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

PAPERS Brochure

2018 PAPERS Membership and Sponsor Fees

PAPERS Membership Application








14h Annual


May 22-23, 2018

Harrisburg, PA


12th Annual

Fall Workshop

Nov. 27-28, 2018

Philadelphia, PA



PAPERS looks forward to welcoming you to these annual opportunities for networking and education, designed especially for Pennsylvania's public pension fund representatives and those companies providing service to the pension industry.






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.

In Memoriam

PAPERS founder and Executive Director Emeritus James A. "Jim" Perry passed away on Tuesday, February, 2018    Jim had a long career in public pension fund administration, serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) for many years and was a past president of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.   His continued concern for providing retirement security for public employees and fiduciary education for the trustees/management of public pension funds led to his founding of PAPERS in 2005.  


By-Law Update Adds New PAPERS Membership Category


A recent update to PAPERS by-laws now provides for the new category of Sustaining Membership.  Any individual with an interest in public pensions but not affiliated with an organization which qualifies for group membership may now join PAPERS upon payment of annual dues of $75.     Sustaining membership is not available to any person affiliated with a public pension plan which qualifies for a PAPERS Participating Membership or with a firm providing services to public pension plans which qualifies for an Associate Membership or an Affiliate Membership.  

Click here for more information about PAPERS membership categories.


From the Desk of the Executive Director


Welcome to the PAPERS website!!!

Just below you'll find a link to the latest edition of the PAPERS newsletter (Winter 2018). Our goal is to provide interesting reading and a variety of points of interest to spark conversations in the realm of public pensions. I hope you find the following items as informative and interesting as I have.   Thank you to those who have contributed articles and suggestions to this edition. 


Many of the comments I received were in follow up and as a result of one of our most successful fall workshops ever.  Held in Pittsburgh in November, the sessions were informative, the speakers were inspiring, and the weather was actually not that cold! 

With the exception of the weather, the success of the workshop was 100 percent due to the efforts of our members. We had a record number of plans attending and our Education and Corporate Advisory committees went above and beyond to provide speakers that were amazing. I find myself already looking forward to May.  Not just because of the freezing weather we are having now, but the anticipation of putting together another great conference.

If you would like to participate by sponsoring part of a conference or providing a suggestion for a session please let me know.  In the meantime, I hope everyone is having a happy and prosperous New Year.


Karen K Deklinski




Click here to access the latest issue of the PAPERS e-newsletter

(Winter 2018)



Registration for the 2018 Forum Has Begun!


Click here for the conference registration form.

Click here for driving directions and hotel information.

Check back later for the conference agenda; coming soon!










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