The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Human Resources and Management

For questions, please call:

Executive Director’s
Patricia Barney,
Executive Director

Budget Management
John Kroll, Chief

Corporate Policy and
Management Operations
Anju Bennett, Chief

Human Resources
William Spencer,
HR Director


Classification and

Boni King, Manager

Employment Records (HRIS)
D’Andra Pratt, Manager

Employee Benefits/
Group Insurance
Jennifer McDonald, Manager

and Labor Relations
William Spencer, Manager

Risk Management and
Workplace Safety
(Workers’ Comp.

and Liability)
Wanda Wesley-Major,



Our mission to our customers is to design, develop and administer quality, cost-effective benefit programs, responsibly, consistently and fairly.

Special Enrollments

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Benefit News


Life Insurance Changes – May 1st

During Open Enrollment last year, we mentioned that a special enrollment will be conducted giving active employees the option to enroll or change life insurance coverage. While changes to life insurance coverage and beneficiary information can be made at any time during the year, we are conducting a special period during which employees can review life insurance needs in light of the new increased levels of coverage, as well as review current beneficiary information. Your current life insurance enrollment and beneficiary information can be found on the Benefits Statement recently mailed to your home last month.

The special enrollment period will take place March 23rd through March 31st with changes effective May 1st or thereafter. Employees will have the option to elect basic and or supplemental life insurance for the first time, increase or decrease supplemental life insurance levels, and add or terminate dependent life insurance. The coverage levels offered are increasing for dependent and supplemental life insurance, while the coverage level for the basic life insurance remains the same. If electing basic or supplemental coverage for the first time or increasing your supplemental coverage you will have to complete an Evidence of Insurability (EOI) form which will be reviewed by Minnesota Life, the life insurance carrier. Coverage for you or your spouse may be approved or denied based on health status. Children are always automatically approved for coverage.

Increased Coverage for Dependent Life Insurance
Currently we offer a very limited coverage amount for spouses and children, $2,000 for a spouse and $1,000 for each child at a rate of 43 cents per month, fully paid by the employee. The current life insurance amounts will barely cover burial costs. Effective May 1, 2015, the following options will be offered:

  • $10,000/$5,000 at $2.45 per month
  • $20,000/$10,000 at $4.90 per month
  • $30,000/$15,000 at $7.35 per month.

The current $2,000/$1,000 benefit will no longer be offered. This benefit will terminate April 30, 2015 for all employees currently enrolled. Employees will need to choose one of the three new options listed above to continue coverage. During this special enrollment, no EOI is required for your spouse if electing either of the first two levels of coverage. Your spouse will have to complete an EOI form if electing the maximum coverage level of $30,000 spouse/$15,000 child life and may be denied based on health status. If you do not elect dependent coverage during this special enrollment, but decide to elect at a later date, your spouse will have to provide EOI regardless of coverage level elected. Children up to the age of 26 can be covered and are never subject to evidence of insurability.

Increase Coverage for Supplemental Life Insurance
Currently, basic life insurance provides a life insurance benefit of two (2) times annual base salary; the maximum coverage amount is $200,000. Supplemental life insurance provides coverage of 1 to 3 times the annual base salary up to a maximum coverage of $300,000. With basic and supplemental coverage combined, employees can have total coverage of up to $500,000.

Effective May 1, 2015, active employees will now have the option to purchase supplemental coverage up to 5 times the base salary up to a maximum of $750,000. With this increase in salary multiple, total life insurance coverage can be up to $950,000. The rates for the supplemental life coverage will remain the same. It is based on coverage amount and age, and increases every five years until age 70. The basic life insurance benefit will remain the same.

This change will be effective May 1, 2015. The special enrollment period will be held from March 23, 2015 to March 31, 2015.


Contacting Benefits

For questions regarding benefits,  you may email us at or call:


> Paul Brown 301-454-1683
> Gertie Johnson
> Tikeetha Thomas
> Jennifer McDonald 301-454-1726