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Don Lundy, BHS, NREMT-P, serves as EMS director for Charleston County EMS, overseeing a department of 160 and covering 1,100 square miles in a coastal community with a daytime population of 600,000. 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. He also served on the Board of Directors for two terms as a Region II Director, 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.
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.
C.T. "Chuck" Kearns
Conrad T. “Chuck” Kearns has been involved in EMS for over 30 years. Born in New York City, he began his career as a Florida open-water lifeguard in 1981, and was certified as an EMT two years later. He has spent most of his EMS career as a Paramedic in Pinellas County, Fla., with Sunstar Paramedics, and is the former Pinellas County EMS & Fire Director. He has been certified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) for over 14 years and chaired the Florida EMS Advisory Council.
Kearns has worked for EMS agencies with operations across the country, and currently works for a large private ambulance provider in the Midwest. He has worked in government, private and volunteer EMS agencies, in positions spanning from basic life support (BLS) first responder to flight Paramedic. Kearns is involved in leadership positions of many EMS industry organizations. He 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 in Marketing and Information Systems Management.
James A. (Jim) Judge II, EMT-P, BPA, CEM, FPEM, has over 40 years of experience in EMS, Fire Services and Emergency Management. In each of these fields, he served as both a street-level provider and in various levels of management and leadership. He has received numerous national, state and local awards for administrative and operational excellence in public safety. His current position is with the Volusia County Department of Public Protection in Daytona Beach, Fla. He has been a member of NAEMT since 1991.
Judge currently volunteers at several national and state organizations, including the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, where he is chair of the Preparedness Council. He also serves in the National SAFECOM Program for the Department of Homeland Security, and is the president-elect for the United Way of Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (Cum Laude) from Barry University in Miami, and has been a past instructor in ACLS, PALS, First-Aid and CPR. He was inducted into the Florida EMS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of achievement in EMS. He also received the NAEMT Administrator of the Year Award in 1994. Judge regularly presents public safety topics at local, state and national conferences and has published a number of articles on EMS and Public Safety topics.
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Dennis Rowe coordinates the day-to-day operations of Priority Ambulance medical transport service for Knox County and the surrounding areas. He also oversees basic life support (BLS), advanced life support (ALS) and critical care ambulance transports, as well as Knox County’s communications centers. He is a Paramedic, instructor and participates in medical research projects in the Knox County/East Tennessee area.
Rowe has extensive experience in emergency services in Tennessee. He spent 17 years at Rural/Metro serving in Knox, Loudon County, Spring Hill, Blount County and Nashville. Previously, Dennis 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.
He has served as president of the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association, and currently serves 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.
Immediate Past President
Connie Meyer has been involved with EMS since 1982, when she became a volunteer EMT in rural Kansas. She has been a Paramedic since 1989 and retired as EMS Captain Emeritus from Johnson County Med-Act in Olathe, Kans., in 2012. She currently serves as a volunteer EMS first responder in her local community and works as a part-time nurse.
Meyer is past president of the Kansas EMS Association and the Heartland EMS Coalition. She has been a part of NAEMT leadership since 1993, and served as the Kansas representative to the NAEMT Board of Governors from 1993 to 2000, as well as a member of the Board of Directors since 1997.
Scott A. Matin
Director, Region I
Scott A. Matin, MBA, NREMT-P, is vice president of Clinical, Education & Business Services for MONOC Mobile Health Services in Wall Township, N.J. MONOC is New Jersey’s largest provider of EMS, ambulance and aeromedical services, covering over 1,800 square miles and servicing more than 2.8 million residents. In addition to his present position at MONOC, Matin is adjunct faculty for the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a site review team leader for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).
Matin has been involved in EMS for over 30 years and is an established manager, educator and nationally registered Paramedic. Matin 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.
Director, Region I
Jim Slattery, BS, BA, NREMT-I, began his career in the back of a Ford station wagon ambulance in 1960 and has been active in EMS ever since. He has more than 45 years of experience as a volunteer instructor for the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross. In 1974, he became an NREMT-A, and in 1982, an NREMT-I. He received the AAA Star of Life Award in 2004. He has been on a 911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance for the City of Taunton, Mass., for 32 years. He was also regional EMS director for Southeastern Massachusetts, for three years.
Slattery has taught first responders, ski patrols, EMTs, police and fire personnel, as well as served as an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross. In addition, he served on the Massachusetts Governors Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board for 15 years and was president of the Massachusetts Association of EMTs for 12 years. He has been an active participant in the East Coast National EMS Bike Ride as a wingman since 2008. Slattery has served NAEMT since 1982 as a Governor, Region I Board of Director, and member of the Health and Safety Committee, NAEMT Foundation, and Bylaws Committee.
