New Frontier Emergency Medicine Symposium

Our 2020 Virtual Speakers

The caliber of speakers we have coming to you virtually this year is top-notch. We appreciate their willingness to pivot and bring you outstanding content and subject matters virtually as we’ve adapted our program.

Ed Racht, MD

CMO, Global Medical Response

The New Frontier Emergency Medicine Symposium is ecstatic to announce that Ed Racht, MD, the Chief Medical Officer of Global Medical Response, will be joining us in our amended format.

Dr. Racht is and has been a leading EMS and emergency physician for many, many years. His impact on the industry is known worldwide, and we could not be more pleased to have him join us for our 1-day virtual symposium.

Theresa Bowden

MSN, CFRN, CCRN, C-NPT, Life Flight Network

Theresa has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years with focus in critical care. The most recent 7 years have been as a flight nurse specializing in Neonatal/Pediatric/Maternal transports.

Jess Fulkerson

Lieutenant/Paramedic North Mason Regional Fire Authority

Jess Fulkerson currently lives in Olympia, WA, working for the North Mason Regional Fire Authority, as a Lieutenant/Paramedic.  He also serves as a Reserve Deputy on the Mason County SWAT Team as a Tactical Medic.  He has a B.A. in Education (Minor in Biology) from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Jess has served as either a volunteer or paid EMT/Firefighter since 1998.

Jess thinks of himself a teacher or educator, even before that of a Firefighter or Paramedic.  He uses his experience of over 20 years in Emergency Services to bring topics to people in areas of interpersonal communication, personal and instructor development, treating EMS patients, conflict resolution, scene management/ICS, and tactical EMS (TEMS).

Jess has a dynamic speaking style, incorporating candor, humor, energy and enthusiasm, which highlight his passion for EMS and firefighting.  Jess enjoys public speaking and presenting a wide range of topics to a wide range of audiences.  In addition to teaching EMS at his home agency and at neighboring fire departments, he’s been a speaker across the country at nationally and internationally-attended EMS conferences.

Bill Justice

FF, NREMT-P, TEMS, (Ret.) Capt. Oklahoma Fire; Owner, NFEMS

Associate Director, University of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Medicine Center for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Special Operations Division

US Marshals Task Force

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team

Bill is a frequent educator at regional, national and international conferences. His user-friendly approach to emergency management topics provides a relaxed and interactive atmosphere for all participants. His background started in 1978 in EMS and remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS and Law enforcement.

He is currently a member of the NAEMT Board of Directors and Regional PHTLS/TCCC Coordinator, AHA Regional Faculty and multiple committee’s on Disaster Medicine.  Bill continues to assist local, state and federal law enforcement and military agencies with education and response operations.

Mark Sawdon

CEO – Emergency Medical Education, LLC

Mark Sawdon is a practicing Paramedic for King County Medic One in the Seattle, Washington area and has over 20 years of experience in Fire and EMS. Starting as a volunteer firefighter, he discovered a passion for trying to make a difference in people’s lives and has been working full time in EMS since 2004. Mark attended Paramedic Training in 2005-2006 at Harborview Medical Center through the University of Washington School of Medicine and has been a practicing Mobile Intensive Care Unit Paramedic since.

He has been married for 17 years and has two teenage sons. He is an American Heart Association ACLS and PALS instructor, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Everett Community College. He is the owner of Emergency Medical Education and Consulting LLC and the creator of the CPR Command System TM. Mark routinely teaches American Heart Association recertification courses and provides resuscitation training to local hospitals and fire departments as well as consulting with these groups to help them develop and implement both in and out of hospital cardiac arrest response plans.

Scott Lail

EMT-P, FP-C, Fire Chief, Cleburne Fire Department; Owner, NFEMS

Scott began his EMS career in 1992. Shortly after his arrival into pre-hospital medicine, he became a Firefighter with the City of Cleburne, Texas. With his love for education, Scott became the EMS educator for his Fire Department and other local agencies in need. He also joined Tarrant County College in Fort Worth as Adjunct EMS Faculty.

In 1999, Scott became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.  For over 27 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as Flight.

He is currently the Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department as well as a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C).  He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite, though he still maintains his flight status just in case!

Scott has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also recently appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Janet Taylor

BSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT-B – Golden Valley Memorial Hospital / LifeFlight Eagle Air Medical Transport

Janet has been a flight nurse for 14 years and works full time for LifeFlight Eagle Air Medical Transport out of Kansas City.
In addition to EMS, she has worked in ICU, ER and OB to be familiar with the different types of calls that she and her partner may encounter in EMS.

Janet has her bachelor’s Degree in science and Nursing and enjoys teaching part time at various EMS Conferences throughout the year in addition to writing articles for various industry magazines and continuing education modules for Medic-CE.

Her website is https://www.emsteacher.com where you can see where she will be headed next as well as the most current list of topics offered. You can email her at janettaylor6@icloud.com.

Kevin Lawler

Captain, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue

Kevin is a Captain with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue. He has 10+ years of experience in Emergency Services including teaching many EMS courses and precepting multiple paramedic students. He has taken many fire services and technical rescue courses and is passionate about the fire service and eager to share his knowledge. Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife and 3 kids.

Chris Way

Fire Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue; Owner, NFEMS

Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Fire Chief of Kootenai County Fire & Rescue in North Idaho in May 2020. Prior to his current position he served as the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho and as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas before that.

For over twenty-eight years Chris has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic.  As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic.  After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander.
In his role as Fire Chief he leads 84 career personnel out of four stations, partnering with other area fire and rescue services. He serves on many local and regional EMS, Fire, Emergency Management, and Healthcare committees.

Chief Way has been involved in EMS since January 1992. For over twenty-seven years he has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic. As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic. After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander.

In late 2001 Chief Way was hired as the EMS Chief of a county EMS agency in Southeast Kansas. During his tenure there he served as the agency head, on several local response/clinical committees, Commander for the regional Incident Management Team, Chairman of the Regional Homeland Security Council, Deputy Commander for the State EMS response team, Member of the State Incident Management Team, Regional and State Trauma Councils, and the CDC/ACS National Committee on Field Triage. In addition to these assignments Chief Way has served in several Incident Command Roles at several natural disasters in Kansas and on mutual aid/EMAC assignments.

Chief Way, his wife and two daughters live in Hayden, Idaho. In his free time he enjoys traveling and many of the recreational activities/opportunities available in North Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to contact him at chris@newfrontieremergencymedicine.com.