Members

ERS Trustees

The ERS Board of Trustees comprises six members.  Together, they make key decisions about:

  • benefits for employees and retirees of Texas agencies and certain higher education institutions, such as choosing insurers and third-party administrators of benefits plans;
  • what the medical and pharmacy benefits plans cover, and what participants pay in premiums and out-of-pocket costs;
  • new benefits programs; and
  • the budget for ERS operations.

They also oversee certain aspects of the State of Texas Retirement plan and the Texa$averSM 401(k) / 457 Program. Board members serve as trustees for the ERS Retirement Trust Fund, which pays retirees’ annuities from employee and state contributions and investment earnings. 

Three trustees are appointed — one each by the Governor, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court — and confirmed by the Texas Senate. ERS members and retirees elect the other three. Both appointed and elected trustees serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of one appointee expiring on August 31 of each even-numbered year and the term of one elected trustee on August 31 of each odd-numbered year. More information is available in the Texas Administrative Code.

Craig HesterI. Craig Hester, Chair

First appointed in 2005
Craig.Hester@ers.texas.gov

Portrait of Catherine MelvinCatherine Melvin, Vice-Chair

Elected in 2017
Catherine.Melvin@ers.texas.gov

photo of Brian BarthBrian Barth

Elected in 2019
Brian.Barth@ers.texas.gov

Portrait of Ilesa DanielsIlesa Daniels

Elected in 2015
Ilesa.Daniels@ers.texas.gov

photo of Jim KeeJames (Jim) Kee, Ph.D.

First appointed in 2018
Jim.Kee@ers.texas.gov