Presenters

Lyn Asio-Booz is the Acting Chief of the Office of Self-Insurance Plans. She joined the Office of Self-Insurance Plans in July, 2008 as the Northern California Audit Supervisor. Prior to that, she was an auditor for the DWC’s Audit Unit from 2004 through 2008. She also worked for the Uninsured Benefit Trust Fund for 10 years. She received an award for DWC Outstanding Employee of the Year in 1998, and for UEF Employee of the Year in 2000. She studied Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1985 to 1990.
Annalisa J. Becker has been with the State of California, Division of Workers’ Compensation for over 31 years. She has been a Permanent Disability evaluator with the Disability Evaluation Unit since 1988 and was appointed to the position of Northern California Area Supervisor in 2004.
David Bellusci graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA and MA degrees. He began with Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau in 1989 where he is a Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Robert Blink is a medical director/consulting physician for a variety of entities including nationwide employers, hospitals, and large provider networks. Dr. Blink is Co-Chair of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association and part of the West Oakland Health Council Planning Committee. He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin.
Colleen Casey has a BA degree from the University California Berkeley and JD from Golden Gate University. Her career in workers’ compensation began in 1995 as a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Commissioner. In 2002 she entered private practice and returned to the state in 2004 as a Workers’ Compensation Judge in San Francisco. She was named Barrister of the year in 1989 by the San Francisco Bar Association.
Craig Conlon, MD, PhD graduated from the USC School of Medicine, specializing in occupational medicine, and from the UCLA School of Public Health, specializing in ergonomics. His research concentrates on musculoskeletal disorders associated with computer workstation use. He currently practices occupational medicine and is the Medical Director of Employee Health Services at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California.
Raymond F. Correio is a senior associate with the defense firm of Pearlman, Borska & Wax. Before joining the firm, Ray was a workers’ compensation judge assigned to both the Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey district offices for approximately twelve years. He was named defense attorney of the year by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar in 2013 and is often used as a speaker at various workers’ compensation forums.
John Cortes has a BA and JD from the University of California, Davis. He started his legal career in private practice before beginning his workers’ compensation career with State Compensation Insurance Fund as a subrogation attorney from 2001 to 2012. He transferred to the DIR/DWC as an Industrial Relations Counsel in the Spring of 2012.
Genet Daba received her MA Degree in Demography from Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She worked as an Associate Expert in Demography for the United Nations and Analyst for the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in Belgium. She joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation in 2000 and has worked in the Managed Care Unit, Medical Unit and now the Research Unit.
Linda Delp is the Executive Director of UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health program. She has MPH and PhD degrees from the UCLA School of Public Health. Linda is a national leader in the field of worker health and safety through education, community based research and policy initiatives.
Robin Dewey has a MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and has more than 30 years experience in the field of occupational health education. She is a Program Coordinator for UC Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP). She provides participatory training programs on workplace health and safety around California, the U.S., and internationally, for workers, unions, employers, joint labor management groups, community organizations, schools, and government staff.
James Fisher has a BA degree from George Washington University and JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. His workers’ compensation career began in 1984 as a staff counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations. He was a private practice attorney from 1996 to 2000 when he returned to DIR.
Constantine Gean, MD is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, is on voluntary faculty in the Department of Medicine at UC Irvine and is a Regional Medical Director for Liberty Mutual. He is the lead author of The Pocket Drug Guide and The Index of Prescription Drugs, is Chair of the ACOEM Council on Education and Academic Affairs and is a past president of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (WOEMA).
Scott Hague is the president of CAL Insurance Associates, Inc. in San Francisco, California. He is the Founder of Small Business California. He is a past and present member of many insurance related groups including Agents and Brokers of the West and 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award issued by the San Francisco Small Business Network.
Yvonne Hauscarriague has a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a JD from the University of San Francisco. After working in private practice as a civil litigation attorney, she began her workers' compensation career with State Compensation Insurance Fund serving as a defense attorney from 2005 to 2011 and an assistant chief counsel from 2011 to 2013. She transferred to DIR/DWC as an Industrial Relations Counsel in late 2013.

Alan Hersh is a Staff Counsel with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Before joining DWC, he was judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and had extensive experience as an attorney for public entities. He is a contributing author to California Public Sector Employment Law and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Melissa Hicks graduated from Mills College with a BA. She began her state career with Department of Industrial Relations in 2005 and was promoted to the Medical Unit manager of the Division of Workers’ Compensation in 2013.
