State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board  

 Act 48 of 1972 (Extraordinary Session), as amended, established the State Employee’s Insurance, as an Office of the Arkansas State Government, for the purpose of providing health and life insurance benefits to employees of the State of Arkansas. This Act also provided for a ten (10) member State Employees Insurance Advisory Committee to establish policies for the management of the insurance programs. Act 1206 of 1995 abolished the State Employees Advisory Committee and the Public School Insurance Advisory Committee (established by Act 834 of 1977) effective July 1, 1995. This Act transferred all rights, powers and duties of the Board, known after the passage of the Act as the State and Public School Health and Life Insurance Board, consisting of ten (10) members. Act 1446 of 2003 added two (2) ex officio members, bringing total voting membership to twelve (12). Act 3 of 2013 added two (2) additional ex officio members, bringing the total voting membership to fourteen (14).

The Acts referenced above outline specific qualifications for the people that serve on the board. The board consists of the following members in the following positions:

  • A state employee who is eligible to participate in the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance program appointed by the Governor - Katrina Burnett - Department of Information Systems (DIS);
  • Two (2) public school employees, at least one (1) of whom is employed by a rural school district, appointed by the Governor - Not appointed;
  • The Insurance Commissioner or his or her designee - Not appointed
  • The Commissioner of Education or his or her designee - Lori Freno-Engman - The Department of Education;
  • The Director of the Department of Finance and Administration or his or her designee - Carla Haugen - (Department of Finance and Administration - Deputy Director/Chief of Staff);
  • Three (3) members who are engaged in employee benefits management or risk management, at least one (1) of whom is a licensed healthcare provider, appointed by the Governor - Dr. Andrew Kumpuris - Cariovascular Disease and Internal Medicine - Heart Clinic Hospital; Robert Boyd - Windstream Corporation; Dr. Joe Thompson, MD, M.P.H., of UAMS - Arkansas Surgeon General; Vice-Chairman of the Board; President & CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement(ACHI);  
  • Two (2) members, one (1) of whom is a retired public school employee and one (1) of whom is a retired state employee appointed by the Governor; Shelby McCook - Retired Teacher; Janis Harrison (Retired State Employee from the Department of Finance and Administration) 
  • One (1) public school employee, who is employed by a school district as an administrator,  appointed by the Governor - Dr. Tony Thurman (Superintendent. Cabot School District);
  • The Executive Director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy or his or her state employee pharmacist designee - Dr. John Kirtley - Chairman of the Board (Executive Director of the State Board of Pharmacy);
  • The Director of Health Facility Services of the Department of Health or his or her designee - Renee’ Mallory (Service Unit Leader, Health Systems in Statewide Services);
  • One (1) member who is a member of the Arkansas Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical Association, appointed by the Governor – Not appointed;

 

 

 

 

Coby Logan
Katrina Burnett
(Department of Information
Systems, DIS)
 

Not Appointed

 

 

 
Not Appointed
 


Lori Freno-Engman
(Deputy General Counsel,
Department of Education)

 

 


Carla Haugen
(Deputy Director,
Chief of Staff,Department of Finance and Administration)

Andrew Kumpuris, MD
Andrew Kumpuris, MD
(Cardiovascular Disease and
Internal Medicine
- Heart Clinic Hospital)
 

 

 

   
Robert Boyd
(Senior Consultant,
Windstream)
 

 

Not Appointed 

 

 


Shelby McCook
(Retired Teacher)
 

  
Janis Harrison
(Retired State Employee
from the Department
of Finance and Administration)
 

 

 


Dr. Tony Thurman
(Superintendent,
Cabot School District)


Dr. John Kirtley
Chairmen of the Board
(Executive Director of the
Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy)

 
   

    


Renee Mallory
(Service Unit Leader,
Health Systems in Statewide Services)

Dr. Joseph Thompson, Md, M.P.H., of UAMS
Vice-Chairmen of the Board
(President & CEO of the Arkansas Center for
Health Improvement (ACHI))
 

The board was established to set policy and to select plans and coverages for the state and public school personnel health insurance, life insurance and self-funded medical programs, as to enhance the ability to control premiums, expand health care options, and utilize managed care capabilities where feasible and in the best interest of state and public school employees. They are also to propose future goals and measures to address the common objectives of both groups, including improving quality of health care services under the program, increasing participants’ understanding of the program features, and slowing the rate of growth in health care expenses under the program. The board meets monthly and has established several sub-committees to propose, investigate and review policy or plan changes and to make recommendations to the board.