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Our conference Speakers are a diverse, talented, and dynamic group of individuals who all have significant experience in their areas of expertise.  This page includes the bios of our 2017 speakers and we would like to thank them for volunteering to present.  

Speakers - 2017 Joint Conference

Adam Brand, Esq., Brand & Tapply, LLC

Adam J. Brand, founder and managing partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, has represented insurance clientele in all phases of first and third-party coverage and litigation for three decades.  Brand & Tapply, LLC specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance.  Mr. Brand has extensive trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Brand is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts.  He has served as a panelist and lecturer at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.  Mr. Brand is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), New England International Association of Special Investigation Units (NE-IASIU), New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI), New York State Chapter of Special Investigation Units (NYSSIU), and National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC).

Timothy W. Tapply, Esq.

Timothy W. Tapply, founder and partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance.  Mr. Tapply has trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Tapply is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts.  He has served as a presenter at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.

Jacques N. Parenteau, Partner Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C.

Mr. Parenteau has an active insurance defense practice and has been responsible for a wide range of cases in all state trial courts, the United States District Court as well as an Appellate practice with several written decisions from the District Court Appellate Division, the Appeals Court, and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  Mr. Parenteau has been active in the personal injury protection (PIP), bodily injury, low impact, jump-in, staged collision, arson, burglary theft, bad faith, and auto related cases of all types.  He worked on some of the initial cases involving property and casualty insurers’ rights to audit medical charges for usual and customary costs, coining the term “fee review.”  Mr. Parenteau has developed strategy for handling medical fraud cases individually, and as large scale recovery actions in federal and state courts.  He has also handled workers’ compensation cases from conciliation, to hearings before Industrial Accident Board offices throughout Massachusetts.

Alex Young, VP & GM Insurance, DRN - Digital Recognition Network

Alex Young, Vice President of Risk Management at DRN, has over 25 years of experience in the Insurance industry. Prior to joining DRN, Alex was the Executive Vice President of the Americas at eBaoTech successfully where he established the company’s first North American client as well as several tier 1 global clients for eBaoTech’s policy and claims administration suites. Alex also worked for Vertafore as Vice President of Insurance Carrier Sales where he focused on agent and carrier connectivity for distribution and grew the company to the number 1 position in that market.Alex holds an MBA from Babson College, an MST from Bentley College, and a BS in Management and Mathematics from Worcester State University. Alex authors articles on risk management and fraud detection and has spoken at numerous Insurance conferences including AIRNC, ACE, Insurance Analytics Symposium, and NJSIA.

Carolyn Carey, MS, BSN, RN, MetLife Group, Voluntary & Worksite Benefits

Carolyn Carey, MS, BSN, RN Senior Claims Medical Consultant at MetLife.  Carolyn Carey joined MetLife Property and Casualty in 1989.  She performs medical reviews of complex bodily injuries for both Casualty and No-Fault Departments. She also works closely with Defense Counsel in pre-trial round tables.  Over the years,   Carolyn has worked closely with SIU, including assisting with   clinic inspections, review of medical providers and/or medical coding. Carolyn has presented   extensively on medical injuries at MetLife and has presented at New England IASIU.  Prior to working at Metlife, Carolyn has worked as a Registered Nurse since 1980. She has worked in a variety of areas including Med/Surgery, Day Surgery, Orthopedics and Intensive Care.  She also worked with the Elderly in a community setting and with Worker’s Comp Insurance.    She earned her Master of Science degree in Health Science Management from Lesley University, Cambridge, and Ma.  She is an active American Heart Association BLS instructor.

Heidi Jordan, SrSA, National Insurance Crime Bureau

Heidi M. Jordan is a Sr. Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB.) She joined the NICB in 1994 and is assigned to the Northeast Region of Field Operations. Heidi’s area of responsibility is vehicle theft and insurance-related case investigations, training for law enforcement and the insurance industry throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, as well as some Canadian cross-border cases. Prior to joining NICB, Heidi also gained eight (8) years of experience within the insurance industry, handling claims involving complex coverage issues, fatalities and fraud. Heidi is also an instructor of Vehicle Theft, Title Fraud and Vehicle Identification for the NH Police Standards and Training Council and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council and has spoken internationally in Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, and Italy.  She is the past President (2014-2015) of IAATI, and a past President (2007-2008) of the Northeast Chapter of IAATI, and is the recipient of the Roger Overton Award.

