2018 Southern California (Long Beach) Chapter Meeting: Dec. 5

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Moving Forward in IDAM

Meeting Overview

Dec. 5, 2018 | 11:00 am-1:45 pm PT

Join us for the final Southern California (Long Beach) chapter meeting on Dec. 5! At this meeting, we will offer practical suggestions in how to move forward with integrated disability and absence management (IDAM). Walk away with an understanding of best practices in returning employees to work, while identifying effective ways for keeping current with legislative changes. We will also explore upcoming legal updates for 2019.

DMEC members receive discounts on DMEC chapter meetings. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.


  • Kymberly Clay, CPDM, Leave Management Administrator, City of Long Beach 
    Kymberly Clay has been practicing integrated disability and absence management for over 20 years.  As the leave management and benefits administrator for the City of Long Beach-Port of Long Beach, she manages the needs of 530 employees, processes all leave requests and supporting correspondences, conducts training for upper management and staff, maintains all databases, conducts the interactive process, testifies in court as a subject matter expert (SME), and supervises a small staff.  In 2017, Kymberly served as the president of DMEC’s Southern California (Long Beach) chapter, and was also a member of DMEC’s Employer Advisory Council.
  • Azucena Coronel, Manager, Worker’s Compensation & Leave Management, AltaMed Health Services 
    Azucena M. Coronel is a Certified Professional in Disability Management, receiving her certification in 1997, with the first graduating class in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with public sector and private employers designing, developing, and implementing integrated disability and absence management (IDAM) programs. Her passion stems from the belief that our mission is “early benefit delivery to eligible employees.” Azucena has found that through an effective IDAM program, there is a discernment of disciplinary vs. disability issues, resulting in employee engagement and accountability, while mitigating financial and legal risk to the employer.
  • Demetrius Patrick, Manager, Workplace Health & Wellness, University of California 
    In his current role, Demetrius leads the disability management, ergonomics, wellness, return to work, and WorkStrong programs at University of California, Riverside. Demetrius has over 14 years of disability management experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, a has his CPDM and CLMS certifications.


11:00-11:15 am Welcome and introductions
11:15 am-12:00 pm Presentation: Out of the Box Ideas for IDAM
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch and legal updates
12:45-1:30 pm Board reflections, updates, and DMEC announcements
1:30-1:45 pm Raffle and conclusion


The following CEUs will be offered for this event. Please pick up CEU forms at the end of the meeting.

  • CLMS: 2
  • CPDM: 2

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.


The Grand Event Center
4101 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Free parking is available adjacent to the venue.

Registration Fees

Your registration for this chapter event includes lunch. Please register by Nov. 30.

Registration Fee
DMEC members $40
Nonmembers $50

DMEC members receive discounts on DMEC chapter meetings. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing. Not sure if your organization is a member? Use our online form to verify membership and sign up as an individual under your company’s membership.

Special thanks to meeting parnter Kaiser Permanente.