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National Institute of Pension Administrators Announces 2011-2012 Officers and Directors

The National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA) is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 officers and new board members.

Chicago, IL, May 26, 2011 --( James B. Eberhardt, APA, President, Pension Services Corporation, enters the role as President of NIPA’s board of directors on July 1, 2011 after several years of service to NIPA. In his current role, Eberhardt serves as President of Pension Services Corporation, where his primary expertise resides in Qualified Plan Administration with extensive knowledge in Group Medical Insurance, Key Employee Coverage, Non-Qualified deferred compensation and investment consulting. Eberhardt has more than 30 years in the retirement plan industry. Eberhardt is based out of Pasadena, Calif.

Ralph DelSesto, APR, is Vice President of TPA Distribution & Support Strategy for the 401(k) and 403(b) markets at ING, and will serve as NIPA’s President-elect for the 2011-2012 term. With nearly 20 years of experience in the retirement plan industry, DelSesto has held various positions at ING that plan management, information technology, and sales & marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from CCSU, a Series 6 and 26 registrations with FINRA and various industry related designations. DelSesto is located in Windsor, Conn.

Kristine Creighton, APA, QKA, will serve as Chief Financial Officer. Creighton is the owner of Pension Plan Services, Inc., an independent third-party administration firm providing plan design, documents, recordkeeping, and administration for Employer Retirement plans, specifically for the small business employer. Creighton is based out of West Des Moines, Iowa.

Ann Slotwinski, APR, serves as Assistant Vice President of TPA Services for John Hancock Financial Services and will serve on the executive committee for the 2011-2012 term. Slotwinski has over 25 years of experience in the group insurance and pension industry, with a background in various functions for both U.S. and Canadian business. Slotwinski is based out of Boston.

“In the rapidly changing environment of pension administration, the industry expects retirement plan professionals to be experts in their chosen field. Each member brings strong leadership skills, extensive management experience, and industry knowledge to our association and their addition to the board will help ensure NIPA continues to meet those expectations as a leading provider of continuing education within the industry,” said NIPA Executive Director Laura J. Rudzinski.

Michelle Marsh, QKA, is President of Retirement Plan Concepts & Services, Inc. and joins the NIPA board of directors for the 2011-2012 term. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in the administration and qualified plans arena. Marsh provides clients with on-going consulting services in addition to providing plan design and implementation for new clients. She will serve a three-year term. Marsh is located in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Patrick M. Shelton, GBA, joins the board for the 2011-2012 term and will serve a three-year term. Shelton is the Managing Member in Benefit Plans Plus, L.L.C. He has more than 20 years of retirement plan industry experience and is responsible for executing the firm’s business plan and over-all business development. In addition, he specializes in financial advisor relations, including 401k sales prospecting presentations, vendor searches and fiduciary consulting. Shelton is based out of St. Louis.

NIPA board of directors also consists of Lucian Acuff, ASA, MAAA, Acuff & Associates, Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., Robert Chin, Abacus Benefit Consultants, Inc., Cranston, R.I., Theresa Conti, APR, QKA, Sunwest Pensions, Tempe, Ariz., Darren Holsey, APA, QKA, Premier Retirement Services, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore. and Marc M. Roberts, Associated Pension Consultants, Sacramento, Calif.

The 2011-2012 NIPA board positions will take effect July 1, 2011.

For more information on NIPA and its NAFE, visit


About NIPA
The National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA) is a national association representing the retirement and employee benefit plan administration profession. It was founded with the idea of bringing together professional benefit administrators and other interested parties to encourage greater dialogue, cooperation and educational opportunities. NIPA’s goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of plan administration. NIPA fosters the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct by providing self-improvement outlets to all members and interested parties. NIPA offers two main educational programs each year: the executive-focused Business Management Conference and the all-level Annual Conference. The association sponsors two professional designation programs: the Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and the Accredited Pension Representative (APR). To supplement its educational programming, NIPA promotes local chapters and publishes a quarterly newsletter. For more information, visit or call 800.999.6472 (NIPA).
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National Institute of Pension Administrators
Melissa Rossman
800.999.NIPA (6472)

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