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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Board of Trustees & Commission Meeting Dates and Agendas for 2024

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.

  • July 17, 2024 - Pre-Agenda
  • August 21, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • October 16, 2024
  • November 20, 2024
  • December 11, 2024*

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

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

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Meetings will be held exclusively in person unless otherwise stated.

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

Name Term Position
Thomas Bruno*(l) 7/1/22 – 6/30/25 State Representative
Diane Moore 7/1/23 – 6/30/26 State Representative
Carey Brown (a) 7/1/24 – 6/30/27 State Representative
Tracy Smith** 7/1/23 – 6/30/26 County Representative
Benjamin “Max” Hurst 7/1/22 – 6/30/25 Municipal Representative
Matthew Cavallo 7/1/23 – 6/30/26 Municipal Representative
Marilyn Rubin N/A Gubernatorial Appointee
Vacancy N/A Gubernatorial Appointee
Danielle Schimmel N/A Treasurer's Representative
Yi Zhu 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

STATE REPRESENTATIVE POSITION (Term July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027)

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

Please check back in mid-September for updates on the next election cycle for:

One State representative position (Term July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2028)

One Municipal representative position (Term July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2028)

The general responsibility for the operation of the PERS is vested in the Board of Trustees under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 43:15A-17. The Board meets monthly at the Division of Pensions and Benefits in Trenton. The statute provides that no employee shall suffer loss of salary or wages because of serving on the Board.

PRESENT MEMBERS – TERM

State Representatives: Thomas Bruno – 2025; Diane Moore – 2026; Carey Brown – 2027; County Representative: Tracy Smith – 2026; Municipal Representatives: Benjamin “Max” Hurst – 2025; Matthew Cavallo – 2026; Gubernatorial Appointments: Marilyn Rubin; One Vacant; State Treasurer’s Representative: Danielle Schimmel, 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.
  • 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.

  • July 11, 2024*
  • August 1, 2024
  • September 5, 2024
  • October 10, 2024*
  • November 14, 2024*
  • December 5, 2024

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

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

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Meetings will be held exclusively in person unless otherwise stated.

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

Name Term Position
Irene Savicky** 1/1/23 – 12/31/25 Retired Teacher
Howard Lipoff* 1/1/24 – 12/31/26 Teacher
Edward Yarusinsky (l) 1/1/22 – 12/31/24 Retired Teacher
Glenn Kitley 3/2/23 – 12/21/24 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
Payal Ved N/A DAG - Legal Advisor - Division of Law
Saretta Dudley N/A Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits
Darlene Brigante N/A Assistant Board Secretary - Division of Pensions & Benefits

*Chairperson

**Vice-chairperson

(l) State Investment Council Representative

N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, sets forth the procedure for the election of a member-trustee.

ELECTION RESULTS

Howard Lipoff, from Bergen County representing Group A, began his three-year term on January 1, 2024.

2025 TRUSTEE POSITION

Edward Yarusinsky, Group B, was the only candidate to register with the TPAF Board Secretary by the filing deadline, March 1, 2024. Therefore, Mr. Yarusinsky is deemed elected without ballot to represent Group B, for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2025. Group B consists of Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties. As only one candidate registered for the trustee position for Group B, there will be no need to conduct a vote for this position.

DELEGATES/ALTERNATES

On March 21, 2024, the respective County Superintendent's Office received information for the selection of this year's delegates and alternates. Please remember to register with your respective county for the 2025 election of a member-trustee. 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 2025 election of a member-trustee, contact your respective County Superintendent's Office. The names of the selected delegates and alternates must be electronically submitted to the Division no later than June 30, 2024.

The selection of delegates and alternates is an important part of the process. Per N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, the County Superintendent is required to continue the process of annually providing the names of eligible delegates and alternates to the Board office in the event that unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to conduct a vote for a trustee position.

We encourage you to periodically visit the website of the Division of Pensions & Benefits 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.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION AND LINKS

Applicable Statute and Regulation: NJSA 18A:66-56 and NJAC 17:3-1.4.

