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2021 Virtual Oregon Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Lorrie Baker

Workers' Compensation Division

Lorrie Baker

Lorrie Baker joined the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division in July 2014, and currently works as the compliance specialist for the division's Worker Leasing Program. Baker 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. Baker is a certified paralegal and has a bachelor's degree from Portland State University.

Barbara Belcher

Workers' Compensation Division

Barbara Belcher

Barb Belcher is the Audit manager in the Performance Section of the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division. Before joining WCD in 2010, she worked for Oregon OSHA for seven years. Belcher also spent eight years in the finance industry before joining state government in 2003.

Caitlin Breitbach

Assistant Ombudsman and Re-employment Specialist

Caitlin Breitbach

Caitlin Breitbach has worked as the assistant Small Business Ombudsman for workers’ compensation since 2019. Before her appointment, Breitbach worked for two years as a policy analyst and training coordinator at the Building Codes Division. She also worked for three years as a policy analyst specializing in performance metrics at the Department of Administrative Services. Breitbach has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In Breitbach’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching Harry Potter marathons. In addition to her position as the assistant Small Business Ombudsman, she is a re-employment specialist with the division’s Preferred Worker Program. Breitbach enjoys helping employers and workers navigate the workers’ compensation system.

Sally Coen

Workers' Compensation Division

Sally Coen, WCD Administrator

Sally Coen was appointed the Workers’ Compensation Division administrator in August 2020. Coen began with the division in 1988 and has held several different positions. She worked in administrative and technical positions, managed the Sanctions and Field Audit programs, served as the Performance Section manager, and was appointed the division’s deputy administrator in 2016 before serving as the acting administrator for the division beginning in November 2019. Coen currently is a member of the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation’s senior executive advisory council. Coen has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Willamette University and serves in her hometown of Independence as a planning commissioner for the city.

Dr. John Di Paola, M.D.

Dr. John Di Paola, M.D.

Dr. John Di Paola has been an actively practicing Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for 30 years and caring for patients and performing surgical procedures. He has engaged in the performance of independent medical examinations, medical record reviews, arbiter examinations, depositions, and trials throughout his career.

He has been an attendee at the annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Occupational Orthopedics and Workers’ Compensation Course for 15 years and served on its faculty for more than 10 years. This conference is dedicated to teaching and applying the skills needed to be an effective, evidence-based expert witness and practicing physician.

Dr. Di Paola has been engaged by both plaintiff and defense attorneys to perform expert witness services in personal injury, MVA, workers’ compensation, and product liability cases. He has participated in conferences and depositions regarding issues arising from the care of his workers’ compensation patients to ensure that the care of workers is guided by evidenced based principles and facts.

Dr. Di Paola has extensive experience in all aspects of orthopedic care, including trauma, total joints, and spinal injuries (with particular expertise shoulder and knee injuries). He is licensed in Oregon and Washington.

Mastering forensic principles has been a key focus of Dr. Di Paola’s educational pursuits and surgical practice. Since retiring from active practice in July 2020, he has continued to devote his efforts to providing forensic services to the legal community.

Dr. DiPaola is a devoted family man who also enjoys tending his ornamental trees and gardens. He looks forward to the day when he will actually be able to catch fish on a fly and when keeping score at golf would be meaningful.

Tasha Fisher

Workers' Compensation Division

Tasha Fisher

Tasha Fisher began her career with the Workers' Compensation Division in 1995. As a sanctions representative, Fisher reviewed individual requests for sanctions submitted to the division and achieved compliance through education and enforcement. She also encouraged workers' participation with medical treatment and claims processing requirements. As a member of the Medical Resolution Team, Fisher facilitates the resolution of medical disputes and provides consultation, guidance, and training to external stakeholders and staff members regarding the medical, legal, and technical aspects of medical disputes and the administrative review and alternative dispute resolution processes.

Bob Hamre

Workers' Compensation Division

Bob Hamre

Bob Hamre has been a professional investigator for more than 35 years, in the private sector (with his own company for 16 years), and most of the rest with the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division. He is currently the senior field investigator in the Employer Compliance Unit. Hamre is married with three grown children, who all might someday actually move out of the house at the same time. He enjoys nearly every outdoor activity and enjoys nearly every activity outdoors.

