WCA Mediators

WCA Continues Limited Onsite Operations

The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration (WCA), in keeping with directives issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to further reduce community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will continue to operate telephonically for mediations and hearings, and for much of the agency's daily operations until further notice.
Just another reminder, employers are responsible for the cost and arrangement of a qualified interpreter for the telephonic hearings and mediations, including arrangements for telephonic participation by the interpreter. Employers and their counsel are requested to set up conference calls for all parties, and provide conference calling information to the mediators, judges and Director. All parties, counsel and interpreters are strongly encouraged to participate telephonically from their own homes and offices to minimize exposure.
Continuing updates will be posted on the WCA website as soon as available. ​

For questions about mediation scheduling or submission of exhibits, please contact the secretary listed below.


Kenneth Owens, Bureau ChiefKenneth Owens

Secretary: Liz Zon, 841-6076

Kenneth Owens joined the WCA in 2018 and was later hired as the Mediation Bureau Chief. Since June of 2020 he has served as the Acting Deputy Director of Operations, which includes the Workers’ Compensation Court, Clerk of the Court, Mediation, Ombudsman and Self-Insurance Bureaus. Owens is a native New Mexican and a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and New Mexico Military Institute, where he received his commission as a United States Army officer. He is a Persian Gulf War era Army veteran and served as an Air Defense Artillery officer. Owens has worked in the New Mexico legal community for over 25 years for both civil legal services and state government. He designed and managed the first statewide public benefits unit for New Mexico Legal Aid and worked with the State Human Services Department in utilizing an alternative dispute resolution process to help families access the public benefits to which they were legally entitled. As a former Assistant State Attorney General (AG), he established and managed the AG’s Keep Your Home New Mexico program and worked with the Administrative Office of the Courts and District courts in developing residential foreclosure mediation programs. Owens is a certified mediator, an at-large member of the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committee and has been appointed to the IAIABC Dispute Resolution Committee.

 


Amme HoganAmme Hogan

Secretary: Patricia Baca - 841-6814

Amme Hogan has worked at the Workers’ Compensation Administration since 2001, beginning as Assistant General Counsel. She also worked as staff attorney for the director, and spent almost nine years representing the Uninsured Employers’ Fund before becoming a mediator. Hogan earned her B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Texas, with special honors in English; she earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico. She also attended the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. Hogan has worked at the Public Defender Department in the Appellate Division; the Metro Division in Albuquerque; and was also in private practice several years before coming to the WCA.

 

 


Sheila HurleySheila Hurley

Secretary: Patricia Baca, 841-6814

Sheila Hurley was raised in England and New York, and has found her home in New Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and biology from Hunter College, and her law degree from Fordham Law School in New York City. Ms. Hurley focused on both health and employment law in law school, and began her career working for Epstein Becker and Green LLC in its employment law division. Subsequently, she developed her own labor and employment law practice, including representation of both employers and employees. Ms. Hurley has served in various roles in federal, state and city government for many years. She assisted Social Security Administration administrative law judges in medical file reviews and decision writing. She served as a hearing officer for the City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). She joined the Workers’ Compensation Administration in June, 2021.

 


Alex Ospino

Alex Ospino

Secretary: Patricia Baca, 841-6814

Alex Ospino has lived in New Mexico most of his life. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and graduated magna cum laude from the UNM Law School in 2017. He then entered private civil practice, representing a diverse clientele, from undocumented immigrants to multi-national corporations. Mr. Ospino joined the Workers' Compensation Administration in February, 2021.

 

 

 


Miriam Sutherland

Miriam Sutherland

Secretary: Liz Zon, 841-6076

Miriam Sutherland received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in D.C. As a member of the New Mexico, Texas, Maryland and D.C. bars, she has served in various leadership roles and and committees since 2003. Ms. Sutherland previously served as an administrative law judge with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and has litigated family law and probate cases for the past nine years in private practice. Ms. Sutherland joined the WCA in February, 2021.