WCI Conference Speakers

A. Michelle Jernigan


Attorney and Mediator
Upchurch, Watson, White & Max
Orlando, FL

Aideen Turner, MPT, Cert. MDT, CEAS


CEO
Virtual Physical Therapists, PLLC
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Amie DeGuzman


Attorney
The Law Office of John J. Rahaim
Jacksonville, FL

Andrew Sabolic


Assistant Director
Division of Workers Compensation
Tallahassee, FL

Andrew Scott, III


Scott Roberts and Associates, LLC
Lake Worth, FL

Ann Bishop


Attorney
Sponsler, Bishop, Koren & Hammer
Atlanta, GA

Ann Schnure


Vice President Telemedicine Operations
Concentra
Cincinnati, OH

AnnaMarie Kim-Miller


Attorney and State Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Orlando, FL

Arlene Guzik, DNP, ARNP-BC


Director of Occupational Medicine
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Artie Bayandrian


University of South Florida OSHA Education Center
Wesley Chapel, FL

Barbara B. Wagner


Attorney
Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, PA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Beth Randolph


Director of Claims and Risk Management
Automation Personnel Services
Birmingham, AL

Bob O’Halloran


Senior Vice President of Claims

Summit Consulting, Inc.

Lakeland, FL

Brian Gee


Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association
Tallahassee, FL

Brian McElreath


Attorney
Lueder, Larkin & Hunter
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Brian Reiter, MD


Atlantis Orthopaedics
Atlantis, FL

Brittany Busse, MD


Medical Director of Telehealth
Kura MD, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Brittany O’Neil


Senior Policy Coordinator
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL

Bruce A. Blitman


Attorney and Mediator
Law and Mediation Offices of Bruce A. Blitman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

C. Gary Lopez, CSP, MS


Assistant Director of Loss Control Services
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
Weston, FL

Cari I. Miller


Director and Counsel
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Rolling Meadows, IL

Carolyn Frank


Attorney
Friedman, Rodman & Frank, PA
Miami, FL

Cat Pittet


Claims Consultant
Lockton Companies
Dallas, TX

Cathy Silva, MBA, MS


Director of Continuing Education
Sunshine Education & Research Center
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Cecilia Watkins, PhD, CHES


Western Kentucky University
Department of Public Health
Bowling Green, KY

Celia Mendez


Attorney and Mediator
Moreland & Mendez, PA
Orlando, FL

Charlene Miller


Bureau Chief of Monitoring & Audit
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL

Charles Hough


Alabama Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurer’s Guaranty Association
Decatur, AL

Chris Mandel, RIMS-CRMP


Senior Vice President Strategic Solutions, Director of Sedgwick Institute
Nashville, TN

Chris Watson


COO
One Call
Jacksonville, FL

Christine L. Harter


Attorney and Mediator
Mediation & Dispute Resolution Center
Ocala, FL

Christopher R. Brigham, MD


Brigham and Associates
Hilton Head, SC

Christopher T. Lee, MD, MSPH


Medical Director – Occupational Medicine
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Claire Brockbank, MS


Principal
Segue Consulting, Inc.
Denver, CO

Clem Hyland


Attorney and Mediator
Mediate First, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Cori Repp, MD


Florida Director of Medical Operations
Concentra
Bradenton, FL

Courtney Whistler


President/Co-founder
Sharpline Allocations
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Dan Paschal


Deputy Commissioner
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX

Daniel T. Jaffe


Attorney
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, PA
Tampa, FL

Dave Newell


Director of Education
Florida Association of Insurance Agents
Tallahassee, FL

David Barnett


Attorney
Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel
Fort Lauderdale, FL

