TAKING THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION!
I just cannot thank you enough for helping us to take control of our work comp. In addition to making my life easier by helping to manage our claims, your team helped us create a very strong safety culture. Our injuries are down significantly, but more importantly, you helped reduce our work comp premium by over $80,000 a year.
— Lori Bodnar – C Harper Automotive Group
The goal is to build an error free, and overcharge free, Workers’ Compensation Program that you control, and for you NOT to be controlled by the insurance company.
Premium Reduction Center focuses on slashing Workers’ Compensation costs through our trademarked 20 step process.
Meet Your Team
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David R. Leng, CPCU, CIC, CBWA, CWCA, CRMDirector of Risk Management - Certified Risk Manager - Certified WorkComp AdvisorDavid R. Leng is Executive Vice President and Executive Partner of the Duncan Financial Group, a Faculty Member of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, and author author of the International Best Sellers- The Laws of Insurance Attraction and Turning Premiums Into Profits, as well as Stop Being Frustrated & Overcharged Year After Year By Your Workers’ Compensation Program. David is a 30 year veteran of the Risk Management and Insurance industry. He is regarded as one of the brightest minds in the industry due to his unique Risk Profile Improvement Process, which identifies, controls and reduces the risk factors inherent in any business that drive costs to an organization’s bottom line and hinders employee productivity. Since 2004, David has saved his clients well over $42,000,000 in premiums and overcharges.
David was awarded the Advisor of the Year for 2008 by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals and is a frequent contributor to Dynamic Business, Environmental Health & Safety magazines, and has been published in several other periodicals and association newsletters.
David, who has 30 years experience specializing in Risk management and Workers’ Compensation, is an alumnus of Penn State where he received a Bachelor of Science in Insurance and Risk Management. His professional designations include Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Benefits & Wellness Advisor (CBWA), and he’s been designated a Certified WorkComp Advisor (CWCA) by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals.
David is also Co-Founder of Keystone CompControl, the nation’s largest single network of Workers’ Compensation specialists, and is one of only 14 nationwide Level-5 Advisors of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals. He has spoken nationally for the Hardwood Manufacturers Association as well as The Wood Products Manufacturing Association.
David is a frequent speaker for the Westmoreland HR Association, the National Workers’ Compensation Symposium, PA Society of Public Accountants, SMC Business Councils, as well as other organizations; and was added to the faculty of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals in 2012.
David spends his leisure time boating in the summer and skiing in the winter with his wife, Lynn, and their two children, Alizabeth and Luke. David and Lynn are active members of Emmaus and Autism Speaks, organizations that help support individuals with special needs, including their son Luke, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months. David’s hobbies include woodworking and ice hockey, as well as donating considerable time to his local high school by helping to design and build sets for their musical productions.
David can be contacted at (724) 863-3420 ext. 3329, at (800) FOR-LENG (367- 5364) ext. 3329, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John M. Duncan, Jr, CIC, CWCACertified WorkComp Advisor - Risk AdvisorAs President for the past 15 years, John oversees the operation of the company with the sole mission of assuring that his clients receive the gold-level of service they have come to expect from the Duncan Insurance Group.
A graduate of Indiana University of PA, where he earned his degree in Business Management, John also takes his civic responsibility seriously as he now serves as President of Norwin Public Library Board and a Board member of Norwin Chamber of Commerce.
Ask John Duncan to describe himself and he’ll not hesitate to tell you he is both logical and competitive, with a firm belief that contrary to a popular notion within the insurance industry, “cheapest is not always the least expensive.”
It’s also no coincidence that John’s personal philosophy parallels that of the company– Do it right!
John can be contacted at (724) 863-3420 ext. 3311, at (888) 383-3420 ext. 3311, or emailed at email@example.com.
Michael G. Lukart, CSP, CWCARisk Manager - Certified Safety ProfessionalMichael Lukart is President of East Coast Risk Management, LLC. Along with his team, he provides risk management consulting services to more than 150 companies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as NJ, MD, OH, NC and WV. He has more than 25 years experience in the safety/risk management arena with organizations ranging from small/medium firms to large, complex multinational corporations. He holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor (CWCA) designations.
Prior to forming East Coast Risk Management, Michael held the position of Director, Safety, Health and Environmental Management for a large multinational corporation where he oversaw a staff of professionals responsible for more than 35 facilities in eight countries. He was directly responsible for the safety, health and workers’ compensation programs as well as all environmental and safety compliance efforts. He also oversaw the environmental due diligence efforts of the corporation during more than twelve manufacturing facility acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate mergers.
