KEMSA Educators society BALLOT 2021 - Nominees

See voting instructions on the bottom of this page.  Voting closes Thursday, Aug. 12 at noon.

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


Zach Bieghler
Director, Kingman EMS

Zach Bieghler started his EMS career in 2002 by gaining EMT certification with Hutchinson Community College (HCC). Zach went on to gain his paramedic certification and A.A.S. in 2005 from HCC. Zach also became involved in EMS education in 2002 when he was employed by HCC as a lab assistant.  Zach found a passion for education during his involvement with HCC and gained his Instructor Coordinator certification from Barton County Community College in 2008. Over his career, Zach has served as a lab assistant and EMT instructor for HCC and a training officer for Rice Co EMS.  Zach has also served as the Chair for the KEMSA Educator’s Society before and is responsible for establishing the society’s social media page and is the one who started live-streaming Board of EMS meetings to ensure that educators had access to important state discussions.  Zach has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix. Currently, Zach is the EMS Director for Kingman EMS,  president of the KEMSA Educator's Society and a board member with Region III EMS.

Statement why this person would be good:
I have a passion for EMS and feel that education is the foundation of patient care and professionalism. I have found that my passion is even bigger for the administrative side of EMS education. I feel that KEMSA does an excellent job in monitoring the regulatory proposals and changes that are placed on Kansas EMS and enjoy being part of an organization that provides a unified voice of EMS providers and educators. I look forward to helping educators and providers navigate the ever-changing realm of EMS education while providing an avenue for their voice to be heard by state leaders.

At Large Position Nominees

John Foulston
Kingman EMS

  • Graduated KU School of Law 1966. Practiced law for 44 years.  
  • Obtained EMT in 2006.  
  • Began work for Butler County EMS in 2009. 
  • Obtained AEMT.  
  • Have taught EMT courses at Cowley CC, Butler CC, Greenwood County EMS.  Assisted with education at Butler County EMS.  
  • Taught at several educator workshops
  • Designed, implemented and taught AEMT program at Butler Community College
  • Designed, implemented and currently teaching hybrid EMT class at Butler Community College
  • Served on EDTF

I believe that those of us who gain experience in any field and are believed to have some expertise in the area should endeavor to pass that knowledge on to others.  I have a passion for doing this and see this position as a way to do more in this area.

Rebecca Mendoza
Hutchinson Fire Dept.

Rebecca Mendoza started her EMS career in 2002 gaining her EMT certification from Hutchinson Community College. Rebecca gained her A.A.S. with her paramedic certification in 2005 from Hutchinson Community College. Rebecca has worked in EMS since 2002 starting out with Rice County EMS. Along with a few other services in south-central Kansas, Rebecca has several years of experience working for Reno County EMS. Along with EMS field experience, Rebecca also has experience working in EMS Education. She worked several years for Hutchinson Community College as a lab assistant and has mentored several interning paramedic students throughout her career. Currently, Rebecca serves the City of Hutchinson as a training captain with the Hutchinson Fire Department. Captain Mendoza provides EMS continuing education to the Hutchinson Fire Department and performs quality assurance activities for the department within the scope of EMS.

Statement why this person would be good:
Rebecca is wanting to become more involved in EMS education and feels that this position can afford her the opportunity to network and become a better educator while serving EMS educators across the state. Rebecca is excited to be a part of an organization that works for EMS providers throughout Kansas to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met.

How to vote:

1) Read the biographical information about the candidates and why they want to be on the Educators Society Board. You will only get to vote for one person in each position.

2) Take a few seconds to vote using our electronic ballot (available July 28-August 12 at noon)
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Voting closes Thursday, Aug. 12 at noon.

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