Speaker Bios

Below you will get to know all of our Speakers from last years CCTMC (2022)

Will Appleby MHS, MS-CCP, NR-P, FP-C

Will is a native of Wilmette, Il, and currently resides in the Jackson, Ms metro area with his wife and son. He initially started his college career in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University where he joined the local volunteer fire department and discovered his passion for public safety. He then changed career paths and went to paramedic school and worked for several years in the Mississippi Delta and north Mississippi as a field paramedic, education specialist, and supervisor. He joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center – AirCare helicopter transport team in 2016 where he still currently flies full time at the Jackson base. He is a two-time Black Cloud Award winner from GoldenHour (2017 and 2018). He has been an active member of the Public Safety Support Division within UMMC, helping to build and teach outreach education for law enforcement and fire departments, serving as operational support for public safety partners, and helping to build the sports medicine support program. He has gone on to achieve multiple degrees and advanced certifications in pre-hospital and emergency medicine including his master’s degree in the spring of 2020. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors at the family farm.


Josh Bankston MSN, RN, NRP

Josh Bankston is from Jasper, Alabama and has been in EMS for 17 years. He started as a paramedic, then made his way to fire, nursing and ultimately family and emergency nurse practitioner. He is most passionate about critical care transport, working as a flight paramedic/nurse for PHI Air Medical where he is also the Air Medical Base Supervisor in Columbus, Mississippi. Josh has also spent many years instructing EMT courses at the local community college. He is the author of a published article in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. Josh has been the chairman for the Alabama EMS conference for the last 3 years and is currently sitting on the protocol committee for Alabama EMS.


Marc Baron is a prehospital provider with 27 years of experience in EMS and the fire community, both his volunteer and career member. He has 18 years of nursing experience, specializing in emergency and transport medicine. Marc spent five years as a leader in pediatric transport at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently Marc is the Director of Nursing for Suburban Community Hospital outside of Philadelphia. He has also spent time as the Director of Emergency Services for Salem Medical Center in New Jersey where he oversaw the Emergency Department and started a new SCT and Transport Team. Marc holds his masters degree in Nursing Education and is currently working on his DNP. He holds multiple national certifications of both Nursing and PreHospital medicine, notably his NEA-BC, CEN, CPEN, CFEN, and TCRN

Robert Beckl, RN, CFRN, FP-C, CHSE

Robert Beckl is a clinical educator at Life Link III.  He is a credentialed flight nurse, flight paramedic, and a healthcare simulation educator. Robert has over 20 years of experience in out-of-hospital care, air medical transport, and healthcare education.  Prior to being a flight clinician, Robert worked as an EMT, paramedic, EMS educator, and a college Paramedic Program faculty.

Darren Braude, MD, Paramedic

Darren Braude is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, EMS and Anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico.  He is Medical Director and Flight Physician for Lifeguard Air Emergency Services as well as Medical Director for UNM EMS Academy, Rio Rancho Fire Rescue and Corrales Fire Department.  As Co-Director of the Center for Prehospital Resuscitation he brought ECMO, cerebral oximetry and TEE to the prehospital setting.  Dr. Braude is Medical Director for the Difficult Airway Course: EMS and faculty for the Difficult Airway Course: Emergency.  He authored Rapid Sequence Intubation and Rapid Sequence Airway, 2nd Edition: an Airway911 Guide and is an Associate Editor for the 6th Edition of the Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management.

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.



Keith Carter, BSc, NRP, FP-C, CMTE

Keith has been involved in EMS as a National Registered Paramedic for over 30 years, 25 years as a State Approved EMS Instructor, the last 15 years as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Director, Educator, Innovator, and Change Agent.

Most recently, Keith was the Senior Vice President and COO over 5 aircraft and over 60 ambulances covering 3 states.

Keith is passionate about Critical Care Education and the changes that Covid and the Pandemic have planned on what Air Medical education and training will look like in the future.


