Board of Directors

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David Benenhaley

President

David Benenhaley is senior safety specialist at Santee Cooper Power. He is president of the South Carolina chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.

Walt Barefoot

Vice President

Walt Barefoot is an attorney with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie. His practice focuses on workers’ compensation defense. Having focused on workers' compensation defense since 1991, Walt has experience defending carriers and employers in South Carolina, and works with all types of claims. He regularly tries cases before the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission, and has also tried cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Walt works closely with his clients to provide the best and most efficient service possible. Walt graduated from Wofford and received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. 

Kay Kiser

Treasurer

Kay Kiser is an Account Executive with The Directions Group, an EK Health Services Company. The Directions Group is a leading national managed care company specializing in nurse case management, UR and bill review, MSA'S, vocational rehabilitation, vocational litigation and consulting and life care planning. We are transforming managed care and making people's lives better by subscribing to a strong return to work program supported by customized programs and services, elected medical providers, and propriety technology. She is a graduate of USC- Coastal Carolina and holds a BS in Business Administration and Finance.

Megan Morgan

Secretary 

​Megan Morgan is a National Account Manager for Lemieux & Associates, a national private investigative agency.  We offer a multitude of services under the surveillance umbrella such as clinic inspections, medical checks, hospital/doctor sweeps, activity checks, manned/unmanned surveillance, etc.  Megan is a graduate of Clemson University.  She has been in the workers compensation/risk management industry since 2014.

Mike Chase

Legal Advisor

Mike Chase is a shareholder and 28 year member of the nationally recognized Workplace Law Group at Turner Padget, providing practical counsel to businesses across the state. Chase helps lead Turner Padget's workers' compensation defense practice. His primary role is defending workers' compensation claims, representing employers, carriers and self-insured clients throughout SC. Mike works closely with the Firm's employment law specialists where Workers Compensation and Employment Law issues overlap. Devoting his practice to workers' compensation defense and mediation, Mike is approved panel counsel for most workers' compensation carriers and TPA's conducting business in South Carolina. His current client focus is with large accounts, while simultaneously managing a volume of work for carriers, TPA's and self-insured employers. His clients include hospital systems, national big box stores, power companies, restaurant chains, package delivery services, produce processors, manufacturers, regional HVAC contractor/service providers, telecommunications providers, grocery store chains, trucking and transportation companies, distribution facilities, retail outlets, and construction firms.

Lara Browne

Lara Browne has served as Legal Counsel for Roper St. Francis Healthcare since 2020. As Legal Counsel for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Ms. Browne manages and oversees the entire workers’ compensation program, provides training and education on workplace safety and accident prevention, and handles legal defense on behalf of the organization. Ms. Browne received her undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University, and her Juris Doctorate degree at the Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since relocating to SC in 2013, Ms. Browne has primarily practiced in the area of workers’ compensation defense.  She spent several years working for a large defense firm, where she represented employers and carriers throughout the Lowcountry.

 

Alexandru Chirita

Alexandru Chirita, MBA, is the Workers’ Compensation Manager with Volvo Cars USA.  He began career with Liberty Mutual’s esteemed college hire rotational program, where rotations included claims, special investigation unit, litigation, bodily injury, and underwriting. Dru began his Workers’ Compensation career directly following rotation as a lost time/complex claims adjuster. He transitioned to employer management and pivotal in developing Chewy’s Workers’ Compensation program from its roots. Dru was awarded a Master’s in Business Administration (Emphasis: Management) Summa Cum Laude in 2019 from Misericordia University.  He holds a

Bachelor of Science in Risk Management from Penn State University. 

Ron Chorzewski

With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, Ron Chorzewski has joined Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery as their new CEO.  Starting his career as a Physical Therapist, Ron’s career evolved to include both rehabilitation and orthopedic administration. Trained as a PT at Quinnipiac College,  Mr. Chorzewski earned an MBA at Suffolk University in Boston.

Nichole R. Dunmeyer

Nichole R. Dunmeyer, SHRM-SCP, is the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Charleston Water System in Charleston. She is a licensed insurance adjuster in the state of South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina and the University of Charleston with a Masters of Public Administration degree. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston. 

Anna Fleming

Anna Fleming is the Director of Employee Health and Wellness for Prisma Health.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Clemson University and has worked with Prisma Health since 2004.

B. Gibbs Leaphart, Jr.

Gibbs focuses his practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Since 2005, Gibbs has represented employers, carriers, and self-insured employers. He has practiced before the state trial courts, appellate courts, and South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. In addition to being a board member of the South Carolina Employers Advocacy Association, he is a member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association and the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. Gibbs receive his BA from Wofford College and was awarded his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

David Stuckey

David Stuckey, Jr, CPM, CPHRM. Senior Vice President, Claims & Risk Management for Antum Risk, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Claims and Risk Management, PHT Workers’ Compensation Program, and the PHLIP Liability Program. He has more than 20 years of experience in claims handling and litigation management. Prior to joining Antum Risk in 2013, Mr. Stuckey was the manager of the medical professional liability insurance unit of the SC Insurance Reserve Fund and a medical professional liability representative with the SC JUA, a commercial carrier.  He also previously served in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Captain. Mr. Stuckey received a BS from The Citadel.  He is a licensed adjuster in Property, Casualty, Surety and Marine in SC.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker has been with BMW MC for nineteen years. For the first thirteen years, he was responsible for Occupational Safety and currently leads their Disability Management activities which includes Occupational Health, Short Term Disability, and Workers' Compensation. Prior, he was a compliance officer with the NC Department of Labor's OSH Division. He received his B.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. He maintains both Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional certifications.

Tosca Walls

Tosca Walls is the Director of TPA Operations at Companion Third Party Administrators, LLC. Tosca holds a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from Austin Peay State University. She has earned the Association in Claims (AIC), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) and Certified Workers' Compensation Professional (CWCP) designations. Tosca currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association.