Announces Appointment of School Deans

Austin, TX (August 9, 2022) – has released the list of Deans who are leading the development of the school’s Workers’ Recovery Professional Certification. Seven Schools of Discipline each have two highly qualified professionals dedicating their time and skill toward creating this comprehensive education program. One, the School of Regulatory/Legislative, has been assigned three Deans due to topic complexity.

Mark Pew, who is serving as Provost for this community driven effort, said, “our selection of Deans was focused on highly experienced and credible professionals with diverse perspectives, a strategic mindset and a pay-it-forward passion; each Dean clearly fits within that model.” The Deans primary function will be to coordinate curriculum and lesson development with the faculty within their respective school of discipline.

The appointed school Deans are:

School of Medical Management
Dr. Elizabeth Frenzel, MD, MPH, FACOEM – Occupational Medicine Physician, Former Director of Employee Health & Well-being, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Les Kertay, Ph.D., ABPP, FIAIME – Senior VP for Behavioral Health, Axiom Medical

School of Risk Management
Bill Zachry – Board Member, California State Fund
James Curbeam, CPCU, ARM, AIC – Director of Risk Management, Las Vegas Valley Water District

School of Claims
Beth Goede
 – Director of Strategy and Optimization, The Hartford
Julie Bandy – Casualty Claims Manager, CBCS, Inc.

School of Stakeholders
Patti Colwell – Manager of Workers’ Compensation, Southwest Airlines
Dr. Tyrone SpearsWCCP, ARM, IPMA-SCP – Division Chief, City of Los Angeles

School of Humanities
Dawn Hays, CPCU, SCLA, AIC – Workers Compensation Claims Supervisor, UFG Insurance
Melissa Steger – Associate Director of Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance, The University of Texas System

School of Legal
Stuart Colburn – Shareholder/Attorney, Downs & Stanford
Ya’sheaka Williams, Esq. – Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood, & Boyer, P.A.

School of Regulatory/Legislative
Abbie Hudgens – Administrator, Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Albert Betts, Jr.  – Executive Director, Insurance Council of Texas
Paul Sighinolfi – Former Chairman of Maine WCC, Senior Managing Director, Ametros

School of Return to Work
Ryan Guppy, CDMS – Director of Work Disability Prevention, Linea Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Ilana Lehman – Vocational Services Specialist & Education Specialist, Washington State Labor and Industries is a service of Workers’ Compensation Educational Services, LLC, based out of Austin, TX. It was founded by Robert Wilson, Mark Pew and Donald A. Abrams. The Workers’ Recovery Professional (WRP) Certification is intended to provide a well-balanced education in “Whole Person Recovery Management” that incorporates technical skills alongside the bio-psychosocial components necessary to reduce friction and improve outcomes for all stakeholders. The initial educational program is scheduled to be released later this fall.

People interested in more information or pre-registering for the certification program may visit