Training

Lorrie Baker — compliance specialist, Workers’ Compensation Division
Lorrie Baker, who joined the Workers’ Compensation Division in July 2014, is the compliance specialist for the division’s Worker Leasing Program. Lorrie has a background in employment law. Before coming to the division, she worked as an employment paralegal in the private sector and as a civil rights investigator with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Lorrie is a certified paralegal and has a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University.

Barbara Belcher — Audit Unit manager, Workers’ Compensation Division
Barbara Belcher is the manager of the Workers’ Compensation Division’s Audit Unit. She worked for Oregon OSHA for seven years before joining WCD in 2010. Barbara spent eight years in the finance industry before joining state government in 2003.

Catriona Buist, Psy.D. — chair, Oregon Pain Management Commission & Pain Psychologist in the OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center
Dr. Catriona Buist is a licensed psychologist in Oregon and Washington. She is currently an assistant professor in Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University and employed as a pain psychologist in the Comprehensive Pain Center. She was the clinical director of the interdisciplinary pain program at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates for 11 years. She is actively engaged in advocacy around Oregon in her role as chair of the Oregon Pain Management Commission, co-chair of the Improving Access to Chronic Pain Care work group for the Tri-County Prescription Opioid Safety Coalition, and member of the Oregon Opioid Guidelines and Implementation Task force and the HERC Chronic Pain Task force.

Coleen Carney RN, CRRN CMC — owner, Care Transitions Northwest LLC
Coleen Carney has been a nurse case manager, trainer, and supervisor for medical and vocational rehabilitation counselors for more than 38 years. As an owner of Carney Smith & Associates, her business focused on reducing the financial and human costs of industrial injuries. Her training and expertise integrated the complex tapestries of workers’ compensation, the Bureau of Labor Law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as developing and implementing early return-to-work programs, and optimizing Preferred Worker Program benefits for employers and injured workers. Over the past 10 years, Coleen Carney added certified diversity trainer to her skill base with a specific focus on diversity in aging populations. This includes maximizing health and function for older adults from case management to teaching senior fall prevention and aerobics. This also includes modification of work sites and homes to facilitate aging.

Sally Coen — deputy administrator, Workers’ Compensation Division
Sally Coen is the deputy administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Division. Sally has been with the division since 1988. She has been a clerical specialist; compliance specialist; managed the sanctions and field audit staff; and, most recently, the manager of the Performance Section, overseeing audit, self-insurance, insurer registration, and the employer compliance programs. Sally received her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University. 

Lauren Danahy, RN, BS, MBA, CCM, LNCC, CCHP — principal, Willamette Nurse Consultant Group (WNCG)
Lauren Danahy has more than 20 years of diverse nursing experience. Lauren first realized her passion for working with injured workers while working in Occupational Health at Intel Corporation. Lauren’s independent practice was conceived during her senior capstone project in MBA school in 2009. She worked for a large national carrier, providing nurse case management services, but dreamed of having her own practice. WNCG was fully launched January 2014. Lauren has been published in peer reviewed journals and is a regular contributor to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consulting Journal. 

John D. DiPaola, MD — orthopedic surgeon, Occupational Orthopedics
Dr. John D. DiPaola earned his medical degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Jersey) and completed internships at Oregon Health & Science University. He has been the medical director of both Oregon Health Systems and Montana Health Systems and is currently an active member in a number of medical and orthopedic (specialty) associations. He has treated patients at various Portland-area orthopedic practices over the past 20 years, and, most recently, at Occupational Orthopedics in Tualatin.

