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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Board of Trustees & Commission Meeting Dates and Agendas for 2023

Please navigate to your plan below to find the meeting dates and agendas. Once agendas are received, they are linked to the meeting date associated.


The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)

Meetings are held every third Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.

  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023
  • July 19, 2023
  • August 16, 2023
  • September 20, 2023
  • October 18, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 6, 2023*

*Indicates change due to holiday, conflict of schedule, or special meeting.

Nine Member Board: 6 Elected, 2 Gubernatorial Appointments, 1 Treasurer's Appointment

Name Term Position
William O'Brien** 7/1/20 – 6/30/23 State Representative
Carey Brown (a) 7/1/21 – 6/30/24 State Representative
Thomas Bruno*(l) 7/1/22 – 6/30/25 State Representative
Tracy Smith 7/1/20 – 6/30/23 County Representative
Vacancy 7/1/20 – 6/30/23 Municipal Representative
Benjamin “Max” Hurst 7/1/22 – 6/30/25 Municipal Representative
Ronald Winthers N/A Gubernatorial Appointee
Vacancy N/A Gubernatorial Appointee
Danielle Schimmel N/A Treasurer's Representative
Robert Kelly N/A DAG - Legal Advisor - Division of Law
Jeff S. Ignatowitz N/A Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits
William Tedder N/A Assistant Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits

*Chairperson

**Vice-chairperson

(l) State Investment Council Representative

(a) Actuarial Selection Committee Representative

PERS Board Election Information

The status of the election process to fill one State representative position and one Municipal representative position on the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees' Retirement System for terms commencing on July 1, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2025 is as follows:

State Representative

Trustee Tom Bruno was the only candidate to receive the number of nominations (500) required for an election and therefore is elected to this position without balloting.

Municipal Representative

Trustee Benjamin “Max” Hurst was the only candidate to receive the number of nominations (300) required for an election and therefore is elected to this position without balloting.

Present Members – Term

State Representatives: Thomas Bruno – 2022; Carey Brown – 2024; William O'Brien – 2023; Municipal Representative: Tracy Smith – 2023; Municipal Representatives: Benjamin "Max" Hurst – 2022; Fiona DeScala – 2023; Gubernatorial Appointments: Ronald Winthers, One Vacant; State Treasurer's Representative: Susanne Culliton, Ex-Officio Member

PERS Board Responsibilities

  • Render decisions regarding Disability Retirement cases.
  • Review appeals pertaining to the denial of certain pension benefits.
  • Adopt rules and regulations to provide for the payment of benefits and collection of monies as required by statute.
  • Establish rules and regulations within the limitations of statutes and opinions of the Courts and the Attorney General, designed to prevent injustices and inequities that may arise in the operation of the Retirement System.
  • Resolve individual questions and appeals on the merits of each case in terms of statutes, opinions of the Attorney General, advice of the Actuary and cases cited by counsel as deliberated by the Courts.
  • View monthly and annual reports setting forth data such as assets and liabilities, income and disbursements, and statistical summarization of membership as documented by the Actuary.

The Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF)

Meetings are held every first Thursday at 10:30 A.M.

  • January 5, 2023
  • February 2, 2023
  • March 9, 2023*
  • April 13, 2023*
  • May 4, 2023
  • June 1, 2023
  • July 13, 2023*
  • August 3, 2023
  • September 7, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • December 7, 2023

*Indicates change due to holiday, conflict of schedule, or special meeting.

Seven Member Board: 3 Teachers; 2 Governor Appointments; 1 Elected by the Board; 1 Treasurer's Representative

Name Term Position
Irene Savicky** 1/1/20 – 12/31/22 Retired Teacher
Howard Lipoff* 1/1/21 – 12/31/23 Teacher
Edward Yarusinsky (l) 1/1/22 – 12/31/24 Retired Teacher
Vacancy N/A Governor Appointment
Vacancy N/A Governor Appointment
Sarah M. Favinger 08/09/22 – 08/01/25 Elected by the Board
Danielle Schimmel N/A Treasurer's Representative
Jeffrey Padgett N/A DAG - Legal Advisor - Division of Law
Saretta Dudley N/A Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits
William Tedder N/A Assistant Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits

*Chairperson

**Vice-chairperson

(l) State Investment Council Representative

The Board of Trustees of the TPAF adopted N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, which sets forth the procedure for the election of a member-trustee.

ELECTION RESULTS

Irene Savicky from Cumberland County representing Group C will begin her three-year term on January 1, 2023.

2024 TRUSTEE POSITION

The current election is to fill a trustee position from Group A, for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2024. Group A consists of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union.

