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Full schedule with Concurrent Sessions

Monday, October 28, 2019 Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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VWC Centennial Gala

In partnership with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC), the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation (IWCF) is excited to announce a VWC Centennial Gala will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Educational Conference & Exhibition.

The gala, featuring InsideOut, will be held on Monday, October 28th, 2019 from 7pm-10pm at the Downtown Richmond Marriott.

This will be a semi-formal (black tie recommended) event.

The cost to attend the gala is $100 per person. Please click here to register. If you have any questions regarding the gala, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation.

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2019 VWC Educational Conference Topics

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Case Law, An Update from the Commissioners

A discussion of recent cases of interest as presented by the Commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Recent statutory amendments.

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Opioids in Workers’ Comp

The presentation will address the impact opioids have had in our society over time, and more specifically the use and misuse in treating chronic pain. Current regulations will be discussed and alternative treatments to pain presented as well as specific treatments for workers comp patients

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Be Ready - A Guide to Increasing Workplace Preparedness for an Active Assailant Incident

Be Ready! In today’s world, mass shootings and active assailant situations are becoming more and more prevalent. It is not a matter of if but when, a potentially dangerous situation can occur. Learn firsthand from Law Enforcement red flags to look for in the workplace, safety protocols to increase overall safety for employees, and develop the skills to take immediate action to save lives should a situation occur with an active assailant. In order to save lives, there must be an immediate response to the problem taken by the people who are there when it begins. This course has been designed to improve the safety and survivability of victims of active attack and mass shooting events through introduction of the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy.

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How Pain Management Coaching Impacts Pain Outcomes

Perhaps the single most failure-producing aspect of chronic pain is its inherent isolation. Add the medical hopelessness faced by many patients, and a perfect storm is created for chronic pain patients to fall permanently out of the workforce and fail to thrive. Pain Management Coaching provides the bridge between medical care and the patient’s innate will to survive. Pain Management Coaching pioneer, Becky Curtis, will share how the latest research on the brain and pain relate to relearning and pain management. Attendees will gain understanding of the role Pain Management Coaching plays in reshaping the learned phenomenon of chronic pain, and how coached clients acquire knowledge and implement effective pain-management strategies with the guidance of a Coach.

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From Inside the Courtroom<

A prospective from the bench. A panel discussion of the best practices before the Commission to help you navigate through the workers’ compensation process. Topics will include civility in the courtroom, filing medical designations in accordance with rule 4.2, Pre-Hearing Statements, requests for continuances, motions to compel, and effective strategies in trying claims at an evidentiary hearing.

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Hot Topics and Best Practices for Adjusters

Details matter! Avoid rejection! Learn how to submit a successful Employer’s Application for Hearing - from completing the application to supplying the supporting documentation, including the evidence needed to terminate an open award following a claimant’s death. The Application’s been filed, what’s next? Evidentiary Hearings, On-the-Record Hearings, Position Statements and Unauthorized Practice of Law – What can I do? Understanding the next steps and how to proceed. These and other tips to prepare for successful hearings … and mediations too!

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Work Can Hurt—But Not How You Think! Organizational Prevention of Secondary or Vicarious Trauma

Participants will develop an understanding of the impact of trauma exposure on professionals and the importance of creating a culture of wellness in order to do this work in a healthy manner. Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress, recognize risk factors and will learn strategies for incorporating self-care and mindfulness into their day.

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Developing a Medicare Game Plan – Identifying Medicare Issues, Building Best Practices & Minimizing Risk

Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance continues to present many practical issues to everyday claims handling. To meet these challenges, primary payers need a Medicare strategy from the outset. Recognizing the major MSP issues, and how best to navigate them, should be an integral part of claims practice. This presentation examines the major MSP consideration points to help you build sound MSP compliance protocols and best practices for liability, workers’ compensation, and other non-group health claims.

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WORKSHOP - Workers’ Compensation in Virginia – Who Ya Gonna Call?

A presentation of how workers compensation insurance is regulated and administered in the state of Virginia. The discussion will center around the roles the Virginia Bureau of Insurance and the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission, two separate state agencies, play in the process. Also included will be a description of how the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), working with both agencies, fits into the process as well.

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Valuing a Case, “You Think it’s Worth What?”

