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John has 21+ years in aviation including Army Aviation specializing in Aeromedical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) and Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA). John has been recognized with numerous awards over his career and has completed a myriad of professional courses to expand his knowledge. He is currently Base Pilot Supervisor at Air Evac Lifeteam Base 120 and serves as a National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) Board member.
Mr. Alderete was involved in an IED explosion early in his Army career. He was MEDEVAC’ed to the nearest trauma hospital and his life was spared. He did lose vision in one eye and was so grateful when his sight returned after six months that he dedicated his life to reciprocating the life saving actions that saved him. He became an Army pilot and is now a civilian HAA pilot.
Ashley Arscheene BSN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT
Ashley’s passion is neonatal critical care. As a new graduate nurse, she started in a Neonatal ICU and that adoration for the pediatric world has turned into a lifelong career. Ashley has been a neonatal/pediatric nurse for 7 years, a critical care transport nurse for 4 years of those 7. Transporting in over a 7-state region, she treats critically ill children from 22 weeks preterm to over 18 years of age using rotor wing, fixed wing, and ambulance. She is an instructor for NRP. Her passion is to, not only give the most exemplary care her patients and their families but, also passing her knowledge on to others.
Sarah Barber, EMT-P, FP-C
Sarah Barber has been a Flight Paramedic with Life Flight Network for sixteen years. In 2011 she ventured into Safety and Quality Management, and has worked in dual capacity as a clinician and a Quality Manager ever since. Her early training included a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University which has been a valuable asset in every aspect of life. When she’s not flying in helicopters or collecting data for continuous quality improvement, she can be found trail running with her dogs and camping with her husband in the mountains of her home state, Idaho.
Stefan Becker is Member of Management and Head of Corporate Development for Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. He reports directly to the CEO and holds several university diplomas after his studies in economics, medicine and European management. His key competence is the strategic interdisciplinary approach, especially between economics, medicine, aviation and rulemaking.
Besides his regular job for Rega, Stefan Becker is the President of CAMTS Global (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in the US. He is also a Board Member and President Emeritus of the European HEMS & Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC). Stefan Becker is a member of the ICAO Helicopter Subgroup (HSG) and a member of the EASA Rotorcraft Committee. In addition, he is a Board Member of the Swiss aviation association AEROSUISSE. As a member of the Safety Working Group (WG4) of the Advisory Council of Aviation Research in Europe (ACARE), he has also worked on the implementation concept of Flightplan 2050, a strategic approach of the European Commission.
Sid Bingley, RN, CEN, CFRN, NRP, FP-C
Sid has been employed as a Flight Nurse with Carilion Clinic for 9 years. He currently serves as a Lieutenant at Life-Guard 11, based in Christiansburg, VA. He has been in EMS for 23 years and Critical Care nursing for 17 years. He serves as a volunteer paramedic in Blacksburg, VA and is a Life Member and former Chief of the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Charles Blathras, BS, FP-C, CMTE
Charlie has a 37 year career in EMS including a healthcare provider and manager in several environments. Beginning as a Flight Paramedic with Boston MedFlight, Charlie has been with the program for the last 27 years in several management roles and currently serves as the Director of Base Operations. As part of his role, he oversees the day to day operations and has also been the liaison between MedFlight clinical and rotor wing operations, working closely with the aviation leadership team to develop solutions that maximize the ability to safely transport patients to the lifesaving resources they need. Since 2001, Charlie has been the project manager for the selection, purchase, and implementation of rotor wing aircraft into MedFlight’s fleet. Charlie is also an active member of the Metro Boston EMS Council Board of Directors and the HAI Air Medical Workgroup.
James Boomhower, BS, FP-C, NR-P, C- NPT, CCISM
James has been involved in EMS for over 15 years in a variety of health systems throughout New England. He currently functions in the role of Critical Care Transport Specialist-Paramedic/ Lead Peer Support Director with Boston Medflight of Bedford, Massachusetts and Crisis and Peer supporter for the ECHO FAST team, and the state of RI CISM team. His desire to bring mental health awareness to the EMS arena has spurred him to create the Stay Fit for Duty platform as well as work to implement a peer support program in his workplace. James is working to realize his goal of promoting recognition, management and acceptance of acute stress in EMS providers throughout the world.
Steven Bott, MD
Steven has 35 years in the air medical industry as a paramedic, nurse, and physician. He is currently a Cardiac and Trauma Anesthesiologist at the University of Utah, and has served in various roles for 20 years. He currently serves as Assistant Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Transport Program Director, and Flight Physician for University of Utah AirMed. Steven has given many lectures at the AMTC and CCTMC, and he is a Member At-Large of the AMPA Board of Trustees.
Anne Calkins, RT
Anne has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 35 years and is passionate about the care of newborns and young pediatric patients. She have been blessed to work at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado for 30 years and on the Children's One flight team for 25 of those years. Teaching NRP for over 15 years and being a lead STABLE instructor for 13 has been an opportunity to share best practices with a variety of EMS agencies and hospitals. Anne loves to empower those for whom newborns and pediatric patients are not in their comfort zone.
