NAEMT Board of Directors

The NAEMT Board of Directors is responsible for the general management and oversight of the affairs of the association. Each of the members of our Board, including our officers, is elected by the active members of the association. Listed below are the names and positions of each of the members of our Board. For a listing of the states in each of the four NAEMT Regions, click here.

 

 

Chuck Kearns

Conrad T. "Chuck" Kearns
President
ctkearns@aol.com

Chuck Kearns, MBA, Paramedic, A-EMD, is chief executive officer of  Southside Fire/EMS and Security in Savannah, Georgia. Kearns has been involved in public safety and EMS for over 30 years. Born in New York City, he began his career as a Florida open-water lifeguard in 1981, became Chief of the County Beach Patrol and was certified as an EMT two years later. He has spent much of his EMS career as a Paramedic and EMS System Manager in Pinellas County, Florida, with Sunstar Paramedics. He rose to Director of Pinellas County Emergency and Public Safety Services (Fire, EMS & EMS Communications Services Administrator), where he served over 11 years. He is also certified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher (A-EMD) for 16 years and a rescue diver since 1989.

Kearns has consulted widely and worked in several different EMS system models, and is currently involved with a large private ambulance provider in the Midwest. He has worked in government, private, hospital-based, rural and volunteer public safety agencies, and in positions spanning from basic life support first responder to underwater search & rescue dive team leader, to Flight Paramedic. Kearns has deployed to numerous hurricane and wildfire disasters since 1992 and frequently staffed an Emergency Operations Center command desk during disaster Activations. He has been involved in leadership positions of many EMS and emergency management organizations. He served as a site reviewer, standards revision project manager and board member for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. He also served two terms on the American Ambulance Association Board of Directors and was a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Culture of Safety Steering Committee.  He spent six years on the Board of the American Heart Association Florida-Puerto Rico Affiliate and has been a board member of two hospitals.

Kearns is the recipient of many awards, including the Florida EMS Lifetime Achievement Award, a Meritorious Service Award for wildfires mitigation from Florida’s Governor, and a lifesaving award from former President Ronald Reagan for rescuing five people who were drowning. Kearns was appointed to two, four-year terms on the Florida EMS Advisory Council and served as its chairman. He was on the FEMA National Advisory Council and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for EMS World Magazine since 2001. Chuck is a professional (Paramedic) member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and serves on two committees.  Kearns is a dynamic, dedicated and tireless advocate for EMS practitioners and issues affecting EMS. In addition to his EMS knowledge and experience, Kearns attended law school and holds an MBA degree in Marketing and Information Systems Management.

 

Dennis Rowe

Dennis Rowe
President-elect
emtp296@gmail.com

Dennis Rowe, Paramedic, is director of new business integration for Priority Ambulance Corporation in Knoxville, Tenn. He is part of a corporate start-up team to design and implement integration plans for new ambulance companies into the Priority Ambulance portfolio. His responsibilities include analysis of potential acquisitions, strategic plan development, and outcomes measurement. Prior to this role, he had been the company's director of operations.

Rowe has extensive experience in emergency services in Tennessee. He spent 17 years at Rural-Metro Corporation, providing oversight of basic life support (BLS), advanced life support (ALS) and critical care ambulance transports for Knox County. Previously, he was the trauma coordinator for the Level One Trauma Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was actively involved in research publications, Trauma Center financial analysis, and day-to-day operations. Before moving to the surgery department, Rowe was part of the UT LIFESTAR helicopter program startup team.

Rowe is an instructor and has participated in medical research projects in the Knox County/East Tennessee area. He has served as president of the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association and on the Tennessee EMS Divisions Clinical Issues Committee. He is a long-time member of NAEMT and has served on the Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, NAEMT Bylaws Committee and on numerous other committees and appointed liaison positions.

 

Bruce Evans

Bruce Evans
Secretary
hawkeyeems@aol.com

Bruce Evans, NREMT-P, BS, MPA, is Chief for the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, located outside Durango, Colo. He retired as the EMS chief for the North Las Vegas, Nev., Fire Department after serving 27 years in the Southern Nevada EMS system. He is an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy in the EMS, Incident Management, and Terrorism Training programs. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 James O. Page EMS Achievement Award.

Evans is a member of NAEMT’s EMS Safety Program Committee, a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Instructor III, and a certified faculty member for the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics training program. Evans has coauthored text on EMS management and crew resources management, and writes a bimonthly column on EMS in Fire Chief magazine.

