40 Under 40: Celia Cuevas (Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Inc. – Merrillville, IN)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Celia Cuevas Station Manager Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Inc. Merrillville, IN ____ Nominated by: Jeff Collins ____ Biography: Celia “Cece” Cuevas was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Cece got into EMS for many reasons but the number one reason has to do with an old co-worker Andre. When Cece was 10 years old, she was shot three times in a drive by shooting as an innocent by stander. Cece was in and out of consciousness before a medic picked her up and carried her to an ambulance. This medic’s name was Andre. Andre took care of Cece on the ambulance and at the hospital, making sure that she was well taken care of. Andre saved Cece’s life and she grew up wanting to be just like him. When Cece was old enough, she went to EMT school and was even able to work side by side Andre. Cece is the skilled medic she is today thanks to Andre’s help and inspiration. ____ Reason for Nomination: Cece is an amazing person (more…)

40 Under 40: Amanda Jimeson (EMSA – Oklahoma City, OK)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Amanda Jimeson Deputy Chief of Patient Billing Services EMSA Oklahoma, OK ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Angela McLain ____ Biography: Amanda Jimeson currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Patient Billing Services and has been a part of the EMSA team for the past seven years. Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in management of patient billing, coding, physician training, compliance, education, and documentation. In addition, Amanda is credentialed as a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Ambulance Coder, Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist, and has received her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. Amanda is a member of AAPC, NAAC, and serves on the Medicare Regulatory Committee for the American Ambulance Association. ____ Reason for Nomination: Known to the EMSA team as Mandi, she was asked two years ago to step out of her comfort zone and take on Patient Billing Services for EMSA. Mandi had a proven career in coding, documentation and provider training, (more…)

40 Under 40: Alicia Ney (Paramount Ambulance – Peosta, IA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Alicia Ney Business Development & Training Coordinator Paramount Ambulance Peosta, Iowa ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Kathy Griffin ____ Biography: Alicia Ney, along with her twin brother Andy Ney, was recognized at last year’s American Ambulance Association (AAA) Conference as one of the youngest leaders in EMS. At the age of 27, Alicia has already been working as an EMS provider for nine years. Of those nine years, Alicia has worked as a member of the management team at Paramount Ambulance for nearly five years. Over that time, Alicia obtained her Paramedic certification, so as to better provide EMS car, bring knowledge to her position, and to better understand the providers she was managing and training. In 2010, when Alicia became an EMT in high school, it was not about the excitement of working in EMS, but rather satisfying her dad by working for his newly established private ambulance service. Alongside her twin brother, Alicia became one of the youngest EMTs in the state of Iowa at the time. Throughout college, Alicia worked (more…)

40 Under 40: Amanda Shell Jennings (Priority Ambulance – Knoxville, TN)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Amanda Shell Jennings Director of Marketing and Communications Priority Ambulance Knoxville, Tennessee ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Dennis Rowe ____ Biography: As Director of Marketing and Communications, Amanda Shell Jennings manages internal and external communications throughout the Priority Ambulance family of companies. Jennings provided marketing and public relations support for the company since its founding in 2014 in her previous role as Senior Account Executive with public relations firm Moxley Carmichael. Prior to joining Priority Ambulance, Jennings was a top performing account executive at premier East Tennessee public relations firm Moxley Carmichael for five years, where she created and executed strategic communications plans for Priority Ambulance, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, US Nitrogen, and Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, among other clients. Jennings specializes in media relations, event planning, marketing, crisis communications, internal communications, and social media strategy. Jennings is involved in local professional organizations. Jennings currently serves on the Communications Committee for the American Ambulance Association and as Treasurer of the Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society (more…)

40 Under 40: Luke Culleny (Chatham EMS – Savannah, GA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Luke Culleny Paramedic / IT Coordinator Chatham EMS Savannah, GA ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Phil Koster ____ Biography: Luke Culleny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television as well as many other technology based certifications. Luke was first exposed to EMS during his time as a Associate Producer in film and fell in love with public safety. Luke returned to school and is a four-year veteran of Chatham EMS as an EMT, then Paramedic. Luke frequently works ambulance shifts as his IT schedule allows. Luke’s hobbies include woodworking and filming (including drone use). ____ Reason for Nomination: Luke Culleny maintains a passion for EMS which combines with his love, experience, and knowledge of IT systems and multi media. This combination has resulted in multiple significant advancements at Chatham EMS. Luke has successfully overseen dispatch CAD and ePCR software launches along with projects to assure ECG transmissions to receiving ERs. Whereas this may be standard for some, Luke pushes IT abilities by developing better interfaces to report frequency of ECG transmissions to (more…)

