NextGen Awards

IAIABC NextGen IAIABC NextGen Awards launched in 2017 as a way to recognize talented individuals under the age of 40 who are having a substantial and positive impact on workers' compensation, making a significant difference within their organizations, and leading the industry into the future.

2024 NextGen Award Recipients

The IAIABC congratulates the recipients of the 2024 NextGen Awards. 

Matthew ColeMatthew Cole, WCP

Lead Data Analyst, Medical Operations, NCCI


Melissa Coleman

Melissa Coleman

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Ametros

Charles CordovaCharles Cordova

Economist, New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration

Nazanin EsmailiNazanin Esmaili

Manager, Advanced Analytics, Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario (formerly)

Paul HendrickPaul Hendrick

Director and Actuary, NCCI

Jeff NelsonJeff Nelson

Commissioner of Workers' Compensation, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation

The Award recipients will be celebrated at the IAIABC 110th Convention and in a 2024 issue of IAIABC Perspectives magazine.

2024 Finalist Nominees

The following individuals were finalist NextGen Award nominees. 

Audrey DorseyChief Administrative Officer, Insurance Services, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Alexis HildebrandAdmin Officer 2, Alaska Workers' Compensation Division

Johnny MeyerVP, Strategic Partnerships, Ametros

Monica ThunemDirector, Strategy and Planning,  Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario

2024 Honorable Mention Nominees

The following individuals were honorable mention NextGen Award nominees. 

Ashley Butcher, Underwriting Technical Specialist, SFM Mutual Insurance Co. 

Virginia CortijoSpecial Assistant to the Chair, Workers' Compensation Board of New York

Reshaun Godfrey, Injury Management SupervisorOhio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Verolinda GranadosQuality and Support Manager, Utah Labor Commission

Britanie HallProgram Specialist, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

Andrew MatheisonResearch Analyst, Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Michelle MatthewsVP Operations, Aerie EDI Group

Aaron McGraw, Senior Director of Data AnalyticsOhio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Sheila Oliver, RN Case Manager, NurseWorks Northwest

Adedapo OrederuChief Diversity Officer, Workers' Compensation Board of New York

Jose Ramirez, Vice President, Account Manager, ProCare

Katie Sutherland, Claims System Analyst, Michigan Workers' Disability Compensation Agency

Kaytlin YorksCustomer Service Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Selection Committee Members

A committee of eleven industry professionals selected the IAIABC NextGen Award recipients from among the nominations. It is important to note that any selection committee member who works for the same organization as a nominee did not provide input on that nominee, and that selections were based solely on information received on the nomination form.

Stephanie Arkelian, Healthesystems (2018 NextGen Recipient)
Vincent Bell, The Black Car Fund (2021 NextGen Recipient
Erin Bishop, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission (2020 NextGen Recipient
Shayne Garner, Ebix
Ceil Jung, SFM
Amy Kingston, Colorado Division of Workera' Compensation (2020 NextGen Recipient)
Heather Lore, IAIABC
Neil McSheim, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario (2017 NextGen Recipient)
Jennifer Norleen-Beitel, Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (2018 NextGen Recipient)
Mark Pew, The RxProfessor LLC
Jordan Russell, Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission

 Previous Recipients (2017-2023)