Teri Campbell , MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, PHRN
Teri Campbell has been a flight nurse 20 years and flies for the University of Chicago, UCAN program. She has an extensive clinical background including high-risk OB, pediatrics, emergency, trauma, critical care and flight/transport. She is a Director of a statewide cardiac arrest improvement project called Illinois Heart Rescue. She has authored numerous publications related to high-risk OB, pediatrics, cardiac, and transport topics. She has been blessed to have lectured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.
As a former NICU nurse, Tera is passionate about providing the best possible care for the tiniest patients in the transport environment. Tera started her nursing career at Children’s Hospital Colorado nearly 15 years ago. In 2014, she joined the Flight Team and has been able to share her NICU and pediatric knowledge, best practice and personal experiences with a variety of EMS agencies and rural facilities. Tera enjoys teaching NRP and doing Outreach, empowering others who are eager to learn more about this unique patient population.
Ken is an HAA pilot with over 36 years flying experience in Army and civilian organizations, and more than 13 years flying HAA in single and dual pilot aircraft. As a line pilot and AMRM instructor, he is especially concerned that those with the largest stake in the safety game (the flight crew) have the tools they need to ensure the best and safest decisions are made before and after they take off. Ken combines his flight experience with 16 years of using psychological personality theory to understand what happens when different personalities on a crew clash, making effective decision-making almost impossible. The past 5 years have been primarily about analyzing and understanding the risk tolerance of individuals and crews as well as the stress effects and motivating factors that lead up to accidents and often their unfortunate death.
Jessica began working as a Flight Coordinator for the University of Utah AirMed in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded Flight Coordinator of the Year. For the past 2 years, Jessica has served as the PAIP Coordinator for AirMed. She is EMD and CFC certified and in involved in the training of new Communications Specialists.
Prior to working for AirMed, Jessica was a 911 Operator in Shasta County California and Tooele County Utah. Jessica was a Deputy Sheriff with the Tooele County Utah Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. This is her first year presenting at the Air Medical Transport Conference.
Jacob Creel, MSHA, FP-C
Jacob Creel is a Clinical Education Coordinator for PHI Air Medical in Texas. With over a decade of EMS experience, Jacob is a fervent advocate for superb clinical performance. Jacob received a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University. Having evolved through the spectrum of organizational cultures throughout his career, Jacob is an excellent spokesperson for the value of promoting diversity and inclusion. Jacob has a demonstrable history of emboldening his peers and those in which he leads by challenging the status quo to create resilient organizational cultures.
Jason Cusson was born in Eastern Canada and has spent the last 30 years working as a critical care nurse all over the world, including the faraway reaches of Australia, Haiti, India, and North Africa. His exposure to tragedy and human suffering, combined with the loss of several colleagues by suicide, due to mental illness, affected his being to its core.
It sent him on a quest to Southeast Asia, India and the Amazon, where he found guidance in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and the indigenous land stewards to achieve a better understanding of the human condition. He would become a mindfulness meditation teacher in nature under the guidance of Mark Coleman and, further learning about mental health, trauma and addictions with Gabor Matte.
Jason currently divides his time between his work at Stanford Life Flight, and his home in Spokane, Washington. He is a long-time educator for ASTNA, STN and Stanford CEPD and teaches mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats in Nelson, British Columbia. He is a passionate teacher with a focus on the healing of healthcare workers and resilience building, through compassionate self-awareness, cognitive restructuring, self-care and the healing power of nature.
Scott Davis, BS, NRP, FP-C
Scott has worked as a full time Flight Paramedic for Carilion Clinic Life-Guard for the last 7 years. Scott completed a Bachelors of Science Degree in Emergency Services from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2014. In addition to working as a Flight Paramedic, Scott works and volunteers as a pre-hospital Paramedic in Southwest Virginia. He has instructed EMS classes throughout the Western Virginia EMS Council and has been a speaker at the State of Virginia EMS Symposium.
Nina Doyle, BSN, RN, CEN, EMT-P
Nina has been working in the Emergency Medicine field since 2003, as both an EMT/Paramedic and RN. Most recently she has been working as a Flight RN/Paramedic with Mercy Flight Central in NY, and Wayne Co. ALS as a Fly Car paramedic per diem. Nina is married with 2 young children, and a great family who supports her career and dreams.
In his 20 plus years in emergency services, Rhett has gained vast experience in rural EMS, inner-city firefighting, hospital ER work, as well as flight medicine. His understanding of multiple modalities in patient care along with his experiences have helped Rhett succeed in his current role as the Director of Safety at CareFlite. His dedication to safety led him to become one of the first safety professionals to be certified as a Medical Transport Safety Professional (MTSP-C).
Helicopter EMS is an inherently dangerous industry. In September of 2012, Rhett was involved in a weather-related helicopter crash in Texas. Mr. Draehn is one of the many survivors who has turned a tragic event into an opportunity to educate others in the air medical field to ensure that the industry continues to improve safety efforts. Rhett strives for the overall goal to ensure that everyone in our industry goes home safely at the end of each shift.
Miles Dunagan has been flying helicopters since he was 12 years old and is a second generation HAA pilot. He has 15+ years of HAA experience and has attended the Transportation Safety Institutes school on Safety Management Systems, is a graduate of SMTA, and has his MTSP-C. Miles has served as President of the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) since October of 2016 and has been a key player in safety programs and education development. Miles was invited to become an instructor for the AAMS’ Critical Care Transport Academy (CCTA) this year. He is the visionary behind the Air Medical Crew Safety Track (AMCST) bringing pilots and clinicians together to discuss safety, a part of the education taking place at AMTC.