Joshua Chan BA, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C

Joshua Chan has been involved in EMS for over 20 years working for various agencies.  He is currently a Flight Paramedic and Base Lead for Life Link III based out of Alexandria, MN.  Early on in his career he developed a passion for teaching and has since went on to become an instructor for various EMS-related courses, with a focus on trauma and clinician development. He also serves a preceptor where he plays in a key role in new clinician orientation and on-boarding. Josh currently holds certifications in NRP, FP-C and    CCP-C. Josh was honored with the Minnesota Ambulance Association Star of Life award in 2018. The Star of Life is awarded to those who represent the exceptional and life-saving care that EMS professionals provide every day.

John Clark JD, MBA, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, CMTE

John Clark is an attorney, paramedic, & Chief Operating Officer of the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC).

Kevin Collopy, MHL, FP-C, NR-P, CMTE

Kevin Collopy is the clinical outcomes & Compliance manager for Novant Health AirLink & VitaLink where he oversees the program’s research, education, risk management, reimbursement and quality assurance systems. Kevin regularly speaks across the United States and has taught emergency & wilderness medicine on 3 continents. He’s an author of over 150 articles and book chapters including 20 peer-reviewed research abstracts and papers. In addition, Kevin serves on several national and international advisory boards, teaches the paramedic program at Cape Fear Community College and is currently overseeing multiple clinical trials.

Rebecca Craig AS, NRP, FP-C

Rebecca grew up in Rock Hill South Carolina where she later retired from the Rock Hill Fire Department. She has worked with National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) since 2002. After Hurricane Katrina, she was sent to Dallas Texas to learn about critical care and flying in C-17 and C-130 with the US Air Force crews. She continued her education and training and was hired as a Flight Paramedic for the Life Net South Carolina operating near Myrtle Beach SC. From there she moved to the Camden base and finally into the education department of the Parent company, Air Methods. She has since worked as Paramedic for National Science Foundation at the McMurdo Fire Department in Antarctica and as a critical care educator for the US Army flight paramedic program at Joint Base San Antonio Texas. Rebecca is currently an Educator at Gaston College in Dallas North Carolina teaching Emergency Medicine and American Heart Classes.

Jason Cusson, RN

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 DeBoer RN,MSN,CFRN

Scott DeBoer is a dynamic seminar leader and legal nurse consultant with over 30 years of emergency, critical care, & flight nursing experience. He received his master’s degree in emergency/critical care nursing from Purdue University and currently is the founder/primary presenter for Pedi-Ed-Trics Emergency Medical Solutions, a company dedicated to teaching better ways to care for kids.

Kelly Edwards, RN, MPA, FP-C

I have numerous years of experience in the Air Medical industry, as a clinical provider, educator, and as part of management teams. I served on the Board of Directors for the IAFCCP, including a term as President of the association. I am currently working full-time as a clinician and educator for Haiti Air Ambulance, the only air medical program in Haiti. I also work part-time as a emergency room RN at a community hospital. I possess a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Bachelors degree in nursing and am enrolled in a family nurse practitioner program.

William C Ferguson MD

Dr. Ferguson started his career in Emergency Care in the Emergency Department at Charity Hospital of New Orleans after completing his BSN from the University of Mississippi in 1992. He had previously obtained his basic EMT via National Registry. Then, after almost 14 years in Emergency Nursing in several states, including flight nursing, he transitioned into Emergency Medicine by completing medical school at East Tennessee State University in 2010.Afterwards, he completed both an Emergency Medicine Residency, where he served as Chief Resident and a Fellowship in EMS at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Ferguson is currently Director of the Office of EMS  at UAB and oversees the Emergency Medicine Residents’ EMS training. However, a large portion of his time is spent in EMS education. He runs a free continuing education program, Alabama EMS Challenge, that provides bi-monthly education to paramedics, including annual cadaver labs. He also is the medical director for an accredited paramedic program and works as medical director for numerus EMS agencies including a rotor wing service. He is an active Board Member of Alabama ACEP and speaks locally, regionally, and nationally on EMS topics. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the Birmingham Regional EMS System which has an annual call volume of almost 200,000.