Doug Osborne, Senior Special Investigation Unit Manager, Kemper

Doug Osborne is a Senior SIU manager and Large Loss investigator with the Kemper Special Investigation Unit out of Olympia, WA. He has been in the industry for 31 years, the last 24 of which have been dedicated to the investigation of suspicious Property, Casualty and Worker’s Compensation claims. He has investigated claims in all 50 states and in Canada and Mexico. Doug holds the designations of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) and Fraudulent Claims Law Specialist (FCLS).  He has presented seminars on the use of Social Networking in investigations and Web research all over the US for PLRB, IASIU, CPCU, and several associations.

Jodi Conners, Shareholder, Smith & Brink

Ms. Conners is a shareholder with the firm of Smith & Brink. Her practice focuses on insurance defense litigation and insurance fraud matters, with a concentration in the area of No-Fault Practice and Insurance Coverage Disputes.  She is a graduate of Suffolk University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1994) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., Cum Laude, 1997) and is a member of the Norfolk County Bar Association, the New England Association of Fraud Investigators, and the International Association of Special Investigation Units, New England Chapter.  She has presented extensively on matters involving MA PIP litigation to various insurance companies, and has been a featured speaker for NEIASIU, NEAIFI, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, and has spoken nationally with IASIU.

Charles S. Amodio CPA, CFF, MAFF, MBA, Ferraro, Amodio, & Zarecki

Charles is a Certified Public Accountant, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics and is Certified in Financial Forensics. Charles is a Partner with Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki, CPAs Forensic Accountants and Financial Advisors and specializes in the areas of insurance loss accounting, economic damage analysis, litigation support and financial investigations. In addition, Charles has provided lost profits and business interruption training to several insurance companies and trade associations. Charles has extensive experience in the conduct of No-Fault auto lost wage claims and Business Interruption claims. He analyzes and reports on lost wage and substitute wage assessments for self employed motorists involved in automobile accidents. In addition, he analyzes lost profit and extra expense claims for businesses that have experienced an interruption and provides forensic accounting services of claims for financial motive and investigation of employee thefts. Charles is a member of the local and national Associations of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), and the New York State Chapter of Special Investigation Units (NYSSIU). He earned his Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in accounting from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.

R. A. (Andy) Wilson, VP Fraud & Compliance, ‎Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

R. A. (Andy) Wilson is the VP of Fraud & Compliance at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., where he manages and directs enterprise efforts to prevent, detect, investigate and resolve internal and external fraud, and manages compliance and regulatory reporting. With more than 35 years of experience, Wilson has served in law enforcement, with the attorney general, in corporate environments and as a consultant.  During his career, he has worked with hundreds of victim organizations to prevent, detect, investigate and recover from complex fraud schemes on an international basis. Wilson was educated at the University of Tennessee (BS) and Utica College of Syracuse University (MS). He holds certifications as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Corporate Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP).  Wilson has published over three dozen articles related to fraud and is a nationally recognized speaker. For more than 16 years, he has taught fraud examination at The University of Memphis and Utica College of Syracuse University. Wilson is recognized as a subject matter expert and has testified as an expert witness on over 30 occasions in fraud-related matters in state and federal courts.  He is a frequent commentator on fraud-related topics and has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX News discussing fraud topics, including financial fraud schemes, employee fraud issues and complex fraud and insurance schemes.  Wilson holds active memberships in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Society of Compliance & Ethics Professionals, American Bar Association and ASIS International.

R. Craig Williams, Canney Brook Engineering

R. Craig Williams holds professional engineering licensure in 12 states. Mr. Williams had more than 27 years of experience as a licensed engineer prior to performing forensic engineering investigations. His prior experience included product design research, design consulting, product design, manufacturing, construction manager, business development, industrial and commercial operations and maintenance as well as failure analysis. Mr. Williams also has served as a director of an 80,000-member electric cooperative utility. After nearly three decades of professional experience as a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Williams has been performing forensic engineering origin and cause investigations for 9 years.  Mr. Williams specializes in mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering failure analysis, product defect analysis, fire origin and cause investigations. Services are provided to the insurance professionals, business interests, and the legal communities. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, a Master’s of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and has completed Doctoral Studies in International Business from Southern New Hampshire University. Areas of practice include: Boilers, Pumps & Machinery, Mechanical Equipment, HVAC Equipment, Rotating Machinery, Electrical Equipment, Appliances, Materials Fatigue and Failures, Corrosion, Forestry Equipment, Construction Equipment, Vehicles, Injuries, and Fires and Explosions.

