The Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) continues to make changes in the new year. After announcing its expansion into all lines of self-insurance, LASIE has also released details on its new Board of Directors.
Gary Patureau, Executive Director of the organization, which strives to be the voice of the self-insurance industry, expressed his satisfaction with both the new and old faces of leadership. “We have a ten member board and then we have an Advisory Council, which is sort of our training ground…They know all the responsibilities and the financials,” he explained. “This is a very exciting board because they are looking at the long-term future of LASIE.” Patureau noted that this board has been “very supportive” of the organization’s expansion and added, “There’s a lot of energy here and commitment to positive change in the workers’ compensation system and all self-insurance.”
Read on for brief biographies of each member:
Eddie Crawford earned his BBA in General Business at East Texas State University. He was with the Employers Insurance of Texas from 1975-1991 and progressed from Claims Representative to Claims Representative Senior to District Claims Coordinator positions. He has held a Texas Multi Lines Adjuster license since 1976. He is currently Risk Manager – Benefits Administration for Brookshire Grocery Co. in Tyler, TX. He currently serves on The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Crawford has been married to his wife Turinda for thirty-five years and has three sons and two daughters from sixteen to thirty years of age. He has two grandsons, with number three on the way.
Roland Dartez is the Executive Director of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana. When the Association’s Executive Board appointed Roland as the new Director in June 2000, he was the youngest State Executive Director in the nation. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture Business and Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Law Center.
Before joining the Police Jury Association in April of 1997, he was legal advisor to Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob Odom. While at the Department, he prosecuted environmental law cases as well as advised a number of department boards and commissions. Dartez’s legal career started in 1993 when Attorney General Richard Ieyoub appointed him as an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice overseeing constitutional law cases, legal opinions, as well as serving as the legal advisor to the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association.
As Executive Director, Dartez oversees the day to day operations of the Association. He heads up all lobbying efforts at the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C. He also is the administrator of the Parish Government Risk Management Agency (PGRMA) which is the association’s group health and workers’ compensation programs. He is the association’s liaison to NACo, Nationwide Retirement Solutions, LAMP, LASIE, Parish Engineers and Parish Administrators Organizations.
Dartez was named one of Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 Under 40 and also by CABL’s Leadership Louisiana Class of 2006. He currently holds the office of President for the National Organization of State Association Executives of Parish/County Governments, Vice-President of LASIE and is a board member of Louisiana Society of Association Executives and the Louisiana Youth Seminar.
Terry Garrett, PHR, CWCP, FLMI, is the Human Resource Manager for Acadiana Bottling Company, a distributor of soft drinks in eight Louisiana parishes. She has served on LASIE’s Advisory Council for six years. She has twenty-eight years of management experience in human resources, including twenty-three years of experience with medical, dental and workers’ compensation self-insurance. Garrett also serves on the board of the Lafayette Workforce Investment Board and is a Certified Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau’s Auto Line Program. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management and is a Past President of the Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management.
Elizabeth Lowry is the District Manager for CorVel Corporation. Her territory includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, providing claims administration and cost containment services to local and national clients in the public and private sectors. Before entering the work comp industry, Lowry had an extensive executive-level career in higher education as Chief of Staff at the University of New Orleans and as a member of the Marketing faculty at Tulane University. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans in 1999. Lowry is actively involved in workers’ compensation reform efforts in the State of Louisiana. Lowry was also a Louisiana Comp Blog “Women in Comp” featured executive, read her interview here.
David Noland is the Senior Risk Manager at the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC), headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. He is responsible for enterprise risk management, occupational safety, health, environmental compliance, public safety, fleet safety, general and auto liability, and emergency preparedness. David joined BREC in April 2014 after serving at Amedisys, Inc., for seven years as the Corporate Safety Manager for over 17,000 health care employees. His career included a wide cross section of applications and implementations with prior work in industrial manufacturing and insurance. He has in excess of thirty-five years in management capacities, focusing on quality, safety, and risk management the last twenty years.
Noland remains an active speaker. Some of his main topics include: behavior-based safety, human factors, effective communication, safety management systems, ergonomics, leader-based safety, and loss control technologies. Noland is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, and holds the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional designation. Noland is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), serving as President of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter in 2012, and currently a National Delegate. He also served on ASSE’s Healthcare Practice Specialty national advisory group and was one of three members to launch the sponsorship of the Health & Wellness Branch in 2011. In addition, he is a member of the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty and the Management Practice Specialty groups.
Noland currently serves on the LASIE executive board as Secretary/Treasurer. He co-authored the current Safety Management and Loss Control sections for LASIE’s certified certification curriculum and is a CWCP Module IV Course Instructor. Noland also completed a degree at Columbia Southern University in Occupational Health and Safety and holds ASSE’s Certificate in Safety Management.
Keith has worked in the construction industry for thirty-five years managing safety programs. He has worked in the general health, safety, and environment fields for over twenty-five years. Thibodeaux is a member of the American Society of Engineers, Associated Builders and Contractors Safety Committee, and the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Manger Association Safety Committee. While serving on several committees throughout the Gulf South, he aids in developing and implementing safety training for employees.
Thibodeaux holds numerous health and safety professional certifications including Advanced Safety and Training Management for Petrochemical/Offshore (PEC/Premier) and the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional designation. He has years of experience as an instructor for the American Red Cross and OSHA 500 and has been the Corporate Director of Safety and Risk Management at Performance Contractors, Inc. since 2004. In 2010, he was promoted to Risk Manager and his various responsibilities include managing the 5,000 employees in their self-insured workers’ compensation program throughout the U.S.; creating all OSHA, EPA, MSHA and DOL reports; developing and revising health, safety, and environmental manuals; and developing and instrumenting health, safety, and environment policies in accordance with state and federal agencies, clients, and company standards.
Mark Tullis is the Administrator of LCI Workers’ Comp, a position he has held for 21 years. He is a 1992 graduate of LSU Law School. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Michelle Rosato Tullis, an artist, and their two young sons.
As an occupational health consultant with Cleco Corporation headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana, Denise Wrenn (pictured at top right) is responsible for all facets of the workers’ compensation program. She oversees everything from injury investigation to return to work and acts as the liaison between the third party administrator (TPA), medical providers, attorney, production and the injured employee. She ensures compliance with federal and state agencies in relation to the safety and wellbeing of the employees. In addition, she develops effective programs and procedures to achieve compliance with the corporate drug and alcohol testing program; medical surveillance and safety promotional programs.
Wrenn graduated with her Master’s in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan State University and with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing at San Antonio. She holds Registered Nurse licensure in Louisiana and Texas.
Wrenn maintains professional certifications as a Workers’ Compensation Professional, (CWCP) Case Manager, (CCM) Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist, (COHN-S) Medicare Set Aside Professional, (CMSP), Advance Legal Nurse Consultant, (ALNC) Certified Life Care Planner, (CLCP) and as an American Red Cross Instructor. She has experience in developing employee health promotion programs, occupational health and safety medical surveillance programs, drug and alcohol training programs for supervisors, OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens program, office ergonomic awareness, and medical case management. Wrenn is serving her second year as President of LASIE.