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Conference Materials

Wednesday • May 1, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Golf Tournament to Benefit Kids’ Chance of Missouri The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A
3 - 5:15 p.m. Early Check-In Tan-Tar-A Resort
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Meet & Greet with Administrative Law Judges & Division Staff Nautical Wheeler

Thursday • May 2, 2019

7:30 a.m. Conference Registration Tan-Tar-A Resort
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Paradise C
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where’s the Hazard?
Bill Doan, OHST, CSP, MO On-Site Safety and Consultation Program
Leeward 75/76/77
8:45 - 9:35 a.m. Introduction
Colleen Joern Vetter, Director, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Paradise A
9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“Changing Work, Changing Coverage”
Jennifer Wolf, Executive Director, IAIABC
Paradise A
“Basics You Need to Know to File Workers’ Compensation Claims”
Victorine Mahon, ALJ, and Lee Schaefer, ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Paradise B
“Ankle Arthrodesis vs. Arthroplasty”
Dr. Greg Horton, MD, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, University of Kansas
Windgate 62/63/64
10:30- 11 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens Windgate Hall
11 - 11:50 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“The Basis of HIPAA Compliance”
Dannae Delano, Atty, Wagner Law Group
Paradise A
“Ensuring Maximum Claim Outcomes: Effective Incident/Injury Management”
Steve Summers, Missouri Employers Mutual
Paradise B
“What You Need to Know About Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law”
Kurt Mueller, Chief Administrator, Fraud Unit, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Windgate 62/63/64
11:15 am - 12 pm  Lunch for Exhibitors  Windgate Hall
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch for Attendees Paradise C
1 - 1:50 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
"Practice Before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission"
Robert Cornejo, Chairman
Paradise A
“Understanding the New Division of Labor Standards’ Web Portal”
Taylor Burks, Director, Division of Labor Standards and Amanda Bestgen, Program Manager, Division of Labor Standards
Paradise B 
“Investigations in the Age of Geosocial Data”
Michael Teti, DigiStream Investigations
Windgate 62/63/64
2 - 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
"Navigating Medicare Secondary Payer Act Issues"
Kendra Oakes, Attorney, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips
Paradise A
"Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet, It’s a Peripheral Nerve Problem”
Dr. Robert R. Hagan, MD, Neuropax Clinic​
Paradise B 
“Missouri Efforts in Addressing the Opioid Abuse Epidemic”
Michael Boeger, Administrator, Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs​
Windgate 62/63/64
“Where’s the Hazard?”
Bill Doan, OHST, CSP, MO On-Site Safety and Consultation Program​
Leeward 74
2:50 - 3:20 p.m. Refreshment Break/Visit Exhibitors Windgate Hall
3:25 - 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“The Accelerated Healing Properties of Aquatic Therapy”
Greg Hankins, CEO, Synergy Therapies, LLC
Paradise A
"Missouri Self-Insurance"
Lloyd E. Johnson, Manager, Insurance Unit, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Paradise B
What Laws Are Important to Understand in Handling Missouri Workers’ Compensation Claims including ADA, FMLA, Missouri Human Rights Act and Wrongful Termination/Retaliatory Discharge?
Ryan Murphy, Atty, REM Law Firm and Scott Wilson, Atty, Hines Law Firm
Windgate 62/63/64
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Reception Windgate Hall

