NATIONAL SPEAKERS

Terry M Foster, MSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN, CPEN, CEN, FAEN
Terry M. Foster was originally a 1977 LPN graduate of Booth Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Covington, Kentucky. After working for 4 years as an LPN in both the ED & ICU, he received his RN diploma from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, and in 1997 received his Master’s Degree in Critical-Care and Trauma Nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. During his career, he has held positions of volunteer, ward clerk, staff nurse, charge nurse, critical-care instructor, clinical director and night supervisor, at both the Mercy Hospitals of Cincinnati, Ohio, and at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in northern Kentucky. His primary areas of nursing experience have always been in the Emergency Department and Critical-Care Units where he has national certifications in four areas: critical-care nursing, emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, and trauma nursing.

Terry has authored more than 40 professional publications in various textbooks, nursing, and healthcare journals. He has lectured on a wide variety of clinical topics at nursing seminars and conferences throughout the USA, having given a total of over 5000 formal presentations, covering all 50 states by the time he turned 50 years old. Nationally he is a well-known and sought-after speaker on nursing humor, as well as clinical topics on critical-care and emergency nursing, always representing St. Elizabeth, and nurses, in a positive light. As a professional humorist, Terry has also performed at the Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City’s Trump Tower, and at local comedy venues in the greater Cincinnati area.

An active community volunteer, he regularly volunteers for Covington’s Parish Soup Kitchen, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Cincinnati Arts Association, “Chicks & Chucks” Breast Cancer Support group, and oversees the operation of the Peggy Foster Memorial Fund. He is also a member of the executive committee of the St. Elizabeth Foundation and volunteers on multiple charitable boards and especially for fundraiser events. He has previously served for many years on the alumni board of The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and currently serves on the boards of Rosedale Green and the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Terry has been the recipient of the Judith Kelleher award, which is the highest award, given by the national Emergency Nurses Association and he was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing, an internationally appointed group of accomplished emergency nursing leaders from around the world. In 2018, Terry was elected to a three-year term on the national Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors. In 2020, he was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the ENA.

Over the past ten years, Terry has been featured in ten episodes of The Learning Channels (TLC) national TV program “Untold Stories of the ER.” He is the first RN to ever be featured on this physician only based television show.

Since 1998, Terry has been the Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in the six Emergency Departments at St. Elizabeth Healthcare system (a Magnet designated hospital) based in Edgewood, Kentucky. In June, 2017, Terry was promoted to the dual role of Ambassador for the St. Elizabeth Foundation along with his position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Departments. He has been employed in this six-hospital system since 1975.

Jason Dush, FF, NR/CCEMT-P, FP-Cserves as the Operational Medicine Unit Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety. In his current role, Jason is responsible for the states law enforcement medical first responder program. Prior to working for DPS, he was the Chief Operating Officer for a national ambulance transport company. He previously worked as full-time Firefighter Paramedic for the Arlington Fire Department for 10 years where he also served as the EMS Clinical Coordinator for 3 years. Jason’s resume includes 27 years of paid EMS/Fire with 2 different large metropolitan departments and 13 years as a Critical Care flight paramedic. Jason has been an active commissioned police officer and Tactical Paramedic since 1997, currently commissioned as a Cold Case Homicide Detective in Williamson County, TX. Jason is passionate about EMS education and is a known speaker locally and nationally over the last 17 years for bringing a sense of motivation, humor, passion, energy, leadership, and practical experience to his audience.


Reuben Farnsworth, CCP-C, CP-C, NRP, Reuben started his career in EMS as an EMT-B on a rural volunteer service. After 5 years as a volunteer, he made the move to full time. With 12 years in EMS on both the volunteer and career sides, Reuben has a good grasp of EMS. Reuben started teaching EMT-B and CPR classes in 2006. After that, it was downhill so to speak, Reuben has been teaching extensively ever since. He is currently a Critical Care Paramedic and Education Coordinator with Delta County Ambulance District. Reuben owns and operates RockStar Education and Consulting and teaches full time all over the country on topics from CPR to Paramedic Refresher and everything in between as well as initial certification classes at the EMT-B and EMT-I level. Reuben was recently invited to participate in the Job Analysis Subject Matter Expert Group for the CCP-C exam with the IBSC. In his spare time Reuben enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge.


