Workers' Compensation

The Industrial Council Members
Voting Members

Edward Kent Hartsog , Co-Chairman
Bengy K. Swanson
Debra H. Scudiere
Kim Shin
Paul J. Gilmer, Jr.

Legislative Members

Delegate Mick Bates
Delegate Steve Westfall
Senator Jeffrey K. Mullins
Senator Glenn D. Jeffries
imgBioEdward Kent Hartsog, Co-Chairman

Kent Hartsog is Vice President of Operations Support for Patriot Coal Corp, a major coal producer that operates in West Virginia and western Kentucky.  During his career, he has worked six years in public accounting and twenty-plus years within the coal industry, primarily for Patriot, Peabody Energy and Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates. 

Mr. Hartsog earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West VirginiaUniversity in 1980 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1982.  He has worked in a variety of accounting and finance positions during his career.

Currently serves as Chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Boards of the Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the ClayCenter and Leadership West Virginia.

Born in Beckley, WV, currently resides in Hurricane, WV.  Married with two sons,  John, who graduated in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy assigned to the Submarine service; and Matt, who is currently a 2nd class Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.

imgBioBengy K. Swanson

Mr. Swanson was born in Morgantown, West Virginia and is a lifelong resident of Monongalia County. He is a Graduate of Clay-Battelle High School and Fairmont State University.

Mr. Swanson became a member of Ironworkers Local 549 in 2001. He quickly rose up the ranks to become the Business Manager/Financial Secretary/Treasurer of Local 549 in 2015. Mr. Swanson was appointed as Chairman of the Health, Pension, and Securities Funds of Local 549/550 in 2015, along with Trustee to the Great Lakes District Council of the International Ironworkers. In 2017, Mr. Swanson was appointed to the International LUDC Pension Fund as a Trustee.

Mr. Swanson is also the owner of Rt. 7 Pawn located in Pentress, West Virginia.

imgBioDebra Scudiere

Debra Scudiere is a litigator and mediator with the law firm of Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. She serves as a Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates; is the Chair of the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission; is a Past President of The West Virginia State Bar; is a Past President of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents; and has been chosen as a Fellow of The West Virginia Bar Foundation, Inc

Deb is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of mediation, arbitration, and personal injury litigation (defendants) and was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Morgantown Mediation “Lawyer of the Year.” She has been chosen to be a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and is AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®.

At the WVU College of Law, Deb has taught classes in Pre-Trial Litigation and Trial Advocacy. She serves as the Chair of the ADR Committee of The West Virginia State Bar and often conducts seminars for various organizations on subjects such as:

- What’s My Job? The EEO Counselor’s Role in the Workplace
- You Are Negotiating Every Day Whether You Know It or Not: Nonhearing Advocacy, Negotiation and Mediation Skills
- Why Mediations Fail
- Advocacy in Mediation: Strategies That Work
- Community Mediation
- Mediation for Insurance Adjusters
- “We Don’t Need You to Finish Last!” Baseball and the Age of Arbitration
- Advocacy in Mediation: Top Ten Things That Annoy Your Mediator and Don’t Help Your Case Anyway

Deb lives in Morgantown with her husband Bill, a Social Studies teacher at St. Francis Central Catholic School.

imgBioPaul J. Gilmer, Jr.

Paul Gilmer is the firstborn child of Rev. Dr. Paul J. Gilmer Sr. and Anna Evans Gilmer. Mr. Gilmer resides in Charleston, West Virginia and is a lifelong resident of the Kanawha Valley. He is a graduate of Dunbar High School and West Virginia State University. Mr. Gilmer is married to wife Linda Anthony Gilmer from Logan County. He is Father to six children Ryan, Charles, Shawn, Batese, Melissa and Anthony and has 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Gilmer is an army veteran. Mr. Gilmer is the Owner of Business Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. and P. J. Gilmer Inc.

Mr. Gilmer is a volunteer manager of youth development programming and current President of West Virginia's largest youth track and field program (Capital City Striders, Inc.). He is also the current President of West Virginia AAU and member of their National Finance Committee, as well as President of West Virginia USA Track and Field and Regional Coordinator of Youth Track & Field for five states.

Mr. Gilmer is the former Manager of Community Affairs, Triana Energy, Services Company. He also worked for Triana at Columbia Natural Resources.

Mr. Gilmer retired from IBM Corporation’s West Virginia Branch office as Administration Manager and Analyst for IBM Corporation after 25 years
In addition, Mr. Gilmer has severed as Assistant City Manager and Senior Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Charleston, and Senior Vice President of the United Way of Central West Virginia. He also served for six years as Executive Director of the Community Council of Kanawha Valley.
Mr. Gilmer’s hobby is coaching youth football for the Midwestern Big Blues on Charleston’s Westside. As a Masters level Certified USA Track & Field Official, he officiates track meets at all levels all over the country.

imgBioMick Bates

Mick Bates is a Physical Therapist and Small Business Owner/CEO of BODYWORKS and President of Praxis Corporation. Mr. Bates was born June 14, 1970 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Education - B.S., Curtin University of Technology in Physiotherapy, Perth, Australia; Certified Disability Management Specialist and Case Manager; Clinical Instructor WVU and Marshall University Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs.

Mr. Bates’ affiliations include Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, former Board of Directors and President; West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, former National Advisory Panel on Reimbursement Policy and Planning; Private Practice Physical Therapist Association; International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals; Raleigh County Board of Education Wellness and Safety Committees; 2004 Health Care Advisory Panel, West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Commission; 2005 Young Guns Award, West Virginia Executive Magazine; 2007 Generation Next Honoree, West Virginia State Journal; Founding member Robert C. Byrd Society; Lector and Member of Knight’s of Columbus, St. Francis de Dales Catholic Church; Former West Virginia School Board Member Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Mr. Bates was elected to serve on the WV House of Delegates in 2014. He serves as the Minority Vice Chair - Insurance on the House Banking & Insurance Committee; on the House Finance, Health and Human Resources, Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committees; and the Joint Standing Committee on Finance, Joint Committee on Health and Commission on Special Investigations Interim Committees.
Mr. Bates was elected to the Raleigh County Democratic Executive Committee in 2010.
Mr. Bates is married to wife Pamela Morgan with children Callan, Mikeal, Clare and Allison

imgBioSteve Westfall

Mr. Westfall is a State Farm Insurance Agent. Mr. Westfall was born in Gassaway, West Virginia.

Education - Braxton County High School, Glenville State College, B.A. in Education.

Mr. Westfall was elected to serve on the WV House of Delegates in 2012-2014. Mr. Westfall serves as Vice Chair - Insurance on the House Banking & Insurance Committee; Vice Chair of the Enrolled Bills Committee; on the House Finance, Health and Human Resources and Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committees; and as Chair of the Legislative Interim Committee and on the Joint Standing Committee on Finance and Joint Committee on Health Interim Committees.

imgBioJeffrey K. Mullins

Senator Mullins is President and CEO of Employers’ Innovative Network and Innovative Insurance Solutions. He is a licensed insurance agent. He was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2014. Legislative positions held include Chair, Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; Vice Chair, Committee on Confirmations; and Vice Chair, Finance Committee, 82nd Legislature.

Senator Mullins has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bluefield State College. Affiliations include Down Syndrome Network; Challenger Baseball team, assistant coach; NAPEO; APA; SHRM; and BNA

Senator Mullins was born June 28, 1965 in Mullens, West Virginia. He is married to wife Andrea and has two children, Chase and Keith. He is the son of William “Dude” and Beatrice “Joyce” Mullins. He is a Christian and attends Glade Community Church

imgBioAllan L. McVey, Insurance Commissioner