National Registry of EMTs

Board of Directors

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The National Registry is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of some of the most prominent figures from all segments of the Emergency Medical Services community and the general public. Our board members are committed to public protection and quality patient care.

National Registry Board Member, Dr. Robert Swor

Robert Swor, DO, FACEP


Director of EMS Programs, Beaumont Health
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Royal Oak, Michigan

Robert Swor DO, FACEP is an Emergency Physician at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has served in that position for 25 years. He is the Director of EMS programs for the hospital, and is the medical director for a number of local EMS agencies and the Oakland County Community College EMT program. He is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves on the BLS Sub-Committee of the American Heart Association. He has published and presented more than 100 scientific abstracts and peer review publications on the topics of trauma, cardiac arrest resuscitation and quality improvement in EMS. He is a past president of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and past chairman of the State of Michigan EMS Coordinating Committee. He has served as technical advisor on a number of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration EMS projects and is a trauma center reviewer for the States of Pennsylvania and Maryland. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Prehospital Emergency Care, and is a reviewer for a number of peer review journals.

National Registry Board Member, Heather Davis

Heather Davis, Ed.D, NRP


Program Director for the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program
Los Angeles, California

Heather Davis is currently Program Director for the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program, Los Angeles, California. She also serves as the State Coordinator for Prehospital Trauma Life Support for the state of California. Ms. Davis previously was Education Program Director for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and has been a Paramedic instructor at Colorado Mountain College. Ms. Davis’ articles have been published in a number of EMS periodicals, and she has made dozens of presentations at EMS conferences. Among the many awards Ms. Davis has received, she was recognized with the LA County Board of Supervisors Exemplary Achievement Award, and the National Association of EMS Educators Legends in Education Award. Ms. Davis served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of EMS Educators from 2002-2005. She is currently the Committee Chair for the National Association of EMTs Education Committee, and is on the 24/7 EMS Advisory Board. Ms. Davis received a Master of Science, Emergency Medical Services from New York Medical College in 1999; a Bachelor of Special Studies, Psychology & Fitness from Cornell College in 1994; and graduated from Mercy-St. Luke's Advanced EMT Training Center as Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in 1994.

National Registry Board Member, Sandy L. Hunter

Sandy L. Hunter, PhD, NRP

Executive Committee Member At-Large

Professor of Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Care Program,
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky

Sandy has over 30 years of experience in EMS, with 25 of those years as an educator. In addition to his role as Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, he has also served as Associate Faculty of Graduate Education since 2006. Sandy has held teaching positions with Eastern Kentucky University since 1986.
Sandy has authored numerous articles that have appeared in Occupational Health and Safety, EMS, and JEMS beside other publications. His articles have addressed CPR, stroke prevention, sickle cell, health in the workplace, and diversity in EMS, among other topics. Sandy has made dozens of presentations at EMS conferences, as well as to high schoolers, teachers and the community. Sandy is a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health National Project Advisory Committee; a site reviewer for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP); and Editor of Emergency Medical Care Program Newsletter. He is a member of NAEMSE, and the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. Sandy is dedicated to community service, including involvement in high school programs, supporting primary school educators, serving as a driver for “Meals on Wheels”, and as webmaster of a youth mission trip website.

National Registry Board Chair,Debra Cason

Debra Cason, RN, MS, NRP

Immediate Past Chair

Program Director and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Education
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Retired
Dallas, Texas

Ms. Cason retired from her position as Program Director and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center where she worked for more than 38 years. Her position included oversight of initial EMT and Paramedic education programs and paramedic continuing education, Prior to this position, Ms.Cason worked in the Emergency Department at Parkland Memorial Hospital as Head Nurse. Ms.Cason has chaired the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) and is past president of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE). She has worked closely with the EMS Education Agenda and it's components.

National Registry Board Member, Dr. Kevin E. Mackey

Kevin E. Mackey, MD, FACEP


Medical Director, Sacramento Regional Fire Services
Sacramento, California

Kevin has been a part of the EMS profession for over 20 years, first as a provider, and currently as a regional medical director, and also fire service medical director for the second largest ambulance provider in California. He has served as President of the Emergency Medical Directors Association, California and currently serves as a board member for the NAEMSP. In addition to his current position as Medical Director for Sacramento Regional Fire Services, Kevin is the EMS Rotation Director for the University of California-Davis, Emergency Medicine Residency.Kevin fulfilled his Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine from the University Health Science Center, University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Doctorate of Medicine from St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri; and both a Master of Science in Biology, and Bachelor of Science in Biology from California State University.

