Staff by Specialty

MCIT Staff by Specialty

To contact the MCIT staff noted below, dial either:
• Toll-free: 1.866.547.6516, plus extension
• Local: 651.209.(extension)
• E-mail staff through the general Contact Us form.

ADMINISTRATION

Robyn Sykes, Executive Director (ext. 6408)
Steve Nelson, Deputy Director (ext. 6411)

  • Program oversight
  • Program governance
  • Board operations
  • Reinsurance
  • Contract administration

COMMUNICATIONS

Heather Larson-Blakestad, Communications Manager (ext. 6430)

  • Publications
  • Training
  • Website

COVERAGE CUSTOMER SERVICE

Gary Severson, Underwriting Manager (ext. 6410)

  • Coverage Document issuance
  • Renewal notices
  • Schedule change notification
  • Workers’ compensation payroll audits
  • Specialized coverage placement

FACILITY USE

Jenny Aschenbrener, Receptionist (ext. 6400)

  • Meeting room arrangements

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

Cheri Donovan, Finance Manager (ext. 6415)

  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Training registration
  • Independent audit report

GENERAL GOVERNMENT/RESEARCH

Robyn Sykes, Executive Director (ext. 6408)
Karen Clayton Ebert, Senior Staff Counsel for Risk Control (ext. 6456)
Jen Wolf, Senior Staff Counsel for Risk Control (ext. 6442)
Sonya Guggemos, Senior Staff Counsel for Risk Control (ext. 6418)

LOSS CONTROL/RISK MANAGEMENT

Kevin Balfanz, Director of Field Services (ext. 6446)

  • OSHA citations
  • Property surveys
  • Safety committees
  • Coverage issues
  • Contract review
  • New member applications

MCIT OFFICE OPERATIONS

Linda Podritz, Director of Internal Services (ext. 6421)

  • Auto cab cards
  • Defensive driving training registration
  • EAP brochures and wallet cards
  • General MCIT office administration

PROPERTY/CASUALTY CLAIMS

Jim Lass, Property/Casualty Claims Manager (ext. 6432)

  • Property/casualty claims administration

TECHNOLOGY

Jeff Kulas, Information Technology Manager (ext. 6420)

  • Electronic communication
  • Hardware/software
  • Website administration

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Andrew Essling, Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager (ext. 6423)

  • Workers’ compensation claims administration