Connie Eastlee, BSN, MS, CMTE
Connie is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a MS in Organizational Development and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a BSN. She has served on the board for the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), and the AAMS Foundation (now the MedEvac Foundation) for over twenty years. During her AAMS presidency, MTLI was formed and as a labor of love, she has shepherded, dedicated efforts and lectured at MTLI for 22 years. Connie served as an original CAMTS site surveyors and lead site surveys for seven years. She has lectured on air and ground medical transport services nationally and internationally. And she has been published in leading transport journals on management, strategic planning, culture, and clinical topics related to medical transport services.
Roxanne Fawson has been a Flight Coordinator with University of Utah AirMed for 12 years; she became the Flight Center Supervisor in August of 2014. During her 7 years of Communications Supervision she has overseen the PAIP Coordinator for AirMed, planned and coordinated drills, maintained the PAIP manual, created a PAIP checklist and form for her program on Ninth Brain, organized post PAIP debriefs after drills and developed the back-up flight center which is tested twice a year with a mock evacuation of the Communications Center.
Roxanne was formerly a 911 dispatcher for 15 years combined Provo City, South Salt Lake, and Tooele County Utah. She is EMD and EFD certified. She has previously presented at the Utah EMS Conference 3 times and at the Air Medical Transport Conference 6 times. She is the former membership and education chair for IAMTCS. Roxanne has developed and implemented the semi-annual AirMed dispatch education day hosted by AirMed, which provides HEMS education to EMS dispatchers throughout the States of Utah and Wyoming.
Michael Frakes, APRN, CCNS, CFRN, EMTP, FCCM
Michael Frakes is the Chief Quality Officer and Dir. of Clinical Care for Boston MedFlight. He has a BS in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins Univ. and an MS in Nursing from the Univ. of CT. Michael’s transport and medical experience includes positions as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Communications Specialist, ED and ICU nurse, and transport nurse. His non-clinical education includes a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Kansas, a Certificate the Health Care Quality from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality. He has been a CMTE since 2010 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Michael joined the MTLI faculty in 2016.
Christopher Galton, MD, NRP, FP-C
Chris started his EMS career at the Penn State University Ambulance Service in 1995 and never looked back. After paramedic school in Pittsburgh, a paramedic career at Pridemark Paramedics, and medical school in Denver, he became an anesthesiologist and critical care physician. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He never gave up on his paramedic career and continues to practice as a flight paramedic and is currently the Chief Medical Director of Mercy Flight Central in Upstate NY. When his supremely tolerant family members are not keeping him busy, he can be found riding his motorcycle … if you can catch him.
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Ryan Gauthier, FP-C, NREMTP
Ryan Gauthier has been a nationally registered Paramedic for 25 years working in a variety of private, hospital based, emergency department and HEMS. For the past 13 years he has been with Flight For Life as a Flight Paramedic completing over 750 patient transports.
Doug George, MD
Dr. Doug George is currently an Assistant Professor at The University of Vermont Lanier College of Medicine and a Prehospital and Emergency Attending Physician at The University of Vermont Health Network. Dr. George serves as a Flight Physician and an Associate Medical Director for The University of Vermont HealthNet Critical Care Transport Team. Additionally, he is the Associated District Medical Advisor for Vermont EMS District 3 and is an operational physician/ medical director for Vermont’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force-1. Dr. George is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center. After residency, Dr. George trained as an EMS and Flight Fellow Physician at The University of New Mexico.
Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW, CCTP
Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates, a clinical practice in Central TX that is focused on promoting resilience and providing critical care to first responders and veterans. As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in creating effective programs designed to mitigate traumatic stress and to assist patients with their return to normalcy as quickly as possible.
As a licensed clinician with twenty-nine years of experience, Dr. Glenn deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, New York City in 2001, New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Dallas in 2016 for the aftermath of the attack on the Dallas Police Department. Recognized nationally, Dr. Glenn’s clients include a host of Texas and Arizona Police, Fire and EMS Departments, commercial aviation, and air medical programs. She is the Clinical Director for several peer support teams with her unique perspective on special operations competencies.
Dr. Glenn is a noted author with numerous books dealing with mental health, PTSD, first responders, military, and family. Additionally, she has been involved in several documentaries dealing directly with mental health trauma.
Jonathan Godfrey has been a critical care transport RN for more than 20 years. AAMS Vision Zero chairman, AAMS President’s award recipient, Airbus Jim Charleson award recipient, Vision Zero Award recipient, international speaker and author, co-founder of Survivors Network, and is most well known for sharing his experience as the sole survivor of a medevac crash in 2005.
Cindy Goodrich, RN, MS , CCRN
Cindy has been a critical care nurse and educator for over 25 years and is currently a flight nurse and clinical educator at Airlift Northwest in Seattle. She has spoken at numerous critical care conferences including NTI, ENA, AMTC and SCCM on the topics of sepsis, advanced hemodynamics, shock resuscitation, use of lactate and ScvO2, vasopressors and multiple trauma topics. Cindy is also published on topics of endpoints of resuscitation, continuous central venous oxygen saturation, intubation and needle decompression, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardiovascular emergencies, and other critical care topics.
