NAEMT Foundation Trustees

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Fergus Laughridge
President

Fergus Laughridge has a diverse professional background as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic and manager of EMS systems and operations. He has served as the director of Nevada State Health Division, Emergency Medical Systems and Trauma program, where he was responsible for assuring the quality of prehospital emergency medical and trauma services throughout Nevada. As State EMS Director, Fergus was involved with numerous federal, state and community activities relating to emergency preparedness and response.

Fergus holds the rank of Captain with Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue in Winnemucca, Nev., and is responsible for managing the professional services and community outreach programs. He is also commander of the agency's color/honor guard, which has the distinction of being the only all-EMS guard in Nevada.

Fergus is frequently requested to serve on various committees centered on quality patient care, trauma systems, and the credentialing of EMS systems.

 

Don Lundy

Don Lundy
Vice President

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. Don 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, Don 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, Don 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. Don 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.

Don 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.

 



Chad E. McIntyre
Treasurer

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. Chad 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, Chad oversees the day-to-day operations of TraumaOne Flight Services, Injury Prevention, and Outreach Education. He has extensive training and experience in adult and pediatric trauma care.

Chad has served as an author on pediatric trauma for NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) program and is a member of the NAEMT Education Committee and Prehospital Trauma Committee. Chad has lectured extensively both domestically and internationally on helicopter EMS and the care of trauma victims.

 

Rod Barrett 
Rod Barrett
Board of Trustees

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. Rod 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.

Rod served on the NAEMT Board, the Arkansas EMT Association Board of Directors for 12 years with three terms as president, and 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.

Rod has chaired the Disciplinary Process Committee on the current revision of the Arkansas EMS Rules & Regulations and has been active as an adjunct instructor for the Northwest Arkansas Community College in the College of Health Related Professions, and serves on the Fire and EMS advisory boards.
 

Keith Douglas
Keith Douglas
Board of Trustees

Keith Douglas serves as Chief for Sumner County EMS, located near Nashville, Tennessee. He oversees daily operations of 13 ALS and 4 BLS units that respond to 20,000 calls for service each year. He has been involved in public safety for 25 years, serving as a firefighter, emergency medical dispatcher and instructor, Fire Chief, systems and operations manager, and assistant director or EMS.

Keith is the former President of the Middle Tennessee EMS Director's Association and currently serves as Secretary and Legislative Committee Chairman for the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA). In this role, he helped draft and lobby for legislation that revised state law to allow for Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine (MIH-CP). He also worked with state healthcare professionals to establish a stroke best practices and treatment guidelines task force.

 

Rick Ellis
Rick Ellis
Board of Trustees

Richard "Rick" Ellis, MSEDM, NRP, is Program Chair for Paramedic Technology at Central Georgia Technical College. He holds a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International, and Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University. Rick is a recipient of the NAEMT William H. Klingenship Administrator of the Year Award. He also volunteers as a tactical medic for a local SWAT team.

Rick's background includes more than 35 years of experience in EMS with volunteer, paid and military services, and he holds multiple EMS instructor credentials.  Rick serves on the Board of Directors for the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Educational Programs, as NAEMTs representative. He previously served as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for NAEMT.


 

Jim Judge
Jim Judge
Board of Trustees

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.

Jim's current position is with the Volusia County Department of Public Protection in Daytona Beach, Fla. He has been a member of NAEMT since 1991 and 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.

Jim 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. Jim regularly presents public safety topics at local, state and national conferences and has published a number of articles on EMS and Public Safety topics.
 

Connie Meyer

Connie Meyer
Board of Trustees

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 serves as a volunteer EMS first responder in her local community and works as a part-time nurse.

Connie is Past President of the Kansas EMS Association and the Heartland EMS Coalition. She has been a part of NAEMT leadership since 1993. She also served as the Kansas representative to the NAEMT Board of Governors from 1993 to 2000, and as a member of the Board of Directors since 1997.

 

David Pecora

David Pecora
Board of Trustees

David Pecora, MS, PA, EMT-P, is a critical care educator for St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. He became an EMT-A in 1979 and paramedic in 1984. David was previously a senior paramedic and field instructor for Hillsborough County EMS, and an Aeromedical Specialist-Aeromed-I for Tampa General Hospital, both positions based in Tampa, Florida.