40 Under 40: Adam Stockton (Maricopa Ambulance – Phoenix, AZ)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Adam Stockton Director of EMS Operations, West Valley Maricopa Ambulance (Member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies) Phoenix, Arizona ____ Nominated by: Amanda Jennings (Priority Ambulance – Knoxville, TN) ____ Biography: Adam joined the Maricopa Ambulance team in 2016 when the company started up in Maricopa County, Arizona. As the company grew, Adam quickly advanced from Paramedic Supervisor to EMS Director in less than two years due to his talent and commitment to serving his communities. Adam Stockton currently serves as EMS Director for the 9-1-1 service areas of Glendale and Goodyear where he was instrumental in the implementation and optimization of those systems in 2019. Adam served as the lead supervisor for the City of Scottsdale during the startup of the city’s 9-1-1 EMS system and was instrumental in the startup of the City of Surprise backup 9-1-1 service. Adam’s interest and dedication to EMS stems from his father who has been a Paramedic in the Avondale/Goodyear areas in Central Arizona for 25 years. Adam is an Arizona native who (more…)

40 Under 40: Rebecca Szeles (Richmond Ambulance Authority – Richmond, VA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Rebecca Szeles Communications Supervisor Richmond Ambulance Authority Richmond, Virginia ____ Nominated by: Mark Tenia Biography Rebecca Szeles is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and Communications Supervisor at the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA). She is a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is also a member of RAA’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) and Peer Support Program (PSP). Reason for Nomination Supervisor Szeles has not only dedicated herself to her position, but has also committed herself to supporting the mental health and well-being of her co-workers. In 2017 Supervisor Szeles invited Jim Marshall from the 911-Training Institute to speak to staff about resiliency. In 2018, she went through training to become a member of our Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. CISM helps providers deal with traumatic events such as line of duty or pediatric deaths, and Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI). Supervisor Szeles realized more could be and needed to be done to help RAA’s providers on a day to day basis. After becoming a member of (more…)

40 Under 40: William Pitt (Puckett EMS – Chattanooga, TN)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ William Pitt Vice President of Operations, Southeast Tennessee/Northwest Georgia Puckett EMS (Member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies) Chattanooga, TN ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Amanda Jennings (Priority Ambulance – Knoxville, TN) ____ Biography: Will Pitt has more than 15 years of experience in the emergency medical service field. As Vice President of Operations, Pitt oversees a 250-person team serving 10 hospitals and five counties with 9-1-1 service in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia for Puckett EMS. During Pitt’s time at Puckett EMS, the service has seen a 40 percent increase in service volume in his region. Pitt has also been instrumental in the design and launch of the Puckett EMS Training Academy, the largest initial education program in the region. The academy provides annual opportunities for EMT, EMT-Advanced, and Paramedic certification training to the region. Prior to his work at Puckett, Pitt spent seven years at Walker County Fire and Emergency Services where he advanced from the field to senior management ultimately serving as the Chief of EMS. During his tenure, (more…)

40 Under 40: Remle P. Crowe, PhD (ESO – Austin, TX)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Remle P. Crowe, PhD Research Scientist & Performance Improvement Manager ESO Austin, TX ____ LinkedIn | Twitter Nominated by: Amanda Riordan ____ Biography: Dr. Remle Crowe is an expert in using data to power quality improvement and research initiatives in EMS. Remle’s career in EMS began as a volunteer EMT and instructor in Mexico City with the Red Cross. During that time, Remle also worked as a Power-train Quality Engineer at Ford Motor Company, where she received black belt training in Six Sigma quality improvement methodology. From truck clutches to clinical care, Dr. Crowe has shown how improvement science and sound research methodology work to solve problems across any field. As an EMT with a passion for advancing EMS, Remle earned her PhD in Epidemiology and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Now, as a research scientist and performance improvement manager at ESO, Dr. Crowe routinely uses data to improve community health and safety. ____ Reason for Nomination: As an EMS researcher, Remle is dedicated to improving the health and safety of communities (more…)

40 Under 40: Catherine Counts (University of Washington & Seattle Medic One – Seattle, WA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Catherine Counts Acting Instructor (UW) & Research and Quality Improvement Manager (SMO) University of Washington & Seattle Medic One Seattle, WA ____ LinkedIn | Twitter Nominated by: Rob Lawrence (AAA Board of Directors) ____ Biography: Dr. Catherine R. Counts is a second-generation EMS professional who, after taking an ambulance to show and tell in kindergarten, was hooked. Dr. Counts has since transitioned this interest into a career focused on the patients and providers in the pre-hospital setting. Dr. Counts also has research interests in domestic healthcare policy, quality and patient safety, and organizational theory and culture. Given the crossover between her background in public health and her expertise in EMS, Dr. Counts specializes in the mechanisms by which providers are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the pre-hospital setting. Dr. Counts has worked across the healthcare spectrum from EMS to long term care and is well versed in the systemic issues facing the American healthcare system. In addition to her work at the University of Washington, Dr. Counts serves as a (more…)

