Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees
The nine-member State Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, establishes policy for the administration of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. The Board employs an actuary, investment consultant, custodian, CPA, and investment managers to provide professional management of the Fund.
Frank Torres, Chairman
In September 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed Frank Torres to the Texas Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Retirement Fund Board of Trustees. In December 1999, Mr. Torres was reappointed by Governor Bush. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in February 2002. Mr. Torres has served as the Executive Director of Willacy County EMS since 1990. On November 23, 1993, the Texas Department of Health selected Mr. Torres as the Texas EMS Administrator of the Year. He currently chairs the EMT Program Curriculum Advisory Board for The University of Texas Brownsville EMT Program. In addition, he remains very active assisting the Rio Grande Valley Regional Advisory Council on Trauma. In December of 1989, Mr. Torres became a volunteer with the Raymondville Fire Department serving as 2nd Assistant Chief in 1992. In 1993, he was appointed Training Coordinator and asked to serve on the Local Retirement Board of Directors. In December 1997, Mr. Torres was appointed by the Raymondville City Commission to serve as a Board Member for the Raymondville Planning and Zoning Commission.
Gracie G. Flores, Vice Chair
In August 2004, Governor Rick Perry appointed Gracie Flores to the the Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency Services Personnel Retirement Fund. Ms. Flores is the pension plan administrator of the Corpus Christi Firefighters’ Retirement System (CCFRS). The Retirement System has assets totaling approximately $82 million and membership of almost 700. Prior to joining CCFRS, Gracie was a Trust Officer at Frost National Bank in the Financial Services Department. Gracie also serves as the Treasurer for the Court of Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph of Corpus Christi. She holds the designation of Chartered Pension Trustee with the Society of Pension Professionals in Texas and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A & M Corpus Christi. Ms. Flores serves on the investment committee for the TESRS Fund.
Maxie L. Patterson, Secretary
In December 1999, Governor George W. Bush, Jr. appointed Mr. Patterson to the Board of Trustees for the Texas Emergency Services Personnel Retirement Fund. Governor Rick Perry reappointed Mr. Patterson on December 6, 2001 to serve a six-year term ending September 1, 2007. Mr. Patterson currently serves on the Investment Committee for the Board.
Mr. Patterson received a Masters of Public Administration from Michigan State University in March 1977. Mr. Patterson served as the Executive Director for the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund and in various management positions in the Finance and Administration Department of the City of Houston between September 1989 and February 1997. He was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Beaumont between 1986 and 1989. He also served as the Chief of Police of Windsor Connecticut from 1979 to 1986 and the Chief of Police of Albion Michigan between 1976 and 1979.
In December 2008, Governor Rick Perry appointed Dan Key to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement Fund. He serves on the Rules Committee for the Board of Trustees. Mr. Key has served in the Texas Fire Service for over 30 years. He is a past Fire Chief in the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department and is currently the department safety officer and a member of the local pension board. He serves as an instructor at the Texas A&M Emergency Services Training Institute. He is also an advanced accredited fire fighter by the State Firemen and Fire Marshal's Association and a commissioned fire fighter by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is fire commissioner for the Galveston County Fire Fighters Association. Mr. Key works as a Regional Manager for Draeger Safety of Pittsburgh, PA. Key attended San Jacinto College. He and his wife Judy have lived in Friendswood for over 15 years.
In May 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed Dennis Rice to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Mr. Rice has worked for the Randall County Sheriff’s Office since 1992, currently holding the position of Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. His area of responsibilities include investigations and serving as Fire Marshal for Randall County. He served as Fire Chief during the development of the Randall County Fire Department and continues with that department serving on its pension committee. An active volunteer for the Canyon Fire Department since 1996, he is a Captain for the department, responsible for training. He participates in training classes and serves as an instructor with the Canyon Fire School. He has held various offices within the West Texas Fire/Arson Investigators Association, just completing his term as President. He has attended fire-training classes at the Fireman’s Training School at Texas A&M University. Mr. Rice holds an Advanced Accredited level of certification from the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. A native of Canyon, Texas, he is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Don R. Shipman
In December of 2008, Governor Rick Perry appointed Don Shipman to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement Fund Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the chair of the Actuarial Committee for the Board. Don is a retired Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Enrolled Actuary and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has over 30 years of experience consulting on the design, financing and administration of pension plans that have ranged in size from about $10 Million in assets to over $5 billion. Mr. Shipman received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin with majors in Actuarial Science, Accounting and Quantitative analysis. He has lived in Texas for 25 years.
In May 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed Virginia (Jenny) Moore of Lake Jackson to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency Services Personnel Retirement Fund. Ms. Moore has been with the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department since 1996, currently serving as a fire fighter and Arson Investigator. Jenny is also a Reserve Police Officer for the city of Lake Jackson, as well as a part-time instructor for the Brazosport College Police Academy. Jenny is a guest instructor at the Texas A&M University Firemen’s Training School and holds the position of Office Manager for Starboard Industries. Mrs. Moore is a native of Corpus Christi and holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Brazosport College.
In December 2008, Governor Rick Perry appointed Ronald Larson to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement Fund. Mr. Larson works as administrator for the El Paso County Emergency Services District #1. He has been a member of the Horizon City Volunteer Fire Department since 1985 and has held numerous positions in the fire department from fire fighter to assistant chief. Mr. Larson has also serviced on the Board of Commissioners for El Paso County ESD #1 and is nationally certified EMT.
In November 2010 Governor Rick Perry appointed Stephen K. Williams to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees for a one year term ending on September 11, 2011. Mr. Williams was reappointed on September 1, 2011 to sever a full 6 year term. Mr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1984. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is the Vice President of Fiscal Services for Panola College in Carthage, Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, member and former board member of the Texas Society of CPAs, member and past president of the East Texas Chapter of TSCPA, and a member and past president of the Carthage Lions Club. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Carthage Fire Department and a guest instructor at Texas A&M University’s Firemen’s Training School.