Management Team

Executive Management

Larry Feeler, P.T., C.E.A.S.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, WorkSTEPS, Inc.
Larry Feeler is the CEO and original founder of WorkSTEPS. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch as a licensed Physical Therapist, is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, and the owner of one of the largest private practice physical therapy clinics in the United States. Mr. Feeler is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities regarding hiring, managing, and maintaining healthy employees in the workplace. He is a dynamic speaker who has appeared on nationally syndicated television, testified as an expert authority to OSHA in regard to Ergonomic Standards, has presented hundreds of seminars throughout the United States, and has authored in such texts as SPINE and STATE of the ART REVIEWS as well as articles in the esteemed Journal of Disability, OSHA Magazine, Rehab Management, and many more. He has served as a board member on the Political Action Committee and is certified in job analysis, having evaluated hundreds of job sites in more than 30 years of experience, throughout the United States. Larry Feeler is a true leader and an allied professional whose contributions to healthcare have helped redefine industrial medicine and occupational healthcare programming.

Peter K. Gallaher
President and Managing Director, WorkSTEPS, Inc.
Pete Gallaher is the President and Managing Director of WorkSTEPS, Inc. Mr. Gallaher brings thirty years of management and business start-up experience to the company in the areas of healthcare services, business development, financial services, and real estate. Mr. Gallaher headed up the investment group that acquired 50% ownership of WorkSTEPS in October 1993 and established it as an independent business entity. He directs the day to day operations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, as well as acting as the liaison between WorkSTEPS’ board of directors, company management and investors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin. In the late 1980s, Mr. Gallaher served as an advisor for Texas Governor Mark White and was awarded an honorary commission of Admiral in the Texas Navy for his services to the State.

Stephen E. Carson, C.E.A.S.
Chief Operating Officer, WorkSTEPS, Inc.
Stephen Carson is the Chief Operating Officer for WorkSTEPS. Mr. Carson brings to the team more than 20 years of experience in occupational healthcare and comprehensive work injury management testing programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Corporate Finance from Walden University. Mr. Carson is certified through the Back School of Atlanta as a Certified Ergonomic Analysis Specialist. When he is not working, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing, and cooking on his smoker.

Mark Chelette, C.E.A.S.
Vice President of Sales, WorkSTEPS, Inc.
Mark Chelette is the Vice President of Sales for WorkSTEPS, Inc. Mr. Chelette has more than 20 years of experience in occupational healthcare and comprehensive work injury management testing programs. He has been very successful in building the provider and employer network for WorkSTEPS and in educating employers on the benefits of functional employment testing, safety and risk management, prevention and other comprehensive work injury management programs. Mr. Chelette attended The University of Texas and is certified through the Back School of Atlanta as a Certified Ergonomic Analysis Specialist. In his college years, he played baseball for UT and later spent four years in the minor league playing and coaching for The Seattle Mariners baseball organization.

Cynthia N. Gallaher
Vice President of Business Development, WorkSTEPS Inc.

Cindy Gallaher serves as the Vice President of Business Development for WorkSTEPS and brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and sales with a proven track record with national clients. Her expertise includes marketing communications, research analysis, business development, strategic planning, expansion strategies, advertising, and product introduction. Prior to her success with WorkSTEPS, Ms. Gallaher served as a Regional Director for Program and Event Coordination for the March of Dimes. She also worked as the Promotions and Public Relations Coordinator for Culpepper Moore Development Corporation. Ms. Gallaher attended Sam Houston State University and has completed higher education programs including the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Business Foundations Program at the McCombs School of Business for the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, Ms. Gallaher has consistently demonstrated sound strategic acumen, developing successful marketing strategies that capitalize on opportunity and improve the bottom line.

Jerry Hanke, OTR, CEAS
WorkSTEPS Corporate Training Director

Jerry Hanke joined WorkSTEPS in September, 2013, as Corporate Training Director. He has 20 years experience in the fitness and health care industry, and has been specializing in industrial rehabilitation for the past 13 years. Jerry graduated from Angelo State University with a BS in Kinesiology in 1995, and then earned his Occupational Therapy Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2000. HIs expertise and area of interest since graduation has been in industrial rehabilitation. Jerry is an expert in the performance of functional capacity evaluations, job assessments, employment testing, and ergonomic consulting. He is also a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. In his free time Jerry enjoys recreational and competitive cycling.

