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Members Elect New Board

Oct 06, 2008

Thank you for voting! Members elected a new slate of directors in the most recent election, which concluded on September 28, 2008. Congratulations to our new leaders! Election results are as follows.


President-Elect Connie Meyer of Greeley, Kan., has served in various leadership roles within NAEMT for the last 15 years and currently serves as a full-time EMS practitioner and as a volunteer EMS responder in Olathe, Kan. She looks forward to continuing the progress of increasing the visibility and influence of EMS practitioners as a vital part of the nation’s first responder and health care system.


Secretary Don W. Walsh has served in various EMS positions with the Chicago Fire Department, and currently works as a licensed EMT-P and serves on the Illinois Emergency Medical Response Team. He also is an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy under DHS and a fellow with the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. Walsh has served as president of the Chicago Fire Paramedics Association and previously served on the NAEMT board of directors from 1990 - 1991.


Treasurer Rick Ellis currently serves on the NAEMT board as the Region II Director and has served NAEMT in various leadership roles, including on the board of directors for several years and in the Military and Instructor/Coordinator Divisions. Ellis is a nationally registered Paramedic, and recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Robins AFB in Warner Robins, Ga., as an aerospace medical service craftsman in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He plans to use his knowledge and expertise to continue NAEMT’s growth and visibility both inside and outside of the profession.


At-Large Director Ken Bouvier has served in various capacities for NAEMT for many years, most recently as immediate past president. He has been involved in EMS since 1974 and has served for 33 years as both fire chief for Monsanto and as EMT/paramedic for New Orleans EMS, where he currently serves as the administrative liaison. He feels that his active involvement in two types of EMS delivery models gives him a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the issues EMTs and paramedics face every day at work.


Region II Director Dennis Rowe of Loudon, Tenn., has served in a variety of EMS positions, including as a paramedic and as a member of the Prehospital Trauma Life Support committee. He has served on the NAEMT board of directors and hopes to continue to elevate the EMS profession nationally by implementing the goals stated in the NAEMT Strategic Plan.

Region III Director Aimee Binning of Pinedale, Wyo., has worked in EMS since 1994, beginning as a firefighter EMT and currently as a volunteer and educator for Sublette County EMS as an EMT-I. She also is a member of NAEMT’s membership committee.


Region IV Director Charlene Donahue has served over the past year on the NAEMT board as well as on the membership committee for two years, and looks forward to continuing the progress of national advocacy and overall strength for the EMS profession. She has worked for 27 years in both rural and large urban EMS systems in British Columbia, Canada and California, and currently serves as a field paramedic and clinical training leader. She has served as president and vice president of the San Francisco Paramedic Association.

These new board members will join incoming President Patrick Moore, Jerry Johnston as Immediate Past President, and current directors Jennifer Frenette and Jim Slattery (both Region I), Don Lundy (Region II,), Sue Jocobus (Region III), K.C. Jones (Region IV) and Chuck Kearns (At-Large) on the new board.


Many thanks to outgoing Secretary Bob Loftus, Treasurer Ed Sawicki, and Region III Director Will Chapleau. We appreciate your dedication and service to the profession and the association.