Robert M. Hisnay Award and the Patrick A. O’Neill Friendship Award

OSIA is seeking nominations for the Robert M. Hisnay Award and the Patrick A. O’Neill Friendship Award to be presented at the  2015 OSIA Conference, which will be held in Cleveland, OH, at the Westin Hotel.


The Robert M. Hisnay Award was established to honor workers’ compensation professionals who have distinguished themselves as experts in the field of workers’ compensation and as leaders in establishing a sound self-insurance system in the interest of all parties.  Nominees for this award must have been in the practice of workers’ compensation while in the employ of the self-insured employer, and have exhibited a commitment to honesty, ethics, and principles.


The Patrick A. O’Neill Award was established to honor those individuals who have demonstrated that they have been supporters and true friends to self-insurers through their demonstrated efforts to promote self-insurance while working to secure a fair workers’ compensation system.  Anyone involved in Ohio Workers Compensation self-insurance can be nominated for this award. The person need not be a member of the Ohio Self-Insurers Association. The candidate may be nominated by anyone familiar with his or her duties and responsibilities.


Submissions for candidates must include supportive reasoning for the submission and specifically state why the candidate should be considered.  Nominations for these awards will be kept confidential and will be accepted at through April 1, 2015.


OSIA is the most effective organization representing the interest of Ohio self-insured employers in matters before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government and promoting the highest standards of workers' compensation administration.


Organized in 1974 as an outgrowth of concern over the trend in Federal and State legislation dealing with Workers' Compensation claims, Ohio Self Insurers Association membership now compromises approximately one-half of the self-insured companies in Ohio.
Under Section 22 of the Ohio Workers' Compensation Law, employers who qualify are allowed to pay their own compensation directly to injured employees or to dependents of deceased employees.  Any employer, firm, or corporation thus qualified is eligible for OSIA membership.
OSIA representatives testify before the Ohio legislature, advancing points of common interest; confer with the Industrial Commission and the Bureau of Workers' Compensation administration; review proposed administrative appointments and advance recommendations; work closely with other Ohio and national associations in advancing self-insurer goals; conduct an annual statewide conference and periodic workshops and seminars to keep self-insurers abreast of current practices; and provide their members with newsletters and news briefs to keep them informed of important issues.
Dues are based upon the average number of employees on the Ohio payroll of the member company in the preceding calendar year. OSIA is governed by a 15-member Board of Managers, elected by the membership.

OSIA Officers

President - Peggy Downard       

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Northwest)             419-427-4779


Vice President - Denise Evans  

Staffmark (Southwest)                                                513-852-4806


Treasurer - Catherine Duhigg Gannon   

Eaton (Northeast)                                                       440-523-4468


Secretary - Loyd Hudson            

American Electric Power (Central)                              740-349-4040


Executive Secretary - Robert (Buz) Minor   

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Central)        614-464-6410


Executive Secretary Emeritus - Robin Obetz    

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Central)        614-464-5660

OSIA Board of Managers

Kim Cook Owens Community College (Northwest) 567-661-7137
Curtis Gross Parker Hannifin (Northeast)                          
Donna Hadley United Dairy Farmers (Southwest) 513-366-8516
Steve Hatton Greater Dayton RTA (Southwest) 937-425-8545
Lynn Hubach Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (Northeast) 330-463-6907
Laura Kaiser Installed Building Products (Central) 614-221-3382
Gail Lambie Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (Central) 937-642-5000
Debbie Lantman Formica Corporation (Southwest) 513-786-3538
Chris Royer The Timken Company (Northeast) 330-471-3456



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