Pinnacle brings together a group of expert presenters to help you explore advanced business and operational practices, develop insight into the most important issues your organization faces, and understand emerging solutions to complex problems. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and network with some of the nation’s top EMS leaders and innovators.

Joey Araiza

Joey Araiza is a veteran flight nurse and vice president of clinical services for LifeFlight Eagle in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ray Barishansky, MPH

Ray Barishansky, MPH, is Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and a member of the EMS World Editorial Advisory Board.

Scott Bourn, PhD

Scott Bourn, PhD, has more than three decades of experience in quality improvement in EMS, and is nationally recognized for his leadership.

Larry Boxman

Larry Boxman is vice president of Metro West Ambulance in Portland, Oregon.

Tony Bradshaw

Tony Bradshaw is the president of Bradshaw Consulting Services, a provider of GIS solutions to public safety organizations.

Carol Cunningham, MD

Carol Cunningham, MD, state medical director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, is a co-principal investigator for the National Association of State EMS Officials' National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines.

Kevin Cunningham

Kevin Cunningham is the EMS division chief with the Cedar Hill, Texas, Fire Department.

Kevin Fairlie, JD

Kevin Fairlie, JD, is a healthcare compliance attorney based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jay Fitch, PhD

Jay Fitch, PhD, Pinnacle program chair, is a founding partner of the emergency services consulting firm Fitch & Associates. As a consultant, educator and author he has inspired thousands of EMS leaders.

Greg Friese, MS

Greg Friese, MS, paramedic and educator, is the editor-in-chief of EMS1.

Guillermo Fuentes, MBA

Guillermo Fuentes, MBA, is a partner with Fitch & Associates. He previously served as the chief administrative officer for the Region of Niagara (Canada) police agency and as associate director of the regional EMS system.

Dia Gainor

Dia Gainor is the executive director and a past president of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials.

Michael Gerber, MPH

Michael Gerber, MPH, an associate consultant with the RedFlash Group, served as quality improvement officer for the Alexandria, Virginia, Fire Department.

Troy Hagen, MBA

Troy Hagen, MBA, became CEO of Care Ambulance in Orange County, California, after nearly two decades with Ada County Paramedics in Boise, Idaho.

Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill is senior vice president of University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Doug Hooten, MBA

Doug Hooten, MBA, is the executive director of Fort Worth's MedStar Mobile Healthcare, which is known for its innovative programs partnering with a diverse group of payors and healthcare stakeholders.

Cheryl Horvath, MPA

Cheryl Horvath is the executive assistant chief of Golder Ranch Fire District in Tucson, Arizona.

Brian Hupp

Brian Hupp serves as MedServ's Director of EMS under contract to Maury Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee.

Jacqueline Jefferies

Jacqueline Jefferies is a detective sergeant with the Niagara Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada. She has spent more than half of her 23-year career as an investigator specializing in child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Allen Johnson, MPA

Allen Johnson is the vice president and general manager at ESO focusing on data analytics.

Rene Jorgensen

Rene Jorgensen is the president of Logis Solutions, an international computer-aided dispatch provider.

Jennifer Kirkland

Jennifer Kirkland is an onsite coordinator for the Ambulance Service Managers educational program and serves as the 911 operations administrator for the Vail, Colorado, Public Safety Communications Center.

Skip Kirkwood, JD

Skip Kirkwood, JD, is Director of Durham County EMS in North Carolina and is a former president of NEMSA.

Reid Kiser, MS

Reid Kiser, MS, is an expert on healthcare performance measurement and improvement.

Steve Knight, PhD

Steve Knight, PhD, is a Fitch & Associates consultant and served as assistant chief of the St. Petersburg Fire Department.

Jon Krohmer, MD

Jon Krohmer, MD, is the director of the NHTSA Office of EMS in Washington, DC. He has previously worked as a local EMS director and in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Brian LaCroix

Brian LaCroix is the President and EMS Chief of Allina Health EMS, a Minnesota hospital-based EMS system serving more than 100 communities.

