PERMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Woods as its’ new Executive Director effective January 3, 2022. Ms. Woods’ comes to PERMA with extensive experience within the New York State Government having worked at the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) since 1998, serving as the Board’s Executive Director for the past five years.

Stephen Altieri, Chairman of the PERMA Board states, “The Board of Directors of PERMA is very excited about the selection of Ms. Woods as the next Executive Director.  Her talents as a leader and her knowledge of workers’ compensation insurance will serve to enrich the PERMA organization and its’ exceptional staff.”

Ms. Woods will succeed Jerry Faiella, current interim Executive Director, who will remain with the association to assist with the leadership transition and several ongoing projects. Mary Beth comments, “I am thrilled to join the talented team at PERMA to continue providing New York’s public entities with innovative, personalized, and cost-effective workers’ compensation solutions.”

Ms. Woods’ institutional knowledge of New York State’s regulatory environment, understanding of workers’ compensation and executive leadership experience aligns with PERMA’s mission and will be a distinct asset to the organization, as well as the membership.