Jorey Chernett, CEO & Founder, Authentic4D

Jorey Chernett is the CEO and founder of Authentic4D, an FDA-approved, medical software company, serving the medical, legal and insurance claims and litigation management industries. Chernett has more than 15 years of medical technology experience, and previously co-founded E4D Technologies, LLC (E4D), a medical device company providing three-dimensional (3D) imaging and CNC milling solutions to the $60B dental crown and bridge industry. As president of E4D, Chernett led the company in architecting and executing its business model, and taking E4D through key strategic partnerships which ultimately culminated in a sale to 3M.  Mr. Chernett's prior experience also includes experience as a venture capitalist at Illinois Ventures, and as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Finance with honors from Indiana University.

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Jay Kramarczyk, MS, PE, IAAI-CFI, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.

Jay has taught classes for insurance, SIU, and legal communities across the country on a variety of topics.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States.  Jay’s work often entails the analysis of fire protection systems, including detection, alarm, and suppression systems.  Jay is proficient in researching, analyzing, and interpreting codes and standards for fire protection, mechanical, and building systems. He regularly is involved with the analysis of failed fire protection systems including failed sprinkler systems and commercial kitchen suppression systems.  He also analyzes fire and smoke detection and alarm systems, as well as appropriate building egress and construction.  Following a fire, Jay is trained in the application and use of complex computerized fire models in determining the growth and spread of fire, smoke, and heat.  In addition to fire protection investigations, Jay is proficient in the analysis of mechanical systems and mechanical failures including water losses, ventilation systems, and gas-related events such as fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide incidents.  Jay has performed failure analysis on numerous such systems including functionality, pressure, and leak testing to gas and water-based plumbing and appliances. 

As a Mechanical Engineer and Certified Fireplace and Chimney Inspector, Jay has the expertise to inspect wood-burning appliances and chimneys preventatively and following a loss to evaluate design, installation, maintenance, use, and potential modes of failure.

Stephen Adams, Esq. Investigative Counsel Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts

Stephen Adams joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau as Investigative Counsel in February 2016.  Prior to joining the IFB, Mr. Adams worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General between 2007 and 2016.  At the Attorney General’s office, Mr. Adams served as the Deputy Division Chief of the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division of the Criminal Bureau and as Senior Counsel to the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Health Care and Fair Competition Bureau.  Between 2001 and 2007, Mr. Adams served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District. Mr. Adams earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.  He is a member of the Boston Bar Association.

Audrey C. Parr, Esq, Parr Law, P.C

Audrey C. Parr, Esq., is the founder of Parr Law, P.C., where she represents insurers in all aspects of insurance defense and fraud-related matters, including pre-trial investigations, coverage issues, and litigation. Since 1991, Attorney Parr has specialized in the handling of suspected fraudulent injury and damage claims relating to automobile, PIP, homeowners, medical provider, and liability coverages on behalf of personal and commercial carriers. For the 12 years before joining the insurance industry, she was a Massachusetts prosecutor.  Attorney Parr is a regular lecturer on insurance fraud issues at national and regional conferences including Insurance Fraud Management, International Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators, and International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. She is a cum laude graduate of New England School of Law and Boston University.

Corinne A. Taylor, Esq., Parr Law, P.C.

Corinne A. Taylor, Esq., focuses on the research, analysis, and litigation of fraudulent insurance claims and unfair and deceptive business practice suits with Parr Law, P.C. She has spoken at the International Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators, Insurance Fraud Management, and the New England Chapter of IASIU, on how new technology such as rideshare, drones, and smartphone apps can affect insurers. Prior to her employment with Parr Law, P.C., Attorney Taylor spent a decade evaluating personal property as a court-qualified expert consultant in insurance and fair market value appraisal. She is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Southern New Hampshire University.

Roy Mura - Attorney/Managing Member, Mura & Storm, PLLC

Roy A. Mura is the founder and managing member of the eight-lawyer firm Mura & Storm, PLLC, headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  He is a 1986 law graduate of University of Buffalo School of Law and a 1983 linguistics degree graduate of SUNY at Binghamton. The author of the widely read and award-winning  Coverage Counsel blog (nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com), Mr. Mura’s practice includes insurance coverage analysis and litigation, first-party property, third-party liability, auto/UM/UIM, no-fault, fraud and arson defense work for numerous property and casualty insurers on a state-wide and regional basis. He has successfully litigated and tried numerous insurance fraud and coverage cases for insurers through trial and appeal in New York and writes and speaks regularly for insurers and adjusters nationwide on various issues relating to insurance coverage, fraud, social media research for claims and underwriting investigations, “bad faith” and the defense of first- and third-party claims.  He is a member of and proudly serves as General Counsel to the New York State Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.  He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, New York State Fire Investigators State Chapter No. 23, Defense Research Institute, several local claims associations and the New York State and Erie County bar associations. He has been listed in the New York Super Lawyers – Upstate Edition since 2012, and maintains the highest possible AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.  He is married, has three children, four grandchildren, and all but gave up golf several years ago to pursue his avocation for all-season fresh water fishing.

