Joyce Sewell, former program manager and counselor for the Utah Independent Living Center, has been appointed director of the State Industrial Commission's Division of Industrial Accidents. She replaces Francis Loni Moffat who is now employed by the Worker's Compensation Fund of Utah.
Sewell's primary responsibility is to get injured workers back to work quickly, according to Commission Chairman Stephen M. Hadley. She will receive the first reports of injury from employers and attempt to quickly get the temporary wages paid to the injured worker and medical benefits paid to health care providers.She also will be involved in any disputes that arise when a workman's compensation insurance carrier refuses to make the payments. She will attempt to resolve the disputes and reduce the amount of litigation the commission handles.
Sewell has masters degrees in public administration and health services administration from the University of Utah and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, an honor society for public administrators.
Prior to her job with the living center, she was a case manager for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Hannibal, Mo., where she worked with disabled people as an advocate and social worker. She also has been an urban specialist with the Department of Urban Affairs, Kansas City, Mo.