Executive Management Team
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Larry Feeler is a renowned physical therapist and the chief executive and founder of WorkSTEPS. Mr. Feeler is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on hiring, managing, and maintaining healthy employees in the workplace. Mr. Feeler has published widely in such publications as SPINE, OSHA Magazine, State of the Art Reviews, Rehab Management, and the Journal of Disability. He is a dynamic speaker who has appeared on nationally syndicated television, testified as an expert authority to OSHA regarding Ergonomic Standards, and presented hundreds of seminars throughout the United States. He has served as a board member on the Political Action Committee and is certified in job analysis, having evaluated hundreds of job sites across the United States over more than 30 years. Mr. Feeler graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch as a licensed Physical Therapist and is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist.
President and Managing Director
Peter Gallaher is an experienced corporate leader directing day to day operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and relations between the board of directors, company management, and investors. Mr. Gallaher applies thirty years of management, business development, and start-up experience in healthcare services, finance, and real estate to his leadership of WorkSTEPS. 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Stephen Carson oversees the day to day operations of WorkSTEPS and lends his expertise to solve complex issues related to implementing and managing employment testing programs for industrial and clinical clients. Over 30 years, Stephen has seen and embraced the many legal, clinical, and technological changes to the employment testing landscape. He understands well both the challenges and positive impacts for clinical providers and employers when implementing testing programs. Mr. Carson utilizes his skill set and experience to help employer clients maximize profitability through reduced injury costs while investing in the wellbeing of their workforces, making for healthier, happier, and more productive employees. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Walden University.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ben Hoffman 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 has been 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.
VP of IT and Client Services
Alex Hoffman is a skilled corporate leader and creative problem-solver delivering innovative solutions to WorkSTEPS, its clients, and the occupational health space. Alex leverages his skills and experience with cutting-edge technology to develop and implement business processes which deliver exceptional value to employers. In his prior roles as a consultant, Alex led projects with multinational organizations helping his clients to understand their businesses better while reorganizing and redeveloping their unique processes. Alex holds a degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. In his own entrepreneurial endeavors, Alex has focused on leveraging technology to succeed within typically low-tech industry.
Vice President of Business Development
Cindy Gallaher 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. Ms. Gallaher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from Sam Houston State University.
Vice President of Sales
Mark Chelette has more than 20 years of experience in occupational healthcare and comprehensive work injury management testing programs. He has been 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.
VP of Saftey and Job Analysis
Spencer Eppler is an experienced Board-Certified Safety Professional, Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist, Certified PAVE Job Analyst, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, and member of the American Society of Safety Professionals with more than 15 years of experience in safety and health. He has a demonstrated a 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. Mr. Eppler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health with a concentration in fire science from Columbia Southern University.
VP of Sleep Medicine
John Varela is a knowledgeable leader in the field of sleep medicine and research with a proven track record of quality care, ethics, and passion for patient education. With 18 years of experience, John is well versed in the field of neurophysiology of sleep and the treatment of sleep disorders. Leading WorkSTEPS Sleep, Mr. Varela uses his knowledge and skills in the field of “traditional” sleep medicine to run one of the most efficiently run occupational health obstructive sleep apnea testing and treatment programs in the United States. With a deep understanding of “Lean Productions System Models” in the field of medicine, John has combined standard processes with technical solutions to deliver the highest level of sleep testing and treatment of OSA for occupational health patients.
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.