DMEC News: March 2017

Tasha Patterson@Work

DMEC News_March 2017Welcome New National Sponsors

DMEC’s National sponsors are a committed group of supplier organizations that help us deliver on our mission and vision of providing focused education for absence and disability professionals. We would like to acknowledge and thank them for their continued support of the organization. We would also like to recognize Liberty Mutual for their increased commitment to DMEC as they become a Diamond sponsor for 2017, and would also like to welcome ClaimVantage as a new Gold sponsor in 2017. The full list of National sponsors includes:

  • Liberty Mutual
  • MetLife
  • AbsenceSoft
  • Aetna
  • Broadspire
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Prudential
  • Reed Group
  • Sedgwick
  • Spring Consulting Group
  • Sun Life Financial
  • The Hartford
  • The Standard
  • Unum
  • ClaimVantage
  • Pacific Resources

Welcome New EAC Members

The Employer Advisory Council (EAC) supports DMEC’s mission by providing strategic advice, feedback, and recommendations on our programs and resources. These leaders assist DMEC in the collective effort to advance the absence and disability management profession. To enhance our ability to serve our members and deliver leading-edge education, DMEC has revised the role and responsibilities of the EAC to encompass more overarching support and guidance for the organization. In addition to providing feedback on current challenges, trends, and topics of interest, the EAC will also identify resources and tools that would benefit employers, provide feedback on new products and services, and contribute content for DMEC’s various publications and articles.

This year several new members have joined the EAC (listed in bold). We encourage members to seek out EAC members during our upcoming conferences to share insight and feedback that will assist them in supporting DMEC and the absence management industry.

  • Dianne Arpin, Sr. Manager, Leave and Accommodation Programs, T-Mobile USA
  • Sebrena Bohnsack, Manager, Occupational Health Services, Health Care Services Corp.
  • Robin Davis, Benefits Consultant, JCPenney
  • Cindy Delgado, Assistant Director, Workers’ Compensation, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Marlene Dines, National Integrated Disability Management Leader, Kaiser Permanente
  • Sandy Garner, Director of Human Resources, Operations, SanMar Corporation
  • Jenny Haykin, Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy
  • Loyd Hudson, Manager, Integrated Disability, American Electric Power
  • Deborah Jacobs, Leave/Disability Manager, Amazon
  • Mike Moses, ADA Case Manager, IDM, Kaiser Permanente
  • Adrienne Paler, Director, Total Health & Productivity, Sutter Health
  • Jane Ryan, RTW Section Head, Mayo Clinic
  • Tammy Schoenert, Manager, HEB Corporate Benefits, HEB
  • Lisa Triplett, Health & Welfare Manager, Jostens

Congratulations to Chapter Presidents

DMEC’s network of chapters gives members an opportunity to become part of their local professional community and a chance to discuss issues affecting their state and region. The success of our chapters is due to the dedicated volunteers who serve on chapter boards throughout the country and the leadership of our chapter board presidents. In 2017, several volunteers have stepped up and taken on an increased level of responsibility as new chapter presidents (listed in bold). Many thanks to both our new and returning chapter presidents who make DMEC’s professional education and networking possible in their region!

  • Chicago: LaVina Branch, McMaster-Carr Supply Company
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (TX): James Duff, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Georgia (Greater Atlanta): Anna Hewell, The Hartford, and Michele Jones, Republic National Distributing Company
  • Michigan: Lorraine Climer, Perigo
  • Minnesota: Sharyn Mantel, Fairview Health Services
  • New England: J. Michael Vittoria, Lifespan Health & Benefits
  • Northern California (San Francisco): Cecilia Quiamboa, City of Petaluma, and Rhonda Stribling, Sedgwick
  • Ohio: Deborah Templin, University Hospitals
  • Oregon/Southwest Washington: Tanya Kindred, Kaiser Permanente
  • Sacramento (CA): Crystal Potch-Seto, University of California Santa Barbara
  • San Jose (CA): Cindy Delgado, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Southern California (Long Beach): Kymberly Clay, Port of Long Beach
  • Washington (Greater Seattle): Melysa Miles, T-Mobile USA.

View a full list of chapter board members. To volunteer in your area, contact us at