William B. Galgan

Bill began his career in the fire service as an EMT in 1988. He went on to become a paramedic the following year while working as an EMT for a private ambulance company. Bill joined the Calumet City Fire Department in May of 1990. He has held the position of firefighter/paramedic, engineer, lieutenant, and chief of the department, a position he has held since 2003. In addition to the department responsibilities Bill serves as a Mutual Aid Adviser for MABAS Division 24, and is a member of the Third District Chief’s Organization where he chairs the Finance committee.

Bill was first elected to his pension board in 1992. He has held the positions of trustee, secretary, and president. Bill was elected to the IPPFA board of Directors in 1995 he has served continuously on the board since that time. He currently holds the position of treasurer for the board.

Bill holds an Associate degree from South Suburban College and a Bachelors of Science from Southern Illinois University; he also earned a certificate in the Essentials of Investment Consulting from the Investment Management Consultants Association. This course was developed in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Bill currently works with Wall and Associates providing investment advisory services.

Bill presently resides in Calumet City with his wife Susan and their 3 boys Billy, Joshua, and Andrew.

PFA Director and now has over 15 years with IPPFA as a Director.

Calumet City Fire Pension Fund

684 Wentworth
Calumet City, 60409
FAX: 708-891-8843

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Robert Podgorny

Robert Podgorny is a past president of NCPERS, serving in that position from May 2004 to May 2008. He is the past First Vice President of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 7.

Mr. Podgorny served as a Chicago Police Officer for over 33 years. He was instrumental in obtaining collective bargaining rights for the police officers of Chicago. In addition to his collective bargaining expertise, Mr. Podgorny dealt with all medical/health-related issues and disabilities of Chicago police officers. Mr. Podgorny has chaired numerous committees for the F.O.P. Lodge #7 and served on many NCPERS committees.

Chicago Police

6079 North Navarre
Chicago, IL 60631

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Dan Collins

Dan Collins has been an elected trustee with the Skokie Firefighter Pension Board since 2000. Dan has served the board as a trustee-at-large, secretary and currently as president. Once elected as board president, Dan made it a priority to contract with a third party accounting firm, actuarial service and outside counsel. Dan then commissioned studies utilized to effectively change funding policy which has kept their fund on a positive course.

Mr. Collins began his full-time firefighting career with the Village of Oak Park before accepting a position with the Skokie Fire Department in 1999. In 2007, Dan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Dan is a proud member of IAFF Local 3033 and the AFFI. He has been a licensed paramedic since 1996, is certified in all rescue disciplines and has served as a member of the MABAS Division 3 Technical Rescue Team.

Mr. Collins began teaching the Retirement Coordinator course with the IPPFA in 2015. Dan believes that education is the key to success with regards to pension related public policy. He further believes that all American workers deserve a pension and real retirement security.

Dan’s interest in pension security and employee rights began while he was working his way through the University of Illinois at Chicago for a respondent workers compensation firm. While performing research and covering the Chicago Industrial Commission call, Dan realized that public safety workers were not giving themselves enough credit for the difficult jobs they perform. Dan noted that public safety workers often downplayed the severity of their injuries and the toll the job took on them and their families. Dan became a staunch advocate long before his own public safety career began.

Dan is a lifelong Chicagoan and resides with his wife, Julie, and their two children in the southwest side neighborhood of Beverly. In 2009, Dan and Julie adopted their children, Kirsten and Danny, at the ages of 13 and 9 after a period of fostering. The Collins family is actively involved with several foster child charities. Their hope is to give as many adversely affected children of the foster care system a real chance at success.

Skokie Fire Pension Fund

7424 Niles Center Road
Skokie, IL 60077

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Shawn Curry

Shawn Curry started his police work in 1996 at the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office. In 2004, Mr. Curry left Woodford County to start work with the Peoria Police Department.

Mr. Curry has held various positions ranging in work as a certified correctional officer, police officer, arson investigator, elderly service officer and lead homicide investigator. He has served on past union boards for both the FOP and PBA, and he is the current president of the Peoria Pension Fund. Today, he is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division under the Violent Crime Unit.

Peoria Police Pension Fund

600 SW Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61605

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Dan Hopkins

Dan started work for the O’Fallon Police department in 1984. He then went to the St Clair County Sheriff’s Police Department in 1986 as a patrol officer. In 1987 he started work as a police officer in Collinsville, IL and was elected to the pension board in 1988. He retired from Collinsville Police Department in 2006. Dan then continued on the pension board as the retired officer for the Collinsville Police Pension Fund. He has been the pension board president since 1998.

Collinsville Police Pension Fund

200 West Clay
Collinsville 62234

FAX: 618-344-2137

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Mark Poulos

Mark became a police officer on October 31, 1977 after serving four years in the Marine Corps and had been assigned as department pilot, underwater recovery diver, field training officer, tactical officer, narcotics agent and various investigation teams. Mark has taught NIMS classes through both Illinois Fire Safety Institute and FEMA as an independent contractor. Mark retired from Rock Island Police Department in October 2010 and became Chief of Police in Coal Valley, Illinois. Mark assisted in forming a public safety dive team which meets the Class 1 FEMA dive team standards and volunteers as an instructor for public safety diving to police and fire department dive teams. His team has responded to requests for divers from ISP, and several police and fire agencies throughout Illinois and Iowa and is listed as a resource through ILEAS.

He became involved in police pensions as a trustee in 1980 and has served continuously on the Rock Island Police Pension Board until 2010. He was responsible for recruiting the Rock Island Police and Fire Pension boards to become members of the IPPFA. He is actively recruiting other Boards to join the organization.

As a Director of the IPPFA, Mark has served on the legislative committee and was Secretary / Treasurer of the IPPFA Political Action Committee. He is also the author of several articles for

the IPPFA newsletter.

Mark is married and has one son. He received an Associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Black Hawk College and a B.A. in Business Administration from Marycrest College. His post graduate work was completed at the University of Iowa in Business Administration and Multimedia Presentations.

Rock Island Police Pension Fund

316 – 16th Street
Rock Island, 61201
FAX: 309-732-2406

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James M. McNamee

Born in Chicago, James McNamee began his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a police officer for the Village of Barrington. In 1983, Mr. McNamee was elected to the Barrington Police Pension Board as a trustee. During his term as trustee, McNamee quickly saw the need for training and education for all trustees of pension boards. Taking action, Mr. McNamee went to work to form the Illinois Police Fund Association now known as the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association.

Under Mr. McNamee’s leadership, the IPPFA grew to fifty funds in its first year. Mr. McNamee had the vision to expand the IPPFA to include Unions and Teacher Funds and his efforts have dramatically expanded the association’s membership. The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association has grown into the largest organization of its kind in the country with more than 450 pension funds as members.

Mr. McNamee continued to serve as a police officer and field training officer for the Village of Barrington for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2007. He continues to assist with legislative pension fund issues by supporting 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.

Mr. McNamee 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, Mr. McNamee helped to develop the IPPFA 457 Defined Contribution Plan and has since become a leader in benefit development for municipalities, coming up with many new programs and ideas that are now being implemented in the state.

South Elgin Police Pension Fund


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Jerry Marzullo

Jerry Marzullo is a founding partner with the law firm of Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Jerry concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law as well as public sector pension law. He has successfully represented clients in both pension and labor matters including collective bargaining, arbitrations pension hearings (representing both Applicants and Pension Boards), administrative review and declaratory judgment proceedings, and in Illinois appellate courts and Federal Courts.

Jerry is a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in January of 2004. Jerry also received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in December of 2006 with a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. Jerry is licensed to practice law in Illinois at the State and Federal levels. He is also affiliated with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Italian American Lawyers. He is also a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

Jerry has previously taught both undergraduate and Master’s Degree courses in various topics at both Morton College and Lewis University including Criminology, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Civil Liability for Police Officers, Legal Aspects of Fire Service Management, Public Employee Labor Law and Community Planning for Fire Service

Protection. Jerry has been a frequent speaker on pension related issues for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association at its regional seminars and annual training conferences and has also frequently spoken at the Associated Firefighters of Illinois annual pension conference and has been invited to speak this year at the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association Pension conference. He has also been invited to speak and teach Firefighters at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA). Jerry is also a City of Berwyn Fire Engineer (IAFF-AFFI Local 506) where he currently has fourteen years of creditable service and is President of the City of Berwyn Firefighter’s Pension Fund and an Executive Board Member of Local 506. He is a Certified Fire and Arson Investigator and Advanced Technician Firefighter.

Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP

2100 Sanders Road, Suite 110
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-905-7294 fax

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Jeff Goodloe

Jeff Goodloe is a founding partner of Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Jeff’s practice concentrates in the area of public sector labor and employment law and public pension law. He has extensive experience representing Illinois Downstate Firefighter and Police Pension Boards, pension participants, and pension beneficiaries in a broad range of civil proceedings in Illinois circuit and appellate courts. Jeff has served as a hearing officer for numerous firefighter and police pension boards and understands that detailed preparation at the administrative level is essential for the competent defense of pension board decisions at the trial court level. He has also represented public safety employees in pension and labor related matters.

Jeff has litigated numerous cases before the appellate courts and orally argued before separate panels of the First District Appellate Court with respect to firefighter and police pension matters. His published appellate court opinions involved “act of duty” issues, the standard of review of pension board disability decisions, disability causation and pre-existing condition issues, salary attached to rank issues, and a case involving trustee bias and conflicts of interest.

Jeff has been a frequent speaker on pension related issues for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association at its regional seminars and annual training conferences.

Jeff received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors. He then attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida where he received his J.D. and graduated with honors. Following graduation, he served for three years as a Florida Assistant State’s Attorney in the felony trial division of Manatee County’s Bradenton office.

Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP

2100 Sanders Road, Suite 110
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-905-7294 fax

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Keith A. Karlson, ESQ

Keith A. Karlson is a founding partner of Karlson Garza LLC. Prior to founding KG LLC with Raymond Garza, Keith was a partner at another law firm where he represented Article 3 and 4 pension funds. He was the chief architect and strategist on most litigation and appellate matters. Keith currently serves as a Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (“IPPFA”).

Keith has extensive experience representing Illinois police and fire pension funds. Mr. Karlson concentrates his practice in the area of first responder labor law, constitutional and civil rights of public employees, and public-sector pension law. He represents police, fire, and corrections unions in Illinois and Indiana. He has been recognized for his representation of firefighters and police officers in disciplinary matters and the civil rights issues arising from them. Mr. Karlson also represents police officers when sued by citizens claiming a violation of civil rights.

In both Illinois and Indiana, Mr. Karlson has had success representing firefighters, police officers, their pension funds, and their unions in the courtroom, on appeal, at the bargaining table, and before administrative tribunals. On behalf of pension funds, Keith has argued matters of first impression before the Supreme Court of Illinois and Illinois’ Courts of Appeal. In Indiana, he represented the first firefighter to ever receive a Class 1 line-of-duty psychiatric disability pension. He also has drafted several amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs on behalf of labor unions, pension funds, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Recently, on a pro bono basis, Mr. Karlson represented the family of a Kansas firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. In a seminal decision, Mr. Karlson successfully argued for recognition of a privilege protecting communications between a union member and his/her union representative, a privilege previously not recognized in federal court.

Mr. Karlson has taught several seminars regarding administrative, statutory, and civil rights protections afforded public safety officers and frequently lectures about police and fire pension matters. In particular, Mr. Karlson has lectured on multiple subjects for the IPPFA. He also has taught part of the IPPFA Pension Trustee Certification Program. Mr. Karlson has taught college and graduate level classes relating to civil liability for police officers, law for fire supervisors, and collective bargaining in the public sector. He has published several articles concerning the pension and workplace rights of police officers and firefighters.

Mr. Karlson earned his A.A. (Criminal Justice) from Moraine Valley College, his B.A. (Political Science) from Eastern Illinois University, his M.A. (Communications) from Ball State University, and his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, he wrote for the DePaul Health Law Journal. As a member of the National Moot Court Honor Society, he won the DePaul intramural moot court tournament.

Mr. Karlson is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and is an honorary member of IAFF Local 4416. Keith serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Blues Theater in Chicago. He also works as a volunteer coach for the North Central College Speech Team in Naperville. Keith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Professional Firefighters Foundation.

Mr. Karlson is licensed to practice in Illinois and Indiana State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar member), the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. In 2013, the Force Science Institute certified Mr. Karlson in the application of human factors to police use of force incidents.


Karlson  Garza LLC
12413 S. Harlem Ave
Suite 1SE
Palos Heights, IL 60463

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