IAIABC Awards Educational Grants

Chamila Adhihetty and Suzette Carlisle Received Grants to Further their Workers’ Compensation Careers

Madison, Wis. (Oct. 2, 2014) — The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) awarded educational grants to Chamila Adhihetty of Toronto, Ontario and Suzette Carlisle of St. Louis, Missouri.  Each received a $3,000 grant toward studies to advance her workers’ compensation career.

“As part of our centennial celebration, the organization wanted to support the development of workers’ compensation leaders,” said IAIABC’s Executive Director Jennifer Wolf Horejsh.  Grant applicants needed to pursue a career in workers’ compensation or a related field, such as risk management, occupational health or public administration.  A committee comprised of IAIABC members selected two recipients who turned out to be graduate students.

A senior scientist in the Occupational Disease Policy and Research Branch for the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Adhihetty will use her grant to continue work on a PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto.  She is writing a dissertation on same-level falls and prevention initiatives in the workplace.  She interned with WSIB while working on her master’s degree and has worked for the board for 10 years.

Carlisle has worked in Missouri’s workers’ compensation system for 16 years, first as a legal advisor and then as an administrative law judge.  She recently received her master’s degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno, where she will earn her PhD.

“We’re proud to support the professional development of women of this caliber,” Horejsh said.

About the IAIABC
Founded in 1914, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is a not-for-profit association representing most of the government agencies charged with the administration of workers’ compensation systems throughout the United States, Canada, and other nations and territories as well as other workers’ compensation professionals in the private sector. Its mission is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of workers’ compensation systems throughout the world. It is governed by an Executive Committee of jurisdictional agency leaders, and maintains a staff headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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Note:  Hi-res photos for Adhihetty and Carlisle may be downloaded from http://www.iaiabc.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4313
or requested from helen@kingknight.com.
Contact: Helen Knight, 813-690-4787, helen@kingknight.com  or Heather Lore, IAIABC, hlore@iaiabc.org, 414-403-3774