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Five new members appointed to the ERISA advisory council

04.27.08

May 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Five new members appointed to the ERISA advisory council

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, April 14th- The United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced on April 9th, the appointment of five new members to the leadership for the 2008 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council.

The fifteen member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Members are selected by the secretary of labor and appointed to serve three-year terms.

The new appointees and their council positions are: David Evangelista of Stony Point, New York, representing the accounting industry; Sanford Koeppel of Iselin, New Jersey, representing the insurance industry; Mary Nell Billings of Memphis, Tennessee, representing employers; Marc LeBlanc of Alexandria, Virginia, representing employee organizations; and Kevin Wiggins of Clarksburg, West Virginia, representing the general public.

Marc LeBlanc is the fund administrator and general counsel of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union National Pension Fund, who oversees the management of the unions’ investment portfolio, supervises service providers, and directs compliance with reporting, disclosure and other legal requirements.

The ERISA Advisory Council announced on April 10th, the first 2008 meeting of the council will be held on May 6th in Washington, DC.

At the meeting the five new council members will be sworn in, new council leadership will be introduced, the assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration will provide an update on agenda issues, and the council will select topics to be addressed in 2008.

David Evangelista is a CPA and a principal with MSPC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, where he manages and supervises audits, reviews and compilations, and represents employee benefit plan clients in the public and private sectors.

Sanford Koepple is vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs at Prudential Financial with responsibility for all retirement security issues. Previously, he served as the lead attorney of the firm’s legal department dealing with employee benefits and the ERISA practice.

Mary Nell Billings is manager of retirement plans, government and strategic planning at FedEx Corporation, where she is responsible for governance, compliance, strategic design and employee commuications for all FedEx domestic qualified and nonqualified retirement plans.

Kevin Wiggins is an ERISA attorney at the lawfirm of Jackson Kelly PLLC. He has represented employers in ERISA litigation.

Labor Secretary Chao is the longest serving cabinet member of President George W. Bush. She is also the wife of Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

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