About the Board

The Board of the Public Employees Benefits Program helps to make decisions regarding the program, with the ultimate goal of helping PEBP best serve Nevada public employees and their benefit-plan needs.

The PEBP Board consists of ten members appointed by the Governor. Each appointee represents a specific class of public employees and retireesthese include the Nevada System of Higher Education, retired public employees, state employees, and local government employees. Additionally, two members must have substantial and demonstrated experience in risk management, health care administration or employee benefits programs. One member must be employed in a managerial capacity for the Department of Administration. NRS 287.041

Board Members


Patrick Cates was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve as the PEBP Board Chairman in July 2016. He was appointed as the Director of the Nevada Department of Administration (D of A) effective September 14, 2015.

In Patrick’s capacity as D of A Director, he oversees 10 Divisions, 577 employees, and an annual operating budget of nearly $300 million. The Divisions under Patrick’s direction include: Administrative Services; Enterprise IT Services; Fleet Services; Hearings and Appeals; Human Resource Management; Public Works; Purchasing; Risk Management; State Library, Archives and Public Records; and the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management.

Before accepting the position of D of A Director, Patrick served as Deputy Director of the Department of Wildlife for six years and managed administration and support functions to include budgeting, contracting, grants management, facilities management, information technology, engineering, personnel, and operations. Patrick has extensive experience working for the State of Nevada including the Departments of Cultural Affairs, Health and Human Services, Administration and Motor Vehicles.

Mr. Cates received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.

DONALD BAILEY, SR., Vice-Chairman

Donald Bailey, Sr. is the retired Nevada State Printer, a position he held from 1977 to 2004. He was re-appointed to this same position by five consecutive Nevada State Governors, starting with The Honorable Mike O’Callaghan and concluding with The Honorable Kenny Guinn.

Since his retirement, he has been active in RPEN-Retired Public Employees of Nevada and currently serves as the president of the Sparks, NV RPEN Chapter. Prior to coming to Nevada, he was the plant manager for American Standard’s Printing Division for fifteen years.

Mr. Bailey earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.


Dr. Jennifer C. Bonilla assumed the Interim Registrar role in June 2018, after serving as Graduate Programs Director for the Department of Health Care Administration & Policy within the School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS). In her prior role, Jennifer was instrumental in leading CAHME accreditation efforts for the Master of Health Care Administration Program (MHA) and launching the online Executive Master of Health Care Administration Program (EMHA).

Prior to UNLV, Dr. Bonilla held several executive leadership roles in global service organizations managing business process outsourcing and logistics services for Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, airports, universities and school districts, including positions as CEO of ISS Facility Services, Division President of Sodexo, and President – North America of Pitney Bowes Management Services. Her academic background includes assessment, admissions, student and faculty recruitment, graduate course curriculum design, and graduate teaching, and she leverages her diverse industry and academic background to deliver student-centric services.

Her doctoral coursework at Iowa State University of Science & Technology focused on employee burnout and turnover, the multi-generational workforce and employee engagement in a healthcare system. She also holds masters degrees in both health innovation and business administration, and completed her bachelor’s degree at UNLV’s Harrah Hospitality College. As a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Dr. Bonilla is committed to improving health care quality, cost and access.


Linda S. Fox is a 27 year resident of Nevada and the mother of two grown sons.

She has served as Chief Pharmacist for the Nevada Department of Corrections since 2009 and worked as a staff pharmacist for the Department since 2004. In this capacity she has been instrumental in saving the Department over $10,000,000 through Inventory and Formulary management.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Community Outreach Medical Center, a non profit clinic for five years.

Linda created CPCPD, the Coalition of Public Correctional Pharmacy Directors in 2010. This group exists to provide information sharing for pharmacy leadership in the public sector specific to management of correctional systems. As a group, these pharmacy directors are responsible for more than 500,000 inmate patients.

Ms. Fox graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1990.


Leah Lamborn, Certified Public Manager, recently retired from State Government as the Chief Financial Officer for the Medicaid and Nevada Check Up (SCHIP) Programs. She has over 25 years of experience within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Her State career started with the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services in January of 1990.

She then accepted a position with the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) in December of 2006. Her experience spans over all aspects of the Medicaid and SCHIP Programs including eligibility, policy, financial grants and reporting of expenditures. Her more recent experience with the DHCFP is with Managed Care Organization Plans, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, benefit plans, provider reimbursement rates, preparing and presenting biennial budgets, fiscal management of the Division’s budget accounts. She retired as the Division’s Administrative Services Officer in July of 2015.

