KEMSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS BALLOT 2018 - Nominees

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Candidates (in alphabetical order by last name)

David Adams, Paramedic

Director, Riley County EMS

While being a member of KEMSA for approximately 10 years and a Paramedic since 1991, I was elected to a one-year term to the Board of Directors in August 2014.  Prior to being voted onto the Board of Directors, I had been active in both the Educator’s and the Administrator’s Societies.  After my initial 1-year term, I was elected to a full three-year term.  While a member of the BOD, I have participated in all of the meetings and have taken a very active role in the Educator’s and Administrator’s Societies, regularly planning and hosting a fall Administrator’s Workshop in Manhattan. I enjoy learning more about KEMSA’s involvement in EMS and how I can help in progressing EMS forward, not only at the state level but also within Region 5 and Riley County EMS.  It is my hope to be reelected to a second full three-year term on the KEMSA Board of Directors and continue to play an active role in both the Educator’s and Administrator’s Societies.

I feel that I am a productive member of the Board of Directors as I have been very active in the societies and have a strong interest in Kansas EMS.  If re-elected, I hope to become even more active in the legislative processes as I am only 60 miles from Topeka. A voice for the KEMSA board that can be in Topeka relatively quickly when needed can only help us grow! I am the Vice Chair of Region 5 and a Duty Officer of the MERGe team for over 5 years. Over time, I have become more interested in serving others in a caregiver and leadership role as I feel it is time to step up and contribute to the voice of EMS.  I am still a fairly new director (2013) and believe that I still have a feel for what it is like on the streets as a caregiver as well as an administrator during these exciting and changing times. 

Jon Antrim, Paramedic

American Medical Response

My name is Jon Antrim and I currently serve as the Operations/Communications Manager for AMR-Shawnee/Wabaunsee County and the Service Director for AMR-Kansas. I have been in my current position for almost three years. Prior to moving to Topeka with AMR, I worked full-time law enforcement for 20 years with most of my time with the Liberal Police Department. During my law enforcement career I had a strong interest in emergency medicine and returned to school obtaining my EMT and later my paramedic. I have held my National and Kansas Paramedic certification since 2002. While in Liberal I worked part-time for Seward County EMS. I hold a bachelors in Criminal Justice from Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, and a Master of Public Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Working in the EMS field in rural Western Kansas and now the busier system of Topeka has provided me a differing prospective to EMS in Kansas. I have personally experienced the issues and difficulties faced by the wide spectrum of EMS systems in our state. My goal, if selected for this position, would be to advance EMS in the State of Kansas by establishing positive relationships with EMS providers, EMS leadership, the EMS Regions and our regulatory body, the Board of EMS, in order to move Kansas forward as EMS evolves. I am a strong advocate of both internal and external stakeholder input and will work diligently in my role on the KEMSA Board of Directors if selected to solicit and support regulatory or statute changes at both the Federal and State level to promote Kansas EMS in a positive light and to further promote our history of trend setting excellence.   

J. Paul Davis

Chief – EMS Director, Johnson County MED-ACT

My name is Paul Davis. I joined Johnson County Med-Act as the Chief/EMS Director in January 2017.  Prior to coming to Johnson County, Kansas I served as the Chief/EMS Director at Adams County Ambulance & EMS in Quincy, IL; a position I held for nearly eleven years.

During my term I served the Illinois State Ambulance Association (ISAA) as secretary and conference planning committee member.  I also participated in the legislative process by attending lobby-day events, meeting with state legislators and testifying at legislative hearings.  Additionally, I worked to recruit new members to our association and worked to establish and maintain positive relationships with vendors and sponsors. 

In addition to my ISAA role, I also served as a member of the Quincy/Adams County 9-1-1 governing board and the Quincy Municipal Credit Union board of directors. 

I believe my past work with boards and committees and skills development related to legislative endeavors will allow me to serve in a capacity that is beneficial to KEMSA.  I remain an ardent supporter of those men and women who work hard, as EMRs, EMTs and paramedics to meet the needs of our communities.  My philosophy has been and remains that, we will strive to build and ambulance service and EMS organization that we want taking care of our own friends and family. 

