FACULTY

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. View the 2018 faculty below.

Ben Abes, MPH

Ben Abes, MPH, serves as Director of Public Safety and EMS Chief in Lee County, Florida.

Peter Antevy, MD, MPH

Peter Antevy, MD, MPH is the EMS medical director for Coral Springs Fire Department, Davie Fire Rescue, Southwest Ranches Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in Florida.

Jessica Banks

Jessica Banks is a captain with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Florida.

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.

Maria Beermann-Foat, PhD

Maria Beermann-Foat, PhD, is a Battalion Chief with MED-ACT in Johnson County, Kansas.

Allison Bloom, JD

Allison Bloom is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience working with EMS and fire agencies.

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.

Alan Butsch, MA

Alan Butsch, MA, is a Battalion Chief for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service.

Joe Coons

Joe Coons is the Director of Safety at LifeFlight Eagle.

Kelly Cope

Chief Cope is responsible for oversight and administration of Operations, Logistics, Special Operations, Facilities and the Non-Emergency Division with a near 30 year career in EMS.

James Crutchfield

James Crutchfield is chief of community paramedicine for Manatee County EMS in Florida.

Chelsea Davenport

Chelsea Davenport is Clinical Director and Co-founder of Peak 1 Wellness.

Dean Dow, MBA

Dean Dow, MBA, is the president and CEO of Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) in Reno, Nevada.

Bruce Evans

Bruce Evans, MPA, is the fire chief for the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, outside of Durango, Colorado, and president-elect of the National Association of EMTs.

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.

Brian Frankel

Brian Frankel is Deputy Fire Chief in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he oversees the operations division for one of the largest combination departments in the nation.

Greg Friese, MS

Greg Friese, MS, paramedic and educator, is the Editor-in-Chief of EMS1.

Guillermo Fuentes, MBA

Guillermo Fuentes, MBA, is Chief Operating Officer 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.

Michael Gerber, MPH

Michael Gerber, MPH, a Senior Consultant with the RedFlash Group, and served as quality improvement officer for the Alexandria, Virginia, Fire Department.

David Glickman

David Glickman is a noted speaker and author who will share insights into success, living in balance and leadership come from owning small-businesses and serving on corporate boards.

Tiffany Holman, MSHLP

Tiffany Holman, MSHLP, is Director of Privacy and Corporate Responsibility for AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida.

Jacqueline Jefferies

Jacqueline Jefferies is a detective sergeant with the Niagara Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada.

Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen is the manager of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Resource Access Program.

Kris Kaull

Kris Kaull is a flight paramedic who serves as Pulsara's Chief Marketing Officer and is the founder of EMS1.com.

Jamie Kennel, MS

Jamie Kennel, MS, is an Associate Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon Health & Science University.

Steve Knight, PhD

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

Michelle Kobayashi, MBA, MSN

Michelle Kobayashi, MBA, MSN is the Administrative Director of HackensackUMC EMS in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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 and President of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

Brad Lee, MD, JD, MBA

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

Jim Marshall, MA

Jim Marshall, MA, is a clinical psychologist, founder of the 911 Wellness Foundation and author of The Resilient 911 Professional.

Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald is the Operations Director for American Medical Response (AMR) in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah McEntee

Sarah McEntee is the executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).

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.

Asbel Montes

Asbel Montes is Vice President of Government Relations and Reimbursement for Acadian Ambulance.

Thomas Moore

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

Katie Nall, PhD

Katie Nall, PhD, is a certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner whose experience working in educational institutions, non-profits, faith communities and businesses gives her the breadth of experience to relate to professionals in a variety of fields.

David Nelson, DMin

David Nelson, DMin, is a Senior Consultant with Fitch & Associates and serves as a human resources consultant and trainer.

Jared Oscarson

Jared Oscarson is Senior Vice President for Ready Responders.

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.

Jamie Pospisil

Jamie Pospisil is a Captain with the City of Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kevin Preston

Kevin Preston is Assistant Fire Chief for the Orlando Fire Department.

Ed Racht, MD

Ed Racht, MD, is chief medical officer for American Medical Response (AMR).

Vince Robbins

Vince Robbins is president and CEO of MONOC, a New Jersey hospital-based ambulance service and Immediate Past President of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

Ernesto Rodriguez, MA

Ernesto Rodriguez, MA, is an EMS chief in Austin, Texas, and served as one of ten members of the expert panel of the EMS Agenda 2050.

Bill Seifarth, MS

Bill Seifarth, MS, is the Executive Director of the National Registry of EMTs.

Roxanne Shanks, MBA

Roxanne Shanks, MBA, is a Partner at Fitch & Associates and the CEO of LifeFlight Eagle.

Todd Sheridan

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

Pat Songer

Pat Songer is Senior Vice President of Operations for Ready Responders and Executive Director of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

Brenda Staffan

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

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.

Jill Strange, PhD

Jill Strange, PhD, is Vice President of Talent Applications for Infor.

Tony Stravino, MPA

Tony Stravino, MPA, is Chief of Polk County Fire Rescue in central Florida.

Matthew Streger, JD

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

Jon Swanson

Jon Swanson, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, serves as Executive Director of Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dan Swayze, DrPH

Dan Swayze, DrPH, is Chief Operating Officer of the Center of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mike Taigman, MA

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

Ron Thackery, JD

Ron Thackery, JD, is CEO of the Thackery Group and formerly served as Senior Vice President of American Medical Response (AMR).

Mark Van Arnam

Mark Van Arnam is a longtime veteran of the ambulance manufacturing industry and administrator of the CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard (GVS).

Lee Varner, MS

Lee Varner, MSEMS is the patient safety director 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.

Ian Womack

Ian Womack is Division Chief for EMS for St. Petersburg Fire Rescue in Florida.

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT, is the public affairs director at MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the emergency and nonemergency EMS/MIH provider for Fort Worth and 14 other cities in North Texas.