Andrew D Fisher, MD, MPAS

Andrew D. Fisher joined the US Army in 1992 as an Infantryman and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was sent to an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course and found a desire to work in the medical field. After his active-duty military obligation, he attended Indiana University and served in the Indiana National Guard as a combat medic. He was employed as EMT at Wishard Ambulance Service in Indianapolis and in 2000 graduated from Indiana University and became a paramedic. In 2004, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program, graduating in 2006. In 2007, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment as a physician assistant. In April 2015, he was promoted to the Regimental Physician Assistant for the 75th Ranger Regiment. While assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, he was part of the team that developed and implemented the modern-day low titer group O whole blood program that is now utilized throughout the Department of Defense. He matriculated at Texas A&M University College of Medicine in 2016 and graduated in 2020. Currently, he is a general surgery resident at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM and he continues to serve in the Texas Army National Guard as a physician assistant. He is a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Stop the Bleed Education Consortium. Additionally, he is the assistant director for the Resuscitation Adjuncts: Prehospital Transfusion & REBOA course.

Darrell Fixler AAS, RRT, NRP

Darrell Fixler is currently a Firefighter Paramedic working over 16 years for the Department of Defense.  He is also board certified Respiratory Care Practitioner along with Critical Care Paramedic with a specialty in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care with over 20 plus years’ experience working in and out of the hospital.  Mr. Fixler has received 2 lifesaving awards issued by Headquarters Marine Corps.  Prior to getting into Critical Care he served in the US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion and now he currently is working at the Marine Corps boot camp in South Carolina.  Currently he also teaches EMT to Paramedic along with all the AHA courses at For Life Medical Education.  Mr. Fixler also help review and write chapters in Jones and Bartlett EMT, AMLS and Paramedic books.  Prior to working for the government he flew for University of Alabama Critical Care flight team.  He is married to the best wife who also works in the medical field.  He has 2 dogs and a crazy cat.

Michael A Frakes APRN, FAEN, FCCM

Michael Frakes is the Chief Quality Officer and the Director of Clinical Care for Boston MedFlight.  He has worked in transport as an EMT, paramedic, communications specialist, nurse, educator, manager and senior leader.

Ryan Gauthier FP-C, NRP, CCEMTP

Ryan Gauthier has worked as a Paramedic since 1996 consisting of 911 paramedic ambulance, emergency department,  ambulance service director and Flight experience. He currently is a Flight Paramedic with Flight for Life in Waukesha.

Douglas George, MD

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 was at the University of New Mexico where he trained as an EMS and Flight Fellow Physician.

Michael D. Gooch, DNP, APRN, CCP

Dr. Michael D. Gooch is board certified as an acute care, family, and emergency nurse practitioner. He is also board certified as an emergency, flight, transport and trauma nurse. He has over 25 years of emergency and transport medicine experience. He obtained his MSN from Vanderbilt University and his DNP from Loyola University Chicago. He is an Assistant Professor of Nursing with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN, as well as faculty with the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Madison, TN.  He has completed over 1,500 patient transports during his tenure with the Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight transport program. He also practices as an emergency nurse practitioner in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s adult emergency department and patient flow center, as well as with TeamHealth in a community emergency department.

Michael is a founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners and serves as the Southeastern Regional Director. He is actively involved in advancing ENP practice and has worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Emergency Nurses Association, Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians on various committees and task forces.

He is a nationally recognized speaker and published author regarding varied emergency and transport medicine topics. His clinical interests include transport medicine, airway management, toxicology, and pharmacology.

Danielle Goodrich, BA, 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.

Amanda Humphries-Ventura MD

Dr Humphries-Ventura is a Faculty Physician in the Emergency Department at the University of Texas with extensive experience in fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground critical care transport as a transport physician and a medical director. She completed emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati Air Care where she served as a flight physician and resident assistant medical director, and EMS fellowship at the University of New Mexico where she served as a flight physician. She has also served as medical director for multiple ground agencies and is the current medical director for Sugarland Fire – EMS in Sugarland, Texas.  As a prehospital and emergency medicine physician she has developed special interest in traumatic cardiac arrest, and provider health and wellness.  Her interest in provider health and wellness was sparked by her personal experience with on-the-job trauma and she hopes to use her experience to advocate for providers in similar situations, as well as help first responders find resources for trauma and addiction.