Danielle Goodrich, BA, NRP, VT-IC, FP-C, CCP-C
Danielle Goodrich is a bachelors prepared flight and critical care certified paramedic with experience in specialty care ground transport, rotor wing transport, national disaster deployments, and various 911 field operations. She currently works for The University of Vermont Health Network as a flight paramedic, is the chair of the clinical guideline committee, and was the previous supervisor of the UVM HealthNet Critical Care Transport Team and Emergency Communications Center. One of her biggest professional achievements was being part of the leadership team that established the first aeromedical base in Vermont.
She has 20 years of EMS experience with over half of those years working in various training and educational positions. Previously, she functioned as the training coordinator for a combination 911 department, instructed numerous EMS courses at The University of Vermont, and taught both nationally and internationally. She also currently works with the IBSC as an item writer for the FP-C and CCP-C exams, and was involved with the job analysis task force for the CCP-C exam.
Robert Grabowski, DNP, MBA, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC, CPNP-AC, EMT-P, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, CMTE
Dr. Grabowski has been practicing Nursing since 2008 and has worked in EMS since 2005. He has experience in Emergency Departments, Cardiothoracic-Surgical ICU, Fixed-wing/Rotor-wing/Ground transport, Supervisor, and Operations. Dr. Grabowski is currently the Chief ACNP for Metro Life Flight, and is dual boarded as an Adult and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, with post-master certification in Flight Transport. An avid educator, Dr. Grabowski has lectured at conferences around the country, regionally, and at Case Western Reserve University, where he is special faculty. Dr. Grabowski also serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserves, as Officer in Charge for the 629th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team’s Advanced Trauma Life Support section.
Chris Hartman, MD
Dr. Hartman started his EMS career over 30 years ago. He has worked as a paramedic, flight physician and now emergency physician. His interests include pre-hospital medicine, critical care, trauma, and resuscitation. He is the medical director for International Trauma Life Support in Indiana, Past-President of the American College of Emergency Physicians Indiana Chapter, and serves the Governor of Indiana on the State Trauma Advisory Board. Dr. Hartman holds the rank of assistant professor of emergency medicine for the Indiana University School of Medicine and works in the emergency department at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Krista Haugen, MN, RN, CMTE
Krista Haugen currently serves as the National Director of Patient Safety for Global Medical Response. She has twenty-five years of nursing experience consisting of emergency, critical care, and flight nursing. She survived a helicopter crash while on duty in 2005 and subsequently co-founded the Survivors Network for the Air Medical Community. She served as a member of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group, speaks at safety events around the country, and has written for several industry publications. Her professional interests include Crew Resource Management & Human Factors, Just Culture, medical transport risk mitigation, post-traumatic stress and resilience in critical care professionals and emergency responders.
James Houser, MSN, APRN, CNP, NRP, CFRN, CMTE
James is the President and CEO of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania/STAT MedEvac in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jim began his career as a pre-hospital volunteer and has worked both in the prehospital and hospital setting. Upon entering the critical care transport industry, his experience began in communications, then onto direct patient care, business development, operations, and senior leadership. These roles have provided a wide range of perspectives in both healthcare and the critical care transport industry.
Mike Jasumback, MD, FACEP, FAMPA
Mike has been an EMS Medical Director for various Ground, Air and Wilderness EMS organizations for 20+ years. His special interests include Critical Care Transport and education. Mike currently serves as the medical director for Benefis MercyFlight in Great Falls, MT, as well as Medical Director At Large for PHI Air Medical .
Marion Jones, MSN, RN, CFRN, PHRN
Marion is the Quality and Education Manager for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania/STAT MedEvac in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marion has over 22 years of experience in emergency and critical care nursing, with 17 years of those years in the critical care transport environment. With her current role she has managed the quality and education program for the past three years and has been integral in the processes established to obtain and maintain a CLIA moderately complex laboratory licensure for point of care testing utilized to optimize patient care during transport.
Rick Kenin, ATP, MS, MPA
Mr. Kenin assumed his current position in July 2014 following a career in the United States Coast Guard. Rick’s early years with Boston MedFlight focused on developing a sound safety culture and earning the FAA’s Part 135 air transport operating certificate for the company. And now as COO, he is responsible for the management oversight of ground and air transportation for the largest and only independent helicopter air ambulance and ground critical care ambulance provider in New England, transporting nearly 4800 critically ill patients throughout the region each year. During his career as a Coast Guard officer, Captain Kenin served as a fixed and rotary-wing aviator accumulating over 5000 combined flight hours and commanding two Coast Guard Air Stations. Mr. Kenin holds degrees from the U.S Coast Guard Academy, Harvard University, and the National Defense University. Rick serves on the Board of the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the Aero Club of New England (ACONE) and the Standards Committee of CAMTS.
Justin Koper, M.S., GSP, MTSP-C, FP-C
Justin Koper is a safety professional, “amateur data analyst”, EMS educator, and college lecturer. He passionately has advocated for a culture of safety in EMS, improved patient safety in the pre-hospital environment, and data-driven decision making by EMS leaders. During his EMS career he has served as a federal disaster responder, flight paramedic, and a primary 911 provider. He holds a Masters Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University and currently serves as the Safety Officer for HealthNet Aeromedical Services based in Charleston, WV. He also is a lecturer at Youngstown State University in the Public Health program where he teaches Crisis Management in Public Health and Agents of Mass Casualty.
