We’re proud to introduce our speakers for the 2020 New Frontier Emergency Medicine Symposium. Please click below and read about their experience in the field of emergency medicine.
Dom PomponioRegional Vice President/Flight Nurse - Life Flight Network
Ella Mae KeattsLife Flight Network
Erika SalleePT, DPT, President and Co-Owner RGI Readiness Group
Rick HuntSenior Medical Advisor - National Healthcare Preparedness Program - US Dept. of Health & Human Svcs
Will KrostMD, Emergency Physician and Critical Care Paramedic - Mercy Health, Toledo, Ohio
Tracy ClearyOutreach Education Manager/Paramedic - Global Medical Response Solution
Travis NewbyMD, Directory of Emergency Ultrasound - Kootenai Health
Craig ManifoldBrigadier General (BVT), retired
Dan LivengoodEMT-P, FP-C, CCP-C - Life Flight Network
Chris WayChief - Kootenai County EMS System
Brenda TillmanPhD, Owner - Readiness Group, LLC
Janet TaylorBSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT-B - Golden Valley Memorial Hospital / LifeFlight Eagle Air Medical Transport
Dan SchwartzEMT-P, HRMC, Capt/Paramedic, Medical Services Officer - Univ. of WA, Marysville WA, WA State Univ.
Mark SawdonCEO - Emergency Medical Education, LLC
Holly IlgBSN, CEN, DFRN, Life Flight Network
Justin CapaulLieutenant, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Owner, 2nd Due LLC
L.T. ArnoldFlight Nurse, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, CNPT, EMT, Airlift Northwest
Allen WolfeMSN, CNS, APRN, CFRN, CCRN, CTRN, CMTE
Theresa BowdenMSN, CFRN, CCRN, C-NPT, Life Flight Network
Matthew StregerPartner at Keavney & Streger
Stephen RahmChief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair at the Center for Emergency Health Services
Scott LailEMT-P, FP-C, Fire Chief, Cleburne Fire Department
Bill JusticeFF, NREMT-P, TEMS, (Ret.) Capt. Oklahoma Fire
Jess FulkersonLieutenant/Paramedic North Mason Regional Fire Authority
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Rod Landrum has spent over forty years in leadership positions and has trained thousands of individuals in productivity and self-improvement. He is a recognized speaker for delivering motivational, inspirational and positive messages to all types of audiences. Having been in leadership roles for the Franklin Covey Company and Labette Health Hospital as well as other executive positions, he laces his message with practical on- the- job examples and real life experiences. Rod and his wife Karen live in a small southeast Kansas town where they raised five boys.
Ella Mae Keatts
Dr. Sallee is President and co-owner of RGI Readiness Group, LLC. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2011 following six years of service as an officer in the United States Air Force. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Pre-Med from Baylor University in 2002. She currently practices neurological physical therapy in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with Riata Therapy Specialists.
Erika served as an aircraft maintenance officer in the Air Force for six years, working on A-10s at Pope AFB in North Carolina, F-16s at Kunsan AB in Korea, and B-52s at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. During that time, she had the opportunity to serve in multiple capacities leading over 1000 people and managing personnel-driven projects to improve morale, quality of life and overall unit readiness.
Erika is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She lives in Trophy Club, TX and has two daughters who attend school in Northwest ISD. Her husband is the squadron commander of the 97th Flying Training Squadron “Devil Cats” at Sheppard AFB and a Boeing 777 pilot for Delta Airlines. When not working, they enjoy traveling and spending time on the lake. They claim Lake Powell in Utah/Arizona as their second home.
Will Krost is an Emergency Physician and Critical Care Paramedic for Mercy Health in Toledo, Ohio. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University (Washington, DC). Will was the Director of Emergency Services and Health system Access for Blanchard Valley Health system (Findlay, Ohio) and a former Flight Paramedic with SVMMC Life Flight (Toledo, Ohio). He has over eighteen years of experience in emergency medical services including prehospital education, flight medicine; critical care medicine, cardio-pulmonary perfusion, clinical research, and pre-hospital administration.
