Kentucky Workers' Compensation Seminar - Speakers

  • Rosalie Faris, RN, BSN, CCM COHN-S

    President and COO • Occupational Managed Care Alliance, Inc.

    Faris has 20 years of hospital experience, having developed and managed an outpatient surgery center and a hospital-based occupational medicine program, and she has broad experience in ADA consulting. Ms. Faris designs, implements and manages multi-state case management and utilization review programs for workers’ compensation and group health applications. Additionally she consults with hospitals and physician practices on a variety of clinical and administrative issues.  Ms. Faris serves as Co-Chair of the Medical Rehabilitation Committee for the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA).  
  • Stacie L. Grossfeld, M.D.

    Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon • Orthopaedic Specialists, PLLC

    Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stacie L. Grossfeld is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency at the University of Minnesota. In addition, Dr. Grossfeld completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Fowler- Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Grossfeld is an independent/non-hospital employed/solo orthopedic surgeon, in private practice at Orthopedic Specialists in Louisville, Kentucky. She is double board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of orthopedic surgeons and board certified in sports medicine also through the American Board of orthopedic surgeons. She first got interested in orthopedics because of her love of competitive sports. Growing up in northern Wisconsin she was a cross country ski racer and a competitive cyclist. While in high school she ran cross country and track, competing at the state level. Her love for fitness and sports continues today. In addition to her practice as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Stacie Grossfeld is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She will regularly have residence physicians that will rotate through her office from the U of L Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med/Peds), and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR). She is a member of Baptist Sports Medicine and enjoys serving as the Team Doctor for South Oldham High School.  
  • H. Douglas Jones, Esq.

    Founder and Member-in-Charge • JSB Attorneys, PLLC

    Jones is the founder and Member-in-Charge of JSB Attorneys, PLLC, which provides state-wide professional services through regional Kentucky offices.  He has over 30 years’ experience defending employers in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims. Jones was previously selected as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation” nationally. He has served as President of the Kentucky Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, as well as an adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he taught Kentucky workers’ compensation law. Jones has an AV (highest) Martindale Hubbell rating and was inducted into the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2007. He has authored and co-authored numerous texts related to workers’ compensation law. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from University of Kentucky, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  
  • Margaret J. Menefee, Esq.

    Associate Attorney • JSB Attorneys, PLLC

    Menefee is Associate Attorney with JSB Attorneys, PLLC. Her area of concentration is representing and defending employers in workers’ compensation claims throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Prior to joining JSB Attorneys, she honed her legal research and writing skills as an intern with Ulmer & Berne, LLP. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was an associate member of the Law Review and on the Dean’s Honors List every semester (2004 - 2007). Menefee received the College of Law Honors Scholarship and the James B. Helmer, Jr. Scholarship which covered the cost of her legal education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) from Northern Kentucky University, where she attended on a Presidential Full Tuition Scholarship. While at NKU, she served as a Presidential Ambassador, earned the Enid Henry Award for Excellence in Political Science, and completed the Honors Scholar program, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Ohio.
  • Wendi Patterson RN, BSN, CCM

    Vice President of Managed Care • Occupational Managed Care Alliance Inc.

    Wendi Patterson is a registered nurse with Bachelor’s degree and a certification in managed care.  Wendi graduate first with her LPN, then completed the RN program and went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree.  She graduate with a 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List and Who’s Who in America award.  She has been a nurse since 2002.  Her nursing has been primarily in orthopedics.  She has worked in several nursing homes and rehab facilities, Post-op settings, neuro ICU and occupational medicine in the Louisville, KY area. She has been in the workers comp arena since 1995.  She was initially a workers comp claims adjuster and then went on to get her nursing degree. She has been a nurse case manager for workers comp since 2005.  She was promoted to director of case management in 2010 and most recently to Vice President of managed care.  She holds RN licenses in multiple states.  
  • Robert D. Walker, Esq.

    Interim Commissioner • Department of Workers’ Claims

    In 1994, Robert Walker graduated from Western Kentucky University, summa cum laude, with a degree in Government. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree by graduating from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, magna cum laude, in 1997. After several years with a large firm, Rob founded the law firm of Walker, Vaughn and Wallace, PLC, in 2001.  For nearly the next two decades, Walker represented injured workers throughout the commonwealth. In July 2020, Rob was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Workers Claims in the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.  He remained in that position until being appointed Interim Commissioner in May 2021. Rob resides in Louisville with his wife and two sons.