Friday • May 3, 2019

7:30 - 8:40 a.m. Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors Windgate Hall
8:45 - 9:35 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“Regulatory Trends in Workers’ Compensation”
Carla Townsend, State Relations Executive, National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
Paradise A
"Case Law Review and Recent Updates on Handling Toxic Exposure Claims"
Dan Mizell, Atty, Deputy and Mizell, Matt Murphy, Atty, Vessell, Bridges, Murphy Law Offices, and Melodie Powell, ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Paradise B
“Early Dispute Resolution”
Dan McCulley, Legal Counsel, Kate Lange, Supervisor, Customer Service Unit and Nasreen Esmail, Chief Legal Counsel, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Windgate 62/63/64
9:40 - 10:10 a.m Last Chance to Visit with Exhibitors Windgate Hall
10:15 - 11:05 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“OSHA Overview”
Bill McDonald, CSP, Area Director, OSHA - St. Louis Area Office
Paradise A
“Toxic Exposure: Recent Developments in Prosecution and Defense of Toxic Exposure Claims Including Mesothelioma”
Steve McManus, Atty, McAnanay, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.C., Thomas L. Stewart, Atty, O’Brien Law, and Joseph Keaveny, ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
Paradise B 
“Worker’s Compensation Insurance: Regulation of Rates, Companies, and the Missouri Market”
John Conrace, Legal Counsel, Angela Nelson, Market Regulation Division Director, and Gina Clark, Property & Casualty Manager, Missouri Department of Insurance
Windgate 62/63/64
11:10 - 12 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Attendee’s Choice
“Chump Change Can Save Lives”
Terri Sweeten, Field Service Manager, and Mark Woodward, Senior Safety and Risk Trainer, Missouri Employers Mutual
Paradise A
“Taking the Mystery Out of Compounds - An Alternative to Opioids”
Paige Bowling, Corporate Pharmacy 
“Employers’ Exposure to Penalties, the Assessment of Penalties Against Employees for Drug and Alcohol Usage, and How Marijuana Legalization Will Impact Drug Testing”
J. Bradley Young, Atty, Harris Dowell Fisher and Young L.C.
Windgate 62/63/64
12 - 12:55 p.m. Lunch Paradise C
1 - 1:50 p.m. Mock Trial
Chris Archer, Atty, Archer and Lassa and Mike Korte, Atty, The Korte Law
Paradise A

Bill Doan

OHST, CSP, MO On-Site Safety and Consultation Program

Bill joined the Missouri Division of Labor Standards as an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant in 2009. Prior to 2009, Bill was the Regional Safety Manager for a concrete block manufacturer with plants in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, and Cincinnati, OH. During this time Bill became board certified as an Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician and Certified Safety Professional.

In addition, Bill has been a firefighter since 1977 in Illinois and Missouri. Since moving to Missouri in 1991, Bill has been certified by the Missouri State Fire Marshal as an Instructor and Fire Investigator. He teaches for the University of Missouri Fire And Rescue Training Institute.

Chris Archer

Attorney, Archer and Lassa

Chris Archer is a principle of Archer & Lassa LLC which provides legal representation as well as education for employers, third party administrators, as well as insurers in the area of workers’ compensation. He has defended Employers for 27 years in the state of Missouri.

He is a contributing editor/author of the Missouri Bar's lawyer desk reference book on Missouri workers' compensation, and for fifteen years has been the author and editor of the Missouri Bar's monthly “Courts and CLE Bulletin” summarizing workers’ compensation cases for attorneys statewide. He is guest lecturer for St Louis School of Law’s class on workers’ compensation./p>

He is an advising or consulting attorney for business lobbying groups with the Missouri Legislature. He was the recipient of Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012 as voted by Kids’ Chance of Missouri and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Amanda Bestgen

Program Manager, Division of Labor Standards

Amanda Bestgen is the Program Manager for the Missouri Workers’ Safety Program. Amanda has been with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Workers’ Safety Program for four years as a consultant and in 2018 was promoted to Program Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science in Safety Management and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management both from the University of Central Missouri.

Michael Boeger

Administrator, Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs​

Michael Boeger is the Administrator and Bureau Chief of the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He was formerly the lieutenant of investigations for a law enforcement agency, he was one of the first fraud investigators for the Missouri Department of Labor’s Fraud & Noncompliance Unit established in 1997. He is currently in his 22nd year with the BNDD. He has been the administrator for the bureau for the past 11 years.

