WCA Mediators

WCA Mediators

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

Sarah Karni

Sarah Karni

Secretary: Liz Zon - 505-841-6076

Mediation Bureau Chief Sarah Karni was born and raised in Albuquerque, N. M. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and, before returning to school, traveled, studied languages, and worked as a community builder and survivor advocate/counselor. After graduating from the UNM School of Law in 2001, she briefly practiced family law at an Albuquerque law firm. Karni spent several years investigating and prosecuting cases for the New Mexico Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board before joining the Workers' Compensation Administration as a mediator in January 2006.

 


Shannon Driscoll

Shannon DriscollSecretary: Patricia Baca, 841-6814

Shannon Driscoll is from Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Dayton, and in 2008, her law degree from the UNM School of Law. Driscoll has a passion for mediation, and has spent many years practicing the form in various settings. She spent two years as the statewide manager for the New Mexico Magistrate Court Mediation Program. Prior to that, she provided legal services and mediation. She is the current chair of the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Vice President of the New Mexico Mediation Association. Driscoll has been with the Workers' Compensation Administration since October, 2017.

 


Amme Hogan

Amme Hogan Secretary: Liz Zon - 505-841-6076

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.

 


Kenneth Owens

Secretary: Patricia Baca, 841-6814

Kenneth Owens is a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, where he received his commission as a United States Army officer. He is a Persian Gult War era Army veteran and served as an Air Defense artillery officer. Owens has a long history of helping others resolve their conflicts in a way that is ultimately beneficial for all parties. After his military service, he worked as a community organizer for El Centro de la Raza in Seattle. He returned to New Mexico and graduated from the UNM School of Law in 2011. Owens has worked extensively in state government, community legal services and in private practice, including assistant New Mexico attorney general and as an employee at New Mexico Legal Aid. Owens joined the Workers' Compensation Administration in late March 2018.