Evaluating claims for settlement, looking at the claim from three different perspectives: Claimant’s Counsel Defense Counsel, and Mediator. Calculating present day value, valuing cases for settlement, and neutral evaluation v. neutral facilitation – When do you want it? When do you not want it?

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Van Buren and its Prodigy-What is One Piece of Work and What is an Injury by Accident?

"What a Piece of Work! A historical perspective of the interplay of injury by accident, repetitive activity, sudden mechanical or structural change, and rigidity of temporal precision. Also, a look toward what the future holds."

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Protecting Workcomp Data in a Digital Age

As we continue to embrace technology, we put more and more reliance on systems to remain availa-ble and protect our most sensitive data. Understanding the risk technology poses to the operation of our business can be complicated to quantify and difficult to understand. During this session we will discuss how organizations can better understand the technology risks within their environment and establish an information security program to mitigate risks to an appropriate level. After the session the attendees should comprehend some of the common cyber risk terminology and methods to communicate cyber risk to stakeholders. Anyone who is interested in gaining fundamentals of cyber risk and how it impacts their organization will enjoy this session.

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WebFile Reimagined: The Commission’s Approach to Technology Enhancements

Join Paul Baitinger, Chief Information Officer, Chad Burns, Project Management Office Manager and team members of the Workers Compensation Commission Information Systems (IS) and Project Management Office (PMO) as they take you on a journey in discussing the steps to land on the new User Interface (UI) technology for WebFile. Learn the “why” using stakeholder feedback and regulatory guidelines to drive the Information Systems Department’s technical research and prototyping in designing the new look and feel for the end user. Understand the “how” the IS/PMO Teams took research and a prototype to a functioning application that take into consideration stakeholder concerns with website access, documentation submission, and information retrieval. We believe our approach in “Supercharging the End User Experience” can be scaled in implementing technology change in your organization. Come learn and ask questions about “The Commission’s Approach” and leave with a tool bag to kick start initiatives you thought were impossible.

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WORKSHOP - Commission Tools & Calculators

This workshop is designed to help the beginner, novice, and advanced users get the most out of the Commission’s Toolbox. Find out what the Commission has developed to help you navigate the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system. See real-time interactions for WebFile and other Online Tools and Calculators. Learn about upcoming changes that will improve the end-user experience for administration and judicial processes.

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Employer Application for Attorneys

This session will discuss the technical and substantive requirements of an Employer’s Application for Hearing, how the Commission processes Employer’s Applications, as well as discussion from both defense and claimant’s counsel regarding their approach to and the future of Employer’s Applications.

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Cutting Edge Technology & the Future of Pain Management

This panel will discuss two different scientific and innovative technological advances that will revolutionize pain management, help injured workers cope with chronic pain and neurological disabilities and disorders, and improve quality of life.

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WORKSHOP - Power Up with a Medical Fee Schedule & E-Billing Regulation Update!

Join Drema Thompson, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Services Manager, in a discussion surrounding compliance with Subsection D of § 65.2-606 of the Code of Virginia as she provides an aerial view of what changes are included for the 2020 Medical Fee Schedule in addition to a review of § 65.2-603 of the Code of Virginia compliance requirements for e-Billing as it applies to all medical services and products provided to injured workers effective July 1, 2019.

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The Impact of the New Legislation on Tolling the Statute of Limitations

A presentation on the impact of the new legislation on tolling the statute of limitations. Delegate Murphy’s HB 2022 was passed by the General Assembly and was signed into law by the Governor on March 18, 2019. It will become effective July 1, 2019. Important development in the law.

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ABC's of FCE's and IME's

A discussion with claimant’s and defense counsel reviewing their perspectives on the law, current practices, pitfalls, and damage control of Functional Capacity Evaluations and Independent Medical Examinations, moderated by a Deputy Commissioner.

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WORKSHOP - EDI

Do you have questions about the Commission’s EDI program? If so, come join the Commission’s EDI QA Department during an hour of Q&A. This is your time to ask any questions you have to members of the EDI Management Team and get answers immediately. This session will allow all customers to ask any questions related to our EDI program including edits, requirements and compliance action. If time allows, we will also go over our available training aids and where they can be located.

