Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants

Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 9:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 9:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for this FREE 2-day event where we will be hearing from:

Edwin Denson Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Laura Dresser Associate Director of COWS, UW-Madison
John Voelker Secretary of Employee Trust Funds
Jonette Arms Asst. Administrator, Division of Public Health, Dept. of Health Services
Carrie Molke Dir. Bureau of Aging & Disability Resources, Div. of Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health Services

Edwin Denson
Laura Dresser
John Voelker

Jonette N. Arms
Carrie Molke

AGENDA - May 5
9:30 Welcome - Bob Schaefer, WCOA Chairman
9:35 'WI Retirement System - Spring 2022 Update'
John Voelker, Secretary of Employee Trust Funds
  Question & Answer Session with Secretary Voelker
10:45 'Resources for Living Well as We Age'
Jonette Arms, Dept. of Health Services
Carrie Molke, Dept. of Health Services
  Question & Answer Session with Director Molke and Administrator Arms.
11:45 Closing Remarks - Bob Schaefer, WCOA Chairman

AGENDA - May 19
9:30 Welcome - Sandy Drew, WCOA Conference Committee Chair
9:35 'An Update for Today & Tomorrow'
Edwin Denson, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  Question & Answer Session with Executive Director Denson
10:45 'Workers in the Wisconsin Economy:
Whatís Changing? Whatís Next?'

Laura Dresser, UW-Madison
  Question & Answer Session with Director Dresser
11:45 Blair Testin Award
12:00 Closing Remarks - Sandy Drew, WCOA Conference Committee Chair

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Edwin Denson
Edwin joined SWIB in 2018 as managing director, asset and risk allocation. He was appointed executive director/chief investment officer in April 2021.

Before joining SWIB, Edwin was managing director, strategic tilting, at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Prior to joining CPPIB in 2013, Edwin spent 13 years in asset allocation, currency, and risk management as a portfolio manager at William Blair & Company, managing member at Singer Partners LLC, and managing director and head of asset allocation at UBS Global Asset Management. Earlier in his career, Edwin was an economist at Lehman Brothers, Primark Decision Economics, and Putnam Investments.

Edwin holds a bachelorís degree in economics from Cornell University and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University.

Laura Dresser
Laura Dresser, MSW, PhD, University of Michigan; BA, Rice University, is Associate Director of COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy).

A labor economist and expert on low-wage work and workforce development systems, she has both written about ways to build stronger labor market systems and worked extensively with labor, business, and community leaders in building them.

Laura has written about low-wage jobs, care work, inequality and labor market reform. A co-editor of The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of Americaís Labor Market, she is currently working on the connections between quality care, quality jobs, and minimum wages.

In 2017, Laura Dresser joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Jonette N. Arms
Jonette N. Arms is an Assistant Administrator with the Division of Public Health of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

She previously served as the Executive Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, which serves Marathon, Langlade, Lincoln and Wood counties.

She has also served as Interim Executive Director for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

Jonette led the Alliance for Strong Families and Communitiesí efforts to inspire human service professionals to serve, work with, and value the contributions of older adults.

John Voelker
John Voelker become the secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds on April 5, 2021.

He served as ETF deputy secretary since 2014. Prior to that, John worked for 11 years leading the Wisconsin Court System as the director of state courts. He also served as executive assistant to the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

He has been in the WRS for more than 33 years and appreciates the importance sustainable benefit programs have on the economic and physical health of its members, employers, and communities across the state.

A native of Menasha, Wisconsin, John has 33 years of public service experience. He received a bachelorís degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He also possesses a Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Carrie Molke
Carrie Molke is the Director of the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). In this role, Carrie provides statewide aging and disability policy leadership, and administers a wide-array of state and federal programs that aim to support older adults and people with disabilities in their journey towards living well over the life course. Programs administered by the Bureau help people access food, employment, financial stability, housing, community living, social connections, caregiver support, accommodations, safety, transportation and lifelong independence.

Ms. Molke is a member of the ADvancing States Aging and Disability Policy Committee; the chair of the Wisconsin Dementia Plan Steering Committee; the DHS lead for the Governorís Task Force on Caregiving, an appointee of the National Advisory Council on Alzheimerís Research, Care and Services and the chair of the long-term services and supports sub-committee; and she is a founding member of the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness in Wisconsin.


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