National Registry of EMTs

The National Registry Leadership Team

Drew Dawson

Drew Dawson, BA

Interim Executive Director

Mr. Drew Dawson was appointed by the National Registry Board of Directors to serve as the Interim Executive Director for the National Registry on September 1, 2017. Mr. Dawson has nearly five decades of Emergency Medical Services leadership experience. He was a past Chairman of the National Registry Board of Directors, and served as Montana's State EMS Director for over twenty years. In 2015, he retired as the Director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of EMS after thirteen years of service.

Donnie Woodyard Jr.

Donnie Woodyard Jr., MAML, NRP

Chief Operations Officer

The Operations and Stakeholder Relations Team, led by Chief Operations Officer Donnie Woodyard, is responsible for stakeholder relationships, registrant services, information technology, communications and marketing. The core mission of this team is proactive communications to support the EMS community. Previously, he served as a State EMS Director, and led international EMS system development projects. Mr. Woodyard is a Paramedic and has a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.

“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.”— John C. Maxwell

Mark Terry

Mark Terry, MPA, NRP

Chief Certification Officer

The Certification and Policy Team, led by Chief Certification Officer Mark Terry, is responsible for administering certification policies and processes such as eligibility, re-registration, career re-entry, audits, investigations, policy development and accreditation. The core mission of this team is consistent application of certification policies. Previously, Mr. Terry served on the National Registry Board of Directors from 2009 until 2017. Mr. Terry is a Paramedic and has an MPA from the University of Kansas.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Lindsey Durham

Lindsey Durham, MBA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

The Finance and Administration Team, led by Chief Finance Officer Lindsey Durham, is responsible for managing the business administration functions of the Registry including contracts, sales fulfilment and administrative support. The core mission of this team is prudent and sustainable business operations. Ms. Durham is a CPA and has a Master's in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

Greg Applegate

Greg Applegate, PhD, MBA

Chief Science Officer

The Science and Examinations Team, led by Chief Science Officer Greg Applegate, is responsible for research and examinations related processes, test content development for cognitive and psychomotor exams, test administration and psychometrics. The core mission of this team is to advance the understanding of EMS through evidence based research and to provide valid and reliable assessments of competency. Dr. Applegate has a PhD from Purdue University in Educational Psychology and an MBA from Indiana University.

“The most exciting phrase in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’” — Isaac Asimov

Andrea Culp

Andrea Culp, MBA

Human Resources Director

Andrea Culp, in her role as the Human Resources Director, oversees all Human Resource functions for the National Registry. Ms. Culp has a Master's in Business Administration from Medaille College.

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”— Jim Collins

Meet More Of The National Registry Team

  • Alan Arguello
    Alan ArguelloAssociate Project Manager
    Alan Arguello is responsible for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of projects. Mr. Arguello is a Paramedic and has a Bachelor's in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Tulane University.
  • Jesse Arnold
    Jesse ArnoldContent Developer
    Jesse Arnold works with subject matter experts from across the nation to develop the National Registry examination content. Mr. Arnold is a Paramedic and has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Michigan State University.
  • Jeremy Beachy
    Jeremy BeachyDeveloper
    Jeremy Beachy develops responsive, user-friendly web applications using the Microsoft stack and architects scalable hosting infrastructure in Amazon Web Services. Mr. Beachy is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate and an Amazon Web Services Certified Developer – Associate. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University.
  • Jon Bryden
    Jon BrydenBusiness Analyst
    Jon Bryden leverages technology to improve business processes by translating stakeholder needs into projects for the information technology team. Mr. Bryden is a Certified Associate in Project Management and has a Bachelor's in Busines Administration and Accounting from The Ohio State University.
  • John Corley
    John CorleyEMS Program Liasion
    John Corley works with EMS education programs across the nation and is the primary interface with the National Association of EMS Educators. Mr. Corley is a Paramedic and has a Bachelor's in Emergency Medical Services from The University of South Alabama.
  • Doug Ehlert
    Doug EhlertRegistrant Services Manager
    Doug Ehlert is working to leverage technology to optimize the National Registry's new "all-services" contact center. Mr. Ehlert has a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, a BS in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, and a Graduate Certificate from Walden University.
  • Mihaiela Gugiu
    Mihaiela Gugiu, PhDPsychometrician
    Dr. Mihaiela Gugiu is responsible for ensuring that all examinations, scores and related materials produced by the National Registry meet acceptable standards under public and professional scrutiny. Dr. Gugiu has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Western Michigan University.
  • Sara Hammond
    Sara HammondSenior Accountant
    Sara Hammond is a Senior Accountant with over ten years of experience at the National Registry. Ms. Hammond has a Bachelor's in Accounting from Franklin University.
  • Jason Haas
    Jason HaasTest Administrator
    Jason Haas coordinates the National Registry's psychomotor examination activities nationwide. Mr. Haas is a Paramedic, has a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Park University, and is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran.
  • Megan Hollern
    Megan HollernCertification Analyst
    Megan Hollern assists with the development and application of the National Registry certification and eligibility policies. Ms. Hollern is a Paramedic, a Registered Nurse, and she has a Master's in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
  • Matthew Jennell
    Matthew JennellDeveloper
    Matthew Jennell is a web application developer with experience in Swift (iOS), C#, JavaScript, XAML, WPF, XML, C++, Python, VBA, and JAVA. Mr. Jennell has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Mathematics from Capital University.
  • Dawn Markiecki
    Dawn MarkieckiStakeholder Liaison
    Dawn Markiecki serves as the primary point of contact for State EMS Officials and the National Association of State EMS Officials. Ms. Markiecki has a Bachelor’s in Business Communication from Walden University.
  • Corinne Miesse
    Corinne MiesseSr. Certification Specialist
    Corinne Miesse is the Senior Certification Specialist at the National Registry. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
  • Jeremy Miller
    Jeremy MillerFederal/Military Liaison
    Jeremy Miller serves as the primary point of contact for Federal agencies - including the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice - and all uniformed branches of the Department of Defense. Mr. Miller is a Paramedic and a retired 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran. He has a Masters of Education from Trident University and is completing his Doctorate of Education.
  • Ashish R. Panchal, MD, PhD
    Dr. Ash PanchalResearch Director
    Dr. Ashish R. Panchal oversees the National Registry's research activities and serves as a mentor for the research fellows. He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and serves as the Delaware County EMS medical director. Dr. Panchal has a PhD in Organ System Physiology from Case Western Reserve Univeristy and a MD from The Ohio State Univeristy.
  • Dennis Priebe
    Dennis PriebeTest Administration Manager
    Dennis Priebe oversees the administration of National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations across the nation. Mr. Priebe is a certified Project Management Professional and is completing his Ph.D. in Workforce Development & Education from The Ohio State University.
  • Open
    VacantContent Development Manager
    The National Registry is seeking a bright and motivated professional for the role of Content Development Manager who will serve as an EMS clinical and system expert. This person has an important role in providing guidance and advice on changes in EMS practice, systems, and future trends as well as managing the content development team, which is responsible for developing appropriate examinations materials for all EMS certification levels. Learn More.