Darin A. Childers, WCA Director
Darin A. Childers was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to serve as the director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) in December 2013. Childers was born in Curitiba, Brazil, but grew up in Gaithersburg, Md. He attended BYU in Provo, Utah, earning both a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Juris Doctorate degree. Following graduation, Childers moved to New Mexico, where he worked as an attorney at the Albuquerque law firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis, Syra & Chapman, P.A., with his primary areas of practice being workers’ compensation and personal injury defense litigation. Childers initially joined the WCA as the general counsel in June 2011.
The Director's Message
New Mexico is a great place to live and a great place to work and build a business. We at the Workers' Compensation Administration (WCA) are doing our best to ensure that New Mexico continues to grow and improve.
The Workers' Compensation Administration was created to assure the timely delivery of benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers. Workers' Compensation is a system of insurance that protects workers and employers from some of the losses caused by on-the-job accidents and job-related illnesses.
A key objective of the WCA is to educate employers and their workers on best practices for on-the-job safety and accident prevention in order to promote work place safety. Accident prevention is the key to protecting employees. But accidents do happen and should a disabling injury occur the workers' compensation system is designed to address the injured worker's immediate needs for medical care and benefits promptly.
Dana Chavez, Executive Deputy Director, Operations
Dana Chavez has served in various capacities of the WCA since 1988. She was appointed as an executive deputy director in May 2015. She has managed the functions of the Employer Compliance Bureau to include the proof of coverage filing requirements and the enforcement of coverage for employers conducting business in New Mexico. Her journey and involvement in working with different bureaus of the agency include the spectrum from agency workload statistics to records management. Before her appointment to the senior management team, Chavez was the WCA Clerk of the Court. Prior to joining the agency, Chavez worked for several insurance agencies and companies dealing in all lines of insurance. She is a native New Mexican raised in Albuquerque.
Executive Deputy Director, Support Services
Lisa M. Liegeot, General Counsel
Lisa M. Liegeot was appointed as general counsel of the WCA in April 2017. Originally from Connecticut, Liegeot graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked as a corporate law associate, later opening her own law firm, and has also served as general counsel for a national health and wellness company. Liegeot moved to New Mexico in 2013, and after passing the state bar exam, was appointed cabinet director in the Office of Governor Susana Martinez. In 2015, she was assigned to serve as general counsel to the New Mexico State Fair/Expo New Mexico.