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.
To e-mail Chairman Allen, click here: Charlton.Allen@ic.nc.gov.
Commissioner Bernadine S. Ballance
Serving the Commission since 1994
Bernadine S. Ballance is a native of Windsor, N.C. She was first appointed as a Commissioner in September 1994 by Governor Jim Hunt, after the General Assembly expanded the Commission from three members to seven; and she has subsequently been reappointed.
Commissioner Ballance's previous experience includes: Deputy Commissioner for the Industrial Commission from November 1993 through September 1994; attorney in private practice with Frank W. Ballance, Jr. & Associates, P.A., Louisburg, N.C.; attorney supervisor, N.C. Central University School of Law Civil Litigation Clinic, Durham, N.C. (part-time during 1990); staff attorney for one year and managing attorney for four years at North Carolina Central Legal Assistance Program, Henderson N.C. office from 1982 through 1987.
She earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from East Carolina University in 1968, an M.A. degree in guidance and counseling from North Carolina Central University in 1978, and a J.D. degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 1981. She was a public school teacher for approximately eight years prior to attending law school.
To e-mail Commissioner Ballance, click here: Bernadine.Ballance@ic.nc.gov.
Commissioner 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
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
To e-mail Commissioner Cheatham, click Linda.Cheatham@ic.nc.gov.
Commissioner 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.
To e-mail Commissioner Loutit, click here: Christopher.Loutit@ic.nc.gov.
Commissioner 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.
To e-mail Commissioner Nance, click here: Tammy.Nance@ic.nc.gov.
Vice-Chair 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-Chair, 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.
To e-mail Vice-Chair Stith, click here: Yolanda.Stith@ic.nc.gov.
This page was last updated on 12 January 2017.