Term expires June 2023
Heather Britton was appointed to the DERP Advisory Committee by the Career Service Board in 2011. Her career in the field of human resources has been focused on employee benefits, and she has worked for the City and County of Denver since 2001, where she is currently the director of benefits and wellness. Heather is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), an honor she earned through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
“Although my primary responsibility is to ensure our active and retired employees have access to world class medical insurance, I want to help all employees understand and use other resources and benefits available to them as city employees,” she said. “Although the administration of DERP benefits and contributions fall outside the Office of Human Resources, being on the Advisory Committee prepares me to stay abreast of important plan changes, allows me to caution the board against adverse employee impact, and aids me in having intelligent conversations with our employees about their pensions.”
A dyed-in-the-wool Colorado sports fan with an affinity towards the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and University of Colorado Buffaloes, Heather also enjoys working on crossword puzzles and vacationing.
Term expires June 2022
Victoria Gallo was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2021. She started her career with the City and County of Denver in 1975 and has worked for several agencies and departments, including Sales and Occupational Tax, Denver Health and Hospitals, and the Office of the Clerk and Recorder. Victoria moved to the Denver Sheriff Department in 1985, where she remained until her retirement in 2019. Looking back on her diverse and storied career, she is proud that she made a difference by “understanding, helping, caring and doing what is right.”
Victoria is guided by core values that include achievement, determination, honesty, dependability, friendship, health, courage, activity and adventure, integrity, learning, success, and understanding, and they are central to her role as a member of the DERP Advisory Committee. “It is important that City and County employees and retirees are well-represented to ensure that their questions and suggestions are shared with the Board,” she said. Victoria is humbled by the opportunity to serve and enjoys “getting involved by learning and understanding and being a voice for others.”
In her retirement, Victoria says she is happiest when she’s “being productive, helping those in need, and enjoying life.”
Term expires June 2023
Andrew Luxen was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2020. He has worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office since 2006, and currently serves as a chief deputy district attorney focusing on felony matters in Denver District Court. He leads a team of six who prosecute offenders and support crime victims. During his time in the DA’s office, he is proud to have worked on some of the most complicated and challenging felony trials over the past decade in Denver.
Andrew believes it is critical for both active and retired members of DERP to assume roles in its governance structure. “It encourages education and participation in our pension,” he said. Andrew likes lending his voice and unique perspective to the direction of the plan and its investments.
A passionate art aficionado, Andrew is partial to 16th and 17th century European paintings, especially Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. He is also an avid Broncos fan in fall and winter, and he enjoys working in the garden in spring and summer.
Joseph A. Margoshes
Term expires June 2022
Joseph A. Margoshes was elected to fill a vacancy on the DERP Advisory Committee. He brings to the role a broad range of financial asset management experience from a nearly 40-year career, with more than 10 years in the Department of Finance for the City and County of Denver. Born in New York City and a Denver resident since 1983, Joseph is driven by values including family, loyalty, honesty, integrity, tolerance, and hard work.
Public service is a priority for Joseph, and he believes in the importance of soliciting input and providing feedback to the Retirement Board. “I take this opportunity seriously and look forward to continuing personal growth and learning about DERP,” he says. “I will endeavor to make a meaningful contribution through listening and thoughtful consideration of the needs and interests of the DERP community. I consider it an honor to work with the DERP Retirement Board and staff, and to serve on the advisory committee.”
When he’s not working, Joseph enjoys spending time with his extended family. He has an affinity for bird-watching and appreciates the opportunities available to do so in the Colorado Rockies. He also feels fortunate that he’s been able to “bird” on several continents.