David C. Stadolnik, Esq.

Attorney Stadolnik has extensive experience investigating and litigating fraudulent insurance claims cases, including medical provider fraud, homeowner’s and commercial claims, theft losses, staged accidents, fire losses and rental claims. His practice, which encompasses Insurance Defense and Special Investigation, includes all phases of investigation, discovery, motion practice, alternate dispute resolution, and litigation on behalf of insurance carriers and their insureds in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Attorney Stadolnik was first admitted to practice in 1987 and is admitted to practice in state and U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association (RIBA), Defense Counsel of Rhode Island (DCRI), New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI), International Association of Special Investigations Units (IASIU), and the New England Chapter of International Association of Special Investigations Units (NEIASIU) and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).  Attorney Stadolnik had previously been a member of the FBI Medical Care Provider Fraud Working Group and the Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Fraud Committee. A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, Attorney Stadolnik earned his J.D. at the New England School of Law. He served as a Military Prosecutor with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the Navy-Marine Corps First Judicial Circuit in Newport, Rhode Island from 1987 until 1991. 

Dennis Lyons, S.D. Lyons

Steven Hoffman, AAG & DC Medicaid Fraud Division, MA AG's Office

STEVEN L. HOFFMAN is an assistant attorney general and Deputy Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Attorney General’s Office. He was a partner at Sugarman and Sugarman, PC, in Boston from 1983 to 1999, an assistant district attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office from 1999 to 2005, and has been an assistant attorney general since 2005.  A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., magna cum laude, 1973) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1976), he has been a frequent contributor and author for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education on “Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain”. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has served as chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, vice chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, on the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law, and as an associate editor of the Massachusetts Law Review. 

Chris Cecchini, Senior Investigator, Medicaid Fraud Division, MA SG

CHRIS CECCHINI is a Senior Investigator in the Medicaid Fraud Division where he supervises a small team of investigators and pharmacy interns. Chris’ work in MFD over the past 6 years has primarily focused on investigations into illegal prescribing by physicians, various forms of retail pharmacy fraud, cash for Suboxone treatment, and inappropriate dispensing by pharmacies. Prior to joining the AGO, Chris worked as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy setting for 6 years and a home infusion pharmacy for a year and a half.

Bruce Medoff, Shareholder, Smith & Brink

Mr. Medoff is a Shareholder and Officer with the firm of Smith & Brink, a national law firm with offices in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island that concentrates in complex civil litigation and anti-fraud efforts.  He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1982) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1986) and his practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, insurance fraud matters, and criminal defense.

Eddie Glenn, Product Manager, Iovation

Eddie is the product marketing manager for iovation’s Fraud Prevention products.  Having more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software from companies such as IBM, Rational, and Wind River, he has done it all: software developer for safety-critical avionics, senior level product management and senior level product marketing positions.  He has a BSCS/EE from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the University of Oregon. As an avid home automation/IoT enthusiast and frequent online purchaser, Eddie has a unique passion for making e-transactions safe for online consumers. 

Shawn F. Harrington, B.S.E.S.M., ACTAR, ARCCA Inc.

Mr. Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. He is accredited as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist by the Accreditation Committee for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR #2570). Mr. Harrington has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and operates and inspects Heavy Trucks. In addition, he is certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to Access and Interpret Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders in commercial vehicles and is certified as a BOSCH Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician and Data Analyst. Mr. Harrington is also certified to acquire and analyze data from Vehicle Infotainment and Telematics systems and specializes in documenting evidence utilizing three-dimensional laser scanning. Mr. Harrington is a nationally certified firefighter and emergency first responder (NFPA 1001). He assists local police officers with their on-scene investigations of motor and commercial vehicle collisions. Mr. Harrington receives ongoing driver training on the operation of emergency commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle dynamics, and has completed the Emergency Vehicle Driver Training course. He is an experienced test engineer who has led multiple static and dynamic testing programs, including testing sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This testing was used to develop an SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice (J3043) to improve occupant survivability within the patient compartment of ambulances during collision events. In addition, Mr. Harrington consults with the National Hockey League as an investigator on a Research & Development program to evaluate player safety within the sport. Mr. Harrington’s academic, professional, and emergency first responder experience represents a unique combination of knowledge in the fields of accident reconstruction and crashworthiness. Currently, he specializes in the investigation of all types of motor and commercial collisions, including, but not limited to, commercial vehicle accident  reconstruction, pedestrian impact trajectory analysis, imaging of event data recorders in commercial and passenger vehicles, automotive fraud, and determination of liability.

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