Those who wish to become a candidate for this position must be a resident of the State of New Jersey and must be employed in or retired from one of the counties listed above in Group C. Written letters of interest for this position will be accepted by the Secretary of the TPAF Board no later than March 1, 2023. In the event that more than one candidate has registered with the Board Secretary, an election will be required which is conducted electronically via the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS). The delegates and alternates selected from the membership of each county shall vote for the member-trustee.

DELEGATES/ALTERNATES

We would like to thank those delegates and alternates who registered this year with their respective county. These names will remain active through May 31, 2023.

Please remember to register with your respective county for the 2024 election of a member-trustee. Information on the selection of the delegates/alternates should be available with your respective County Superintendent's Office on or about March 1, 2023.

It is IMPORTANT for the counties to continue to annually submit the names of delegates and alternates. Eligibility is determined by where you worked-not your residence; therefore, the county contact will be based on the county where you are currently employed or your school district at the time you retired. If you are interested in being a delegate/alternate for the 2024 election of a member-trustee, contact your respective County Superintendent's Office.

In order to participate in an election, a delegate/alternate must have an MBOS account in order to cast their vote. If a delegate/alternate has not established an MBOS account we recommend that they do it by accessing it through the Division's website. If a delegate/alternate has established an MBOS account, they may access the MBOS account via the Login link on the State of New Jersey homepage.

We encourage you to periodically visit the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits' website for information regarding future elections.

Contact information for each of the 21 counties is provided below.

Please note that the county contacts CANNOT respond to any questions related to pension and health benefits.

County County Contact Information Executive County Superintendent and alternate contact
Atlantic Julieta Moya: julieta.moya@doe.nj.gov Robert Bumpus: robert.bumpus@doe.nj.gov
Bergen Lori Ferrer: lori.ferrer@doe.nj.gov Louis DeLisio: louis.delisio@doe.nj.gov
Burlington Jackie Lotsey: jackie.lotsey@doe.nj.gov Raymond Marini: raymond.marini@doe.nj.gov
Camden Rosa Rodriguez: rosalina.rodriquez@doe.nj.gov Lovell Pugh-Bassett: lovell.pugh-bassett@doe.nj.gov
Cape May Nichole Johnson: nichole.johnson@doe.nj.gov Judith DeStefano-Anen: judith.destefano-anen@doe.nj.gov
Cumberland Samantha Ludwig: samantha.ludwig@doe.nj.gov Leslie White-Coursey: leslie.white-coursey@doe.nj.gov
Essex Maria Meyler: maria.meyler@doe.nj.gov Joseph Zarra: joseph.zarra@doe.nj.gov
Gloucester Jillian Palladino-Gillespie: jillian.palladino-gillespie@doe.nj.gov Ave Altersitz: ave.altersitz@doe.nj.gov
Hudson Noreen Rizzolo: noreen.rizzolo@doe.nj.gov Melissa Pearce: melissa.pearce@doe.nj.gov
Hunterdon Darlene Wene: darlene.wene@doe.nj.gov Juan Torres: juan.torres@doe.nj.gov
Mercer Helen Haniffy: helen.haniffy@doe.nj.gov Yasmin Hernandez-Manno: yasmin.hernandez@doe.nj.gov
Middlesex Debbie Hudson: debbie.hudson@doe.nj.gov Kyle Anderson: kyle.anderson@doe.nj.gov
Monmouth Donna Pesci: donna.pesci@doe.nj.gov Lester Richens: lester.richens@doe.nj.gov
Morris Shirley Stoll: shirley.stoll@doe.nj.gov Roger Jinks: roger.jinks@doe.nj.gov
Ocean Debbie Thomas: debbie.thomas@doe.nj.gov Charles Muller: charles.muller@doe.nj.gov
Passaic Jackie Trejos: jackie.trejos@doe.nj.gov Kesha Drakeford: kesha.drakeford@doe.nj.gov
Salem Joan Heil: joan.heil@doe.nj.gov Peggy Nicolosi: peggy.nicolosi@doe.nj.gov
Somerset Lori Watson: lori.watson@doe.nj.gov Roger Jinks: roger.jinks@doe.nj.gov
Sussex Stephen Goldman: stephen.goldman@doe.nj.gov Gayle Carrick: gayle.carrick@doe.nj.gov
Union Camille Busichio: camille.busichio@doe.nj.gov Daryl Palmieri: daryl.palmieri@doe.nj.gov
Warren Samantha Grape: samantha.grape@doe.nj.gov Mary Jane Tanner: maryjane.tanner@doe.nj.gov
Rosalie Lamonte: rosalie.lamonte@doe.nj.gov

The Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey (PFRSNJ)

Meetings are held every Second Monday 10:00 A.M.