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Ethics for Attorneys

This topic will include emphasis on Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 1.9(b), which states: “A lawyer shall not knowingly represent a person in the same or a substantially related matter in which a firm with which the lawyer formerly was associated had previously represented a client:
(1) whose interests are materially adverse to that person; and
(2) about whom the lawyer had acquired information protected by Rules 1.6 and 1.9(c) that is material to the matter; unless both the present and former client consent after consultation.” The presentation will discuss pitfalls to avoid related to workers’ compensation cases.

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Ethics, Empathy, and Encouragement

A dynamic, thought-provoking presentation on ethics. Focused on imparting knowledge of competing codes of conduct and cultural differences we deal with on a daily basis. Audience participation will be part of the dynamics as we learn about ethical issues, discuss empathy, and are encouraged to be excellent at what we do!

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Casey Ariail

Casey Ariail

Casey Ariail graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. For the years of 2017, 2018, and 2019, he has been named a Civil Plaintiff Attorney Top 40 under 40 in Virginia by The National Trial Lawyers as nominated by his peers. He was elected chair of the 2019 Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Advanced Workers’ Compensation Retreat. He is a member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inns of Court. He tries jury trials to verdict throughout the Commonwealth and also focuses on workers’ compensation across the state.

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Paul Baitinger

Paul-Baitinger

Paul Baitinger has over 25 years of information technology experience and has worked at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) since 2009. Paul started with VWC in the Assistant CIO / Application Development Manager role in 2009. His first responsibility was to oversee the transition of VWC’s modernized systems which were developed by a vendor to bring them under the strategic leadership and management of VWC. Through the years, Paul has continued to work with the VWC team to advance the efficiency as well as to provide oversight and guidance of VWC’s information systems. Paul moved into VWC’s CIO role in 2018 where he continued to upgrade VWC’s systems and has focused on further modernization of information systems solutions. He and his team evaluates technology advancements and collaborates to determine how VWC’s information systems contribute to VWC’s strategic for their internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining VWC, Paul worked as an information systems technology consultant in various roles with EDS, AT&T, and Perot Systems (Dell). He is well versed in all aspects of the software development life cycle as well as information technology management.

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Dr. John M. Barsanti

Dr. John M. Barsanti

Dr. John M. Barsanti graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia. He subsequently obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. After an internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center, he completed his residency in anesthesia at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Barsanti was the first to complete a sub-specialty fellowship in Pain Management at MCV and then remained at the Medical College as an Assistant Professor. While at MCV, Dr. Barsanti served as the Director of the Cancer Pain Clinic and Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at MCV. He was involved in numerous studies and co-authored several research papers.

Dr. Barsanti, now in private practice, continues to be a leader in the pain management community and has lectured extensively throughout the country. He currently serves on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, representing interventional pain management. He also is serving as a committee member for the Board of Medicine Prescription Monitoring Program.

Dr. Barsanti has been recognized nationally by the Consumer Research Council as “America’s Top Physician” in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Richmond Magazine has also recognized him yearly, since 2000, as a “Top Doc” in Pain Management specialty. He also has received Honorable Mention for "Best Bedside Manner - 2018" published by Richmond's OurHealth Magazine.

Dr. Barsanti feels fortunate to have the opportunity to render care that will have such a significant positive impact on his patients. He enjoys problem solving a patient's complex medical condition and formulating an easy to follow plan that will put the patient back on the road to recovery.

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David E. Benedict

David E. Benedict

David E. Benedict is the Mid-Atlantic State Relations Executive for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). His territory includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is responsible for NCCI’s regulatory and legislative affairs, including rate/loss cost filings, legislative pricings, rule and form filings, appeals mechanism, and residual market issues. Prior to joining NCCI in January of 2014, Mr. Benedict was Section Chief of Insurance and Financial Compliance for the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Program within the US Department of Labor. In that role, he managed the self-insured portfolio and regulated the commercial insurance obligations of corporations with federal coal exposure. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University and is designated as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and as an Associate in Underwriting (AU). He is also an Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), Workers Compensation Professional (WCP) and an Associate Compliance Professional (ACP).

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Chad Burns

Chad Burns

Chad Burns has 20 total years of business experience with 15 years implementing projects in IT, Retail Operations, Construction, Call Centers and Finance. He possesses a Bachelor of Art from Randolph-Macon College in Accounting and Business Economics. Through the Project Management Institute (PMI), he became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in December of 2007. He has taken his experience from process reengineering and process improvement in banking, accounting and retail and established the Project Management Office at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission where he serves as the department’s Manager and oversees the Commission’s portfolio of projects.