Michael has published the educational handouts on the bureau’s website and he has served on 5 separate Governor’s Task Forces. He has promulgated regulations for the bureau and assisted in drafting legislation that has been enacted by five governors. He is assigned to the department’s emergency response center during declared states of emergency.

Michael served as the Chairman for the Task Force on Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of Prescription Drugs. He is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities.

Karla Boresi

Administrative Law Judge, Division of Workers’ Compensation

Karla Ogrodnik Boresi is a Billiken who earned her BA in Political Science from Saint Louis University and her juris doctoris from the Saint Louis University School of Law. She began her professional career in private practice with the firm Barnes & Thornburg, primarily representing manufacturers in Elkhart, Indiana, and later became a deputy county prosecutor in the same community.

Continuing her public sector work in Missouri, she served over four years as an Assistant Attorney General, defending the Second Injury Fund. This year, Judge Boresi began her twentieth year serving as an Administrative Law Judge with the Division of Workers’ Compensation in the St. Louis office.

In her spare time, Judge Boresi teaches Zumba® and works to create awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation through volunteer work with Mid-America Transplant, Team Transplant St. Louis, and participation in the Transplant Games of America.

Paige Bowling

Corporate Pharmacy

Paige Bowling has been with Corporate Pharmacy since its inception in 1990. In the past 29 years she has held various positions and currently is the director of national corporate accounts. She has been instrumental in developing programs that will help the clients she serves such as Blue Diamond and CPS’ proprietary tiered workers’ compensation formulary. She has spoken across the country in many venues concerning the trends in pharmacy and their impact to our industry. She served for six (6) years on the board of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. She served on several committees and was Chairman of the Medical Conference in 2011. She volunteers for Kid’s Chance, an organization established for the purpose of assisting children of those seriously injured on the job receive a college education. Paige has been in the pharmacy industry for 34 years and is a graduate of Auburn University.

Taylor Burks

Director, Division of Labor Standards

Taylor Burks is the Director of the Missouri Division of Labor Standards. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis.

Taylor started his professional career by joining the US Navy in his junior year of college. After graduating from Truman, he received his commission as a US Navy officer and served seven years on active duty. He has deployed to 14 countries, five continents, and continues his service as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserves.

After returning to Missouri from his active duty service, Taylor filled a statewide role in higher education and health care as the Director of Distribution, Logistics, and Asset Management for the University of Missouri System, supporting the campuses and hospitals of Missouri’s statewide university system. In this role, he managed millions of dollars of inventory, hundreds of millions of capital assets, and teams of employees across the State of Missouri.

In 2017, Taylor was appointed by the Governor to serve as the Boone County Clerk, where he was the chief administrative officer and election authority for one of Missouri’s largest counties. In January 2019, Taylor joined the Division of Labor Standards as Director. Taylor is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280, serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was recognized in 2018 by the Columbia Business Times as one of Columbia’s “20 Under 40.”

Gina Clark

Property & Casualty Manager, Missouri Department of Insurance

The current Manager of the Property & Casualty Filings Section, Gina Clark has been with the Department since 2012. Gina oversees her team which reviews the form and rate filings for all property and casualty insurance lines. Her team works on behalf of Missouri consumers to ensure adherence to Missouri law in addition to working with the industry to avoid potential regulatory compliance concerns.

Prior to leading the Property & Casualty Filings Section, Gina worked as an insurance compliance review specialist with the section. Before coming to the Department, Gina was a licensed producer for Farmers Insurance.

Robert Cornejo

Chairman, Labor and Industrial Relations Commission

Robert Cornejo was appointed as the public member, and chair, of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) in August 2018. A 2001 graduate of Hazelwood Central, Cornejo graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Political Science with a second major in International Business. In 2008, Cornejo earned his J.D. from University of Missouri- School of Law. Prior to his appointment to the LIRC, Cornejo represented the 64th District (St. Charles and Lincoln Counties) as a state representative, from 2012-2018. He was previously a member of the Kespohl and Cornejo, LLC law firm. In 2004, Cornejo interned for U.S. Senator Jim Talent's St. Louis office. He is an active member in his church, Zion Lutheran Church in Harvester. Born in St Louis County, Cornejo currently lives in St. Peters with his wife. They have a son and two daughters.

