Employee Benefits

Georgia Ports Authority recognizes that to fulfill our mission requires a diverse group of qualified employees. We maintain a comprehensive and competitive benefits program for our employees and their families to meet their health care and life needs. Our goal is to continually upgrade our benefit plan offerings so that we have the most competitive employee plan in the marketplace. Benefits begin upon the employee’s date of hire.

Georgia Ports Authority’s Group Medical Plan is self-insured with very affordable premiums.  Those participating in Georgia Ports Authority’s Waterfront Wellness option receive substantial discounts on their premiums. St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System and First Health are our two medical PPO networks depending on the area in which the employee resides.  Prescriptions are available for those with GPA’s Medical insurance.  We use the National Preferred Formulary of our Pharmacy Benefit Manager, Express Scripts.


Georgia Ports Authority’s Group Dental Plan is also self-insured.  We have a voluntary dental network through Cigna.  Using this dental network increases an employee’s ability to utilize the total dental payout allowed under the Plan.  Preventive, basic, and major restorative care are all provided under the Dental Plan.

Georgia Ports Authority provides vision insurance for all employees on its Medical plan. Employees not on GPA’s medical plan can purchase vision insurance. Employees are able to purchase coverage for their dependents. There is an option for employees to buy additional coverage to the base plan at a higher premium. Provided by National Vision Administrators (NVA).

There are two types of Flexible Spending Accounts—a medical reimbursement account and a child care reimbursement account. Enrollment in the Flexible Reimbursement Plan ends December 31 of each year and the employee must re-enroll in future years during Open Enrollment to participate in those years.

An onsite dispensing coordinated by St. Joseph’s/Candler of the most commonly used prescriptions determined by Wellness Nurse Practitioner. This no-cost benefit gives employees and/or their spouses which are covered under GPA’s Medical Plan a 90 days’ supply of generic maintenance medications increasing patient convenience and adherence giving the member faster access to their prescriptions.

Designed especially for employees and dependents on GPA’s medical insurance, this is an excellent resource of GPA’s benefits while on the go. In the palm of the hand, employees and dependents:


  • have a link to all benefits information and contacts
  • have one-touch access to a specialist that can help with medical questions
  • can get details about GPA’s medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • can store & send ID cards directly to a provider
  • have access to much more


Included is FREE telemedicine for those times when an employee or a family member isn’t feeling the very best and needs treatment for minor and episodic medical issues.

Georgia Ports Authority pays for Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for employees and for eligible dependents’ life insurance. Provided by New York Life.

Georgia Ports Authority offers additional Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance on a voluntary basis to employees and their dependents. Provided by New York Life.

Georgia Ports Authority pays the full cost of the Long Term Disability for employees. There is a six-month waiting period from the date of disability before disability payments can begin.

  • Defined Benefit Plan (for employees hired before July 1, 2011)—Pension
  • Defined Contribution Plan (for employees hired after July 1, 2011)—401(a)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan—457(b)

Colonial Life:

  • Short Term Disability
  • Accident Insurance
  • Cancer Insurance
  • Critical Care Insurance
  • Medical Bridge Insurance



  • Pet Insurance

Employee Health Services provides various medical services to all regular full-time employees.


Services may include, but are not limited to: consultations, nutritional counseling, CPR & first aid training, vision screenings, blood pressure checks, minor medical injuries, mild medical ailments, minor suture removal, emergency care, allergy & flu shots, wound care and dressing changes, and hearing exams.


Diagnostic screenings are also available which could be ordered by the medical director, nurse practitioner, or the employee’s Primary Care Physician (PCP).

This company-sponsored benefit is designed to help employees and their family members address problems that can compromise personal satisfaction and, occasionally, job performance. The EAP provides a professional and confidential resource. Counselors are fully licensed professionals who have clinical training and experience. They have a practical, active approach to counseling so that issues can be rapidly and effectively resolved.

Georgia  Ports Authority
GPA Annex 1 | 82 Main Street | Garden City, GA 31408
Phone: (912) 963-2548 | Email


Tim Smith Benefits Manager
Michael Taylor Benefits Manager
Katie Britt Assistant Manager of Benefits & Health
Doni Epstein Benefits Coordinator
Panesia Kitchen Benefits Coordinator

Georgia  Ports Authority
GPA Annex 1 | 82 Main Street | Garden City, GA 31408
Phone: (912) 964-3870


Joseph Darieng Occupational Health Nurse
Laurie Johnston Occupational Health Nurse
Tiffany Moxley Occupational Health Nurse
Hope Life Health Compliance Coordinator
Colleen Porter Wellness Coordinator