Board of Trustees

Meet the Board of Trustees

Chuck Sullivan

Chairperson

Chuck Sullivan was appointed to the Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund Board in January 2020. Chuck has served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees since the Board’s inception.

Chuck has been President of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) since January 2020. The AFFI represents over 15,000 firefighters and paramedics in 225 locals across the state.

Prior to becoming the President, he served as the AFFI Central District Legislative Representative from 2008 – 2020. During that time, he worked extensively on legislation and rules within Article 4 of the Illinois Pension Statute that affects Downstate and Suburban Firefighters.

Chuck has an associate degree in Fire Science and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. He was a firefighter with the City of Champaign from 1995 until his retirement in March of 2022 at the rank of Battalion Chief. Throughout his career, he was active in his local, Champaign Firefighters Local #1260, holding various Executive Board positions. In addition, he is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Desert Storm.

Chuck resides in Chicago and has two sons.

Brad Cole

Vice Chairperson

Brad Cole was appointed to the Firefighters’ Pension Investment Fund Board in January 2020. Brad has served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees since the Board’s inception.

Brad serves as executive director of the Illinois Municipal League (IML), which is the statewide association of all 1,295 cities, villages and towns in Illinois. Since 1913, IML’s mission has been to articulate, defend, maintain and promote the interests and concerns of Illinois communities. He began in this position in December 2014.

Brad previously served as Senior Vice President of Pepsi MidAmerica, a privately-owned soft drink bottling and distribution business servicing a five-state (AR, KY, MO, IL, TN) franchise territory. Prior to entering the private sector, he worked as Downstate Director for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois. He was elected Mayor of the City of Carbondale, Illinois, for two four-year terms, which followed one four-year term on the city council. Before entering local government service, Brad was Deputy Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. 

In addition to his position on the FPIF Board of Trustees, he also serves on the Police Officers' Pension Investment Fund Board of Trustees.

Brad is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earning a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and biological sciences, and a master’s degree in legal studies from the SIU School of Law.

Matthew Kink

Secretary, Participant Trustee

Matthew Kink has served as a Participant Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since its inception in January 2020. Matthew currently serves as the Board Secretary and the Chairperson of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Matthew has been a member of Springfield Firefighters Local 37 since January 2012. During his time with the Springfield Fire Department, Matthew served the department and Local 37 in several capacities. He served four years with Springfield’s Foreign Fire Insurance Board, served as the Treasurer for Local 37, and currently serves as Local 37’s Shift Steward. Matthew is in his second, three-year term as a trustee with the Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Fund, which has assets over $140 million.

Matthew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. Furthering his studies, he earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Creighton University in 2006.

Matthew is licensed to practice in law in Illinois and prior to joining the Springfield Fire Department, he was Senior Counsel for an Information Technology/Software Corporation. Most recently, Matthew advised clients on tax, estate planning and elder law with an estate planning law firm.

Matthew and his wife, Lynn, have two children, Ava and Joseph. In his free time, Matthew enjoys running and spending time with his family.

Greg Knoll

Treasurer, Beneficiary Trustee

Gregory Knoll has served as the Beneficiary Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since January 2021. Gregory currently serves as the FPIF Treasurer and also serves as a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Elections Committee.

Greg has over 38 years of service in two municipal fire departments in the south suburban Chicago area. He has served continuously as an elected Article 4 Trustee on the Homewood Firefighters’ Pension Board since 1976. He also served as an appointed Article 4 Trustee on the Riverdale Firefighters’ Pension Fund for another five years. In 1999, Greg was appointed to the Article 3 Homewood Police Pension Board and continues to serve in that position.     

Greg has multiple associate degrees from Prairie State College, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Public Education from Governors State University. He has also earned numerous certifications through the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

He and his wife reside in Chicago’s south suburban area.  

Kevin Bramwell

Participant Trustee

Kevin Bramwell has served as a Participant Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since its inception in January 2020. Kevin currently serves as the Chairperson of the Investments & Operations Committee while also serving as a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Legislative Committee.

Kevin is a 20-year employee of the Bolingbrook Fire Department. He currently serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic and is a member of the Bolingbrook Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team. He served for over 10 years as the President of the Bolingbrook Firefighters’ Pension Fund and serves as the Chairman of the Bolingbrook Firefighters’ Retiree Healthcare Funding Trust. Kevin also serves as the Union President of the Bolingbrook Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3005.

Trustee Bramwell and his wife Stefanie have a daughter, Emma, and a son, Jake. Kevin is a member of the Bolingbrook Rotary Club, coaches little league baseball, and is a member of his church’s executive council.

Tom Dailly

Executive Trustee

Tom Dailly has served as an Executive Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since August 2021. Tom currently serves as a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Legislative Committee.