Rob Lawrence

Rob Lawrence is the Chief Operating Officer of Richmond Ambulance Authority.

Brad Lee, MD, JD, MBA

Brad Lee, MD, JD, MBA, is the Medical Director for Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) in Reno, Nevada.

Jeff Lucia

Jeff Lucia is the vice president of communications and professional engagement at ESO.

Gregg Margolis, PhD

Gregg Margolis spent seven years as director of the Division of Health System Policy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) before leaving in 2017 to serve as Director of Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships at the National Academy of Medicine.

Kevin McGinnis, MPS

Kevin McGinnis is currently Community Paramedicine Chief of North East Mobile Health Services, the largest paramedic service in Maine. He is a member of the FirstNet Board of Directors.

Anthony Minge, EdD

Anthony Minge, EdD, specializes in reimbursement and compliance as a partner at Fitch & Associates.

Bruce Moeller, PhD

Bruce Moeller, PhD, is a Fitch & Associates consultant and a retired fire chief and former county executive.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore serves as the director of the University Medical Center EMS in Lubbock, Texas.

Brent Myers, MD, MPH

Brent Myers, MD, MPH is the chief medical officer at ESO and also serves as the President of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

John O'Leary

John O'Leary is the author of the bestselling book On Fire, O'Leary's personal account about how he survived a near-fatal fire at the age of nine and the insights he gained through this experience.

David Page, MS

David Page, MS, is the director of the UCLA Prehospital Care Research Forum and is a paramedic with Allina Health EMS in Minnesota.

Michael Petrie, MA, MBA

Michael Petrie is the EMS bureau chief of the County of Monterey, California, and a former EMS administrator for the City and County of San Francisco.

Jamie Pianka

Jamie Pianka serves as chief operating officer of Pro EMS in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an agency known for exemplary service and innovative education programs.

Teri Pipe, PhD

Teri Pipe serves as the chief well-being officer at Arizona State University (ASU), where she is also founding director of the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience.

Ed Racht, MD

Ed Racht, MD, is chief medical officer for American Medical Response and Envision Health.

Sonya Rao, JD

Sonya Rao is a partner at Morgan Verkamp LLC and former assistant U.S. attorney.

Vince Robbins

Vince Robbins is president and CEO of MONOC, a New Jersey hospital-based ambulance service and president of NEMSMA.

Todd Sheridan

Todd Sheridan is an Operations Director of a major EMS system in New Jersey.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is chief of Niagara EMS in Ontario, Canada.

Tom Somers

Tom Somers, a senior consultant with Fitch & Associates, retired as a captain after more than thirty years with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department.

Brenda Staffan

Brenda Staffan is healthcare innovation project director for the Regional EMS Authority (REMSA) CMS Innovation Grant in Reno, Nevada.

Andrew Stevens, MD

Andrew Stevens, MD, is the Associate Medical Director with Allina Health Emergency Medical Services in the Twin Cities area.

Todd Stout

Todd Stout is CEO of FirstWatch Solutions and a leader in data analytics and innovation. Stout received the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Award in 2014.

Matthew Streger, JD

Matt Streger, JD, is a partner at Keavney and Streger and an experienced EMS and healthcare attorney.

Mike Taigman, MA

Mike Taigman, an expert in quality improvement, is the Improvement Guide at FirstWatch, a data analytics software company.

Michael Touchstone

Michael Touchstone is a fire paramedic deputy chief with the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he has also served as EMS training officer and regional director for the Philadelphia Regional Office of EMS.

Lee Varner, MS

Lee Varner, MS is the EMS program manager for the Center for Patient Safety, a national organization focused on creating a culture of safety in EMS organizations.

Jonathan Washko, MBA

Jonathan Washko, MBA, Assistant Vice President of the Center of Emergency Medical Services at Northwell Health in New York.

Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams is the fire chief of the Orlando, Florida, Fire Department.