2021 Texas EMS Conference Speakers
Jennifer A. Shuford, MD, MPH
Chief State Epidemiologist
Texas Department of State Health Services
Dr. Shuford graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Shuford completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Shuford worked in Austin, Texas as an infectious disease physician in private practice prior to joining Texas Department of State Health Services in 2017. She is currently the Chief State Epidemiologist for DSHS, leading data-driven activities and policy formation aimed at improving the health of all Texans. She also serves on the faculty of the DSHS Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Program. She is a member of Travis County Medical Society and Infectious Disease Society of America. She is also a member of Texas Medical Association, where she serves as a consultant to their Committee on Infectious Diseases.
Tina Amlin, LP
Tina Amlin, LP, has been a licensed paramedic over 30 years and has worked for agencies in the Central Texas area since 1989. She has a background in teaching AMLS, PHTLS, ACLS and PALS. Tina has worked in research and is currently working at Baylor Scott & White Memorial ER in Temple.
Jeff Anderson, NRP
Jeff Anderson, NRP, is a paramedic and EMS educator form Bossier City, Louisiana. He teaches in the paramedic program at Bossier Parish Community College and works as a paramedic for a local EMS agency.
Cheryl Bakhtiari, EMT-P
Cheryl Bakhtiari, EMT-P, has been in EMS for 40 years and has also been a group fitness instructor for 20 years. She co-developed the physical ability hiring test for the City of Sugar Land Fire Department.
Ken Bouvier, NREMT-P
Ken Bouvier, NREMT-Paramedic, Professional Speaker, is known nationally and internationally as a professional EMS speaker. He began his fire and EMS career in 1975. He served as fire chief for Monsanto from 1975to 2012. Bouvier started at New Orleans EMS in 1989, as an EMT-paramedic and in 2012 became deputy chief of operations until retirement in March 2019. Bouvier served as EMS commander of most New Orleans major events including Mardi Gras and two Super Bowls. Bouvier was the recipient of the 1989 National EMT of the Year Award, 2008 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award and 2019 Louisiana EMS Lifetime Achievement Award. Bouvier served as the NAEMT President from 2004-2006. Bouvier has an extensive Fire/EMS educational background and has made written contributions in 13 EMS textbooks. He presently serves on the EMS World Editorial Advisory Board. Bouvier continues to serve both fire and EMS communities as a professional speaker and educator.
Richard Bradley, MD, EMT-P
Richard Bradley, MD, EMT-P, is an active EMS medical director and a retired professor of emergency medicine from UTHealth in Houston, where he served as the chief of the division of EMS and disaster medicine. He has served as a paramedic in California, Virginia, and Texas. He is a colonel in the Texas Air National Guard and the commander of the 147th medical group in Houston.
Joshua Brandt, MBA, PMP, EMT
Joshua Brandt, MBA, PMP, EMT, is an EMS data expert and instrument-rated pilot who has brought data tools and ideas from aviation to prehospital agencies. He serves as president of Brandt VX, LLC.
Russ Brown, NRP
Russ Brown, NRP, is a paramedic and clinical educator for Southlake Fire Department in Southlake, TX. He has been a contributing writer for EMS World Magazine, EMS Professionals magazine and the Medutopia Medical Education blog. A passionate medical educator, he frequently lectures at regional and state EMS conferences around the country. He is also the founder and lead instructor for Med Inspired LLC and the creator and host of the Med Inspired podcast.
Dean Campa, MA, LP, FP-C, EMS-CC
Dean Campa, MA, LP, FP-C, EMS-CC, is a full-time professor of emergency medical services at Lonestar College-North Harris. Along with teaching, he has worked in various capacities in EMS since 1990, including flight paramedic, ground paramedic and wilderness EMT. He holds both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in interpersonal communications (areas of study: relational maintenance, family communication, nonverbal communication, and deception) and various other prehospital credentials (LP, FPC, WEMT, EMS-CC, etc.). Additionally, he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in cognitive psychology and is conducting studies on the role of interpersonal communications, workplace spillover and their impact on emergency service providers.
James Campbell, NRP, FACPE
James Campbell, Chief of EMS, has 17 years of experience in fire/EMS. In 2018 he joined the Montgomery County Hospital District (MCHD) and in 2019 he became the MCHD chief of EMS. MCHD has a service area of 1,100 sq/miles, 250 paramedics and had 73,000 responses in 2020. Campbell is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Paramedic Executives (FACPE) and is on the SETRAC board of directors as well as the GETAC EMS Committee.
