Roy W. Sanchez
Roderick J. Newman
Edward J. Hamb III
Sherry Mose, Employee Trustee Position 5
Roy W. Sanchez, Employee Trustee Position 6
Roy W. Sanchez was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 and currently serves as Vice Chair. He also chairs the Audit Committee and previously chaired the Disability Committee. Mr. Sanchez has served the City of Houston for over 24 years as a Senior Electrical Inspector in the Code Enforcement Division of Houston Public Works Department.
Mr. Sanchez is currently serving his third term as Treasurer of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE) Local 123. He also serves as a Departmental Union Representative and was part of the negotiation team for the Meet and Confer for all Houston municipal employees. He is currently a Member of the Executive Board of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Mr. Sanchez completed the Certified Trustee Training (CTT) offered by the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS), an in-depth course on ethics, investments, fiduciary duties, actuarial matters and legal matters. He also completed the Program for Advanced Trustee Studies at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sanchez attended San Jacinto Junior College, the University of Houston, Houston Community College and Eastern Community College.
Lonnie Vara brings a wealth of experience to his role as Trustee and Board Secretary. Mr. Vara began working in the City’s Civil Services Department in 1974 and retired as the Human Resources Director in 2006 after 32 years. He was a long-time Board member prior to his retirement, and was elected to the Board in the 2008 Trustee election as a retiree Trustee.
Mr. Vara serves as the Chair of the Personnel and Procedures Committee, and Vice Chair of the External Affairs and Investment Committees. He also serves on the Disability and Audit Committees. Mr. Vara was a founding member of the Association of Retired Houston Municipal Employees (ARHME) and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of the Houston Employee Relief Organization (HERO).
Roderick J. Newman
Mr. Newman graduated from the University of Houston in 1977 with degrees in Social Science, Teacher Education and Sociology. Prior to attending college, he served honorably in the United States Air Force and is also a Vietnam veteran.
Mr. Newman was a 32-year city employee and was first elected to the HMEPS Board in 1992. He was the first African American to be elected to the Board and served in an active employee Trustee position for more than 16 years. He was also the first African American to serve as Chairman of the HMEPS Board.
He also serves on the Boards of the Association of Retired Houston Municipal Employees (ARHME), the Houston Employee Relief Organization (HERO), and the Houston Metropolitan Federal Credit Union (HMFCU).
In his personal life, he is married and the father of two lovely children and is also actively involved in school, church and community activities.
With a career at the City of Houston spanning over 20 years, Asha has worked in a myriad of City departments including: Public Works and Engineering, Finance, and Information Technology. She has been responsible for the management of budget and capital improvement plans totaling more than $500 million, and currently works in the City’s Controller’s Office managing the City’s $13 billion debt portfolio. She manages various types of debt, including the City’s multi-billion commercial paper program, its derivative portfolio, and auction rate securities. In addition to these responsibilities, she oversees the issuance of the City’s fixed rate bonds, which average several hundred million dollars per issuance.
Asha holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Asha is a member of Women in Public Finance in Texas (WPFM), Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), the City of Houston Investment Committee, the National Association of Security Professionals (NASP), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT), the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) and the National Conference on Public Employment Retirement System (NCPERS).
Lenard Polk has been a HMEPS Trustee since 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the Disability Committee, Vice Chair of the Budget and Oversight Committee, and serves on the External Affairs, Investment and Personnel and Procedures Committees.
Mr. Polk is a Deputy Director in the City’s Controller’s Office where his responsibilities include preparing, monitoring and analyzing the City’s budget.
Mr. Polk earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and an Associate of Arts degree from Houston Community College. He is also a founding member of HOPE Local #123.
Barbara Chelette was employed by the City of Houston Fire Department (HFD) in 1968. She served in many capacities during her career at HFD and retired as a Deputy Director after 33 years of service. Ms. Chelette holds the distinction as the first non-classified (non-firefighter), and the first women in the history of the HFD, to hold a position on the Fire Chief’s Executive Command Staff.
Ms. Chelette has served on the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System (HMEPS) Board of Trustees since 1989. She has served on and chaired numerous committees during her tenure and holds a “Certified Trustee” distinction. As a Trustee, Ms. Chelette represents the interests of approximately 26,000 active and retired members of HMEPS.
Ms. Chelette has been a member of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems for 22 years and served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years.
Ms. Chelette served on the Supervisory Committee of the Houston Firefighters Federal Credit Union for five years, has been a Congregational Representative for Northwest Ministries (NAM) for 2 years, and volunteers with Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN) along with other various organizations in the community.
Edward J. Hamb III
Ed Hamb has over 20 years experience in establishing and executing the strategies necessary to transform go-to-market initiatives in organizations from startups to multi-billion dollar global enterprises. He has expertise in managing inside turnarounds and translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies.
He has worked in various senior capacities at Noble Commodities, Transalta and Enron. Mr. Hamb has generated over $1.5B in contract value while in these roles.
Mr. Hamb is married to Dr. Joslyn Campbell-Hamb and he has two sons: Edge and Ethan.
David Donnelly is the Tax Director for the Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC Houston Office. He has more than 35 years of experience providing tax planning services for clients with an emphasis in real estate and individual tax planning in the greater Houston, Texas area. His industries of focus encompass professional service firms, commodity traders, and real estate investors, developers, and brokers.
Mr. Donnelly has previously been named one of the “Nation’s Top Most Influential Practitioners” in CPA Magazine and NPA Magazine.
Mr. Donnelly is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He serves on the Federal Tax Policy Committee for the TSCPA, and the TSCPA and Houston CPA Society Board of Directors. Mr. Donnelly received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.
Mr. Patterson's practice focuses on public finance, acting as bond counsel, underwriters counsel and disclosure counsel for bonds for cities, counties, school districts, state agencies, university systems, hospitals, special districts, municipal water and sewer systems and airports.
Mr. Patterson also has experience acting as counsel to banks providing credit and liquidity support for tax-exempt financings for municipal, healthcare and school district borrowers.
In addition, Mr. Patterson represents political subdivisions with respect to numerous public law issues, including compliance reviews, elections, the Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act.
Denise Castillo-Rhodes is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Texas Medical Center. In 2004, Denise Castillo-Rhodes became Texas Medical Center’s chief financial officer with oversight and leadership of accounting, finance, budgeting, risk management, investments, debt financing and tax compliance. Additionally, as a member of the executive leadership team, she’s involved in the formation of the long-term strategic initiatives and planning, which includes the development of the collaborative bio-life science ecosystem.
Ms. Castillo-Rhodes serves in leadership roles with numerous non-profit organizations such as University of St. Thomas, St. Thomas High School, Medical Bridges, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association. In 2016, Ms. Castillo-Rhodes was named Businesswoman of the Year and "Top 100 Women to Watch in America”. In 2017, she was honored as an "Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance,” was named the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business Distinguished Alumnus and was a University of Texas at El Paso College of Business Gold Nugget Award recipient. In 2018, Ms. Castillo-Rhodes was among the women honored as the 2018 ABC 13 Women of Distinction.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HMEPS is administered by an 11-member Board of Trustees. The Trustees include four elected trustees who are members of HMEPS, two elected trustees who are retirees of HMEPS, a trustee appointed by the elected trustees, the mayor's appointee, the controller's appointee, and two city council appointees.
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