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

Lisa Cimino
Lisa.Cimino@doe.nj.gov

Leslie White-Coursey
leslie.white-coursey@doe.nj.gov
Bergen Stephen Burke
stephen.burke@doe.nj.gov

Louis DeLisio
louis.delisio@doe.nj.gov

Burlington

Eloi Richardson
Eloi.Richardson@doe.nj.gov

Raymond Marini
raymond.marini@doe.nj.gov

Camden Suzanne Abdill (covering)
Suzanne.Abdill@doe.nj.gov

Carmen Rodriguez
carmen.rodriguez@doe.nj.gov

Cape May

Kateryna Bechtel
Kateryna.Bechtel@doe.nj.gov

Judith DeStefano-Anen
Judith.DeStefano-Anen@doe.nj.gov

Cumberland Lisa Cimino (covering)
Lisa.Cimino@doe.nj.gov

Robert Bumpus
robert.bumpus@doe.nj.gov

Essex

John Ferraro
John.Ferraro@doe.nj.gov

Joseph Zarra
joseph.zarra@doe.nj.gov

Gloucester

Margaret Meehan
Margaret.Meehan@doe.nj.gov

Robert Bumpus (covering)
robert.bumpus@doe.nj.gov

Hudson

Leodito Yangacio (covering)
Leodito.Yanogacio@doe.nj.gov

Melissa Pearce
melissa.pearce@doe.nj.gov

Hunterdon

Lisa DeLong
Lisa.Delong@doe.nj.gov

Juan Torres
juan.torres@doe.nj.gov

Mercer

Richard Kilpatrick
Richard.Kilpatrick@doe.nj.gov

Daryl Minus-Vincent
Daryl.Minus-Vincent@doe.nj.gov

Middlesex

Leodito Yanogacio
Leodito.Yanogacio@doe.nj.gov

Kyle Anderson
kyle.anderson@doe.nj.gov

Monmouth Cindy Barr-Rague
crague@doe365.onmicrosoft.com

Dr. Lester Richens
Lester.richens@doe.nj.gov

Morris Karen Dunn
karen.dunn@doe.nj.gov

Nancy Gartenberg
Nancy.Gartenberg@doe.nj.gov

Ocean Tina Trueba
Tina.Trueba@doe.nj.gov

Judith DeStefano (covering)
Judith.DeStefano@doe.nj.gov

Passaic

John Ferraro (covering)
John.Ferraro@doe.nj.gov

Kesha Drakeford
kesha.drakeford@doe.nj.gov

Salem Suzanne Abdill
Suzanne.Abdill@doe.nj.gov

Leslie White-Coursey (covering)
Leslie.White-Coursey@doe.nj.gov

Somerset

Bill Poch
Bill.Poch@doe.nj.gov

Roger Jinks
roger.jinks@doe.nj.gov

Sussex

Neil Cramer
Neil.Cramer@doe.nj.gov

Dr. Gayle Carrick
gcarrick@doe365.onmicrosoft.com

Union Kenneth Weinheimer
Kenneth.Weinheimer@doe.nj.gov

Daryl Palmieri
daryl.palmieri@doe.nj.gov

Warren

Neil Cramer (covering)
Neil.Cramer@doe.nj.gov

Rosalie S. 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.

  • July 8, 2024
  • August 12, 2024
  • September 9, 2024
  • October 7, 2024*
  • November 4, 2024*
  • December 9, 2024

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

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

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
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
James Kompany* PBA Appointment
Timothy Colacci** PFANJ Appointment
Marc Morgan FOP Appointment
Richard Myers NJFMBA Appointment
Raymond Heck Police Representative (Elected)
Matthew Lubin Fire Representative (Elected)
Stephen Trowbridge Retiree Representative (Elected)
Edward T. Oatman Governor's Appointment
Vacant 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 has begun to fill one position on the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey (PFRSNJ) Board of Trustees; one active police position for a four-year term beginning February 1, 2025.

