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Speaker Biographies

Robert J. Baker is a partner in Chartwell’s Harrisburg office. He is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He received a Master of Arts degree in industrial and labor relations in 1999 from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law. Prior to joining The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, he was corporate director of Human Resources for a large mid-Atlantic corporation, where he was responsible for employment law compliance, employee relations, workers’ compensation management of insured and self-insured programs and other matters. He is an active member of Human Resources professional memberships. He devotes his practice to the defense of general employment and workers’ compensation matters. He writes and lectures extensively with respect to all aspects of employment law.

Justin D. Beck is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP, concentrating his practice exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation. A 2017 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Beck has worked extensively with the Honorable David B. Torrey, conducting research and writing on a wide variety of projects related to the field of workers’ compensation. In 2019, he was appointed Associate Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section Newsletter. His previous experience includes working for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. In 2018, Mr. Beck published “Nursing the Wound: The Law and Ethics of Disability Management in Workers’ Compensation,” a comprehensive survey and analysis of national legal trends related to the use of disability management in work-injury claims. In 2017, he published “From the Glass Lined Tanks of Old Latrobe: 30 Years of Pawlosky,” a narrative and pictorial retrospect of the seminal Pennsylvania Supreme Court precedent Pawlosky v. WCAB (Latrobe Brewing Co.). Mr. Beck now serves as contributing editor of the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation treatise, 2019 update (David B. Torrey & Andrew E. Greenberg, West’s Pennsylvania Practice, Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice (3rd edition, 2019-2020 Supplement)).

John J. Beichert is the Managing Attorney for the Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith Workers’ Compensation and Social Disability Departments. In addition, he manages the firm’s Reading and Allentown offices. John focuses his practice on handling cases related to Workers’ Compensation, Disability Law and Personal Injury. He has been honored with inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list and a Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award. John is an honor graduate of the New York Law School where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. An active member of his community, he participates in several ministries in his local parish and supports many youth sports programs as coach and sponsor. Before turning his attention to representing injured workers, John was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, Bronx County, where he represented victims of crimes. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Stephen S. Bloomburg is a principal in the firm's workers' compensation department, and administrative principal of the firm's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office. In his practice, he represents a wide array of clients, from national corporations to small, locally owned businesses. While attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Bloomburg served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Alan S. Bloch, Senior United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bloomburg also specializes in representing the airline industry, including the representation of national and regional airline carriers, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, and businesses servicing the in-flight and ground operations of the airline industry. Mr. Bloomburg was selected for inclusion in the 2014, 2015 and 2018 editions of Philadelphia Magazine’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Rising Stars.

Adrienne Breslin is a graduate of Princeton University and a cum laude graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. Adrienne is general counsel and vice president of corporate affairs for Lackawanna Insurance Group, a mono-line workers’ compensation carrier in Pennsylvania. In this position, Adrienne evaluates complex claims, analyzes claims data to identify and strategically address emerging issues/potential abuses, manages outside counsel performance, collaborates with internal business units to formulate effective policies, interprets contracts and policies for coverage determinations, and represents the company in government affairs. Prior to joining Lackawanna Insurance Group, Adrienne litigated claims on behalf of insurance companies, self-insured employers and third-party administrators.

Edward R. Carpenter Jr. is a 1979 graduate of Villanova University, cum laude, with a B.A. in history. He attended Delaware Law School of Widener University and received his Juris Doctorate in 1982. After graduating from Widener, Ted entered the practice of law in 1983 with the law offices of William F. Holsten II, Esquire, in Media, Pennsylvania. His practice was devoted to the handling of insurance defense litigation matters, with an emphasis in municipal tort litigation and workers’ compensation. In 1985, he joined the law firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin as an associate, where he assisted in the handling of general liability matters, complex products liability, and workers’ compensation claims. He litigated matters throughout the eastern part of Pennsylvania, trying cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, as well as numerous matters before workers’ compensation judges in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. In April 2002, Ted left the firm, and together with Michael McCadden and Lisa Lane formed the law firm of Carpenter, McCadden & Lane LLP. With offices in Media and Wexford, Pennsylvania, and now Greenville, Delaware, Ted’s firm’s practice is devoted to the litigation of workers’ compensation cases on behalf of self-insured employers, insurance companies and self-insured administrators throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Delaware. Ted is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics related to workers' compensation matters and has been a presenter at the Pennsylvania Annual Workers’ Conference in 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ted has also authored numerous articles on various topics involving workers’ compensation. In 2005, Ted was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has maintained that status every year since that time. Ted is a former executive board member for the Philadelphia Workers' Compensation Claim Association where he served as the editor for the organization’s publication, The Newsletter. He has held several positions within the workers’ compensation section of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, including co-authoring the Pennsylvania Defense Institute's Publication, PDI News. He also served as the co-chair for the section. Ted is an active member of the Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association and a current board member and chairman of the Newsletter Staff. Ted is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, and a former member of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia where he participated in the organization and presentation of programs dealing with workers' compensation insurance issues.

Sean A. Casey is the owner of Casey Legal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For over 20 years, he has practiced primarily in areas of workers’ compensation and employment law. Mr. Casey is certified as a mediator with the Western District Court of Pennsylvania. He holds a certification in collaborative law through the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP). Mr. Casey has been a pro bono mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Pittsburgh office since 2012. He has made numerous presentations regarding the interaction of employment law and workers’ compensation. Mr. Casey is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers’ Association, West Virginia Bar Association, Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP) and Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers’ Association (WPELA). He is a past chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section for the ACBA and a past vice-chair of the ACBA Collaborative Law Committee. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University and his B.A. in political science and environmental studies from the Johns Hopkins University.

