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

LAURA FREED, Board Chair

Governor Sisolak appointed Laura Freed as Director of the Department of Administration in January 2020. She has been in state service since 2003, working as an Executive Branch Budget Officer in the Governor’s Finance Office, serving as Deputy Administrator for Regulatory Services within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and working as Program Analyst within the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Fiscal Analysis Division. In her work at both the Governor’s Finance Office and the Legislative Counsel Bureau, Laura had responsibility for the PEBP budgets, and brings an understanding of PEBP’s fiscal and program history to the Board.

Laura received a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

LINDA FOX, Vice Chair

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.

 

DONALD BAILEY, SR.

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.

JENNIFER KRUPP

Jennifer Krupp joined the PEBP board in May, 2020.  Jennifer has spent over 15 years working in the health care industry and has held many varied positions over the course of her career.  She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.  Prior to joining the Exchange, Jennifer worked at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health where she oversaw the administration and implementation of several federally funded grants, including cancer screening and early detection programs and the heart disease and stroke prevention program.  She has also spent time working at Nevada Medicaid as a Business Process Analyst and working in partnership with Nevada at Health Management Systems to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Jennifer began her career in health care working her way through college as a Certified Nurse Assistant, and served on the Nevada State Board of Nursing from 2011-2015.  Jennifer holds both a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.

Jennifer enjoys hiking, running and spending time with her husband and three children.

 

LEAH LAMBORN

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.

 

JET MITCHELL

Jet Mitchell is a proud Las Vegas local since 1995. She earned her MBA from the University of Texas in Arlington and her JD degree from Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Although she has been a licensed attorney in the state of Nevada since 2006, she has chosen to serve as a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, teaching management and marketing. In addition to instructing, Jet has over 17 years of recruitment experience, primarily working with technology professionals in Southern Nevada.

Jet began strategic advocacy as a response to her Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis. She is a public face and voice – via TV interviews, podcasts, public speaking and print media – for patients that, like her, will be in life-long treatment. Her patient advocacy has included the current role of serving as a volunteer advocate speaker and leader with American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), reviewing grant applications as a panel reviewer for Southern Nevada Susan G Komen, and racing with the Pink Paddlers dragon boat team. She has used her Technology Woman for Community Service Award in 2018 and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Person of Courage Award in 2018 as a platform to promote relevant conversations for both Stage IV cancer fighters and supporters.

Her response to advanced cancer also includes fierce physical activity. She has run a half marathon in all 50 states. Jet has earned over 1 million airline miles and is working on her second million. She is a traveler with an important mission: regardless of how long the journey lasts, enjoy the adventure.

 

DAVID SMITH

David Smith has been employed by the State of Nevada since 1995 and during that time has worked in various positions at the Nevada Parole Board and the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Smith currently works as a Parole Hearings Examiner II for the Nevada Parole Board.  In conjunction with State employment, Mr. Smith served as the Executive Secretary to the Nevada Pardons Board from 2004 through 2009 and served as Vice-Chairman of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program Board from 1999 through 2007.  Mr. Smith is a member of the Association of Paroling Authorities International and has served as both member and chairman of the Association’s Professional Development Committee.

Prior to public sector employment, Mr. Smith worked as an executive at a resort in the Florida Keys managed by Carnival Hotels and Casinos.  Mr. Smith served eight years in the U.S. Air Force and received two Air Force Commendation Medals for meritorious service while serving overseas as an Intelligence Analyst.  Mr. Smith was most recently appointed to the Public Employees’ Benefits Program Board in November 2019.

 

TOM VERDUCCI

Tom Verducci is currently a representative of Voya Financial, serving public employees’ 457 Deferred Compensation Plans, primarily servicing Washoe County employees. Prior to that he was 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 General Security License, Series 65 License and a Nevada Health, Life and Variable Annuities License.

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 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 an 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.

 

DR. MARSHA URBAN

Marsha Urban grew up in a small town in Northern Pennsylvania. She worked as a pharmacy tech in an independent pharmacy for 20 years before earning her BA in English and Secondary Education from King’s College.

Marsha came to Reno to attend graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994. She earned a master’s degree in English Literature and a Ph.D. in English (17th-Century British Literature) from the University. In 2003, Marsha was hired as the coordinator of the tutoring center on campus. After numerous name changes for the center, Marsha is now the Director of the University Tutoring Center.

Marsha was a member of the Faculty Senate and is a member of the Salaries and Benefits Committee (SBC). Her work on the SBC lead to being nominated as a member of the PEBP board in spring 2020 to complete John Packham’s last year on the PEBP Board.