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Executive Management Team

Larry Feeler, PT, CEAS, NRCME

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

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

Pete Gallaher is the President and Managing Director of WorkSTEPS, Inc., and will be the primary point of contact for contracting. 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, CEAS

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Carson is the Chief Operating Officer for WorkSTEPS. Mr. Carson joined WorkSTEPS in 1988 and brings almost 30 years of experience in occupational healthcare and comprehensive work injury management testing programs. Mr. Carson will provide operational input on issues as they arise. 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.

Dr. Ben Hoffman MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ben Hoffman MD, MPH is a highly-seasoned physician executive with an extensive background in occupational and environmental health, clinical medicine and transportation safety. He has been employed by government agencies, non-profits and multinational corporations including GE, Waste Management and DuPont. Dr. Hoffman trained at Yale, Brown and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine, preventive medicine and environmental/occupational health. He has published widely and holds Professorships (Adjunct) at the University of Texas School of Public Health and Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. He is active on numerous committees and boards including Global Health at the National Academy of Sciences/IOM, IPIECA/OGP and former Chair, US DOT/FMCSA Medical Review Board.

Alex Hoffman

VP of IT and Client Services

Alex Hoffman is the Chief Operating Officer at WorkSTEPS. Alex’s experience is in both consulting, working with business process and software implementations, as well as starting two of his own businesses. As a consultant Alex has led projects with multi-national organizations helping his clients to understand their business better while reorganizing and redeveloping their processes. In his own entrepreneurial endeavors Alex has focused on leveraging technology to succeed within typically low-tech industry.

Cynthia N. Gallaher

Vice President of Business Development

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. Ms. Gallaher has consistently demonstrated sound strategic acumen, developing successful marketing strategies that capitalize on opportunity and improve the bottom line.

Mark Chelette, CEAS

Vice President of Sales

Mark Chelette is the Vice President of Sales for WorkSTEPS. 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.

Spencer Eppler

VP of Saftey and Job Analysis

Spencer Eppler is the Vice President of Safety and Job Analysis and is an experienced Board-Certified Safety Professional, Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist, Certified PAVE Job Analyst and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals with more than 15 years of experience in safety and health. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health with a concentration in fire science. He has a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry, manufacturing, retail and municipalities. Spencer is skilled in Safety Management Systems, Energy, Industrial Safety, Power Plants, Emergency Management and Supervisory Skills.

John Varela

VP of Sleep Medicine

John is a proven leader with a track record of quality, ethics, knowledge, and a passion for patient education, in the field of Sleep Medicine and research. John comes to WorkSTEPS, by way of Seattle CPAP and previously Virginia Mason Medical Centers. John left a successful fifteen-year career at Virginia Mason in the field of Neurophysiology of Sleep and the treatment of Sleep Disorders to pursue his dream of Seattle CPAP, a leader in the northwest region for non-insurance-based Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Home Sleep Testing (HST). His goal of improving access to cutting-edge sleep diagnostics and industry-leading CPAP equipment at a fraction of the cost appears to be taking the northwest by storm. John recognized a trend years ago of access-limiting bureaucracy in the field of sleep. So, he began to work on a solution. With the help of companies such as Philips Respironics, Resmed, and Fisher & Paykel, he formed Seattle CPAP. People often talk about wanting to “do better,” “be better,” and “help people.” John lives these values every day. In addition to Seattle CPAP, John and his fiancé operate a local non-profit helping put shoes on the feet of Seattle’s homeless. You can’t know a person’s story until you’ve walked a mile In Their Shoes. With Seattle CPAP, John Valera, RPSGT, strives to help you Breathe easy.

Matthew Barton

General Counsel

Matthew Barton, JD, is General Counsel for WorkSTEPS. He brings more than a decade of trial experience, drafting, contract review, and negotiating to the company. Mr. Barton has tried more than 100 cases to verdict and negotiated thousands of others. Though comfortable and competent in the courtroom, Mr. Barton prefers collaborative effort, clear communication and fostering growth between two mutually beneficial entities. He attended the University of Texas graduating with a dual major in government and philosophy, then graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.

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