Wendell Campbell, Houston HIDTA Drug Intelligence Officer, Retired DEA Special Agent, has more than 25 years of experience serving both in the United States and South America. Throughout his career, Mr. Campbell has been assigned to DEA enforcement groups, the DEA Mobil Enforcement Team, major drug squads, Houston Police Targeted Narcotics Enforcement Team and the OCDEFT strike force. He is a certified Dept. of Justice public information officer and training coordinator. Mr. Campbell serves as the DEA Houston Division Media and Public Information Officer as well as the Houston Division Training Coordinator where he coordinates, organizes, and disseminates information related to community drug threats, drug trafficking organizations as well as public health and safety drug threats.
Jay Cloud, BA, LP
Jay Cloud, BA, LP, has 49 years of EMS and firefighting experience and 37 years as an EMS educator. He has served on the National Registry of EMT’s test writing committee and has 10 years of expert witness and EMS case review experience. Throughout his service he has earned numerous honors and awards including Texas DSHS EMS Educator of the Year in 2004; Odis Chappell Award, 2007 with the Deer Park Fire Department; Tex Holitzke Memorial Award (bestowed twice) for fire victim rescues; and the Presidents and Chiefs awards for outstanding service to the fire profession.
Clayton Collins, BSN, RN, CPN
Clayton Collins, BSN, RN, CPN, is the clinical education coordinator at Shriners Children’s – Texas. He started his nursing career as a PICU nurse before becoming the Shriners hospital educator. Clayton has taught providers globally in the management of patients with burn injury.
Amy Corbett, BS, LP, CPSTI
Amy Corbett, BS, LP, CPSTI, is a paramedic and community outreach coordinator for Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) in Harris County, Texas. She is a member of the Harris County Child Fatality Review Team, Child Passenger Safety Instructor for Safe Kids Greater Houston, and began the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at HCEC.
Weston Davis, MPA, LP
Weston Davis, MPA, LP, is a leader in emergency services with more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and has served in multiple leadership positions in fire and EMS. He is a licensed and critical care paramedic and EMS instructor serving as the EMS director for the city of El Campo.
Bradley Dean, MA, NRP
Bradley Dean, MA, NRP, started with the Thomasville rescue squad, in Thomasville, NC and in the mid 90’s went to work for Davidson County Emergency Services, in Lexington, NC. Currently, Bradley serves as the battalion chief over the Training Division for Rowan County Emergency Services in Salisbury, NC. He has authored several articles, was part of the expert panel for the NHTSA/NASEMSO EMS Fatigue Project and has been a technical reviewer for several EMS textbooks. Bradley has a military background while holding degrees in emergency medical services, biology, and chemistry, a bachelor’s in business administration, and a master of arts from Wake Forest University.
Chris Ebright, B.Ed., NRP
Chris Ebright, BEd, NRP, Chris Ebright is an EMS educator, managing all aspects of continuing EMS education for ProMedica Air and Mobile in Toledo, Ohio as well as numerous EMS systems in northwest Ohio. He has been a nationally registered paramedic for 26 years, providing primary EMS response, land, and air critical care transportation. Chris has educated hundreds of first responders, EMT’s, paramedics, and nurses for 25 years with his trademark whiteboard artistry sessions, including natives from the Cayman Islands and Australia. Chris’ passion for education is also currently featured as an article contributor, published on the Limmer Education website. He has been a featured presenter at numerous local, state, and national EMS conferences over the past 14 years and enjoys travelling annually throughout the United States meeting EMS professionals from all walks of life. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website www.christopherebright.com.
Justin Fairless, DO, LP, FACEP, FAEMS
Justin Fairless, DO, LP, FACEP, FAEMS, an associate professor of emergency medicine at TCU-UNTHSC School of Medicine and medical director for the West Coast University-Texas Physician Assistant Program. He attended medical school at Oklahoma State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and Emergency Medicine residency at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Dr. Fairless practices in the emergency departments at Methodist Southlake and Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle, where he is vice chief of staff. Dr. Fairless serves as EMS medical director for Reeves County ESD Nos. 1 & 2 and Code 4 Emergency Services. He is a tactical physician for the Center for Tactical Medicine. Dr. Fairless is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. He is a fellow of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
William Ferguson, MD, FAEMS
William Ferguson, MD, FAEMS, started his career at Charity Hospital of New Orleans after completing his BSN and finishing EMT school. Then, after almost 14 years in emergency care including flight nursing, he transitioned into emergency medicine. He is now director of the Office of EMS at UAB and medical director for Birmingham Fire and Rescue. However, a large portion of his time is spent in EMS education. He runs a free continuing education program, Alabama EMS Challenge, which provides bi-monthly education to paramedics, including annual cadaver labs. He currently works with both ground and air agencies and as a medical director for initial paramedic education. He is a Board Member of Alabama ACEP and NAEMSP and speaks locally, regionally, and nationally on EMS topics.