Leah Lamborn received her Certification of Public Manager in December of 2009.


Dr. John Packham is the Director of Health Policy Research in the Office of Statewide Initiatives and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He administers the Nevada Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and Nevada Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) that support technical assistance to Nevada’s rural and frontier hospitals administered by the Nevada Office of Rural Health based at the School of Medicine. He also oversees health workforce research, applied health services research, and health policy analysis undertaken by the Office of Statewide Initiatives. Dr. Packham’s areas of expertise include health workforce planning, social determinants of health, health policy analysis, health services research, program evaluation, community health needs assessments, and health program administration.

Dr. Packham received his BA and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden in 1993. He is the co-author of numerous health-related reports, including Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book – Eighth Edition (January 2017), “Nevada Residency and Fellowship Training Outcomes – 2007 to 2016” (July 2016), “Health Workforce Supply in Nevada” (March 2017), “The Contribution of the University of Nevada School of Medicine” (March 2016), “Physician Workforce in Nevada” (March 2016), and Health Care Careers in Nevada – 2016-2017 Edition (February 2016).

Dr. Packham is the Past President of the Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA), Chair of the NPHA Advocacy and Policy Committee, and Nevada Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Governing Council. He currently serves on a number of statewide advisory boards, including the Nevada Public Health Institute, Health Services and Medical Care Sector Council, Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) Steering Committee, Nevada Insurance Commissioner’s Network Adequacy Advisory Council, and is the current President of the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition. He also serves on the National Association of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) Board of Directors, and NOSORH’s Policy and Flex Committees.


Glenn Shippey started his actuarial career with the Hartford Life Insurance Company in 1990 prior to joining the Nevada Division of Insurance in 1992. He was the primary architect of Nevada’s response to HIPAA in 1997 with the creation of rating reform in the individual and small group markets.

He was appointed to the Governor’s Health Reform Planning Group which was responsible for early implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As an Insurance Actuarial Analyst III with the Nevada Division of Insurance, Glenn currently oversees Nevada’s Effective Rate Review Program and the review of health benefit plans for compliance with state and federal rules.

He managed Plan Certification for Qualified Health Plans in 2014 and 2015, and now works collaboratively with the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to meet its responsibilities as a State Based Marketplace utilizing the Federally Facilitated Marketplace platform.

Mr. Shippey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Connecticut in August, 1989.


Tom Verducci was most recently a Retirement Education Specialist with MassMutual, providing investment services to Washoe County and the City of Reno Employees’ 457 Deferred Compensation Programs. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance.

He holds a General Securities Series 7 License, Series 63 License and a Nevada Health, Life and Variable Annuities License. Tom obtained the designation as a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) in July, 2016.

In 1987 Tom began his career providing services to the State of Nevada Deferred Compensation Plan. He has also served as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Securities and has held a Director position with Citigroup (formerly Copeland). Tom returned to The Hartford in 2002 and provided services once again to the State of Nevada Deferred Compensation Program from 2006-2012.  Tom also spent two years with Great-West Life as Associate Regional Director.

He has assisted nearly 20,000 Nevada residents with their retirement needs over a three decade period and has held the roles of Western Division Regional Director, Nevada Senior Regional Manager, Team Lead and Senior Account Representative with The Hartford.


Christine Zack has served as a member of the senior management team for three national healthcare companies, providing strategic guidance on all aspects of organizational affairs with a focus on corporate risk management. A 9 year resident of the Las Vegas Valley, Ms. Zack serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer for Fundamental Administrative Services, LLC and Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of Mariner Health Central, Inc.  Christine functions as a legal advisor and head of the Risk Management Department for both organizations and is known for fostering a team-oriented, cross-disciplinary approach to complex legal and business issues.

Christine is a graduate of Tulane Law School where she was a member of the Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, The Public Law Center, and an Inter-School Appellate Moot Court Team and Dickinson College, where she graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Political Science and Sociology.   In her personal life, Christine serves as the Vice President and Director of her neighborhood property owners’ association board of directors, serves as the Chair of her neighborhood Social Committee which she founded in 2015 and is involved with several dog rescue charities throughout the country.  Christine resides in Henderson with her husband, son and two rescue dogs.