Group Benefits Advisory Committee

Group Benefits Advisory Committee

The Group Benefits Advisory Committee (GBAC) advises the ERS Board of Trustees on the planning and development of employee and retiree benefits under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP). The Committee provides the Board with input from ERS participants, benefit experts and professionals to ensure that state benefits provide value to participants and employers, and remain competitive at a reasonable cost to members, retirees and their dependents.

The Board-appointed Committee comprises no more than 11 members who represent a cross section of GBP-participating entities and stakeholder groups, including state agencies, institutions of higher education, retirees and benefits professionals. The Committee meets at least twice each year and provides reports and feedback to the ERS Board.

Governance Charter

The ERS Board of Trustees adopted the GBAC Governance Charter on August 23, 2017. 

Members

  • Large state agency representatives:
    • Sandra White, Department of Criminal Justice
      Term expires December 31, 2022
    • Matthew Miller, Department of Motor Vehicles
      Term expires December 31, 2022
  • Mid-sized state agency representatives:
    • Megan LaVoie, Office of Court Administration
      Term expires December 31, 2020
    • Jan Thomas, Lottery Commission
      Term expires December 31, 2022
  • Small state agency representative:
    • ​Teresa Nelson, Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending
      Term expires December 31, 2022
  • Four-year institution of higher education representative:
    • Janet Bezner, Texas State University
      Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Two-year institution of higher education representative:
    • Missy Kittner, McLennan Community College
      Term expires December 31, 2022
  • Retiree representatives:
    • James Dobbins, Garland
      Term expires December 31, 2020
    • Gary White, Austin
      Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Health-related institution representative:
    • Cynthia Jumper, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
      Term expires December 31, 2020
  • Insurance or benefit design consultant representative:
    • Jennifer Cawley, Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers
      Term expires December 31, 2022