Brian Imdieke, BASc, NRP, FP-C

I started EMS with ground ambulance as a Nationally Registered Paramedic for Mayo Transport in 2008.  In 2011 I was accepted as a flight paramedic for North Memorial Air Care out of Robbinsdale, MN.  On hire, I completed the Creighton University Critical Care course and shortly after obtained my FP-C.  During this time also completing a bachelor degree in Health Care Management with Applied Science major.  Throughout my flight experience I have become an FTO and educator within Air Care with specific interests in cardiology, specifically ECG interpretation most recently getting one of my cases published on Dr Smith’s ECG blog.

Wesner Junior Jacotin M.D. Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais

Wesner Junior Jacotin, M.D. is an Attending Physician at the Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Haiti. He attended the Windsor University School of Medicine, completed internship at JNF Hospital in Saint Kitts, then a residency at Centre Sante Sacre-Coeur de Thiotte. Dr. Jacotin was selected for one of the first postgraduate medical programs (residency) in emergency medicine at Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais and then accepted an attending position there in December 2020. Dr. Jacotin has been employed with Haiti Air Ambulance as a flight physician since April 2021

Michael Jasumback, MD

I am a practicing emergency physician involved in HEMS for the last 21 years.  I have previously presented at AMTC, CCTMC, Northwest Emergency Seminars and multiple local conferences.  My topics have typically been related to critical care, sepsis and aviation.  I practice in a busy level 2 Trauma Center and STEMI/STROKE receiving center.  I work with multiple critical care specialties and strive to practice the highest level of critical care.

Brock Jenkins, FP-C, CCP-C, NRP

Brock currently works as an  Flight Paramedic with Classic Air Medical in Colorado and as an Educator with Immediate Action Medical Education (IA MED). Specialized with instruction of electrophysiology, critical care / flight paramedicine, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and aeromedical retrieval – Brock is passionate with showing others his lessons learned and learning from those who are encouraged to share theirs.

Christal ShyAnn King, RN, CEN

To add to my professional experience, I have also been personally impacted by trauma.  Unfortunately my sisters untimely death at the age of 27 was not related to un-survivable injuries but to poor treatment.  My sister left behind a 9 month old who would never know her mother. Unfortunately she would also never know her father as he passed away in a separate car accident a couple of months prior.  This impact on myself and my family is why advancing trauma care through research and knowledge is at the core of who I am.  In 2014, during my years as a Trauma Program Manager, I was fortunate enough to be able to use trauma registry data to develop the KMBR HII project.  This project surrounds providing education and basic tools to those first on scene to include all first responders.  The pilot program was tested through the Mississippi State Department of Health and was approved to dedicate $400,000 to push this education across the state.  I have been involved in planning 4 Trauma Symposiums including being the first to provide a full procedure cadaver lab in the East Central Mississippi Trauma Care Region area.  Through my work with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, AirCare, I assisted in developing a QA/PI program and am heavily involved in research.

April Larsen-Oaks, CMTE

April Larsen-Oaks is the Executive Director of Clinical Operations for Classic Air Medical. April has been involved in the Air Medical industry for over 12 years. April started her career in EMS and found her passion in the Air Medical Transport environment. Throughout her career, April has been dedicated to improving access to quality critical care in the rural communities across many states. April has always been a passionate advocate for the pediatric population, and advocates for quality health care despite the geographical challenges faced by EMS and rural hospitals. In her free time, April continues to volunteer as a provider in EMS in her local community as well as volunteering in international critical care transports.

Michael J. 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.

Kyle Luckey-Smith, MSc, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, FP-C

Kyle Luckey-Smith is a flight nurse with Vanderbilt LifeFlight in Nashville, Tennessee. He is passionate about advanced airway management, burn and trauma resuscitation, and ultrasonography. He has been fortunate to work both in the pre-hospital and intra-hospital settings, which have provided many amazing experiences and learning opportunities. Throughout his career, he has learned from so many incredible healthcare professionals and strives to share the knowledge and skills that have been learned along the way. Having worked within a Burn Intensive Care Unit, Kyle loves any opportunity to talk about the management of this unique population and apply the management modalities from the ICU to the aeromedical setting.

