Presenters

Lyn Asio-Booz is the 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 Division of Workers’ Compensation for 36 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.
Melvin Belsky, MD received his BA from California State University at Dominguez Hills and MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the Medical Director for Corporate Workers’ Compensation for Safeway where he has created innovative programs for MPNs, functional restoration, and UR.
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.
Vladimir Bokarius, MD, PhD, LAC, QME practices psychiatry, addiction, geriatric psychiatry, pain medicine and psychopharmacology. Board certified in psychiatry and neurology, he received his MD from Kuban State Medical University.
Jane Brown has been a Permanent Disability Evaluator with DWC Disability Evaluation Unit since 1998. She was promoted in 2016 as the Southern California Area Supervisor. Prior to working for DWC, she worked as a senior claims adjuster with State Compensation Insurance Fund for 7 years.
Kristin Carmody has been with the DWC Audit Unit since 2007. Prior to working for DWC, she worked for State Compensation Insurance Fund as a claims adjuster. Before working for SCIF, she was employed as a rehabilitation administrator for the law firm of Cantrell and Green. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Westmont College.
Joe Carranza graduated from California State University at Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Science. He began his state career with SCIF in 1987 as a claims adjuster and later as a vocational rehabilitation coordinator. He joined the Stockton Disability Evaluation Unit in 1997 as a Disability Evaluator and was promoted to Area Supervisor in 2011.
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.
Steve Cattolica holds a BS degree from the University of California and a teaching credential from St. Mary’s College. A former coach of nationally and internationally ranked swimmers, Steve is the legislative analyst for California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery and serves on a number of insurance committees and stakeholder task force groups.
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.
Richard Dorsey, MD is a qualified medical examiner and board certified in psychiatry. He received his MBA from the University of Cincinnati and MD from West Virginia University. Richard is President of Telepsychiatry and practices in Orange County.
Bruce Dreyfuss, MD graduated from Rosalind Franklin University/Chicago Medical School. He is board certified in rheumatology, internal medicine in San Jose.
Steven D. Feinberg, MD is a native of New York City and received his BA and MPH from UCLA, his MD from UC Irvine, and his MS in rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington. He is often used as an AME from his Palo Alto medical practice. He has received numerous professional awards, is the member of many medical societies and committees, and is the author or co-author of many publications.
Mark Fudem is an Associate Chief Judge working to improve EAMS. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and JD from McGeorge School of Law. Mark worked 23 years as an attorney in the private sector, and then was appointed a Workers’ Compensation Judge in Santa Rosa in 2004, Presiding Judge in Oakland in 2009 and his current position in 2011.
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).
Terri Harrison is the Director of Workers’ Compensation for the California Insurance Guarantee Association. She has been with CIGA since 1993 and was an assistant claims manager for Alexisis Risk Management prior to that. A graduate of the University of Phoenix, Terri is an active in the Girl Scouts of American and American Youth Soccer Organization.
Joel Harter is Presiding Workers’ Compensation Judge of the Sacramento District Office. He received his JD from Santa Clara University and was an applicant attorney before the WCAB and the federal Office of Hearings and Appeals. His State career began in 1990 as a counsel for the reconsideration Unit which led to subsequent promotions as a settlement referee, judge, presiding judge, and Acting Associate Chief Judge over the Northern California district offices.
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.
Katherina Hrouda is a Senior Insurance Rate Analyst for the California Department of Insurance. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside and upon graduation began working for the insurance industry. She started working in the Department’s Market Conduct Division in January 2007.
David Jay is a Senior Insurance Compliance Officer for the Field of Claims Bureau of the California Department of Insurance where he has worked since 2004. Prior to joining the Department, he has worked for various insurance companies for over 20 years as a claims adjuster and reinsurance claims examiner.
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.
Barry Knight has been the Disability Unit Manager since 2010. He began his insurance career as a commercial lines underwriter and claims adjuster for SCIF. Barry joined the Disability Evaluation Unit in 1990 working at the Fresno and Bakersfield district offices. He is a graduate from Fresno State with a degree in business administration.