Lawrence R. Chaban practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a member of AlpernSchubert, P.C. His primary area of practice is in workers-compensation, in which he is a Certified Specialist, social security disability and labor/employment law, representing plaintiffs and employees. He received his BA (1977) and JD (1980) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, both with honors, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Chaban has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1980, and is also admitted in the Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits and the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Practitioners. He is also recognized for his workers-compensation practice in The Best Lawyers in America and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He lectures frequently for the PBI, PAJ, employer/insurer organizations and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on workers-compensation. Mr. Chaban has also written many amicus briefs for PAJ’s amicus committee on important workers-compensation topics before the Supreme and Commonwealth Court. For this work, he has been awarded the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award in 2007 by PAJ. Mr. Chaban served as the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of PAJ from 2005-2007, and served as chair of its Amicus Committee from 2009-2011. He has also served as Comptroller for the PAJ from 2013-2018. Mr. Chaban was awarded the prestigious Milton D. Rosenberg Award in 2018 for leadership and advocacy for injured workers and service to the PAJ. He sits on the council for the PBA Worker’s Compensation Section, serving as Chair in 2011-2012. In March 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Mr. Chaban was appointed to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council in October 2015 and serves as Employee Co-Chair.

George Chistakoff is a Physicians’ Assistant with Premise Health, Reading, PA.

Judge David A. Cicola is the Western District Judge Manager for Pennsylvania's Workers Compensation Office of Adjudication. He received his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Judge Cicola entered private practice after a one-year judicial clerkship. He practiced workers compensation law for most of his career, representing both claimants and employers. In August 1992, he became a Workers Compensation Judge. He was assigned to the New Castle Field Office until February 1996, when he became Central District Judge Manager. He served as Judge Manager until July 2003, when he was appointed Director of Adjudication. He assumed his duties as Western District Judge Manager upon leaving the Director’s office in 2008.

Patricia Clemens is the Health Care Services Review Division Chief for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She has management responsibilities for the Fee Review and Utilization Review sections; additionally, she provides oversite for the impairment rating examination process and chargemaster fee schedule updates and acts as liaison for independent consultants performing medical access studies. Her ten years’ service with the commonwealth includes such roles as supervisor for the Department of Human Services Bureau of Program Integrity, fee review certified professional coder nurse reviewer for the Department of Labor and Industry, and utilization management nurse for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She is a 2013 graduate of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Professional Development Institute and in 2010, was awarded the Pennsylvania Insurance Department 2010 Employee of the Year for her work on the newly created CHIP utilization review database. Prior to her career with the commonwealth, Patricia worked in a variety of clinical environments as a registered nurse, including acting as a workers’ compensation case manager. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany (ASN) and American Sentinel University (BSN and MSHI).

Zack Craft directs the rehabilitation technology and complex care services for One Call, specializing in assistive technology, and complex rehab equipment for severely injured patients. Zack and his team of rehabilitation specialists, technicians and cross-functional specialists, serve patients who have suffered complex and/or catastrophic injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, severe wounds, amputations and similar life-altering conditions. He and his team travel the country, evaluating patients in rehabilitation centers of excellence, and visiting their homes to determine the best home-based treatment approach. Leveraging numerous rehabilitation product line certifications, and more than 20 years’ experience, Zack selects the most appropriate equipment to maximize the patient's functionality and independence with a focus on complex rehab engineering. With special focus around new innovative products and technology around wearables in the DME industry, Zack specializes in areas like exoskeletons, prosthetics, mobility and augmentative communication. In addition, he teaches adjusters, case managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and patients how to use assistive technologies. Before joining One Call, Zack spent a decade in the engineering field and has designed products for use in physical therapy. Zack has also been a featured columnist in several industry-wide publications such as Work Comp Central, Case in Point, WorkCompWire, and Risk and Insurance. A Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Zack also donates his evaluation and equipment maintenance services to charitable organizations, including Kids Chance, Nathaniel's Hope, Make a Wish, MDA, and Step It Up Recovery. Zack also is a Shepherd Center Spinal Cord Advisory Board Member and the IRSG Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth A. Crum served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry for over 30 years in a variety of positions. Ms. Crum was director of the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication (WCOA) from 2013 to 2018, with management responsibilities for Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation judges, judge managers and staff in 22 offices located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming the director’s position, Ms. Crum was deputy secretary for Compensation and Insurance with oversight responsibilities for the State Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund (SWIF), WCOA, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD). Ms. Crum also served as judge manager for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as a judge in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Prior to her appointment as judge, she served as an attorney and chief of the Compliance Division with BWC. She began her legal career as an attorney/advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor in Pittsburgh. Ms. Crum is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Stephen P. Dalansky, ARM-P, is the Director of Loss Prevention & Safety Services at Metz Culinary Management where he leads the organization’s compliance efforts in employee health and safety, food safety and fleet operations. Steve also oversees the workers’ compensation responsibilities for the organization with an employee pool of more than 5,000 team members throughout 22 states. Prior to joining Metz, Steve worked for Arthur J. Gallagher as a Risk Management Consultant where he assisted a diverse group of clients in safety and compliance issues. Steve also has more than two decades of experience in transportation, logistics, and safety within both manufacturing and distribution environments.

Nariman P. Dastur is the managing partner of DeAngelis, Dastur & Associates in Pittsburgh. Mr. Dastur is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has served as a proofer/editor for their workers’ compensation newsletter since 2002. In addition, he is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and has served on their Workers’ Compensation Section Counsel, and as their chair for the 2009-2010 term. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and serves as a board member. Mr. Dastur received his B.A. from Westminster College and his J.D. from Case Western University School of Law. His practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of workers’ compensation claimants. He was among the first to be certified as a workers’ compensation specialist in Pennsylvania, having met the requirements and having passed a comprehensive exam in 2013.

