Offering health, Medicare Advantage, dental, disability, vision/hearing and life insurance plans to its 1,450-member townships.
About PSATS Trustees
Since 1959, the PSATS Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services have been offering a full range of quality insurance products to its 1,450-member townships. More than 4,000 township officials, employees and family members are covered under our health, Medicare Advantage, dental, disability, vision/hearing and life insurance plans. We also offer a defined benefit pension plan, a defined contribution plan (401-a) and a 457(b)-deferred compensation plan.
The PSATS Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services is governed by a Board of Trustees, made up of Association members, and administered by experienced insurance professionals whose sole focus is the needs of our Association members. Townships have come to know and expect the highest level of customer service from the Association and the Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services.
In addition, PSATS has formed a partnership with Municipal Risk Management, Inc. of Pittsburgh to provide liability and property insurance and workers’ compensation for our member townships. MRM, who has been in business for more than 20 years, is governed by a board made up of elected municipal officials and authority managers. They understand the needs of those they serve.
Board of Trustees
A board of Trustees who are current township officials administers the Pennsylvania Townships Health Insurance Cooperative Trust, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust, and the PSATS Unemployment Compensation Group Trust. The Trustees are responsible for overseeing the various programs and ensuring that they continue to meet the needs of our member townships.
Jack Hines, a supervisor for West Bradford Township in Chester County, has been a Trustee since 2016 and is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees.
Hines also worked for many years as the manager and secretary-treasurer of West Bradford Township and served as vice chair of the Countywide Tax Committee.
Over the years, Hines has assisted PSATS as a workshop instructor and member of the Conference Planning, Secretary-Manager, and Townships Over 10,000 Population committees
At the county level, Hines has served the Chester County Association of Township Officials as chair of the Legislative and Nominations committees and as an alternate to the County Executive Board.
Hines has served as director of the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet; chair of the Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy; treasurer of the Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary Club; member of the Downingtown Library Board; trustee of the Penguin Court; and member of the Collections and Humphrey Marshall Fund committees of the Chester County Historical Society.
E. Christopher Abruzzo, a supervisor for Derry Township in Dauphin County, has been a Trustee since January 2022.
He serves on the Derry Township Industrial/Commercial Development Authority and previously Chaired the Dauphin County Planning Commission and served on the Derry Township Municipal Authority.
With 15 years of prior service to the commonwealth, Abruzzo served as Secretary of Environmental Protection, deputy chief of staff to the governor and deputy attorney general overseeing the Drug Strike Task Force, as well as the Medicaid Fraud Control Section. He was also a county prosecutor in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
Abruzzo has been employed by the Pennsylvania American Water Company since 2015, first as Director of Environmental Compliance and Water Quality and now as Director of Business Development.
Shirl Barnhart is a supervisor and roadmaster for Morgan Township in Greene County and has been a Trustee since October 2020.
Barnhart previously served as board chairman and as the emergency management coordinator for Morgan Township.
He previously served PSATS as Board Chairman, President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. Barnhart also served on the Association’s Salary Board, Finance Committee, Resolutions-Legislative Committee, Conference Planning Committee, and Succession Planning Committee.
In addition to his service to PSATS and his township, Barnhart has served as president and vice president of the Greene County Association of Township Officials.
Barnhart is currently chairman of the Jefferson-Morgan Council of Governments; a member of PennDOT’s New Products Committee; a firefighter and former EMT of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company; and a member of Mather Christian Church.
He also previously served as a member of the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee; chairman of the Greene County Planning Commission; vice chairman of the Greene County Solid Waste Advisory Board; chairman of the LTAP Advisory Committee; a firefighter and EMT for Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company; and a member of the Southwest Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio Valley Water Resource Committee.
Clyde “Champ” Holman, a supervisor for Ryan Township in Schuylkill County, has been a Trustee since July 2020 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy and subsequently elected to a full term.
In addition to his seat on the Board of Trustees, Holman is a member of the PSATS Finance Committee. He has also served the Schuylkill County Association of Township Officials as president.
In addition to his township service, Holman had a long career in state government. He retired from the state Department of Community and Economic Development as Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and previously served as chief of staff for the late state Sen. Jim Rhoades and senior counselor to state Sen. Dave Argall.
Holman is currently president of the Holman Group, which provides consulting services on local, state, and federal governmental affairs. He also serves as a consultant for Arro Consulting, a Pennsylvania engineering firm.
He was previously a member of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation and the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce.
Marvin Meteer, a supervisor for Wyalusing Township in Bradford County, was appointed a Trustee in April 2022.
In addition to prior service as PSATS President, Meteer also served PSATS as board chairman, first and second vice president, secretary-treasurer and assistant secretary-treasurer, board liaison to the Finance Committee, and a member of the Salary Board and the Conference Planning, Audit, Publications-Public Relations, and Resolutions-Legislative committees.
Meteer has also been active in the Bradford County Association of Township Officials, serving as president and vice president and a member of the Nominations and Resolutions committees. He also received the county association’s President’s Award.
Meteer is a retired teacher and former owner of the Main Street Sign Company.
He also served on the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee. Active in his community, Meteer has served on the Eastern Bradford County Council of Governments; Greater Wyalusing Valley Chamber of Commerce; Bradford County Farmland Preservation Board; Wyalusing Valley Rainbow Civic Club; Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force; Wyalusing Industrial Development Corporation; Bradford County Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee; Bradford County Economic Development Advisory Board; Bradford County Re-addressing Committee; Wyalusing Area Ambulance, Inc.; Bradford County Natural Gas Task Force; and Chesapeake Energy’s Bradford County Citizen’s Advisory Panel.
PSATS Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services include four employees that serve the needs of our member townships. Our insurance staff has more than 70 years of combined service to Pennsylvania’s townships and their employees and families.
- Annette Dennis, Insurance Coordinator
- Stephanie Dobson, Pension Coordinator
- Debera Gussler, U.C. Coordinator
- Debbie Linn, UC Audit Coordinator
- Cheryl Simpson, Trust Associate