David Chandler, MD


President
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Pensacola, FL

David Hanscom, MD


Orthopedic Surgeon
Swedish Neuroscience Specialists
Seattle, WA

David K. Beach


Attorney
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, PA
Tampa, FL

David Klein, MD


Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center
Sarasota, FL

David Stills


Vice President, Global Risk Management
Walmart, Inc.
Bentonville, AR

Denise Evans


Director, Workers’ Compensation Claims
Staffmark
Cincinnati, OH

Donna Doyle


Attorney and Mediator
Mediate First, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Douglas Clark, FCLA


Client Services – Development Program Professional
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Tampa, FL

E. Louis Stern


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Sarasota, FL

Edward Demmi, MD


Concentra
Ocala, FL

Elizabeth (Liz) Bradshaw, MS


Victim Advocate, Special Victims Unit
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Erin O’Hara O’Connor


Dean and McKenzie Professor of Law
Florida State University, College of Law
Tallahassee, FL

First Sergeant Neal Bohannon


Tactical Edge Law Enforcement Training
Naples, FL

Frank Lasee


Division Administrator
Wisconsin Division of Workers’ Compensation
Madison, WI

Fraser Cobbe


Executive Director
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Tampa, FL

Gary Davis


Executive Director
SAWCA
Lexington, KY

Gary M. Cannon


Executive Director
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission
Columbia, SC

Geoffrey Bichler


Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL

Geralyn Datz, PhD


Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist
Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates, PLLC
Hattiesburg, MS

Gina M. Jacobs


Attorney
Cole, Scott and Kissane, PA
Maitland, FL

Gregory J. McKenna


Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Rolling Meadows, IL

Gretchen B. Macy, EdD, MPH, CSCS, CEAS


Western Kentucky University
Department of Public Health
Bowling Green, KY

H. George Kagan


Attorney
H. George Kagan, PA
Gulf Stream, FL

Honorable Benjamin Vinson


Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA

Honorable Bruce Moore


Administrative Law Judge
Kansas Department of Labor
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Salina, KS

Honorable David Imahara


Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA

Honorable David Langham


Deputy Chief Judge
Florida Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Pensacola, FL

Honorable David Torrey


Workers’ Compensation Judge
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Pittsburg, PA

Honorable Deborah Blevins


Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Roanoke, VA

Honorable Delia Turano Schadt


Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD

Honorable Deneise Turner Lott


Sr. Administrative Law Judge
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS

Honorable Dwight Lovan


Former Commissioner of Kentucky Division of Workers’ Compensation
Frankfort, KY

Honorable Frank R. McKay


Chairman and Chief Appellate Court Judge
State Board of Workers’ Compensation’
Atlanta, GA

Honorable Gaetano Testini


Administrative Law Judge
Industrial Commission of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Honorable James Wolf


First District Court of Appeal
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Jane Rice Williams


Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims
London, KY

Honorable Jennifer Hopens


Director of Appeals Panel, NAWCJ President
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX

Honorable Kenneth M. Switzer


Chief Judge
Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims
Nashville, TN

Honorable M. Kemmerly Thomas


First District Court of Appeal
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Marshall Davidson


Presiding Judge
Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
Nashville, TN

Honorable Melodie L. Belcher


SAWCA Past President
Administrative Law Judge
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Columbus, GA

Honorable Melody James


South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission
Columbia, SC

Honorable Michael Alvey


Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board
Owensboro, KY

Honorable Michael Orfinger


Seventh Judicial Circuit
Daytona Beach, FL

Honorable Neal Pitts


Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Orlando, FL

Honorable Patrick Rosenow


Administrative Law Judge
U.S. Department of Labor
Covington, LA

Honorable R. Karl Aumann


Chair
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD

Honorable Rachel Bayless


Judge
New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration
Albuquerque, NM

Honorable Ralph Humphries


Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Jacksonville, FL

Honorable Robert Cohen


Florida Division of Administrative Hearings
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Robert Dietz


Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Sebastian, FL

Honorable Robert Switzer


Commissioner
Department of Workers’ Claims
Frankfort, KY

Honorable Shannon Bruno Bishop


Judge
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Harahan, LA

Honorable Sheral Kellar


Director
Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation
Baton Rouge, LA