Election Information for Active Representatives

A Notice of Election has been distributed to all employing locations with enrolled PFRS police members which indicates that elections will soon begin for one active police representative for the PFRSNJ Board of Trustees. The Certifying Officer at each employing location is required to distribute this information to eligible employees when the notice is received. The Certifying Officer’s attention to this distribution is required under N.J.A.C. 17:4-1.4. Further, it will be the Certifying Officer’s responsibility to distribute each ballot to the member in accordance with the administrative code.

Police Representative

A police representative will be elected for a four-year term beginning on February 1, 2025, and ending on January 31, 2029. A member who wishes to be a candidate for the police position must be an active and enrolled PFRS police member as of June 30, 2024, and must receive at least 500 active PFRS police member nominations. Only active PFRS police members may nominate a candidate for the PFRSNJ police position.

If you wish to declare your interest in running for this position, please send a written request by July 5, 2024, to Lisa Pointer, PFRSNJ Board Secretary, at PFRSNJBOT.PoliceNom@treas.nj.gov or P.O. Box 297, Trenton, NJ 08625-0297.

After the candidates have declared their interest in becoming an active PFRS police representative, nominations to support your choice for a candidate are made online through a secure website.

The process is very easy and it only takes a few minutes to support the candidate of your choice. You will need to have access to a computer. Log on to YesElections and follow the simple directions. You will need to provide the last four digits of your social security number, the first four letters of your last name, and your year/month of birth. You will then see a list of all the candidates, and you can make your selection. Please be sure to allow sufficient time for active police members to request candidacy and for the vendor to enter the candidate’s name to the nomination online system.

Nominations must be received online on or before 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2024. If more than one police candidate receives 500 or more nominations, an election will be required. All eligible nominees will be invited to attend the drawing by lot for position on the ballot, if necessary, on August 23, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. at the PFRSNJ Board Office. Each member must cast his/her own ballot.

The general responsibility for the operation of the PFRSNJ is vested in the Board of Trustees under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 43:16A-13. The Board meets monthly at the Division of Pensions and Benefits in Trenton. The statute provides that no employee shall suffer loss of salary or wages because of serving on the Board.

Present Terms:

Three (3) active police representatives:

  1. Raymond Heck – Elected by the active police members of the PFRS – Term ending 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 ending 1/31/27
  2. Richard Myers – Appointed by the NJ FMBA president
  3. Tim Colacci – Appointed by the PFANJ president

One (1) Retiree

  1. Stephen Trowbridge – Elected by retirees of PFRS – Term ending 1/31/27

Five (5) Trustees Appointed by the Governor

  1. John Megariotis
  2. Edward Oatman
  3. Susan Jacobucci
  4. Vacant
  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.

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

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Meetings will be held exclusively in person unless otherwise stated.


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

Name Appointment Date Position
John McGourty* 10/14/22 State Police Appointment
Thomas Rende** 10/05/23 State Police Appointment
Edmond Brady 06/16/20 Governor's Appointment
Vacancy N/A Governor's Appointment
Danielle Schimmel N/A Treasurer's Appointment
Matthew Melton 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)

*This meeting will be held at 9:00 A.M. in Committee Room 7 on the Second Floor of the State House Annex, Trenton, NJ.

The State Health Benefits Commission (SHBC)

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

*Rate Renewal Meeting held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Please see Note below for hybrid meeting information.

**Rate Renewal Meeting held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Please see Note below for hybrid meeting information.


State Health Benefits Commission meetings are held at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Meetings will be held exclusively in person unless otherwise stated.

Note: The July 10th and July 29th Rate Renewal Meetings will be presented both in person and via teleconference. Members of the public may attend these meetings telephonically by dialing:

Toll-Free: 877-336-4440
Caller Paid: 409-207-6984
Access Code: 2534021
  • Danielle Schimmel, Chairperson, representing State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio
  • Philip Gennance, representing Acting Commissioner Marlene Caride of the Dept. of Banking and Insurance
  • Allison Chris Myers, 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.