 

Scott Matin

Scott A. Matin
Treasurer
scottmatin6@gmail.com

Scott A. Matin, MBA, NRP, is a site review team leader for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and adjunct faculty for the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Matin is the former vice president of Clinical, Education & Business Services for MONOC Mobile Health Services in Wall Township, N.J. Covering over 1,800 square miles and servicing more than 2.8 million residents, MONOC is New Jersey’s largest provider of EMS, ambulance and aeromedical services.

Matin has been involved in EMS for over 30 years and is an established manager, educator and a nationally registered Paramedic. He is also the author of numerous articles and research studies, a member of several editorial review boards, and a frequent presenter at professional conferences throughout the country.

 

Don Lundy

Don Lundy
Immediate Past President
343Dlundy@gmail.com

Don Lundy, BHS, NREMT-P, has over 41 years of service in EMS, ranging from dispatch to EMS Leader. A Paramedic since 1974, he directed large municipal and small rural services, as well as helicopter operations. Lundy served on the former NAEMT Board of Governors as the representative for South Carolina and later on the Board of Directors for two terms as a Region II Director. He was chair of the Safety and Wellness Committee, and was a member of the Finance and Bylaws Committee. In addition, he was NAEMT’s representative on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology First Responder workgroup and continues to represent NAEMT on the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Council.

Regionally, Lundy is the former chair of the Lowcountry Regional EMS Council, past president of the South Carolina EMS Association, and past chair of the South Carolina EMS Advisory Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from The Medical University of South Carolina. Lundy speaks internationally on EMS medical and operational issues, medical technology, work ethics, and serves as an instructor at the National Fire Academy’s EMS program. He is a recipient of the Warren McBride Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40 years of work in EMS.

Lundy is the President-Emeritus of the Board of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and is the past president and current member of the Charleston Lions Club. He served a five-year term on the South Carolina Foster Care Review Board 9-A and three years as chair. He and his wife have one son and 31 foster children.

 

Sean Britton

Sean J. Britton
Director, Region I
sean.justin.britton@gmail.com

Sean J. Britton, NRP, CPH, CEM, is the deputy director of public health and a deputy county emergency medical services coordinator for Broome County, New York. He is a paramedic at Superior Ambulance Service and an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice & Emergency Services at SUNY Broome Community College, both in New York. His career in EMS began as a member of Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service at Binghamton University. He was formerly the program coordinator for Emergency & Trauma Services at UHS Hospitals and the public health emergency preparedness coordinator for Broome County.

He earned his bachelor's degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College, concentrating in Emergency Management. 

 

Robert Luckritz

Robert Luckritz
Director, Region I
rluckritz@barnabashealth.org

Robert Luckritz, JD, NREMT-P is the EMS director for Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health, overseeing a department of 250 employees responding to 90,000 calls annually. He has nearly 20 years of experience in EMS, serving as an EMS provider in four states across the Mid-Atlantic and New England, where he has overseen all facets of EMS including Operations, Clinical Care, and Education. He also served as an adjunct professor of EMS Management at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and as the government affairs officer for a major New Jersey healthcare system.
 
Luckritz has been awarded a bachelor's degree in EMS Management from Springfield College, a juris doctor degree from Western New England University, and is currently working towards a master's degree in Public Administration at Northeastern University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Urban Hospitals.

 

Chad McIntyre

Chad E. McIntyre
Director, Region II
chad.mcintyre@jax.ufl.edu

Chad McIntyre has worked in EMS for over 23 years. He worked several years as a street Paramedic in Indianapolis, Ind., before serving as chief Paramedic in a rural county EMS service in eastern Indiana, and later accepting a position with the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. McIntyre was recruited by Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville in February 2005 as a flight Paramedic, later promoted to education coordinator and now serves as the manager of Trauma & Flight Services. In this position, McIntyre oversees the day-to-day operations of TraumaOne Flight Services, Disaster Preparedness, Injury Prevention, and Outreach Education. He has extensive training and experience in adult and pediatric trauma care.

He has served as author on pediatric trauma for NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) program, and has lectured both domestically and internationally on the care of trauma victims. In addition to NAEMT, McIntyre sits on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Critical Care & Flight Paramedics, and is a member of the NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee.

 

Cory Richter

Cory Richter
Director, Region II
crichter@ircgov.com

Cory Richter, BA, NREMT-P, is a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for Indian River Fire Rescue in Florida. He has been in EMS for 33 years and has worked for several agencies, including a private ambulance service doing both non-emergency transports and responding to 911 calls, until he took the position he is in today.