Honorable Stephanie W. Ray


First District Court of Appeal
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Susan Caravaggio


Central District Judge Manager
Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication
Williamsport, PA

Honorable Suzette Carlisle


State of Missouri, Office of Administration
St. Louis, MO

Honorable T. Scott Beck


Chair
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission
Columbia, SC

Honorable Thomas Stine


Judge
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court
Lincoln, NE

Honorable Wesley Marshall


Chair
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Richmond, VA

Honorable Wilbur Anderson


Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Daytona Beach, FL

Honorable William R. Holley


Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Jacksonville, FL

Ira Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP


President/Co-Founder
Anesthesia Pain Consultants
Tamarac, FL

Jack Dennerlein, PhD


Associate Director, Center for Work, Health & Well-being
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Jacqueline B. Steele


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Sarasota, FL

James M. Anderson


Attorney
Anderson Crawley & Burke
Ridgeland, MS

James N. McConnaughhay


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
WCI® General Chair
Tallahassee, FL

James Williams, MD


Medical Director
Nexus Medical Consulting
Chesterfield, MO

Jana Cauley, FCLS, CWCL, CWC


Claims Manager
Summit
Lakeland, FL

Janet Coffey


Risk & Claims Manager
The Michael’s Companies
Irving, TX

Jean Brajuha, MHS, CRC, CCM


Vice President, Operations
Restore Rehabilitation, LLC
Owings Mills, MD

Jean Peltier


Risk Manager
Tropicana
Bradenton, FL

Jeff Taylor


Mediator
Taylor Insurance Consulting
Sarasota, FL

Jill Keene, CIC, CWC, CWCL


Claims Supervisor
Gallagher Bassett
Orlando, FL

Jim Smith, MS, CSP


Director, Risk Control Services
Managing Director, Public Sector Loss Control
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Boca Raton, FL

Joan Spencer, MPH, CIH


U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
Tampa, FL

Joan Vincenz


Managing Director of Risk Management
United Airlines
Chicago, IL

Joe Moreth


Director, Bureau of Insurance Programs
Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division
Madison, WI

Joel N. Tietjens, CSP, CSHM


President
T-JENS & T-JENS, Inc.
Houston, TX

John Dowdy


Attorney
Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics
Jackson, MS

John Karpousis


Attorney
Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP
New York, NY

John P. Brooks


Attorney and State Mediator
Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Daytona, FL

Jonathan Levy, MD


Holy Cross Medical Group
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jorge Trujillo, MD, PhD


Concentra
Bradenton, FL

Joseph D. Funk, DPM


Orlando Orthopaedic Center
Orlando, FL

Joshua G. Scott, PhD, MS


Associate Director for Education
Center for Health, Work & Environment
Colorado School of Public Health
Aurora, CO

Joy K. Hughley


Senior Claims Manager
CCMSI
Orlando, FL

Kathy Green


Claims Rep II
CCMSI
Maitland, FL

Kathy Kelly


Team Manager
Sedgwick CMS
Lake Mary, FL

Kaylee Rivera, MPH


Senior Professional Research Assistant
Center for Health, Work & Environment
Colorado School of Public Health
Aurora, CO

Kimberly A. Hill


Attorney
Kimberly A. Hill, PL
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kimberly George


SVP Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare
Sedgwick
Chicago, IL

Kirstin Horan, PhD


Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Kristy Sands, CWC, CWCL


Assistant Vice President
Gallagher Bassett
Miramar, FL

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH


Director, Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Lara Merrigan


Attorney
Merrigan Legal
San Rafael, CA

Lauren Wilson


Attorney
Brown Sims
Houston, TX

Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP


Director
Center for Health, Work & Environment
Colorado School of Public Health
Aurora, CO