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Greg Camden

Greg Camden

Mr. Camden is a partner at Montagna Klein Camden LLP which has offices in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia. Mr. Camden majored in Paralegal studies and minored in History at the University of Maryland University College, later graduating cum laude from Regent University School of Law in 1994. Mr. Camden has been practicing in the legal field for more than twenty-five (25) years. Mr. Camden handles matters dealing with the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Defense Base Act, Hearing Loss, Social Security Disability, Long Term and Short Term Disability, and ERISA claims. He frequently appears in appellate proceedings on behalf of Claimants, both to defend favorable rulings against an appeal and to seek reversal of adverse decisions. He is certified to appear before the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Megan Kerwin Clark

Megan Kerwin Clark

Megan Kerwin Clark is a senior associate at Whitt & Del Bueno, located in Glen Allen, Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in 2008, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Megan graduated from University of Richmond School of Law in 2011. Megan worked as a public defender in the City of Richmond before joining Whitt & Del Bueno, where she has practiced since 2014. Megan is a member of the VADA and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court.

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P. Jason Cording

P. Jason Cording

P. Jason Cording is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department. He received a B.A. degree from Roanoke College and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Richmond School of Law. Prior to joining the Commission, Jason practiced almost exclusively in the areas of workers’ compensation and the general representation of small businesses.

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John Cornett

John Cornett

John Cornett was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1989 with a BA in political science. He attended law school at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, graduating in 1992. While in law school, he interned at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Henrico County, where he prosecuted dozens of felony and misdemeanor cases. John is licensed to practice before all state courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation American Inns of Court and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on the faculty of numerous workers’ compensation continuing legal education seminars and has lectured on various topics related to workers’ compensation and ethics. For approximately twenty years, John has practiced workers’ compensation law before the Commission and the Court of Appeals, previously representing employers and carriers, and now representing injured workers.

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Deputy Commissioner William R. Culbreth

Deputy Commissioner William R. Culbreth

William R. “Bill” Culbreth is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department and certified mediator for the Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1984 and his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1990. Prior to joining the Commission in 1996, Bill was in private practice in Richmond specializing in workers’ compensation and medical malpractice issues. Deputy Commissioner Culbreth is also an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University and previously was an adjunct faculty member at James Madison University.

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Becky Curtis

Becky Curtis

In the summer of 2005, a violent, work-related, rollover car accident in Montana’s remote Big Hole Valley caused a C4 spinal cord injury that nearly took Becky’s life. After the fight to stay alive and months of recovery from physical injuries, she began suffering excruciating, burning nerve pain. As the chronic central pain reached its peak two years later, she faced the hopelessness of living the rest of her life in constant, horrific pain. Narcotics soon lost their effectiveness and made coping more difficult.

Becky went through a pain clinic where she learned pain was an experience she could improve. She continued to research pain and collaborate with her medical specialists. But she recognized a piece that was missing for most people in pain: ongoing support and learning how to personally manage pain. She developed the program—Take Courage Coaching™—to help people in pain achieve the skills she used. Pain-Management Coaching is an emerging health profession that partners with clients to achieve their chosen goals. It is practiced from a bio-psycho-social perspective, viewing each person as intrinsically whole and the ultimate expert in the healing journey.

Becky has presented her coaching case studies and data and the TCC™ program at State and International conferences such as PAINWEEK. Her presentations are sought by physician groups, caregivers, and payer groups; and she has trained groups—including providers at Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness at Vanderbilt Medical Center—to incorporate pain-specific coaching into patient care. Becky is the recipient of the 2016 Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group Beacon Award--"lighting the way for the rights of injured workers,” and was the 2015 Magna Comp Laude Winner.

Fun Fact: Becky and her husband love to hike and backpack in the mountains of Montana and now Utah.

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Scott John Fitzgerald

Scott John Fitzgerald

I received my undergraduate and law degrees from Washington & Lee University, in 1984 and 1987, respectively. I clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G. Mandak, Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, 1987-1988. I then practiced insurance defense and banking litigation with Williams, Caliri, Miller & Otley, Wayne, New Jersey 1988-1993. I became Assistant County Attorney for Chesterfield County, 1993-1995. I became Special Counsel to the Division of Child Support Enforcement, 1996-1998. I was hired as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1998. In 2005 I was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General, and in 2009 I was promoted to Unit Manager for the newly-created Workers' Compensation Unit within the Trial Section.