Jerry Keene — founder and principal, Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute
Jerald P. (“Jerry”) Keene is an attorney licensed in Oregon and Washington. He enjoyed a 30-year career as lead appeals counsel for the workers’ compensation defense firm of Reinisch Mackenzie, P.C. and its predecessor firms before semi-retiring to pursue his life-long goal of establishing an institute devoted to the improvement of the workers’ compensation system and the laws that govern it. Both as a teacher and as a legal advocate, Jerry is known for his distinctive presentations that blend wit and enthusiastic advocacy with a comprehensive knowledge of the case law, statutes, and rules. His knack for explaining complex workers’ compensation issues in clear, understandable terms has gained him a reputation for effectiveness in the classroom and the courtroom. Jerry graduated from the University of Oregon in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and history. He obtained his law degree from Northwestern University before returning to practice in Oregon. Jerry founded the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute (OWCI) as both a training organization and a solo law and consulting practice. Today, through OWCI, Jerry continues to offer claims examiner training courses and specializes in appeals representation and legal services to Oregon and Washington employers, insurers, and third-party administrators. 

Tim Kessel — worksite modification consultant, Workers’ Compensation Division
Tim Kessel is a worksite modification consultant for the Preferred Worker Program and also specializes in the Employer-at-Injury Program. Tim began working with the Preferred Worker Program as a re-employment specialist in 1994, before becoming a worksite modification consultant in December 2005. Before joining the division, Tim spent 10 years in sales and retail management.

Jennifer Lawlor, MD — medical director, CareMark Comp
Dr. Jennifer Lawlor earned her medical degree and completed an internship at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She also completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford. She is currently serving as the medical director of CareMark Comp, as well as Legacy Rehabilitation Services. She chairs the Legacy Neurosciences Leadership Council and continues part time in her private practice at Rehabilitation Medicine Associates where she sees patients in the clinic and the Rehab Institute of Oregon.

Greig Lowell — project manager, Workers’ Compensation Board
Greig Lowell is a project manager for the Workers’ Compensation Board. He began his assignment in June 2014, after having spent 12 years as a member of the Workers’ Compensation Board. He has more than 30 years of workers’ compensation experience. From 1986 to 2002, he worked as a claims supervisor and manager for Safeco, EBI, and Personnel Source Comp Source. He has also served as president of the Oregon Self-Insurers Association. He is a frequent speaker and has provided the appellate update at the annual Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section meeting over the past seven years. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Pleasant Hill.

Jackie Maltzan — senior lead adjuster, SAIF Corporation
Jackie Maltzan brings more than 30 years of insurance experience as a senior claims adjuster for SAIF Corporation, managing a variety of claims. Jackie manages disabling claims, helps workers return to work, and handles claims resolution and cost containment. As a lead adjuster, she is a mentor and trainer for newer adjusters. For eight years, Jackie served as a member of SAIF’s confidential team, managing some of the most highly sensitive claims, including bloodborne pathogen claims and claims filed by SAIF employees and family members. 

Roger McComas — Employer Compliance Unit manager, Workers’ Compensation Division
Roger McComas has been the manager of the Employer Compliance Unit since February 2015. He has more than 25 years of management experience, with the past 15 years focused on auditing and investigating regulatory compliance standards, in combination with regulating and ensuring safety standards in the workplace. 

Christopher Moore — managing partner, Moore and Jensen
Christopher (Chris) Moore has been a managing partner of Moore and Jensen since 2009. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in politics, economics, rhetoric, and law. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with a juris doctorate in 1982 and began working as an associate for Malagon and Associates before becoming a partner in 1986. Chris has tried hundreds of cases before the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Hearings Division and its administrative law judges, and he has represented workers on appeal at the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Supreme Court. Chris has lobbied for the interests of injured workers before Oregon’s Legislature and the Management-Labor Advisory Committee since 1985. Over the years, Chris has frequently spoken on workers’ compensation matters to a number of groups, including the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

Christina Murrell, BSN, RN — nurse consultant, SAIF Corporation
Christina (Chris) Murrell has more than 28 years of nursing experience with more than 20 years of occupational health nursing and workers’ compensation insurance experience. She has been with SAIF Corporation for 14 years in the Medical Services Unit. Chris has been on the board of the Oregon Association for Occupational Health Nurses for many years and has spoken nationally on the topic of marijuana in the workplace. Besides occupational health, Chris has a passion in the clinical areas of chronic pain management, nutrition, and wellness.