Mark Kahn graduated from Cal State Northridge (BA) and Southwestern Law School (JD). He began his workers’ compensation career as a State Fund attorney in 1978. He has been a DWC Workers’ Compensation Judge (1981), Presiding Judge (1988), Assistant Chief (1992-1995), and Associate Chief Judge. Mark retired from the bench in 2012 and now works for Altman, Lunche & Blitstein.
Kelly Howard received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, and his MS in Environmental and Occupational Health from CSU Northridge. He is certified through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Mr. Howard has worked as an industrial hygienist for the past 35 years and is currently a Senior Safety Engineer with Cal/OSHA providing technical support and oversight for offices in southern California.
Barry Knight graduated from Fresno State with a degree in business administration. His past experience includes work as an underwriter for two insurance carriers and as a claims adjuster for SCIF. He has worked for the Disability Evaluation Unit for over 20 years and is currently the DEU Manager. Barry has been a member of both the 1997 and 2005 PDRS revision committees.
Gene Lam is the Presiding Judge of the Oakland WCAB. Prior to that, he was a Workers’ Compensation Judge in San Francisco and San Jose and a staff attorney for the WCAB. In between his San Jose and San Francisco judge positions, he was in private practice for 17 years with a firm where he was a partner. Gene is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA) and Boalt School of Law.
Cora Lee graduated from Cal Poly with a BA. She has over 35 years of workers’ compensation experience. Cora has worked for the Audit Unit since its inception, was appointed Area Supervisor in 1996 and in 2012 became the Compliance Manager. Cora was awarded a DWC Outstanding Employee Award in 1996; an Outstanding Supervisory Award as the Compliance Manager for UEBTF/SIBTF in 2013; and a Superior Accomplishment Award in 2015 from Director Christine Baker.
Francie Lehmer graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Criminal Justice and received her JD from Hastings College of Law. She was in private practice from 1985 until 2012, specializing in state and Longshore workers' compensation. Since 2012, she has served as a Workers' Compensation Judge in San Francisco.
Paige Levy was appointed Chief Judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Feb 1, 2016.   Prior to this appointment she was a Workers’ Compensation Judge (2005) and Presiding Judge (2012) at the Marina Del Rey district office.   Before taking the bench Paige was the managing partner of Levy & Associates representing employers and carriers.   She has her BA from San Diego State University and JD from Whittier Law School, with honors, and was admitted to the bar the same year (1994).
Lauren Mayfield is the Safety and Health Services Manager for State Compensation Insurance Fund, responsible for the administration of loss prevention services to State Fund’s policyholders. She has 34 years of insurance industry experience, 22 of which in the occupational safety and health field. She holds an Associate in Risk Management designation and is a Certified Safety Professional.
Raymond K. Meister, MD is a graduate of Cal State Sacramento (BA) and USC (MD). He has been associated with UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine as an instructor or professor since 1996 and was the Interim Medical Director of San Francisco General’s Occupational Health Service from 2011 to 2014. In 2014 he was appointed as the Associate Medical Director of DWC’s Medical Unit.
Drenée Miners has been in involved in the insurance industry over 30 years. Since joining Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. in 1993, she has held many positions including Manager of one their largest branches with 110 employees. She now works in their Governmental Affairs Department reviewing legislative changes taking place in the Western states including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as liaison for employers with the various State departments on governmental policies.
Monserrat R. Morita is the Southern California Supervisor for the Audit Unit. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, her state career began in 2001 at State Compensation Insurance Fund as a Claims Adjuster. She transferred to the Audit Unit in June 2006.
Erika L. Mulhere is a Deputy District Attorney at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office working in the Special Prosecutions Section. She received a J.D. and M.B.A from Chapman University. DDA Mulhere prosecutes complex multi-million dollar worker's compensation and healthcare fraud cases. Prior to this assignment, she prosecuted various cases as part of the Vertical Crimes Division and Narcotics Unit as well as Grand Theft Auto and Major Fraud.
Dave Nelson is a graduate with a double major in Accounting and Finance from California State University of Northridge. He has worked for Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers since 1982 and has been an owner since 1985. He is currently President-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California.
George Parisotto is currently the Acting Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. George joined DWC as a staff counsel in 1998, and later rejoined the Division in 2007 after spending several years in Seattle, Washington, with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
Karen Pak graduated from UC Berkeley (BA) and Loyola School of Law. She worked in civil litigation in the private sector and for State Fund from 2005 to 2012. She has worked with the DWC Legal Unit since 2012.