Chris Ebright Chris Ebright is an Education Specialist with the ProMedica Transportation Network, managing all aspects of continuing EMS education for numerous EMS systems in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. He has been a Nationally Registered paramedic for 25 years, providing primary EMS response along with land and air critical care transportation. Chris has educated hundreds of first responders, EMT's, paramedics, and nurses for 24 years with his trademark whiteboard artistry sessions. His former graduates include natives from the Cayman Islands and Australia. Chris’ passion for education is currently featured as a monthly article contributor, published on the Limmer Education website. He has been a featured presenter at numerous local, state and national EMS conferences over the past 13 years, and enjoys travelling annually throughout the United States meeting EMS professionals from all walks of life. Chris is a self-proclaimed sports, movie and rollercoaster junkie and holds Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He can be contacted via email at c.ebrightnremtp@gmail.com or through his website christopherebright.com


Bob Matoba, M.Ed., EMT-P, serves as Lead Instructor for the St. Anthony Paramedic Academy in Lakewood Colorado. His career has spanned many aspects of the EMS profession, first as an EMT for a private ambulance company, all the way to the EMS Chief for a metropolitan fire department. Bob has been blessed to speak at many EMS conferences throughout the nation, and is a monthly columnist for EMS1.com, as well as a featured and contributing author for EMS World Magazine. He has made it his mission to educate clinicians, rather than technicians. He strives to provide education that has relevance and takes pride in the fact of continuing to be an actively practicing paramedic on an ambulance.

REGIONAL SPEAKERS

Lieutenant Aly Abdelgawad began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the Belton Police Department. After graduating from the Blue River Police Academy, Aly was hired as a Police Officer for the City of Raymore in May of 2000. Early in his tenure, Aly was certified as a DARE officer and Field Training Officer; he has served the Raymore Police Department in both capacities. He was promoted from officer to sergeant in 2008 and served as a patrol supervisor for approximately 5 years. In 2013, Aly was further promoted to Lieutenant, where he continues to serve the Raymore Police Department as Commander over Patrol. During his time on patrol, Aly began working with the Crisis Intervention Team program and currently serves as the Team Coordinator for the Raymore Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team. Aly has been honored as Raymore Officer of the Year in 2003, 2006, and 2007. In 2013, he was named the CIT Officer of the year and CIT Coordinator of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As a certified police instructor through the State of Missouri, Aly teaches a variety of basic academy classes and continuing education courses for veteran officers. Aly holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri and was privileged to attend and graduate as a member of the FBI National Academy,


Jami Blackwell Jami has been a nurse caring for trauma patients for over 30 years. She has spent time as a nurse in the NeuroTrauma ICU, Emergency Department and as a Flight Nurse. For the past 12 years, she has been the Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at CoxHealth, the Level I Trauma Center in Springfield MO.


Ronda Bradley is the Adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri: Curriculum Development of Masters Level Course: Masters of Health Management: Product and Customer Support in Healthcare. She is Former president of the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care (MoSRC),Co-Chair Legislative Affairs committee: MoSRC: 2004-present, Advisory Board Member: Healthcare Technology Foundation,Disaster Preparedness: Ventilator Cache Working Group: Missouri, and current Missouri Society for Respiratory Care: Delegate to the AARC.

Ronda lives in St.Louis with her husband Joe and there 15 year old daughter, Sydney. Ronda enjoys Crossfit and watching her daughter compete in sports.


Kim Brandenburg has 25 years of experience in Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care. She is currently an APRN at a Critical Access Facility caring for patients in Primary Care, Inpatient, LTC, and ED. She also works PRN at a Level III Trauma Center and is an Adjunct Faculty at NWU in the MSN program. One day a week she is the Adult Concussion Management Provider at an Ortho Sports Medicine clinic specializing in Concussion Care. Kim is an active member of the ENA, serving her 5th year on the Conference Planning Committee, and AENP Committee. In the Primary Care setting she is passionate about Lifestyle Medicine and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has served on the State Trauma Advisory Board and was a co-author on State concussion guidelines.

