• Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Commission

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the appointments of Greg Allen of Lexington and Sam Bach of Henderson for four-year terms as administrative law judges with the Department of Workers’ Claims, effective January 3, 2022. Allen previously served as an ALJ from 2013-2016. Governor Beshear also reappointed Mike Alvey to a four-year term on the Workers’ Compensation Board, effective January 3, 2022. Alvey has been on the Board since 2010.


  • Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation

In August 2021, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Hearings program area announced the promotion of three staff members.

Ana Kirk Thornton, J.D. and Gerri-Lyn Thomas, D.C., J.D. will serve as regional directors for DWC Hearings. In that capacity, they will supervise all presiding officers (administrative law judges and benefit review officers) in their regions. They will replace Allen Craddock, the current Deputy Commissioner for Hearings, who previously served as director for DWC Hearings.

Bich Pham has been named Benefit Review Officer Liaison for the DWC Coastal Region.