to These Corporate Sponsors for the Workshop

Platinum Sponsors

Aon Hewitt

BNY Mellon

T. Rowe Price

Gold Sponsor

NB (Neuberger Berman)

Silver Sponsors

Delaware Investments

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts










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