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 fifteen (15).

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 insurance program under this subchapter appointed by the Governor - Rett Hatcher (Arkansas Teacher Retirement System – Deputy Director);
  • A certified classroom teacher appointed by the Governor - Dori Gutierrez (DeQueen School District – Teacher); Lisa Sherrill – (Valley Springs School District – Principal);
  • The Insurance Commissioner or his or her designee - Stephanie Lilly-Palmer (State Insurance Department – Human Resource Manager);
  • The Commissioner of Education or his or her designee - Greg Rogers (Department of Education – Assistant Commissioner); 
  • 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 in private industry to be appointed by the Governor - Dr. Terry Fiddler (Licensed HealthCare Provider – Retired Dentist); Cindy Gillespie (Department of Human Services – Director); Vacant; 
  • Two (2) additional member positions that shall be filled by a retired teacher and by a retired state employee appointed by the Governor. Vacant - Retired Teacher; Herb Scott (Department of Finance and Administration – Retired State Employee); 
  • One (1) public school administrator to be appointed by the Governor - Melissa Moore (Charleston School District – Principal);
  • 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 (Arkansas Board of Pharmacy – Executive Director);
  • The Director of Health Facility Services of the Department of Health or his or her designee - Renee’ Mallory - Vice-Chairman of the Board (Health Systems in Statewide Services – Service Unit Leader);
  • One (1) member who is a licensed health care provider appointed by the Governor - Dr. Lanita White (UAMS - Assistant Professor);


Carla Haugen
Chairman of the Board
(Department of Finance and Administration - Deputy Director/Chief of Staff)


Renee' Mallory
Vice-Chairman of the Board
(Health Systems in Statewide Services – Service Unit Leader)
 

Rett Hatcher
(Arkansas Teacher Retirement System – Deputy Director)

 

 



Dori Gutierrez
(DeQueen School District – Teacher)


Dr. Terry Fiddler
(Licensed HealthCare Provider – Retired Dentist)


Lisa Sherrill
(Valley Springs School District – Principal)

 


Cindy Gillespie
(Department of Human Services - Director)


Stephanie Lilly-Palmer
(State Insurance Department – Human Resource Manager)


Herb Scott
(Department of Finance and Administration – Retired State Employee)


Greg Rogers
(Department of Education – Assistant Commissioner)


Dr. Lanita White
(UAMS - Assistant Professor)

Melissa Moore
(Charleston School District – Principal)



Cindy Allen
PSE Retiree Representative

 


Jon Kirtley
Executive Director of the
Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy

 

 

 

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.