Susan Harthill, Chair and Chief Judge
Susan Harthill was appointed as Chair of the Board and Chief Administrative Appeals Judge in May 2022. She has practiced and taught employment law for the entirety of her legal career. Prior to her appointment to the ARB, Chief Judge Harthill practiced employment law in the Washington D.C. office of a global law firm. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Solicitor of Labor for National Operations in the Office of the Solicitor at the DOL, where she oversaw the legal advice provided to all DOL agencies under the laws administered and enforced by DOL. Chief Judge Harthill was also formerly a tenured Professor of Law, teaching employment law and employment discrimination, civil procedure and evidence, and an employment lawyer in private practice in Washington D.C. She has also served as a lawyer at the Legal Aid Society of D.C. and as a Commissioner on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission in Jacksonville, Florida. Chief Judge Harthill earned a B.A. from the University of Leeds, England, an M.Sc. from the University of Bristol, England, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Thomas H. Burrell, Member
Thomas H. Burrell was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in August 2019. Judge Burrell began his federal service with the Board in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Illinois State University and his law degree from the Washington College of Law American University where he served on the American University Law Review. Judge Burrell is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Stephen M. Godek, Member
Stephen Godek was appointed to the Administrative Review Board at the Department of Labor in December 2020. Judge Godek previously served for 11 years as a Board Member on the HHS Departmental Appeals Board and as an Administrative Appeals Judge on the DAB Medicare Appeals Council. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Godek served as Senior Counsel to the HHS Office of Counsel to the Inspector General. During his tenure at OCIG, Judge Godek concurrently served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Judge Godek began his government service as Senior Counsel to the HHS Office of General Counsel, where he represented the HHS Office of Research Integrity. Judge Godek graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Joseph J. Longobardi, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Judge Godek is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Tammy Pust, Member
Tammy Pust was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in June 2022. She comes to the ARB with decades of labor, employment and administrative law experience. As the Chief Administrative Law Judge for Minnesota's Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Pust presided over administrative challenges to state and local government action. She earlier served as the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for the Minnesota Department of Education and as an Assistant Attorney General and Policy Director for Children and Families in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Judge Pust's most recent public service was for the City of Boston, where she was a Senior Advisor for Employee Relations and Legal Compliance with the Boston Public Schools and the City's Human Resources Transformation Program until her appointment as Boston's Director of Labor Relations. When not directly engaged in public service, Judge Pust practiced employment, labor and education law as a partner in three law firms in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, and recently taught Administrative Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Judge Pust graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association.