  • January 9, 2023
  • February 13, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • June 12, 2023
  • July 10, 2023
  • August 14, 2023
  • September 18, 2023*
  • October 16, 2023*
  • November 13, 2023
  • December 11, 2023

*Indicates change due to holiday or conflict of original schedule.

PFRSNJ Board of Trustees meetings are held at the following location:

Hamilton Technology Center
State Police Auditorium
1200 Negron Drive
Hamilton, NJ 08691

Directions to meeting

Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey Board of Trustees - Term effective February 1, 2019

P.L. 2018, c. 55 (Chapter 55), established a new Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey (PFRSNJ) Board of Trustees, effective February 1, 2019.

Three (3) active Police Representatives: One (1) elected by the active members of the system, one (1) appointed by the president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), and one (1) appointed by the President of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) . Three (3) active Fire Representatives: One (1) elected by the active members of the system, one (1) appointed by the president of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA), and one (1) appointed by the President of the Professional Firefighter’s Association of New Jersey (PFANJ). One (1) retiree elected from the retirees of the system. Five (5) Trustees appointed by the Governor.

Name Position
Ed Donnelly* NJFMBA Appointment
James Kompany** PBA Appointment
Timothy Colacci PFANJ Appointment
Marc Morgan FOP Appointment
Raymond Heck Police Representative (Elected)
Matthew Lubin Fire Representative (Elected)
Bruce Polkowitz Retiree Representative (Elected)
Edward T. Oatman Governor's Appointment
Nicola Trasente Governor's Appointment
John C. Glidden, Jr. Governor's Appointment
Susan Jacobucci Governor's Appointment
John Megariotis Governor's Appointment

*Chairperson

**Vice-chairperson

PFRSNJ Board Election Information

The election process began in March 2022 to fill two positions on the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey (PFRSNJ) Board of Trustees, each for a four-year term beginning February 1, 2023 through January 31, 2027. One position is for an active Fire representative and one position is for a Retired representative.

Fire Member Representative

Trustee Matt Lubin was the only candidate to receive the number of nominations (300) required for an election and therefore is elected to this position without balloting.

Retired Representative

Three retirees qualified as candidates for the Retired position by receiving at least 100 nominations each. A drawing by lot for position on the ballot was held on July 15, 2022.

The candidates are:

  • Bruce Polkowitz
  • Steven Trowbridge
  • Rocco Montesano, Jr.

Election ballots will be mailed to all retirees on or about September 12, 2022, by Yes Elections, the outside vendor contracted to conduct the election. Each retiree must cast their own vote on their own ballot.

Candidate biographies will be available on the Yes Elections website prior to the voting period, which starts September 12, 2022 and ends November 10, 2022.

For more information, please visit the Yes Elections website.

Any questions or concerns regarding the election should be directed to Yes Elections by email: Help+PFRSNJ@election-america.com or by telephone: 1-866-384-9978.

Present Terms:

Three (3) active police representatives:

  1. Raymond Heck – Elected by the active police members of the PFRS – Term 1/31/25
  2. James Kompany – Appointed by the NJ State PBA president
  3. Marc Morgan – Appointed by the NJ FOP president

Three (3) active fire representatives:

  1. Matthew Lubin – Elected by the active fire members of the PFRS – Term 1/31/23
  2. Ed Donnelly – Appointed by the NJ FMBA president
  3. Tim Colacci – Appointed by the PFANJ president

One Retiree

  1. Bruce Polkowitz – Elected by retirees of PFRS – Term 1/31/23

Five Trustees Appointed by the Governor

  1. John Megariotis
  2. Edward Oatman
  3. Susan Jacobucci
  4. Nicola Trasente
  5. John Glidden

Board Responsibilities

  • Render determinations regarding Disability Retirement cases and approve retirements.
  • Review appeals pertaining to the disallowance of pension benefits.
  • Adopt rules and regulations to (a) provide for the payment of benefits and collection of monies as required by the statute and (b) to prevent injustices and inequities that may arise in the operation of the Retirement System within the limitations of statutes and opinions of the Courts.
  • Establish rules and regulations within the limitations of statutes and opinions of the Courts designed to prevent injustices and inequities that may arise in the operation of the Retirement System.
  • Resolve individual questions on the merits of each case in terms of statutes, advice of the Actuary and cases cited by counsel as deliberated by the Courts.
  • View monthly and annual reports setting forth data such as assets and liabilities, income and disbursements and statistical summarization of membership as documented by the Actuary.
  • The Board will be responsible for the funding policies and directing the investments of the funds.
  • Transmit hearing requests to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and review decisions from the OAL.

