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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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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 serves as the Project Manager for the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS).

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Kate Cunningham

ASPPH Public Health Fellow, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Kate Cunningham joined the NHTSA Office of EMS in September 2020 as an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health fellow after graduating from the University of South Florida with a master’s in public health focused on global disaster management and humanitarian aid. Kate is a registered nurse with experience in multiple clinical settings, including several years in neonatal intensive care units. She also did field work in Australia, helping launch a community-based peer-support program focused on culturally appropriate communication and lifestyle changes to combat diabetes, and has volunteered helping to rebuild communities damaged by hurricanes.

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, including the 911 Grant Program and projects related to pediatrics, EMS education, rural and tribal EMS, mental health, workforce wellness and the response to COVID-19. Kate has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on injury prevention and previously worked in the Maryland Highway Safety Office. As a paramedic, she served as a chief officer and paramedic preceptor and also assisted with search and rescue efforts for Hurricanes Sandy and Dorian with 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 joined the NHTSA Office of EMS in 2018 as an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health public health fellow. A veterinarian and epidemiologist, Dr. Kryda uses her background in global health security and knowledge of emerging infectious diseases with pandemic potential to focus on disaster preparedness and response policy development. She also works on EMS data analysis and visualization projects, including the Office of EMS’s collaboration with the CDC Data Hub and CDC researchers. In addition, she authors research summary reports and has presented original research using EMS data at national conferences. Dr. Kryda earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Illinois and continues to practice clinical veterinary medicine.

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Clary Mole

Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Office of EMS, NHTSA

Clary Mole worked as a paramedic and EMS educator in South Carolina and Georgia before joining the NHTSA Office of EMS team in 2020. During a decade with Grady Health System EMS in Atlanta, Clary served in several roles, including chief training officer, program director for Grady’s EMS Education Academy and director of the division of education and staff development. He also received his master’s in emergency management from Jacksonville State University. In the Office of EMS, Clary works on several projects and supports the National EMS Advisory Council and Federal Interagency Committee on EMS.

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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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