WorkCompCollege.com Study Hall: Faculty, Courses, and More

15 Apr, 2024 WorkCompCollege

                               

Faculty

Donald Abrams: Donald A. Abrams, PA is a 1977 graduate of the Albany Medical College Physician Assistant program, specializing in and actively practicing orthopedic surgery for more than 15 years. Overseeing several exceptionally successful start-ups, Mr. Abrams has established himself as a leader in cost containment strategies for the workers’ compensation professional. Now celebrating his tenth year with Clinical Compensation Consultants, Mr. Abrams has participated and spoken at hundreds of local, regional, and national educational conferences on a multipole of topics germane to the work comp professional. Additionally, Mr. Abrams has presented several webinar-based lectures endorsed for continuing education credits by the Texas Department of Insurance. Described as an excellent and passionate speaker, Mr. Abrams continues to strive to deliver a level of expertise that best serves all participants in the workers’ compensation system.

Courses Taught

April 2024: Orthopedic Roadshow – Part 1 (Extremities) and Part 2 (Spine)

Debra Livingston: Debra Livingston started ReEmployAbility almost 20 years ago after a career in various executive roles in the workers’ compensation industry. Today, the Transition2Work program has helped thousands of injured workers, individuals who are typically concerned and uncertain about their lives after having experienced an injury. Through ReEmployAbility, she works with clients to advocate for their employees and to encourage a more empathetic and supportive approach during the return-to-work process. By joining business and community, ReEmployAbility has provided volunteers to thousands of nonprofit organizations across the US who have contributed over 14.7 million hours of community service! Debra is a member of Chief Leadership Group, a private network for women in executive leadership, and serves on several boards. She is a member of the WorkCompCentral Education Advisory Board, on the advisory board for South State Bank, and on the executive board of The Spring of Tampa Bay. Debra is also active in her local church, Nativity Catholic Church, and supports HOPE (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality), and The Heroes Journey Foundation.

Courses Taught

May 2024: Factors Influencing Return to Work and Overcoming Return to Work Challenges

Vickie Kennedy: Vickie Kennedy joined Linea Solutions in April 2022 as their VP for Workers’ Compensation after retiring from more than 50 years with Washington’s system including 9 years as the Assistant Director for Insurance Services with the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Formerly, she was L&I’s Chief Policy Advisor, working closely with external stakeholders and legislators on approaches to improve Washington’s system for its workers and employers. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), a current member of their Associate Member Council and currently chairs the IAIABC's Work Disability Prevention and Return to Work Committee.

Courses Taught

June 2024: The Importance of Work Disability Prevention and the Worker-Centric Model

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