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NIPA volunteer positions give you the opportunity to share expertise, give back to the retirement plan industry and help grow the NIPA community.

For your time and talents given to NIPA, what will you receive in return?

  • Ability to share your expertise with other industry professionals
  • Give back to the retirement plan industry
  • Help the NIPA community grow and continue to be a viable organization
  • Additional knowledge or skills about an unfamiliar area of NIPA
  • Enhanced networking opportunities
  • Earn NIPA Continuing Education credits to maintain your APA/APR designation

Review the programs below and find a committee or volunteer opportunity that fits your talents

Annual Conference Program Committee

Help plan NIPA's Annual Forum and Expo (NAFE). Select and recruit dynamic speakers with diverse and exciting backgrounds to speak on various topics for conference sessions. Review all pertinent materials for the conference including speaker handouts, speaker outlines, and contracts with the hotel. Make recommendations, additions and revisions to any conference materials that attendees receive.

2018NAFE Committee Members:

Darren Holsey, APA, ERPA, QKA, QPA, Co-Chair

Maggie Younis, APA, APR, QKA, QPA, TGPC, ERPA, Co-Chair

Mary Elizabeth Allen, APA

Jason Brady, QKA, QPA

Christina Cannis
Michele Furano, APA, ERPA
Lara Hise, AIF
Kristina Kananen, APA, QKA, QPA
Andy Lovell, QKA

Shayna Osborne, APA, APR

Christina Steele, APR, APA, QPA, QKA, CPC, ERPA

Stephanie Terry, CPA, QPA

Arasely Valdez, APA, QKA, QPA


Business Management Conference Committee

Help plan NIPA's Business Management Conference (BMC). Recruit and coordinate presenters to speak on various topics facing business owners in the pension industry. Coordinate Workshop groups according to firm similarities. Plan Workshop topics. Plan activities for guests during the BMC Conference sessions. Coordinate with hotel and headquarters transportation, number of participants and cost of activity.

2018BMC Committee Members:
Matt King, Co-Chair

Mark Vaughn, Co-Chair
Karyn Dzurisin, QKA, QPA
Amy Haddan
Julie Kiwada, APA
TJ Orr

Michael Stuber


Designation Committee

Develop the APA and APR study materials and examinations. Must be an APA or APR member in good standing. There are sub-committees, one for each of the four APA courses and one for the APR course.

Committee Members:

Kristina Kananen, APA, QKA, QPA 
Jeff Cain, APA, CPC, QKA, QPA
Jennifer Kaster, APA
Steve Wilbur, APR
George Smith, APA, ERPA

Industry Ambassadors Committee

The Industry Ambassadors Committee is responsible for promoting TPA Advocacy by creating and delivering a compelling case to the business community for the value of engaging the services of a third party pension administration firm.

Committee Members:
Michelle Marsh, QKA, Chair 
Trina Gross, APA, QKA
Tristan Smith, APR
Jo Wetherille

Membership Strategic Committee

The Membership Strategic Committee is responsible for conducting a membership needs assessment and utilize that information to create and develop compelling programs for TPA business owners, reviewing current membership data to determine what other information we need from TPA business owners to be able to share metrics and reviewing current member outreach and renewal processes.

Committee Members:
Emily Lichtenwalner, APA, AIF, Chair
Michael Stuber, ERPA, QPA
Chip Ward


Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee oversees NIPA’s educational offerings, including our online certificate courses, live/recorded webinars and APA/APR Designation programs. The committee helps drive the overall proficiency and industry recognition of NIPA’s current and future educational programs.


Committee Members

Shayna Osborne, APA, APR, ERPA, QPA

Kimberly Martin, APA, CPC, QPA

Nichol Cunningham, APA


Website and Messaging Strategic Committee

The Website and Messaging Strategic Committee is responsible for reviewing and improving current messaging on the website around “Why NIPA”, “About NIPA” and other key areas to better articulate NIPA’s advocacy purposes on behalf the TPA.

Committee Members: 

Alan Gross

Darren Holsey, APA, ERPA, QKA, QPA


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