James B. Hunt Jr., Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission


TO: Employees & Staff
FROM: Buck Lattimore, Chairman
DATE: October 4, 2000
SUBJECT: Staff Appointments

I am pleased to announce the following new employees who will join the Industrial Commission’s staff:


Scarlette Gardner, Counsel to the Chairman/Agency Legal Specialist

Scarlette, a native of Williamston, has a BS in Business Administration from East Carolina, a MBA with a Finance concentration from East Carolina and a Law Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. She has worked for the past 3 years for President Pro Tem Marc Basnight in the North Carolina Senate where she was Special Assistant for Legislative and Constituent Affairs. At the Industrial Commission, Scarlette will serve as the Chairmans legal counsel, and the Commissions legislative liaison. She will handle workers compensation claims and inquiries that come directly to the Chairman and will assist in the budget process.

Amy Berenson, Secretary to the Chairman

Amy holds a BS Degree from Meredith College. For the past six years she has been an Administrative Assistant for management at IBM. She previously worked for five years for law firms as a legal secretary. She is an active volunteer for the Raleigh Little Theatre where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in l999. At the Commission, Amy will handle secretarial, scheduling and other duties for the chairman.

Kay Emanuel, Administrative Officer

Kay has been employed by the Industrial Commission for 15 years and has a total of 24 years experience with the State of North Carolina. She attended Sampson Technical College and majored in business. She has completed numerous seminars and workshops related to her position. Her duties as Administrative Officer have been expanded to include assisting the Chairman in budgeting, supervising the agencys expenditures and receipts, and coordinating special projects. She will function as the section head for the Administration/Fiscal Section of the Commission.


Philip A. Baddour III, Deputy Commissioner

Philip earned a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD from Campbell School of Law. He practiced law for more than three years in a firm concentrating in workers compensation and personal injury cases. For the past year he has worked as an Attorney II in the Attorney Generals Office where he represented the State in workers compensation and tort claim cases. He has extensive research and writing experience. He will join the Commission on November 1st.


Adrian Phillips, Attorney III (Assistant Attorney General Assigned to the Industrial Commission)

Adrian holds a BS in Chemistry from Bennett College in Greensboro and a JD from North Carolina Central School of Law in Durham. For the past 2 years, she has been an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Medicare Fraud Unit of the Justice Department where she has supervised the investigation and prosecution of Medicare fraud cases. Previously, she was an Assistant District Attorney for Person & Caswell counties for four years. She replaces Stephen Gheen in the Industrial Commissions Fraud Unit where she will prepare workers compensation fraud cases for prosecution and administratively handle non-insured employer cases.


Cindy Hardy, Ombudsman

Cindy attended Campbell University and has worked for the past 13 years as a Claims Examiner in the Industrial Commissions Claims Section. Cindys understanding of the claims process and experience at the Commission will be an asset as she assumes the duties in the Ombudsman Section.

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