My litigation experience includes eight published opinions from the Court of Appeals, twenty-five unpublished decisions from the Court of Appeals, three published opinions from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, and over 370 unpublished decisions from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

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Jessica Foley

Jessica Foley

Jessica Foley, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of focused ultrasound, a breakthrough non-invasive medical technology. Dr. Foley joined the Foundation in 2012 after completing a one-year AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation. Prior to that, she was Neuro Projects Manager and Clinical Marketing Manager at Insightec, one of the leading focused ultrasound medical device manufacturers. Other previous experience included Senior Scientist at Medtronic.

As Chief Scientific Officer, Foley oversees the Foundation’s scientific and research programs and activities, and aligns these with communications and development efforts. She also leads alliance-building efforts with external stakeholders including (but not limited to) governmental policymakers, regulatory agencies, and disease-specific foundations whose interests are complementary to those of the Foundation. She is a representative and advocate for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound community among a wide variety of stakeholders. She holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.

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Deputy Commissioner Linda M. Gillen

Deputy Commissioner Linda M. Gillen

Linda M. Gillen was appointed to serve as Deputy Commissioner on January 10, 2017. She is a graduate of Marietta College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Gillen spent over 23 years representing employers and insurance carriers in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Illinois, both in private practice and as in-house counsel.

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Deputy Commissioner William F. Kennard

Deputy Commissioner William F. Kennard

William F. Kennard was appointed to serve as Deputy Commissioner on April 7, 2016. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University and then his Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for many years as an attorney in private practice with the firm of O’Connell & O’Connell, LLC.

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Carolyn A. Gonzalez

Carolyn A. Gonzalez

Carolyn A. Gonzalez is currently serving as the EDI Quality Assurance Technical Team Leader at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. She currently supervises a team of 3 within the EDI Quality Assurance Department. Her job duties involve assisting the EDI Manager and Assistant Manager in overseeing the day-to-day functions of the staff within the EDI unit, providing support and guidance to the EDI staff in functional areas of customer service, EDI and Compliance and serving alongside the EDI QA Manager and Assistant Manager as the point-of-contact for inquiries relating to the VWCC's EDI program from both internal and external customers. Prior to accepting her current position, Carolyn worked as an EDI Analyst and EDI Specialist in the EDI-Quality Assurance Department and as a Customer Contact Center Specialist. She has been employed with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission for 15 years

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Dr. Ashraf S. Gorgey

Dr. Ashraf S. Gorgey

Ashraf S. Gorgey is currently the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at Hunter Holmes McGuire at VA Medical Center and Associate Professor at Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a bachelor and master degrees in physical therapy. He acquired his PhD in exercise physiology in 2005 with special emphasis on electrical stimulation, muscle activation and fatigue from the University of Georgia. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan with special focus on studying the adaptations in body composition and metabolic profile after SCI. His research background is in Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology with special interest in individuals with SCI. His research work has focused on investigating rehabilitation strategies that could improve the quality of life in individuals with SCI and minimize the SCI health related secondary complications. Dr. Gorgey is primarily interested in applications of electrical stimulation and the capability of utilizing exercise intervention to evoke skeletal muscle hypertrophy, favorable body composition and metabolic profiles in persons with chronic SCI. He is also interested in understanding the cellular and molecular adaptations to unloading and hypertrophy. Dr. Gorgey is currently studying the effects of resistance training and testosterone replacement therapy interventions on parameters of physical activity in persons with SCI including body composition, metabolic and mitochondrial health. His research has received a national recognition by different organizations, including the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense. Dr. Gorgey has published close to 100 peer-reviewed articles and presented nationally as well as internationally in different scientific meetings.

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Candace Gray

Candace Gray

Candace Gray has been with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2013, where she quickly found her place in the EDI QA department as early as 2014. She’s been the Compliance Team Lead to a team of six for the last four years.

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Joseph L. Hudgins

Joseph L. Hudgins

Joseph L. Hudgins is the VP of Technical Research & Government Relations of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia (IIAV). Prior to joining IIAV, Joseph spent time as VP of Underwriting/Operations for Virginia Mutual Ins. Co./Alfa Alliance Insurance Company. He graduated from University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He also served as Program Chairman for Virginia “I” Day and Committee Chairman for the Virginia Property Insurance Association (VPIA).

