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New NEMSAC Appointees to Focus on Provider Wellness

In July, US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appointed 24 leaders from EMS, healthcare and other sectors to serve on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). Chosen from more than 100 nominations, new and returning members will collaborate to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to NHTSA and to the members of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS.

Councilmembers will convene in person three to four times per year during their two--year terms. For the complete list of current NEMSAC members, click here.

Since its inception in 2007, NEMSAC has been a forum for the EMS community to collaborate and speak as one when engaging at the federal level. Recently, the council has focused on emerging issues related to provider mental health, performance improvement, and community paramedicine.

“For more than a decade, NEMSAC has been critical in shaping national efforts to improve EMS systems in communities across the country,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “Previous council recommendations have led to such initiatives as EMS Agenda 2050, the revision to the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, and the recently released evidence-based guidelines for mitigating the impact of fatigue on EMS practitioners.”

NEMSAC members serve as a critical connection between people whose work impacts and is impacted by EMS in local communities and federal officials. NEMSAC serves as a voice in Washington for EMS clinicians, patients and other stakeholders.

2018 – 2020 NEMSAC Members

Kathleen Adelgais, MD, MPH

Golden, Colorado

Pediatric Emergency Physician

Mary Ahlers, MEd, BSN

Cincinnati, Ohio

EMS Educators

Shawn Baird, MA
Portland, Oregon

Private EMS

Cherie Bartram
Richmond, Michigan

Call Taker/Dispatcher

Richard Bradley, MD
Houston, Texas

Emergency Physician

Steven Diaz, MD, FACEP, FAAFP
Augusta, Maine

Hospital Administration

Eric Emery
Rosebud, South Dakota

Tribal EMS

Mary Fallat, MD
Louisville, Kentucky

Trauma Surgeons

Val Gale
Gilbert, Arizona

Local EMS Service Administrator

Brett Garrett
McCalla, Alabama

EMS Practitioners

Sean Kaye
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

EMS Data Managers

Lori Knight, RN
Placentia, California

Emergency Management

Nanfi Lubogo
Cromwell, Connecticut


Chad McIntyre
Jacksonville, Florida

Air Medical

William “Mike” McMichael
Delaware City, Delaware

Volunteer EMS

Anne Montera, BSN
Eagle, Colorado

Public Health

Chuck O’Neal
Berea, Kentucky

State EMS Directors

Matthew Powers, RN, MS
Pleasant Hill, California

Emergency Nurses

Vincent Robbins, MS, FACHE
Hamilton Square, New Jersey

Hospital-based EMS

Freddie Rodriguez
Pomona, California

State/Local Legislative Bodies

Peter Taillac, MD
Salt Lake City, Utah

EMS Medical Directors

John Tobin
Phoenix, Arizona

Fire-based Career EMS

Jonathan Washko
Northport, New York

EMS Quality Improvement

Lynn White, MS
Copley, Ohio

EMS Researchers