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2024 Vanguard Award Winners Announced


Samantha Hilker
Director of Strategic Initiatives

American Ambulance Association Announces 2024 Vanguard Award Winners

Washington D.C. – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Vanguard Awards. The Vanguards honor those who blazed the trail for fellow women EMS professionals, and the 16 winners represent a diverse group of dedicated individuals who have made significant contributions to mobile healthcare.

“The Vanguard Awards pay tribute to the exceptional women who’ve torn down walls and laid the groundwork for those who follow,” AAA President Randy Strozyk remarked. “We’re honored to recognize and celebrate their contributions.”

Lisa Camp | EMS Chief, Friendswood EMS | Friendswood, TX

Jennie Collins | EMS Director, Dare County EMS | Manteo, North Carolina

Michelle Golba-Norek | MICN, Director of EMS Education, HMH JFK EMS | New Jersey

Jacqueline Greenidge-Payne | Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health State Office of EMS | St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Lavonne Hall | Chairman of the Board and CAO, Hall Ambulance Service | Bakersfield, CA

Kathy Hilton | AEMT, Billing Administrator, Trainer, Beaverhead Emergency Medical Services | Dillon, MT

Vicki Messer | Paramedic, retired | Jasper, TN

Carole A. Myers | Retired, Myers Ambulance Service | Greenwood, IN

J.L. (Matt) Netski | Administration Manager, American Medical Response/Medic West | Nevada

Suzanne Prentiss | Executive Director, American Trauma Society | New Hampshire

Jill C. Ridenhour | EMS Coordinator, Summit Fire and EMS | Silverthorne, CO

Ailyn Feir Risch | Paramedic Project Manager, American Medical Response | Commerce City, CO

Stacie Selmi | EMS Operations Supervisor, REMSA Health | Sparks, NV

Leslee Stein Spencer | Senior EMS Advisor, IL Dept. of Public Health | Chicago, IL

Jennifer A. Swab | Paramedic/Training Coordinator, Foxwall EMS | Pittsburgh, PA

Dawn “Lainey” Volk | Director of Outreach & Community Paramedicine, San Juan Island EMS | Friday Harbor, Washington

The Vanguard Awards are presented in collaboration with Women in Emergency Services (WiES), an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the emergency services industry through empowerment, networking, mentorship, and education.

The winners will receive complimentary registration to the American Ambulance Association Annual Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, TN April 22-24. They will also be recognized at the President’s Reception on the evening of April 23, and their profiles will be featured on the AAA website and social media.

“The Vanguard Awards honor the achievements of women who have shattered obstacles and paved the way for upcoming generations,” Strozyk stated. “It is our privilege to commemorate their enduring impact.”

About the American Ambulance Association

The American Ambulance Association safeguards the future of mobile healthcare through advocacy, thought leadership, and education. AAA advances sustainable EMS policy, empowering its members to serve their communities with high-quality on-demand healthcare. For more than 40 years, AAA has proudly represented those who care for people first.

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