2016 Advisory Board
Philip Adamo, MD, MPH, CIME, FACOEM
Senior Medical Director Employee & Occupational Health Baystate Health
Dr Philip Adamo is the senior medical director of Employee Health and Occupational Medicine at Baystate Health Systems in Springfield Massachusetts. He is board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. In addition to his medical degree, he received his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also certified as an independent medical examiner (CIME).
He is a past president of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has also served at the national level as Speaker of the House of Delegates and past board member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His passion is working with injured workers with safe return to work programs.
Nancy Clover RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
President Occupational Health ConnectionsNancy is the founder of Occupational Health Connections, a leading staffing and recruitment agency for occupational and employee health nurses. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and a board Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (FAAOHN). Nancy has more than 20 years of experience as an occupational health nurse. She is an active member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts and North of Boston Association of Occupational Health Nurses, she has served in many leadership positions. Nancy is a member of the Massachusetts Safety Council, Healthcare Employee Health Nurses Association of New England and American Association of Health Professionals. She has earned considerable recognition for her contributions to occupational and employee health nursing, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Dean Hashimoto, MD, JD
Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Partners HealthCare SystemDean Hashimoto is the chief of occupational and environmental medicine for the Partners HealthCare System and the chair of the Health Care Services Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School and is board-certified in occupational medicine. He also received his law degree from the Yale Law School, served as law clerk for Justice Brennan at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was an attorney for the Ropes & Gray law firm before becoming a law professor at Boston College. He is the coauthor of two large empirical studies of opioid utilization in 24 states at the Workers Compensation Research Institute and a co-investigator at the Harvard Center for Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing.
Omar Hernandez, JD
Senior Judge Department of Industrial Accidents
Omar Hernandez is currently the Senior Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He was appointed as an administrative judge to the Department of Industrial Accidents in August 2003. He is the first Hispanic-American to serve as an Administrative Judge. He was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys for many years of outstanding public service to the residents of Massachusetts through his service to the Department of Industrial Accidents as both an attorney and a judge.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and Suffolk University School of Law in 1989. He went to work for Attorney Paul Gargano for approximately one year and then moved to Rainer & Rainer in Boston, handling workers’ compensation claims. In 1994, he was hired as an attorney in the Workers’ Compensation Litigation Unit for the state’s Human Resources Division, defending workers’ compensation filed against state agencies. In 2000, Judge Hernández was named Deputy General Counsel for the Human Resources Department, handling labor relations and civil service issues.
Karen Huyck, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Department of Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthDr. Huyck, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a former American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Occupational Physician Scholar and former Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow in the Biological Sciences. She completed her residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and her MPH in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. Prior to her position at Dartmouth, she worked in diverse OEM settings in the Boston area, including as a staff physician, researcher, disability review consultant, impartial medical examiner, and expert witness. Her clinical and research interests include prevention of occupational and environmental injury and illness, gene-environment interaction, and molecular diagnostics.
Michael P. Kelley, AIC, ARM
Senior Vice President, Director of Claim Operations HUB International New England, LLCMichael P. Kelley currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Claims Operations at HUB International New England, a leading insurance brokerage firm, in a position held since May 2014. HUB’s dedicated claim staff advocates for their policyholders when claim complications occur; Michael and the team of claim professionals guide HUB’s clients through the entire onerous and sometimes challenging claim process to efficiently manage the process to troubleshoot, as needed, to make it easier for their clients. Michael is based in HUB’s Wilmington, MA, office. As the leader of the Claims Management Department, his duties include: claim advocacy, meetings with clients, adjusters, and loss inspectors; and settlement strategies. Michael assists, as needed, in the settlement negotiations at all levels with adjusters and carriers, ensuring that clients receive maximum payments on all first party claims as well as full benefits of all coverages provided under their policies. Michael holds over 33 years of insurance industry experience, beginning his career with the American Mutual Insurance Companies in 1982. He was trained in all lines of claim investigation with a focus on both commercial and personal lines claims. He held various positions including Field Investigator, Claim Supervisor, Assistant Claim Manager and Regional Claim Manager. He became the Operations Manager for an independent consulting firm in 1993. He spent the next 20 years as the Vice President of Claims at the A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. He is considered an expert in the area of workers’ compensation claim handling, and is a frequent speaker on the worker’s compensation claim process. Michael holds both an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and an Associate in Claims (AIC) designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He has been an instructor at the Insurance Library Association of Boston for the last ten years. He is a former member of the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau (WCRIB) Claim Committee, as well as the Board of Governors of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. In 2015, the Governor of Massachusetts appointed him to be the Insurance Industry Representative on the Workers Compensation Advisor Council at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He has dedicated his career to improving the workers compensation system and reducing the impact of claims on both the employer and employee community. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Merrimack College where he majored in accounting
Diane M. Neelon, RN, BSN, JD
Director of the Office of Health Policy Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA)
DIANE M. NEELON is the Director of the Office of Health Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), where she oversees the workers’ compensation utilization review process. She also serves as Executive Director of the Health Care Services Board. She is a cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Employment prior to the DIA includes working as an associate at the law firm of Coyne, Hodapp & Linnehan and thereafter, Salisbury & Neelon, specializing in personal injuries. She practiced nursing at various Boston hospitals; and worked as a school nurse for the Boston Public Schools and Boston College Health Services.
Phyllis Phillips, Esq.
Administrative Law Judge Vermont Department of Labor's Workers' Compensation and Safety Division
Phyllis Phillips, Esq. is the senior Administrative Law Judge for the Vermont Department of Labor’s Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division. She has extensive experience in all facets of workers’ compensation, having previously co-owned a Vermont-based workers’ compensation insurance company and also represented both injured workers and employers while in private practice. She also has extensive experience in all matters pertaining to the Boston Red Sox, and considers their World Series victory in 2004 on a par with the birth of her children.
Robert A. (Abe) Timmons, DO, MPH, FACOEM
Department Chair Dept. of Occupational Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Clinic/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth *Activity Co-Director
Abe Timmons, DO, MPH, is an occupational medicine specialist and former US Air Force flight surgeon. He has several years of experience in both occupational medicine and aerospace medicine. He most recently served as the medical director of occupational medicine at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, OK, the largest industrial work facility in the Air Force. Prior to that he was the chief of clinical medicine for the occupational medicine clinic at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, and oversaw the health of the workers at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Dr. Timmons graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency in 2004, serving as the Chief Resident during his final year there. He brings a wealth of experience in the areas of aerospace medicine, travel medicine, and risk communication to OEHN.
Thomas H. Winters, MD, FACOEM, FACPM
Principal & Chief Medical Officer Occupational & Environmental Health NetworkDr. Winters is the Principal and Chief Medical Officer for Occupational & Environmental Health Network (OEHN). OEHN delivers premier on-site leadership and program oversight for employee and occupational health departments across the country. Dr. Winters oversees a team of Board Certified Occupational Health physicians, program management staff, project managers and consultants. Dr. Winters has over 25 years’ experience in occupational and environmental medicine. He has served as Occupational Health Medical Director for several manufacturing companies and numerous hospitals, colleges and universities. His specialties include musculo-skeletal disease, toxic tort and radiation exposures, occupational and infectious diseases, research occupational health and corporate medical consulting. On these topics, he has provided training and published numerous articles. Dr. Winters is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Winters is also a Certified Medical Review Officer, Medical Disability Examiner and Independent Medical Examiner. Dr. Winters is a devoted sportsman, including skiing, basketball and hiking.