Katie Koshak, EMT-B, RN, BSN, CCRN
Katie has been working at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY since she first became an RN. She has worked in multiple of specialty areas with a concentration in neuromedicine critical care and flight nursing. When she is no flying for Mercy Flight Central, she functions as a certified registered nurse on Strong Memorial's Mobile Stroke Unit, a job that perfectly brings together her passion for EMS and desire to care for neurologically unstable patients. She hopes to be a part of the continuation of bettering prehospital resources directly to our patient's doors. Katie is working to realize her goal of becoming a critical care provider as well as an EMS/nursing educator. She hopes to start classes next Spring.
Robert Laskey EMT, RN, MSN, CFRN
Robert Laskey EMT, RN, MSN, CFRN has worked as an RN for over 25 years, and as a flight nurse for 17 years. After flying for 13 years in Kentucky, he moved to Wisconsin and now flies for Gundersen Air. During most of his flight career, Robert continued to work part time in the ICU. Robert is also a retired Army Reserve Nurse Officer, and deployed to Iraq with an Army Combat Support Hospital in 2006-2007. Blast and ballistic trauma was a constant. He also led an Army Medical team into Guatemala as well as a training mission in South Korea. Robert met his wife Deenie, now a retired RN and Army Reserve Officer, when she also deployed to Iraq as his superior officer. Deenie remains his superior officer.
Michael Lauria, MD, NRP, FP-C
Michael Lauria started working in emergency services in 2002 as a Firefighter/EMT-I. In 2005, he graduated from Dartmouth College and enlisted in the Air Force, completed the rigorous Pararescue (PJ) training pipeline, and served at the 321st Special Tactics Squadron. During his service he deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the primary medic assigned to a Combat Search and Rescue Team, Joint Special Operations Task Force, and in support of C Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In October 2012, he returned to New Hampshire after accepting a position as a Critical Care/Flight Paramedic for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART).
Michael graduated with honors from the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine in 2018 and completed Emergency Medicine residency at the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is an EMS Fellow and will go onto a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. Outside of clinical responsibilities, he writes for the EMCrit podcast, consults for various emergency service organizations, and speaks around the world on clinical human factors and improving clinical performance in stressful situations.
Tyson Le Roy
Tyson is a Commercial Helicopter Pilot and serves as Lead Pilot and Base Aviation Manager for Carilion Clinic LifeGuard-11 in Christiansburg, Virginia. He is a former AH-64 Apache pilot, a rated instructor pilot and commercial airplane pilot. Tyson is one of the few helicopter instrument flight procedure designers in the world.
Russell MacDonald, MD, MPH, FCFP, FRCPC
Dr. Russell MacDonald is a specialist in emergency medicine, Canada’s first formally trained subspecialist in emergency medical services, and has a Masters Degree in Public Health. His expertise includes emergency medicine, prehospital care, critical care and air medical transport, and public health.
He is currently a Professor and Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Medical Advisor for Toronto Paramedic Services and Medical Director of Toronto’s Central Ambulance Communications Centre, and former Medical Director at Ornge Transport Medicine.
Dr. MacDonald has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, and is the editor-in-chief of “Emergency Care in the Streets”, Canada’s national paramedic textbook. He has received both the Air Medical Physicians’ Association Distinguished Physician Award and the Association of Air Medical Service’s Board Chairman’s Award for lifetime achievement, contribution, and service to the prehospital and transport medicine community.
Stu McVicar, RRT, FP-C, CCEMT-P
Stu attended Madison Area Technical College for Respiratory Therapy. He has worked at UW Hospital & Clinics since 1990, as well as volunteered for Waunakee Area EMS as an EMT-B and currently as a Paramedic. Stu flew 17 years as a Flight Paramedic for Flight For Life and has been with the Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team since it began in August of 2004. He lectures locally, regionally and nationally and serves as a Field Educator for Teleflex teaching at cadaver labs nationally. Over the past 8 years, Stu has been getting into legal work serving as an expert witness for several pediatric medical malpractice lawsuits, primarily related to airway and mechanical ventilation.
Danny Nayman, MBA, NRP, FP-C
Danny Nayman is a Clinical Patient Care Consultant with ZOLL Data Systems and a Paramedic with Duke Life Flight. In his full-time position he consults internally with product teams at ZOLL to improve the way patient care data is collected, and partners externally with transport programs to improve data integrity, data analysis, and patient care delivery. With nearly two decades of experience as a Paramedic, Danny worked clinically as Field Training Officer and an Advanced Practice Paramedic in a large metropolitan pre-hospital program, prior to transitioning to Critical Care transport.
Jeremy Norman, BAS, FP-C, NRP
Jeremy is an experienced leader in 911, NET, CCT and HEMS. He is a proven educator in the initial and continuing pre-hospital and CCT environments.
Amanda Page, FP-C, BS-Business Management
Amanda is a citizen of the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon, flight paramedic at Life Flight Network, and Critical Care Instructor for Distance CME. With nearly her entire adult life spent in EMS and critical care transport, she is an established critical care clinician. However, Amanda’s passion really lies in the intersection of social justice and healthcare. In addition to her duties as a flight medic and instructor, Page sits on the Education Committee of her tribe and has been heavily involved in creating curriculum that introduces students to the Tribal history and culture of the people indigenous to the land where they reside.
