Five New Members Appointed to ERISA Advisory Council


Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez this week named five new members to the 15-member ERISA Advisory Council.

The Council’s official mandate is to “advise the Secretary and submit recommendations regarding the Secretary’s functions under ERISA”.

Who are the new members? BenefitsPro has the details:

Beth A. Almeida, representing the general public, is principal researcher with the Center on Aging at the American Institutes for Research, where she writes on employee benefits, transitions to retirement, and long-term care. She is the former executive director of the National Institute on Retirement Security, and served on the executive board of the Labor and Employment Research Association. Almeida is a member of the Gerontological Society of America.

Patricia M. Haverland, representing employers, is vice president, pension fund management for Siemens’ North American operations, with more than 25 years of experience as a plan sponsor. She has led the investment, design, compliance, and communication of multiasset class investment and funding strategies for U.S. and international pension and 401(k) plans.

Tazewell V. Hurst III, representing employee organizations, is a senior research economist with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. His work focuses on contract negotiations on defined benefit pension plans, and he teaches classes on pension fundamentals to rank-and-file union members. His research interests include the impact of financial economics on pension funds and pension fund investments.

Cynthia J. Levering, representing actuarial counseling, retired from Aon Consulting as a senior vice president and consulting actuary in 2009 after 33 years with the firm. She consulted on qualified defined benefit, defined contribution plans, nonqualified plans, and other post­retirement benefits for plan sponsors of various sizes, and also served previously as chair of the Society of Actuaries’ Pension Section Council and the Pension Section Research Team.

Stacy R. Scapino, representing investment counseling, has worked in pensions, investments, and banking for more than 25 years. She is a partner and global leader for Mercer Investments’ Multinational Corporate Consulting activities.

Mark E. Schmidtke was announced as the incoming chair of the Council, and Jennifer Kamp Tretheway the vice-chair.


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