Tamsin Fuller, BSc, MInstP
Tamsin Fuller, BSc(hons) MInstP, is currently working for the emergency services in London. She also volunteers as an emergency responder for the London Ambulance Service and has served as an EMT for St John Ambulance for 11 years. Fuller has a degree in physics and is currently working on her master’s in computing.
Tony Garcia, MS, MSN, ACNP, FNP, ACCNS, CFRN, LP
Tony Garcia, MS, MSN, ACNP, FNP, ACCNS, CFRN, LP, brings almost 40 years of experience in emergency services and healthcare. He is currently an ACNP intensivist for the UTSW Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care, and a flight nurse with CareFlite. He operates by two simple rules for life: Embrace the suck and don’t let the Swiss cheese holes align.
Bill Gardner, CFO, CFE, EMT-P
Bill Gardner, CFO, CFE, EMT-P, is the senior director of fire products at ESO. Bill began his firefighting career in 1985, working/volunteering at various municipal fire and EMS agencies. He was nominated for Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Central Texas Firefighter of the Year, and was a finalist for Texas Firefighter of the Year. He was recognized as an Austin-Travis Co. EMS Paramedic of the year for two years. Bill has served as the President of the SFFMA and is currently still active in the Volunteer Fire Chief academy and TEEX Municipal Fire Training School. Gardner currently serves as the senior advisor to the chief at Leander Fire Department and is a board member of Leander VFD.
Matthew Giacopelli, BS, NR-P
Matthew Giacopelli, BS, NR-P, has been involved in EMS since 1991, starting as a volunteer at SUNY Maritime College. He earned EMT certification in 1992 and paramedic in 2000. Matt has worked in urban, suburban, and rural settings doing 911 and critical care transports, gaining experience in ground and air transport. And while he’s been around a few different blocks, from New York City to Long Island, to York, PA, a few times, he’ll never say he’s seen everything. Currently, he is a paramedic with York Regional EMS in Yoe, PA.
Mark Gillespie, MFS, TBCI
Mark Gillespie, MFS, TBCI, is a Texas board-certified private investigator, forensic scientist, security specialist and active shooter survival trainer. He has been president/CEO of Gillespie Forensics and Investigations since 2004. Gillespie specializes in cold cases, forensic consultations, criminal defense investigations investigator and personal protection and security awareness trainer and speaker. He has a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University and spent a career as an Air Force Office and special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
Kelly Grayson, AGS, NRP, CCP
Steven “Kelly” Grayson, AGS, NRP, CCP, is a critical care paramedic with Acadian Ambulance in southwest Louisiana and has been an EMS educator for twenty-five years. He is the owner and founder of MEDIC Training Solutions, an EMS training and consulting firm. He is an award-winning columnist for EMS1.com and EMS World Magazine, and an author of several books.
Larry Hill, BA, MAG, LP, CCP, DMT, FP
Larry Hill, LP, NRP, CCEMTP, FP, DMT, BA, MA, has been active in emergency medical services for over 40 years. He has been a licensed paramedic with the NAEMT for over 25 years and worked for most of that time in austere international environments in Latin America, Africa, North America, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Larry is certified as a flight medic, critical care paramedic, medical dive technician, hazardous materials medic, and remote medical specialist. He has developed medical training programs for indigenous populations including rural clinics for communities in Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kenya, Guatemala, Australia, and India. He has a special interest in telemedicine for the rural environment. He is a certified educator in emergency medical services for the State of Texas and holds numerous instructor certifications in Texas and nationally. Larry has a B.A. in international relations from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A.G. in environmental management from Texas State University.
Stephen Hines, BSC, Dip IMC RSCEd
Stephen Hines, BSC (Hons), Dip IMC RCS Ed, is the clinical practice learning manager for the control rooms of the London Ambulance Service in the UK. As such he is responsible for the education of clinicians who advise patients and operational staff on best clinical practice.
Dustin Housewright, MS, MIFireE, NRP
Dustin Housewright, MS, CEMSO, MIFireE, NRP, began his emergency services career in 2002. He is currently a captain and EMS director with a Fortune 500 chemical company. His background includes work at the community college level, industrial and municipal fire departments and for various EMS agencies as a paramedic and training officer. He instructs various courses in fire (municipal & industrial), EMS, technical rescue, and hazardous materials. Housewright holds a M.S. in safety, security and emergency management, a B.S. in fire science administration and an associate degree in public safety. He is a credentialed chief EMS officer (CEMSO) and holds designation at the member grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Suh Hughart, EMT-P, EMS Instructor
Suh Hughart, EMT-P, EMS Instructor, is full-time paramedic for San Marcos Hays County EMS. She also works as a faculty member at the Center for Emergency Health Sciences teaching procedural anatomy. Suh has lectured at state and national EMS conferences and her articles on human trafficking have been published in JEMS.