Mark Priven has successfully transitioned from high school nerd, to college geek, to actuary. He has worked as an actuary for 20 years, the last 15 with Bickmore, in which he has helped public and private self-insurers quantify and analyze their risk. He is on the WCIRB actuarial committee, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, past-president of Casualty Actuaries of the Bay Area and has testified many times before committees in Sacramento.
Pamela Pulley graduated from Northwestern University in 1987 with dual BA degrees and earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1990. She practiced law from 1990 until 2005 , representing workers' compensation applicants, insurance carriers and social security disability claimants. She became a Workers' Compensation Judge in Long Beach in 2005 and Presiding Judge in Santa Ana in 2015.
Kevin Riley is Director of Research and Evaluation at the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, where he has worked since 2008. He received both a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Sociology from UCLA.
James Robbins received his BA degree from UC Santa Barbara, MPA from Golden Gate University and JD from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. His DIR career began in 1984 as an attorney in the Office of the Director’s Office. He transferred to DWC’s Legal Unit in 1990.
Marilee Robinson received her BS degree in Health Science from California State University at Long Beach and has over 30 years of workers’ compensation experience. She has been with the Office of Self-Insurance Plans for 25 years and was appointed to the position of Southern California Supervisor in 2004.
Anne Schmitz joined the WCAB Office of Commissioners in 2010 and is a Deputy Commissioner. She was a claims adjuster, defense attorney, applicant's attorney, and pro tem judge in the Bay Area. Anne received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis and her JD from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1993.
Devika Singh received her MS Degree in Health Care Administration from California State University East Bay. She received a BS Degree in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento with a concentration in Finance, Risk Management and Insurance. She has experience working for private and non-profit Insurance companies throughout California and Oregon. Her state career began with the department of Public Health within the data reporting unit. She joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation in 2014 working in Medical Unit with a focus on research and physician education.
Glenn Shor is currently Policy Advisor to the Director, Department of Industrial Relations. From 2010 to 2012, he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor, in Washington DC. He has served in several managerial/executive positions with DWC including Project Manager, Chief of Policy and Legislation, and acting Research Manager. He is an affiliated researcher and lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where he teaches a course on injury prevention and control. Glenn has a PhD and MA in Public Policy (MPP) from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and a BA from University of Pennsylvania.
Jamie Spitzer is the Presiding Judge of the Anaheim Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. She was a judge at this office from 2005 to 2012. Jaime’s law career began in 1992 where she was an attorney and later partner with Ufkes, Bright & Spitzer. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, she earned her law degree at Whittier College.
Laura Stock (MPH) is the Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program. With over 30 years of experience working at LOHP, Laura is a national leader in the field of occupational safety and health.
Alex Swedlow is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. He joined CWCI in 2000 as the executive vice president of research and is the author of many articles on workers’ compensation.
Marguerite Sweeney received a J.D. from Hastings Law School in 1978 and represented injured workers in northern California until 2012, when Governor Brown appointed her to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. In 2007 she was honored by the State Bar Workers Compensation Section as Applicant Attorney of the Year.
Peggy Thill graduated from Cal State Northridge with a BA in Liberal Studies. She worked at State Fund for 26.5 years -14 as an adjuster, 8 years as a supervisor in the claims department and 4.5 years in the corporate claims department - the last 3 as the Claims Operations Manager. She came over to the Audit Unit as the northern supervisor in August, 2015.
Jerome Tu graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. He started his insurance career in the private sector and joined the Department of Insurance in 1990 as a Market Conduct examiner. He joined the Department's Rate Regulation Branch in 2008 and is currently the Chief of the Rate Filing Bureau that reviews the Workers' Compensation rate filings.
Winslow West received his BS from the University of Santa Clara (accounting) and JD from Hastings College of Law. He has over 22 years of private practice experience before joining State Fund in 2004. He has been a Division of Workers’ Compensation staff counsel since 2013 specializing in QME discipline and appointments/reappointments.
Steve Wiesner, MD received his BS and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwester School of Medicine. He is the Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Occupational Health Department in Oakland and also serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Kaiser On-the-Job, Northern California Regional Occupational Health Department. His professional interests include disability management, physician leadership development and medical education.
Katherine Zalewski became a commissioner with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in April 2014. Prior to this, Ms. Zalewski was the Chief Counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations and a Special Advisor for the DWC Administrative Director. She was a defense attorney for over 20 years and a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the San Francisco WCAB. Ms. Zalewski received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her JD from Hastings College of the Law.

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