Michael received his BS degree in Industrial Safety Sciences from Indiana University of PA and is actively involved in a number of professional societies and business groups. He resides in North Huntingdon, PA with his wife Cindy and their two children Tyler & Erika.
Stacey M. Cheese, CWCADirector Claims ManagementStacey Cheese is a Workers’ Compensation Claims Specialist for East Coast Risk Management’s (ECRM’s) Eastern Pennsylvania office. Stacey has achieved her Property Casualty Pennsylvania Agents license and completed designations as a Certified Insurance Service Representative, Certified Workers’ Compensation Advisor and a Certified WorkComp Professional.
Stacey has also had training in Insurance Fraud investigation and OSHA Recordkeeping. Stacey has 23 years experience in the insurance industry with 21 years as a lost time workers’ compensation claims adjuster and is an advisor for multiple employers in the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims arena.
2Mark Beck, MEHS, MHR, CSP, CWCARisk Manager - Certified Safety ProfessionalMark has over 32 years of safety, workers’ compensation and human resource experience in a variety of industries. Mark graduated in 1980 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a BS in Safety Engineering, then went on to get his Masters in Safety from the same University. Mark also received a second Masters degree in Public Management with a concentration in Human Resources and Health Care Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mark began his employment in 1980 as Director of Corporate Safety for the PDM Corporation. For fifteen years, Mark was the Senior Director of Risk Management for Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, one of the largest non-profit hospital systems in the United States. While with AHERF, Mark managed a self insured and self-administered workers’ compensation program. Mark then worked as a Vice President for the Frank Gates Corporation; a workers’ compensation claims administrator, and finally District Manager for CorVel Corporation before coming to East Coast Risk Management. Mark also holds designations as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Certified Workers Compensation Analyst (CWCA). Mark has a diverse background with a concentration in Safety, Workers Compensation Claim Management, Information Systems, and Human Resources.
6Renee L. Mielnicki, Esq.Human Resource AttorneyRenee Mielnicki graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law. She began her career at the law firm of Seewald, Mielnicki & Petro in 2001 where she practiced primarily in the areas of administrative, civil and criminal litigation. She then went on to serve the Allegheny County Housing Authority as its Associate General Counsel from 2007 to 2013.
Her role with the Housing Authority was diverse, but included contractual work, policy drafting, union issues and grievances and a wide range of human resource related issues. Renee joined East Coast Risk Management in October 2013 as its General Counsel/Employment Law Consultant where she then began to focus exclusively on human resource and employment related issues.
Renee works closely with our clients to provide expert consultation and Human Resources services including legal review or development of policies, procedures and employment-related contracts, training employees or supervisors on any HR-related subjects, guidance or representation at unemployment or EEOC proceedings, consulting and participating in sensitive terminations, and much more.
Renee also offers human resources counsel and tips on her regular blog, HR Counselor’s Corner at http://www.eastcoastriskmanagement.com/hr-consulting-blog/.
3John Schuster, CWCARisk Manager - Safety ProfessionalJohn Schuster serves as a Senior Safety Consultant out of East Coast Risk Management’s North Huntingdon, PA office. John earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2010.
Prior to joining East Coast Risk Management, John was employed as a Safety Coordinator with the Joseph B. Fay Construction Company. His duties included: performing safety audits, developing safety and health plans, completing employee training, and identifying root causes/ preventative measures. John also spent some time as the Safety Manager for Flowline Industries in New Castle, PA. He also acted as one of the primary safety and security personnel while holding the role of Clinical Manager at George Junior Republic’s 500 plus acre campus located in Grove City, PA.
John’s previous employment opportunities have provided him with experience in: construction, transportation, manufacturing, workers’ compensation and claims management.
4Gordon Peterson, PEEnvironmental SpecialistsGordon Peterson serves as the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for East Coast Risk Management. Gordon holds a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois. Gordon also received one of the initial Cray supercomputer grants from the National Science Foundation and was involved in a post degree computer modeling program of kinetic groundwater transport at the University of Illinois, Stanford University and the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Gordon has more than 25 years experience in the EH&S and Engineering Services arena working both within the consulting and construction industry as well as directly for a Fortune 500 multinational manufacturing firm. His unique relationships with numerous key firms in the Environmental and Engineering services sector have proven a valuable asset to ECRM clients, in both large and small projects. Gordon is a licensed Professional Engineer who participates in several industrial advocacy groups and professional societies.