Richter is active in NAEMT as state advocacy coordinator, Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) state coordinator, an affiliate faculty and instructor, PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) affiliate faculty and instructor, as well as an Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) affiliate faculty and instructor. Richter is also an AHA training center coordinator and holds his ACLS instructor and BLS instructor along with being an regional faculty for ACLS and BLS.  Richter was the task force chair for his region in Florida and on the state ECC committee.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Franklin Pierce College and an Associate degree in Fire Science and EMS. Richter was chairman of the Florida EMS Advisory Council and served 4 years, he is the chairman of the Florida EMS Strategic Plan, and is active on several state committees. He has devoted many years to state-level EMS issues – one being the creation of the Florida Drug Shortage Committee.

 

Brian Schaeffer

Brian Schaeffer
Director, Region III
bschaeffer@spokanefire.org

Brian Schaeffer is Assistant Chief for the Spokane Fire Department in state of Washington. His career serving Fire Departments in the Midwest spans nearly 25 years, progressing through the ranks and including Fire Chief. He also served as a Flight Paramedic in the Kansas City metro area, worked in a public utility model EMS system and a fire-based system, functioned as an educator, and was immersed in the industry for many years.  He has maintained his Paramedic credentials and still responds to medical incidents with his organization at every opportunity.

Academically, Schaeffer earned a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is currently in the final stages of his doctoral education from Creighton University. Schaeffer serves on numerous local and state public safety and health-related committees and has lectured on topics such as Servant Leadership, high-reliability organizations, and contemporary integrated healthcare issues. Aside from his family, his passion from an early age has been to contribute to public service. With a few years remaining in his career, he is focused on improving EMS from multiple perspectives, including education, advocacy and technology. Schaeffer is married to wife Ellen and his two golden retrievers own the couple. They reside in the City of Spokane, Washington.


 

Amy Binning

Jason Scheiderer
Director, Region III
jason.g.scheiderer@gmail.com

Jason Scheiderer, MS, NREMT-P, is the EPIC implementation director of training for Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently coordinating all users in Eskenazi Health being trained on the new Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. This includes faculty at the IU School of Medicine, staff at the hospital, and members of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service (IEMS).

Formerly, he was an education lieutenant with IEMS, the largest 911 service in the city responding to roughly 100,000 calls each year. A division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, IEMS has a unique partnership with the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation, and the City of Indianapolis, with Eskenazi Health as the supervising hospital. Scheiderer teaches specialty continuing education classes such as Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and CPR, and also works in the field with students.

Prior to the formation of IEMS, Scheiderer worked for the Wishard Ambulance Service, first as an EMT, then paramedic and educator. He received his master's degree in Emergency Service Management from The George Washington University and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he started as a volunteer firefighter and EMT, continuing in several part-time fire and EMS positions following throughout Indiana. Scheiderer serves as the NAEMT Advocacy Coordinator for Indiana, and is a member of the Advocacy Committee and EMS Safety Course Committee. He was honored with the 2014 Field EMS Bill Advocate of the Year Award and is a member of the Indiana EMS education work group. 

 

Terry David

Terry L. David
Director, Region IV
1124dakota@gmail.com

Terry L. David has been in EMS since 1982, beginning as an EMT while working for the Hutchinson Kansas Police Department. He moved to a full-time EMS position in 1986 after spending nine years with two different law enforcement agencies. While working for Reno County/Hutchinson Hospital EMS, he became a paramedic and served that role, as well as relief supervisor. In March 1995, he began his dual role for Rice County as Director of EMS and Emergency Management Director. 

David is certified as both a Paramedic and Training Officer II in the State of Kansas. He has held positions with the American Heart Association as a regional faculty member and instructor, and is the training coordinator for the local chapter of the Health and Safety Institute. He also serves as Team Commander of the Kansas Major Emergency Response Group (MERGe), which is the Kansas ESF-8 Disaster Response Team and has had command roles in state disasters.  In that role he has been requested by the state legislature to testify on EMS disaster response and preparedness issues

David is also involved in EMS issues on a state, regional and national level, and in organizations including the Kansas EMS Association, Kansas Association of Counties, South-Central Homeland Security Council, Hutchinson Community College EMS Education Advisory Board, Governing Board of the Rice County Hospital, South-Central Healthcare Coalition and Kansas Healthcare Coalition Steering Committee. He is also the only EMS Director in Kansas to receive the Presidential Leadership Award from the Kansas EMS Association on three occasions and was the recipient of the 2008 Kansas EMS Administrator of the Year Award. 

