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KEMSA Peer support society BALLOT - Nominees

See voting instructions on the bottom of this page.   Voting closes Monday, January 16 at noon.

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

vice president

Brandon Beck
Lyon County/City of Emporia Ambulance Service

I am interested in serving as the Vice President of the Peer Support Society.  It has been a pleasure to serve as a Member-at-Large and I would like to continue to be part of the Peer Support Society Vice President and continue the mission of improving mental health for all responders across the state of Kansas. 

Candidate Bio:

  • 27 years experience in Kansas EMS
  • 24 years with Emporia Fire/Lyon County City of Emporia Ambulance
  • 14 years as service director
  • Active in Region 5 activities
  • Past President of Region 5
  • Held the positions of Vice President, President, and Past President of KEMSA
  • Member of the Administrator’s Society and Peer Support Society of KEMSA


Brooke Gerken


Stuart Funk

I have been married to my first love, Melissa, for over 31 years and we currently have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. We met while I was in the Navy stationed on the west coast at Lemoore California and she has stuck with me since through thick and thin. My hobbies are golfing, fishing, riding bicycle and sailing but not in that particular order. In fact most of the summer you will find us at the Walnut Valley Sailing Club on El Dorado Lake. I rely on my strong Faith and relationship with God to help me get through the difficult times.

I have been in EMS since May 2002 starting with a volunteer service in a small town before becoming a Paramedic in 2006 and beginning my career with Butler County EMS. In 2014 I was promoted to a leadership position and then in 2018 I developed our Public Outreach and Education program. In 2020 I joined the Butler County EMS PEER support team and in 2022 was moved into the Interim PEER Support Coordinator position. I completed the 40hr training in March of 2022 and have helped with numerous debriefs both internal and external. I hope to be considered for a place with the KEMSA PEER Support Society.

Thank you and God Bless.

How to vote:

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

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