Eric Jaeger, EMS Instructor
Eric Jaeger, EMS Instructor Coordinator, Paramedic, EMS Educator, is the EMS educator at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH; he also serves as a paramedic on the hospital’s ALS paramedic intercept team and in the emergency department. Eric lectures extensively on EMS topics. He has served on the State of NH EMS Protocol Committee for over 15 years. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Jaeger has been published (“Know the Differences between Seizures, Epilepsy & Mimics,” JEMS, 12/2012, and “Prehospital Care of Neurologic Emergencies, Ch. 5 Spinal Cord Injury,” Cambridge University Press, 08/2014) in several national publications.
Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS
Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS, is the EMS medical director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS and the host of The EMS Lighthouse Project Podcast. He maintains a clinical practice in the ED at Baylor Scott & White in Round Rock, Texas. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS. He began his career in EMS over 30 years ago and remains a licensed paramedic today. Dr. Jarvis has research interests in airway management and clinical performance measures. He is a proud father to two wonderful kids, husband of 26 years and a loyal Aggie.
Steven LeCroy, EMTP, Respiratory Therapist
Steven LeCroy, Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist, has a master’s degree in Disaster Preparedness and is a 40-year respiratory therapist and a 35-year paramedic. He has published multiple articles, a book and chapter on non-invasive ventilation. He has lectured at conferences in EMS as well as in respiratory therapy across 3 continents and has been an expert witness in over 100 cases across the US.
William Leggio, EdD, NRP
William Leggio, EdD, NRP, is focused on clinical practice, standards, and performance improvement for Office of the Chief Medical Officer with Austin/Travis County. He currently serves on the board of directors for NAEMSE and has contributed original scholarship to our profession. He also served on the technical expert panel for EMS Agenda 2050.
Dusty Lynn-Page, RN, MSc, EMT-P
Dusty Lynn, RN, MSc, EMT-P, with over 35 years of pediatric critical care experience, Dusty started her career in the neonatal ICU. She later began working with a pediatric trauma team & then in the pediatric ICU. Caring for post op congenital heart disease patients lead her to becoming an ECLS specialist. She trained as a paramedic when she became an EMS outreach coordinator in Washington DC. Dusty has been teaching PALS since 1989 and has branched out to teach many topics related to pediatric resuscitation since. Dusty has also had the opportunity to work in L&D as well as served as trauma PI coordinator for a level 1 trauma center. She has presented in several states across the Nation, as well as many countries. On days when she is not teaching locally, she enjoys traveling with her husband Bob Page, or sharing time together in their home near Charlottesville Virginia.
Kevin Mahoney, CEO, President
Kevin Mahoney, CEO, President, has worked as an emergency medical technician as a volunteer, for various private ambulances in New York and for the New York City Fire Department in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has overseen and administered emergency medical technician, CPR and first aid courses since 2003. Kevin remains active in the field as a lieutenant of a FDNY engine company in the Bronx and active in training as the lead instructor of the FDNY Counter Terrorism Task Force. He is also involved in the EMS community as he serves on the advisory board for Fordham University EMS, board of director for the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., and on the drill committee for the New York State & Volunteer Ambulance Association.
Rick Maricle, BAAS, NRP, FP-C
Rick Maricle, BAAS, NRP, FP-C, is the EMS chair for the Texas Operational Canine Care Committee (TOCCC) and is the captain of EMS training at Bexar County 2 Fire Department in San Antonio, TX. He is a certified flight paramedic and EMS coordinator with 11 years of EMS experience in both 911 and critical care transport environments. Previously to working full time in EMS he spent 10 years as a police K9 trainer. Rick is also a founding member of the K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Subcommittee (K9-TECC).
Bob Matoba, MEd, EMT-P
Bob Matoba, EMT-P, MEd, has made it his mission to educate clinicians, rather than technicians. Bob’s career has spanned many aspects of the EMS profession, first as an EMT for a private ambulance company, all the way to the EMS chief for a metropolitan fire department. He has been blessed to speak at many EMS conferences throughout the nation, and is a monthly columnist for EMS.1.com, as well as a featured and contributing author for EMS World Magazine and JEMS. Bob also strives to provide education that has relevance while improving the clinical practice of his participants.
Keaton Mattick, BAAS, LP
Keaton Mattick, BAAS, LP, serves as the EMS captain of operations for Bexar County ESD 2 Fire and EMS. He started his EMS Career in 2003 and joined BCESD 2 in 2019 and helped implement their EMS System. He has served as a line medic, FTO and in leadership. He holds his bachelor’s degree in fire & emergency service administration from Texas A&M-San Antonio.