Prior to joining East Coast Risk Management, Gordon held the positions of Director, EH&S, and Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing EH&S, for a large multinational corporation responsible for over 30 manufacturing plants and 700 retail operations worldwide. This position required a broad range of EH&S activities, acquisition/divestitures of businesses, and capital projects in the chemical, coatings and glass manufacturing and distribution sectors. Prior to that, Gordon moved from the project engineering level of a small environmental consulting firm to the position of Senior VP of Operations with one of the largest environmental engineering and remediation companies in North America. This experience enabled Gordon to develop a thorough understanding of the compliance requirements and risks involved in all areas of the industrial sector regardless of a company’s size or limitations. It has given him specific exposure to the compliance needs of the petrochemical, health services, transportation, energy and both light and heavy manufacturing sectors.
5John Schuster, CWCASafety ProfessionalAs Manager of Safety Services for East Coast Risk Management, I support the offices located in Bedford, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, Raleigh, North Carolina, Lexington, North Carolina, and Tyrone, Georgia.
Prior to joining ECRM, I worked for 24 years at Airborne Express/DHL Express throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. As a senior level manager, I had responsibility for operations, human resources, labor relations, contract negotiations, risk management, and the safety programs covering both the driver network and aircraft operations. My experience included responsibility for DOT, FAA, TSA and OSHA compliance. Additionally, I was tasked with the development and implementation of compliance programs for DHL’s extensive Independent Contractor network throughout the Eastern half of the United States.
I hold the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist Designation issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. I am an authorized National Safety Council Defensive Driving trainer. I have completed Motor Carrier Safety Compliance training from the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Institute, Mediation and Investigation training at Cornell University – NY School of Industrial and Labor Relations, OSHA compliance training, and held certifications in the acceptance, inspection, and transportation of Hazardous Materials, and as an aircraft weight and balance load-master for over 20 years. I served as DLH’s Ramp Safety Coordinator at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and was SIDA qualified.
Currently, with East Coast Risk Management, I provide specialized risk management services to a diverse client base. Services include traditional safety programs in both construction and general industry, DOT driver and vehicle compliance, hazardous materials, drug and alcohol testing programs,conducting accident Investigations and OSHA compliance audits. I provide a wide array of training for both management and employees and works closely with my clients on personnel and HR issues that closely relate to traditional safety programs.
7Tyler Lukart, CWCASafety ProfessionalAs a safety consultant at ECRM, I work with clients in several different industries that include, but are not limited to general construction, electrical contracting, machine shops, metal fabrication, and grocery stores.
The main focus of my job duties is to help assist my clients improve their health and safety program by providing hands-on safety training, OSHA compliance training, and overall risk management support. I am also a certified operator and training instructor for aerial lifts, rough terrain forklifts, and scissor lifts which include all makes and models. Prior to joining ECRM, I worked as the Safety and Environmental Director at a foam manufacturer. I attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Safety Management.
8Angel Ranallo, CWCASenior Work Comp ClaimsAngel is ECRM’s ‘front-line’ claim specialist. Angel is usually our clients’ first point of contact when a work-related injury occurs. Here is where the crucial early-intervention and control of a workers’ compensation claim begins. Angel is responsible for incident investigation, directing patient care, managing the medical treatment, and coordinating early return-to-work. Angel follows the progress of an injured employee’s recovery, until a full duty work release and discharge from care are obtained.
Angel has both an Associate Degree in Business and in Medical Assistance. She came to ECRM with fourteen years experience as a workers’ compensation case manager. Angel has worked for both Healthsouth and Highmark, in their Medical Consulting division. As a result, Angel now has excellent relationships with workers’ comp physicians in western Pennsylvania.
ECRM clients have come to trust and depend on Angel for pro-active assistance and advice from the very outset of a workers’ compensation claim.
9Ralph SittersonSenior Claims ManagerRalph Sitterson leads the Claims Management Division of Keystone. He regularly spends his workdays reviewing large losses to ensure proper investigation through his use of experts and possible defenses. He works in conjunction with insurance companies and third party administrators (TPA) to insure proper claims handling.
Mr. Sitterson works with clients to develop improved initial claim reporting, gathering of information and securing names and contact information of witnesses. For example, he has designed extensive “slip-and-fall” procedures for large grocery store chains which have been proven to drastically reduce general liability claims paid. Mr. Sitterson also assists in identifying other courses of recovery such as enhanced subrogation and indemnification agreements.
