Group Benefits Advisory Committee

Group Benefits Advisory Committee

The Group Benefits Advisory Committee (GBAC) was created to advise the ERS Board of Trustees in the planning and development of employee benefits programs 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 benefit offerings provide value to participants and employers and remain competitive at a reasonable cost to members, retirees and their dependents.

Composed of no more than 11 members appointed by the Board, the committee reflects a diverse cross-section of GBP-participating entities and stakeholder groups, including:

  • state agencies
  • public institutions of higher education
  • retirees
  • health-related institutions and
  • insurance or benefit design consultants and professionals

The committee meets at least twice each year and provides reports and feedback to the ERS Board of Trustees.

Notice of Open Seats

ERS is currently accepting applications for GBAC appointments for the following categories:

  • Mid-Sized State Agency (100 to 799 FTEs listed in the General Appropriations Act for the current year)
  • Retiree, Non-Medicare
  • Health-Related Institution Academic, Administrator or Healthcare Practitioner

Those wishing to apply should review the committee charter document to fully understand committee membership requirements, operations and expectations. Eligible individuals interested in serving a three-year term on the committee must complete and submit the application linked below to

Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 26, 2020. Appointments may be made by the Board during its December 2020 or March 2021 meetings.

Please note that GBAC members will not be paid for their participation on the committee. Committee members, however, are eligible for reimbursement for travel-related expenses incurred for their participation. 

Download the application form

Governance Charter

The ERS Board of Trustees adopted the current version of the GBAC Governance Charter in August 2020.


  • 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