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LACERA is required to disclose committee stipends received by the appointed and retired trustees.


Committee Members

  • J.P. Harris Chair
  • Wayne Moore  Vice Chair
  • Herman B. Santos
  • Gina Zapanta
  • William Pryor Alternate


  • Ricki Contreras, Manager, Disability Retirement Services Division
  • Frank Boyd, Senior Staff Counsel, Legal Division

The Disability Procedures and Services Committee meets as needed, following the first board meeting of the month. The committee reviews policies and services related to disability issues, including:

  • Board of Retirement bylaws pertaining to the disability process
  • Board of Retirement physician guidelines
  • Applications to the LACERA panel of examining physicians
  • Applications to the LACERA service providers panel
  • Applications to the LACERA job analysts panel
  • Performance of an individual or firm on any LACERA panel

Additionally, the committee drafts and presents policies to the Board of Retirement for its review and approval. Policies are designed to enhance the Board of Retirement’s effectiveness in evaluating disability applications and protecting the privacy of member disability records.


Committee Members

  • Les Robbins Chair
  • Vivian H. Gray Vice Chair
  • Shawn Kehoe 
  • Ronald A. Okum
  • Wayne Moore  Alternate


  • Cassandra Smith, Director, Retiree Health Care Division

The Insurance, Benefits, and Legislative Committee meets following the second board meeting of each month to collect and review research information on employment-based retiree health coverage.

The committee’s areas of interest include:

  • Review of Industry and marketplace information
  • Review of carrier claims experience
  • LACERA renewal rates and information
  • Evaluation of pending national and/or state legislation
  • Legislative initiatives and position recommendations to the Board of Retirement


Committee Members

  • Shawn R. Kehoe  Chair
  • Herman B. Santos Vice Chair
  • Ronald A. Okum
  • Les Robbins
  • Vivian H. Gray  Alternate


  • JJ Popowich, Assistant Executive Officer

This committee meets after the first board meeting of each month, following the Disability Procedures and Services Committee meeting. The Operations Oversight Committee (OOC) advises the Board of Retirement in the development, implementation, and review of LACERA’s operating policies and procedures.

In its advisory role, the committee:

  • Monitors the organization’s progress in meeting its mission to produce, protect, and provide the promised benefits
  • Analyzes changes to benefit policies
  • Investigates member service issues
  • Ensures the privacy and confidentiality of our membership data
  • Evaluates staff’s effectiveness and efficiency in securing appropriate resources
  • Examines financial integrity through periodic expenditure report reviews
  • Serves as an educational forum

Joint Committees


Audit Committee

Committee Members

  • Joseph Kelly BOI - Chair
  • Shawn Kehoe BOI - Vice Chair
  • Vivian H. Gray BOR - Secretary
  • Alan J. Bernstein  BOR
  • Ronald A. Okum BOR
  • Gina V. Sanchez BOI
  • Keith Knox BOR/BOI


  • Richard Bendall, Chief Audit Executive

The Audit Committee is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, and elected Audit Committee member from each Board. The committee typically meets in March, July, and November on the third Wednesday of the month, reporting to the Boards as needed to assist them in fulfilling their fiduciary oversight responsibilities. The committee focuses on matters relating to finance, investments, and operations, and oversees LACERA’s governance activities, including risk management practices and related internal controls. Within each organizational area, the Audit Committee oversees four primary functions:

  • Policies and programs
  • Monitoring and enforcement
  • Contracting and coordination
  • Reporting and communication

Joint Organizational Governance COMMITTEE


Committee Members

  • Shawn R. Kehoe BOR - Chair
  • Elizabeth Greenwood BOR - Vice Chair
  • Les Robbins BOR
  • Herman B. Santos BOR
  • Keith Knox BOR/BOI
  • Joseph Kelly BOI
  • Vivian H. Gray BOR
  • Alan J. Bernstein BOI


  • Steven Rice, Chief Counsel

The Joint Organizational Governance Committee is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, and appointed member from each board, and an elected committee member from each board. The JOGC will typically meet in March, April, June, September, and December, subject to the strategic and planning process calendar. Meetings alternate between scheduled BOR and BOI meetings, with special meetings as needed. The JOGC’s purpose is to serve and facilitate the work of both boards where their duties intersect and to improve their combined oversight. The scope of the JOGC’s responsibilities includes:

  • Organizational philosophy
  • Strategic planning and budgeting
  • Education and travel
  • Joint Board policy development
  • Legislation, engagement, and advocacy
  • Litigation and claims relating to unusual and materials risks
  • Chief Executive Officer search
  • Board disputes