Absence, Productivity and HR Consulting brings a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience to Employers, Service Providers, and those in the Broker/Producer community relating to all aspects of Health & Productivity. Our Principals are experienced in disability, absence, stay at work and return to work programs, paid leaves, paid time off, ADA, Workers' Comp, medical management, integrated benefits, health & wellness and Legal/Compliance issues.

Michael J. Dunst

Mike is an industry "Thought Leader" with 25+ years of absence management and disability leadership experience. His career has focused on employer based solutions related to operational efficiencies, claims management,  health & welfare strategies to promote workplace productivity and product development.  He founded and operated a nationally recognized absence & disability TPA firm that focused on Fortune 500 customers before selling to a major consulting firm. Mike has held leadership positions at several Tier 1 insurance companies as well as a national consulting firm. He has been a member of the IBI Executive Board of Directors and DMEC Advisory Board. He has presented on several occasions at industry conferences and published white papers on disability, return to work, and technology solutions for the disabled.

Leigh Stepan, CEBS
Michael Klachefsky

Michael is a nationally known expert in workplace productivity, leave, absence and disability management. He has helped over 130 employers, carriers, brokers, associations, governments and unions to evaluate, design or outsource their leave, absence and disability management programs. His experience includes consulting in both the USA and Canada. Michael has created over 120 media articles, webinars, conference presentations, and podcasts. He is considered a pioneer in the measurement of the total cost of absence and lost productivity and he has developed industry leading approaches to resolving mental health claims.

Ronald S. Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

Leigh is a leader in the benefits and risk management industries with over 25 years’ experience. She is a subject matter expert in both casualty claims and benefits, with particular expertise in workers compensation and time away from work programs including leave, disability, sick pay, PTO and various vacation plan models.  Leigh was Director of Benefits as well as Casualty Claims Manager for a fortune 100 retailer and Senior Vice President for the largest third-party administrator in the U.S. Leigh understands the industry from both the vendor and the employer perspective and is well versed in program design and  operational delivery. Leigh is a current board member for the Twin Cities Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist(ISCEBS) and has previously served on national committees for the ISCEBS, the Corporate Board for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the board of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI). 

As a credentialed and experienced occupational physician, Dr. Leopold brings credibility and a breadth of knowledge as a consultant, client advocate, and marketplace spokesperson. He is an industry thought leader in medical costs, employee benefits and health and productivity. Dr. Leopold has additional expertise on a variety of benefits-related topics, including the strategic value of employee benefits, the four generations in the workplace, the value of financial wellness and the implications of health reform for the benefits community. 

His  book on the future of employee benefits entitled The Benefits Edge: Honing the Competitive Value of Employee Benefits has been described as a blueprint for benefits in the decade of healthcare reform. He is also the author of A Year in the Life of a Million American Workers, an almanac of absence data, in addition to numerous by-lined articles in the benefits media. 

Carla J. O'Sullivan
Sr. Consultant, Absence Compliance

Carla is a nationally recognized expert in the field of absence management, ADA and regulatory compliance. She has the ability to integrate technical details of federal and state regulations with claim processes, employer policies and employee needs. She previously was the Absence and Disability Education Manager for the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC). In that role, she authored the DMEC Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) education and test program that is proving to be a “go to” certification for the industry.  Carla provides regulatory consulting to several absence software providers and includes translating regulatory details into software development, business process and workflow. She has extensive experience in audits of absence processes and rewrites of entire suites of letters for several carriers and TPA’s. Carla has worked in leadership regulatory roles in top tier insurance companies and national TPA’s and is skilled in communications, writing, business and process analysis, graphical design and data analysis.

Marie J. Killian

Marie is a human resources leader and employment law attorney who combines Fortune 100 business experience, subject matter expertise in human resources, and sound understanding of employment regulations. She has a proven track record in improving human resource management efficiencies and reducing the potential for regulatory non-compliance by conducting human resources audits, developing employment strategies, drafting policies, and implementing procedures for employers. Additionally, she has managed leave of absence programs for employers.  Marie has been responding to employers’ increased requests for third party investigations and sexual harassment training.

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