FACULTY BIOS (As of August 15, 2017)
/// JON SWANSON, NREMT, is executive director of the Arkansas
regional Metropolitan Emergency Medical Service (MEMS) system. He recently
led an effort for MEMS to provide training on tactical emergency casualty care
to more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement offcers and coordinated
grant resources to provide each with individual frst aid kits.
/// MIKE TAIGMAN, MA, uses more than four decades of experience to help
EMS leaders and feld personnel improve the care and service they provide to
patients and their communities. He’s the facilitator for the EMS Agenda 2050
project, serves as an improvement guide for First Watch, and is an Associate
Professor in the Emergency Health Services Management graduate program at
the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
/// MIKE TOUCHSTONE is a command offcer with the Philadelphia Fire
/// BENJAMIN VERNON, BA, EMT-P, is a frefghter/paramedic for San
Diego Fire Rescue. He holds fve specialist positions on the FEMA California Task
Force 8 Urban Search and Rescue Team: Rescue Specialist, Hazardous Materials
Specialist, Technical Search Specialist, Communications Specialist, and Medical
/// OREN WACHT, PHD, EMT-P, is Lecturer in the Department of
Emergency Medicine in Ben Gurion University. He is also a paramedic in the
Israeli EMS system and army reserve, an advisor to the Israeli ministry of health
and a researcher in emergency medicine, EMS, and resuscitation.
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/// ALEXANDER J. WALLBRE T T, EM T-P, is a frefghter/paramedic
for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFR) where he’s also a member of
the Technical Rescue Team.
/// JONATHAN WASHKO, MBA, NREMT-P, AEMD, is the Assistant
Vice President for the Center for Emergency Medical Services with North well
Health System in Ne w York City and Long Island, N. Y.. He’s a member of the
JEMS Editorial Board and is an international organizational improvement
/// BRIAN WEATHERFORD is a Major, Training Offcer, Special Operations
Coordinator and Paramedic with Norman, OK Fire Department. He is a Rescue
Specialist and Medical Specialist for OK-TF 1 Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. He
has presented nationally on various swift water and technical rescue subjects.
/// PAUL A. WERFEL, MS, NREMT-P, is a prolifc international speaker,
and author of over 50 articles, magazine columns, and book sections, Paul
brings three decades of EMS experience to his presentations.
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/// KEITH WESLEY, MD, FACEP, is a board certifed emergency medicine
physician and the EMS Medical Director for HealthEast Medical Transportation
in St. Paul, Minn. He has served as the State EMS Medical Director for both
Minnesota and Wisconsin and as Chair of the National Council of State EMS
/// KATHERINE WEST, RN, BSN, MSED, is an infection control
consultant who has worked with fre/EMS groups bringing infection control
practices and training since 1978. She’s also a member of the JEMS Editorial Board.
/// STEVE WHITE is the Chief of EMS for Escambia County Florida. He has
worked in third service and fre-based EMS departments at the feld and
/// STEVE WIRTH, JD is a founding member of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth and
counsels ambulance services and EMS agencies across the country in a wide
range of medical transportation, reimbursement, compliance, labor and
employment, and corporate law issues.
/// DOUG WOLFBERG, JD is an EMS attorney and founding partner of
Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, which represents EMS agencies throughout the United
States. He is also a co-founder of the National Academy of Ambulance
/// DONNIE WOODYARD JR., MAML, NRP is the Chief Information
Offcer for the National Registry of EM Ts, responsible for the implementation of
processes, partnerships, technology and systems.
/// MICHAEL WRIGHT is the Fire Capt./PM and MIH Coordinator for the City
of Milwaukee. As the coordinator and developer of the Milwaukee Fire
Department MIH program Michael Wright has grown the program from theory to
fruition with a fully trained and functional Community Paramedic program.
/// DEMETRIS YANNOPOULOS, MD, is the research director for
interventional cardiology and a professor of medicine at the University of
Minnesota. He’s also the director of the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium
and serves as a member of the American Heart Association’s CPR guidelines-writing committee.
/// SCOT T YOUNGQUIST, MD, MS, FACEP, FAHA, FAEMS, is
Medical Director for the Salt Lake City Fire Dept., Faculty of the Utah
Resuscitation Academy and a member of the Major Metropolitan Medical
Directors Coalition, known as the Eagles.
/// MAT T ZAVADSKY, MS-HSA, EMT, is the Chief Strategic Integration
Offcer at MedStar Mobile HealthcareHe’s guided the implementation of several
mobile healthcare programs at MedStar and other agencies and is co-author of
the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare: Approach to Implementation.”
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