Sue Parrigin, MSN, RN, CFRN, NRP
Sue Parrigin has been involved in air medicine for 26 years. She was an active flight nurse/paramedic for 20 years. She currently leads a team responsible for developing clinical education for over 30,000 ground and air providers. She serves as the chair of the ASTNA Education Committee and the BCEN Exam Construction and Review Committee for the CFRN/CTRN. Her passions include reading, kayaking, and knitting. In her spare time, she serves as volunteer with her local fire department.
Bryan Peterson, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, CMTE, PHRN
Bryan is a Regional Operations Manager and Flight Nurse for STAT MedEvac based in Pittsburgh, PA with direct oversight of daily operations and contractual partnerships for air ambulance services. STAT MedEvac employs over 300 nurses, paramedics, pilots, mechanics, communications specialists, and support staff that make it possible to provide critical care transport services to over 12,000 patients each year using 18 helicopter bases and one critical care ground ambulance. He is involved in the Medical Operations oversight group which includes the program Medical Directors and Education team responsible for all protocol development, quality assurance, and staff training programs. Bryan has been a speaker at AMTC since 2015.
Sharon Purdom, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT
Sharon is a National Flight Nurse, Clinical Coach for Med-Trans. Sharon has been a critical care nurse for over thirty years, and has been a flight nurse for over 20 years. It was shortly after starting her flight nursing career she perceived the need for education on empathy, compassion fatigue, and selfcare for the air medical industry. Sharon researched and implemented many lectures for our EMS personal that have seen the unthinkable. Sharon fells very blessed to have presented locally, regionally and nationally to flight programs across the country on topics including resilience, mindfulness, and compassion fatigue. She has presented numerous conferences including Air Medical Transport Conference providing hands on education to healthcare in an interactive cardiopulmonary lab. She believes it is a privilege to care for a patient. Compassion is her trademark, crediting Mother Teresa as her most significant mentor.
Howard Ragsdale has had a major impact on the air medical and aviation industries in his 40+ year career. Prior to his current role as a Senior Vice President with Apollo MedFlight LLC he has served as the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Air Methods, Director of the PHI Air Medical Division, Vice President of LifeNet Services with Rocky Mountain Helicopters and Vice President of Operations at Omniflight. As a pilot, he and his Grant Hospital LifeFlight crew received the Air Medical Crew of the Year Award in 1989. In 2014 he received the Helicopter Association International Golden Hour Award and in 2015 he received the Marriott-Carlson Leadership Award. He has also served as President of the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) and as a board member with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS).
David Repsher and his wife Amanda currently reside in Colorado. Dave has a great love for the outdoors which lead him to begin a career in medicine as a ski Patroller at Copper Mountain. Dave obtained his BSN from Idaho State University. He worked in critical care as an ICU nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO and then as a flight nurse with Flight For Life in Frisco, CO. Tragically, due to a post-crash fire, he was burned over 90% of his body in a Flight For Life helicopter crash in July 2015 in which the pilot lost his life and his co-nurse was catastrophically injured. Though still recovering, Dave and Amanda now look forward to sharing their story of love and survival in the hope of spurring changes in the medical transport industry with a focus on safety. .
Jessica Rispoli, MSN, NP-C, RN, CFRN, CEN
Jessica Rispoli has been a flight nurse for Vidant EastCare in eastern North Carolina for the past five years and also works as Nurse Practitioner in a local emergency department. Prior to working in flight, Jessica worked as a nurse and charge nurse in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in Pennsylvania. She earned her BSN from East Stroudsburg University and her MSN FNP from Bloomsburg University.
Jessica recently began work on her DNP at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She enjoyed her time learning about the care of transgender and gender nonbinary patients in her FNP school clinical rotations at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia in 2015 and developed a passion for the advocacy and awareness of this subpopulation. Jessica is active in the development of educational opportunities where she works and is a member of the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association. She is the proud mother of a menagerie of fur kids and enjoys her time on and around the water. Jessica has continued her personal and professional growth as a critical care and emergency provider and is eager to share her educational and clinical experience with others in the industry.
Shelly Rose, RN, BSN, CFRN
Shelly Rose is a flight nurse and clinical educator, managing education and training for new and seasoned flight clinicians at Life Flight Network in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She believes in keeping concepts simple by drawing connections between different healthcare populations.
As a registered nurse for the last 15 years with over half of those caring for pediatric patients, including critically ill newborns at a mountain west level III NICU, Shelly hopes to share her passion for providing excellent and emergent ICU-level pediatric care. And, probably a few pictures of her beautiful family, rescue puppies, and the five different mountain ranges she gets to routinely fly over!
Matthias Ruppert is specialist in anesthesiology, emergency medicine. From 1995 to 2007 he was employed at the University of Munich Medical Center; from 2007 to 2020 he worked as Medical Director at ADAC air rescue (ADAC Luftrettung; Germany) with responsibility for more than 30 HEMS bases; in 2020 he took over the position as Chief Medical Officer at ADAC HEMS Academy, an internationally active institution for training and consulting in HEMS and other fields of emergency medical care.