Joseph DeRita was appointed as Director of the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication by Secretary of Labor & Industry Jerry Oleksiak on November 12, 2018. Director DeRita was formerly a workers’ compensation judge at the Allentown WCOA Office, hearing cases in Easton and Doylestown. Prior to that, Mr. DeRita represented injured workers for 30 years as a partner at the firm of Shor, Levin and DeRita PC in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and later as a sole practitioner before assuming the bench. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Industrial Relations in 1983. He earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1987 and an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2005. Before taking the bench, he earned the Workers’ Compensation Law certified specialist accreditation in 2013 from the PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section. He is married to Jennifer DeRita, an associate director of marketing at Merck Inc. The couple lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania. They have two daughters: Rachel Marianna DeRita, 29, who recently graduated with a Ph.D. in genetics, genomics and cancer biology from Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia, and Sarah Elizabeth DeRita, 26, a regional sales director for the Real-Real Co. in San Francisco. Mr. DeRita brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the office. He has stressed the importance of maintaining professionalism and independence of the workers’ compensation judiciary. He also seeks ways to inspire the WCOA staff. Away from the job, he is an avid freshwater fisherman, golfer, fitness buff and Philadelphia sports fan.

Christopher A. DiMeo is a partner with Carpenter, McCadden & Lane, LLP. Chris received a B.A. in political science at The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Chris has concentrated his legal practice on the representation of employers and insurance carriers in Workers’ Compensation since 2001. He is certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation Law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court since May 1, 2013, and was recertified in 2018. In addition, Chris has received certification as a Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP) as of 2018. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Self-Insurers’ Association (PSIA), the Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council (GPECC), CLM and the Delaware County Bar Association. Chris was recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in Workers’ Compensation from 2008 through 2014.

Patrick M. Donan is a native of Columbia, PA, and is the principal partner at Steiner, Segal, Muller & Donan, a law firm dedicated to the representation of injured workers' for more than 35 years. He graduated cum laude from Millersville University in 1985 and from Temple University School of Law in 1988. He was an opinion writer for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation from 1987 to 1988, and joined Steiner, Segal & Muller in 1988, becoming a partner in 1996. Mr. Donan is involved, and litigates, all aspects of workers' compensation law on behalf of claimants as well as medical providers. He is certified by the Supreme Court as a specialist in workers' compensation and belongs to local, state and national Bar Associations. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been honored as a Super Lawyer from 2006 to 2019. Patrick has been a lecturer and presenter at several workers’ compensation legal events.

Brian Eader began his career with the Department of Labor & Industry on February 1, 1973. He worked in various Administrative positions until becoming a Workers’ Compensation Referee in 1987, and later a Judge through a title name change. Judge Eader heard and decided cases in different counties throughout his time as a Judge, and also traveled to do mediations. He retired August 1, 2020.

Marie Ehling is a senior claims adjuster for School Districts Insurance Consortium with over 20 years’ experience handling all aspects of workers’ compensation claims.

Suzanne M. Emmet, CPCU, CCEP, ARe, is the senior vice president of claims and a board member for Eastern Alliance Insurance Group in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Suzanne has been with Eastern Alliance since its inception as a start-up workers’ compensation insurance carrier in 1997. She is responsible for establishing the strategic vision, providing executive oversight for all aspects of claims, medical care management, and medical cost management functions for Eastern Alliance. She has over 30 years of experience in claims management, with a focus on workers’ compensation claims. Suzanne is treasurer and past president of the Board of Directors for Kids’ Chance of America, and has served on the Board of KCOA since 2007. She also served on the Board of Directors for Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2018, and served as president from 2007 to 2011. Since 2009, she has been a contributing author for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Guide. Suzanne is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) Research Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College.

Gregory J. Fischer is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Fischer recently joined Carpenter, McCadden and Lane, from Gaitens, Tucceri and Nicholas, where he was a partner and head of the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group. Mr. Fischer has over 19 years of experience defending employers and insurers in all aspects of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation litigation. This includes both trial and appellate level work up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, having primarily focused on this practice throughout his career. He also has experience representing employers and insurers in Federal Black Lung litigation. He was among the first group of attorneys in Pennsylvania to take, and pass, the test for certification as a workers’ compensation specialist in March 2013, and has maintained that certification since. Mr. Fischer has served multiple terms as a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Council, serving as an at large member. He is also a member of the planning committee for the 2020 Workers’ Compensation Bureau Conference and has served on the committee since 2015, working with representatives from all facets of the workers’ compensation community to develop the program for the bureau conference. Mr. Fischer will also serve as a panelist and moderator for certain sessions at the conference, concerning topics relevant to the workers’ compensation insurance industry. He has also served for several years on the committee for the Workers’ Compensation Section Golf Outing, which is the section’s largest charitable event, benefiting Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fischer is a 2000 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, having also obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He is licensed in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and regularly practices workers’ compensation law in both states.

Harriet A. Gaither is a manager in the workers’ compensation department for CM Regent Insurance Company (formerly School Claims Services), with more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She is a 1986 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She holds her Associate in Claims and Associate in General Insurance designations. Her experience is with both carriers and self-insured programs. Over the course of her career, she has handled accounts dealing with retail, construction, motor vehicle, public school and community colleges. She holds adjuster licenses in multiple states. She has participated the conference’s panels in 2017 and 2018.

Shawn Gooden has devoted his entire legal career to defending the interests of employers, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters, and general casualty matters arising from work-related injuries. His practical and collaborative approach to claims handling and resolution has earned him the trust and respect of his extensive clientele and his colleagues. In addition to appearances before workers’ compensation judges, Shawn has an extensive appellate experience before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Shawn is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is a distinction granted only to attorneys with extensive experience in handling Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases, and who pass a formidable examination. Shawn is a regular presenter and lecturer on a wide variety of topics, including multiple presentations at the annual Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Conference, the Section Meeting of the Workers Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association. Shawn is a member of the Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association and the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the planning committee of the Department of Labor & Industry Workers Compensation Conference. Additionally, he was appointed to the Executive Board New Birth of Freedom Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jonathan Grau leads the Mental Health First Aid at Work program, helping private sector employers educate and train employees on the MHFA Action Plan. He works directly with large employers to design and deliver custom workplace mental health and addiction training solutions. He also manages partnerships with large benefits administrators and health plans to bring MHFA at Work to employers of all sizes throughout the country. As a senior leader at several non-profit associations from 2008-2018, Jonathan was responsible for dues and sponsorship revenue, special events, and member benefits and services. Jonathan spent eight years managing a product portfolio at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, where he led technical and product marketing teams in building software and data solutions. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia and Master of Science in Health Informatics from The University of Bath.

