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About the N.C. Industrial Commission Commissioners

Chairman Charlton L. Allen Chairman Charlton L. Allen

Serving the Commission since 2014

Governor Pat McCrory has designated Charlton L. Allen as Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, effective February 1, 2016. Governor McCrory initially appointed Allen to serve as a Commissioner in 2014. After confirmation by the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate, Allen was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby on July 1, 2014.

Allen was previously in private practice as an attorney in North Carolina from 1997 until 2014. He has prior experience in the field of worker’s compensation, in addition to other areas of the law. His worker’s compensation practice was focused primarily on the representation of injured workers. Allen was also certified as a mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission in 2006.

Allen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctor.

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Philip A. Baddour, IIICommissioner Philip A. Baddour, III

Serving the Commission since 2017

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Philip A. Baddour, III to serve as a Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission in March 2017, and he was confirmed by the General Assembly in June 2017. Mr. Baddour previously served as a Deputy Commissioner from 2000 through June 2017.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Baddour practiced law in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina from 1996 to 1999, primarily representing plaintiffs in the areas of workers' compensation and tort litigation. In 1999, he joined the North Carolina Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General defending state agencies in workers' compensation and tort claim actions. Mr. Baddour also previously served as a JAG Officer in the North Carolina National Guard.

Mr. Baddour received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and earned his law degree from Campbell University in 1996.

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Commissioner Linda CheathamCommissioner Linda Cheatham

Serving the Commission since 2010

Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Linda Cheatham to serve as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission in July of 2010.

Prior to that time, Commissioner Cheatham served as Executive Director for AT&T's regulatory operations in North Carolina . During her almost 35 year career with BellSouth Telecommunications (which later merged with AT&T), Ms. Cheatham worked in a variety of areas including the divestiture of the former Bell System, antitrust litigation, cost development, engineering, and rate design.

Commissioner Cheatham also served on the Boards of the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association and the Frankie Lemmon Foundation. In 2007, she was named Executive of the Year by Executive Women International. Ms. Cheatham holds a degree in mathematics from Stetson University. She and her husband have been married for 31 years and have three children.

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Commissioner Christopher C. LoutitCommissioner Christopher C. Loutit

Serving the Commission since 2016

On April 7, 2015, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Christopher C. Loutit to serve as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Mr. Loutit previously served as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Administrator of the Commission.

Before joining the Commission, he was a Partner at the Wilmington law firm Johnson, Lambeth & Brown, where he joined as an Associate Attorney in 2006. His practice focused in the areas of criminal law and general civil litigation, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. From 2006 to 2013, he represented New Hanover County as a Child Support (Title IV-D) Enforcement Attorney. Prior to attending law school, he began his career as an Analyst in Corporate Finance in the Investment Banking Division of UBS in New York.

Mr. Loutit grew up in Wilmington. He graduated from The Lawrenceville School, received his B.A. in History from Trinity College, and earned his law degree from American University Washington College of Law. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Lauren, a Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, and their daughter, Amelia.

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Commissioner Tammy R. NanceCommissioner Tammy R. Nance

Serving the Commission since 2011

Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Tammy R. Nance to serve as a Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission on June 23, 2011. Commissioner Nance was previously employed by the Industrial Commission as a Deputy Commissioner from January 1, 1987 to September 30, 1995. After leaving the Commission, she was in private practice for 15 years, during which time she represented employees while working for Martin & Jones and employers while working for Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham.

Commissioner Nance graduated from Ohio State with a B.A. in Economics in 1979. She then attended law school at Ohio State and received her J.D. in 1982. She resides in Raleigh with her husband and two children.

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Vice-Chairman Yolanda K. StithVice-Chairman Yolanda K. Stith

Serving the Commission since 2016

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Yolanda Stith to serve as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission; and after confirmation by the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate, she was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby on December 21, 2016. Commissioner Stith was appointed by Governor McCrory to serve as Vice-Chairman, effective December 30, 2016.

Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Stith served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association Long Term Care Facilities. She brings a vast amount of professional experience and a wealth of knowledge from both the private and public sectors to the Commission. Commissioner Stith, brings prior experience as a Property and Casualty Senior Underwriter where she developed an expertise in Workers Compensation, risk selection, risk management, self-insurance and reinsurance; she also brings prior experience as a business owner to the Commission.

Commissioner Stith served on the State Board of Community College. Stith is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she earned a BBA in Finance.

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This page was last updated on 30 June 2017.