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James M. McNamee
James McNamee started his career in law enforcement as a police officer for the Village of Barrington in 1979. After leaving for a short period to be a Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles in 1982, Jim returned to the Barrington Police Department where he continued to serve for almost 30 years.

In 1983, Jim was elected to the Barrington Police Pension Board as a trustee of the fund, where he discovered that there wasn't any training or educational associations for police pension trustees. In response tothat realization, Jim formed the Illinois Police Pension Fund Association, which is now known as the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, to give pension funds the knowledge and training they hadn't been offered before. In its first year Jim was able to get fifty pension funds to join the Illinois Police Pension Fund Association and began offering seminars and Conferences to the funds. Jim did all this while continuing to serve as a police officer and a field training officer for the City of Barrington.

Jim was instrumental in leading the push for many changes in pension board procedures and policies which helped to develop the standards under which they operate today. He was also involved in drafting and passing important legislative changes, including comprehensive investment law changes allowing for expanded investment authority to the pension boards. Along with legislative changes, Jim helped to develop the IPPFA 457 Defined Contribution Plan and has since has become a leader in benefit development for municipalities, coming up with many new programs and ideas that are now being implemented in the state.

Jim continues to help with legislative pension fund issues by assisting on the Coalition Group and chairing the Pension Working Group with help of The Office of the State Treasurer. The Pension Working Group helps to review the performance of investment managers and consultants, along with helping to develop uniform standards for comparing the costs of investment services.

In the last couple years Jim realized the need for education and training reached into other funds and he has since expanded to include Unions and Teacher Funds. Under Jim's leadership as president for the last twenty-five years, the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association has grown into the largest organization of its kind in the country with more than 400 pension funds as members.

  Education Coordinator


Tony Halachoulis is a retired police officer from the Mount Prospect Police Department with 30 years of service. He served in a variety of areas including Field Training Officer, Youth Investigator, Traffic Radar Instructor and Composite Sketch Artist. Tony served on the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) collective bargaining unit representing the department's patrol officers. He is currently an elected pension fund trustee on the Mount Prospect Police Pension Board.

Tony joined the IPPFA staff in November 2004 and is responsible for recruiting pension boards and corporations for IPPFA membership, coordinating the IPPFA Certified Trustee Program and assists in organizing IPPFA seminars. Tony is available to assist member boards with referrals and find answers to inquiries. Tony also attends and has been a speaker at national public pension conferences.

  Communication Coordinator


John Edwards is a retired Police Officer from the Barrington-Inverness Police Department with over 31 years of service. Prior to Barrington, he started his police career at Galena, Illinois in 1972 and then Roselle, Illinois, totaling 35 plus years of police service. During his career, he advanced through the ranks covering all levels of police work up to the rank of Deputy Chief with Barrington, Illinois.

In addition to police positions, John graduated from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute (management long course) 1982-1983. He also held the Union President position with Barrington and served on the Barrington Pension Board.

John became a member of the IPPFA Staff in February 2008. He presently is the editor to the IPPFA Newsletter and helps is managing the website.

  Website & Conference Administrator


Ken started his Law Enforcement career in the United States Army serving as a Military Police Officer. Ken's duties included the following: Senior Military Police Officer, Patrol Supervisor, and Desk Sergeant for an entire military base. Ken received an Honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1976.

Ken finished his Law Enforcement career at Barrington-Inverness Police Department after serving 31 years. During his years with the police department Ken has made numerous accomplishments, including:



Creating, training, organizing, and supervising the Honor Guard Unit.
Creating, training, organizing, and supervising the Truck Enforcement Unit.
Creating, training, and organizing the Major Crash Investigation Team, along with being the Lead crash investigator.
Established and created the physical options for the Women’s self defense program. Trained the other instructors in the simple techniques used, along with being the primary physical instructor and technical coordinator.
Was volunteered to be a member of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Mobile Field Force. Specialties: Crowd control, riot control, and high risk rescue.
Is a certified Field Training Officer for new police officers. Ken has been involved in the program for 20 years.

Ken retired from the Barrington-Inverness Police on May 1st 2009. Ken's duties with the IPPFA include but not limited to website development and coordinator, facebook and twitter coordinator, Online Training, Conference Planning/Organizing, Coordinate ongoing projects and general office manager responsibilities.

  Office Manager


Julie Guy

Julie Guy joined the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association in 2011, bringing with her experience in marketing, event planning and management. Before coming to the IPPFA, Julie was the Marketing Coordinator for a mortgage company for 5 years. During that time, she organized many events including the Fox Valley Showcase of Exceptional Homes. Before working in marketing, Julie worked for Community Consolidated School District 54 for 12 years as the Personnel Manager and Payroll Coordinator. Julie oversees the day to day operations of the IPPFA office. Other duties include conference planning, member recruitment, financial matters and HR related activities.

  Administrative Assistant


Mayra Banuelos

Mayra Banuelos has been a member of the IPPFA team since July 2015. She has a considerable amount of experience working in team-oriented environments and in providing customer service. She is currently the Administrative Assistant for IPPFA where she helps maintain an efficient office environment by providing support to others in the office, among other office duties.


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