Jonathan C. Greer has an undergraduate degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College and holds a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan joined the Insurance Federation in 2003 following four years in the Insurance Department during the Ridge administration, in which he held the positions of director of policy and legislative liaison. Prior to that, Jonathan worked for four years as a legislative aide for the Senate of Pennsylvania. Jonathan is based in the Insurance Federation’s Harrisburg office.

Laurie Heagy is the director of Medical Services for East Penn Manufacturing in Lyons, Pennsylvania, where she works with an employee population of over 10,000 workers. She is a registered nurse that oversees the daily operations of the on-site medical department. In that capacity, she is responsible for a department of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, phlebotomists, physical therapists and kinesiologists. She is involved with case management of workers compensation, disability, ADA and FMLA cases. Laurie has her master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelly Hemple was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She attended Widener University School of Law, and after passing the Pennsylvania Bar Examination in 2003, she immediately began her career in workers’ compensation. Prior to joining Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, she was a partner at a major Philadelphia defense law firm where she represented self-insured employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers. Her passion for working in the workers’ compensation field started early since many her family members, including her father, brother, brother-in law, uncles and many cousins, work in local unions and trades in the Philadelphia region, and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Seeing the affect work injuries have had on family members and friends drove her to leave her position as a partner representing the employers/insurance industry and to dedicate her career to representing individuals hurt at work. Kelly believes in giving back and doing all she can to protect and serve those that have done so much to assist our economy to remain strong and ever-growing, and to protect the working class. In 2013 Kelly became Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Kelly was named a Top Young Attorney in Pennsylvania, as published in the Rising Star Super Lawyer Section of Philadelphia Magazine, from 2007 through 2017. In 2017, she was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 Civil Trial Lawyers. Kelly is a member of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She served for a few years as subcommittee co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. In 2019, Kelly was the co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She remains active with the Executive Board. In June of 2018 she was appointed by the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section to a three-year term as a member of the Workers' Compensation Certification Committee, which is tasked with certifying members of the Bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as Workers’ Compensation Specialists. Kelly has lectured on workers' compensation matters for many years. She was a guest speaker on the Pain and Wellness Hour on WWDB 860 AM discussing her background and various issues that arise on a day to day basis with respect to work injuries. In her free time, Kelly volunteers her time for various charitable organizations throughout the City, and educates people about their rights when hurt at work.

Karla Henneman is a Program Analyst for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and has been an employee with the Bureau, previously in Healthcare Services, for 28 years. Karla coordinates the effort amongst all Bureau divisions including, but not limited to, Claims, UEGF, EDI, Records, Healthcare Services, and the HelpLine to prioritize and implement WCAIS enhancements. Karla collaborates with WCAIS system developers, The Office of Information Technology, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, and internal and external stakeholders to deliver valuable improvements to ensure business process efficiency.

Barbara L. Hollenbach has been a member since 1999 of the course planning committee, the team that plans and presents the biennial PBI program Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure. She has 40 years’ experience in defending workers’ compensation matters on behalf of insureds and self-insureds, and is a frequent writer and lecturer on workers’ compensation topics. For many years she served on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Labor & Industry. Ms. Hollenbach has been selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of workers’ compensation, and selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” published by Woodward & White, for the last several years. She has served as a member of the faculty of PBI’s Medicine for Lawyers series and PBI’s program Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation. A past president of the Northampton County Bar Association (1991), Ms. Hollenbach is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She currently serves on the PBA’s Council on Judicial Independence, is a past chair of the Workers’ Compensation Law Section, and has served on the Review and Certifying Board. Ms. Hollenbach is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. In 2013, she was certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and recertified as a specialist in 2018. She received her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University. A member of the firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Ms. Hollenbach is based in the firm’s Allentown, Pennsylvania office.

Barbara E. Holmes is a partner in the law firm of Blaufeld, Schiller & Holmes LLP, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she practices on behalf of injured workers in workers’ compensation claims and disability applicants in Social Security claims. Barbara is a 1980 graduate of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she majored in communications, administration, and management. She obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1984 and is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. She is past president of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and is past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section. Ms. Holmes was admitted to the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2012 and is admitted to practice before all courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuit courts. She is privileged to serve as a faculty member through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and as an instructor for the Workers’ Compensation Practicum at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Joseph C. Huttemann is a partner at Martin Law and has concentrated his practice in workers’ compensation litigation since 1992. Joe is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Dickinson School of Law. Mr. Huttemann has written extensively on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, and has had multiple articles published in The Legal Intelligencer. He has lectured on workers’ compensation and social security disability to the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Bucks County Bar Association. In 2013, Mr. Huttemann became a certified specialist in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. In July 2010, he was elected to the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and currently serves as the Eastern District chairman. He was the chair of the PAJ Workers’ Compensation Section for 2016.

Marla A. Joseph, an AV-rated lawyer, is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She is the principal and sole shareholder of the Law Offices of Marla Joseph LLC. For over two decades, Ms. Joseph has been fighting for disabled workers, concentrating her practice in workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law. Ms. Joseph earned her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991, where she majored in psychology and minored in business; her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 1994, where she was honored with an award for achievement in trial advocacy. Ms. Joseph is chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)’s Workers’ Compensation Section and has served on the Section’s Cabinet and Executive Council for six years. Ms. Joseph is a board member of Kids’ Chance, an organization that awards scholarships to the children of workers who suffered catastrophic injuries. Ms. Joseph was voted by her peers, and a Blue-Ribbon Panel, as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women Lawyers in Philadelphia Magazine’s 2009 Super Lawyers edition, and was voted as a Super Lawyer in the field of workers’ compensation for over a decade, first receiving this honor in its inaugural year. Ms. Joseph received the 2004 Lawyers on the Fast Track award from The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Ms. Joseph frequently lectures on workers’ compensation issues and has planned and moderated seminars for the PBA, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Conference. Ms. Joseph co-planned and moderated a seminar on civility that received an award from the American Bar Association (ABA). She is a faculty member and this year’s co-chair of the PBA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Law Section meeting, a premier seminar for worker’s compensation practitioners throughout the Commonwealth. She served in various leadership roles in the Philadelphia Bar Association, including being elected to a three-year term on its Board of Governors in 2003, and serving as its chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2002, during which time the Philadelphia Bar Association’s YLD received multiple awards from the ABA, the PBA and the Conference of County Bar Leaders. In addition, Ms. Joseph served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee in 2003, its Judicial Commission in 2001, and chaired its Women’s Rights Committee in 2001.