National Registry Board Member, Dr. W. Scott Gilmore

W. Scott Gilmore, MD, FACEP, NRP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

W. Scott Gilmore, MD, FACEP, EMT-P, has been involved with EMS for more than 20 years, working as an EMT, paramedic and EMS educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. He also serves as the Medical Director for the Saint Louis Fire Department, a physician for Missouri Disaster Response System and St. Louis Metro USAR Task Force-1 and is a member of the Advisory Council for Abbott EMS, St. Louis, MO.
A member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, Dr. Gilmore, serves as Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Gilmore was the 2012 recipient of the John P. Pryor, MD, Street Medicine Society Award.

National Registry Board Member, Dr. Craig A. Manifold

Craig A. Manifold, DO, FACEP, FAAEM

Assistant Professor & EMS Medical Director, Emergency Health Sciences
School of Health Professions, University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Manifold serves as the Medical Director for the surrounding areas in Bexar County including San Antonio AirLIFE. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continued his training in Emergency Medicine with his Internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas and his Residency with the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Manifold is presently serving on several committees with the South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), American College of Emergency Physicians, and Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee. He also serves as Joint Surgeon for the Texas Air National Guard, and Commander for the 149th Medical Group of the Texas Air National Guard in San Antonio.
Presently, Dr. Manifold serves as Principal Investigator for several clinical trials, has several publications, presents at many national and international conferences.

National Registry Board Member, Jane Ball

Jane Ball DrPH, RN

Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Jane Ball is the experienced author of several award-winning medical and nursing textbooks and numerous articles. Dr. Ball’s work on pediatric emergency care has been published by prestigious industry journals including the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Emergency Nursing, and Pediatric Emergency Care. Currently, Dr. Ball puts her public health and nursing expertise to use as a trauma system consultant for the American College of Surgeons and as a pediatric emergency system consultant for other organizations. Dr. Ball has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and as a distinguished practitioner by the National Academies of Practice.

National Registry Board Member, Leaugeay Barnes

Leaugeay Barnes MS, NRP, NCEE

University of Hawaii-Kapiolani Community College, Assistant Professor
Honolulu, Hawaii

Ms. Barnes has worked in EMS since 1991 and obtained her paramedic certification in 1996. She has worked for several ambulance services in Oklahoma and Texas, and as a flight paramedic in both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. She began her journey into initial EMS education in 2001 as a faculty member at Rogers State University moving to EMS program director at Oklahoma City Community College in 2004, from 2013- 2017 she developed, directed, and taught the EMS programs at Tulsa Community College. In 2017, she began work as a faculty member for Kapiolani Community College.

In 2016, NAEMT/ Jones & Bartlett awarded Ms. Barnes the Award of Excellence, EMS Educator of the Year. In 2011, the Oklahoma EMT Association selected her as the EMS Instructor of the Year, and in 2010 she was awarded the NISOD Award for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership. From 2010- 2015 she served on the National EMS Advisory Council and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of EMS Educators. Ms. Barnes is AHA Regional Faculty (BLS, PALS, and ACLS) and a PHTLS and TCCC Course Coordinator. She has also served on the AHA Stroke Advisory Committee in Oklahoma. Ms. Barnes has also served as a site visitor for the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs (CoAEMSP) since 2010. She was a subject matter expert, SME, and author for the National EMS Education Standards and is currently serving on the SMEP for the Scope of Practice Model revisions. Ms. Barnes has authored, edited, and presented on a multitude of EMS topics locally and nationally.

National Registry Board Member

Michael Kass,JD, MS, EMT

Armstrong Ambulance Service
Arlington, Massachusetts

Mr. Kass currently serves as the Director of Operations at Armstrong Ambulance Service located in Massachusetts. Armstrong Ambulance Service is a CAAS accredited ambulance service that provides emergency 911 ALS and BLS response and EMD telecommunications; emergent and non-emergent inter- facility transfers; chair car transport; and event stand by emergency medical services to multiple municipalities, facilities, and special venues within and around the metropolitan Boston area. Prior to his current role, he served as the Director at Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). He was responsible for managing and directing staff and all activities of OEMS. OEMS is within the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality.

National Registry Board Member, Robert Garrett

Robert Garrett MS, CSP, NRP

National Director, Safety & Risk
American Medical Response
Colorado Springs, CO

Robert Garrett works as the National Director of Safety & Risk for American Medical Response, one of the nation’s largest medical transport organizations. An experienced Paramedic and EMS instructor and a veteran of the US Air Force, Mr. Garrett is an expert on OSHA-compliant workplace safety. Mr. Garrett is particularly interested in the aviation safety, and he holds a master’s degree in aviation safety management from Central Missouri State University.