Dannae Delano

Attorney, Wagner Law Group

Dannae Delano, a partner, has more than 15 years of experience in private practice prior to joining the Wagner Law Group. Focusing on comprehensive, practical and innovative employee benefits solutions for all types of employers, regularly advises employers and human resource administrators on operational and compliance issues regarding all types of employee benefits, including health and welfare plans and insurance products. In addition, Dannae focuses on retirement plan correction issues, and data and security issues, including HIPAA compliance, and ERISA compliance for insurers and employer’s sponsoring group health plans. With simple, effective communication and timely response, she ensures that complicated compliance issues are easily understood and solutions may be immediately implemented.

Dannae has been awarded both the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30 Award” and “40 Under 40 Award”, and graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Dr. Robert Hagan

MD, Neuropax Clinic​

Dr. Robert Hagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is fellowship-trained in craniofacial surgery, hand and microsurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. His diverse training has given him a deeper understanding of the complexities of general hand and upper extremity syndromes, and peripheral nerve disorders. He is an international lecturer and resource surgeon for many specialty surgeons, predominantly focusing on commonly misdiagnosed conditions including: carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, diabetic neuropathy, compression neuropathies, nerve trauma, joint pain, chronic migraines, and RSD/causalgia.

Dr. Hagan has dedicated his private practice, Neuropax Clinic, to furthering the development of peripheral nerve surgery through its multi-center platform for clinical research and the advancement of therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical techniques. Neuropax Clinic has grown to be the St. Louis leader in resolving nerve compressions, headache surgery, neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery, hand and wrist surgery and peripheral nerve surgery by providing accessible, accurate, high quality and compassionate care.

Colleen Joern Vetter

Director, Division of Workers' Compensation, Missouri Department of Labor​

Colleen Joern Vetter earned her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and her B.A. from Webster University.

After law school, Colleen served as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Holstein at the Missouri Supreme Court. She spent many years in private practice representing insurers, employers, and claimants before Missouri’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. Most recently, Colleen served as an Assistant Attorney General.

Greg Hankins

CEO, Synergy Therapies, LLC

Greg Hankins is CEO of both Synergy Therapies LLC and Synergy Solutions LLC. Synergy Therapies LLC has thirteen years of aquatic based physical and occupational therapy and Synergy Solutions is a consulting and management company specializing in aquatic therapy program implementation and hospital rehabilitation department management and development.

Greg has proven expertise in developing physical, occupational and speech therapy programs. Under his leadership, Synergy physical therapists developed Phased Progression, a water to land clinically based metric of patient care. He has partnered with hospitals and has established and expanded clinic operations to multiple sites in strategic markets.

Synergy provides CEU training to aquatic therapists which merits twenty educational units and pain management and fall prevention training which merit eight. He has partnered with hospitals and has established and expanded clinic operations to multiple sites in strategic markets. He lectures on entrepreneurialism at community colleges and university MBA programs. Greg has a passion for community service and is an ordained minister and author.

Dr. Greg Horton

MD, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, University of Kansas

Dr. Greg Horton, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Kansas City, KS and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from University Of Kansas / School Of Medicine in 1989 and completed two fellowships with Roger Mann, MD and Mark Myerson, MD. He specializes in foot/ankle and lower extremity trauma orthopedic surgery. He was a principal investigator for the STAR ankle replacement and has many publications to his credit.

Lloyd E. Johnson

Manager, Insurance Unit, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Lloyd Johnson, Insurance Manager for The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – Division of Workers’ Compensation, is a graduate of Truman State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration.

Lloyd started managing the Missouri self-insurance unit, December 2018. He comes to the division with twenty five plus years of workers compensation and risk management experience. He spent fifteen years traveling the country, auditing and consulting third party administrators, insurance companies and self-administered workers compensation programs on “best in class” claim management.

