Membership Elects 2018 Officers and elects Three to the Board of Directors

[Columbia, S.C., October 12, 2017] – The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) is pleased to announce the elected 2018 officers and board members to the Board of Directors at its annual business meeting on October 11, 2017.

President Lana H. Sims, Jr., Esq., Adams and Reese, LLP, Columbia, SC
Vice President Linda A. Maass, Key Risk Management Services, Columbia, SC
Secretary Tracy P. Campbell, Learning Services, Raleigh, NC
Treasurer Grady L. Beard, Esq., Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC

Lana H. Sims, Jr., Esq., joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner following the firm’s
expansion into Columbia. He received his BA degree from Davidson College and his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Practicing law since 1982, Lana is a certified mediator recognized by the Supreme Court of South Carolina, and has experience in state and federal litigation, workers’ compensation, long shore and harbor worker matters. He practices in workers’ compensation cases in circuit court or federal court actions, and cross-over claims like workers’ compensation claims with third party liability liens, assisting litigants with the resolution of a myriad of disputes. His depth of
experience is a valuable asset both to clients and to the litigants he assists in mediation throughout South Carolina.

Linda A. Maass, AIC, is a account executive in alternative risk services for Key Risk
Management in Columbia, SC. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, the Insurance Institute of America and the National Center for Paralegal Training and is a licensed Property & Casualty Adjuster. Ms. Maass is an officer of the SC Employers’ Advocacy Association and has served on numerous committees of the SCWCEA.

Tracy P. Campbell is the Business Development Liaison for the Southeast Region of Learning Services. Prior to joining Learning Services, LLC, Tracy was regional sales director for One Call Care Management and before that was director of professional relations for The Rehab Center. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration – Finance. Tracy currently serves as President of the Charlotte Chapter of NCARP. She is also an active volunteer
with the Joe Martin ALS Foundation in Charlotte. This will be Ms. Campbell’s second term on the SCWCEA Board of Directors.

Grady L. Beard, Esq. is a Founding Member with Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp and Laffitte, LLC, in Columbia, SC. He focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation Defense, Workers’ Compensation Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and also practices in the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He attended Louisiana State University and received his BS degree from Northwestern State University, Summa Cum Laude. He received his JD degree from Emory University School of Law.

Grady is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and is an Advisory Board Member for Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation Group. Grady has previously served as co-chair for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the SC Defense Trial Attorneys Association, and is a former Board member of Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter. This will be Mr. Beard’s second term on the SCWCEA Board of Directors.

Three new Board of Directors were also elected and they are Suzanne H. Jebaily, Esq., Jebaily Law Firm, Florence, SC; Betsy Mapes, Carolina Case Management, Raleigh, NC, and Vincent C.Northcutt, Esq., Leuder Larkin & Hunter, LLC, Charleston, SC.

“We are pleased to welcome these three new members to the SCWCEA Board”, says Lana Sims, President- Elect, “The additions of these professionals shows the broad scope of workers’ compensation community with all segments of the industry well represented. We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead to advance the programs of the SCWCEA.”

Suzanne H. Jebaily, Esq. is an Associate with the Jebaily Law Firm in Florence, SC. She focuses her practice on Workers’ Compensation and Appellate Advocacy and is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator. Ms. Jebaily received her BS and MS degrees from Francis Marion University and her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Ms. Jebaily clerked for The Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr., South Carolina Court of Appeals. She has served as a co-chair of the SCWCEA’s editorial committee for several years.