P.S. Martin, MD

P.S. Martin, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and is the Director of the WVU Division of Prehospital Medicine with research concentrating on rural EMS.  His career in EMS started over 39 years ago, during these experiences he has progressed from First Responder, EMT, EMT-P, Communication Specialist, Flight Paramedic, Flight Physician, to subspecialty board certified EMS Physician.  He was the Medical Director of Allegheny General Hospitals LifeFlight Program in Pittsburgh, PA for 13 years and now is the Associate Medical Director of HealthNet Aeromedical Services, WVU bases Morgantown, WV.  He is also Medical Director of multiple fire, EMS, and CCT based agencies.  He is a former President of AMPA and has held multiple elected positions in AMPA and NAEMSP.

Cory Oaks MPA

Cory Oaks is a 30 plus year veteran of the Fire/ EMS field with 18 years in air medical. HE has functioned in all aspects of response from volunteer first responder to Paramedic Fire Captain. His air medical experience has taken him from Flight Paramedic, to preceptor, educator, outreach and simulation coordinator and into his present position as Program Director for Haiti Air Ambulance. He was the 2018 recipient of the Tim Hynes award as well as awarded a two year.


Elizabeth Owen is a Flight Nurse with Vanderbilt LifeFlight in Nashville, TN. She entered the air medical industry with a nine year background in adult and pediatric emergency medicine and interventional cardiology in high-volume, high-acuity centers with advanced therapies and transplant services. She holds a passion for education and continuously learning from high-caliber clinicians and peers.

Meaghan Panfil, BSN, RN, CFRN

Meaghan Panfil has been a Flight Nurse with UCAN at the University of Chicago Medical Center since 2019.  Prior to that, Meaghan enjoyed her time delivering care in both adult and pediatric ICUs.  She is currently pursuing an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Meaghan is passionate about quality improvement and fostering advancement through continuous learning in her professional environment.

Sharon Purdom, RN, BSN, CFRN, CEN, NREMT

Sharon Purdom, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, 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 self care 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.

Brian Rogge, RN, BSN, CFRN, EMT-P

Brian Rogge is the Director of Clinical Operations at Life Flight Network for several bases as well as the Neonatal-Pediatric Team.  He currently resides in Spokane, Washington and works as a flight nurse in addition to his administrative duties.  Brian began his flight career in 2008 as a Neonatal/Pediatric/Maternal flight nurse.  He later expanded that role to all patient demographics. Brian works to enhance quality through operational and equipment improvement.  He still appreciates getting up in the middle of the night to fly around the Pacific Northwest.

Christopher Root, MD, NRP

Chris Root is an Emergency Medicine resident physician and former New York City paramedic. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where mostly works in the Emergency Department and occasionally flies with UNM Lifeguard. His research interests include airway management, medical education, interdisciplinary team dynamics and breakfast burritos.

Leslie Rostedt, BSN, BA, AAS

Leslie Rostedt is a critical care air and ground transport nurse and paramedic with Novant Health AirLink & VitaLink in Wilmington, NC with over 17 years experience in critical care, and 27 years overall, in the transport industry. Leslie has a curious mind, large personality, and a passion for education in which she incorporates the ability to help peers and orientees to comprehend technical and difficult-to-understand concepts. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors, watch birds, build and launch pumpkin-chunkers!

James F. Scheidler, MD

Dr. Scheidler is a native West Virginian who is a graduate of West Virginia University where he completed his undergraduate studies in biology and religious studies along with his medical education. Following medical school graduation, he completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Wake Forest where he was elected by his peers as Chief Resident. He then completed fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. At that time, he served as Assistant Medical Director at Forsyth, Stokes, and Randolph EMS. He is now an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University Medicine where he is active in independent practice, medical student and resident education, EMS medical directorship, and EMS Physician Response within suburban and rural counties within WV. His primary professional goal is to facilitate the delivery of the best possible emergency care to the greatest number of people – with a special emphasis on those in rural populations.