Juan Mejias, NRP, FP-C
Juan Mejias, NRP, FP-C, is involved in quality management and education. He has designed, implemented, and managed an education outreach program for a large air medical provider. He has experience in rural, busy metropolitan, air medical EMS systems, and education. He is also a member of ATEMSP, NAEMSP, NAEMT affiliate faculty/case author.
Ronna Miller, MD
Ronna Miller, MD, with a background in adult/pediatric general surgery and trauma surgery, Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the EMS Division of the UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine. She has been an EMS Physician and a state- and nationally recognized EMS educator for more than 20 years. In addition to serving as Associate Medical Director in the UT Southwestern/Parkland BioTel EMS system and Editor for NDLSF Core Disaster Life Support course, she has been involved in evidence-based EMS research and protocol development for many years, with a special passion for pediatric EMS. Other interests include disaster medicine, HazMat/weapons of mass effect, trauma, resuscitation, evidence-based EMS practice & community outreach.
Amy Mills, RN
Amy Mills, RN, has a clinical background in neonatal, pediatric, and adult intensive care. She has been a critical care nurse for more than 28 years, with 14 years’ experience as a nurse paramedic in air and ground transport and as a clinical educator. Amy currently serves as a senior clinical affairs manager with Teleflex.
Nanci Nagel, DHSc, RN, ACNP-BC
Nanci Nagel, DHSc, RN, ACNP-BC, has presented across the United States and Internationally. She currently works in a large academic hospital in the critical care environment. Prior to becoming an NP, she was a Parkland Burn ICU nurse for 10 years and a flight RN for 6 years. She understands both the prehospital and ICU needs of burn patients.
Kenneth Navarro, LP
Kenneth Navarro, LP, serves as chief of EMS education development in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Kenny also serves as a content consultant for various project teams at the American Heart Association and as a chapter coauthor for the AHA Guidelines 2020. Kenny is a medical and education volunteer who specializes in teaching basic and advanced resuscitation courses in developing countries around the world.
Wes Ogilvie, MPA, JD, LP, NRP
Wes Ogilvie, MPA, JD, LP, NRP, CP-C, is licensed as an attorney and paramedic in Texas. He is unique in that he actively practices law and is active in EMS as both a field provider and instructor. Wes has a variety of volunteer EMS experience in EMS first response and transport in volunteer and combination organizations throughout Central Texas and the Gulf Coast. He regularly teaches and presents on both EMS legal issues and his passion – improving volunteer EMS. He is also the co-author of the medical-legal chapter of a leading paramedic text.
Bob Page, M.Ed., NRP, CCP, NCEE
Bob Page, MEd, NRP, CCP, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS, is an internationally known speaker, instructor, author, and paramedic. He is recognized for his energetic, humorous, and motivational style. Bob takes ordinarily dry and hard to teach topics and transforms them into a fun, learning experience. He holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and has been an instructor for almost 4 decades teaching a variety of adult education courses from customer service to advanced medical care. Bob is a certified healthcare simulation educator and operations specialist. He has presented over 3000 seminars worldwide and was recognized by his peers in Missouri as Missouri’s “Most Creative Educator” in 2009 and awarded the Legends That Walk Among us award from NAEMSE is 2012.
Adam Parkhurst, Paramedic
Adam Parkhurst, Paramedic, has worked in fire-based EMS since 2005. He holds a master’s degree in sociology and works as a firefighter/field training paramedic with the Euless Fire Department. Adam is also an adjunct EMS instructor at Tarrant County College and is a medical specialist for Texas Taskforce 1.
Casey Patrick, MD, FAEMS
Casey Patrick, MD, FAEMS, grew up in Williamsburg, KY and graduated from The University of the Cumberlands in 2000. Following his undergraduate studies, Patrick received his MD from The University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2004. In 2007, he completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Indiana University. Since residency he has practiced EM in both Indiana and Texas. He is currently the medical director for Harris County ESD11 Mobile Healthcare and assistant medical director for the Montgomery County Hospital District EMS service. His EMS educational focus is on innovative paramedic teaching via the MCHD Paramedic Podcast. Dr. Patrick’s clinical EMS research involves using bolus intravenous nitroglycerin for acute pulmonary edema and the prehospital utility of esmolol in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Les Powell, NRP, CSSS, HM-M, SAPA, RSO, FF-III
Les Powell, NRP, CSSS, HM-M, SAPA, RSO, FF-III, started his career while in high school with the DeRidder, LA, fire department. While in the Army Military Police, Les became an EMT in 1981 and was certified by the NREMT. He remains certified and received a 30-year award from the Nationally Registry in 2012. Les has worked in industrial safety since 1989, starting in construction moving into petrochemical HSE along with industrial emergency response. He has been a member of the NAEMT since 1993 and is currently serving his third appointment to the membership committee. He served as the president of the Sabine-Neches Chapter of the ASSE (now ASSP) in 2007-08. Powell was featured in Texas EMS Magazine September/October 2009 http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/SO09EMSExperience.pdf
Stephen Rahm, NRP
Stephen Rahm, NRP, is an educator, author, and lecturer with over 35 years of experience in EMS. Chief Rahm currently oversees the Office of Clinical Direction at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences and manages all clinical efforts within Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services. Stephen has authored numerous textbooks, EMS certification exam preparation tools, videos, and articles, and is additionally named on multiple journal articles and scientific posters. He is the Centre’s co-chair and faculty member in procedural and anatomical programs, as well as Multi-Lead ECG interpretation and more. Chief Rahm is a frequent speaker at local, regional, state, and national conferences, where he presents on a wide variety of emergency medicine related topics.