Troy Painter — senior auditor, Workers’ Compensation Division
Troy Painter is the senior auditor for the Workers’ Compensation Division’s Audit Unit. Troy worked in various roles in Oregon’s workers’ compensation industry for 13 years before joining WCD, where he has been a performance auditor for another 13 years.

Sean Ray — attorney, Barran Liebman LLP
Sean Ray is a partner at Barran Liebman LLP, where he represents management in employment matters, including defense against discrimination complaints, sexual harassment lawsuits, retaliation claims, and wage and hour claims. He represents employers in state and district court, before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and before the Washington State Human Rights Commission. Sean is an experienced litigator, but he also works with employers through various employee handbook revisions and customized trainings to ensure compliance before disputes arise. Sean is a past board member of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, where he was voted as the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Delegate to the American Bar Association. He also served as the 2014 co-chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division’s Bulleyproof Program and was awarded the 2011 MBA YLS award of merit for his work with the bar and the community. 

Lou Savage — administrator, Workers’ Compensation Division
Lou Savage recently returned to Oregon after spending two-and-a-half years providing consulting and training on law reform issues to attorneys in North Africa and the Middle East. A member of the Oregon State Bar, he has spent his career working on consumer and business issues in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. He served as Oregon insurance commissioner from 2012 to 2013 and directed the Department of Consumer and Business Services’ legislative activity as senior policy advisor from 2003 to 2012. Before joining the state, Lou served as director of Multnomah County Legal Aid and state director for Oregon Congressman Ron Wyden’s office. He also spent 10 years in private law practice. Lou has a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

David Waki — small business ombudsman, Department of Consumer and Business Services
The Office of the Ombudsman for Small Business was created in 1990 as part of the package of reforms to Oregon’s workers’ compensation system. David Waki has been in the position since 2005. His background includes working in field and home office capacities for regional and national insurers. He also worked for the Oregon State Lottery as a regional manager. David owned and operated a small business, employing six workers, before selling the business after five years. The Office of the Ombudsman for Small Business is a two-person office that problem solves employer issues related to premium calculation, audit disputes, coverage questions, claims, and policy provisions. The office also conducts outreach and education so stakeholders can make informed sound business decisions and remain in compliance with their legal obligations.

Matt West — worksite modification consultant, Workers’ Compensation Division.
Matt West is a worksite modification consultant for the Preferred Worker Program. He began working for the division as a bilingual benefit consultant in 2003. Later, he worked briefly as a coverage investigator and sanctions representative before joining the Employment Services Team in 2006. Before becoming a worksite modification consultant, Matt worked as a re-employment specialist for the Preferred Worker Program and as a vocational reviewer. Before joining the division, Matt spent five years in Mexico teaching English. He has a degree in social science from Portland State University.

Donita White — audit coordinator, Workers’ Compensation Division
Donita White is an audit coordinator for the Workers’ Compensation Division’s Audit Unit. She began working with the division in June 2000. Donita has been an auditor for nine years as a focused audit team member.

Bob Williams — worksite modification consultant, Workers’ Compensation Division
Bob Williams is a re-employment consultant with the Employment Services Team. He came to the Workers’ Compensation Division in 1990 as a worksite modification consultant and helped shape the Preferred Worker Program from its inception. Since that time, he has collaborated with employers and workers to modify and successfully redesign jobs in workplaces throughout the state. He has designed and fabricated numerous inventions that prevent injuries and allow workers to do jobs they could not perform otherwise. Bob regularly presents return-to-work and worksite modification topics to employer groups, community organizations, and at local and national conferences. As a champion for the program, Bob is zealous about inspiring injured workers and employers to realize that win-win opportunities are available by using the Preferred Worker Program. He holds a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Oregon.

2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

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