Will began his EMS career in 1992 at Put-In-Bay EMS in Erie County, Ohio. He received his paramedic training at Providence Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio, his Adult Critical Care training at the Medical College of Ohio and his Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Most recently, he was the Program Manager for the Division of Emergency Medical Services and the Emergency Medicine Special Operations Institute at the University of Cincinnati. Will also served as the Clinical Coordinator of Prehospital Research and is an Instructor of Emergency Medicine while at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Will holds Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences degree in Allied Health Management from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Will also completed Lean Six Sigma Black belt training at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Will is the author of several articles for “Emergency Medical Services Magazine” on topics such as medical protocol development, pediatric pulmonary emergencies, pediatric cardiac physiology and congenital heart defects. Along with Joseph Mistovich and Daniel Limmer, Will was a co-author of the monthly CE article in EMS magazine entitled “Beyond the Basics”. He is a subject matter expert and author for “Fire & Emergency Television Network” (Pulse Multimedia Video series), 24-7 EMS Publishing, and Brady, Prentice-Hall publishing on various clinical subjects. Will has also lectured extensively at the local, national, and international level on numerous topics. He is an advisory board member of “Emergency Medical Services Magazine” and former board member for the Ohio Chapter of ACEP EMS Division. Most notably, Will was selected as one of eleven group leaders selected nationally to direct the development of EMS Education Standards to replace the U.S.D.O.T. Emergency Medical Services National Standard Curriculum.
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Dr. Newby is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Kootenai Health. He completed his medical school at Midwestern University and his Emergency Medicine Residency at Christus Health Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He returned to his hometown of Coeur d’ Alene after residency and has been working at Kootenai Health since 2015. During his downtime he enjoys running, biking and fishing.
Dr. Craig A. Manifold, Brigadier General (BVT), retired, serves as the EMS Medical Director for ground, helicopter, critical care, tactical, fire based, third service, hospital based, private and not for profit agencies in Bexar, County and the surrounding South Texas area including San Antonio Police Department Tactical Medical Team, Customs and Border Protection, and San Antonio AirLife. He also serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
His career in emergency medicine started as a volunteer EMT Firefighter in his hometown of Stewartstown, PA. He enlisted as a medic in the US Air Force and transitioned to aeromedical evacuation instructor duties. His 39 years of service included active duty, US Air Force Reserves and National Guard components with varying command positions and combat deployments. He attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Expertise in emergency, critical care, and deployment medicine has provided opportunities to share his skills and knowledge as Chief Medical Officer for Knight Aerospace, medical device manufacturers and subject matter consultation. Manifold is board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He presents at many national and international conferences regarding current research and publications.
Dan Livengood has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue for 25 years, a Flight Paramedic with Life Flight Network for 15 years and an EMT Basic instructor for 3 years.
Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho on September of 2013. Prior to his current position he served as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas. Chief Way attended Labette and Coffeyville Community Colleges for his EMS certifications and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.
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.
In his current role Chief Way oversees the delivery of Emergency Medical Services via a fire-based EMS system. This is done through six (3 ALS and 3 BLS) transport departments and five BLS first response only departments. Through these agencies KCEMSS responds to over 19,500 requests for service annually and transports over 12,500 patients a year. Through his role as EMS Chief he serves on many local and regional EMS, Fire, Emergency Management, and Healthcare committees. Chief Way is also the current Past President of the North Idaho Fire Chief’s Association, the Chairman of the Idaho Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, member of the state Time Sensitive Emergency Commission, serves as the Region III Director and Chairman of the Membership Committee for the National Association of EMTs Board of Directors, is actively involved in both the Idaho and International Association of Fire Chiefs, stays involved on the CDC/ACS Filed Triage Committee, serves on the Kootenai County Airport Board of Directors and is the Secretary of the Heritage Health Board of Directors.
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 email@example.com.
Dr. Brenda Tillman is an EMDR/Solution Focused therapist and primary at Readiness Group, LLC, where they build RG Communities of Resiliency.
She offers more than 25 years of crisis intervention experience and has a private practice in Fort Worth serving first responders and military members. Brenda taught college at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is currently developing a first responder pilot resiliency program for nine cities around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Brenda is an instructor for CISM and the FAA accident investigation school and is a private pilot. She holds an LPC-S license in Texas, a second masters in Business Management, and a Ph.D from TCU in Counseling.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Schwartz is a Captain/Paramedic serving as Medical Services Officer for the Marysville Fire District, north of Seattle, Washington. He credits his passion for EMS as starting with a First Aid class in the Boy Scouts. He earned his BA in English with minors in Education and History from Washington State University in 1989.
Dan started as a volunteer firefighter in 1991 while he was teaching middle school. Becoming a Professional Firefighter/EMT in 1996, Dan completed the University of Washington School of Medicine/Harborview Medical Center Paramedic Training in 1999.
He has taught EMT classes at Everett Community College as an Adjunct Faculty since 1999 and is an AHA ACLS, PALS and BLS Instructor. He is a member of the Resuscitation Academy and former Snohomish County EMS Educational Coordinator.
