Speakers

Every summit needs great presenters, and that’s exactly what the WorkPartners Transit Summit will offer. Our experts will cover significant industry topics— from leveraging your existing data to develop actionable insights, to understanding the challenges of managing safety-sensitive positions and disability management. They will also address how absence and injury relate to other business metrics.

Read on to learn about our presenters:

Jeff Nowak, JD

Jeff Nowak, JD

Management Attorney, Littler

Jeff Nowak, JD

Mr. Nowak represents public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has a passion for helping employers manage employees with medical conditions and disabilities. Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act has become a significant part of his practice. Mr. Nowak also litigates single- and multi-plaintiff matters related to employment discrimination and traditional labor claims, harassment, wrongful discharge, and restrictive covenants. In his spare time, Mr. Nowak authors the FMLA Insights blog (www.fmlainsights.com), which provides practical advice to employers on how to navigate the FMLA. The website was recognized as one of the top 10 employment blogs for several years, and ABA Journal named Mr. Nowak to the Blogger's Hall of Fame in 2016. When he’s not litigating or writing, Mr. Nowak speaks to human resources and attorney associations about labor- and employment-related issues. He also serves on the faculty of the National Employment Law Institute.

Chris Gabriel, JD

Chris Gabriel, JD

Labor Employment Attorney, Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Stotler

Chris Gabriel, JD

Mr. Gabriel leads Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Stotler’s public sector labor, employment, and municipal law group. He has extensive experience representing county and municipal government entities, including transit authorities. Mr. Gabriel’s practice is focused on labor negotiations and grievance and interest arbitration. He often represents clients before the National and Pennsylvania Labor Relations boards, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the State Civil Service Commission, and in state and federal courts. Mr. Gabriel speaks to various groups about FMLA and ADA management, as well as on strategies for public employers to reduce and/or mitigate time off in union workplaces.

Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM

Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM

Senior Medical Director, Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan

Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Parkinson is a retired Air Force colonel and serves as the senior medical director overseeing employer health and productivity strategies for UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners. He previously served as associate director of medical programs and resources in the Office of the Surgeon General, president of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee on NASA employee health programs. He currently sits on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality. Dr. Parkinson holds an AB from Cornell University and an MD from George Washington University. He completed his family practice training at UCLA and his MPH, preventive medicine residency, and chief residency at Johns Hopkins.

Andy Yohe

Andy Yohe

Chief Operating Officer, WorkPartners

Andy Yohe

Mr. Yohe oversees the operational, analytical, financial, and technology functions for WorkPartners. He has been with WorkPartners for 20 years and has played an integral role in the architecture and innovation of UPMC’s integrated health and productivity platform. This platform uses data and analytical models across many key benefit areas, including absence management, workers’ compensation, population health management, and employee assistance programs. Mr. Yohe and his team leverage these data models to detect trends in physical health, mental health, claims management, and the overall picture of employee health. As a result of their efforts, WorkPartners has been able to drive better health outcomes for its clients’ employees, reduce employees’ time away from work, and yield significant overall health and productivity savings that directly impact clients’ bottom line.

Jennie Wheeler

Jennie Wheeler

Senior Director, Integrated Analytics, WorkPartners

Jennie Wheeler

Ms. Wheeler has more than 13 years of health and productivity analysis experience. As senior director of integrated analytics for WorkPartners, she is responsible for leading a highly skilled analytics team in the development of actionable metrics, and producing analyses with information to drive business decisions. She serves as a resource for clients and account managers for integrated analytic support. Before joining WorkPartners, Ms. Wheeler was a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where she worked on revenue cycle enhancement opportunities within the health care industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Rowe, DO

Michael Rowe, DO

Senior Medical Director, Disability Services, WorkPartners

Michael Rowe, DO

Dr. Rowe is responsible for leading the design and implementation of many medical management initiatives that improve quality and cost-effectiveness of care for WorkPartners’ clients and their injured employees. He has 15 years of experience in primary care, occupational medicine, claim review, and medical cost containment. As an on-site medical expert, Dr. Rowe brings a hands-on approach to treating injured workers and determining return-to-work strategies that will benefit the employee and their employer. He is a subject matter expert in disability management and understands that the treatment of work-related injuries differs from traditional medical models. Dr. Rowe often reaches out to treating physicians to enhance their understanding of a strong return-to-work program. He also provides mentoring, education, and leadership to drive better outcomes in disability management and return-to-work programs. As a licensed pharmacist, Dr. Rowe helps to facilitate appropriate drug utilization and avoid opioid misuse.