Director, Region II
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 chairman of the NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care Committee.
Director, Region II
Cory Richter, BA, NREMT-P, is a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for Indian River Fire Rescue in Florida. He
has been in EMS for 32 years and has worked for several agencies, including a
private ambulance service doing non-emergency transports and agencies that
respond 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) instructor.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Franklin Pierce College and an Associate degree in Fire
Science and EMS. Richter is chairman of the Florida EMS Advisory Council, 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.
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Director, Region III
Chris Cebollero is a nationally recognized EMS leader, author and advocate. He is also the EMS chief for Christian Hospital’s EMS – a division he has progressively reshaped during his tenure to reflect the best practices of the industry, and the division’s alignment with Christian hospital’s strategic plan.
Cebollero is currently the host of the EMS Leadership podcast on EMS Radio, The World of EMS podcast for EMS World, Inside EMS podcast for EMS1, video host of the Innovation Zone on EMS1, and Executive Producer of the EMS Roundtable podcasts. Cebollero has been a member of NAEMT since 1999 and currently serves on the NAEMT Board of Directors, Education Committee, and Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership (PEPL) Committee, and is vice president of the NAEMT Foundation.
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Director, Region III
Aimee Binning is a full-time practitioner for Sublette County EMS (SCEMS) in Pinedale, Wyo. She held various positions previously with SCEMS, such as educational coordinator, secretary, special events coordinator, and volunteer.
Binning has served NAEMT’s Board as Region III Director, Health and Safety Committee member, Membership Committee chair, course educator, and an NAEMT Foundation Trustee. She is also a recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Leadership Award, and has been an advocate for EMS at the federal level by participating in various meetings and collaborations with EMS-related groups.
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Director, Region IV
Rod Barrett of Bentonville, Ark., began his career as an EMT in 1978 and became a Paramedic in 1982. He received a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in 1973, and became an R.N. in 2004. He served with both private and public service models in Little Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn., before joining the Bella Vista Fire/EMS department in 1986. He retired after 25 years with the department. Barrett continues in the EMS community as an instructor in several disciplines and as an adjunct instructor for Northwest Arkansas Community College in the College of Health-related Professions, as well as various other agencies.
Barrett served on the Arkansas EMT Association Board of Directors for 12 years with three terms as president, and has served as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Committee since 1996. He also serves on the Fire Science Advisory Board and the EMS advisory board for Northwest Arkansas Community College. He was inducted into the Arkansas EMS Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Director, Region IV
Bruce Evans, NREMT-P, BS, MPA, is the deputy 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.
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Matt Zavadsky is public affairs director for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the exclusive emergency and non-emergency EMS provider for Fort Worth and 14 surrounding cities in North Texas. He holds a master’s degree in Health Service Administration and has 32 years of experience in EMS, including volunteer, fire department, as well as public and private sector EMS agencies.
Zavadsky has helped guide the implementation of Mobile Healthcare programs at MedStar and several other agencies across the United States. He also chairs the NAEMT Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine (MIH-CP) Committee.
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Ben Chlapek is chair of NAEMT’s Military Relations Committee and serves on the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council on EMS. He has been involved in NAEMT for more than 30 years. He holds an A.A. in Fire Science, a B.A. degree in Chemistry, an MPA in Public Affairs, and an M.S. in Homeland Security Studies. Chlapek serves as Missouri Valley division director of the National Association of Executive Fire Officers and on the Board of NAEMT. He is the former chair of the Mid-America Council’s Emergency Services Committee and was instrumental in helping to write the nine-county Mass Casualty Plan for the Kansas City bi-state metro area. He is an accredited chief fire officer and chief EMS officer, has completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, is a nationally registered Paramedic, and an associate professor of Fire Science.
Chlapek had a decorated Army career that included hospital administration, infantry, civil affairs, field medicine, engineering, and multiple deployments. Wounded in Afghanistan, Chlapek retired from the Army as Lieutenant Colonel after 36 years of service and is a retired deputy fire chief. He continues to work on behalf of veterans, teach at institutions of higher learning, and live in Liberty, Mo., with his wife Terri.
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Paul Hinchey, M.D., is the Medical Director for Austin-Travis County EMS System in Austin, Texas. His EMS career began in 1986 as a volunteer EMT and later, a Paramedic. In 1990, he became an EMS educator and an advocate for the advancement and standardization of EMS education. He went on to complete a combined MD/MBA program at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and School of Business, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he worked with both the Orange County and Wake County EMS systems. After fellowship, 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, N.C.
Hinchey is a national speaker, has been involved in various pre-hospital research projects, served as an American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) representative on EMS workforce issues, and was an ACEP representative to the Board of Directors for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Hinchey became board certified in the newly formed subspecialty of EMS with its inaugural exam in October 2013.