(Madison, Wis., USA) – The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), North America’s oldest workers’ compensation association, is proud to announce its 2011-2012 Executive Committee. Comprised of ten agency executives and the Chair of the Associate Member Council, the Executive Committee provides strategic leadership and financial oversight for the Association. The eleven member board shapes the IAIABC’s training, education, information-sharing and standard setting programs to serve the global workers’ compensation community.
The 2011-2012 IAIABC Executive Committee was voted in unanimously by the IAIABC membership during the annual business meeting, and sworn in during the banquet on Thursday, August 25. The swearing in ceremony, conducted by IAIABC Past President Frank Fennerty, concluded the 97th Annual Convention. Members of the 2011-2012 Executive Committee are:
President: Mary Ahearn, Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
President-Elect: Christine Baker, California Department of Industrial Relations
Vice President: Jack Nolish, Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency
Secretary-Treasurer: Carol Anne Duffy, Prince Edward Island Workers’ Compensation Board
Immediate Past President: Alan McClain, Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission
Chris Godfrey, Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation
Brent Hatch, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Dwight Lovan, Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims
R.D. Maynard, Idaho Industrial Commission
David Threedy, Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
Scott Brener, Chair, IAIABC Associate Member Council, SFM
The election marks the beginning of Mary Ahearn’s tenure as IAIABC President. “Mary Ahearn makes positive things happen,” commented Greg Krohm, Executive Director of the IAIABC, “her zeal for making things better will benefit the IAIABC and its diverse members.” Ms. Ahearn currently serves as the CEO of the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and brings many talents to her presidency. Ms. Ahearn’s dedication to financial oversight, extensive workers’ compensation knowledge and leadership ability will benefit the IAIABC in the coming year.
First elected to the IAIABC Executive Committee in 2007, Ms. Ahearn distinguished herself during her time as Secretary-Treasurer. “Mary’s scrupulous attention to detail and thorough review of financial statements ensured the IAIABC’s financial statements were accurate and transparent” remarked Alan McClain, IAIABC Immediate Past President. “Mary takes her Executive Committee responsibilities very seriously and the IAIABC is lucky to have her service,” Mr. McClain went on to say.
Ms. Ahearn has been with the Maryland Commission since 10999 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in August 2011. In addition to her work with the IAIABC, she was previously President of Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Agencies (SAWCA) and is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The IAIABC has enjoyed many successes in 2011 and the new leadership has a strong foundation to build upon in the coming year. As workers’ compensation celebrates its 100th anniversary in the United States, the Association has shown its continued relevance for regulators and private stakeholders alike. Participation by agency executives is robust, adoption of EDI Release 3 standards is growing and information-sharing on contemporary issues including medical fee schedules, treatment guidelines and group self insurance is frequent. These services and more will continue as the IAIABC strives to meet the needs of its diverse members and accomplish its mission to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of workers’ compensation.