Kevin Ramdayal, Deputy Chief
Kevin Ramdayal, Deputy Chief, began his career in EMS in 2005. He has worked his way from an EMT to now serving as a deputy chief within the borough of Brooklyn. Kevin has worked in places such as the FDNY EMS Academy to commanding officer of the Midtown Manhattan EMS Station. He has taken lead on projects such as the NYC Ebola response & The FDNY Counterterrorism Task Force. He has served on many mass casualty incidents such as weather disasters & large-scale fires coordinating EMS resources. Kevin is an educator with over a decade of teaching experience and over a dozen conference lectures to his credit. Back home, he still enjoys teaching as he frequently instructs at a local NYC college specializing in EMT and paramedic education.
Thomas Randall, Texas DPS Communication Staff
Thomas Randall, Texas DPS Communications staff, is retired from the Texas Dept of Public Safety where he was involved in emergency management and communications issues for many years. He was part of the State of Texas initial work with the FirstNet Authority, planning for the rollout of the network. Tom is now the regional rep for the federal government’s FirstNet Authority in Texas.
Taylor Ratcliff, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FF/EMT-LP
Taylor Ratcliff, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FF/EMT-LP, is the division director of prehospital medicine for the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas division and is the Baylor Scott & White emergency management system medical director. He is the EMS medical director for the cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and Waco, in addition to first responders in Bell and McLennan counties. Taylor is also an assistant medical director for PHI Texas and STAR Flight. In addition, he provides medical direction for the Temple College Health Professions EMS program and Bell and McLennan County emergency medical dispatch programs. Ratcliff serves as the physician medical director for the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, region 7 team that encompasses the Central Texas area. Dr. Ratcliff serves on the Texas Governor’s Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) as the EMS education member and is the current president of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of EMS Physicians.
Heather Reeder, LP, MS
Heather Reeder, LP, MS, has 16 years of experience in EMS, to include the fire service, urban and rural EMS, as well as education. She has served in educational leadership positions and is currently serving as the education coordinator for Allegiance Mobile Health and an instructor at Central Texas College. Heather holds a master’s degree in EMS management and leadership from Creighton University and maintains certifications in EMS, to include licensed paramedic, EMS coordinator and CADS.
Kiersten Robinson, Paramedic
Kiersten Robinson, Paramedic, is a field paramedic for San Marcos Hays County EMS, a mom, and domestic violence/sexual assault survivor. She’s worked closely with domestic violence and sexual assault victims for the past 4 years. Using her story and her experiences in the field she hopes to bring awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault to the forefront of prehospital care.
Gary Saffer, MPA, NRP
Gary Saffer, MPA, NRP, retired after working for Boston EMS for almost 35 years. During that time, he served in a wide variety of field, communications, supervisory, and administrative positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s in public administration, and has been a nationally registered paramedic since 1990. Since retiring, he has used his experience and education in both the EMS education and quality improvement fields.
David Sanko, BA, NRP
David Sanko, BA, NRP, David started in EMS in 1982 as an EMT and has had NR-paramedic certification since 1987 along with a BA from Boston University. He has extensive experience in the Denver Metro region as a nationally registered paramedic and instructor for multiple private/ public agencies including Flight for Life, volunteer fire fighter/paramedic, co-founder/ owner of Pridemark Paramedic Services, adjunct faculty for local community colleges, instructor for Denver Health EMT-Basic and Paramedic School, and currently with Centura Health –Prehospital Services Department as the EMS coordinator. David has been speaking locally and nationally for over 30 years.
