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Board of Investors
About the Board
The TSET Board of Investors is responsible for investing annual payments resulting from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, in which tobacco companies agreed to compensate states for healthcare costs associated with tobacco use. The board is chaired by the State Treasurer of Oklahoma, who oversees TSET's investments along with designees of the Governor of Oklahoma, the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector.
The Honorable Ken Miller, State Treasurer and Chair. The constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters in November 2000 establishes the state treasurer as the chairman of the Board of Investors. Miller became state treasurer on January 10, 2011. Prior to becoming state treasurer, Miller served for six years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he led the Appropriations and Budget Committee. He holds a doctorate in political economics from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Lipscomb University. Prior to his public service, Miller gained practical experience in the private sector. He began his professional career in banking at First American National Bank before joining MediFax-EDS, where he served as financial operations manager.
Brenda Bolander, CPA, appointed by the State Auditor and Inspector, is vice president at Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc., an independent financial planning and investment advisory firm. Bolander is a certified public accountant with extensive professional experience in the Oklahoma state government ranging from financial auditor to investment compliance officer. She last served as the state comptroller for ten years, which included investment and pension responsibilities as chair of the Cash Management and Investment Oversight Commission and as a trustee for the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System. Bolander is a member of the AICPA Personal Financial Planning section, the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the Oklahoma City Chapter of AGA. She has held various leadership positions, taught numerous technical seminars, contributed to a book on cross-collaboration, and served as president of the national state comptrollers association.
Todd Dobson, CPA, was appointed by the Governor to the TSET Board of Investors. Dobson is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at MidFirst Bank. Dobson oversees the bank's investment portfolio strategies, interest rate risk, credit risk, cash management, secondary marketing, profitability systems, accounting, tax and compliance functions. He also manages the credit approval and monitoring function of the bank. Before joining MidFirst in 1991, he spent seven years with Price Waterhouse as a tax manager and certified public accountant. After joining MidFirst, he was promoted to the position of treasurer in 1994, was named chief financial officer in 1995 and was subsequently promoted to senior executive vice president in March 2011. Dobson joined MidFirst's board of directors in 2007. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Oklahoma Christian University and a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University.