Lieutenant Rich Hampton


Tactical Edge Law Enforcement Training
Naples, FL

Linda Vendette


Vice President
Zenith Insurance
Sarasota, FL

Lisel Laslie


Bureau Chief of Data Quality & Collection
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL

Lori Cohen


Independent Claim Consultants Network, LLP
Haydenville, MA

Lori Pearson-Wise


Attorney
Law Office of Lori Pearson-Wise, PA
Orlando, FL

Marc E. Golden


Attorney
Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, PA
West Palm Beach, FL

Marc Salm


Vice President, Risk Management
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Lakeland, FL

Marcos A. Iglesias, MD, MMM, FAAFP, FACOEM


Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
Broadspire, A Crawford Company
Sunrise, FL

Mark L. Zientz


Attorney
Law Offices of Mark L. Zientz, PA
Miami, FL

Mark Pew


Senior Vice President, Product Development & Marketing
Preferred Medical
Louisville, KY

Mark Popolizio


Attorney
ISO Claims Partners
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Mark Reinhalter


U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Solicitor
Washington, DC

Mark S. Formby


Chair
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS

Mark Walls


VP Communications & Strategic Analysis Safety National
Chicago, IL

Melissa O. Hanson


Professor, Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL

Melvin I. Pohl, MD


Chief Medical Officer
Las Vegas Recovery Center
Las Vegas, NV

Michael J. Grimaldi


Claim Professional
Travelers
Orlando, FL

Michael Laseter


Claims Team Manager
Helmsman Management Services
Tampa, FL

Michael Marmer


Attorney
Samuelson, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP
San Pedro, CA

Michael P. Fenlon


Sr. Director
UPS Global Risk Management
Atlanta, GA

Michele Adams


Vice President, Risk Management Services
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, FL

Michele Mecca


Adjuster
Zurich American Insurance Company
Orlando, FL

Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II


Vice President, National Product Leader
One Call
Jacksonville, FL

Mike Bunte, CWC


Claims Team Manager
Liberty Mutual Insurance/Helmsman Management Services
Tampa, FL

Mylene Kellerman


Assistant Director
USF Safety Florida 21(d) Consultation Program
Tampa, FL

Naomi Kuker


Adjuster
Gallagher Bassett
Miami, FL

Nat Levine


Independent Medical Practice Consultant
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM


President and Chief Medical Officer
OccuMedix
Dresher, PA

Natalie V. Schwatka, PhD, AEP


Assistant Professor
Center for Health, Work & Environment
Colorado School of Public Health
Aurora, CO

Nathan Keith Waldrep, MD


Director of Physician Services
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Paul Bruning, DHA


Executive Director Orthopedics
Holy Cross Medical Group
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Paul E. Spector, PhD


Distinguished Professor and Director
Sunshine ERC
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Paul Esposito, CIH, CSP


President and Owner
STAR Consultants, Inc.
Arnold, MD

Paul H. Sighinolfi


Executive Director / Chair
Maine Workers’ Compensation Board
Augusta, ME

Paul Tauriello


Director
Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation
Denver, CO

Professor Charles W. Ehrhardt


Florida State University School of Law
Tallahassee, FL

R. Stephen Coonrod


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Tallahassee, FL

Rafael Gonzalez


Attorney
Optum
Tampa, FL

Rafal Dobek


Attorney
Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Randy Porcher


Attorney
Morgan & Morgan
Tallahassee, FL

Rene R. Salazar, PhD, CIH


Assistant Professor
College of Public Health
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Renee Thompson


Attorney and Mediator
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Ocala, FL

Richard A. Sicking


Attorney
Touby, Chait & Sicking, PL
Miami, FL

Richard Thompson


Attorney
Vice President of Claims-Legal
Zenith Insurance Company
Sarasota, FL

Robert D. Dixon, Jr., LCPO


Area Clinic Manager
Hanger Clinic
Trinity, FL

Robert Haight, MD


Concentra
Bradenton, FL

Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP


Chief, Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Medical Director, Live Well/Work Well
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Robert L. Bamdas