Charles W Sheppard MD

Charles Sheppard has been practicing medicine for over 40 years, in EMS for over 40 years and the Life Line medical director for 26 years. He is also on the Board of directors for Air Medical Physicians Association and the Missouri Chapter ACEP. He received the RR Hannas award for outstanding Emergency Physician State of Missouri in 2017, the AMPA President’s award for contribution to educational programs in 2012, the Air Medical Physicians Association Medical Director of the year in 2006. He has lectured at multiple national and regional conferences on prehospital topics including the Critical Care Medical Transport Conference, Air Medical Transport Conference, EMS World, and others.

Alexandra Tang, BSN, RN, CFRN, RN-NIC, CNPT

Alexandra Tang has been a transport professional for almost 10 years with experience in fixed and rotor wing as well as ground transportation.  She is currently a Flight Nurse with UCAN at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  Before joining UCAN, Alex gained an extensive clinical background in both neonatal and adult cardiac patients.  She is also the coordinator of new flight nurse orientation and education at UCAN.  In her free time, Alex spends time with her dog and enjoys taking care of the animals on her farm.

Angela Teckemeyer, BSN-RN, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN

Angela Teckemeyer is a critical care registered nurse and EMT whose clinical background includes prehospital EMS for an ALS service, ER, ICU, and critical care flight transport. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently enrolled in a doctoral nurse practitioner program.

Johanna Thompson AAS, FP-C, CCP-C, CNP-T

Johanna Thompson is a Flight Paramedic and Clinical Educator for Life Link III, home based in Rice Lake Wisconsin. Hanna started her EMS career in 2004, working as an EMT for Sawyer County Ambulance Service. In 2010 Hanna obtained her Associates Degree and Paramedic Licensure and soon to follow obtained her Critical Care Certification, in which she began work as a Critical Care Paramedic for North Memorial. For the last 7 years Hanna has been flying with Life Link, starting at the Hibbing base and then transferring back home to Rice Lake. Hanna was the Essentia Health STEMI Award Recipient in 2017 and completed Echelon Front Leadership Course in 2019. Most recently Hanna volunteered with Haiti Air Ambulance in August of 2021.

Amy Vahrenwald, MSN, FNP-BC, CEN, CFRN

Amy has over 25 years of experience including 16 years as an Advanced Practice Provider and a transport nurse. During her career, she has participated in international air medical transport, international medical missions, rotor wing transport, and ambulance transport.  She is a PHRN (pre-hospital RN) and holds certifications as a CEN and CFRN.  Presently, she is employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the Emergency Department.

Phil Ward, AAS, NRP, FP-C

Phil began his path in the military, transitioning to the railroad, and finally finding EMS and the fire service after a life-altering event. He has 20 years of combined service in fire, EMS/HEMS. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching EMS for 13 years with experiences on a NICU/PICU transport team, ground 911/CCT, swift water, dive rescue team, and a specialized regional HAZMAT team. His air medical transport offers experience with five programs, operating on various platforms, and in several operational and clinical capacities. He has authored a variety of articles, recently co-authored the operations chapter in the Critical Care Transport Core Curriculum, and has spoken at multiple conferences across the country. He has been active on multiple committees, currently sitting as the President of the International College of Advanced Practice Paramedics. He is a flight paramedic with Classic Air Medical and resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he loves to hunt and spend time with his adult children.

Jeffrey Wayland, MD

Jeff Wayland is a resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He is part of the Lifeguard air critical transport flight physician program and will be pursuing  fellowship in critical care medicine. His academic interests include communication in resuscitation, medical education, palliative critical care, and all things flight. He believes that providing the best care for our patients means coming to a scene ready to do the most, but prepared to do less.

Miles Weske – NRP

Miles Weske has been in EMS for 20 years. He started his career on a BLS service, and along the way worked in pre hospital ground transport, RT, and HEMS. After a rotor wing crash in 2016 Miles moved into an educational role, and speaks about his experience as a way to say thank you for the difference every care provider makes in a patient’s life.