As a former Director of Risk Management for a nationwide manufacturing and commercial business, he served as a board member and risk control chair for a captive insurance company, where Lloyd and his company was presented with a Risk Control Pacesetter Award for outstanding achievements in risk control.

Raised in rural Missouri, Lloyd comes from a long line of Missouri farmers. A father of three, he is always working on home improvement projects, and loves fishing when he can find the time.

Joseph Keaveny

ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Joseph Keaveny was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge on July 7, 2016. Prior to that, he was a State Senator representing the 4th Senatorial District from November 9, 2009 through July 6, 2016. Keaveny was elected Minority Floor Leader from November 2014 through July 2016. While serving in the Missouri Senate, he was in private practice concentrating in trust and probate matters. Prior to his election to the Missouri State Senate, Keaveny was the Risk Manager for the Trust Department for U S Bank. Judge Keaveny holds a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, an MBA from St. Louis University, and a JD from St. Louis University.

Michael Korte

Attorney, The Korte Law

Michael Korte is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is the author of Volume 29 of the Missouri Practice series of West Publishing Company, Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice, and its addendum, Volume 29A.

He has received the Workers’ Compensation Distinguished Lawyer Award of BAMSL and Kids’ Chance, the Outstanding Service Award for his service as a former president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and has been recognized by a nationwide workers’ compensation bar association as one of the top 100 workers’ compensation attorneys in America.

He previously reviewed science fiction for The St. Louis Post Dispatch, and once pitched a no-hitter in Lawyers’ League slow pitch softball.

Mark Woodward

Senior Safety and Risk Trainer, Missouri Employers Mutual

Mark Woodward is the Senior Safety and Risk Trainer at Missouri Employers Mutual. In this role, he is responsible for conducting MEM employee and policyholder training, including customized training for associations, safety conferences and business groups.

Prior to MEM, Mark was the Safety and Training Manager at MidwayUSA in Columbia, MO. In this role, he was responsible for managing all workers compensation operations, general industry/construction safety and training for MidwayUSA’s employees. He was also the Assistant Safety Director at Opies Transport, Inc. in Eldon, MO.

Mark has a bachelor’s in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s in Education from William Woods University. He is a certified through both the University of Missouri and Association for Talent Development.

Throughout his career, Mark has instructed tens of thousands of Missouri workers at more than 3,000 safety and risk management classes. Mark has presented on a national scale at events such as the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds, National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo, Public Risk Management Association Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers and National Common Ground Alliance. For the past 24 years, Mark remains an active volunteer in Missouri fire and ambulance service as a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician. He is a certified safety consultant through the State of Missouri and is a National Safety Council CPR, First Aid and AED trainer, Defensive Driving instructor and OSHA Outreach Trainer capable for the OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in Construction. He is also President of the Missouri Chapter of the Common Ground Alliance.

Bill McDonald

CSP, Area Director, OSHA - St. Louis Area Office

Bill McDonald has served with distinction as Area Director in St. Louis Area since 2001. Throughout his career with OSHA, Bill has been tasked to serve on many national and regional task forces and serve in numerous leadership positions Nationwide. He has earned many leadership honors locally, regionally and nationally to include the Department of Labor’s National Leadership Award. He has also been fortunate to see his office earn the Area Office of the Year on two separate occasions. Bill has also been recognized for his work in promoting private/public partnerships in the reduction of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by the National Home Builders Association. Bill was privileged to serve in the US Air Force and has also earned the distinction of Certified Safety Professional (CSP ). Bill loves to hunt and fish as well as cheer on his favorite sports teams. He is proud husband and father to seven children.

Steve McManus

Attorney, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.C.