Stevi Leech is a Management Analyst with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication (WCOA). She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Westminster College. Stevi is 34 years old and has worked for WCOA for over 7 years. During her time with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Stevi has served on the Governor’s Innovation Team, graduated from the Emerging Leaders Program, and continues to work closely with developers and stakeholders on the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS). Stevi launched and currently manages the WCOA Resource Center which provides support to internal staff and external stakeholders who have WCOA or WCAIS-related inquiries. Since its inception in January 2015, the WCOA Resource Center has yielded over 45,000 inquiries. The WCOA Resource Center is also responsible for developing the education and training tracts and materials for WCOA staff, attorneys, and law firms on WCOA-related WCAIS use and enhancements, and for prioritizing, designing, and testing WCAIS enhancements for WCOA.

Linda A. Lengle is a graduate of Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre, PA. Linda is a registered nurse who holds certifications as a certified case manager, a certified disability case management specialist, and a certified professional coder. She has been employed by Hoover since 1984, initially as a field nurse case manager and later as a medical case management supervisor. She has overseen Hoover’s Medical bill review services since 1993.

Ann Marie Loiseau is a registered nurse with a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Master of Science in education. She is certified in case management, school nursing (K-12), and elementary education (K-6). She implemented her scholarly project at a state OHN conference to assess the effectiveness of a health literacy education program. She is passionate about improving health literacy of healthcare professional through education programs. As an assistant professor at DeSales University, she teaches nursing students (graduate and undergraduate) about community and public health nursing; research; health policy, organization, and financing; and health informatics, quality and safety. Her clinical nursing experience includes hospital staff nurse in medical/surgical and pediatrics, ambulatory care, home health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. She has provided case management services for individuals who suffered injuries or illness because of motor vehicle accidents, occupational accidents, and long-term disability. Ann Marie volunteers at a local free clinic and serves on numerous committees including the PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee, PA Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania OHNs. She serves on the editorial board of the Workplace Health & Safety Journal. Ann Marie is the recipient of the AAOHN New Investigator Research Grant funded by Medique Products and Dorothy Saller Outstanding Occupational Health Nurse Leadership Award from the PAOHN.

John Madaus RN, CCM, BS, is the Workers’ Compensation Manager for the Clemens Family Corporation, located in Hatfield, PA. John has been an RN since 1984 with experience in emergency nursing, critical care nursing, and occupational health. He is a certified case manager with work experience at employers, medical providers, case management firms, insurance companies, and insurance brokers.

John W. McTiernan served as a member of the course planning committee, the team that plans and presents the biennial PBI program Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure, and wrote the manual from 1989 through 2014. From 1993 to 2017, he served on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Labor & Industry, and its predecessor, the Committee for Referees’ Rules and Procedures. He is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section and the Allegheny County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. Judge McTiernan is a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is the recipient of the prestigious Irvin Stander Award (2011) from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section. Judge McTiernan has been listed continuously in “The Best Lawyers in America,” published by Woodward & White from 1997 through 2017, and was named in the Best American Lawyers in Workers’ Compensation. He has also been continuously listed as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers from 2005 through 2017. He was a member of the board of Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and served as its president from 2014-2015. A former partner in the Pittsburgh firm of Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, he currently serves as a workers’ compensation judge in the Brookville WCOA office.

Linda G. Millas is the workers’ compensation claims manager for Solid Waste Services Inc. DBA J.P. Mascaro & Sons, one of the region’s largest independent solid waste service companies, providing collection, transportation, processing, disposal/landfills, recycling and composting services, with operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey. Linda has been with the company in this position since 2002. She works closely with the company’s Risk Management team, director of Safety and Transportation, and the vice president of Operations. Additionally, Linda works with the third-party administrator, panel providers, medical case managers and defense counsel for successful resolution of claims and litigation. She is solely responsible for overseeing the company’s workers’ compensation self-insurance program. She continues to utilize her extensive 20 plus years’ experience in workers’ compensation claims, workplace safety, case management and operations to ensure workers’ compensation and OSHA compliance. Linda has held the designation of Workers’ Compensation Claims Certified – PA (WCCC-PA) for 20 years running and participates in many professional groups and panels. She proudly accepted the “2009 – PSIA Award for Excellence” on behalf of the company and has since that time participated as a member of the Board of Managers for Pennsylvania Self Insurers’ Association (PSIA).

Michael Miller’s career at Main Line Health began in 2011. In his current position, Mr. Miller is responsible for the management of Main Line Health’s self-insured workers’ compensation and employee safety program. This program is responsible for the management of work-related injuries, employee safety and injury prevention. Main Line Health’s program highlights include paperless self-reporting, in-house data analysis and employee advocacy as ways to create partnerships with injured employees in their recovery. Mr. Miller received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Rosemont College. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Miller is currently a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer’s Association. He also holds an Advanced Safety Certificate (ASC) from the National Safety Council in addition to a WCCC-PA designation. The Main Line Health Workers’ Compensation and Employee Safety program was awarded the 2018 Teddy Award from Risk and Insurance Magazine for excellence and innovation in workers’ compensation and employee safety.

