KEMSA Educators society BALLOT 2018 - Nominees

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Candidates (in order by position and alphabetical by last name)

Vice Chair

Chrissy Bartel
Director, Norwich EMS

Chrissy is currently the director of Norwich EMS in southeastern Kingman County. She works hard to promote progressive EMS especially in the small rural services. Chrissy is a certified instructor/coordinator that enjoys teaching both continuing education and initial education.  EMS education is important to her as she is passionate about quality education for all providers. She is currently a member of KEMSA, sits on the Board of Directors as the secretary, and is currently serving as the Educator Society's vice chair. 


Dalene Deck
Paramedic Instructor – HutchCC 

I started 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 in Topeka until accepting a position with Sedgwick County EMS in 1985.  I served with Sedgwick County EMS until October 2017 when I retired as a Major in the Clinical Division.  In December 2017, I accepted a position of Paramedic Instructor with Hutchinson Community College.  

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, serving as treasurer for the past several years with that position ending in 2017.  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 serving as Vice-Chair, as well as a Region 3 representative on the Education Development Task Force (EDTF).  I am a founding member of the Ks MERGe team, currently serving as the Duty Officer Team Leader.  Education is now my full time focus and I would like to be more involved with the Educator Society. 

Robert Graves

I have been involved in EMS since 1998 in Kansas. I started as an EMT and have progressed to the Paramedic level. I have also attained my Instructor/Coordinator and am the program manager for Ft. Riley EMS. I currently work for Ft. Riley EMS and part-time for Lifestar. I am also an instructor for several NAEMT courses as well as CPR and International Trauma Life Support. I am a member of KEMSA, NAEMT, and NAEMSE. I currently am the Secretary of the Educators Society. I am also a member of several veteran’s groups.

I am applying for re-election to Secretary of the Educators Society.

I feel that we need to have a united voice for education issues at the state and national levels. To meet this, we need a voice at the organizational level. I have been Secretary since the Society was reorganized and revived. With having this inner working knowledge I would like to serve another term as Secretary.

At Large Position Nominees

Joanna Kenney

My name is Joanna Kenney and I would like to nominate myself for the KEMSA Educator’s Society

at large position.  I have been in EMS for 10 years and I love every minute of being a Paramedic.  I received my EMT-B from Butler Community College in May 2008, followed by my EMT-I in August 2008. 

From that point on I realized I wanted to make a career in EMS and finished the Paramedic Program at Cowley County Community College in December 2009.  During my 9 years at Harper County EMS I moved up from street medic to Captain and  was appointed as Service Director in June of 2013.  My goal was always to put patient care first while serving my own community. 

I was very fortunate to become an Instructor for Barton Community College in January 2016.  I strive to train my students to become the best entry level technicians they can be.  I also work hard to incorporate empathy training into my classes, as I feel this can sometimes be undertaught in EMS.  In July of 2017, I resigned as Director of Harper County EMS to reevaluate myself as a Paramedic and I/C.  I missed running calls as a Paramedic and was excited to join Kingman EMS in May of this year. 

Kansas EMS is its own community that I genuinely care about.  Quality education is essential for EMS to continue to grow as a profession, and that starts with us. 

Lloyd Youel

My name is Lloyd Youel.  I am a Shift Lieutenant with the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Airport Police and Fire Department. I have been with the Airport since1998 where I serve as a shift lieutenant and the department’s Medical Training Officer. I have been a Kansas Certified EMT since 1994, a TO 1 since 2005, and a TO 2 since 2006.  In my position I work with several other agencies throughout the year and coordinate exercises, per FAA FAR 139 requirements.  In the past, I have taught First Responder Classes and EMR classes to our officers.  I am a proud member of KEMSA and the Educator’s Society which, I have been involved with since April of 2016.  I have also been the member at large on the Educator’s Society since August of 2016, and would like to continue in that role or be the vice-chair of the Educator’s Society Committee.

Being in the Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System, I have worked with other System agencies to create combined training classes for all System departments and enjoy a good working relationship with each of those agencies.  I would like to be more involved in the education standards at the state level, that way I can help our officers understand “why” the changes are taking place. I also wish to be able to bring knowledge to the table about training needs and the obstacles that cross trained and smaller agencies face.

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