National Registry Board Member, Michael McEvoy

Michael McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN

EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York

Chief Mike McEvoy is the EMS Coordinator for Saratoga County, New York and a nurse clinician in the cardiothoracic surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center where he also chairs the hospital resuscitation committee and teaches critical care medicine. Mike is a paramedic supervisor for Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance, a firefighter/paramedic and chief medical officer for West Crescent Fire Department and the EMS editor for Fire Engineering magazine. He is an EMS section board member for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and in his free time, an avid hiker and winter mountain climber. Mike has been a Nationally Registered paramedic since 1983.

National Registry Board Member, Paul R. Patrick

Paul R. Patrick, M.Ed.

Deputy Division Director, Utah Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Preparedness
Salt Lake City, Utah

Paul R. Patrick is currently the Deputy Division Director for the Utah Department of Health Division of Family Health and Preparedness. Paul is also the Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Director for the State of Utah. In addition he is a President of the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) serving in that position until the annual meeting 2016.
He also is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Preparedness Policy Committee and the CDC Public Health Preparedness Directors. Other groups he serves on include the Public Safety Advisory Committee Executive Committee (PSAC-EC), SAFECOM Executive Committee, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Executive Committee, Public Safety Alliance (PSA), Utah Communication Authority, and as Chair of the Western Affiliate for the American Stroke Association.
Paul is a native of Utah, married, and the father of three children. He received his Eagle Scout award in 1967 and graduated with honors from Springville High School in 1971. Paul completed his Design Engineering Degree in 1978 from Brigham Young University and Masters of Education from Western Governors University in 2013. In 1978, Paul certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and also worked for 25 years with the Springville Ambulance Service.

National Registry Board Member, Thomas E. Platt

Thomas E. Platt, Ed.D, NRP

Associate Director, Office of Education at the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor and Vice Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Program, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thomas E. Platt, EdD, NRP, is the Associate Director of the Office of Education at the Center for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Platt is also an Assistant Professor and Vice Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Platt became a paramedic in 1983 and was recognized by the National Registry of EMTs for 20 continuous years as a Nationally registered Paramedic. Dr. Platt has a proven track record as an EMS provider, educator and administrator. Dr. Platt served on the revision of the EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum Project, served as Co-Principal Investigator for the First Responder National Standard Curriculum Project and as an author for the revision of the EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic National Standard Curricula.
In his role at the Center for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Platt serves as the Program Director for the Paramedic Training Program. In this role he oversees all aspects of the Center's Paramedic Training Program, including teaching the Cardiology and Respiratory course.
Dr. Platt has worked on numerous local, regional, state, national and international health care efforts. Most recently he served as the Associate Executive Director of the HMC/UPMC Partnership. This initiative was designed to improve emergency services in the State of Qatar at Hamad Medical Corporation. He has conducted EMS Education programs in Iceland, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

National Registry Board Member, José Salazar

José Salazar, MPH, NRP

Deputy Chief of EMS & Training (Retired), Loudoun County Fire & Rescue
Leesburg, Virginia

Chief Salazar has been part of the EMS field for nearly 30 years, as a provider, educator and administrator. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of EMS & Training for Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management in Leesburg, Virginia. Chief Salazar received his Masters of Public Health Degree in Health Systems Management and Policy in EMS from New York Medical College. Among the many EMS /FIRE projects, publications and presentations for which Chief Salazar can be recognized, he worked with the National Registry Board of Directors to gain approval of the ARC’s Emergency Response national program; he helped achieve CoAEMSP accreditation for fire-based Paramedic programs; served on the National EMS Advisory Council and was a contributing writer for the EMS Educational guidelines for the EMT and Paramedic.

National Registry Board Member

Alisa Habeeb Williams,BS, NRP

EMS Director, Mississippi State Department of Health
Jackson, Mississippi

Alisa Habeeb Williams was named Director of EMS in February of 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mississippi in Journalism and Advertising. She later graduated from the School of Health Related Professions' Paramedic Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has over twenty years of experience with Emergency Medical Services as both a nationally registered paramedic and as an EMS educator. In addition to her service on the National Registry Board of Directors, she also serves on the Board and the Executive Committee for the National Association of State EMS Officials, and is a Commissioner on the Interstate Compact for EMS Personnel Practice.

National Registry Board Member, Kyle Thornton

Kyle Thornton, MS, NRP

Bureau Chief, New Mexico Department of Health Emergency Medical Systems Bureau
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kyle Thornton is the Emergency Medical Systems Bureau Chief for the State of New Mexico Department of Health. This position oversees the state’s Emergency Medical Services, Trauma, Stroke, and STEMI programs. He has been the EMS Bureau Chief since June of 2007. Kyle has been involved in EMS for nearly 30 years, obtaining his Basic EMT license in 1984, and then his paramedic license in 1987.
He has obtained patient care experience with several services over the years, including Albuquerque Ambulance Service, Lifeguard Air Medical Service, Taos County EMS, Town of Bernalillo EMS, and the Sandoval County Fire Department, where he was the Deputy Chief and EMS Chief from November 2004 until he went to the EMS Bureau. He became involved in Community Education teaching CPR and First Aid in 1984, and has been active in EMS Education since 1990. Kyle spent nine years at the UNM School of Medicine’s EMS Academy as the ILS Program Coordinator and then the BLS/ILS Program Director.
Kyle is married to Carol, who is also a Paramedic, and has two sons, 19-year-old Collin and 12-year-old Connor.