Dan has worked with Mark Sawdon and Emergency Medical Education and Consulting, teaching, developing and instructing EMS and resuscitation to pre-hospital and clinical providers.
Dan is celebrating 20 years of marriage to his biggest supporter. They have two amazing daughters, 23 and 17. He prefers to be outside in the sunshine whenever possible except during football season, enjoys cooking and grilling, home brewing and craft beers, is a voracious reader, loves his dogs and travel and is addicted to sports cars.
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.
Holly began her career as an EMT in 1999. Her love of EMS drove her to become a Paramedic, and in 2002, she accomplished that goal. To gain experience, she worked on a busy 911 ambulance and eventually on the Trauma Team at a Level I Trauma Center.
All her hard work paid off in 2009 when Holly achieved another goal and became a Flight Paramedic. Her desire to advance her knowledge pushed Holly towards Nursing School, and in 2013, she earned her nursing degree.
With the ultimate dream of becoming a Flight Nurse, Holly began working in an ICU and ED to gain the required nursing experience. In 2016, she finally returned to the field as a Flight Nurse.
Along the way, Holly discovered a second love. With her years of varied experience, she began teaching outreach and continuing education courses for her flight service and local agencies in need. Holly continues to fly and teach and enjoys learning from all of the people she meets along the way.
Justin has been in the Fire Service for 18 years and was the technical rescue team training coordinator for KCFR and teaches RIT, ROAM, FFI, FFII and PICO for the State of Idaho.
L.T. Arnold is a Flight Nurse with Airlift Northwest at the Arlington, Washington base. L.T. began his EMS career in Boulder, Colorado in 1992. His passion for outstanding patient care and prehospital medicine quickly led him to Seattle, Washington where he has held various positions along the emergency continuum – from 911 dispatcher to firefighter/EMT to emergency room technician to critical care transport nurse. L.T. has degrees from the American College of Prehospital Medicine, Shoreline Community College and the University of Phoenix. His hospital nursing background is in pediatric and neonatal critical care with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s hospital, and he maintains several specialty critical care and transport certifications.
L.T. was born with cerebral palsy, a neurologic disorder than causes muscle spasticity and motor difficulties. He has learned to use positive thinking, dogged determination, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor to accomplish his personal and professional goals despite challenges. L.T. is a former archery World Champion, uses pilates practice/training to improve and maintain his flexibility and mobility, and has recently begun studying Kenpo Karate.
Allen Wolfe is the Director of Clinical Education for Air Methods Corporation in Denver, Colorado.
Allen has been a nurse for 35 years, and a flight nurse for 28 years. He is a Critical Care Nurse Specialist where he managed the renowned trauma resuscitation unit in Washington, DC known as MedSTAR. He is responsible for the initial and recurrent training for 150 helicopter bases and over 1400 employees.
Allen is one of the leading experts in the country in prehospital management of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs). He has published multiple articles, research projects is now the co-editor of the Principle and Practice textbook, the industry biggest selling publication.
In 2008, he received the Community Service award for his LVAD patient safety initiative and in 2017 he received the Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Certification for Emergency Nursing and Exam Construction Review Committee (ECRC) for the CFRN exam.
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.
Matthew Streger is a paramedic and attorney with more than thirty years of EMS experience. Matthew is a Partner at the law firm of Keavney & Streger in New Jersey. He has worked in EMS systems in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Ohio. He has served as the Executive Director of Mobile Health Services (EMS) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey and the Deputy Commissioner of EMS in Cleveland. He currently sits on the Panel of Commissioners for CAAS and is a member of the CAAS standards review committee. Matthew is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of EMS World Magazine and a past Chair of the Health Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He remains an active member of the Legislative Committee, as well as the Bergen Community College Paramedic Science Program Advisory Board.
Matthew completed his Paramedic Training at the UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions in Newark, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Clemson University. Matthew received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Stephen earned his paramedic certification from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1988. He is the Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS), located in Spring Branch, TX. In addition, he actively engages in prehospital emergency medical care with Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS.
Stephen has authored numerous EMS textbook chapters and articles, and is named in several journal articles and scientific posters. He is a faculty member in a number of programs taught at the cEHS, including Critical Care Skills Procedural Anatomy, Airway Interventions and Resources, and Multi-Lead ECG Interpretation, among others. Stephen is a frequent speaker at state and national EMS conferences, where he presents lectures on a broad spectrum of EMS-related topics.
Stephen’s prehospital resume also includes work as a paramedic for Kendall County EMS, paramedic at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, EMT program coordinator for the U.S. Army Department of Combat Medic Training, and faculty/clinical preceptor in the paramedic program at the UT Health Science Center.
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.
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.