Mr. Sitterson’s passion is to improve the management and ultimate outcome of losses through early involvement. The Claim Management Division works hand in hand with your local agent and the insurance companies to ensure the clients receive full benefits from coverages afforded under their policies.
He has over 30 years of claims management expertise and served as Claims Vice President for 15 years with a regional carrier owned by WR Berkley Corporation.
10Derek RossHuman Resources ConsultantI earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from La Roche College and have more than nine years of human resource and talent acquisition experience. With ECRM I concentrate much of my time supporting multiple clients as their full-time Human Resources Department.
I also recruit for a broad range of specialties including accounting, finance, insurance, technical, engineering, medical, administrative and light industrial. Prior to joining ECRM, I was the Human Resources Director at ISM Services, Inc. where I worked with the Department of Defense and intelligence community.
11Darin E. Ernst, CWCA, CSPRisk Manager - Safety ProfessionalDarin Ernst is a Senior Safety Consultant working out of East Coast Risk Management’s Canfield, OH location. Darin is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Safety and Environmental Management.
Throughout his career, Darin has gained experience in many different environments and industries, among those:
Prior to joining East Coast Risk Management Darin worked for Roth Bros. Inc. as their Loss Prevention Director for 8 years. At Roth Bros. Darin was heavily involved in the development and implementation of all safety and loss prevention programs. He also oversaw the entire safety department.
Darin has many years of experience in the safety field. These experiences, along with his education, have crafted Darin into a very knowledgeable and competent safety professional.
12Aaron Black, CWCARisk Manager - Safety ProfessionalAs the Manager of Business Development with East Coast Risk Management, I work with our clients and prospective clients to help package our services in a way that best fits their organization. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Throughout my working career, I've been fortunate to gain extensive experience in the insurance, risk management, occupational safety, environmental and health professions. I have 20 years experience in the safety and risk management arena with organizations ranging from small/medium firms to large, complex multinational corporations.
My primary focus is to build awareness about ECRM's capabilities among prospective clients, and develop and maintain long term relationships with current and past clients. I am passionate about ECRM's model and enjoy bringing clients solutions to help improve and manage the risks they face within their organizations.
Prior to starting with ECRM, I was a Senior Risk Engineering Consultant for Zurich Insurance. I provided risk management services to numerous construction accounts and worked in conjunction with underwriters and claims management to perform risk evaluations for new and existing clients. I also served as the Safety Manager for a large mechanical contractor and a Loss Control Consultant for an insurance agent.
13Pattie Mangone, CPCUSenior Claims ConsultantPrior to becoming a Senior Claims Consultant at ECRM, I started my insurance career as a CSR at a State Farm agency. I then became a Claims Adjuster for Motorists Mutual Insurance in Monroeville, and then a Senior Multi-line Claims Adjuster and Appraiser for Cincinnati Insurance, working out of my home.
I also earned my CPCU during this time. After staying home with my son for two years, I started working at the YMCA when I realized how much I missed the insurance industry. I was lucky enough to find ECRM.
14Tomas Franklin Castillo, CWCASenior Safety ConsultantAs a Senior Safety Consultant, I am engaged in providing my clients a level of professional services that could only be described as "trusted, proactive adviser". My clients seek me to conduct their business, safeguard their employees, fulfill their regulatory requirements and reduce any unexpected overhead expenses associated with employee accidents.
The various facets of my role include planning and conducting safety committee meetings, performing on-site safety inspections, composing policies and providing safety training. I like to think I save lives within the workplace setting. The satisfaction my clients have affirms that position.
I was born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Miami and schooled in Alabama and with the US Marine Corps. I consider myself a bilingual/bicultural individual.
15Holly Dean, CWCAClaims CoordinatorMy current position at ECRM is Claim Coordinator. Prior to coming to ECRM I worked for a large DME Company as a Customer Service Supervisor.
I have spent many years in the Customer Service field working in business management. I attended WCCC in Youngwood PA, for Business Management and also completed their Pharmacy Technician Program.
16Jonathan Cunkelman, GSP, CWCAEnvironmental Safety & Health CoordinatorI started my Safety career by providing physical security equipment. I began by installing and maintaining large vehicle barriers for a manufacture in 1998. Over the next fifteen years, I worked for several companies installing, repairing, selling, and even designing physical security equipment. I was based in the Washington DC area, but traveled to many states and countries addressing security needs of small private companies to large federal agencies.
In 2013 my position was downsized and rather than continue in the security field I chose to go back to school and earn my Safety, Health and Environmental BS degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the Summer of 2015 I finished my degree requirements with an internship at Epic Metals in Pittsburgh. At Epic Metals I conducted several industrial hygiene reports, OSHA style audits, and provided training for employees.