Steven Minnich was appointed as a workers’ compensation judge in January 2010. He is based in the Pittsburgh office and conducts hearings and mediations in Pittsburgh and Johnstown. Prior to his appointment, Judge Minnich was a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Walsh, Collis & Blackmer PC. He concentrated his practice in the field of workers’ compensation and handled commercial, tort and employment/labor-related cases. Earlier, he wrote for the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. Judge Minnich is a 1989 graduate of Mansfield University, and a 1992 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Scott M. Olin is a recently retired Workers’ Compensation Judge. Mr. Olin worked for the Commonwealth of PA from 1979 until 2020. After nine years as an Assistant Counsel for the Department of Transportation, Mr. Olin transferred in 1988 to the Department of Labor & Industry as a Workers’ Compensation Referee/Judge in the Philadelphia office. He is a graduate of Rutgers-Camden School of Law and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Kim Olszewski is an ANCC board certified adult nurse practitioner, and is a certified occupational health nurse specialist and case manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses. She received Fellowship distinctions from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), and the American Academy of Nursing. Kim currently serves on the AAOHN Board of Directors as President, and is past president of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has presented at the local, state, regional and national levels of the association over the past 15 years on various topics, including DOT certification, Marketing OHNs, Fatigue Management, Healthy People 2020, Social Media Integration and Diagnostic Updates. Kim is Director of Client and Provider Services at Disa Global Solutions, and is the graduate program director, DNP program director, NP program director & associate professor at Bloomsburg University.

Hendrick I. Penn IV is a Partner at the law firm of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby in the Pittsburgh Office. He dedicates his practice to representing employers, insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters throughout the entire State of Pennsylvania. He started his legal career representing injured workers in workers’ compensation matters, and this experience provides him with exceptional insight into the strategies and tactics typically employed by counsel for employees filing claims. Hendrick, who has defended clients in workers’ compensation cases for 15 years, has extensive experience representing those from numerous industries including retail, medical, trucking, construction, hospitality, energy and others. In every case, Hendrick endeavors to provide not only the highest quality legal representation, but to do so in a timely and cost-effective manner. He understands that clients expect results and in each case, makes sure the matter is being litigated efficiently. He regularly presents seminars to employers, insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers. Hendrick has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-judged publication. In 2019 and 2020 Best Lawyers he is listed for workers’ compensation – employers.

Thomas Previc has been the director of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s government relations efforts since 1986. Prior to that, he represented the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers’ Association as a lobbyist. In 1973, Mr. Previc graduated from Penn State University with a degree in political science. He gained experience in politics after college by doing advance work for a congressional candidate. In 1975, he was offered the executive director position for the legislature’s Business and Commerce Committee. In 1978, Mr. Previc was offered a partnership in a new government affairs firm, which was being formed by Herb Packer. He left his legislative staff position to move into the private sector. The public affairs and advertising firm of Packer, Previc, Oesterling and Smith was formed. One of its first clients was the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. In 1986, Mr. Previc left the firm to become the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s full-time director of Public Affairs. He was an honoree of the Milton D. Rosenberger Award, which is presented annually to a person whose devotion to injured victims, qualities of leadership and service best honor the life of the late and revered past president.

Harte Pricer is the manager of the EDI Section of the Claims Management Division of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She was the supervisor of the EDI Unit when EDI Release 3 went live with WCAIS in 2013; in 2014, she took over as chair of the EDI Committee and became the manager of the EDI Section in 2015. From 2011 through present, she has been a part of the Claims Management Division team that has worked on developing, testing and implementing program area requirements for WCAIS and the subsequent system improvements since September 2013 including the Pennsylvania EDI Forms Solution program, which was released in September 2016. This complex Forms Solution system is one-of-a-kind, automatically generating forms triggered by various EDI transactions for insurers who used to have to submit them manually. The implementation of this system has eliminated the submission to the bureau of approximately 300,000 paper forms annually, saving Pennsylvania stakeholders time and money. Harte is currently an active member on IAIABC committees, was granted a seat on the IAIABC EDI Council on behalf of Pennsylvania in 2017, was awarded an IAIABC NextGen award in 2017, and completed the IAIABC Foundations accreditation in July 2018.

Michael V. Quatrini is an attorney with Quatrini Rafferty, P.C., working out of the firm’s offices in Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Latrobe, and Altoona. He represents individuals in claims for Workers' Compensation, Veterans Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability/SSI. Mr. Quatrini is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Social Security Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an active member of, and speaker for, national organizations including the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR), the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), and the International Association of Workers' Compensation Professionals (IAIABC). Since 2013, Mr. Quatrini has been a faculty member and course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's publications "Social Security Disability: The Basics" and "Advanced Issues in Social Security Disability".

Stacey Reddig is employed at Lester R. Summers, Inc., a trucking company specializing in oversize hauling, for more than 33 years, I have worked in various departments. For the past 18 years, I have focused my attention on our Human Resources needs and established our state certified Workplace Safety Committee to assist with maintaining a safe working environment for our 98 employees.

Steve Reich, Claims Supervisor, AIC, AIM, WCLA – Steve has over 12 years of insurance experience beginning his career at Donegal Insurance after graduating from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. At Donegal, Steve was an Auto Liability Claim Representative before moving into Workers Compensation in August 2009. After two years handling Workers’ Compensation claims at Liberty Mutual, Steve joined Eastern Alliance as a Senior Claim Representative in December 2013 and eventually moved in to a Regional Claim Supervisor role in March 2016. He has multi-jurisdictional claim handling experience, including PA, DE, MD, NJ, VA and KY, and has his AIC, AIM and WCLA designations.

Wesley J. Rish began working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1997 as an assistant counsel to the Office of Inspector General. He supervised investigations into fraud, waste, abuse, and employee misconduct occurring in executive agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. From 2007 to 2012, Wesley served Governor Ed Rendell and Governor Tom Corbett as Chief Counsel to the Office of Inspector General. In 2012, Wesley became legal counsel to the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, in addition to other licensing boards where he advised Board Staff and Members regarding licensure and disciplinary matters. He successfully represented the State Board of Medicine and other licensing boards on numerous appeals before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. In November 2018, Wesley left the Commonwealth to establish the Rish Law Office, LLC, which focuses on the representation of professionals in licensing and disciplinary matters. Wesley is a 1988 graduate of the University of Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

James Rochester, MD, FAAFP has been the Medical Director for Worknet Occupational Medicine for the last 16 years in their Lancaster and Ephrata, PA offices, treating a wide variety of work related injuries. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Chemistry at West Chester University, Cardiovascular Research Internship in the Dept. of Physiology at Thomas Jefferson University, Medical Doctorate at Temple University School of Medicine on a military scholarship, and residency in Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital. He completed Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine as well as Obstetrics at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rochester served 18 years in the USAF as a Paramedic and Medical Officer with his last assignment as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rochester is a frequent lecturer on Occupational Medicine topics in the Central PA region.

