FACULTY

Thank you to our 2020 faculty members!

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 2020 faculty below.

Jason Abel, JD, MHA

Jason Abel, JD, MHA, is a firefighter/paramedic with Shelbyville Fire Department in Indiana.

Ray Barishansky, MPH

Ray Barishansky, MPH, is Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the recipient of the 2019 Pinnacle Leadership Award.

Melanie Bevan, EdD

Melanie Bevan, EdD, is the chief of the Bradenton, Florida, Police Department.

Bryan Bledsoe, DO

Bryan Bledsoe, DO, is a board-certified EMS and emergency physician who has authored numerous EMS textbooks.

Joshua Brandt

Joshua Brandt uses state-of-the-art statistical modeling to help emergency and prehospital organizations optimize their state of readiness.

Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE

Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE, is the quality director for Gold Cross Ambulance in Salt Lake City, Utah and a member of the National EMS Quality Alliance Steering Committee.

Lauren Christie

Lauren Christie serves as project coordinator for Global Medical Response’s Therapy Dog Team.

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.

Jessica Cox

Born without arms, Jessica Cox is the world’s first licensed armless pilot. In this inspiring keynote, Jessica will show us how to end each day excited to tackle the challenges that tomorrow will bring.

Scott Cravens

Scott Cravens was the longtime publisher of EMS World prior to becoming CEO of Julota, a platform that connects healthcare, EMS, law enforcement, behavioral health, social services, and all other local nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Remle Crowe, PhD

Remle Crowe, PhD, who has nearly a decade of EMS experience as an EMT, EMT instructor and researcher, is Research Scientist and Quality Improvement Manager at ESO.

Mike Despain, MA

Mike Despain, MA, has served in chief officer roles in several departments and currently serves as fire chief for Lincoln Fire & Rescue in Nebraska.

Michael Donner

Mike Donner has served as a firefighter, paramedic, corporate risk manager and is the President/CEO of Apex Paramedics.

Scott Dorsey, MS

Scott Dorsey, MS, is the assistant chief of planning with Snohomish County Fire District 7 in Washington.

Bruce Evans, MPA

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, MHA

Kevin Fairlie, JD, MHA, is the founding member of Fairlie Law, LLC, where he practices in the areas of healthcare regulatory compliance, general healthcare counsel, corporate and transactional law, with a special emphasis on the representation of EMS providers and agencies.

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 editorial director at Lexipol and editor-in-chief of EMS1.com

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.

Dia Gainor

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

J Lee Jenkins, MD

J Lee Jenkins, MD, became an EMT nearly thirty years ago, but her interest in EMS has taken her back even further as she has researched the profession’s origins. A disaster medicine specialist, Dr. Jenkins is currently the chair of the department of emergency health services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Robin Johnson, MD, MPH

Robin Johnson, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician, is the medical director for El Paso County, Colorado, Public Health, and previously held the role of deputy medical director for community and public health at the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Tom Judge

Tom Judge is the executive director and co-founder of LifeFlight of Maine.

Jennifer Kirkland

Jennifer Kirkland is the director of the Public Safety Communications Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, and an instructor in the Ambulance Service Manager and Communications Center Manager courses.

Reid Kiser, MS

Reid Kiser, MS, president and CEO of Kiser Healthcare Solutions and adjunct faculty at the George Washington University, has two decades of experience implementing healthcare measurement and analytics programs.

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 Hackensack UMC EMS in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Brian LaCroix

Brian LaCroix recently retired as the President and EMS Chief of Allina Health EMS and is currently the President of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

Rob Lawrence

Rob Lawrence is the former chief operating officer of Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California, and the Richmond Ambulance Authority.

Freddy Lippert, MD

Freddy Lippert, MD, is CEO of Copenhagen EMS in Denmark and an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet

Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet is an adjunct professor with Florida A&M University and the Emory Rollins School of Public Health and CEO of Ruvos, a cybersecurity, data integration and cloud computing company.

Winnie Maggiore, JD

Winnie Maggiore, JD, a former firefighter/paramedic, is a partner in the law firm of Butt Thornton & Baehr and previously served as a state EMS administrator and assistant district attorney and senior litigation attorney for the State of New Mexico Risk Management Division.

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.

Jim Marshall, MA

Jim Marshall, MA, is a clinical psychologist, director of the 911 Training Institute and author of The Resilient 911 Professional.

Greg J. Matthews

War veteran, firefighter, rescue pilot, antiterrorism expert: Greg Matthews has done it all. But it wasn’t until he was nearly killed by a grizzly bear that he discovered what really mattered in life.

Louis Mendiola, MHA

Louis Mendiola, MHA, is the system director of retail health for Bozeman Health in Montana.

Natasha Mendoza, PhD

Natasha Mendoza, PhD, is an associate professor at Arizona State and director of its Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.

Anthony Minge, EdD

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

Chris Montera

Chris Montera is the CEO of Eagle County Health Service District in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore serves as the director of the University Medical Center EMS in Lubbock, Texas and is a senior associate at Fitch & Associates.

Andrew Mulcahy, PhD

Andrew Mulcahy, PhD, is a senior health policy researcher with the RAND Corporation and served as the lead author of a CMS-commissioned report that helped shape the final instrument and process used to collect cost data.

David Page, MS

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

Kristi Pastore, MS

Kristi Pastore, MS, is a founding partner of Equal Parts Consulting, which helps leaders drive change and improve performance through leadership development and strategic HR initiatives.

Jason Payne

Jason Payne serves as director of operations at Maricopa Ambulance, which provides both 911 and interfacility transport services in the Phoenix metro area.

Jamie Pospisil

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

Ed Racht, MD

Ed Racht, MD, is chief medical officer of Global Medical Response and its subsidiary AMR, the nation’s largest ambulance service provider.

Vince Robbins

Vince Robbins recently retired as president and CEO of MONOC, a New Jersey hospital-based ambulance service and is the 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.

Erika Sallee, DPT

Erika Sallee, DPT is a co-founder of the Readiness Group, which specializes in working with individuals and organizations in emergency services and the military to decrease the impact of trauma.

Roxanne Shanks, MBA

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

Kevin Smith

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

Scott Somers, PhD

Scott Somers, PhD, is a former Phoenix Fire Department firefighter/paramedic and Mesa, Arizona, city council member who is now a professor at the Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Pat Songer

Pat Songer is chief operating officer of Cascade Medical Center in central Washington and Executive Director of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

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.

Dan Swayze, DrPH

Dan Swayze, DrPH, is associate vice president for clinical affairs and community support services at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh.

Mike Taigman, MA

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

Brenda Tillman, PhD

Brenda Tillman, PhD is a co-founder of the Readiness Group, which specializes in working with individuals and organizations in emergency services and the military to decrease the impact of trauma.

David Wampler, PhD

David Wampler, PhD, serves as director of clinical research for the San Antonio Fire Department and is an associate professor of emergency health sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Ian Womack

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

John Yeast

John Yeast is the director of information technology for the St. Charles County Ambulance District in Missouri.

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, is president of the National Association of EMTs and chief strategic integration officer for Fort Worth’s MedStar Mobile Healthcare, where he has helped implement numerous innovative partnerships with healthcare stakeholders and payers.