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, portfolio investment strategies, 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.

He 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.


Appointed to the PEBP Board in June of 2014, Ana M. Andrews is the Risk Manager for the Risk Management Division of the State of Nevada’s Department of Administration, a position she’s held since February of 2012 (having worked as the division’s deputy since June of 2009). Her state career started in March of 1991 at the Attorney General’s Office where she worked for over 10 years. She then accepted the position of Insurance and Loss Prevention Specialist at the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Risk Management office, where she worked for eight years. Her experience includes work in the areas of loss analysis, risk identification and evaluation, and cost containment strategies, as well as twenty one years of budget development and implementation work in state government. She is a board member for the State Risk and Insurance Management Association (STRIMA) and the Northern Nevada Risk Management Society (RIMS) Chapter.

Mrs. Andrews is a graduate of Western Nevada College and completed her Associate degree in Risk Management in 2011.


Christopher R. Cochran, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Care Administration and Policy at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on access to care for underserved populations and safety-net resources, including management issues and quality improvement in both public and private health care organizations.

Dr. Cochran’s research has examined both the economic and medical effects of Nevada policy issues and programs such as the Women’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. His research has also examined access to health care for at-risk populations, including low-income families and the mentally ill.

Dr. Cochran teaches in the areas of the U.S. health care systems, health care policy, epidemiology, and strategic management. He is a past president of the Nevada Public Health Association and is a current member of the Nevada HIMMS and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Rosalie Garcia is an Administrative Coordinator in the Auxiliary Financial Services area at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In this role, she provides guidance to Athletics and other auxiliary administrators and staff relative to University and State business policies, procedures, and regulations. She began her career as an employee with the State of Nevada and the Nevada System of Higher Education, having served as both a classified and administrative faculty member. She also has past experience with compensation and salary administration, benefits, business process and procedures, data solicitation, and reporting improvements, and assistance with the testing and implementation of financial systems upgrades. Ms. Garcia and her husband are raising six children in southern Nevada. She has been a resident of Nevada since 1967 and currently lives in Las Vegas.


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.


Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Jim Wells as Interim Director of the Department of Administration on March 2, 2015 and made the appointment permanent on April 27, 2015. The Director of Administration also serves as the State’s Budget Director.

In addition to oversight of the state budget, Mr. Wells is responsible for managing statewide human resources, grant management, information technology, purchasing, risk management, public works, and buildings and grounds operations as well as the internal audit, hearings and appeals, victims of crimes, and library and archives divisions.

Prior to his appointment as Director, Mr. Wells served as the Executive Officer for the State’s Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) for over four and a half years and also served as the PEBP Chief Financial Officer for almost three years.

Mr. Wells has over 23 years of governmental accounting experience from his time serving in various capacities with the State of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno and the city of Roanoke, Virginia.

Mr. Wells received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada.


Tom Verducci is currently 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.