The KCERA office staff assists the Board of Retirement in the administration of the retirement plan. The staff's principal duties include processing applications for retirement benefits, refunds, beneficiary allowances and death benefits while maintaining accurate member records. Staff is also responsible for retirement system accounting and disbursing of funds, including monthly retirement benefits, as authorized by the Board of Retirement.

Administrative Organizational Chart

KCERA Organization Chart

Administrative Members Biographies

Name: Gloria M. Domínguez

Responsibilities: Executive Director, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Directs Board operations, including investment program, and administration of KCERA.

Career Path and Other Activities: Assistant Executive Director, KCERA, 2011-2013. Director of Budget and Finance, County of Kern, 2008-2011. Administrative Analyst positions, County Administrative Office, 2006-2008. Administrative Services Officer, Office of the District Attorney, 2000-2006. Administrative Services Officer and Accountant, Kern County Superior Courts, 1996-2000. Staff accountant, local accounting firms, 1992-1996. President of Board of Directors, East Niles Community Services District. Past President of Board of Directors, Kern Chapter of California Women Lead.

Education: B.S., Business Administration - Accounting, California State University, Bakersfield.

Name: Mel Fleeman

Responsibilities: Assistant Executive Director/Investment Analyst, Kern County Employees’ Retirement Association. Assists the Executive Director in the administration, direction and supervision of all operational functions and provides investment analysis/support to the Executive Director and Retirement Board.

Career Path and Other Activities: Director of Pension/Retirement, Community Medical Centers, 2013-2014. 401(k) Advisor,, 2012-2013. Benefits and Pension Manager, Ameron International Corporation, 2008-2012. Retirement Program Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc., 1997-2008.

Education: B.S., Business Administration, California Lutheran University.

Name: Peter Tirp

Responsibilities: Chief Investment Officer, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Oversees KCERA's investment program, including fund managers, due diligence and risk management.

Career Path and Other Activities: Investment Officer, Oberlin College, 2007-2010. Principal, Gramercy Partners, 2002-2006. Vice President, Commerzbank Securities, 1998-2001. Prior institutional investment positions at Shearson Lehman Advisors and Deutsche Bank Asset Management in New York.

Education: Master in Public Administration, Harvard University. B.S., Finance/Business Administration, State University of New York at Albany, Magna Cum Laude.

Name: Jennifer Zahry

Responsibilities: General Counsel, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Serves as legal counsel for KCERA management staff and the Board of Retirement with emphasis on the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937.

Career Path and Other Activities: Deputy County Counsel, County of Kern, 2002-2012. Law Clerk for United States Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of California, Jennifer L. Thurston, 2012-2013. Child Support Attorney, County of Kern, 2000-2002. President, Kern County Bar Association, 2014.

Education: J.D., University of Santa Clara, School of Law. B.A., Business Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara. A.A., Economics, Bakersfield College.

Name: Brenda Greenwood

Responsibilities: Information Technology Manager, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Responsible for all information technology systems and functions within the association.

Career Path and Other Activities: Systems Analyst, Kern County Auditor-Controller, 2003-2009. Various IT-related positions with the County, 1985-2003. Developed payroll and financial information systems used by County.

Education: B.S., Business Administration, emphasis in Management Information Systems, California State University, Bakersfield, Magna Cum Laude. Outstanding Student for the School of Business and Public Administration.

Name: Sheryl Lawrence

Responsibilities: Retirement Financial Officer, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Responsible for pension accounting and reporting associated with the County of Kern's pension system.

Career Path and Other Activities: Previously worked in banking, medical and various accounting positions. Involved in California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). CPA candidate. Received achievement award from GFOA for excellence in financial reporting for KCERA's 1999-2009 CAFR.

Education: A.A., Computer Science, College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL). B.S., Business Administration - Accounting, California State University, Bakersfield.

Name: Karen Frieson

Responsibilities: Retirement Supervisor, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Responsible for planning, organizing and directing the work of the Retirement Services Division as it relates to providing information to members and beneficiaries regarding retirement benefits and options, the disability application process, death benefits, reciprocity and service credit purchases.

Career Path and Other Activities: Retirement Supervisor, KCERA, 2007-Present. Retirement Services Representative, KCERA, 2003-2007. Account Clerk, KCERA, 1997-2003.

Education: Attended California State University, Bakersfield.

Name: Aimee Morton

Responsibilities: Office Services Coordinator, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Responsible to the Executive Director in support of the Board of Retirement.

Career Path and Other Activities: Office Services Specialist, Kern Medical Center, 2008-2014. Administrative Assistant, Blocker Appraisals and Real Estate, 2007-2008. Administrative Assistant, Westside Church of Christ, 2004-2006. Legal Process Clerk, Probate Department of Kern County Superior Court, 2003. Office Assistant, Applied Technology Group, 2002-2003.

Education: A.A., Liberal Arts, Bakersfield College

Name: Josiah Vencel

Responsibilities: Marketing and Promotions Associate, Kern County Employees' Retirement Association. Responsible for directing and maintaining a comprehensive communications program for KCERA and its members.

Career Path and Other Activities: Marketing and Promotions Associate, KCERA, 2006-Present. Communications Specialist, San Joaquin Community Hospital, 2006. Sales & Marketing Specialist, Lending First Home Loans, 2003-2006. Marketing Consultant, 2001-2003. Public Relations Specialist, AMR Advertising, 2000-2003. Co-Founder and Director, Bakersfield Home Education Conference. Member, Kern County Republican Central Committee, 2011-2012.

Education: M.S., Holistic Nutrition, Hawthorn University, Summa Cum Laude. B.A., Communications/Public Relations, Biola University, Magna Cum Laude. Top Public Relations Student Award. Centurions Program graduate in Worldview Studies, The Wilberforce Forum, 2005-2006.

How to Contact Us

You may call or visit the KCERA office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Telephone (661) 381-7700
Fax           (661) 381-7799
Toll Free    (877) 733-6831
TTY Relay  (800) 735-2929

Our office is located at 11125 River Run Boulevard, Bakersfield, California 93311

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