Speakers


Kevin Hess, J.D.

Fisher Phillips, Attorney & Partner

Hess is a partner in the Fisher Phillips Columbus office. He has experience in workers’ compensation, workplace safety, and employment litigation. His practice focuses on workplace health and safety. Hess also represents and counsels employers on compliance with employment-related laws. He has presented at training seminars for legal and human resource representatives on issues involving workplace health and safety. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at the Columbus Claims Association. Hess has been listed in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, since 2016. He earned a bachelor of arts from Messiah College and a law degree from University of Dayton School of Law.



Bob Robenalt

Robenalt has practiced labor and employment law for over 25 years, and his practice is multifaceted. He has represented national and Ohio companies in a variety of labor and employment issues. Robenalt’s practice is focused on advising employers on all aspects of employment law, including employee discipline, and compliance issues in various Federal and Ohio employment laws and regulations, including ADA, FMLA, and OSHA. He actively represents employers in court and administrative trials and proceedings. His defense efforts have ranged from defense of clients in lawsuits and claims involving non-competition and trade secret matters, wrongful discharge and discrimination claims, workers' compensation and OSHA matters, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).


Scott McFadden

Ohio BWC, Claims Director

McFadden began his career with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) 25 years ago. During his tenure with BWC he has held various roles within the Claims Services Division. McFadden is currently the claims director for the Columbus service office. He holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene. McFadden is an Ohio Certified Public Manager and received his professional designation from The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. McFadden is passionate about delivering consistent exemplary customer experiences.


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Debi Kroninger


   Ohio BWC, Chief Medical Operations Officer

Kroninger manages the business areas that coordinate Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) vocational rehabilitation program, disability elevator panel services, provider relations, transitional work grant and bonus programs, alternative dispute resolution, pharmacy management, and nurse support. She joined the medical and health division in October 2013 as director of medical programs. Prior to her responsibilities in the medical area, she held several key positions within field operations administration. Kroninger has more than 22 years’ experience in workers' compensation and has been with the bureau since November 2005. Prior to BWC, she held several positions within the private sector at third-party administrators and a self-insuring employer. She received a bachelors degree in business administration from Franklin University.


Freddie Johnson

Ohio BWC, Chief Medical Services & Compliance Officer

Johnson is accountable for managing the various business areas and strategies necessary for coordinating the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) health-care services through a network of providers and managed care organizations (MCOs). He also develops and supports the appropriate managed-care processes, including contract management and training. Johnson establishes and maintains a quality pool of medical and vocational service providers to make certain injured workers have access to quality, cost-effective and timely care. He evaluates and processes medical bills, guaranteeing proper and timely payment consistent with benefits plan criteria. Johnson received a juris doctorate from the Capital University Law & Graduate Center and a masters degree in public administration from The Ohio State University. Johnson is a licensed member of the Ohio Bar, The United States District Court, Southern District, and The United States District Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.


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Lori Finnerty, RN, BSN, CRRN

CareWorks, Vice President Quality Assurance

Finnerty has more than 32 years experience as a registered nurse with more than 26 years of experience in workers’ compensation. She is also a certified rehabilitation registered nurse. Finnerty has been with CareWorks in her current position as vice president of quality assurance since 1997 and was instrumental as an early member of the management team in the development and implementation of the managed care and quality improvement program. Prior to that work, she held positions of increasing levels of responsibility in both the public and private sectors focusing on medical management and return to work programs within the workers’ compensation environment; including two years as coordinator of injury management at Compensation Consultants, Inc. and eight years with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as an industrial rehabilitation nursing administrator and nurse specialist.


David Galloway

Continuous MILE Consulting, President

Galloway is the president of Continuous MILE Consulting. He has 40 years of industry experience, with leadership roles in operations, research, product development, quality, engineering, strategy, and Lean Six Sigma. Galloway also led a company-wide safety effort that resulted in a 60% reduction of injuries for more than four years. He is a Lean Six Sigma certified master facilitator and master black belt. Galloway has authored more than 50 articles on leadership and is the author of the bestselling book, “Safety WALK, Safety TALK: How small changes in what you THINK, SAY, and DO shape your safety culture.”


Timothy Pottorff

QP3 ErgoSystems, Principal

Pottorff has nearly 30 years of experience conducting on-site ergonomics assessments. He has worked in professional roles with companies such as United Parcel Service, Texas Instruments, The Aluminum Company of America, and Zurich Services Corporation. Pottorff has also worked with thousands of leading companies around the world to improve the operations and business via customized assessments and full-length ergonomics courses. He has authored numerous articles for publications such as Industrial & Systems Engineering Magazine, Contact Center Pipeline newsletter, and has presented numerous technical ergonomics topics at professional and safety conferences. Pottorff is currently the Principal at QP3 ErgoSystems, and has built it into a full-service risk consulting firm with a nationwide team including ergonomists, industrial hygienists, safety, environmental, and property experts. Pottorff is a certified industrial ergonomist with a bachelor of science and a master of science in industrial engineering, as well as, an associate in risk management designation.


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Walter Fluharty, Psy.D.

Simon Roofing & Sheet Metal Corp., Vice President Environmental Health & Safety

Fluharty has built a reputation developing world-class safety cultures in a wide variety of industries in a career that spans more than 30 years. His experience includes developing the training program “It Can Happen Here” funded by an Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) New Directions Grant. Fluharty participated in the development of several OSHA standards, including the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Cadmium standards. He was first introduced to behavioral based safety (BBS) while working as a trainer in the field. Fluharty went on to integrate user-friendly BBS principles into corporate safety systems within the manufacturing, refining, pharmaceutical, biotech, distribution, and construction industries. Fluharty holds a master of science in safety management from Marshall University, and a doctorate of psychology from Southern California University. He authored many articles including the chapter overview of BBS in the text, “Human Factors Methods for Improving Performance in the Process Industries.”


Dirk Yamamoto, Ph.D.

Air Force Research Laboratory Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Senior Industrial Hygienist

Yamamoto is the team lead for toxicology and risk assessment for the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Previously, he served 23 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, as a bio-environmental engineer. Yamamoto is the 2019 Chair of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing, previously ABIH and has been a board member since 2015.


Stephanie McCloud

BWC Administrator and CEO




Todd Spence

Employer Management Supervisor

Spence has more than 22 years of experience at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and five years of senior management experience at third-party administrators. While at BWC, he has participated in several projects that improved services such as internal system updates, new cost reduction programs and the rollout of BWC’s website. Spence has a bachelor of science in business administration from The Ohio State University, a master degree in business administration from Otterbein University and an associate in risk management insurance designation. Spence’s experience provide a solid approach to identifying solutions and offering successful cost-control alternatives.


Scott St. Clair

Regional Business Consultant

St. Clair has more than 26 years of experience with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). His knowledge and extensive experience with Ohio employers allows him to assist with comprehensive solutions typically found in a variety of environments. St. Clair also works closely with Ohio businesses when a variety of sensitive matters are involved. He earned an associate of applied science in hospitality management at Columbus State Community College and is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in human ecology.


Patrick Nelson

Senior Consultant, Lead Star


Anthony Muñoz

Anthony Muñoz Foundation, President

Football Hall of Famer and President of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation.