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. 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.


Spanning nearly three decades, Mandy Hagler’s workers’ compensation experience includes twenty-one of those years specific to the State of Nevada account, and most recently, six years of direct oversight of the State of Nevada Workers’ Compensation Program as the Deputy Risk Manager. Mandy began her career in 1986 with the State Industrial Insurance System (SIIS) and through the years her experience grew to include all aspects of workers’ compensation, including specializing in large Nevada construction groups. Her experience continued with over seven years as the Lead Adjuster for Sierra Nevada Administrators, overseeing management of State of Nevada claims including but not limited to heart and lung, indoor air quality, contagious disease, and catastrophic claims. Mandy returned to state service in 2008 as the Heart/Lung Coordinator, overseeing that program which provides specific benefit to State of Nevada named police and fire officers.

Mandy served as the Deputy Risk Manager for the State of Nevada for the past six years, where she oversaw a multitude of safety and loss control programs, in addition to workers’ compensation oversight. She was appointed under two governors to sit on the Employee Management Committee, and is currently serving her sixth term, with her second nomination to serve as Chair.

Mandy was selected to serve as Risk Management Administrator by Director Patrick Cates effective October 10, 2018, after the retirement of Ana Andrews who held the position for more than six years.


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 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.


Dr. John Packham is the Associate Dean of the Office of Statewide Initiatives (OSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Packham oversees a wide-range of statewide educational, research, and community engagement programs serving rural and urban residents in Nevada consistent with UNR’s mission to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and communities, and the School’s vision of a healthy Nevada.

Dr. Packham has co-authored nearly 100 policy-relevant, statewide research reports, including Health Workforce in Nevada (September 2019), Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book – Ninth Edition (February 2019), Graduate Medical Education Outcomes in Nevada – 2009 to 2018 (October 2018), Physician Workforce in Nevada (June 2018), and Health Care Careers in Nevada – 2018-2019 Edition (February 2018).

Dr. Packham has served on numerous statewide and national boards, including the Nevada Public Health Association, Nevada Public Health Institute, Nevada Public Health Foundation, Access to Healthcare Network, Health Services and Medical Care Sector Council of the Nevada Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, American Public Health Association Governing Council, and the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

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.


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 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.


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.