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 Sims

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 Maass

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 Campbell

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 Beard

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

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.

Betsy Mapes

Betsy Mapes is an Account Manager with Carolina Case Management in Raleigh, NC. She has extensive experience in sales, account management and customer service for medical and vocational case management services, bill review, PPO networks, pharmacy benefit management programs, Medicare Set Asides, Life care plans, and various cost containment strategies for insurance carriers, TPA’s and employers. Ms. Mapes is a graduate of Appalachian State University. She has served on various SCWCEA committees and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Kids’ Chance of South Carolina, Inc.

Vincent Northcutt

Vincent C. Northcutt, Esq. is a Partner in the Charleston, SC office of Leuder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC. His practice is concentrated on representing employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, mutual indemnity associations, self-insured funds, captive insurance programs, and uninsured employers on workers’ compensation claims arising under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act and/or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Mr. Northcutt is also a Certified Mediator. Mr. Northcutt received his BA degree from Clemson University, magna cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Four board members were also re-elected to a second three year term and they are Grady L. Beard, Esq., Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC, Tracy P. Campbell, Learning Services, Raleigh, NC, Andrea C. Roche, Esq., Mickle & Bass, LLC, Columbia, SC, and Tosca Walls, Planned Administrators, Inc., Columbia, SC.

“All of our board members bring a range of professional experience and diversity of perspective to the SCWCEA. I look forward to working with each of them to advance the mission of this association”, says Lana Sims, President-Elect.

About the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
The SCWCEA is a non-profit organization of over 800 workers' compensation professionals from throughout the United States. It conducts educational programs and provides educational resources for its members and the general public pertaining to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act and its administration by the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. These programs and resources keep our members up-to-date on the very latest on medical and legal issues related to workers' comp. For information, visit http://www.scwcea.org.