Propagating the new work disability paradigm for disability benefits & workers' comp systems

Introducing the 60 Summits Project Staff

People who are wondering whether to get involved with The 60 Summits Project may want to know about the people behind the project. We have prepared these short biographical sketches to tell you who we are. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to share more detailed information with you.

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President / Chair
David Siktberg, MBA Executive Director
Diana Cline, MA Manager, Summit Liaison

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
President / Chair

Dr. Christian founded The 60 Summits Project shortly after the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) adopted its work disability prevention report.  (She had led the group of 21 volunteer physicians who developed it.)  She founded The 60 Summits Project because she saw the need for a mechanism that would propagate the report's new ideas across North America and get those ideas off the paper and into action.

Dr. Christian's broad perspective has developed during her 25 year career in medicine.  She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, heavy industry, managed care, workers' compensation insurance, public health, and consulting; and in several states including California, Maine, Alaska, California, West Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  Just prior to founding her own company, she served as vice president and chief medical officer of ManagedComp, at that time a workers' compensation insurance and managed care company with significant operations in 12 states.

She is board certified in occupational medicine with both an MD and an MPH (masters in public health) from the University of Washington.

Dr. Christian is also president of Webility Corporation in Massachusetts, a training and management company she founded in 1999.  Its purpose is to catalyze positive change in workers' compensation and disability benefits systems.  Webility's clients include major employers, healthcare organizations, workers?compensation and disability payers, and intermediary companies such as provider networks and case management firms.

Dr. Christian also founded and has run the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable since 2001.  This free email discussion group is open to any professional whose work brings them in contact with people whose medical conditions are affecting their ability to work.  Now with more than 1,000 members, the Roundtable’s membership is about 25% physicians, psychologists and chiropractors, 20% nurses and case managers.  The rest are people in a wide array of professions and settings: physical & occupational therapists, social workers, RTW coordinators, HR professionals, safety professionals, vocational rehabilitation counselors, social workers, consultants, lawyers, regulators, and even some journalists!  You are all invited to join the Roundtable!  Go to www.webility.md and fill out an application.

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David Siktberg, MBA
Executive Director

David's role in The 60 Summits Project is to develop and operate the infrastructure necessary to support both the central office of the 60 Summits Project as well as the local summit planning groups who rely on our partnership.

Prior to joining Webility, David was a management consultant on a wide variety of assignments that included providing financial, administrative and information system support to start-ups and small organizations as well as large strategic and technical assignments for major corporations. He often collaborates with Dr. Christian on Webility's consulting projects. He holds a BA in applied math from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David is Massachusetts-based, and has also been Executive Vice President of Webility Corporation since 2001.

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Diana Cline, MA
Manager, Summit Liaison

Diana's role is to serve as liaison between local Summit Planning Groups and the 60 Summits Project during the planning process. She supports the group leaders, keeps tabs on progress, listens to concerns, anticipates challenges, gives suggestions, and is the group's primary contact. She also helps conduct Summit events.

She developed her ability to work effectively with teams during her 20 plus years in a variety of progressively more responsible roles with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified case manager and rehabilitation counselor, and holds a BA in social sciences, an MSW in social work, and a MA in public administration from the Ohio State University.

Diana is Ohio-based, and has also been a Senior Associate with Webility Corporation since 2004.

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