National Registry Board Member, Claire Vecchio

Claire Vecchio, MBA

Chief of Staff, West Feliciana Parish
St. Francisville, Louisiana

Ms. Claire Vecchio is currently the Chief of Staff for West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. She is responsible for planning and directing administrative and operational activities that support the Parish. Ms. Vecchio oversees constituent’s services and supports and accelerates multiple organizational initiatives. Her responsibilities also include advising the Parish President regarding federal, state and local issues affecting the region, conducting financial analyses for the Parish, and supporting emergency management efforts as a senior representative for the local government.
Ms. Vecchio completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at Flagler College and her Master of Business Administration degree with the University of Phoenix. Prior to her current position, Ms. Vecchio served as Treasurer and Business Manager in the medical private sector. She has also served in multiple public positions in academia and the U.S. Government.
Ms. Vecchio has traveled extensively over the course of her almost 25 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors. She has lived in Asia, Europe, and multiple locations across the United States while balancing family responsibilities with academic, professional and community service pursuits. Ms. Vecchio is currently a member of the West Feliciana Women’s Service League and serves on the United States Air Force Academy Parents’ Committee.

National Registry Board Member, Kim D. McKenna

Kim D. McKenna, PhD, MEd,BSN,NRP

Director of Education
St. Charles County Ambulance District
St. Peters, Missouri.

Kim McKenna has provided emergency care and EMS education for more than 30 years for hospital, fire, and third service EMS programs. She currently directs the education division at a mid-sized EMS agency in metropolitan St. Louis.The division provides employee education and quality improvement. Kim is also the program director for the district paramedic and EMT programs. She formerly served as Chief Medical Officer for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District and as Director of Education at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis. Kim is an educator, author and editor.She holds a PhD in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Kim served as the Emergency Medical Responder Project Level leader on the 2009 National EMS Education Standards Task force. As a former member of the NAEMSE board of directors, Kim chaired the Publication and Research Committees. She currently serves on the board of advisors for the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA.

National Registry Board Member, Owen T. Traynor

Owen T. Traynor, MD

Director of Prehospital Care, St Clair Hospital
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Board Member, Southbridge Emergency Medical Services
Board Member, Scott Township Emergency Medical Services

Owen T. Traynor, MD, is an adjunct assistant professor in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the medical director of its EMS degree program and the medical director of paramedic education for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania. He is the director of Prehospital care at St Clair hospital in southwestern PA.
Previously, Dr. Traynor was the chief emergency medicine resident in the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in emergency medicine, and assistant chief instructor of the Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy. His EMS field experience began as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Wantagh Fire Department. Dr. Traynor also served as a NYC paramedic before attending medical school.
He also serves as the medical director and a member of the board of directors for Southbridge Emergency Medical Services; medical director and a board member of the Scott Township Emergency Medical Services; and medical director for the Eastern Area Prehospital Services, Tri-Community South Emergency Medical Services, Kirwan Heights Fire Department EMS, Edgewood Fire Department QRS, and Swissvale Fire Department QRS.

National Registry Board Member,Sylvia Owusu-Ansah

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, MD,MPH,FAAP

Assistant Professor Pediatrics
Director of Prehospital and EMS

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah has been dedicated to the pediatric and EMS legislative advocacy for over a decade. She has been involved in pre-hospital care at the local and state level and has been an advocate of Emergency Services for Children (EMSC) at the federal level for the past 8 years. As an EMS fellow, she served as an assistant medical director to Howard County Maryland. She also works with government agencies such as the Secret Service, Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Service (ICE), and served during the most recent presidential inauguration. She has also developed numerous health education curricula for schools over the past decade. She is currently playing a significant role as co-site PI for Development and Testing of Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Tool (C-spine) NICHD funded PECARN study.

National Registry Board Member,Jeffrey M.Elder


Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Co-Director of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Elder is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and serves as the Co-Director of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at University Medical Center in New Orleans and EMS Medical Director for St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 (Slidell Fire). He previously served as the Director and Medical Director of New Orleans EMS. A graduate of LSU School of Medicine, Dr. Elder began his career in EMS while training as a resident in Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. While working with some of the best paramedics in the country, he learned how advances in prehospital medicine can drive in-hospital emergency medical care. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine with subspecialty board certified in Emergency Medical Services by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.