Kathy Bray, Esq.
Kathy Bray is senior defense counsel with Lynn, Scharfenberg & Associates, advising and representing employers insured by SFM in regard to their workers’ compensation claims and concerns. She previously was in private practice for more than 15 years, representing employers in litigation matters that often involved claims under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and other matters of employment discrimination. She graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a mediator and arbitrator for the Union Construction Workers’ Compensation Program. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs as well as related industry association meetings. Bray continues to work out of SFM offices in Duluth, where she is active in the Duluth community, currently serving on the Board for Animal Allies Humane Society.
Beth Giebel, Esq.
Beth Giebel is senior defense counsel and director of legal training at SFM. Giebel graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1990 and has practiced exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Giebel joined Lynn, Scharfenberg & Associates, the in-house counsel for SFM Mutual Insurance Co., in 1999. She facilitates all legal training on behalf of SFM Mutual Insurance Co. and presents at various workers’ compensation and employment law seminars throughout the region.
Lee Hook is a partner at Peddicord Wharton Spencer Hook Barron & Wegman in West Des Moines, Iowa. His practice is focused on workers’ compensation law. He graduated from Drake University Law School in 1981. He is a member of the Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers, the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and a fellow with the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He was recently recognized with a “Best Lawyer” distinction by DSM Magazine. To learn more, visit his profile on the Peddicord Wharton website.
Dallas Jones is an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation at Baylor Evnen in Lincoln, Neb. The focus of his practice is identifying innovative ways to enable employers to navigate the overlap of workers’ compensation claims and the myriad of employment laws that can create complications in the claims process. He has authored numerous articles in an effort to educate employers and claims handlers on how to limit the cost of workers’ compensation. He is a frequently-invited speaker, locally and nationally, regarding all aspects of workers’ compensation and the overlap of related employment laws. In an effort to improve the system and enable Nebraska employers to be more competitive, he devotes substantial time to his work as President of the Nebraskans for Workers’ Compensation Equity and Fairness, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating a more balanced workers’ compensation system in Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1987. To learn more, visit his profile on the Baylor Evnen website.
Margaret Kasting, J.D.
Margaret Kasting is Vice President of Claims at SFM. She is responsible for the company’s overall claims operation. She joined the company in 1990 as a technical supervisor. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Indiana University. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1984. She is a member of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Task Force, the Rehabilitation Review Panel and Members Advisory Committee of the Minnesota Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association.
Dana Mickelson, CSP, ARM
Dana Mickelson is a senior loss prevention representative at SFM. She has worked in the commercial insurance industry for 10 years, including three years with SFM, helping policyholders reduce and manage risk. She has experience in training, ergonomics and leadership. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. Dana received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a devout Badger fan. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, crocheting, kayaking and downhill skiing (all safely).
Joe Morin, CRM, CSRM
Joe Morin serves as the Loss Prevention Technical Leader at SFM. His position is a blend of providing technical leadership to loss prevention staff and SFM as a whole, conducting policyholder safety and health services and performing outreach work. Morin has a master’s degree in industrial safety and maintains the credentials of Certified Risk Manager and Certified School Risk Manager. Over the last 21 years and previous to his employment at SFM, Morin worked as a safety professional in general industry, government, consulting and the Minnesota public school system.
Catherine Sabers is an attorney in the Rapid City, S.D., office of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Her practice areas include workers’ compensation, employment law, insurance law, and litigation. She is a member of the workers’ compensation section of the State Bar of South Dakota and has, in the past, served on its Board of Directors. Catherine has been recognized with the designation of “Best Lawyers in America for Workers Compensation Law.“ She graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2000.