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. 

Jim Smith
San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund
James A. Smith is the current Chairman of the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund and has served as Trustee on the San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund (SAFPPF) since 2010 He is a Sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) where he supervises the Asset Forfeiture Unit with nearly 30 years of service to date. Before his election to SAFPPF, Jim served as an Executive Board member of the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association (SAPOA), and served as an Executive Board member of the San Antonio Hispanic Officer’s Organization. Jim is a graduate of Kent State University where he graduated in 1987. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps officer. Jim remained on active duty as a Captain until 1992 when he joined the San Antonio Police Department. 

1st Vice President
Sherry Mose
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. 

2nd Vice President 
Jose Cavazos 
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Retirement Plan & Trust

Jose A. Cavazos is an appointed Fiduciary for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Define Contribution Committee, since 2005. He has also, completed the TEXPERS Certified Trustee Training. Currently, he is serving as a Southwest Region Representative for the Latino Caucus through Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Since 2004, he was nominated Executive Board Officer through Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU, Local 1338).  

Larry Knott
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Retirement Plan & Trust
Larry has served at DART as a central support mechanic for more than 35 years. He has served over 10 years on the DART defined benefit retirement committee and was re-elected in 2015. He was elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors in April 2018. Larry was the former Executive Vice President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338 serving 10 years in labor leadership. Prior to DART Larry served 3 years active duty and was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army.

Carla Brewer
Dallas Employees' Retirement Fund  

At the City of Dallas, Carla D. Brewer is the Financial Services Manager for the Equipment and Fleet Management Department where she has worked for twenty-four years. Carla was elected by employee members of the Fund to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas beginning in 1999 and is currently serving her eighth term. She served as Board Chair from 2004-2014 and Vice-Chair from 2015-2017. Carla has also served on a special assignment with the E-Team, an efficiency team within the City of Dallas. Her City career began in Budget and Management Services in 1987 where she worked as an Operating Budget Supervisor until 1995. She has also worked as a bank credit analyst and a high school teacher. Carla has a B.A. in History and German and an M.B.A. in Finance from Baylor University. 

Board Member
Terry A. Bratton
Houston Police Officers' Pension System  
Terry Bratton was elected to the Houston Police Officer’s Board of Trustees in January of 2002. He has served as Chairman for the previous six years and is currently serving as Vice Chairman. Mr. Bratton retired in August of 2015 after over 39 years with HPD. Most of his career was spent training officers in the area of tactics and use of force. He has served as President of the Texas Police Association, holds a LLC from the Texas Law Enforcement Command College, and has an advanced instructor certificate from Texas A & M. In 2002, he received a lifetime achievement award from the 100 Club and he received a second achievement award in 2015 from HPD. Mr. Bratton is a chaplain with the Billy Graham Law Enforcement Rapid Response Team, a volunteer with P.A.C.A., and also volunteers with many organizations including the HPD and HPOU Peer Support team and COPLINE. His wife, Melanie, is also a retired HPD officer and their youngest son, Tyler, is an officer currently working at the North Belt station. 

Board Member
Paul R. Brown
Big Spring Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund  
Paul has been on the TEXPERS Board of Directors since 1996 and previously served as the association's President. He is a Society of Pension Professionals member and holds its Chartered Trustee designation. 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 Texas AFL-CIO as their Secretary-Treasurer. He holds an associate degree in science from Howard College.


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 re-elected to the board as a trustee in 2009 and served as Chairman of the Board until his retirement in October 2015. He served El Paso citizens since 1994 as a Police Officer retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his retirement he assumed the position of Executive Director of the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund.  He holds a BS with Distinction in Criminal Justice from Park University and an MBA from the University of Texas-El Paso. Tyler also graduated in July 2013 from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Tyler was elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors in March 2012.

Board Member
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. 

Board Member 
Larry Reed 
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 & 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. 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.

Board Member
David Stacy
Midland Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund
David is the vice-chair of the retirement fund. He is a fireman with the Midland Fire Department where he has served for more than 34 years, according to his LinkedIn biography.