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Speakers

New Frontier Emergency Medicine Symposium

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.

Ed Racht

Ed Racht

More information coming soon.
Rod Landrum

Rod Landrum

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.

Travis Newby

Travis Newby

MD, Directory of Emergency Ultrasound - Kootenai Health
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.
Craig Manifold

Craig Manifold

More information coming soon.
Dan Livengood

Dan Livengood

EMT-P, FP-C, CCP-C - Life Flight Network
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.  
Chris Way

Chris Way

Chief - Kootenai County EMS System
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 chrisw@kcemss.org.
Brenda Tillman

Brenda Tillman

PhD,
More information coming soon.
Janet Taylor

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.
Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz

EMT-P, HRMC, Capt/Paramedic, Medical Services Officer - Univ. of WA, Marysville WA, WA State Univ.
Dan Schwartz is a Captain/Paramedic 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

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.
Holly Ilg

Holly Ilg

BSN, CEN, DFRN, Life Flight Network
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 Capaul

Justin Capaul

Lieutenant, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, 2nd Due LLC
2nd Due Training, LLC was started as a way to provide quality fire ground instruction and practical application to departments that do not have large training budgets.  They desire to help firefighters from all backgrounds improve their knowledge and abilities through both classroom lecture and practical hands-on learning.
L.T. Arnold

L.T. Arnold

Flight Nurse, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, CNPT, EMT, Airlift Northwest
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

Allen Wolfe

MSN, CNS, APRN, CFRN, CCRN, CTRN, CMTE
Allen Wolfe is the Director of Clinical Education for Air Methods Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Allen has been a nurse for 35 years, 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 Bowden

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.
Matthew Streger

Matthew Streger

Partner at Keavney & Streger

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 Rahm

Stephen Rahm

Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair at the Center for Emergency Health Services

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 Lail

Scott Lail

EMT-P, FP-C, Fire Chief, Cleburne Fire Department

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.

Bill Justice

Bill Justice

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

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.

Jess Fulkerson

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.