Committee Members

The nine-member Committee of the Goodyear Retiree Health Care Trust has responsibility for the operation of the Trust in compliance with the approved Settlement Agreement and subject to all applicable laws.  Three of the Committee members are appointed by the USW, two are appointed by the Retiree Class Representatives, and the remaining four are independent Public Members. 

Trust Committee Members

In order to ensure that timely decisions are made and carried out between regular Committee Meetings, several sub-committees have been established. 

Audit, Investment, Communications and Appeals Sub-Committees were established in order to ensure that timely decisions are made and carried out between regular Committee Meetings. 


NOTE:  The Chairman of the Committee, Thomas F. Duzak, also serves as an ad hoc member of each Sub-Committee.

Committee Biographies

Chairman of the Committee

Thomas F. Duzak, USW Trustee.  Prior to his retirement from the USW in 2009, Mr. Duzak was the Director of the USW Pension and Benefits Department and Executive Director of the Steelworkers Health and Welfare Fund, which provides healthcare coverage for over 40,000 USW members and retirees nationwide.  Mr. Duzak currently serves as a trustee or committee member for six other USW negotiated VEBA trusts.  Mr. Duzak has been a member of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council since 1997 and has been Council Chairman for three years.  He previously served as a member of both the U.S. Department of Labor ERISA Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Committee Members

Hazel Broadnax, Independent Trustee.  Ms. Broadnax is a Certified Professional Accountant, and Certified Government Financial Manager.  Ms. Broadnax has extensive professional experience with various government entities, including serving as Chief Financial Officer for the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) and various financial executive positions within the District of Columbia.  Ms. Broadnax also served as a Consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (“NASA”).  She also has extensive social volunteer experience as a Board Member for the Washington (DC) Interfaith Network and the Emory Beacon of Light Community Development Corporation.   
 Teresa Ghilarducci, Ph.D., Independent Trustee.  Dr. Ghilarducci, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, is a professor of economics and a member of the faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City where she is the Bernard I. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Analysis.  Dr. Ghilarducci is the author of numerous books and articles on pension and retirement issues and testifies frequently before the U.S. Congress.  She serves as a public trustee for UAW Retiree Benefit Trust and previously served on the Board of the State of Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Advisory Board of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
 W. Jerry Ivey, USW Trustee.  Mr. Ivey is a former employee of Goodyear at its Union City, TN tire plant and a member of USW Local 878.  He has served as a Pension and Insurance Representative and a member of the Local 878 Policy Committee.  During his tenure as a local union representative, Mr. Ivey had served as a Union Steward in the plant and had been elected to the Executive Board and the By-Laws Committee for 9 years.  Mr. Ivey was selected as a delegate to every International Convention since 1976 until his retirement in 2011.  Mr. Ivey actively participated in the negotiations for the 2000, 2003 and 2006 collective bargaining agreements between the USW and Goodyear. 
 Jeffrey Lewis, Class Trustee. Mr. Lewis is an Oakland, California-based partner in the national law firm of Keller Rohrback LLP. He has as specialized in employee benefits law since 1975, primarily representing workers and retirees. For many years, he was a Senior Editor of the American Bar Association’s “Employee Benefits Law” book (published by BNA) and has served as Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association. He has testified before Congressional committees regarding pension issues. Mr. Lewis was elected as a charter fellow of the College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and he is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also serves as a trustee of a pension plan covering public sector workers.
Ted Nelson, Independent Trustee. Mr. Nelson is Vice President, Global Benefits for Hilton Grand Vacations. In that capacity, Mr. Nelson is responsible for the management of health, wellbeing, retirement and mobility programs covering over 8,000 employees in multiple countries. Mr. Nelson is also HGV’s HIPAA Privacy Officer. Before joining Hilton Grand Vacations, Mr. Nelson held a similar position Hilton Worldwide, and was head of health and welfare programs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association providing benefits for over 70,000 employees across the entire US. He also worked as a consultant and practice leader for Hewitt Associates, a global benefits consulting firm. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
 Simone L. Rockstroh, Class Trustee. Mrs. Rockstroh is Senior Vice President Zenith-American Solutions, which has provided administrative and consulting services to a variety of employee benefit funds since 1944. She is a member of the Administrators Advisory Committee of the National Coordinating Committee of Multi-employer Plans and the Executive Director of the Health Care Cost Containment Corporation of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mrs. Rockstroh is a past President of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and a member of the IFEBP Board of Directors.
 Scott M. Spencer, Indpendent Trustee. Scott Spencer is manager of retirement programs for Hogan Lovells US LLP, one of the Nation’s largest international law firms with headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells Scott served as Senior Vice President of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), directing employee benefit programs for nearly a thousand electric cooperatives covering more than 100,000 participants and beneficiaries. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Employee Benefits Research Institute and as a member of the board of directors of other employee benefits associations. Over 25 years ago, Mr. Spencer was a member of the USW legal staff for an eight year period at the beginning of his career (1975-1983).
Paul Whitehead, USW Trustee. Before retiring from the USW in 2009, Paul Whitehead served in the Union’s legal department for 28 years, the last eight as the Union’s General Counsel. He held collective bargaining responsibilities in a variety of industries, including tire, where his work included the 2006 Goodyear negotiations and later litigation that created the Goodyear Retiree Health Trust. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Whitehead has since 2009 been a Professor of Practice at Penn State University, where he teaches labor, employment, and international labor law in the School of Labor and Employment Relations as well as the law of employee benefits at the Penn State Law School. He serves as a trustee to the AFL-CIO Union Privilege Mutual Benefit Fund.