Member Spotlight

Aug 9, 2021, 10:24 AM


It’s time to pull back the curtain and turn the spotlight on some of our amazing members.

We want to give you a behind the scenes look at our members to showcase their career stories and to see how much they know about their retirement.

These individuals are leading change in their positions across the state and preparing for their retirement along the way.

To kick off this new series, we are turning the spotlight on Tynesha Hardin. Tynesha began working for the state in September 2020 with the Office of Administration. Tynesha participated in our first annual MOSERS Month back in April, and her enthusiasm for the Activity Guide delighted our team! Despite joining on with the state in the midst of a pandemic, Tynesha has managed to keep a positive attitude, grow within her position, and learn about her benefits. Check out Tynesha’s responses below!

Q: How long have you worked in your current position?

A: Almost a year here soon! 

Q: What is your favorite part about working for the state?

A: What I enjoy about working for the state is getting to be a part of something much bigger than myself, getting to help people, and having somewhere I can grow. The state has amazing benefits along with so much opportunity for growth. 

Q: Have you utilized any of the educational materials that MOSERS and MO Deferred Comp provide online?

A: Yes! When completing the Activity Guide during MOSERS Month, I couldn’t help but click on the informational material I found along the way. I am now a PRO at the basics. There is still so much I need to learn so I plan to join the webinars provided on the site, and check back in every so often for any new information I can use to make better decisions! 

Q: What is something that you have learned about your benefits this year?

A: During MOSERS Month, I was able to spend time focusing on my retirement, which at 25 years old, is not something I think about often. I learned the importance of starting to think about it now. I learned how to track and see my future projections based on my current salary and contribution amount (which for a planner like me is the BEST tool in the world!). I learned of all the tools, information, and assistance available to me to use during the three stages of my career—and more specifically, what I should be doing during that time. This has allowed me the opportunity to make more informed decisions about my life, my money, and my retirement—while having fun doing it.

Q: What is something you would like to learn more about regarding your benefits?

A: I would love to learn more about MOSERS and MO Deferred Comp investment options. Is the investing done for me, or do I have to choose from different investment options?

If you or another state employee would like to participate in an upcoming member spotlight. Please email We would love to feature your state career story!

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