Kenji Saito, M.D., J.D. is Medical Director of Workplace Health and Regulatory Liaison to MaineGeneral Health. He is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine with specialty training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM). He was recently elected by his peers to be the Young Physician Board of Director for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr. Saito is on the Board of Directors for the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is Chair to its Education Committee. He is President-elect of the RRG section at ACOEM, and was invited to serve on ACOEM’s Practice Guideline Expert Panel for the Eye. He also serves as co-Chair to the Pharmaceutical section and Chairs ACOEM’s Health Informatics section. Dr. Saito an adjunct professor at Penn, teaching OEM residents pursuing medico-legal and occupational ophthalmic endeavors, engaging population health, and promoting prevention through wellness and health programs.

Marianne H. Saylor, Esq. joined the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Marianne as Director in June of 2019. She brings to the Bureau 25 years of experience in the workers’ compensation arena. Having previously represented employers, insurance companies, and for the last 18 years injured workers, she has a broad understanding of all aspects of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Marianne is a 1987 graduate of Bennington College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a 1992 graduate of City University of New York School of Law. She brings a vast amount of experience in leadership roles to her position. Active in her community, Marianne has served on Lansdowne Borough Council and previously served as a board member and secretary of the Southwest Community Development Corporation, a private non-profit organization that provides assistance to residents and promotes local economic development.

Deborah J. Schwartz has been employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Chief Counsel, since 1998 and currently serves as assistant counsel in its Bureau of Workers’ Compensation division. She is responsible for handling administrative litigation as well as Section 305 criminal prosecutions. Ms. Schwartz obtained her bachelor’s degree from Stern School of Business, New York University, and her law degree from Widener University School of Law.

Michael L. Silverman, M.D., is a board-certified Infectious Disease physician who has practiced medicine for 30 years. He has been on staff at multiple teaching hospitals in the Philadelphia area including Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Silverman has extensive experience in reviewing medico-legal and workers’ compensation cases for the past twenty (20) years. Beth Smith attended the University of Florida for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and graduated cum laude. While working part-time as a pediatric home health RN, Beth attended the University of Pennsylvania for her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing as a lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her clinical training at a crisis response center in Philadelphia as well as an inpatient psychiatric unit in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Additionally, while attending Penn, Beth also worked as a TA for the accelerated RN to BSN program in the general mental health nursing class. Upon graduation, Beth pursued and was accepted to the Veteran Affairs residency program at the Charleston VA in Charleston, South Carolina. She completed her residency for nine months and had various experiences on the inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient practice, psychiatric home health visits, consults on the medical floor as well as intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment. She then transitioned into a role at Lehigh Valley Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry working in consultation/liaison psychiatry. Beth held this role for close to two years and worked with various populations including adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and obstetric/gynecological patients on the medical floors. She provided evaluations, supportive counseling, medication management, and if indicated, referrals for inpatient psychiatric treatment. This is where Beth found her passion for consultation/liaison psychiatry and oncology patients. When the opportunity presented itself in 2017, she transitioned into a role at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia in consultation/liaison psychiatry and as an outpatient provider. This is where she currently practices. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at DeSales University in June 2018. She has been published in nursing journals and regularly provides lectures on mental health nursing to a variety of audiences. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, yoga, watching sports, and spending time with her husband and their two cats, Einstein and Oliver.

Bradley Smith is an Associate Attorney with Galfand Berger, LLP. He proudly advocates on behalf of injured workers, consumers, and victims of negligence. Brad is part of a team of attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar settlements in products liability and other personal injury cases. Outside the courtroom, Brad has published essays and articles regarding the legal rights of injured workers. In 2016, Brad won first place in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers' national writing competition. Brad wrote about worker safety in the “gig economy,” which includes companies like Lyft, Uber, Taskrabbit and Grubhub. Brad presented on the gig economy at the Department of Labor’s 2018 Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference. In 2015, Brad won the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Centennial Essay Contest for his essay on workers’ mental disabilities caused by mental stress. Currently, Brad serves as an Editor for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Newsletter. Brad was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018 and 2019.

Trooper Kelly Smith has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since 2013. She currently serves as Community Services Officer, providing programs, presentations, and outreach across the entire southcentral area of the state. Trooper Smith serves as the director of the youth summer program, Camp Cadet, which aims to establish positive relationships between law enforcement and youth in the communities they serve.

Daniel Snyder began serving as a workers’ compensation judge hearing cases in Wilkes-Barre, Wysox and Tannersville before moving to the Allentown office in April 2015. He is a 1990 Penn State graduate and attended law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. Judge Snyder started his legal career with Pavlack Law Offices in the Lehigh Valley, where he represented claimants and plaintiffs in workers’ compensation and civil litigation matters. He then moved to the defense side of the bar where he practiced workers’ compensation, almost exclusively since 2000, with just a short break practicing medical malpractice defense along with workers’ compensation. Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, he practiced with the firm of White and Williams LLP in Center Valley.

Donna K. Sponaugle is a certified occupational health nurse specialist for Hershey Foods, Y&S Candies in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she is responsible for medical case management on workers’ compensation claims and absence management. Ms. Sponaugle also oversees management of the short-term disability program, on-site medical surveillance, wellness and educational programs, is the FMLA coordinator, and is a certified drug and alcohol collector. Ms. Sponaugle earned an associate degree in nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Past experience includes on-site medical surveillance, wellness and educational programs, OSHA log and record keeping, workers’ compensation statistics, and cost-saving strategies and initiatives. Donna is currently a member of the Workers’ Compensation Conference Program Committee and the National TMJ Association.

