Fox Valley Safety Council

Safety First - DOT & Safety Consultant

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FVSC 1/2 Day Work Compensation Conference

Time: 7:30am-11:30am

Location: FVTC main campus (room TBD) – Appleton, WI


7:30am-8:00am                 Registration, breakfast and announcements

8:00am-9:00am                 Keynote Presentation: Secura Insurance

9:00am-9:10am                 Break

9:10am-10:10am               Second Speaker: Blankenheim Services

10:10am-10:20am            Break

10:20am-11:20am            Third Speaker: Orthopedic & Spine Therapy

11:20am-11:30am            Recap and review


Keynote Presentation:

Secura Insurance – Work Comp

Speakers: Trisha Gavin and Jeff Vander Velden

Bio for speakers:

Trisha Gavin joined SECURA in August of 2013 as a claim rep and has been a claims supervisor since May of 2015. Prior to SECURA, Trisha was employed with Blankenheim Services, and before that with Prevention First Safety and Medical Management. Her role with those companies was to provide onsite medical management, injury prevention, and workers compensation case facilitation which included working directly with insureds, TPAs, and carriers on claim analysis, coordination of onsite care, IMEs, and causation studies.  Trisha received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Athletic Training from UW-Eau Claire, as well as a Master of Education in Professional Development. Trisha has held a license as an Athletic Trainer in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa. Trisha has also held certifications from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) for Athletic Training as well as Certified Specialist in Health Ergonomics.

Our second keynote speaker, Jeff Vander Velden has been working at SECURA Insurance for over 7 years and has a broad knowledge in the insurance and safety industry. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in finance, Jeff started working at SECURA as a claim rep in the workers compensation department. In September 2013, Jeff transitioned into a commercial lines underwriter and then fulfilled his desire to become a risk management consultant in April of 2015.

Jeff has also attained his safety engineering degree from Fox Valley Tech College and currently holds the AINS, AU, and ARM designations. Winneconne, WI is where Jeff grew up but currently resides in the town of Menasha, WI. Jeff currently handles the Northeast WI and Upper Peninsula of MI territory.”

Topic summary: “Your Role in Work Comp”  

We will provide insight from a carrier’s perspective on what an employer contact (safety or HR professional) can do to help the claim process. We will answer frequently asked questions and address common concerns, while sharing interesting claim stories and tips to navigate through a claim.


Second Speaker:

Blankenheim Services – The Agile Worker

Speaker(s): Andy Christenson

Bio: Andy D. Christenson, MOTR a native of the fox Valley is a current resident of Appleton WI. Since 2008, Andy has practiced within the industrial setting through Blankenheim Services as an onsite clinician working closely with safety, management and human resources to improve industrial workers in preventing injuries and returning to work in a productive manner. Since 2014 he has served as a FVSC board member. Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Concordia University in Wisconsin.

Topic summary: The Agile Worker Redefining the “Industrial Athlete”

Andy will discuss the Industrial Athlete a concept from late 1980s and early 1990’s and how the concept has evolved within the workforce. The Agile Worker will be introduced along with musculoskeletal, mental, technological, aging, and generational influences. How to empower and encourage the workforce through an agile foundation to determine the ground work for continuous improvement.


Third Speaker:

Orthopedic & Spine Therapy – The Job Function Matching Process

Speaker(s): Steve Barnett, PT.

Bio: Steve Barnett, PT. The founder of OST, Steve had a vision for physical therapy healthcare which included extensively training PT’s in the practice of manual therapy and empowering them by creating the best educational opportunities possible.

“Healthcare is about people and helping to facilitate their recovery. My goal is to create an environment where employees are given every educational opportunity necessary to provide exceptional healthcare, and for our patients to be the beneficiaries.”

Topic summary: Title:  A Proven Concept in Work Injury Management and Prevention:  Job Function Matching

Steve will take you through the thoughts and processes of a resource for employers and medical providers to reduce work injuries and related costs, via the use of the research-based and proprietary Job Function Matching® system. This system is the culmination of several decades of research and real world application that continues today. Job Function Matching® facilitates injury prevention as well as safe and expedient return to work when injury or illness occurs.


Fox Valley Safety Council holds monthly meetings September through June. Meeting sites vary from month to month.

** All meetings are free for members unless otherwise noted

** There is a $10 charge for non-members & guests at all meetings unless otherwise noted