IAIABC President's Award Recipients Recognized at 104th Convention
On October 3, IAIABC President, Matthew P. Carey, Chief Administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Workers’ Compensation, recognized seven individuals for their service to the IAIABC and the workers’ compensation industry. Presented during a luncheon celebration at the IAIABC 104th Convention, the President’s Awards honor those who demonstrate commitment and achievement in reducing harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses.
“It is an honor to recognize those professionals who selflessly give their time and talents to improve workers’ compensation” said Mr. Carey. The IAIABC President’s Awards are an annual tradition to celebrate the contributions for those who advocate for improvement in occupational health and safety, strive for significant improvements in the law, and have shown substantial support to the IAIABC and its programs.
The 2018 President’s Award was given to Tom Glasson, Government Affairs Officer, AIG. Tom’s multi-faceted experience within the insurance industry helps bring positive improvements to workers’ compensation systems across the United States. Within the IAIABC, he has served on the Associate Member Council, EDI Council and other committees helping increase the value and guide the direction of IAIABC activities. He can always we be counted on to contribute and share feedback on resources, products, and programs. In addition, Tom is also actively involved in other workers’ compensation organizations including SAWCA, Kids Chance of Texas, the CPCU Society, among others.
The 2018 President’s Award was also given to Paul Fortier, Deputy Director, Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. Mr. Fortier has been engaged in the IAIABC EDI program for several decades and his knowledge and leadership have been instrumental in the program’s success. He is the current chair of the EDI Council and continues to actively contribute to EDI Committees and the Claims Implementation Team. Mr. Fortier recognizes the talents and contributions of others before his own and diligently works to find solutions that work for everyone involved.
The 2018 Frances Perkins Award was given to Larry Karns, Director, Kansas Division of Workers’ Compensation. Under Mr. Karn’s leadership, the Kansas workers’ compensation system has been administered with balance and fairness promoting stability for all system stakeholders. The Division has undertaken an agency-wide modernization project which seeks to improve service to stakeholders and promote system insights through systematic analysis of performance measures. Mr. Karns began his career as the Director of the Kansas Division of Workers’ Compensation in 2012 after practicing law with the law firm Glenn, Cornish, Hanson, & Karns for 36 years.
The 2018 Samuel Gompers Award was presented to Matthew P. Capece, Representative of the General President, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Mr. Capece has been on a national campaign to reduce misclassification of workers, particularly in the construction industry. His understanding of the complex mechanisms used to get around workers’ compensation coverage requirements is helping regulators and others develop effective programs to identify and penalize businesses that are breaking the law. These efforts are invaluable to promoting safety and ensuring workers’ compensation coverage for workers and follow in the footsteps of twentieth century labor leader, Samuel Gompers, “improving the working conditions of the masses.”
The 2018 Award of Merit was presented to Beng Yeap, Bureau of Insurance Programs, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Over the past two years, Ms. Yeap led a task force of the IAIABC Regulation Committee to update the Self Insurance Regulators Handbook. The effort engaged self insurance experts and synthesized ideas and perspectives from across the United States. The handbook is an invaluable resource for individuals with self insurance responsibility. Ms. Yeap manages the self insurance program within the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division.
The 2018 Associate Member Award of Merit was presented to Susan Schulte, Department of Labor Focus Lead, NCCI. Ms. Schulte is an active member of the Associate Member Council and the Medical Issues and Regulation Committees. She is always willing to contribute her time and knowledge to discussions that address contemporary issues and improve the workers’ compensation perspective. Ms. Schulte presents valuable NCCI data and insights in meetings and forums throughout the year. Ms. Schulte has 30 years of experience in insurance agency and regulatory matters. Prior to joining NCCI, she worked with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Registration Department.
The 2018 Outstanding Achievement in EDI was presented to Marybeth Goodsell, eClaims Program Manager, New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Ms. Goodsell is the Vice Chair of the EDI Claims Committee and has played a critical role in supporting the continued advancement of the EDI Claims Standard. During the development of Release 3.1, Ms. Goodsell led and participated in many of the work groups responsible for the delivery of the key features and enhancements associated with the new release. As a member of the EDI Council Ms. Goodsell has contributed to improvements that have yielded clearer more comprehensive guidelines and advanced EDI Program governance. She has been employed by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board for 34 years, beginning her career as a claims examiner.
About the IAIABC
The IAIABC is an association of government agencies that administer and regulate their jurisdiction’s workers' compensation acts. Along with these government entities, various private organizations involved in the delivery of workers' compensation coverage and benefits participate in the IAIABC. Since its inception in 1914 the IAIABC has worked to improve and clarify laws, identify model laws and procedures, develop and implement standards, and provide education and information sharing. The IAIABC strives to gather the best resources available to solve the practical administrative and operational problems of its members.