Jennifer Lentz Snyder a 27 year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, currently serving as the Head Deputy of the Healthcare Fraud Division. In1997, Jennifer was named one of the top lawyers in the state by California Lawyer magazine. In 2011, Jennifer was again recognized as one of the top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, California’s legal newspaper. An undergraduate of UCLA, Jennifer completed her Juris Doctor degree at Pepperdine School of Law and is an adjunct professor teaching Sentencing and Corrections Law.
Clifford Levy received his BA from UC-Berkeley and JD from University of San Diego SOL. He began his career representing injured workers before the WCAB, Social Security, and the federal Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Act. He was appointed a workers’ compensation judge in 2005 and Presiding Judge in 2006.
Paige Levy is the Chief Judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. 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).
Arthur Lipper, MD is a doctor primarily located in Beverly Hills, CA. He has 36 years of experience. His specialties include Internal Medicine. Dr. Lipper is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Miracle Mile Medical Center LLC and Southern California Hospital at Culver City.
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 and in 2016 was named the Executive Medical Director of DWC’s Medical Unit.
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.
Brendan Morley, MD is a board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He received his MD from UCLA and is in private practice in the East Bay.
George Parisotto is currently the Acting Administrative Director for 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.
Mark Pew is a Senior Vice President at Prium. He is an expert in workers’ compensation medical management, with a focus on prescription drug management. Areas of expertise include: abuse and misuse of opioids and other prescription drugs; managing prescription drug utilization and cost; and best practices for weaning people off dangerous drug regimens.
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.
Charles Resnick, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and hand surgeon specializing in orthopedic and rehabilitation care to patients in the Greater Los Angeles area. He received his BS from Colgate and MD from USC.
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.
Gonzalo Sapiz is the Assistant Vice President of Safety and Health at Zenith Insurance. A graduate of UC San Diego and a Board Certified Safety Professional, Gonzalo has over 30 years of experience in loss control and risk management in senior and executive level positions.
Ellen Sims Langille is the General Counsel for the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI). She is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation and spent nearly 25 years as a defense workers’ compensation litigator specializing in appellate-level workers’ compensation cases. She received a double major undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz and her law degree from UC Hastings.
Jacqueline Schauer is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law. She has been employed as legal counsel in the Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of the Director – Legal Unit from 1984-1991 and the Division of Workers’ Compensation Legal Unit since 1991.
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.
Mark Skarakis is a graduate of San Diego State University. His state service began as an EDD hearing representative. His DWC career has included stints as a UEF claims adjuster (1996-1998), Audit Unit compliance officer (1998-2002), SCIF adjuster (2002-2004), before rejoining the Audit Unit in 2004 where he currently works.
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.
John Standish is the Chief Analytics Officer for Infinilytics and is responsible for the smartC analytics solution for insurance and healthcare industries. He is a 32 year veteran of law enforcement with CHP and the Department of Insurance. He received his BA from the University of San Francisco.
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.
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.
Andrea Toth began her career in the private sector and joined the California Department of Insurance (CDI) in 2001 as an Insurance Rate Analyst in the Field Rating and Underwriting Bureau. As Bureau Chief, Ms. Toth is responsible for managing and directing the work of field staff engaged in conducting examinations of the rating and underwriting practices of all insurers licensed in the state of California. She received the MCM designation from Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society and is a graduate of Pepperdine University.
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.
William Zachry is known throughout the risk management industry as a champion of workers’ compensation reform. Previously Bill served as group vice president of risk management for Safeway where his 15 years of leadership there earned him recognition as Business Insurance Risk Manager of the Year in 2014 and recipient of the California Coalition on Worker’s Compensation’s Tim East Award in 2016. Bill currently serves on the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund and in 2017 he was awarded a senior fellowship at the Sedgwick Institute.

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