Stephen McManus is a member of the McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips Board of Directors as well as the managing shareholder of the firm’s St. Louis office. He limits his practice to representing employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. McManus works with clients to reduce the number and severity of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. McManus has been practicing law in Missouri and Illinois for 26 years. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® publication in workers' compensation since 2010. Mr. McManus is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been listed in St. Louis Magazine's Best Lawyers, and has been listed as a Super Lawyer® in Thompson Reuters™ magazine since 2009.

Dan Mizell

Attorney, Deputy and Mizell

Dan Mizell is a lifelong resident of Missouri. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from Mizzou in 1994 and graduated from Law school in 1997.

Dan and his family relocated to Lebanon, Missouri in May of 2007. In June of 2007 he bought Darrell Deputy’s law office. In 2008 Dan expanded his practice and opened another location in Camdenton, Missouri.

Kurt Mueller

Chief Administrator, Fraud Unit, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Kurt Mueller is the Chief Administrator of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Noncompliance Unit. He has a BGS, University of Kansas and MS, Central Missouri State University.

Retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol after thirty years of service, primarily as a Criminal Investigator in the Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Joined the DOLIR Team in 2017 as a Manager for the DWC’s Fraud and Noncompliance Unit.

Matt Murphy

Attorney, Vessell, Bridges, Murphy Law Offices

Matthew is a two-time graduate of University of Missouri. He graduated from Mizzou with is JD in 1998 after obtaining a degree in civil engineering. During his entire legal career he has been involved in the Missouri workers' compensation system. For over ten years he represented injured claimants. This time was followed as General Counsel to Missouri's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. In 2008, Matthew was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in the Division of Workers' Compensation serving in the Cape Girardeau office. In 2011, Matthew returned to private practice exclusively representing employers and insurers before the Division of Workers' Compensation with the firm Vessell Bridges Murphy Law Offices. They have offices in Columbia, Springfield and Dexter Missouri.

Ryan Murphy

Attorney, REM Law Firm

Ryan E. Murphy, of The Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm, LLC, practices in workers’ compensation representing injured workers in southwest Missouri. He has been a speaker on workers’ compensation and employment law topics to various groups and was a contributing author to Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law, 4th ed. Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in Missouri and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where he is on the Board of Governors, and the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. Mr. Murphy earned his B.S. at the University of Missouri at Columbia and his J.D. at the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law.

Victorine Mahon

ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Victorine Mahon was appointed as an administrative law judge in 2006. She currently is the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Joplin and Springfield Adjudication Offices of the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation. She graduated from Wichita State University, with departmental honors in journalism. She worked several years in governmental public relations before attending law school. After earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she clerked for the Honorable George F. Gunn, Jr. at the Missouri Supreme Court. She served as an Assistant Attorney General for three Missouri Attorneys General, working in the criminal, litigation, and governmental entity divisions. For more than 14 years she served as counsel and chief counsel to the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. She also was an adjunct professor for William Woods University and has facilitated the trial evidence course for the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada. She has served as vice chair for the Missouri Bar Workers' Compensation Committee, and authored chapters of the Missouri Bar CLE deskbooks on Workers' Compensation and Administrative Law.

Lee Schaefer

ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Judge Lee Schaefer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri Columbia in 1982. She graduated from the Washington University School of Law in 1985. She was in private practice, primarily practicing in the area of insurance defense, until 1999. In 1999, she joined the Missouri Attorney General's Office as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Labor Division. In 2000, she was promoted to Chief Counsel of the Labor Division. In 2007, Judge Schaefer received the Workers' Compensation Distinguished Lawyer Award presented by Kids' Chance and BAMSL. In May 2011, Governor Nixon appointed her as the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the St. Louis Division of Workers' Compensation. She currently serves as an Administrative Law Judge in St. Louis.

Michael Teti

DigiStream Investigations

Michael Teti is a Managing Partner and Shareholder at DigiStream's Chicago affiliate. He is a licensed Private Investigator in eight states and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Mr. Teti oversees the operations of surveillance and social media investigations across the Midwest. He has been a noted lecturer for such events as "Investigations in the Age of Geosocial Data" at the 2016 Illinois Self Insured Conference and an educator for 15+ presentations on digital investigations.