Jaylee Hlad-Mosgrove

Ombudsman for Injured Workers

Jaylee Hlad-Mosgrove is the chief assistant ombudsman for the Ombudsman Office for Injured Workers. She serves as an advocate for injured workers and has been with the office since 2005. Hlad-Mosgrove started with the Department of Consumer and Business Services in 1990 with the Workers’ Compensation Division. She has served as an office specialist, medical reviewer, and benefit consultant. Before joining the department, she was a legal assistant for the special trial counsel at the Department of Justice.

Greig Lowell

Workers' Compensation Board

Greig Lowell

Greig Lowell is a project manager for the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board. He began this assignment in June 2014, after having spent 12 years as a member of the Workers' Compensation Board. He has worked as a claims supervisor and manager and as president of the Oregon Self-Insurers Association. Lowell has been an instructor in workers' compensation for the Insurance Education Association and Lane Community College. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley, and lives in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.

Brian Nease

Workers' Compensation Division

Brian Nease

Brian Nease is a worksite modification consultant for the Workers' Compensation Division. Throughout his many years with the Preferred Worker Program, he has provided return-to-work consultation, application, and training to insurers, injured workers, employers, and other stakeholders within the state of Oregon. Prior to his work with the Preferred Worker Program, Nease spent eight years providing workforce development for employers and vulnerable populations within Clackamas County, Oregon. Before his work with Clackamas County, Nease spent 10 years in business management.

Troy Painter

Workers' Compensation Division

Troy Painter

Troy Painter is the senior performance auditor for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division’s Audit Unit. Before joining WCD in 2003, he worked for 13 years in various roles in Oregon’s workers’ compensation industry.

Dr. Joseph Schenck, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Schenck

Upon graduating from the University of Arizona, Dr. Joseph Schenck completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Oregon Health and Science University in 2007. After residency, Dr. Schenck received advanced training in two international fellowships in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery and computer-navigated total joint arthroplasty in Perth, Australia. While in Australia, Dr. Schenck also trained junior surgeons in complex fracture care. He served as a team physician to the Western Australian professional rugby and football teams. Having gained expert international training in innovative joint and knee care, Dr. Schenck brought his skills back to Hillsboro, where he practiced and served as team physician for the Hillsboro School District.

Dan Schmelling

SAIF Corporation

Dan Schmelling is a claims supervisor for SAIF Corporation. He has been with SAIF in his current position for more than six years. Schmelling has spent almost 30 years in the workers' compensation industry working for a variety of employers.

Charity Steffen

Workers' Compensation Division

Charity Steffen

Charity Steffen is a re-employment specialist for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division. Within the Preferred Worker Program, she assists eligible injured workers find or maintain employment. In addition to her service to preferred workers, Steffen is the division's point of contact for the Employer-at-Injury Program. Steffen has been with WCD since 2013 and also worked as a reclassification specialist for the division's Appellate Review Unit.

David Waki

Small Business Ombudsman

David Waki

David Waki was appointed Small Business Ombudsman for workers’ compensation insurance in 2005. Before his appointment, Waki worked in the workers’ compensation insurance industry as an underwriter, underwriting manager, and national product director for regional and national insurers. Waki also owned and operated a small business employing six workers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from UC Davis and an associate’s degree in Risk Management. Waki and his associate, Caitlin Breitbach, problem solve 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 business decisions and remain in compliance with their legal obligations.

Matt West

Workers' Compensation Division

Matt West

Matt West is the WCD Resolution Section manager. West began his career with the Workers' Compensation Division (WCD) as a bilingual benefit consultant in 2003. He continued to provide valuable assistance to injured workers throughout Oregon as he progressed within the WCD Employment Services Team, including serving as the unit manager for several years. Before joining the division, West spent five years in Mexico teaching English. He has a degree in social science from Portland State University. Outside of work, West enjoys spending time with his family and pets as he engages in outdoor adventures.

Heather Williamson

Workers' Compensation Division

Heather Williamson

Heather Williamson is the Modernization Program manager for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division. The Modernization Program was created to provide strategic leadership and oversight into process, system, and application improvements. Williamson started in this role on April 1, 2021. Prior to her work with the Modernization Program, she was a deputy division director and claims EDI coordinator for the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years in the workers' compensation industry for the State of Georgia.

Sabrina Wright

Workers' Compensation Division

Sabrina Wright is a compliance specialist with the Worker Leasing Program for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division. She provides education about worker leasing companies, reviews and approves applications for licensure, and ensures compliance with Oregon’s worker leasing regulations. Prior to her work with the division, Wright was a compliance auditor for a financing company. She has a degree in Anthropology and, in her free time, she enjoys working with dogs and volunteers at her local animal shelter.



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