Benefits Advisory Committee

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The Iowa Legislature created the Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) to consider and make recommendations about member benefits and services to IPERS and the legislature.

The Committee represents major member, employer and retiree associations and includes members with extensive experience in education, public safety, workforce development, human resources and other disciplines. While Iowa law names the constituent groups to serve on the BAC, each association chooses its BAC representative.

The Committee includes nine voting members; seven are elected by the Committee membership. The voting members serve three-year terms and include:  

  • Four members who represent IPERS-covered employers, one of whom must be the director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.
  • Four members who represent IPERS members.
  • A public member who is not a member of IPERS.

Meet the Members

As representatives of public employee, employer and retiree associations, committee members offer a unique understanding of their constituents’ interests and concerns. Many serve or served in the public sector with their constituents and are knowledgeable about retirement saving and planning.

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Chair
Voting Member
Term Expires 2021
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Vice Chair, Public Member
Voting Member
Term Expires 2023
Matt Carver photo
Member Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2022
Susanna Cave photo
Member Association Representative
Matt Cosgrove photo
Employer Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2021
Andrew Hennessy photo
Member Association Representative
Steve Hoffman photo
Member Association Representative
Danny Homan photo
Member Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2022
Connie Kuennen photo
Employer Association Representative
Erin Mullenix photo
Employer Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2023
Melissa Peterson photo
Member Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2023
Jim Romar photo
Member Association Representative
Voting Member
Term Expires 2022
Philip Tetzloff photo
Member Association Representative
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