The inaugural IAIABC NextGen Awards sought to recognize new talent and leadership in workers’ compensation as the industry, like many others, moves to adapt and thrive in a changing world. Over 30 individuals under the age of 40 were nominated for NextGen, and 11 were selected as recipients. 

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The IAIABC congratulates the following recipients of the 2017 IAIABC NextGen Award:

Amanda Aponte

Amanda Aponte

Actuary and Director of Analytics
SFM

Amanda joined SFM as an actuarial intern in 2007. She worked as an actuarial analyst/actuary from 2008 until 2016 when she was promoted to director of analytics. As an actuary, she is involved in SFM’s reserve analyses, ratemaking and pricing, reinsurance selection and investment planning. She also oversees the Analytics Team, which provides business intelligence reporting to the organization. She is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society, American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurer Association (MWCIA) Actuarial Committee, Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association (WCRA) Actuarial Committee.

 

Kendra DePaul

Kendra DePaul

Other States Coverage Manager
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Kendra DePaul manages the Other States Coverage Unit at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). In her role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the unit, educates employers about potential coverage gaps when sending employees outside Ohio, and assists employers with obtaining and maintaining proper coverage. She speaks around the state about the program and writes about work comp issues for the BWC blog. DePaul is a member of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) Underwriting and ERM committee. She also is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional ®, completing the AMCOMP program in 2016.


Alfred Faber

Director and Division Head
Insurance Services Office, Inc.

Alfred A. Faber is the Director and Division Head for ISO’s Workers Compensation Solutions (WCS) division. As Director of the WCS division, he is responsible for the general operations and strategic growth of ISO’s workers’ compensation data practice. Al is an alternate member of the Board of Directors of The American Society of Workers Compensation Professionals (AmCOMP), associate member of the Southern Association of Workers Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) and associate member of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Al is a regular participant in Workers Compensation Insurance Organization (WCIO) activities.

 

Brian Holmes

Brian Holmes

Director of Mediation and Ombudsman Services
Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation 

Brian directs policy and leads 24 mediators and 5 ombudsmen as they help educate the public and resolve workers’ compensation disputes. He has helped thousands of injured workers’, their employers, and insurance companies make informed decisions while resolving their workers’ compensation benefit disputes since 2004. He is currently focused on developing and implementing a new program to assist pro se litigants as they navigate the court system. Brian is a graduate of Volunteer State Community College, and of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Economics and Industrial Relations. He is also a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute at the University of Tennessee.

 

Stevi Leech

Management Analyst
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication

Stevi launched and currently manages the WCOA Resource Center which provides support to internal staff and external stakeholders who have WCOA or WCAIS related inquiries. The WCOA Resource Center is also responsible for developing the education and training tracts and materials for WCOA staff, attorneys, and law firms on WCOA-related WCAIS use and enhancements and for prioritizing, designing, and testing WCAIS enhancements for WCOA. Stevi has served on the Governor’s Innovation Team, graduated from the Emerging Leaders Program, and continues to work closely with developers and stakeholders on the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS).

 

Neil McSheim

Neil McSheim

Senior Business Advisor, Strategic Analytics
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board 

Neil Mc Sheim has worked at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) since 2011, first managing the analytics team in procurement and since 2015 working in corporate strategy and analytics, currently managing the Data Science team. He studied philosophy and Wilfid Laurier University and this year finished his Masters in Management Analytics from the Smith School of Business at Queens University. In his spare time Neil likes cooking, cycling and playing with his two sons, wife and cat.

 

Harte Pricer

Harte Pricer

EDI Manager
Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Harte Pricer is the manager of the EDI Section of the Claims Management Division of the PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She was the supervisor of the EDI Unit when EDI Release 3 went live with WCAIS in 2013, and in 2014, she took over as chair of the EDI Committee and became manager of the EDI Section. Harte led the team that designed the PA EDI Forms Solution program, which was released in September 2016. Harte is currently an active member of the IAIAIBC EDI Claims and Systems committees and was recently granted a seat on the IAIABC EDI Council on behalf of Pennsylvania. 

 

Tina Queen

Tina Queen

Product Manager
Mitchell International

Tina Queen is a Product Manager at Mitchell International. She has been in the Workers’ Compensation industry for 17 years working for a TPA before coming to Mitchell in 2013 to lead their Regulatory Reporting Solutions product. Tina has been active in the IAIABC since 2006 and has been the IAIABC Claims Committee Chair since 2012. Most recently Tina lead the Claims Committee in development and publication of the Claims Release 3.1 standard.

 

Crystal Ricciuti

Crystal Ricciuti

Project Manager
New York State Workers’ Compensation Board 

Crystal Ricciuti is a Project Manager with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board in the Strategic Planning Unit. Ms. Ricciuti represents the Board at the IAIABC, serving as the co-chair of the Research & Standards Committee, a member of the Disability Management and Return to Work Committee, Regulations Committee and the Joint Committee Council. She has served on the Montgomery County Planning Board, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District Board, Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency Board, City of Amsterdam Board of Assessment Review and the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Alumni Association. Ms. Ricciuti has a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

 

Jessica Stimac

Jessica Stimac

Director of Compliance Records and Training
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Jessica Stimac’s primary area of practice since 2004 has been workers’ compensation. She has been with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 11 years. During that time, she has made benefit determinations and mediated disputes, supervised a unit dedicated to management of uninsured claims, and, since February 2012, has been a director in the Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD). Jessica is actively engaged in workers’ compensation legislative, policy and technology initiatives in Minnesota, and in June 2017, she was elected president of the Central States Association of the IAIABC.

 

Sarah Tayts

Sarah Tayts

Claim Support Manager
Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

Sarah Tayts has attained her Associate in Claims Designation (AIC), holds a BA in Psychology from Millersville University in addition to a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Effectiveness from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She earned her Associates in Risk Management (ARM) designation in March 2013 and her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in December 2016. She is currently pursuing her Associate in Insurance Data Analytics. In her current role as the Claim Support Manager, she helps train the next generation of workers' compensation claims professionals.