Attorney
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC

Robert Wilson


WorkersCompensation.com
Sarasota, FL

Robin Caral Shaw


Attorney and Mediator
Chairperson PMI
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA
Boca Raton, FL

Rosanne Shore


Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Rosemary Eure


Attorney
Lancaster and Eure, PA
Sarasota, FL

Sabrina Freewynn, MPH


Total Worker Health Consultant
SAIF Corporation
Salem, OR

Salomon Laguerre


Attorney
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Atlanta, GA

Sandra L. Bock, CWC, SCLA


Team Manager
Next Level Administrators, LLC
Bradenton, FL

Scott Curtis


Assistant Attorney General
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD

Scott H. Silver


Attorney
MKRS Law
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Shani Wright


Assistant Branch Manager
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Shaun Aulita, MA, CRC, CLCP


SMA Vocational Management
Coral Springs FL

Shawn Moynihan


Editor In Chief
National Underwriter Property & Casualty
ALM
New York, NY

Stacey Tantleff Dunn


Psychologist, PhD
Winter Park, FL

Steve Garrett


Alabama Department of Labor
Workers’ Compensation Division
Montgomery, AL

Steven A. Rissman


Attorney
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, PA
WCI® Program Chair
Orlando, FL

Steven Jones


Director, Insurance Compliance & Reporting
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD

Stuart F. Suskin


Attorney and Mediator
Stuart F. Suskin Mediation
Gainesville, FL

Susan Emerson


General Manager Claims Management
Disability, Leave and Workers’ Compensation
Delta Airlines
Atlanta, GA

Susan N. Marks


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Pensacola, FL

Susan Schulte


DOL Focus Lead
NCCI
Boca Raton, FL

Susan Theis


President
Commercial Risk Management, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Tanner Holloman


Director
Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation
Tallahassee, FL

Tara Marchand


One Call
Jacksonville, FL

Tessa Chisolm


Claim Manager
Travelers
Buffalo, NY

Theodore Evans, MD


South Florida International Orthopaedics
Miami and Homestead, FL

Theresa Pugh


Program Administrator
Medical Services Section
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL

Thomas Bernard, PhD


University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Thomas C. Amore


Attorney and Mediator
Amore Mediations
Tampa, FL

Thomas E. Glick


Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Thomas H. McDonald


Attorney
Law Offices of Jack D. Evans
Orlando, FL

Thomas M. Domer


Attorney
Domer Law
President – The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Milwaukee, WI

Thomas W. Warsop, III


Chairman and CEO
York Risk Services Group
Jersey City, NJ

Tom Cotton


Insurance Agent
Hugh Cotton Insurance
Orlando, FL

Tom Glasson


State Relations Officer
AIG
Dallas, TX

Tracey J. Hyde


Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Panama City, FL

Travis B. Van Dyke, MD


Orlando Orthopaedic Center
Orlando, FL

Vergie Bain, CAS


U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Vicki Dickerson


Allied World Assurance Company, Inc.
Addison, TX

Warren K. Sponsler


Attorney
Sponsler, Bishop, Koren & Hammer, PA
Tampa, FL

Wesley Hyatt


SVP & Manager Workers’ Compensation Commercial Insurance
Liberty Mutual
Boston, MA

William E. Pipkin, Jr.


Attorney
Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox
Mobile, AL

William H. Rogner


Attorney
Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox & Waranch, PA
Orlando, FL

William Zachry


Senior Fellow
Sedgwick Institute
San Carlos, CA

Yarah Dalmau


Senior Claims Examiner
Sedgwick CMS
Lake Mary, FL

Yuannie Arroyo Casillas


Adjudicator
State Insurance Fund Corporation of the Government of Puerto Rico
Guaynabo, PR

Zachary Tucker


 
Attorney
Paul M. Doolittle, PA
Jacksonville, FL