Shirlinda Savahl, LP, BS, MEd
Shirlinda Savahl, LP, BS, is a licensed paramedic with 26 years of 911 and MICU experience in Texas and Tennessee. She is EMS educator in Texas and serves as a tactical paramedic for a SWAT unit. Shirlinda owns and operates a healthcare academy in Midland, TX and works full-time for a rural 911 agency.
Julie Scadden, Director of EMS, Paramedic
Jules Scadden, Paramedic, Director of EMS, has been involved in EMS for over 29 years and currently serves as the director of EMS for Dysart Ambulance Service, a blended volunteer/paid ambulance service in central Iowa. Scadden also serves as co-chair on the Iowa EMS-C Advisory Council, the service director representative on the Iowa Quality Assurance and Scope of Practice Committee and is vice-chair of the National Volunteer Fire Council-EMS/Rescue Section. She served on the National Scope of Practice Review committee and continues to service on the National EMS Quality Assurance and Prehospital Evidence Based Guidelines Consortium. She is an EMS educator and presenter at regional, state & national EMS conferences with a focus on pediatrics and children with special healthcare needs, a reviewer and writer of EMS educational materials.
Joseph W. Schmider, Texas State EMS Director
Joseph W. Schmider, Texas State EMS Director, is the State EMS director for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Prior to his time in Texas, he was the EMS director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Schmider has served as a firefighter/EMT since 1974. He served as squad chief for Dublin EMS for 10 years and was the regional EMS director for Bucks County for 10 years. He is trained as a firefighter, EMT, EMT-Instructor, a HazMat technician, rescue technician, certified Texas contract manager, and formerly emergency management coordinator for Bedminster Township. Schmider currently serves on the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) and chairs the Health and Medical Preparedness Councils for the National Association of State EMS Officials.
Paul Serino, MEd, NRP
Paul Serino, MEd, NRP, is a faculty member with St Petersburg College in Florida where he works as the lead paramedic instructor within the EMS department. Paul began his EMS career in 2000, working as an EMT for Albuquerque Ambulance in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. Since then, Paul has worked as a firefighter, paramedic, critical care paramedic and movie set medic. Paul recently earned a master’s degree in education and has an extensive background in journalism. Paul has written several articles for EMS World and is the author of 3 books related to EMS. Paul makes his home in Tampa, FL.
Robert Shaw, MPH
Robert Shaw, MPH, works for the State Office of Rural Health at the Texas Department of Agriculture. He manages the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and serves as the coordinator for the North Texas region. Robert has spent a decade promoting public health at both the rural community and state levels. Shortly after graduating with a master’s in public health from Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, Robert began working at a critical access hospital where he discovered his passion for rural health in Texas. When not traveling through rural Texas meeting health partners, Robert can be found at home with his dog Johnny, cheering on the Texas A&M Aggies. Gig’em!
Denise Starkey, MPH, MA
Denise Starkey, MPH, MA, is the DSHS adult and influenza immunization program manager. She leads a team on improving adult immunization rates in Texas as well as the Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program partnering with the DSHS PHR adolescent and adult immunization coordinators, local health departments, and stakeholders. Starkey also led the Hurricane Recovery Crisis Cooperative Agreement (Crisis CoAg) First Responder and Cold Chain projects, Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative (AIVI), and the COVID-19 vaccine program provider enrollment team. Her academic career includes a master’s in public health (MPH), concentrating on health promotion and disease prevention, and a Master of Arts (MA), concentrating on biocultural and medical anthropology from California State University, Fullerton.
Luke Taffuri is engaged in numerous projects throughout the country that support EMS providers in revenue maximization, cost reporting, and analytics. Mr. Taffuri provides cost reporting and data analysis support to EMS providers in multiple states, including Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa, Oregon, and Washington. He also lends his Medicaid cost reporting expertise to several Texas school districts participating in the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Program.
Janet Taylor, CFRN, CEN, CCEMT-P
Janet Taylor, CFRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, after graduating from nursing school in 1998, Janet worked in various departments through the hospital gaining knowledge and experience in ICU, obstetrics, and ER. Janet has been a flight nurse since 2004 and works full time for Life flight Eagle out of Kansas City. In addition to flying, she enjoys teaching part time for EMS conferences across the country and for local paramedic programs. She also writes modules for various online forums. You can see where she will be heading next at www.emsteacher.com. You can also reach her at email@example.com.
Larry Torrey, RN, EMT-P
Larry Torrey, RN, EMT-P, Larry Torrey has been involved in EMS and emergency medicine for more than 35 years, with experience in military and tactical medicine, civilian EMS, emergency department nursing, and medical education in the US and Europe. He is currently a chief nursing officer, medical school faculty and instructor in special operations medicine.