Angela Nelson

Market Regulation Division Director, Missouri Department of Insurance

The Director of the Market Regulation Division, Angela Nelson has been with the Missouri Department of Insurance since 2002.

As Market Regulation Division Director, Angela ensures the Department’s core mission of consumer protection is fulfilled through the regulatory compliance functions of the Division. The Market Regulation Division reviews insurance policies and rates for compliance with Missouri insurance laws; examines the records of insurance companies to ensure fair treatment of policyholders and compliance with Missouri insurance laws. In addition, the Division’s Statistics Section tracks industry trends and generates a number of annual reports about the Missouri insurance market.

Before leading the Market Regulation Division, Angela was the Director of the Consumer Affairs Division. In that position, she led the Department’s recovery efforts on behalf of victims of the May 22 Joplin tornado. Through the efforts of her Division, Missouri consumers recovered an additional $19.2 million dollars in 2011, which is still a record amount for the Department.

Angela received the Graduate College Award in 2012 from William Woods University, in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Missouri insurance consumers. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Paul DeAngelo Memorial Teaching Award given by the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society. The DeAngelo Award is given to honor regulators who have distinguished themselves in the field of insurance education and training.

Angela is active within the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), serving on a number of committees and task forces. She currently serves as Chair of the Transparency and Readability Working Group (Property and Casualty (C) Committee) and the Consumer Information Subgroup (Health (B) Committee).

Angela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management and earned an MBA from William Woods University. She has also earned the Fellow of Health Insurance Advanced Studies (FHIAS) from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Advanced Market Conduct Management (AMCM) designation through the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES).

Kendra Oakes

Attorney, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips

Kendra Oakes is a shareholder at McAnany, Van Cleave, & Phillips in Kansas City. She represents the interests of public and private employers and insurance carriers in all stages and aspects of workers’ compensation litigation in Kansas and Missouri. Additionally, Ms. Oakes manages MVP’s Medicare Practice Group. Ms. Oakes serves as an Ambassador to Kansas City for the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation. She obtained her B.A in French and Language and Linguistics at the University of Nevada. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Kansas, where she graduated order of coif.

Melodie Powell

ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Melodie Powell joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation as an Administrative Law Judge in April, 2018. A 1981 graduate of the University of Missouri Law School, Melodie began her career as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General, representing various state agencies including CARO and the Second Injury Fund. In 1990, she joined Niewald, Waldeck & Brown in Kansas City, defending workers’ compensation claims. After a short stint at Dodson Insurance Group, she returned to private practice in 2001 as Of Counsel with Evans & Dixon and remained there until her appointment as an ALJ.

Melodie is a Past President of the Mizzou Alumni Association. She and her husband, Jerry Short, enjoy attending Mizzou football and basketball games, gourmet cooking and playing golf.

Thomas Stewart

Attorney, O’Brien Law

Mr. Stewart has a vast amount of experience and has been actively engaged in practice as a trial lawyer, specializing in worker’s compensation, products liability, medical negligence, class action litigation, and toxic torts. He currently works as a special consultant at the O’Brien Law firm and at Saint Louis University School of Law as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Trial Advocacy program. Mr. Stewart is a past recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Award for excellence in trial advocacy from the Missouri Bar Foundation. He also served as a past President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys as well as a member of the 21st Circuit Judicial Evaluation Committee.

In addition to his active trial practice, Mr. Stewart is a certified Neutral having served as a Mediator in over 100 cases in state and federal court.

Steve Summers

Missouri Employers Mutual

Steve Summers has 23 years’ experience in workers’ compensation and risk management, with past positions within the gaming and healthcare industries. He has extensive practice in managing or supervising multiple jurisdiction claims coast to coast, both in the insured and self-insured environments. His experience extends to nation-wide carriers, third-party administrators and self-administered employers.