 

Troy Tuke

Troy Tuke
Director, Region IV
ttuke@cox.net

Chief Troy Tuke began his EMS career after obtaining both Paramedic and RN degrees from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 1989. He worked full time as an RN, as well as a Paramedic specializing in Critical Care/ ER and Flight Nursing, before joining the Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1996. He was promoted through the ranks of fire engineer, EMS coordinator, assistant fire chief of EMS, and is currently working as an EMS coordinator for CCFD.

Chief Tuke was deployed to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a medical specialist for Nevada Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. He maintains his RN license, National Registry Paramedic Certification and license, and is an EMS Master Instructor and Paramedic Preceptor. He also serves NAEMT as State Advocacy Coordinator for Nevada and as a member of the Membership and Advocacy Committees.

A Nationally Registered Paramedic since 1988, Chief Tuke’s hobbies include mountain biking and skiing, and he is involved in many church youth programs. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 27 years and has two daughters, Brittany and Rylie. 

 

Charlene Cobb

Charlene Cobb
At-Large Director
ccobb@sunstarems.com

Charlene Cobb, NREMT-P, has worked in EMS since 1980, beginning with the Sayville Community Ambulance Squad in Sayville, N.Y. In 1989, she moved to Pinellas County, Fla., and continued her work with Sunstar Paramedics. She became a Nationally Registered Paramedic in 1992, quickly advanced to become a field training officer and then an education coordinator, a position in which she has spent the majority of her career. She now serves as Sunstar’s community outreach coordinator and public information officer. Cobb has been a member of NAEMT’s EMS Safety Committee since 2009, and often travels throughout the country teaching the EMS Safety Course, which she helped to develop. She also serves as a member of the international EMS Safety Foundation and was awarded the organization’s prestigious Objective Safety Award in 2008.

Cobb is passionate about community safety and is the chairperson for the Suncoast Safekids Coalition. She is a frequent contributor to local and national publications on EMS and Public Safety. She was the proud recipient of the 1998 State of Florida’s Paramedic of the Year Award. That same year she was also selected as the Pinellas County Paramedic of the Year, for her work on a language translation guide for fellow EMS personnel. In 2009, Charlene received the State of Florida’s Injury Prevention Award for her work to promote child passenger safety, and in 2010 received the Pinellas County EMS Public Safety Award, for her work to enhance ambulance safety. Cobb has dedicated her career to the health and safety of EMS patients, the EMS workforce and the greater Pinellas County community.


 

Matt Zavadsky

Matt Zavadsky
At-Large Director
mzavadsky@medstar911.com

Matt Zavadsky is the Director of Public Affairs for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas.  He has helped guide the implementation of several innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully as a Mobile Integrated Healthcare provider, including high utilizer, CHF readmission reduction, observational admission reduction, hospice revocation avoidance, 9-1-1 nurse triage programs and a partnership with home health agency.

Zavadsky also chairs the NAEMT Mobile Integrated Healthcare-Community Paramedicine (MIH-CP) Committee and is the co-author of the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Approach to Implementation” published by Jones & Bartlett Publishing.  He has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Management.

 

Paul Hinchey

Paul Hinchey, MD
Medical Director
paul.hinchey@evhealth.net

Paul Hinchey, MD, MBA, FACEP joined Evolution Health as the East Region President responsible for developing Mobile Integrated Healthcare, which includes engaging EMS practitioners in non-traditional roles. Dr. Hinchey previously served as the Medical Director for Austin-Travis County EMS System in Austin, Texas, and Deputy Medical Director for Wake County EMS in Raleigh, N.C.

He began his EMS career in 1986 as a volunteer EMT and served as a paramedic for more than 20 years. As an EMS educator he taught one of the early Associate Degree Paramedic Programs and was an advocate for the advancement and standardization of EMS education. He went on to complete his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and School of Business. He completed an Emergency Medicine residency and EMS fellowship at the University of North Carolina, where he worked with both the Orange County and Wake County EMS systems.

After fellowship, Dr. Hinchey continued as Deputy Medical Director for Wake County EMS, with an interest in special operations including USAR, Tactical EMS, and mass gathering medicine. He later became Medical Director for the WakeMed Health and Hospitals Mobile Critical Care Service in Raleigh. Dr. Hinchey is a national speaker, has been involved in various prehospital research projects, has served on national committees on EMS workforce and quality measures, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). He is an advocate for the advancement of EMS profession, scope of practice and educational and professional standards. Dr. Hinchey was among the first to become board certified in the newly formed subspecialty of EMS with its inaugural exam in October 2013.