Timothy Stayer is the Corporate Risk Manager of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp, a manufacturer of solid wood raised panel doors and components for the kitchen and bathroom cabinet industry. Tim has been with Conestoga Wood Specialties for over 40 years. Conestoga has approximately 1,200 employees at five facilities in the states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington. In his role as Risk Manager, Tim is responsible for employee safety, property and casualty insurances, risk management, loss prevention and oversight of non-operating assets. He is directly involved in oversite of workers’ compensation claims and loss prevention at all company sites. Tim has previous service in the capacity of maintenance, environmental, safety and human resources management. Prior to his service with Conestoga, Tim served in the U. S. Army, spending several years in the southeastern part of United States and southern Germany. Raised in the Denver, Ephrata and Reinholds areas of Lancaster County, Tim now lives in Akron with his wife and son. Tim is very active in his local community as he serves as a school board member on the Ephrata Area School District (EASD) and a Boy Scout leader with Troop 57 of Akron. Tim attended and received his Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude from Millersville University in December of 1998. Tim graduated from Cocalico High School, June of 1975 and graduated from Reading Area Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in June of 1977. Tim earned the designation CRM (Certified Risk Manager) from Certified Risk Managers International in association with The National Alliance in 2016.

Lisa Stefanowicz is the Safety Director at Abmech Acquisitions and Matthews Wall Anchor and Waterproofing Services. She investigates and conducts continual modernization of both companies’ safety programs to ensure all hazards and current regulations are addressed. Abmech Acquisitions is a hazardous remediation contractor employing union workers in the asbestos and lead remediation and demolition industry. The company is also a concrete polishing contractor. Matthews Wall Anchor and Waterproofing Services is a contractor who performs commercial and residential foundation repair and waterproofing. Lisa’s overall goal is to remain at a Zero Incident Status for the 7th year in a row at Abmech. Her core value is the commitment to the employees at both companies to ensure they can return home in the same shape in which they came to work. Within the construction industry and the varying hazards based on site specific Job Hazard Analysis she believes that with passion, efficiency, and positivity their continued success will continue. Abmech has been awarded the 2020 Governor’s Award and the 2020 American Society of Concrete Contractors Award for Safety. This is due to the diligence and commitment of the Owners, COO and especially the workers on various job sites every day.

David B. Torrey, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, has been a workers’ compensation judge with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry since 1993. He is adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1996-present). He is also the editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (1988-present). Judge Torrey received his A.B. in 1982 from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctorate in 1985 from Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review (Volume 23, 1984-85). In 2010, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is a past president of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary and is a Fellow and Vice-President of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. In 2008, he published the Third Edition of his treatise, Torrey & Greenberg, “Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice” (4 Volumes: Thomson-Reuters 3rd ed. 2008 & Supp. 2019). He also served in the U.S. Army (1976-1979) and in the West Virginia Army National Guard (1979-1982).

Peter J. Weber is a founding partner of Weber, Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP; he is now of counsel to the firm. He has extensive experience representing employers, insurance carriers, self-insureds and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters as well as general casualty matters, and bad faith actions arising out of the handling of workers’ compensation cases. Peter also has extensive experience in complex litigation and was involved in the defense of personal injury, asbestos claims and property damage claims. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from Villanova University and Villanova University School of Law. He served as chairperson and co-author of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure Manual (the “Bible” of Workers’ Compensation Law) through 2014 and has authored the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Survey of Recent Developments in Workers’ Compensation Law. Peter has been a lecturer in law for the Graduate Studies Division of Temple University School of Law, where he taught Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure.

Lewis L. Wolfgang is a shareholder, practicing in the firm's Harrisburg office. He focuses his practice on representing employers in workers' compensation litigation. After graduating from law school, Mr. Wolfgang was employed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assigned to the Department of Labor and Industry Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board as a law clerk writing decisions for Commissioner William Atkinson. He also served as an attorney with the Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund. Mr. Wolfgang is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Susquehanna University in 1995 and his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in 1998.

Jason Woodruff is the Claims Manager at Lackawanna Insurance Group, a subsidiary of Delaware Life Insurance Company, and part of the U.S. based insurance holding company Group 1001. Jason began his insurance career working for a nationally based auto insurer as a Claims Representative and later a Fire/Theft Representative in their Special Investigations Unit. He was licensed as a PA Motor Vehicle Physical Damage Appraiser and Notary Public. After working as an adjuster for nearly 20 years and handling all types of workers’ compensation claims, Jason transitioned to his current role in management. He is a team trainer for Lackawanna’s Customer Relationship Management program. Jason participates in various internal committees related to company growth, website redesign, and anti-fraud initiatives. Jason is a cum laude graduate of West Chester University. Mr. Woodruff also earned a Master of Science degree from College Misericordia [Misericordia University]. In addition to his insurance experience, Jason has a background in the healthcare industry.

Lieutenant Kerby L. Young is Operations Commander for the Domestic Security Section, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, located in Harrisburg, PA.

Heather Zambelli is a Partner of the Pittsburgh office of Cipriani & Werner. She dedicates her practice to defending employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in all workers’ compensation matters. She has significant experience litigating cases before Judges throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. She also represents employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters pending in the State of West Virginia. She regularly presents seminars to clients and prospective clients regarding the most effective and cost-conscious ways to adjust and litigate workers’ compensation claims pending in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ms. Zambelli serves as the Treasurer for the Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, as well as on the Membership Committee. Prior to joining Cipriani & Werner, Ms. Zambelli was a Partner in the workers’ compensation practice group of another large firm. Ms. Zambelli previously worked for a large insurance company representing employers in workers' compensation cases in Pennsylvania, and defending general insurance coverage cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Ms. Zambelli graduated in the top twenty percent of her class from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2008, and is a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, earning a dual degree in Political Science and Communications