Committee Members and Staff

Committee Members

Jeff Ferguson

Chair and Retiree Member

Debbie Bowman

Vice Chair

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.

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 serves as the appointed Executive Officer of the Nevada Public Employees' Deferred Compensation Program (NDC). Mr. Boehmer serves the State of Nevada with over 20+ years of experience in the Estate Planning/Retirement Planning/Employee Benefits Management business primarily working in the Retirement and Health Insurance Industry managing 401(k), 457(b) Deferred Compensation, 403(b) Tax Sheltered Programs, and Defined Benefit Programs throughout multiple western states. He has worked with associations like the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA), where he has been elected to represent the State of Nevada and serve on the Association’s Executive Board, Institutional Investors Association, 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 457(b) Deferred Compensation/403(b) management and administration. Mr. Boehmer has additionally been certified 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 enjoying the preservation stage of their life. In 2016, Mr. Boehmer was also certified as a Certified Retirement Plan Administrator (CRPA) while working in his capacity as the NDC’s Executive Officer.

Rob is a Nevada Native, and he holds a Bachelor’s 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 has volunteered the past 20+ years as a Hunter Education and Angler Education Instructor through the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Conservation Education Division and International Hunter Education Association (IHEA). Rob is a certified Training Counselor, Instructor, and Chief Range Safety Officer through the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Training Division teaching men, women and children how to safely handle, store firearms, and practice responsible firearm ownership and use. 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 ethical outdoor use and activities throughout the State of Nevada. Furthermore, In 2012, Mr. Boehmer was appointed by the Carson City Board of Supervisors to serve as a Board member of the Carson City County Wildlife Advisory Board where he continues to serve on the Board, serving as the Chairman and Vice Chair multiple times throughout his tenure. He is a life-long resident of Carson City with his sweet wife Kristi, five children, and two grandchildren. Mr. Boehmer actively participates in the community, and is a member and active minister with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.