Heath and Zalis Win Board Election, Retain Seats for Four More Years

Yvonne Heath and Dr. Aaron Zalis have been re-elected by the membership of the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) to retain their seats on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees, each receiving more votes than challengers, Marla Moody and Bill Miller.

Following are the results of the voting:

2016 Board Election Results
Yvonne Heath 19,090
Dr. Aaron Zalis 16,775
Marla Moody 10,042
Bill Miller 5,034

The winners will serve four-year terms effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020 on the Board as PSRS members.

“On behalf of all PSRS and PEERS members, I’d like to thank all the candidates for their willingness to serve in this important position,” said PSRS/PEERS Executive Director Steve Yoakum. “PSRS/PEERS is fortunate to have such talented candidates who allow us to continue our mission of providing retirement security for Missouri educators.”

This will be a third term on the Board for both Heath and Zalis, who were first elected to the Board in 2008.

Heath has 16 years of experience as a special educator for the Republic R-III School District and also worked as a special education paraprofessional in the Ash Grove R-IV School District for seven years.

Zalis serves as superintendent at Rolla Public Schools. He has been a part of that district’s administration since 1994. Zalis also currently serves as chair of the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees.

“Yvonne and Aaron have brought considerable knowledge, experience and expertise to our Board in the years they have served,” said Yoakum. “Our members will be well-served with their Board service for another four years.”

The election was administered by an independent election service. Members had the option to vote by telephone, internet or U.S. Mail. A total of 26,242 members voted, with 82% of those votes cast by mail, 12% via the internet, and 6% by telephone. Thank you to all who voted.

Heath and Zalis re-join current Board members Jason Hoffman, Scott Hunt, Jason Steliga and Wayne Wheeler. One governor-appointed citizen position on the Board is currently vacant.