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Candidates (in alphabetical order by last name)

Chrissy Bartel, Norwich EMS

Chrissy is the director of Norwich EMS in southeastern Kingman County as well as a paramedic for the service. She has been in EMS since 2002 when she started as a volunteer first responder. She sought to increase her education, holding certification at each level until becoming a paramedic in 2014. Her career has allowed her to work rural and urban EMS giving her the experience of both environments.  Chrissy became an Instructor/Coordinator in 2008 and has taught numerous EMT classes as well as continuing education hours.

Chrissy is seeking re-election to the KEMSA Board of Directors.  She has been a member of KEMSA since 2008 and served her first term on the board after being elected in 2011. She has served on numerous committees during her tenure, and currently serves as vice chair of the Conference Committee. She has served as the KEMSA secretary for the last 4 years, is a member of the KEMSA’s Administrator’s Society, vice president of the Educator’s Society and president of the Peer Support Society.

One of her passions is to be a voice for the smaller, volunteer services throughout the state.  She believes that small, rural and volunteer does not mean unprofessional.  Chrissy has endeavored to install that belief in the members of her department. That belief and her constant enthusiasm for EMS as well as her advocacy for her patients, has prompted service members to take part in this vision.

Chrissy also has a strong passion for mental health well-being for providers.  Education, resources, and available support to EMS providers across the state is a priority of hers.  It was her goal to develop a society into a resource for others to utilize and help ease the stigma of seeking mental health assistance. Through her leadership and position on the KEMSA Board of Directors, she was able to develop the Peer Support Society under the KEMSA organization in June 2019.

She believes that KEMSA is a strong voice for all technicians, of every level, whether volunteer or paid.  Chrissy believes it is important to have a strong unified voice for Kansas EMS, so she is seeking your support in continuing to be a part of that voice.

John Cota, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department

Nomination by James Zeeb, KCKFD Assistant Chief: “It has been my privilege to work alongside Instructor John Cota for the last four years in the Training Division of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. For over 20 years, he has dedicated his service to the Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County community in faithful and professional service. In 2017, he received the Donald E. White Educator of the Year award from KEMSA at the annual conference. He understands that the needs of our citizens come first and foremost and that is what drives him, every day to deliver training and education, guidance, a supportive word after a tough call, or corrective suggestions when needed. His professionalism sets an example to all he contacts, and he understands the true importance of the mission of EMS... that ‘all patients deserve high quality and safe medical care.’ Instructor Cota is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a State of Kansas Paramedic, State of Missouri Paramedic, and an Instructor Coordinator. Instructor Cota currently is tasked with leading our newest group of Paramedic Trainees with guidance as they make their way through Paramedic schools in the KC Metro area. The dedication that Instructor Cota has is matched only by his passion and compassion for the community he serve. John knows the skills and abilities that our providers have are critical for the community we serve.

For these reasons it is my privilege to formally nominate John David Cota Jr. for a position on the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association Board of Directors.”

Dalene Deck, Hutchinson Community College

I started my career in EMS in 1979 as a volunteer in Herington. Working as a volunteer, I developed a strong foundation of compassion and dedication. I gained my Paramedic certification in 1983 and worked for a BLS service in Kansas City for several months. In 1984, I began working for Medevac, Topeka for a short time until accepting a position with Sedgwick County EMS in 1985. After 32 years of service, I retired in 2017 as a Major in the Clinical Division.

I feel strongly about the importance of being involved past my employment and giving back to the EMS community.  I have been a member of KEMSA since 2000 and have served as treasurer as well as a board member. Prior to being elected treasurer, I was a member of the conference planning committee, and continue to serve on that committee.

I am a member of the Region 3 EMS Council, a past Vice-Chair, and serve as a Region 3 representative on the Education Development Task Force (EDTF).  I am a founding member of the Ks MERGe team, having served as a responding member as well as the Duty Officer Team Leader until my retirement from the team in 2019.

I am passionate about EMS, and I love Kansas EMS and the people who make it what it is!  KEMSA has been an advocate for Kansas EMS both at the state and federal levels, having a positive impact in many areas, for services, providers, and patients.  We can and will continue to grow stronger as a professional organization. If re-elected, my promise is to continue the hard work and dedication to help keep KEMSA a well-respected voice for Kansas EMS. I appreciate you taking the time to cast your votes for KEMSA leadership.

Dr. Carolina Pereira, Sedgwick County EMS

Dr. Carolina Pereira would make an excellent choice for the KEMSA Board of Directors. Dr. Pereira has focused the entirety of her career on EMS medicine and its advancement as a specialty. She has obtained subspecialty board certification in EMS and emergency medicine. Additionally, she obtained the distinction of Fellow of the Academy of EMS (FAEMS). FAEMS is an honor held only by those who have made special contributions to the field of EMS and its practice on a state and national level.

Due to her previous practices of EMS, Dr. Pereira is familiar with all extremes of EMS practices from the largest urban areas to even austere settings. She has served as associate medical director for the largest EMS agency in the country with the Fire Department of New York and served as medical team manager with search and rescue team under the total collapse of any healthcare infrastructure on Florida’s panhandle following Hurricane Michael. From urban, inner city environments to austere and rural prehospital care, she has excelled in and advocated for all locations of EMS practice.

Dr. Pereira also maintains a commitment to advancing EMS medicine while acknowledging the rich tradition of EMS history. She aims to continue to push EMS medicine towards more advanced practice through evidence-based medicine’s integration with daily field work. The application of research does not always translate into the frequently unpredictable prehospital environment. However thorough careful analysis and application, Dr. Pereira advocates for innovative EMS practices pushing the boundaries of what is possible in prehospital care.

Chet Ranzau, Arkansas City Fire/EMS

Chet Ranzau is a Captain/Paramedic with the Arkansas City Fire/EMS. He started his career in 1997 with the Halstead Fire/EMS as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT I/D.  In 2000, he attended Cowley College’s MICT program, obtaining his certification in February 2001. Chet went to work for Butler County EMS for a short time. In December of 2001, Chet began with his hometown of Arkansas City Fire/EMS, rising through the ranks. While serving ACFD/EMS, Chet assisted with Cowley College’s EMS Education program as a Lab Assistant. Chet received his Instructor/Coordinator certification in 2007 and began teaching EMT classes for Cowley College until the end of the Fall Semester in 2011. Chet has two Bachelor of Science degrees, one from Southwestern College in Computer Operation Technology and his second from Columbia Southern University in Fire Service Administration. Chet recently completed the Managing Officer Program from the National Fire Academy and received his Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.

The reason Chet is running for the board: “In addition to playing a more active role in Kansas EMS, I want to be a voice in the progression of EMS across Kansas.”

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