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About the N.C. Industrial Commission Commissioners

Chairman Andrew T. HeathChairman Andrew T. Heath

Serving the Commission since 2013

Chairman Andrew T. Heath attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he was captain of the varsity soccer team and graduated with a B.S. in Management in 2003. He then attended law school at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and received his J.D. in 2006. While in law school, he clerked for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in the Office of the General Counsel, interned for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias, and clerked for Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter.

Chairman Heath was in private practice in his wife’s hometown of Wilmington from 2006 until his appointment in early 2013, during which time he represented employees while working for The Cole Law Firm, PLLC and employers while working for Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP. He was named as a Lawyers Weekly Emerging Legal Leader and one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. During his time in Wilmington, Chairman Heath served on the New Hanover County Bar Association Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of Welcome Home Angel, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization that he helped found in 2007. He left private practice after Governor Pat McCrory appointed him to serve as a Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission on February 28, 2013. Following the confirmation process, Governor McCrory designated him as the Chairman of the Commission.

Chairman Heath now resides in Raleigh with his wife, who is also an attorney, and their two children.

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Commissioner Charlton L. Allen Commissioner Charlton L. Allen

Serving the Commission since 2014

Charlton L. Allen was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as Commissioner on the Industrial Commission 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 in private practice as an attorney in North Carolina from 1997 until taking office. 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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Bernadine S. BallanceCommissioner 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.

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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 Danny Lee McDonaldCommissioner Danny Lee McDonald

Serving the Commission since 2007

Governor Mike Easley appointed Danny Lee McDonald of Wilmington as Commissioner on February 2, 2007. Easley said, "Danny McDonald's extensive experience on the state and federal level make him a natural choice for this position. I am confident he will be an outstanding member of this critical commission."

McDonald is president of McDonald Solutions, a consulting firm. From 1982 to 2006 he was a member of the Federal Elections Commission appointed by President Reagan and later by President Clinton. He served as chairman of the commission in 1983, 1989, 1995 and 2001. The Federal Elections Commission is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign law. While serving on the commission, he acted as an official observer or advisor of elections in several Latin American nations as well as in emerging democracies of the former Soviet Bloc.

Prior to joining the Federal Elections Commission, McDonald served as general administrator of the Oklahoma Corporations Commission, which regulates the state's oil and gas industry, public utilities and transportation industry. From 1974 to 1979 he served as secretary to the Tulsa County Elections Board and was a licensed real estate broker.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in political science and economics and did post graduate work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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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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This page was last updated on July 14, 2014.