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Deputy Commissioner Terry L. Jenkins

Deputy Commissioner Terry L. Jenkins

Terry L. Jenkins is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department and certified mediator for the Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. He received his B.S.N degree from Marquette University in 1998 and his J.D. from Regent University in 2004. Prior to joining the Commission in July 2012, Terry served as a Nurse Corps Officer and a reservist in the United States Navy. He also served as a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and subsequently joined the firm of Huff, Poole, & Mahoney, P.C. and then the Virginia Beach City Attorney’s Office.

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Adam Keene

Adam Keene

Adam Keene has spent the past thirteen years in law enforcement serving the Commonwealth of Virginia in various capacities that began with the Department of Corrections and currently the Virginia Department of State Police. He is an adjunct instructor with Texas State University, the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program and also the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. While holding the rank of Trooper he serves as a member of the Division One Tactical Team operating in the roles of Senior Breacher and Tactical Medicine coordinator. He is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician affiliated with Chesterfield County Fire & EMS as well as the Operational Medical Support Unit of the Department of State Police. He holds the designation of High Threat Protection Specialist and served on the Executive Protection Unit and was responsible for the protection of visiting dignitaries, the Governor and First family of Virginia. After completing two operational tours and traveling in more than 25 countries, Adam was assigned to the Tactical Operations Unit where he was a Senior Instructor and responsible for the development and implementation of all tactical/specialty training for the Bureau of Field Operations / Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Basic Schools. He holds instructor certifications from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Master Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Driving Instructor. Adam is certified as a subject matter expert in numerous topics to include: Exterior / Interior Terrorism Response for both first responders and civilians, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Low Light Operations, Combatives, Hostage Rescue, Manual Breaching, Armed Persons / Barricade Threat Operations, Instinctive and Evasive Driving, Counter Pursuit Measures, Operations in Rural Terrain / Non-Permissive Environments and Close Quarters Combat. Adam is the founder and director of training for The Garrison Group and travels both nationally and internationally as a lead instructor to Local, State and Federal Agencies and to those responsible citizens who recognize the need for training.

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Thomas P. Lloyd

Thomas P. Lloyd

Thomas P. Lloyd, The Law Office of Thomas P. Lloyd, is located in Roanoke, Virginia. He has a general practice, primarily focused in the areas of workers’ compensation, but also involving personal injury, elder law, wills, trusts, and administration of estates. He has been practicing law since 1975.

Mr. Lloyd is a speaker in professional education programs in the area of workers’ compensation law. He is a former instructor of estate administration in the paralegal certification program at Virginia Western Community College.

He is a member of the Virginia State Bar; Roanoke Bar Association; Virginia Trial Lawyers; Virginia Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section; Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court and Virginia Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee. Mr. Lloyd received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.

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Hilary Mariano

Hilary Mariano

Hilary Mariano is an attorney with Potter Mariano, PLC. A graduate of Elon University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Hilary represents claimants in Roanoke and southwest Virginia.

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Stephen Marshall

Stephen Marshall

Stephen Ambler Marshall is a Shareholder with Two Rivers Law Group, PC with offices in Richmond and Christiansburg, Virginia. He is a resident of Chesterfield County with his wife and two children. He obtained his BA from the College of William and Mary, his MS from Virginia Commonwealth University and his JD from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Stephen is licensed to practice before all Virginia state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is also licensed in the courts in the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation American Inns of Court, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has served as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the VADA. He is currently serving as Chair for the Legislative Committee of the VADA. Stephen primarily practices before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation representing Virginia employers and carriers. He has received the highest rating (AV Preeminent) from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.

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Commissioner Wesley Marshall

Commissioner Wesley Marshall

Commissioner Marshall, of Richmond, was appointed to the Commission in 2012. From 1988 to 2012, he was an attorney in private practice, primarily representing plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, employment and other civil litigation. He was educated at the University of Virginia where he earned his B.A. with distinction in 1985 and his J.D. in 1988. Commissioner Marshall serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and was a founding member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

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Brandi McAteer

Brandi McAteer

Brandi McAteer is a Senior Analyst in the Claims Services Department and has been with the Commission for 23 years. Brandi has held numerous positions, in various capacities, with an emphasis on finding resolutions to complex awards issues. She resides in Chesterfield County with her husband and two children.