40 Under 40: Chase Hodges (Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service – Bolingbrook, IL)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Chase Hodges General Manager Illinois Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Bolingbrook, IL ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Kim Godden (AAA Board of Directors, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service – Elmhurst, IL) ____ Biography: As the General Manager, Chase has been instrumental in reshaping the culture of EMS at Superior Ambulance. Chase’s view on safety as not a part time commitment, but a true full time commitment has helped reduced accidents by 40%. Chase sits on Superior’s retention committee, Field Training Officer and training committee, and policy and procedures committee. Chase is also a part of Superior’s Special Event team which provides EMS for events happening all over the Chicago Land area, and is a member of the Ebola transport team. ____ Reason for Nomination: Chase is being nominated for this honor for many reasons that cannot be fully expressed in such few words. Chase started in EMS with our company as a para-transit driver and also worked as a dispatcher and EMT before being chosen as a General Manager overseeing several stations, including one of (more…)

40 Under 40: Brian Walls (Huron Valley Ambulance – Ann Arbor, MI)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Brian Walls Paramedic Supervisor Huron Valley Ambulance Ann Arbor, MI ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Paul Hood (Huron Valley Ambulance – Ann Arbor, MI) ____ Biography: Brian Walls has worked at Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) for 15 years working his way up from Wheelchair Van Driver to Paramedic Supervisor. Brian currently serves as a Senior Critical Care Paramedic, part-time Paramedic Supervisor, and holds the roles of Medical Officer and Coordinator for the Washtenaw County Hazmat, Special Pathogens, and Technical Rescue teams at HVA. Through Brian’s responsibilities, he has had both a local and national impact on new protocols and standards for hazmat and special pathogens. Specifically, Brian assists with public health preparedness and acts as an EMS liaison to regional healthcare partners as well as regional and state health departments. Brian has written hazmat policy, procedures, and the Special Pathogens Response Guidebook for HVA’s special response team that has been adopted by the State of Michigan. Additionally, Brian’s leadership on the Technical Rescue Team has created an invaluable resource to surrounding communities for (more…)

40 Under 40: Craig Boschert (St. Charles County Ambulance District – St. Peters, MO)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Craig Boschert Deputy Chief of Operations St. Charles County Ambulance District St. Peters, MO ____ Nominated by: Kyle Gaines (St. Charles County Ambulance District – St. Peters, MO) ____ Biography: A lifelong resident of St. Charles County, Craig Boschert has spent more than two decades providing assistance to those in need. Craig’s history of public service started in 1998 when he began volunteering with Orchard Farm Fire Protection District. Three years later, Craig earned his Paramedic certification at St. Louis Community College, and began a career with St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) shortly thereafter. In 2008, Craig was promoted to Battalion Chief – a role that enabled him to mentor dozens of new Paramedics entering the SCCAD system. Four years ago, a retirement among the District’s leadership team led to Craig’s promotion to Deputy Chief of Operations. In this role, Craig works closely with Platoon and Battalion Chiefs to ensure that each of the Ambulance District’s Paramedics are developing and promoting best practices so that the mobile healthcare provided exceeds expectations. (more…)

40 Under 40: David Basnak (EmergyCare – Fairview, PA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ David Basnak Operations Manager EmergyCare Fairview, PA ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Karen Jakiel (EmergyCare – Erie, PA) ____ Biography: David Basnak started his emergency services career when he was sixteen years old at his local fire department in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. While a Senior in high school, David attended a locally hosted EMT class. After graduating from high school, David worked locally in Greenville, Pennsylvania as an EMT and attended Penn State University (PSU) pursuing a degree in information, science, and technology. As David’s interest in the EMS field continued to grow, he decided to attend a local Paramedic program. For fourteen months, David attended both PSU and the Paramedic program through Butler County Community College, completing both programs. After gaining experience as a Field Paramedic, David worked to continue to pursue his EMS career through various leadership positions. Over his career, David has held the titles of Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator, Personnel Director, EMS Specialist, Senior Manager of Pre-hospital Care, and most recently Operations Manager. Currently, David oversees all field operations for (more…)

40 Under 40: Hasieb Lemar (Royal Ambulance – Hayward, CA)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Hasieb Lemar Chief Operating Officer Royal Ambulance Hayward, CA ____ LinkedIn Nominated by: Steve Grau (Royal Ambulance – San Leandro, CA) ____ Biography: Hasieb Lemar has been with Royal Ambulance for over 13 years. Hasieb’s experience includes time as a Field EMT, after which he was promoted to Field Training Officer, Operations Supervisor, Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, and to his current role of Chief Operating Officer. Having risen through the ranks at Royal Ambulance, and being an integral part of the organization’s growth and development, Hasieb has played a critical role in shaping and developing future healthcare leaders with an emphasis on compassionate patient care. Versatile, innovative, and service oriented, Hasieb has a proven track record of successfully driving operational efficiency while maximizing business opportunities and revenue growth. Hasieb earned his degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State Hayward located in Hayward, CA where he grew up and still resides with his wife and daughter. ____ Reason for Nomination: Hasieb Lemar has risen through the ranks at Royal Ambulance, (more…)