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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Emergency Medical Services (NDP-400)
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

Tel: 202-366-5440 Fax: 202-366-7149

Meet The Team

Dr. Jon Krohmer

Director, Office of EMS, NHTSA

As the director of the NHTSA Office of Emergency Medical Services, Jon Krohmer, MD, oversees a number of initiatives focused on improving EMS systems in the United States. Since joining NHTSA in 2016, he has focused on collaboration—with other Federal offices and agencies, with national EMS organizations and with State and local officials. Dr. Krohmer, a board certified emergency and EMS physician, has more than 30 years of EMS and public policy experience. A longtime local EMS medical director for communities in Michigan and then Maryland, he previously served as president of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Prior to joining NHTSA, Dr. Krohmer spent a decade with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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David Bryson

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS, NHTSA

David Bryson is an Emergency Medical Services Specialist with more than two decades of dedicated service in the NHTSA Office of EMS. A longtime EMT and firefighter, David is focused on continuously improving the education and training of EMS providers through the implementation of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. He also works closely with his colleagues at NHTSA and other organizations to make EMS safer for patients, providers and the public. David is currently chief of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, which he joined in 1989 while a student at George Mason University.

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Leslie Carson

ASPPH Public Health Fellow, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Leslie Carson joined the NHTSA Office of EMS in January 2019 as an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health public health fellow. Leslie began her fellowship at NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis in 2018 after completing a dual master’s program in public health and social work at The Ohio State University. She has experience researching, implementing, and delivering programs related to alcohol and drug misuse, as well as providing training and technical assistance to local health departments. At NHTSA, she will focus on the use of data to support EMS and public health as well as federal efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Eric Chaney

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Eric Chaney has more than 30 years of experience in fire and emergency services, public policy and state licensure and certification. Before joining NHTSA, Eric oversaw the Medical First Responder Coordination Branch in the US Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs. Previously, he was an EMS analyst with the US Navy, where he developed, formulated and integrated plans, policies and procedures for the fire and emergency services program. In addition to his federal service, Eric has experience at the state level as chief of the Division of Licensure and Medical Affairs for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services. At the Office of EMS, Eric coordinates activities within NEMSAC and FICEMS and manages the State EMS Assessments.

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Kate Elkins

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS and National 911 Program, NHTSA

Kate Elkins is an emergency medical services specialist with a background spanning two decades in EMS, public health and injury prevention. At NHTSA, she works on both 911 and EMS initiatives, such as the 911 Grant Program, to ensure states have access to the funds they need to upgrade their communications systems. Kate has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on injury prevention. Kate has spent her career at the intersection of public health and emergency response, including several years as a regional traffic safety program manager with the Maryland Highway Safety Office. As a paramedic, she is a staff officer, paramedic preceptor and was deployed to assist in search and rescue efforts for Hurricane Sandy in 2012 as a medical specialist for Maryland Task Force 1. Kate continues to teach public health and paramedic studies at the college level.

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Laurie Flaherty

Coordinator, National 911 Program, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Laurie Flaherty worked as an emergency, trauma and flight nurse before joining the NHTSA Office of EMS as an EMS specialist. Since the creation of the National 911 Program in 2005, Laurie has served as its coordinator, helping strengthen 911 emergency communications systems across the country. Much of her current work involves coordinating with other Federal agencies as well as national, state and local organizations to implement Next Generation 911, a new digital infrastructure that will increase the resilience of the nation’s 911 system, and enable sharing of emergency data from 911 callers with public safety officials.

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Katharyn Kryda

ASPPH Public Health Fellow, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Katharyn Kryda, DVM, MPH is an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health public health fellow. A veterinarian, Katharyn has a passion for improving community resilience and global health through data analysis, public education and emergency preparedness. At NHTSA, she will be involved in a number of projects, including the use of EMS data to monitor and improve community health, as well as preparedness and response activities for EMS. Katharyn graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where her capstone project examined bicycle injury patterns in Chicago.

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Max Sevareid

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Max Sevareid brings more than two decades of injury prevention, highway safety grant management and medical research experience to the Office of EMS. A NHTSA regional program manager for the last 10 years, Max provided technical assistance and grant oversight of state highway safety programs in Washington and Alaska. In the role of emergency medical services specialist, Max oversees research efforts related to the development of evidence-based guidelines for better prehospital treatment decisions and patient care. While attending the University of Washington for his graduate studies in health policy research, Max coordinated diagnostic test evaluation of patients enrolled in surgical and drug clinical trials.

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Gamunu Wijetunge

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Gamunu “Gam” Wijetunge brings more than 20 years of emergency health services, workforce planning, and emergency preparedness experience to the role of Emergency Medical Services Specialist in the Office of EMS. An OEMS team member for nearly 17 years, Gam oversees the daily operation of activities related to improving the EMS workforce and EMS system emergency preparedness, including the development of the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future and EMS Agenda 2050. When not applying his energy towards improving EMS systems nationwide, Gam volunteers as a paramedic and firefighter in Wheaton, Maryland.

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