Workers Compensation Institute Forms Board of Advisors

WCI formed a Board of Advisors to guide the future of the Workers’ Compensation Institute and the annual conference. Members appointed to the Board of Advisors include:

Michele Adams, Vice President for Risk Management Services, Walt Disney World Resort; Orlando, FL

Michele Adams is Vice President for Risk Management Services at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. She has been a Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort since 1996. She has served as an executive since 2009 and as Vice President, Risk Management Services since 2015.

 

Steve Coonrod, Shareholder, McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A.; Tallahassee, FL

Steve Coonrod is a Shareholder at McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern, and is the managing partner for the firm’s Tallahassee office. He is a Board-Certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and focuses on workers’ compensation defense. He serves as litigation manager for the Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association.

 

Daniel Jaffe, Shareholder, Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan; Tampa, FL

Daniel Jaffe is a Shareholder of Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan in their Tampa office. He has practiced workers’ compensation defense with the firm since 1997 and is a frequent lecturer at the Workers Compensation Convention and similar educational events.

 

Laure Lamy, Regional Director, Workers’ Compensation Research Institute; Cambridge, MA

Laure Lamy is Regional Director at Workers’ Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has served in that role for seven years.

 

David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims; Tallahassee, FL

David Langham is Deputy Chief Judge for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims. He has served as a judge since 2001 and as Deputy Chief since 2006.

 

James McConnaughhay, Founder and General Chairman, WCI; Shareholder McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A.; Tallahassee, FL

James McConnaughhay is one of the founders of WCI. He is the founder of McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has practiced law for 50 years. He has served as General Chair of the WCI for 32 years.

 

Frank McKay, Chair and Chief Appellate Court Judge, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation; Atlanta, GA

Frank McKay is the Chair and Chief Appellate Court Judge at the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. He has served there for six years.

 


David North, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sedgwick, Inc.; Memphis, TN

David North is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sedgwick, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. He has served in that capacity for 24 years.

 


Vilma Palma-Blackmon, Senior Vice President, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.; Miramar, FL

Vilma Palma-Blackmon is Senior Vice President at Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. She has been with Gallagher Bassett since 1986 serving as Claims Manager, Regional Vice President, and for the last 15 years as Senior Vice President.

 

Steven A. Rissman, Founder and Program Chair, WCI; Shareholder of Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain and Mangan; Orlando, FL

Steven A. Rissman is one of the founders of WCI. He is a Shareholder of Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain and Mangan in Orlando, Florida, where he has practiced law for 47 years. He has served 32 years as Program Chair of the WCI Conference.

 

Marc Salm, Vice President of Risk Management, Publix Super Markets; Lakeland, FL

Marc Salm is Vice President of Risk Management at Publix Super Markets in Lakeland, Florida. He has served there for 18 years, as Director and Counsel of Risk Management for 7 years, and as Vice President for 11 years.

 

Jim Smith, Regional Leader of Risk Control and Safety Services , Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Boca Raton, FL

Jim Smith is Regional Leader of Risk Control and Safety Services for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Boca Raton, Florida. He has served there for 18 years. He was a past President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

 

David Stills, Vice President of Global Risk Management, Walmart; Bentonville, AR

David Stills is Vice President Global Risk Management at Walmart. He has served there for 17 years, first as Assistant General Counsel, then as Vice President for the last 15 years.

 

 

In 2020, WCI will host the 75th Annual Conference August 16-19.

 

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