As a Field Service Manager for Missouri Employers Mutual, Steve works directly with Policyholders to maximize their overall claim outcomes through the use of industry accepted workers’ compensation best practices and effective incident/injury management. He also provides claims technical support and conducts onsite accident and subrogation investigations. Steve serves as direct liaison between the MEM Claims Department and their Agency Partners, striving for mutual new business growth and existing Policyholder retention.

Steve is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.

Terri Sweeten

Field Service Manager, Missouri Employers Mutual

Terri Sweeten has been employed with Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company since 1995 holding positions in Claims and Safety and Risk Services. Her current position is a Field Service Manager performing claim related services in the field to include training and education presentations, on-site accident and subrogation investigations, and conducting one on one sessions with MEM stakeholders. She has held positions as a Claims Manager and Senior Loss Prevention Consultant with MEM. Prior to employment with Missouri Employers Mutual she held the position of Claims Manager with the Central Accident Reporting Office and also managed the Missouri Highway Patrol and Highway Department account through Alexsis. Terri’s entire career has focused primarily on Missouri Workers Compensation and her experience with claims handling and safety services provides an opportunity for interaction with various groups.

Carla Townsend

State Relations Executive, National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)

Carla Townsend, State Relations Executive, is responsible for NCCI’s regulatory and legislative affairs, including rate/loss cost filings, legislative pricings, rule and form filings, appeals mechanisms, and residual market issues with responsibility for Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Prior to joining NCCI in 2015, and for 19 years, Townsend worked at The Travelers Insurance Company where she held various positions dedicated to Operations and Underwriting Management in Workers Compensation. Townsend received a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri.

Scott Wilson

Attorney, Hines Law Firm

Scott Wilson is a partner with The Hines & Wilson Law Firm in Columbia where he practices exclusively in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation. He is a proud graduate of Mizzou and Mizzou Law and is a frequent speaker and author regarding workers’ compensation issues.

He serves on the Board of KIDS’ CHANCE of Missouri, a charitable scholarship organization which provides scholarships for the children of workers killed on the job, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and is a member of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group.

Mr. Wilson was honored to been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, a recognition for outstanding professional who has made a substantial contribution to the field of workers compensation for over twenty years, and meets the College’s highest standards of integrity, professionalism and character.

More importantly, he and his wife Kate and daughter Winnie are expecting another baby girl next month.

Jennifer Wolf

Executive Director, IAIABC

As the Executive Director of the IAIABC, Jennifer Wolf Horejsh works with the IAIABC community to find solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses. She connects with industry professionals from around the globe to identify emerging issues, develop resources, and reinforce the social purpose of workers’ compensation programs.

She has authored numerous articles on workers’ compensation management and regulatory topics, most recently on alternatives to workers’ compensation and the sharing economy. She has also presented on the history, foundations, and structure of workers’ compensation in the United States. You can hear her perspective on workers’ compensation during the IAIABC’s monthly podcast, Accidentally. Even though Jennifer accidentally fell into workers’ compensation, she appreciates the important role it plays in our health, safety, and security at work.

Jennifer manages five staff and works closely with the IAIABC Board of Directors and other Association leaders. Jennifer graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Chemistry. Her degree is put to good use with baking experiments in her free time.

J. Bradley Young

Attorney, Harris Dowell Fisher and Young L.C.

J. Bradley Young, with Harris Dowell Fisher & Young, has almost thirty years of experience in all aspects of workers compensation defense. Mr. Young has spoken before corporate organizations and at in-house client seminars for many years, and frequently lectures for nationally-known seminar companies on topics relating to workers' compensation claims, employer liability, and third party administration of claims.

He is a Top Contributor for multiple workers compensation LinkedIn Groups, and is a regular columnist for both and

Mr. Young is also an on-air legal analyst for local radio station KMOX, Television station KTVI Channel 2, and writes monthly articles for journals and magazines on a wide variety of legal topics.