Matthias has an operational experience in EMS / HEMS for more than 20 years with >5,000 missions, including long line and hoist operations; he is chief emergency physician. In all positions his special interest is developing / performing training concepts and programs, e.g. mission related patient simulation and human factor trainings. Over the years several research projects with focus of quality of care and safety have been part of his activities.
Kevin Schitoskey, RN, MSN, CFRN, TCRN, CMTE
Starting as a ‘new grad’ in 1995, Kevin’s clinical career spanned critical care, Level I trauma, and eventually flight. After several years of leading the hospital-based flight program, Kevin was promoted to Director of Emergency Services, a position he held until moving to Med-Trans Corporation in 2012. Kevin is currently serving as Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management.
Like countless others in our industry, Kevin’s career in Emergency Medical Services started in 1986 quite by accident – as a volunteer. The community volunteer fire department started Kevin down a path familiar to many of you; EMT, fire-fighter, nursing school…
Mr. Schitoskey received an MSN in Administration from University of New Mexico. He has been very active in education, in both leadership and clinical arenas. Kevin has presented at the regional, state and national level and is an active Transport Provider Advanced Trauma Course instructor.
Throughout his tenure in leadership in the industry, Mr. Schitoskey has been actively involved with the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). He served in state and regional Air Medical organizations and is a Regent at the Medical Transport Leadership Institute.
Jacob Schultz, RN, CFRN, FP-C, NRP, CMTE
Jacob Schultz is a Quality Improvement Specialist and Flight Staff with GUNDERSENAIR based in La Crosse, WI. With experience in quality improvement and EMS data management, Jacob has developed an integrative and collaborative systems approach to managing data and measures in regional and statewide settings.
Jacob has been working in EMS for fifteen years, with his last ten years in ground and air critical care transport. He has worked in both urban and rural healthcare service environments. His focused interests are in EMS data management, transport system quality improvement, and rural healthcare equity. Jacob’s educational experience includes degrees and education from The University of Rhode Island, Excelsior College, and The University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
As the Director of Standards for Baldwin Aviation, Jason is responsible for assuring compliance with standards, best practices, and State regulations. He is also responsible for helping develop and administer safety management and leadership training. Prior to this, he served as Operations Manager for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). He joined IBAC from Universal Weather and Aviation where he led efforts to develop an SMS solution.
Jacob has been working in EMS for fifteen years, with his last ten years in ground and air critical care transport. He has worked in both urban and rural healthcare service environments. His focused interests are in EMS data management, transport system quality improvement, and rural healthcare equity. Jacob’s educational experience includes degrees and education from The University of Rhode Island, Excelsior College, and The University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Prior to Universal, Jason was both a pilot for and Director of Safety at Priester Aviation in Chicago where he developed the company’s SMS and implemented its FOQA program. He had been a charter and EMS pilot for R&M Aviation before joining Priester. Jason also served as a simulator instructor for Flight Safety International in the CL-601 and HS-800XP training programs. Jason has an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is rated in the CE-500, CL-600, and HS-125.
Jason is also currently an instructor at the University of Southern California – Viterbi and Broward College teaching introductory and advanced safety management courses. He is also currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Behavior at Northcentral University.
Lauren is the Program Pilot for Flight for Life Texas. She is a Single Pilot IFR Captain for PHI Air Medical. She started flying fixed wing at the young age of fifteen and started flying helicopters at nineteen. Lauren was born and raised in Salt Lake City, but now calls East Texas her home. She currently serves as a board member for the National EMS Pilot Association. When not working, Lauren loves to spend time with her husband and children. Lauren’s hobbies include working out, family activities and flying her 1946 Cessna 140.
Tony is Chief Flight Instructor for Aviation Specialties Unlimited. He retired from the United States Army Aviation community having served as a helicopter crewmember, instructor, and Blackhawk instructor pilot from 1998-2018 before joining ASU in August of 2018. He has since become the Chief Flight Instructor for our 14 CFR Part 141 Rotorcraft courses and a 14 CFR Part 135 NVG Check pilot in helicopters. Tony holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rotorcraft-Helicopter rating, CFI/II, and private pilot rating in airplane, single engine land. Tony has just 12 years MEDEVAC experience from the military and has worked extensively with many civil EMS organizations since joining ASU.
Amy Vahrenwald, MSN, FNP-BC, CFRN, CEN
Amy is a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Amy has over 20 years of emergency and pre-hospital experience. She began her flight career in Chicago in 2003, initially working a rotor wing program then adding fixed wing into her skill set.
In 2006, she graduated from Northern Illinois University, completing her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. She continued to fly part-time while working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department.
She holds certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Flight Registered Nurse, Trauma Nurse Specialist, and Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse. In addition to ER and pre-hospital work, Amy has participated in international medical missions, been a field educator, and possesses additional clinical experience in urgent care and occupational health. She holds an X-waiver for the treatment of opiate addiction.
Amanda Ventura, MD
Amanda Humphries-Ventura is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas. She completed residency at the University of Cincinnati where she spent 4 years flying for Air Care and Mobile Care at the University of Cincinnati and this is where she permanently and hopelessly fell in love with flight medicine. She completed her EMS Fellowship at the University of New Mexico where she flew for Lifeguard Air Emergency Services. She is passionate about all things EMS but especially HEMS and promoting active involvement of EMS medical directors in the field with their providers. She is currently a first year faculty member at the University of Texas.
