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DRS Advisory Committee

Mission

The committee’s mission is to facilitate the sharing of information between DRS and the associations and organizations representing active and retired members of the public pension plans administered by DRS.

Objectives

The objectives of the DRS Retirement Advisory Committee are to:

  • Identify and communicate client service issues to the Director
  • Communicate association and organization legislative initiatives to the Director
  • Share information provided by the Director with constituents
  • Develop and recommend ways to improve communication between DRS and active and retired members
History

The Director of the Department of Retirement Systems established the DRS Retirement Advisory Committee as an administrative committee in July 1996 after the State Retirement Advisory Committee was eliminated by statute.

Members

Nominated by Washington state member or retiree organizations, committee members are appointed by the DRS Director and serve for a minimum three-year term.

DRS Advisory Committee – Current Board Members

Representing PERS Active Members

Andrea Lee, Washington Public Employees Association

Representing PERS Retirees

Bev Hermanson, Retired Public Employees Council of Washington

Representing TRS Active Members

Darrell Heisler, Washington School Personnel Association

Representing TRS Retirees

Nancy Baldwin (Committee Chair), Washington Education Association

Representing SERS Active Members

Jacque Meddles, Public School Employees of Washington

Representing SERS Retirees

Cheri Ingersoll, Washington State School Retirees’ Association

Representing PSERS Active Members

William Copland, Washington Federation of State Employees

Representing LEOFF Active Members

Chief Scott Bieber, WA Association of Sheriff and Police Chiefs

Representing LEOFF Retirees

Richard Warbrouck, Retired Firefighters of Washington

Representing Washington State Patrol Active Members

Captain Jason Ashley, Washington State Patrol

Representing Washington State Patrol Retirees

Rick Jensen, Washington State Patrol

Representing Judicial Active Members

Judge Julie Spector, Superior Court Judges Association

Representing DCP Participants

David Nowotny, Public School Employees of Washington, Deferred Compensation Program participant

Representing Experience in Defined Contribution Plan Administration

Deirdre Walker, Weyerhaeuser

The committee will meet again on April 8 and Nov. 10, 2021.

For information about the DRS Advisory Committee, call 360-664-7312 or write to DRS, Attention: Advisory Committee, PO Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380.

Updating Your Address and/or Name

Retirees, inactive members, beneficiaries and legal-order payees: You can update your address from your online retirement account. Just select “Address” from the welcome screen. If you need to update your name, fill out and send in a printed form as well as a copy of documentation showing the change.

Active members: Update your name and/or address through your employer. That new information will soon appear in your online retirement account.

Direct Deposit

Set up and manage direct deposit of your benefit payments from your online retirement account. Just follow the “Direct Deposit” directions under “My Account” in the navigation menu.

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)

Beneficiary Designation

Members, you can update your beneficiary information from your online retirement account. Select “My Account” in the navigation menu and then “View/Edit” beside “Beneficiary.”

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)