ERS Board appoints new advisory committee members

March 12, 2024

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The ERS Board of Trustees appointed three new members to the Group Benefits Advisory Committee (GBAC). The new appointees replace members whose terms expired Dec. 31. The new members are serving three-year terms that will end in December 2025.

What is the GBAC?

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The GBAC advises the ERS Board of Trustees to plan and develop employee benefits for the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP). The GBAC is made up of ERS participants, benefits experts and professionals. Up to 11 members may serve at a time. The committee’s goal is for state benefits to be valuable to participants and employers and to remain competitive at a reasonable cost. ERS staff seek applications for membership and recommend possible appointees to the Board. The GBAC meets at least twice each year and gives reports and feedback to Board members. You can see the presentation of their most recent annual report to the Board.

New committee members are:

  • Mid-sized agency representative
    • Joe Freeman, human resources director for the Office of Court Administration
  • Health-related institution (academic, administrator or practitioner) representative
    • Ronald L. Cook, chief health officer for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Retiree representative
    • Jan Graeber, a retiree

Graeber replaces retiree representative James Dobbins, whose term expired Dec. 31. Retiree Gary White remains on the Committee; his term expires Dec. 31, 2024.

Read more about the GBAC and see the complete list of members.