The State Police Retirement System (SPRS)

Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday every other month at 10:00 A.M.

  • January 24, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • May 23, 2023
  • July 25, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • November 28, 2023

Five Member Board: 2 members appointed by Superintendent of State Police; 2 Governor's Appointments; 1 Treasurer's Appointment

Name Appointment Date Position
Sherri Schuster* 02/09/18 State Police Appointment
John McGourty** 10/14/22 State Police Appointment
Edmond Brady 06/16/20 Governor's Appointment
Donald Tretola 06/16/20 Governor's Appointment
Danielle Schimmel N/A Treasurer's Appointment
Porter Strickler N/A DAG - Legal Advisor - Division of Law
William Tedder N/A Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits
Saretta Dudley N/A Assistant Board Secretary – Division of Pensions & Benefits

*Chairperson

**Vice-chairperson

The State Police member representatives to the Board of Trustees are appointed by the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

The Judicial Retirement System (JRS)

These meetings are to be determined.

The State Health Benefits Commission (SHBC)

Meetings are held every other month at 10:00 A.M.

  • January 11, 2023
  • March 8, 2023
  • May 10, 2023
  • July 12, 2023*
  • July 24, 2023**
  • September 13, 2023
  • November 8, 2023

*Rate Renewal Meeting held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

**Rate Renewal Meeting held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

  • Susanne Culliton, Chairperson, representing State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio
  • Gale Simon, representing Acting Commissioner Marlene Caride of the Dept. of Banking and Insurance
  • Deirdre Webster Cobb, Civil Service Commission
  • Dudley Burdge, AFL-CIO representative for Local Government Employees
  • Jennifer Higgins, AFL-CIO representative for State Government Employees

The School Employees' Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC)

Meetings are held every other month at 10:00 A.M.

  • January 23, 2023
  • March 27, 2023
  • May 22, 2023
  • July 12, 2023*
  • July 24, 2023**
  • September 25, 2023
  • November 27, 2023

*Rate Renewal Meeting held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

** Rate Renewal Meeting held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

  • Sonia Rivera-Perez, representing State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio
  • Sarah Favinger, Associate Director, NJEA
  • Denise Graff Policastro, NJEA
  • Julie Giordano Plotkin, Associate Director, NJEA
  • Carl Tanksley, N.J. School Boards Association
  • Michael Maillaro, Commissioner, AFL-CIO representative
  • Kathryn Okeson, Governor's Appointee, NJ Resident
  • VACANT, Chairperson

The Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission (PHBRC)

Meetings are held the third Friday of every other month at 10:00 A.M.

These meetings are to be determined.

The State Health Benefits Program (SHBP)
and School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP)
Plan Design Committees

State Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee

Meetings are held every month at 1:00 P.M.

  • January 25, 2023
  • February 22, 2023
  • March 22, 2023
  • April 26, 2023
  • May 24, 2023
  • June 28, 2023
  • July 26, 2023
  • August 23, 2023
  • September 27, 2023
  • October 25, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 20, 2023

School Employees' Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee

Meetings are held every month at 10:00 A.M.

  • January 30, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 20, 2023
  • April 17, 2023
  • May 15, 2023
  • June 19, 2023
  • July 17, 2023
  • August 21, 2023
  • September 11, 2023
  • October 23, 2023
  • November 20, 2023
  • December 18, 2023

State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) Plan Design Committee Members

  • Justin Zimmerman, Chief of Staff, Department of Banking and Insurance
  • Dini Ajmani, Assistant Treasurer
  • Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Assistant Treasurer
  • Tennille R. McCoy, Assistant Commissioner of Human Capital Strategies, Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Kimberly Holmes, EEO/AA Officer, Department of Community Affairs
  • Michael Zanyor, NJSTFA
  • Kevin Lyons, NJ State PBA
  • Robert Little, AFSCME NJ Regional Field Services Director
  • Patrick Nowlan, AAUP – AFT (Chair)
  • David Ridolfino, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey Area Director, CWA/District 1
  • David Krueger, NJ State FMBA

School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) Plan Design Committee Members

  • John Megariotis, Acting Director, Division of Pensions and Benefits
  • Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Governor Appointee
  • Kevin Kelleher, Director, NJEA
  • Donna Chiera, AFT/AFL-CIO
  • David Ridolfino, Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Julie Giordano Plotkin, Associate Director, NJEA

Other Boards and Committees

Meetings begin at 9:30 A.M.

These meetings are to be determined.

Meetings begin at 9:30 A.M.

These meetings are to be determined.

Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.

These meetings are to be determined.

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