TEXPERS is an independent association of public employee retirement systems -- administered by and for its members.
The TEXPERS Board of Directors represents the entire spectrum of its membership. As defined in the Bylaws, the TEXPERS Board consists of three municipal system members, three fire system members, three police system members, two authority district members, and the past-president who serves as ex-officio in a nonvoting capacity. Officers are elected by the Board.
TEXPERS' day-to-day affairs are managed by a highly competent staff. The CEO is the Executive Director who is assisted by the Office Coordinator.
City of Austin Employee Retirement System
Eyna retired from the City of Austin after serving in a variety of capacities including economic development, auditing, transportation financial management, fleet management, executive assistant in the City Manager's Office and Assistant Director of Libraries. Eyna served as a trustee for the City of Austin Employees Retirement System from 1998 to 2009. She received a BBA from St. Edwards University with concentration in Management and Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She has placed her MBA on hold for a year, in order to fulfill her commitments to the boards of organizations she is passionate about such as: the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, Texans for Secure Retirement (retirement security), Travis County Appraisal Review Board (property tax appeals) and Seedling Foundation (education).
First Vice President
Houston Municipal Employees Pension System
Sherry is Plan Administrator of the City of Houston Deferred Compensation Program and is responsible for all aspects of the program which covers over 23,000 employees. Since 1998, Sherry has served on the Board of the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System, and she currently serves as the Board's Chair. In addition, she holds the positions of Chair of the Budget and Oversight Committee, Chair of the External Affairs Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee. She was the President for the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA), served as the Community Service Chairperson for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Houston Chapter, involved in the School-to-Work program with the Houston Independent School District and is a frrequent speaker at deferred compensation and pension conferences. Sherry received her Chartered Trustee (CT) and Chartered Pension Executive (CPE) designations from the National Society of Pension Professionals, as well as the Certified Retirement Administrator (CRA) and Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) certifications from the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE). She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Second Vice President
Dallas Police & Fire Pension System
Rector is a former Trustee of Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. He was appointed as a Police Trustee of Dallas Police & Fire Pension System in July 2000 to fill an unexpired Police Trustee term. After serving three years on the Board, he subsequently was elected to the position of Trustee in 2003. He has served Dallas citizens since 1979 as a Police Officer, currently holding the rank of Sergeant. Rector was the recipient of the 1996 Dallas Police Association’s "Cop’s Cop" Award. He has been a longstanding Dallas Police Academy Advisory Board Member.
Tyler C. Grossman
El Paso Fire & Police Pension Fund
Tyler was elected to the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2001 and served until 2006 when he took a brief leave of absence to work in Iraq with a private company protecting United States Diplomats to include the US Ambassador of Iraq. Upon his return he was reelected to the board as a trustee in 2009. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and sits on the Ad-Hoc Legislative committee. He has served El Paso citizens since 1994 as a Police Officer, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a BS with Distinction in Criminal Justice from Park University and an MBA from the University of Texas-El Paso. Tyler has completed his course work and will be giving his dissertation to become a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in July 2013. He currently serves on the El Paso Museum Advisory Committee. Tyler has completed the 3-part TEXPERS Certified Trustee Training program as of August 2012. Tyler was elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors in March 2012, and serves as Secretary.
Michael J. Curran
MTA of Harris County Retirement Plan
Mike is retired from MTA. While at METRO, he was the Manager of Pension, Trust and Tax Revenue. He was also Plan Administrator for the METRO Pension Plans, Health & Welfare Trust and the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. He joined METRO in 1995 after working in private industry for a number of years. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a Chartered Pension Executive by the Society of Pension Professionals.
Austin Fire Fighters Relief & Retirement Fund
Randy retired from the Austin Fire Department as a Captain on the Hazardous Materials Response Team. He was a part of the original HazMat group that started in 1984 and worked over the years to develop the Team Response and Training, while responding as a member of the team. Randy was elected to the Austin Firefighter Relief and Retirement Fund Board of Trustees in 1996 and served as Vice-Chairman and Trustee during his tenure on the board. Randy was elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors in 2010 and currently holds this position.
Corpus Christi Firefighters' Retirement Fund
Andres (Andy) is Chairman of the Board of the Corpus Christi Firefighters’ Retirement System. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 1993 and in 1997, he was elected Chairman, a position he currently holds. Andy has served the Corpus Christi Fire Department for 31 years. He is the Chairman of the Texas Local Fire Fighters’ Retirement Act (TLFFRA) Legislative Committee and a member of the Peer Review Committee. He was recently re-elected to the Board of the Texas Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS). Andy holds the designation of Certified Trustee. Throughout his Trustee career, he has been instrumental in implementing several firefighter membership benefits. Andy has also served on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America of South Texas.
Paul R. Brown
Big Spring Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund
Paul has been on the TEXPERS Board of Directors since 1996 and currently serves as the Second Vice President. Prior to holding this position, he was the Association's President until he was term-limited. He is a member of the Legislative Committee for TLFRRA and a member of the Society of Pension Professionals. Paul is a former trustee on the board of the Big Spring Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund and has also served as the Board's Chairman. Most recently, Paul was with the the Texas AFL-CIO as their Secretary Treasurer. He holds an associate degree in science from Howard College and a Chartered Trustee designation.
Evelana (Chris) Brown
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Evelana began her career in 1994 with Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is currently a Rail Operator Instructor for DART, while working as a Bus and Train Operator prior to her current position. Evelana is also the Executive Vice President and a member of the ALU Local 1338 Union. During her tenure of service to the union, she served on several mediation teams negotiating various employment issues such as wages, health care, and retirement benefits. She also completed the Advocate Training Course at the George Meany Center Labor College in Washington D.C. Evelana currently serves as a member of the ATU International Credentials Committee, DART Alternative Duty Committee, and is a Trustee for DART DC Retirement Plan. Evelana was elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors in May 2012.
John D. Jenkins
Dallas Employees' Retirement Fund
John has 14 years of local government experience and 22 years of service in the United States Military. John holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently serves as Assistant Director with the Recreation and Maintenance Services, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. As a trustee for the City of Dallas Employees' Retirement Fund, his responsibilities include ensuring the solvency, integrity and financial stability of the City's pension fund. He is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, serves on the City of Arlington Library Advisory Board, the Arlington Shelter Board and the Arlington and Mansfield Action Committee Board. John also founded eleven investment clubs throughout the country in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Miami.
Houston Police Officers' Pension System
Ralph is an elected Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the $3.5B Houston Police Officers’ Pension System. Ralph is a 31 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division.
In addition to his police and pension board responsibilities, Ralph serves as Chairman of the City of Houston’s Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee, which oversees a $500 million Section 457(b) plan.
Ralph is a Past President of the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) and a past board member of the Arthur N. Caple Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE) and the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS).
Mr. Marsh holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice from Stephen F. Austin State University.
San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund
Larry is a retired San Antonio fire department Captain and represents the retired firefighters as Trustee on the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund. He previously served as the active firefighter trustee from 1985-1999 and the fund's Executive Director from 1999-2003. Larry served on the TEXPERS Board from 1998-2005 and was elected in 2010 to serve again on the Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio City Employees Federal Credit Union for over 20 years. Larry is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio with a BBA in finance.