Macara Trusty, MS, LP
Macara Trusty, LP, MS, has over 26 years of EMS experience, and currently serves as a project manager for the South Region with Global Medical Response. Macara holds a master’s degree in management and leadership, and maintains other certifications in EMS, Project+, and SHRM-SCP. Trusty also serves as the chair of the EMS Education Committee for the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). She has led collaborative and cross-functional teams toward innovative solutions that improve the quality of emergency medical service delivery, clinical education, and training in Texas. Trusty serves NAEMT as a director for Region IV on the NAEMT board of directors, education coordinator for Texas, chair of the Lighthouse Leadership Committee, and as a member of the Education Committee.
Becky Valentine, BS, Paramedic, NCEE, MA I/C
Rebecca Valentine, BS, Paramedic, NCEE, MA I/C, has been an EMS provider and educator since 1992. Becky offers to further enrich and strengthen the EMS community through education in the continuing pursuit of excellence for students, providers, and educators.
David Wampler, PhD, LP, FAEMS
David Wampler, PhD, LP, FAEMS, is paramedic of more than 25 years who is currently serving as an associate professor of Emergency Health Sciences at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. His primary role is director of clinical research for the Office of the Medical Director and is a clinical training officer for the San Antonio Fire Department.
Bryan Welch, NRP
Bryan Welch, NRP, started his journey with EMS in 2007 in Southwest Louisiana and became a paramedic in 2009. He moved to Texas in 2010 and has been in rural based EMS since 2015. Bryan served in a rural, county based, EMS system as EMS director for three years. He is currently working with EMS and a CAH hospital. Current roles include rural community paramedic, director of emergency preparedness for the hospital district, and director of security for the hospital and hospital district.
Bryan Winchell, EMT-P, FP-C, CCRN, C-NPT
Bryan Winchell, EMT-P, FP-C, CCRN, CFRN, C-NPT, works as the clinical coordinator for Flight for Life in Tyler Texas, and teaches frequently at AMTC, CCMTC, Texas EMS Conference, Wisconsin EMS Conference, and many other local venues. Bryan is a gifted speaker, able to relay complex topics in a way that is engaging and practical.
CJ Winckler, Deputy Medical Director SAFD, Assistant Clinical Professor UTHSA
J. Winckler, Deputy Medical Director SAFD, Assistant Clinical Professor UTHSA, serves as the medical director for North Channel EMS and is an associate clinical professor at the University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center in both the Department of Emergency Health Sciences and the Department of Emergency Medicine. Winckler provides daily clinical supervision, via online medical direction and performance improvement processes to North Channel EMS. He is proud to have played a role in North Channel becoming one of only twelve CAAS accredited agencies in Texas.
Stephen Wirth, EMS Attorney, Paramedic
Stephen Wirth, EMS Attorney, Paramedic, is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC, which represents EMS agencies throughout the United States, and a co-founder of NAAC, the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance. In a distinguished public safety career that spans over four decades, Steve has worked in virtually every facet of EMS – as a firefighter, EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic, EMS instructor, fire officer, and EMS executive – and was one of central Pennsylvania’s first paramedics. Steve is a dynamic and sought-after speaker at EMS conferences nationwide and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of EMS leadership and EMS law topics.
Karen Yates, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CEN, LP
Karen Yates, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CEN, LP, has worked in emergency services since 1983, first as an EMT, then paramedic, and finally RN. Karen works for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center as the chest pain coordinator and EMS liaison. She is an active member on multiple committees for NCTTRAC and serves on the Cardiac Committee for GETAC. Karen is passionate about first responder mental health and has been a long-time advocate for CISM and other forms of assistance. In addition to volunteering with the Dallas Area Crisis Response Team (CISM) she is an instructor with the Readiness Group. This highly specialized group works with first responder mental health training and support.
Michael Youngblood, EMT-P
Michael Dane Youngblood, Vice President, EMT-P, served as an EMT-P for over 10 years in urban, private, and industrial departments. He has a BA in fire administration and is currently vice president of Samson Energy Partners. SEP serves the oil & gas and petrochemical industries by providing safety and weld fabrication services. His current customers included Oxy, Lyondell, Enterprise, DOW, and many midstream and industrial construction companies.
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT, is the chief transformation officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, TX. He has helped guide the implementation and financial sustainability of numerous innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully as a Mobile Integrated Healthcare provider. Most recently, he has led the negotiations with multiple third-party payers to change the basic economic model for EMS to better align patient, provider and payer focus on patient centered care as opposed to simply payment for ambulance transport. Matt is also the immediate past president of the National Association of EMTs and chairs their EMS Economics Committee. He is the co-author of the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Approach to Implementation” published by Jones & Bartlett Publishing. He has a master’s degree in healthcare administration, with a graduate certificate in healthcare data management.