Craig Isom

Program Director, Med-Trans Corp

EMS Experience

  • Program Director - Med-Trans Corporation - Feb. 2016 – Present
  • Quality Imp Coordinator / Flight Paramedic - EagleMed, LLC - July 2014- Feb 2016
  • Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Coordinator/Lab Assistant/Online Instructor  -     Cowley Co CC - 1998-Present
  • Lieutenant Paramedic - Winfield Area EMS - 1999-2014
  • Paramedic - Sedgwick County EMS - 2001-2006         

Education

  • Associate of General Studies/Paramedic Certificate - Cowley Co CC  1998-2000
  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration - Southwestern College - 2006-2007        

Professional Memberships

  • Board of Directors’– William Newton Hospital Credit Union 2008-2014
  • Board of Directors’ – Young Professionals of Cowley County 2013-2014
  • Board of Directors’ – Winfield Youth Soccer Association 2011-2014
  • Member - Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association
  • Board Member – Kansas Air Medical Transport Society
  • Board Member – Kansas EMS Region III
  • NAEMT – Member – National Association of EMT’s

From the nominator: Craig would be an excellent representative for the KEMSA Board of Directors because of his experience and extensive knowledge about the industry.  He has been involved in the EMS community for almost 20 years as a paramedic, instructor, quality improvement coordinator, medical oversight committee, state licensing, flight paramedic and program director for multiple air-medical and two ground bases. As Program director he is responsible for program budget preparation and management, capital expenditures, and is also responsible for planning, development, and implementation of long term and short term strategic initiatives for the program.  Craig is passionate about EMS and can bring that passion and knowledge to be a helpful addition to the KEMSA Board of Directors

JeannÉ Schantz, Paramedic

Dickinson County EMS

I would like to be considered for re-election to the KEMSA board because I’m interested in continuing to be involved with KEMSA and what it does for Kansas EMS.  KEMSA does an excellent job in providing EMS education in Kansas as well as promotion of EMS both on the state and national level.

I began my EMS career as a First Responder in 1993 and am currently a Paramedic with Dickinson County EMS where I am a Shift Captain. I’m active in EMS education being an Instructor for EMT, AHA, CEVO and NAEMT courses.  Community service is a priority for me.  I’m involved in many areas in my community including Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator for Dickinson County, Quality of Life of Dickinson County Board Member, and the Visit Herington/CVB Board. I feel that I’m an excellent candidate for the KEMSA board because of my experience and passion for EMS.  

Thank you for your consideration for the opening of KEMSA board member.  

Kent Vosburg, Paramedic

Junction City Fire/EMS

My Name is Kent Vosburg, and I would like your vote for the KEMSA Board.  I work for the Junction City Fire Department as the Division EMS/Training Chief.  I have been working in EMS for over 20 years, with 18 of that as a Paramedic.  I am an Instructor Coordinator.  I was a KEMSA Board member in the past, serving a 3-year term.  I have worked as a Paramedic for Junction City Fire Department, Dickinson County EMS, and Jewell County EMS.  I feel that this wide variety of experience gives me the background to see a multitude of points of views.  I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia Southern University in EMS Management.  I am active attendee at the Board of EMS meetings, and work to attend Region V EMS meetings. 

Frank Williams RN, BSN, CEN, Paramedic

LifeSave Transport (formerly LifeTeam) – Program Director

Please note my biography and reason for seeking a KEMSA board reappointment;

I have served the Kansas EMS community for 30 years. I started my prehospital career at Butler County EMS as an EMT and progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant/Paramedic. have been an active member of the Butler County Rescue Squad, in my hometown of El Dorado, since 1988. I am currently the Chief of this all volunteer team. I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 1995. After gaining experience in Critical Care Nursing, I started my Flight Nurse/Flight Paramedic career in 1996 working for LifeWATCH, LifeStar of Topeka and am have currently served at life Team as Program Director for 17 years. I enjoy educating others through multiple accredited EMS courses and rescue topics.

Why I would like to continue serving as a KEMSA Board Member:

I have a passion for prehospital patient care. This passion has provided me the opportunity to work closely with urban, rural and frontier EMS providers from across the Midwest. I bring to the board that kindred spirit of teamwork and collaboration to help overcome the challenges facing our profession. I also recognize that EMS is one of many important elements in the healthcare system. In the leadership position I currently hold at LifeTeam, I understand that collaboration, in the multidisciplinary healthcare system of today, is essential to the future of Kansas EMS. Drawing from my education and experience at multiple levels of the hospital and prehospital profession, I feel I have represented the KEMSA membership by carrying the voice of those who have approached me with concerns and recommendations to progress EMS in Kansas. I have been an active participant in most of the planned events and meetings of the board. I would like to continue representing EMS in Kansas by focusing on the best interest of EMS providers, our collaborative healthcare partners and the patients we serve.

Thank you for considering my request and I look forward to this continued opportunity.

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