The Largest Cohort of IAIABC Foundations Participants Earn Their Digital Credential

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The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) hosted the 7th cohort of its Foundations of Workers’ Compensation Program with 44 participants representing 14 jurisdictions. The IAIABC Foundations of Workers’ Compensation Program is a comprehensive educational program for jurisdictional agency staff, covering regulatory, policy, and administrative topics covering all areas of the workers’ compensation system.

There are many facets of a workers' compensation system - legal, medical, economic - and learning how they all connect to the broader goal of recovery and economic security is important. The IAIABC's Foundations of Workers' Compensation Program provided this overview and context. Participants shared perspectives and ideas and learned about the workers’ compensation system through discussion sessions, courses, self-paced modules, and activities.

This is a great program and could be offered as part of mandatory onboarding activities of new state employees on a case-by-case basis.

Reflecting on the 2021 program, IAIABC Executive Director Jennifer Wolf stated, "It was encouraging to watch Foundations Program participants connect different functional areas and see them develop ideas and solutions that would benefit employers and employees. Each time you bring together people from different jurisdictions you gain new perspective and understanding."

The IAIABC offers congratulations to the following participants who completed the Foundations Program and earned their "Foundations of Workers’ Compensation" digital credential:

Harsh Bhasin, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation
Michael Christenson
, Alaska Division of Workers' Compensation
Roseann Collins, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Margaret Cummings, Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance Fund
Dane Curtis, Kansas Division of Workers' Compensation
Thank you! This program was very helpful as someone who is completely new to this industry.Suzyn Daniel, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Callie Dow, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Jason Fodeman, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Jacob Fountain, Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court
Kelli Fussell, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Louis Galetto, Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance Fund
Catherine Haag, Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry Employment Relations Division
Chris Hudson, Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Wendy Jackson, Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry Employment Relations Division
Gertrude Kane, Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance Fund
Grace Kohl, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
George Leonis, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Sarah Lipp, Missouri Department of Labor
Dominique Martinez, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Kathy McElroy
, Rhode Island Department of Labor and TrainingI thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Workers Compensation and hope I am able to apply it in other areas of my direct office.
Nicole Mitchell
, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Michelle Muncie, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Stephanie Nichols
, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Tara Noll, Kansas Division of Workers' Compensation
Missi Norris, Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Shakira Perry, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents
Mary Perry, Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Mark Phillips, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Michelle Schiller
, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Taylor Skees, Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Sebrina Smith, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Hearings and Appeals
Allison Stein, Delaware Office of Workers Compensation
Evan Trowbridge, Colorado Division of Workers' CompensationThere was an excellent assortment of speakers and it was masterfully facilitated.
Daniel Vigil, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Kim Wallace, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Marion White, Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Karee Williams, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Worker's Compensation Division
Suzanne Xu, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Hearings and Appeals

The IAIABC Foundations Program looks forward to engaging its next cohort of agency staff looking to increase and enhance their knowledge of workers’ compensation systems in 2022. To learn more about the Foundations Program, visit www.iaiabc.org/foundations-program.

About the IAIABC

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is a not-for-profit association representing government agencies charged with the administration of workers’ compensation systems as well as other workers’ compensation professionals in the private sector. Its mission is to find solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses. Learn more about the IAIABC at www.iaiabc.org.