Committee Members and Staff

Committee Members

Kent M. Ervin


Kent Ervin
Dr. Kent M. Ervin is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. Originally from a small town in Kansas, he attended the University of Kansas where he earned his bachelors degree in 1981. Dr. Ervin obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986 and then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1990 and rapidly ascended through the ranks to full Professor. He was awarded a University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professorship for 2009-2012 and was named Clemons-Magee Professor of Chemistry in 2013. Professor Ervin teaches at all levels of the Chemistry curriculum, including undergraduate physical chemistry and graduate level courses in physical chemistry, spectroscopy, and kinetics. His research group investigates the reactivity and dynamics of gas-phase ion-molecule reactions using mass spectrometry techniques, with applications in the thermochemistry of transient molecular species that are important as reactive intermediates in combustion and atmospheric chemistry. He has authored or co-authored over 85 scientific publications. Dr. Ervin has served as Chair of the Chemistry Department and is an elected member of the Faculty Senate. He has served as chair and member of the Faculty Senate’s Salary & Benefits Committee, and since 2006 has been a faculty representative on the NSHE Retirement Plan Advisory Committee, which advises the Chancellor on defined contribution retirement plans for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Ervin resides in Reno and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada and desert areas.

Jeff Ferguson

Vice Chair and Retiree Member

Debbie Bowman


Matt Kruse


Susie Chang

Susie Chang has been working for the Gaming Control Board since 2006. Her work experiences include the fields of management, finance, real estate, insurance, sales and marketing, and business administrations. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Applied Science – Actuarial Plan from University of California, Los Angeles.

Executive Staff

Rob Boehmer

Rob Boehmer

Executive Officer

Rob Boehmer currently serves as the appointed Executive Officer of the Nevada Public Employees' Deferred Compensation Program (NDC). Mr. Boehmer serves the State of Nevada with over 18 years of experience in the Estate Planning/Retirement Planning/Employee Benefits Management business primarily working in the Health Insurance Industry and managing 457b Deferred Compensation and 403b Tax Sheltered Programs throughout multiple western states. He has worked with associations like Institutional Investors Association for Government Plan Sponsors, Nevada League of Cities & Municipalities, Nevada Association of Counties, and a multitude of Firefighters and Police Associations, School Districts, and Teachers Associations in assisting their members with benefits management and 457b Deferred Compensation/403b management and administration. Mr. Boehmer additionally serves as a Certified Senior Advisor through the Society of Senior Advisors (CSA), and a Certified Master Estate Planning Professional (CMEPP), assisting and advising those in the accumulation phase of their lives, as well as those entering or actively in the preservation stage of their life. Recently, Mr. Boehmer has been certified as a Certified Retirement Plan Administrator (CRPA).

Rob is a Nevada Native, and he holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Southern California, as well as two Associates degrees from local Junior colleges.

In addition to his position as Executive Officer at NDC, Mr. Boehmer volunteers as a Hunter Education and Angler Education Instructor through the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Conservation Education Division. Additionally, Rob has been appointed and serves as the President of the Nevada Operation Game Thief Citizens Board, a non-profit organization organized in partnership with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to bring public awareness of the prevention of wildlife violations and crimes, and to promote their ethical outdoor use and activities throughout the State of Nevada. Furthermore, Mr. Boehmer was appointed to serve as a Board member of the Carson City County Wildlife Advisory Board in 2015 by the Carson City Board of Supervisors where he continues to serve as the Board Chairman. He is a life-long resident of Carson City with his sweet wife Kristi and six children, and actively participates in the community, his Church, and with the Boy Scouts of America.