Board of Directors
The NREMT 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.
Debra Cason, RN, MS, NRP
Program Director and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Education
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Retired
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.
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.
Heather Davis, Ed.D, NRP
Executive Committee Member At-Large
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.
David Persse, MD, FACEP
Physician Director of EMS, City of Houston Fire Department
Dr. Persse was selected by the Board to fill a Physician At-Large position. He began his EMS career as an EMT-Paramedic for LaSalle Ambulance in Buffalo, NY in 1978 and was a Paramedic instructor at Erie Community College in his early EMS career. Dave graduated from Georgetown University and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1992. He began working with the NREMT in 1992 as a member of the NREMT Item Writing Committee. He has served on the NREMT's Practical Revision Committee and Final Review and Standard Setting Committees. Currently Dr. Persse is the Physician Director of EMS for the City of Houston Fire Department. He is an editorial reviewer for both the Annals of Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Emergency Care. Dr. Persse has authored many scientific articles. A member of the NAEMSP, and has given many lectures to EMT's in Texas and throughout the nation.
Thomas R. Loyacono, MPA, NRP
Paramedic, Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Thomas R. Loyacono was nominated to the Board of Directors by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 2001. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic whose career spans more than three decades and includes service in both private and public EMS. He began his EMS career as an ambulance attendant in Mobile, Alabama in 1974 and spent 30 years at the EMS Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he retired as the Chief EMS Operations Officer in 2012. He now works as a paramedic in a rural community for Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. Mr. Loyacono received his EMS education at the University of South Alabama, his Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama, and his Master of Public Administration degree from Southern University. He has been recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers and a Chief Medical Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Mr. Loyacono was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on The Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health Care System. He has served as a grant reviewer for several federal agencies and he served on several national EMS committees primarily focused on pediatric emergency medical services.
Edward A. Bartkus, MD, FACEP, NRP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Bartkus currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Medicine and a 1998 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, EM residency, where he served as Chief Resident. His experience includes work as a paramedic, Director of Paramedic Education at OHSU, Chair of Oregon's State EMS Committee, State EMS Training Coordinator for Wyoming, and a law enforcement officer. Dr. Bartkus serves as a manuscript reviewer for Academic Emergency Medicine in the areas of EMS and medical informatics. He is the EMS Medical Director for Methodist Hospital and serves as the co-director of the Out-of-Hospital Care (EMS) Fellowship. He is ABEM certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. His interests include pain management, simulation, and advanced airway management.
Greg Brown, NRP
Section Chief, Emergency Medical Services, Arkansas Department of Health
Greg Brown is the Section Chief for Emergency Medical Services, Arkansas Department of Health. Mr. Brown has more than 27 years of EMS experience as a ground and flight paramedic and EMS instructor. Prior to joining the Department of Health in 2010, Mr. Brown worked for Baptist Health Medical Center focusing on professional development.Active in the EMS community, Mr. Brown, serves, as the executive secretary for the Governor’s EMS Advisory Council (AR); as Chair of the Air Medical Committee for the National Association of State EMS Officials; on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS); on the AHA Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Committee for Arkansas; and as National faculty for AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
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.
Sandy L. Hunter, PhD, NRP
Professor of Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Care Program,
Eastern Kentucky University
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.
Bill LeClaire, CPA
Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Mr. LeClaire has over 30 years of experience, is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with honors from St. Cloud State University.As a Principal in the Public Sector Group of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, Mr. LeClaire works primarily with nonprofit organizations performing audits, financial statement assurance, fraud investigations, tax services, internal control reviews and various consulting services. He has been a speaker/trainer at many accounting and bookkeeping seminars. Active in the community, Mr. LeClaire, is Founder, Board Member and Immediate Past Chair for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Social Innovation, a past chair for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and has served on numerous boards with various non-profit organizations. Mr. LeClaire serves as a public member on the NREMT Board of Directors.
Kevin E. Mackey, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Sacramento Regional Fire Services
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.
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.
Michael McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
Sarasota 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.
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.
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
Thomas E. Platt, EdD, NREMT-P, 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.
Aarron Reinert, MA, NRP
Executive Director for Lakes Region EMS
North Branch, Minnesota
Aarron holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is the Executive Director for Lakes Region EMS. Lakes Region EMS is a rural ambulance service covering a 450 square mile service area composed of 40 full-time staff with a Paramedic/EMT staffing pattern. Previous to Lakes Region EMS, Aarron was the Field Services Manager for the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. At the EMSRB, his projects included creating and implementing a statewide, web-based data collection system, developing statewide EMS communication systems, and coordinating EMS bioterrorism preparedness. Aarron is considered a national expert in EMS data collection and also a leader in leadership training for current and future leaders in EMS. He has served as a subject matter expert for numerous states, such as Georgia, Nebraska, and New Hampshire, as they developed statewide EMS data collection systems. He also assisted the country of Ireland explore the development and implementation of a national EMS data collection system. Aarron served on NHTSA’s National EMS Advisory Council starting in 2008 and was elected as the chair. He has pioneered the use of the Balanced Score Card within ambulance services. He continues to be a practicing paramedic of 25 years, and is regular educator for ambulance management, leadership and a consultant for public safety communications and EMS data collection.
José Salazar, MPH, NRP
Deputy Chief of EMS & Training, Loudoun County Fire & Rescue
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 NREMT 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.
Kyle Thornton, BS
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.
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.
Elizabeth Weinstein, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children and Eskenazi Hospital
Director, Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
Elizabeth Weinstein, MD is a dually boarded physician in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. She attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School prior to completing her residency in the combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Program at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics with IU School of Medicine, with additional appointments within the Divisions of Out of Hospital Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Weinstein worked as a flight physician for 5 years and has also previously worked as a physician on a pediatric transport team. She is the Deputy Medical Director for Pediatrics for Indianapolis EMS, a large urban EMS system and has served in this position for the last 5 years. In 2010, she was appointed by the Governor of Indiana to the State Technical Advisory Committee to the EMS Commission where she represents the needs of children in the pre-hospital arena. She also works towards optimizing care for children in her role as the Director for Indiana’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Program.