Tom Dailly was sworn in as Schaumburg's sixth Village President in May 2019, after serving as Village Trustee from 1988 – 2009 and again from 2014 – 2019. He is Vice President of the Northwest Municipal Conference and serves on the Executive Board, Legislative Committee and Transportation Committee. He represents the village with the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, serves as President of Joint Action Water Agency and is a member of the Illinois Municipal League. Mayor Dailly also sits on the Meet Chicago Northwest Board and serves as the village's Liquor Commissioner.

As a 40-year resident of Schaumburg, Tom’s goal has remained focused on helping the Schaumburg community become the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. As a longtime Village Trustee and someone who has served on multiple village committees and commissions, Dailly saw firsthand many of the developments that have shaped Schaumburg's progress over the past several decades, including the acquisition of the Schaumburg Regional Airport, the construction of Wintrust Ball Field, the opening of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center and the ongoing redevelopment of the former Motorola Solutions campus in the 90 North District.

Dailly’s continued love for Schaumburg fuels his passion to maintain the high quality of life that Schaumburg residents have come to enjoy.

John Perry

Executive Trustee

John Perry has served as an Executive Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since September 2021. John  currently serves as a member of the Elections Committee.

John is Trustee and Treasurer of the Lisle Woodridge Fire Protection District (LWFD). The LWFD team has increased funding for pensions, achieved CFAI accreditation, and retained ISO-1 status since John joined the District Board in 2014. His focus on organizational improvement has driven John in his career as a professional manager and as a Board member.

John worked as City Manager in Woodridge and Park Forest for 37 years before his retirement in 2009. He has extensive experience working to forge intergovernmental organizations that serve many communities, including:

  • Founding member of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency which he chaired.
  • President of the Illinois City/County Management Association .
  • Charter member of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association.
  • DuPage County ETSB and chair of its Interoperability Task Force.
  • Chaired IML Managers Committee.
  • Founder of the Suburban Housing Coalition.

John teaches Local Government Management at Indiana University. He earned a BA degree at the University of Chicago and an MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse. John authored Blueprint for Building Community: Leadership Insights for Good Government (2010). He wrote the book to inspire careers in public service and describe the excellence that occurs when people come together in community.

John and his wife Pam have two adult children, Adam and Jason. Pam rides horses and John plays the bass in Blues Band Live at the Old Town School.

Herb Roach

Executive Trustee

Herb Roach has served as an Executive Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since January 2021. Herb currently serves as a member of the Investments & Operations Committee.

Herb served as Mayor of O’Fallon since May 1, 2017, after serving on the City Council from 2011 – 2017.

Herb has over 40 years of executive management experience with manufacturing, distribution and financial organizations, and experience in business development, budgets, organizational development and strategic planning.

For over 30 years, Herb has actively volunteered his time and effort through many civic and charitable boards and committees on the local, state and national level such as: Former Member and Chairman of Employer Advisory Board to the Dept. of Labor in Washington, D.C, Member of the Metro East Small Business Development Advisory Board, Member and President of District 90 School Board, Member of the State of Illinois Board of Education where he served as chair of the Technology Committee, Past Member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and Past Member of the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University.

Herb currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Municipal League, is Vice Chairman of Illinois Transportation Planning Committee of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Vice-President of the Southwestern Illinois Trade & Investment Council, and is a member of the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, O'Fallon Rotary, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

He is a native of O’Fallon and has three children with his wife, Nancy.

George Schick

Participant Trustee

George Schick has served as a Participant Trustee on the FPIF Board of Trustees since its inception in January 2020. George currently serves as the Chairperson of the Elections Committee and is also a member of the Investments & Operations Committee.

George has been an active member of the Orland Fire Protection District since August 1995 and was promoted to Lieutenant in April 2017. In November 2003, George was elected to the Orland Firefighters’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the Board to this day.

George has served as president of the Pension Fund for nearly 15 years, achieving many signification accomplishments. Most notably, in 2012, George was instrumental in working with the OFPD Finance Director and Marquette Associates to secure debt certificates to pay down the pension fund unfunded liability. At the end of 2012, the Fire District distributed a one-time payment of $26 million to the Pension Fund to eliminate the unfunded liability, and due to prudent investment strategies, the assets of the pension fund grew substantially. At the end of 2010, the market value of pension fund assets was $68 million and the funding ratio of the Pension Fund was 76%. Through foresight, tenacity and collaboration, George was instrumental in significantly reducing the future unfunded liability of the Pension Fund and increasing the funding ratio. At the end of the 2021 fiscal year, the market value of the Pension Fund had grown to over $210 million.

In February 2022, George retired from OFPD as a Lieutenant with over 26 years of service.