After graduation Epic Metals kept me on for a few projects and in the fall of 2015 I began working for ECRM as the ESH Coordinator at (CRF) Chestnut Ridge Foam. This position places me in the role of Environmental and Safety Director at their plant in Latrobe, PA. Although I work for ECRM I report to the VP of operations of this facility and provide boots on the ground service for the plant Environmental and Safety needs. As a newer safety professional this position allows me independence of handling the role for a mid sized company, but grants me the advantage of access to many other safety professionals to insure years of experience and specialties to back me.
In the next few years I plan to expand my Environmental regulations knowledge and take my CSP exam.
17Laura PokrzywaHuman Resources ConsultantAs a Human Resources Consultant at ECRM, I enjoy working with our many and varied clients offering help for all their HR concerns, from answering a quick question about labor posters to more complicated compliance issues.
My specialty is creating and revising employee handbooks. In addition, I work with the rest of our team to create and present various trainings, webinars, and regular articles for our HR blog. Before joining the team at ECRM, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Iowa State University and worked in assorted industries including publishing, energy and manufacturing.
18Lori SciulliSenior Claims ConsultantI came to ECRM in 2010 from UPMC WorkPartners where I handled the work injuries for the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, working closely with the FOP and City Administration to reduce their work injuries, ensure a safe return to work for Officers and reduce legacy claims.
Prior to UPMC, I worked in the Occupational Health Department at Mercy Hospital coordinating care for hospital employees as well as outside clients who suffered on-the-job injuries. Prior to that, I was the in-house Workers’ Compensation Case Manager at Allegheny General Hospital, providing front line management for the work injuries of the employees from the onset of injury until return to regular or modified duty work. My career began as a Vocational Consultant for CorVel Corporation providing vocational efforts to various clients in an attempt to bring older, more difficult cases to fruition. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Edinboro University. My past work experience provided me the opportunity to work with different types of employees and employers in various job categories.
19Michelle HavrileskoClaims ConsultantI serve as a Claims Coordinator working out of ECRM's corporate office in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining ECRM, I worked for Lifeline Therapy as a Patient Care Coordinator and have also worked at the Central Billing Office for Golden Living, where I served as an Intake Coordinator. I have acquired a wealth of experience in the medical industry throughout my career specializing in home care, skilled nursing, billing, as well as outpatient therapy. I hold an Associate degree in Executive Secretarial.
20Sean SimpsonSafety ConsultantI am a Safety Consultant with ECRM. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU).
Prior to joining the ECRM team, I worked as a Safety Specialist for Allan Myers where I conducted employee training, performed site-specific safety audits, and supervised a wide variety of trade work to ensure and promote a safety culture throughout the company. At ECRM, I work closely with a variety of clients in various industries to provide professional advice in regards to environmental, health, and safety concerns. I also specialize in MSHA compliance, rigging and signaling, and construction safety.
21Stephen R. BordenkircherSenior VP TPA ServicesI am the former President of General Recovery and former Vice President of National Accounts with Cantlon Associates, Inc. I am a strategically oriented, results-driven manager.
I “touch” every account, making sure we are doing the best job possible. I have a combined total of 37 years of experience in multi-state workers’ compensation, human resources and risk management. I also have significant experience representing self-insured clients and am an expert with Longshore, Jones Act and Federal Black Lung claims. I have represented clients at over 6,000 hearings. I attended Los Angeles City College, The United States Air Force School of Applied Aerospace Science, majoring in Industrial Hazard Control and Fire Protection Engineering. I have a degree in Business Management from the Center for Degree Studies. In addition, I also hold a teaching certificate with the Ohio Department of Education in Emergency Medical Services and a license as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. I was a senior member of the West Lafayette Village Council, chairman of the finance and utility committees.
22Tina HarveyClaims CoordinatorPrior to joining ECRM's claims team, I worked for MedExpress Urgent Care as a medical office coordinator as well as CVS Specialty Pharmacy processing insurance claims.
I have also spent many years as an early childhood educator and currently hold an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
23Virginia SorceClaims ConsultantI worked at Highmark for 12 years in the medical case management, Workers Compensation claims, and Medicare Blues on Call departments.
I served on many employee engagement, community outreach, Health Care Reform, and fitness and wellness initiatives. I am an ongoing student of Penn State University World Campus with a multidisciplinary student designed major of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and Certificates in Organizational Communication and Labor Studies and Employment Relations.