Public Employee Benefits Institute

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans


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Who should attend

This conference is designed for public sector trustees, administrators and staff who work with health and welfare or pension plans.

About the course

The public sector has faced unique challenges in recent years with budget cuts and media attention on benefit plans. The Public Employee Benefits Institute is dedicated to addressing the benefits topics most critical to public plans.

Gather in an intimate environment to hear best practices, discuss issues and share ideas with peers who work with public sector benefit plans.


  • ​Economic Update
  • Public Employee Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Legislative Update—Health Funds
  • Properly Communicating Retirement
  • Managing Investment Return Assumptions in Public Plans
  • The Changing Health Care Environment
  • What to Do About Cybersecurity
  • Pharmacy Benefits
  • Handling the Opioid Epidemic
  • Mental Health
  • ​Public Sector Case Studies in Retiree Health Care
  • Maximizing Your Governmental Retirement Plans
  • Changes in Retiree Health
  • Preventive Health Outcomes in the Public Sector
  • What to Expect From Your Investment Consultants and Managers
  • Impact of Supreme Court Decision—After Janus v. AFSCME
  • How Public Sector Benefits Compare to Private Sector

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from industry experts about the latest in the world of benefits—Be prepared for what lies ahead
  • Network with peers who face similar challenges—Learn from their mistakes, benchmark your performance and gather workable ideas and solutions to implement
  • Bring home helpful resource materials to share with colleagues, from sample documents to checklists and case studies—The value of your attendance will continue long after you've left the program


Erin Boertman

Ms. Boertman is customer relations director for the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan. MERS is an independent professional retirement services company that was created to administer the retirement plans for Michigan’s local units of government on a not-for-profit basis. Ms...

John Garrett

John Garrett is a Principal and Consulting Actuary with CMC. Since 1993, John has served as an actuarial consultant to numerous state and local government retirement systems. John’s expertise covers such areas as public plan consulting, valuations, plan design, legislative impact analysis, exper...

Don Heilman

Nearly 30 years of industry leading business development, coupled with insightful, cost effective health and welfare consulting leadership. Focus on medium and large organizations across a wide range of industries, and in particular, the public sector. Broadly recognized for my expertise and act...

Robert Klausner

Robert Klausner is the principal in the law firm of Klausner & Kaufman, P.A. After two years in local government service, he has been engaged in the private practice of law, specializing in the representation of public employee pension funds since 1979. He serves as a consultant on retirement...

Lynette Metz

Ms. Metz is currently a consultant for NYSUT Member Benefits. She recently retired from NYSUT after 34 years of service, where she held the titles of director of NYSUT Member Benefits, chief executive officer of NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation and plan administrator for the NYSUT Member Benefit...

Rick Rodgers

Rick is Director of Retirement Plan Consulting at Strategies Capital Management and its affiliate, Advisory Consulting Group. Since 1988, Rick has worked as a consultant and educator to private-sector and governmental retirement plans. He offers clients a rich perspective on his continual effort ...

Marianne Steger

Ms. Steger is the director of public sector strategy for Willis Towers Watson, working with public employers and unions to preserve retiree health care. She is the retired director of health care for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and has over 35 years of experience in health...

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