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Melissa McGinn

Melissa McGinn

Melissa McGinn, MSW, LCSW, is currently Greater Richmond SCAN’s Community Programs Coordinator and Coordinator of the Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network. Melissa is responsible for the management and coordination of all SCAN’s prevention programs, training, and consultation on becoming a trauma informed organization. Melissa has been an adjunct professor and field liaison at Virginia Commonwealth University for over 10 years. Most recently Melissa worked at the Virginia Department of Social Services, re-establishing the Child Welfare Stipend Program at four universities across the state. Melissa spent the first 14 years of her career as a child and family therapist specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, working primarily with children in the child welfare system, in community based and outpatient settings.

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Charles F. Midkiff

Charles F. Midkiff

Charles F. (Chuck) Midkiff is the founding attorney of Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, P.C.. Mr. Midkiff established his law practice in the areas of insurance defense, complex civil litigation, professional liability, energy, and workers’ compensation. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Midkiff was a lobbyist for business and insurance interests before the Virginia General Assembly.

Mr. Midkiff is a frequent lecturer on topics pertaining to insurance law. He is well-known among his peers in the legal community and has received numerous legal accolades during his career. He is honored to have been named a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

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Jesse F. Narron

Jesse F. Narron

Jesse F. Narron is an Officer in PennStuart’s Richmond, Virginia office. Mr. Narron’s practice focuses on insurance defense litigation and representation of employers and insurers before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. He graduated from James Madison University and the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. He is active in the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys serving as prior vice chairman and chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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Chairman Ferrell Newman

Chairman Ferrell Newman

Chairman Newman was appointed by the General Assembly in 2013 and began his position with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission on March 11, 2013. A native of Richmond, Mr. Newman is a 1983 graduate of The College of William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law and a 1979 graduate from the University of Richmond. His appointment as Commissioner follows a 30 year practice of law with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. In 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

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Mark Popolizio

Mark Popolizio

Mark Popolizio is the Vice President of MSP Compliance and Policy at ISO Claims Partners. Mark’s area of specialty is Medicare secondary payer compliance. He authors regular articles and provides educational presentations across the country on MSP issues.

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Commissioner Robert Rapaport

Commissioner Robert Rapaport

Commissioner Rapaport is a 1976 graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Rapaport was in private practice for 35 years with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. He was appointed to the Commission in February 2017, by the Virginia General Assembly.

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Deborah C. Rhodes

Deborah C. Rhodes

Deborah (Debbie) is the Claims Services Department’s Technical Liaison and provides awards training to all external/internal customers upon request. She has been employed with the Commission for 40 years. She has held numerous positions with the Commission such as Claims Services Team Leader, Awards Department Team Leader, Microfilm/Image Lead Clerk and First Report Specialist. Debbie currently resides in Chesterfield County with her husband.

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Tenley Carroll Seli

Tenley Carroll Seli

Ms. Seli is a partner at Lynch Seli, P.C., where she represents employers and insurance carriers before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. She currently serves as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Ms. Seli earned her B.A. degree from Providence College, and her J.D. degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

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Patricia Sherron

Patricia Sherron

Patricia “Trish” Sherron is a staff attorney in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department. She is also a certified mediator and conducts issue mediations. Ms. Sherron graduated magna cum laude with honors from Westminster College, PA in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law, cum laude, in 1996. Prior to joining the Commission in 1998, Ms. Sherron clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth B. Lacy of the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Honorable James W. Benton of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Trish also spent ten years as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond.

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Deputy Commissioner Linda D. Slough

Deputy Commissioner Linda D. Slough

Linda D. Slough is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department. She graduated from James Madison University and TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the Commission, she practiced as the Law Office of Linda D Slough.

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Stephanie Sweeney

Stephanie Sweeney

Stephanie Sweeney is the EDI QA Manager in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s EDI Quality Assurance Department. Since she began her employment with the Commission in 2000, she has served as an Awards Specialist and Team Leader in the Commission’s old Awards Department. Prior to accepting a position in the EDI QA Department, Stephanie also served as a Subject Matter Expert during the Commission’s Technology Alignment Program where the Commission’s new Claims Processing System was developed and the EDI Program implemented. She has worked with the Commission’s EDI program since its inception and has managed the program and the EDI QA Department since 2011.