Jeremy C. Williams, BS, NRP

A lifelong learner, Jeremy Williams is a passionate clinician and researcher whose interests explore the intersection of health/healthcare, communication, and psychology. Williams’s clinical experience spans many facets of EMS including: 911, interfacility and critical care transport, and education. As a researcher, he has authored and presented original research at several academic conferences including the Midwest Psychological Association Annual Conference, the Kansas Public Health Association Annual Conference, the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, the Kansas Capital Research Symposium, and the Midwest Global Health Conference. His research interests include the communicative nature of the patient-provider relationship with specific interest in how media representations might impact patient-provider interactions, access to healthcare, and vaccination hesitancy.


Allen Wolfe is the Senior Director for Life Link III in Minneapolis. Minnesota.  He is responsible for the clinical performance of Life Link III’s 120 plus clinicians. Prior to Life Link III, he was the Director of Education for Air Methods 1500 employees. He is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Master’s in Critical Care and focuses much of his efforts on QA’s relationship to education. He is the leading expert in the prehospital realm related to LVADS and recipient of the prestigious Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He is the co-editor of ASTNA industry best-selling Principles and Practice textbook.

Jason S. Zeller, MD

Jason Zeller is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Associate Director of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine at University Hospitals – Cleveland. He completed residency training at the University of Rochester and EMS fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Training as a flight physician and EMS Physician in New Mexico, as well as prior EMS ground experience continues to ignite his interest in leading quality prehospital care. In Cleveland he is co-director for numerous ground teams, critical care transport as well as a robust event medicine program. Professional interests include prehospital education, operational ems, new technology in EMS as well as advancing quality review processes in the prehospital environment.


A lifelong athlete and student of wellness and nutrition, Amanda moved to Colorado in 2007 with her family. She began practicing yoga that same year to release tension in her neck and shoulders caused by long-distance cycling. She immediately fell in love with the physicality of yoga, as well as the transformative healing nature of the practice. After practicing on her own for years, Amanda completed teacher training at Anjaneya School of Yoga in Boulder, CO and received her RYT200. She returned in 2019 to receive her RYT500 and is now a certified Yoga For First Responders Instructor II. She creates a supportive and judgement-free environment where students can feel good while exploring new possibilities. Amanda believes that with a diligent and dedicated yoga practice, anyone can cultivate a sense of stability, a clearer, more peaceful mind and a greater ability to deal with the curveballs life throws at us off the mat. She hopes her students will leave their practice feeling calm, strong, inspired, and most of all more connected to themselves.

Amar P. Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH

Amar Patel is a paramedic, researcher, and renowned educator with a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a Master of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  He currently serves as chief learning officer at CAE Healthcare.  Founder and past chair of the North Carolina Simulation Collaborative, Dr. Patel is a simulation expert and much-published key opinion leader with 60+ abstracts, articles and textbook chapter publications to date. With a professional history that includes stints as a firefighter, paramedic, educator, researcher, and curriculum developer. Dr. Patel maintains over 17 certifications and is currently involved in several healthcare quality committees. Dr. Patel has most recently held the position of executive director of WakeMed Innovations at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, having been responsible for healthcare innovation, idea generation, innovation investments, technology-based educational programs (such as patient simulation and online learning), and simulation-based research.

Brendan C. Berry, MD, CMTE, FACEP

Brendan is an emergency and critical care transport physician at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is immediate past president of AMPA and medical director of the CAE Healthcare Academy.

James Rutherford, MSN, ACNP-BC, CFRN, EMT

I have been an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since 2008, when I joined Metro Life Flight. I have served as their Chief Flight nurse, and have started their implementation of utilization of Nurse Practitioners in their staffing model – a practice that continues today. I have extensive simulation and tactical medicine training and remain active in both fields. I have had various other employment in addition to my flight position including trauma and critical care. I am currently an active provider with Metro Life Flight and have recently started a new position as the West Market APP Manager for University Hospitals. When I am not working I enjoy my time with friends and family, traveling and attending sporting events.