*Indicates change due to holiday or conflict of schedule.

** Rate Renewal Meeting held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Please see Note below for hybrid meeting information.

***Rate Renewal Meeting held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Please see Note below for hybrid meeting information.

School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission meetings are held at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Meetings will be held exclusively in person unless otherwise stated.

Note: The July 10th and July 29th Rate Renewal Meetings will be presented both in person and via teleconference. Members of the public may attend these meetings telephonically by dialing:

Toll-Free: 844-867-6169
Caller Paid: 409-207-6975
Access Code: 5876024
  • Sonia Rivera-Perez, representing State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio
  • Philip Gennance, representing Acting Commissioner Marlene Caride of the Dept. of Banking and Insurance
  • 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
  • VACANT, 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.

  • February 16, 2024 - Canceled
  • April 19, 2024 - Canceled
  • June 21, 2024 - Canceled
  • August 16, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • December 13, 2024*

*Indicates a change due to a holiday or a scheduling conflict.

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.

*Indicates change due to holiday or conflict of schedule.

**The August 21st meeting will be held at 1 P.M. at the Division of Taxation, 3 John Fitch Way, Trenton, NJ 08611

SHBP Plan Design Committee meetings are held at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Members of the public may also attend SHBP PDC meetings telephonically by dialing:
Toll-Free: 877-336-4440
Caller Paid: 409-207-6984
Access Code: 3397842

School Employees' Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee

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

  • January 22, 2024* - Canceled
  • February 26, 2024*
  • March 18, 2024 - Canceled
  • April 15, 2024
  • May 16, 2024* - Canceled
  • June 17, 2024
  • July 15, 2024 - Canceled
  • August 19, 2024
  • September 16, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • November 18, 2024
  • December 16, 2024

*Indicates change due to holiday or conflict of schedule.

SEHBP Plan Design Committee meetings are held at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
50 West State Street (One State Street Square)
Trenton, NJ 08608
Directions to meeting

Members of the public may also attend SEHBP PDC meetings telephonically by dialing:
Toll-Free: 844-867-6169
Caller Paid: 409-207-6975
Access Code: 8638866

State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) Plan Design Committee Members

  • Andrea Spalla – Governor's Appointee
  • John Megariotis – Governor's Appointee
  • Kim Walker - Governor's Appointee
  • Kia King – Governor's Appointee
  • Tariq Shabazz – Governor's Appointee
  • Justin Zimmerman – Governor's Appointee
  • Kevin Lyons – PBA
  • Michael Zanyor – NJSTFA
  • Steve Tully – AFSCME
  • Patrick Nowlan – AAUP-AFT
  • James McAsey – CWA
  • David Krueger – FMBA

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

  • Andrea Spalla – Governor's Appointee
  • Tariq Shabazz – Governor's Appointee
  • John Megariotis – Governor's Appointee
  • Sarah Favinger – NJEA
  • Donna Chiera – AFT/AFL-CIO
  • Denise Graff Policastro – NJEA

Other Boards and Committees

Meetings begin at 9:30 A.M.

  • April 9, 2024
  • June 11, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • December 10, 2024

Meetings begin at 9:30 A.M.

  • February 13, 2024 – rescheduled to February 21, 2024, due to inclement weather
  • February 21, 2024*
  • August 13, 2024

*Meeting to be held at 9:30 A.M. at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
3rd Floor Conference Room
50 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M. unless otherwise noted.  

  • February 13, 2024 – rescheduled to February 21, 2024, due to inclement weather
  • February 21, 2024*
  • April 9, 2024
  • June 11, 2024
  • August 13, 2024 (Meeting begins at 10:30 A.M.)
  • October 8, 2024
  • December 10, 2024

*Meeting to be held at 10:30 A.M. at the following location:

Division of Pensions & Benefits
3rd Floor Conference Room
50 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

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