Management

Megan Cano
Account Manager
Megan joined WorkSTEPS in 2005, beginning in Office Administration.  In April 2013, Megan stepped into the role of Account Manager for various WorkSTEPS clients.  Over the years she has assisted various departments in technical support, event preparation, administrative support, scheduling, and provider relations. Previously, Megan was Manager of the WorkSTEPS Scheduling Department and was instrumental in the development of the WorkSTEPS online scheduling system and the launch of the WorkSTEPS Scheduling Department. Megan strives to ensure that quality and service exceed customer expectations.

Stacy Clark
Promotions and Special Events Director & Account Manager
Stacy joined the WorkSTEPS Team in 1997 with extensive administrative and office management experience in physical therapy practices. Over the 15 years with WorkSTEPS she has worked in various departments assisting in technical support, marketing, administrative support, contract administration, and provider relations. After a few years with the company Stacy began the planning and administration of the WorkSTEPS Annual Symposium, planning and support for provider seminars, employer seminars, marketing efforts, conferences and trade shows. She is currently the Promotions and Special Events Director, with involvement in sales, marketing, provider relations and corporate account management.

Amanda Dollar-Larson, MBA
Scheduling Department Manager
Amanda Dollar-Larson is the Manager for the WorkSTEPS Scheduling Department having recently joined the team in April 2016. Amanda earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Western International University. Amanda brings 20 years of customer service experience to the scheduling department, with a background in team leadership and employee training and development in the mortgage and consumer finance industries, operating in both corporate and call center environments. Amanda has ten years of team leadership and management experience. Amanda’s mission is to maximize efficiency within the WorkSTEPS Scheduling Department, anticipate customers needs, and add value to all of our corporate partnerships through improved quality of service in every interaction, aspiring to exceed expectations at every possible opportunity.

Chris Jennings
Network Developer
Chris joined WorkSTEPS with more than 28 years of business and management experience in the logistics, human resources, safety, and health & fitness fields. As Vice President of operations for an employee leasing and temporary employment service company, Chris consulted employers in human resource management procedures and EEOC, OSHA and general safety guidelines. He has worked for UPS as a national account manager consulting clients in process efficiencies. In his previous position as an industrial services manager for two physical therapy clinics, Chris managed WorkSTEPS functional testing and injury prevention programs. The position required Chris to perform onsite educational seminars and in-services regarding testing legalities, the ergonomic task changes and job execution of specific job tasks. Chris spends his free time giving back to children and the community by performing as a clown for the Shriners of North America.

Patrick O’Connor
Business Development Manager
Patrick O’Connor recently joined the WorkSTEPS team as Marketing Communications Director and an Account Manager. A strategic communications professional with more than 12 years experience in public affairs, public policy and politics, Patrick has worked on a variety of government, corporate and not-for-profit campaigns. He previously spent 10 years in Chicago as an Account Manager for Jasculca/Terman & Associates, a leading Midwest public affairs agency. Before moving to Chicago, Patrick was a correspondence aide for Texas State Senator Jane Nelson. He also worked as campaign manager for Congressman Michael Burgess’ successful 2002 congressional primary campaign. Patrick graduated from the University Of Texas College Of Communications in 2000.

Andy Ramirez, CEAS
Senior Account Manager
Andy Ramirez is a Senior Account Manager for WorkSTEPS. Mr. Ramirez has been with the company for nine years, focusing on Account Management for the last five years. He is a Certified Ergonomic Analysis Specialist and able to conduct Job Analysis and create Job Specific Testing Criteria. Prior to joining WorkSTEPS, Mr. Ramirez was an internal logistics consultant for a firm working with the United States Air Force.

 

GENERAL COUNSEL

Louis M. Lippman
Attorney at Law
Mr. Lippman has been practicing law for approximately 25 years specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury trial law. Seven years ago, he added Americans’ Wirth Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance law to his practice. Experience and insights gained through practicing personal injury trial law have proven to be invaluable to Mr. Lippman in advising employers on both work injury and employment law litigation. In addition to practicing law, he serves as a consultant to corporate attorneys, medical providers, employers, and national employment trade organizations.