John vonRosenberg, MA, FP-C
John vonRosenberg has been in Fire, EMS, critical care, and flight medicine for over 20 years. His primary job is working as a flight paramedic and currently works with a hospital-based critical care service in eastern North Carolina. In addition to his role as a bedside clinician, John is an active instructor at his local college and a clinical instructor with IA Med. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree is in Biology, and is working on his PhD in Cognition and Applied Neurophysiology.
John has spoken at multiple local, state, national, and international conferences, including AMTC, CCTMC, ECHO, and ICON. He has published articles in the Air Medical Journal and edited various textbooks for EMS and critical care. He began his career in patient care as a volunteer Fire Fighter, then transitioned to Ocean Rescue and EMS before beginning work at a hospital based Critical Care service and then as a Flight Paramedic. John began his flight career in South Carolina and transitioned to North Carolina, where he has continued to serve his community through patient care, education, writing, and public speaking. His background in both education and clinical practice provides a unique combination for revealing and communicating insights into developing research and practice.
Bruce Webb is the Director of Aviation Education and Community Outreach for Airbus Helicopters. He believes that the key to improving aviation safety is through a better understanding of human behavior.
Bruce’s interest in aviation began in High School where he attended an aerospace course as a sophomore and then attended a vocational A&P School as a junior and senior. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois while concurrently pursuing his FAA Rotorcraft Helicopter Pilot Certificates. He co-owned and operated an FAA approved part 135, 137, and 145 helicopter operation in the Chicago area for more than six years. He flew medical helicopters (VFR and IFR BK-117’s) for more than four years in Nebraska, Ohio, and North Carolina. He came to Airbus (Eurocopter) in 1999 as a pilot and quickly was promoted to Chief Pilot, a position he held for sixteen years. He stepped down in 2016 to begin this new challenge of promoting safety from a lectern…not a cockpit.
With more than 38 years of helicopter experience Bruce is a passionate speaker whose unique perspectives resonate with audiences.
Jeff White, M.S., FP-C, MTSP-C, NREMTP
Jeff has served twenty-six years in Emergency Medical Services and the Fire Service. He currently holds the position of Director of Safety for HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc. His career has spanned volunteer, career, rural and urban. Aside from his full-time position at HealthNet he is still providing clinical care and serves as a volunteer firefighter. He is an instructor for WVU Fire Service Extension, National Fire Academy and Spec Rescue International.
Laurel Whittemore, RN, CFRN
Laurel is a 17-year Emergency and Critical Care nurse with extensive teaching experience including Regional Clinical Educator for Life Flight Network. Clinical experience includes 7 years of flight (rotor and fixed-wing), 4 years of Critical Care Transport on ground ambulance, and 6 years in other nursing roles such as Open-heart Surgery, Intensive Care, PACU/OR, and working on the Trauma Team. She has also been an instructor at the Ski and Mountain Trauma Conference for three consecutive years.
She has received multiple nursing awards as well as the Enviroguard award from the city of Boise for efforts in protecting the environment. Humanitarian efforts include COVID relief in the Los Angeles area, volunteering in a shelter for the Paradise Fire victims in California, and medical relief after Hurricane Katrina. Laurel has been a youth mentor/teacher for 18 years and teaches community and school members CPR, Stop The Bleed, and anti-smoking/vaping classes. She enjoys performing clinical simulations, small and large-scale, for her hometown hospital. When not teaching, Laurel enjoys running, hiking, waterskiing, and being outside no matter the season.
Bryan Winchell, RN, FP-C, CFRN, CCRN, C-NPT
Bryan Winchell is a flight nurse/paramedic and Clinical Coordinator at Flight For Life in Texas. His career in EMS started as a paramedic, then flight medic, cardiovascular ICU RN, and finally flight nurse. He is also a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer for Texas Task Force 1. Bryan is a gifted speaker, able to relay complex topics in a way that is engaging and practical.
Allen C. Wolfe Jr., MSN, APRN, CNS, CFRN. CCRN, TCRN, CTRN, CMTE
Allen Wolfe is the Senior Director of Clinical Education at Life Link III in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He formerly worked at Air Methods Corporation in Denver, Colorado as Director of Clinical Education for 1300 clinical employees at 160 helicopter bases. Allen has been a nurse for 36 years with 29 of those years in the transport of critical ill patients. He obtained his Master’s degree in Critical Care and is a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Allen is one of the leading experts in the country in prehospital management of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs). He has published multiple articles, research projects and is the co-editor of the Principle and Practice textbook, the industry biggest selling publication. In 2007, he received the Katz-Mason award by Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the Community Service award for his LVAD patient safety initiative, the Jordan award in 2009 for outstanding contribution to air medical journalism, the Barbara A. Hess award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to education and in 2017 he received the Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the president of ASTNA (2014), sits on the Board of Directors for Certification for Emergency Nursing and Exam Construction Review Committee (ECRC) for the CFRN exam.
Kari is the Director of Clinical Education at Life Flight Network. With over 18 years of flight experience as a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Flight Paramedic, Kari also has extensive experience caring for critically-ill neonates and pediatric patients. Whether instructing NRP or conducting in-house simulation training for critical care clinicians, Kari believes in the basics and keeping it lively. And, she’s hilarious.