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James E. Swiger

James E. Swiger

James E. Swiger of THE LAW OFFICE OF JAMES E. SWIGER received his J.D. with distinction from George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from Villanova University. After clerking for the USDC Richmond Division, Jim has been in private practice since 1982.

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Drema Thompson

Drema Thompson

Drema Thompson has over 25 years of successful experience fostering positive social change in administration for banking, insurance, finance, and healthcare industries. She possesses a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University, a Master in Healthcare Informatics from Walden University, and is currently completing Doctorial Studies in Business Administration with specialization in Healthcare Information Management. She has taken her passion for excellence along with experience managing workers’ compensation medical bill reimbursement methodologies, adjudication processes, and provider relations for over 2 million medical bills to join the Workers Compensation Commission as Manager of the Medical Fee Services Department.

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Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Michael Watson is the Chief Information Security Officer and Deputy CIO for the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). With over 15 years of experience working in the information security field, he leads the Commonwealth Security and Risk Management team which provides security governance, oversight, and risk management for the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government in Virginia.

Michael holds a graduate degree in telecommunications with a focus on security and management from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his undergraduate degree from James Madison University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), incident handler, intrusion analyst, penetration tester, and information systems auditor.

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Brian Todd

Brian Todd

Brian Todd is a Senior Application Developer with over 12 years of professional experience in various software platforms and technologies, with a passion for software architecture and programming language design. Brian attended college at Virginia Commonwealth University where he graduated from the School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science in May 2012. Brian has served the Workers’ Compensation Commission since March of 2012 in various application development roles, including application architecture, new feature development, leading teams to develop new applications for the Commissions’ Self-Insurance Finance System (SIFS) and Professional Employment Organization WebFile (PEO), and is currently the technical lead of the User Interface Project, tasked with modernizing the Commissions’ enterprise applications.

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Brenda Staylor

Brenda Staylor

Brenda Staylor is a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland and earned a Masters Certification in Project Management from George Washington University. She holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster (CSM). Prior to joining the commission, Brenda worked in the banking industry for 18 years. As a Project Manager, she has experience in leading technology upgrades, and business process and customer experience improvement projects. Since joining the commission in 2016, she has been a member of the Project Management Office (PMO) leading efforts to design and implement a new Finance System (Onyx), develop and design an automated program for records retention, and currently is the project manager for the WebFile User Interface Redesign.

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Eddie Stathopoulos

Eddie Stathopoulos

Eddie Stathopoulos is an application developer from Richmond, VA who helped to spearhead the effort for the user interface project for VWC. Eddie loves to learn new technology and new ways to improve customer experience. Outside of the tech world, he enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, photography, biking, and writing. Once upon a time, he wasn’t half-bad at stand-up comedy.

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Robert King

Robert King

Robert King is an Application Developer from Richmond, VA with over 13 years of professional experience in software development, with a passion for user interface design and user experience. Robert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, in May 2005, earning a Bachelors degree in Information Systems. Robert has served the Workers’ Compensation Commission since January of 2012, and is currently a core member of the User Interface Project team, tasked with modernizing the Commissions’ enterprise applications.

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Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Christopher Rose is one of the Medical Fee Services Analysts in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Medical Fee Services Department. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science class of 2012. Prior to joining the Commission, Chris spent time as a Provider Data Specialist for Corvel Corporation.

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Keven Wilberding

Keven Wilberding

Keven Wilberding is currently the Vice President of Ambassador Service Group, a full-service provider of interpretation, translation and non-emergency transportation. Keven's diverse background and experience allow him to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life. He has the ability to bridge the gap between individuals and cultures. Keven is a gifted teacher and communicator who has spoken to groups from around the globe. He has traveled in various capacities throughout the world observing cultures firsthand.

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Deputy Commissioner Lee Wilder

Deputy Commissioner Lee Wilder

Lee Wilder is a Deputy Commissioner with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a BA in history and from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1982. Prior to joining the Norfolk (now Virginia Beach) Regional Office of the Commission on December 1, 1993, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Rutter & Montagna in Norfolk, practicing maritime, personal injury, and workers’ compensation law under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

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