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

2023 PAPERS Membership and Sponsor Fees

2023 PAPERS Membership Application





Spring Forum

Virtual Sessions
May 17-18, 2023

In-Person Sessions
May 23-24, 2023 @ Harrisburg Hilton


Fall Workshop

In-Person Sessions
November 9, 2023 @ Harrisburg Hilton





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.


Click here to access a Presenter Application for PAPERS Conferences if you are interested in suggesting a topic and/or speaker(s) for one of PAPERS' two annual conferences.





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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.

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Welcome to the PAPERS website!!!


Karen K. Deklinski, PAPERS Executive Director


To learn more about PAPERS, please click here.


2023 forum

Click here for the conference registration form.

Click here for directions and hotel information.

Click here for the tentative conference agenda.

Click here for information about conference sponsors.

NOTE:    Room reservations at the Hilton are sold out (unless there are cancellations).    PAPERS has been able to secure a small block of rooms at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel (just one block from the Hilton) at the same $154/night rate for the nights of Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd .   To make overnight lodging reservations at the Crowne Plaza, call the hotel directly at 717-234-5021 and reference block code PAP OR register on-line by clicking on:   Room reservations at the Crowne Plaza must be made no later than 5/8/2023 and are subject to remaining availability.





mettley From the Desk of the PAPERS Board President

As we embark on the new year of 2023, let me say 2022 was a year of transition.   We are beginning to recover from the restrictions of COVID and held highly successful hybrid virtual and in-person conferences in May and November.    Many thanks to Executive Director Karen Deklinski, Office Manager Doug Bonsall, and the Education Committee for all their hard work and efforts to put all the pieces together to present a great program.   In addition, many thanks to our presenters for informative and timely topics and special thanks to our sponsors who helped make the conferences possible.

Moving forward our Forums, if no new restrictions are in place, will be a combination of in- person and virtual presentations.    Look for details in the future.  As new proposed regulations and laws are coming at a rapid pace, now more than ever PAPERS is vital to keeping Trustees informed and up to date.    Participation in these Forums is important to both PAPERS and your respective Retirement Plans.     As I write this article final details are being completed for our new Trustee Program developed in conjunction with Penn State.  This program will be great training for Trustees and will comply with the required Training necessary once the State passes the mandatory Trustee Training Bill.  

In closing, let me say that as the world of rules and regulations relating to Retirement Funds and Investments is changing constantly, PAPERS is here to help you better understand these new regulations. Have a great rest of winter and spring and see you in May at the Forum.

Bob Mettley
PAPERS Board President




PAPERS Newsletter


Just below you'll find a link to the latest edition of the PAPERS newsletter (Winter 2023). Our goal is to provide interesting reading and a variety of points of interest to spark conversations in the realm of public pensions.   Thank you to those who have contributed articles and suggestions to this edition. 


Click here to access the latest issue of the PAPERS e-newsletter (Winter 2023)



Certified PA Public Retirement Plan Professional


PAPERS has a new certification program designed to provide a high quality educational opportunity for public pension trustees, pension administrators and staff, and industry professionals to help them fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.

Click here for more information.



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