Concussion Management: Clearing the Fog; This lecture will provide updated information on pathophysiology of concussion, diagnosis, screening tools, management, medication usage, and long-term complications. This lecture utilizes case studies and interactive participation to provide care in all stages of concussion, focusing on the holistic and multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Lifestyle Medicine in the Emergent Setting; This lecture will provide information to the participant regarding Lifestyle Medicine intervention for the ED population with chronic medical conditions. An explanation of what is included in lifestyle medicine treatment approach, referrals, and patient education will be provided. We will review the pillars of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and how it can prevent, treat, and reverse disease. We will also review evidence-based lifestyle medicine prescriptions and their clinical application.


Kene Chukwuanu, MD, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and is an emergency medicine trained-intensivist. Dr. Chukwuanu completed his undergraduate studies and medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed residency in emergency medicine at Saint Louis University (SLU), where he was also Chief Resident during his senior year, followed by a Medical Education Fellowship at SLU. He then completed a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and critical care medicine.

He currently serves as Associate Residency Program Director and Director of Emergency Ultrasound in the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. His clinical academic interests include point of care ultrasound education, cardiac arrest, shock, and ARDS.


Darick Day, BS, EMT-P, CCP-C, FP-C, currently serves as the Director of Clinical Services and Deputy Chief of EMS for Washington County Ambulance District. Darick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in EMS Administration. Darick is a licensed Paramedic in the state of Missouri, Board-Certified Critical Care Paramedic and Board-Certified Flight Paramedic. Darick serves as the lead instructor for the Fundamentals of Critical Care and the primary paramedic instructor for the Mineral Area College EMS program. Darick provides regional lectures on various critical care topics and outreach education to other regional, healthcare entities. Darick’s mission is to elevate prehospital and transport medicine to its highest potential and inspire others to help push our industry into the future.


Charlene Draleau, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, NPD-BC, TCRN, iis a clinical development specialist at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the only Level 1 trauma center in the state. She has over 20 years of pediatric emergency & trauma experience. Charlene has been a clinical educator in the pediatric emergency department and has also done intra hospital critical care transport. Charlene has always loved to teach and is very passionate about professional development in nursing. She is currently the residency coordinator for both adult medical surgical and pediatric emergency, inpatient & PICU nursing. She is slightly addicted to certifications and is board certified as a nursing professional development specialist (because if I didn’t do that, I would be a generalist, ugh). I maintain certification in pediatric nursing and pediatric emergency nursing and have recently obtained TCRN certification.

She is the president of the RI Emergency Nurses Association and was a member of the ENA National Conference Planning committee for 4 years and is currently on the peer review committee.

She has presented nationally and is very happy to be a part of your conference.


Justin Duncan, BS, NRP, CCEMT-P, FP-C, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Washington County Ambulance District and is President of the Missouri EMS Association (MEMSA). Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in EMS Administration and is a graduate student, seeking a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. Justin is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Missouri Licensed Paramedic, Board-Certified Critical Care Paramedic and Board-Certified Flight Paramedic. Justin also holds numerous instructor certifications and designations. From ground and air EMS clinician, to clinical educator, to line level supervisor, to department manager, to regional director and now Chief Executive Officer, Justin has a well-rounded patient care and leadership portfolio. Justin’s passions include: advocating for the EMS profession as true healthcare professionals, the changing world of EMS (where are we going next), mechanical ventilation of the acutely ill (invasive and non-invasive), engaging in a good and healthy debate, educating eager minds and supporting those who take care of the ill and injured; Justin is a dedicated servant leader.


Katie Eisenbeis began her EMS career in 2011 at Christian Hospital EMS as an Emergency Medical Technician. She obtained her Paramedic license and has diligently worked her way to the Clinical Supervisor role for the EMS department. Over her tenure in EMS, Katie assisted in the growth and development of the Field Training Officer program, she established the first emotional support dog at Christian Hospital EMS, and assisted with the development and implementation of the of the mobile integrated health program for Christian Hospital. Katie has a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and is actively pursuing her Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Katie enjoys spending her free time with friends and family doing various outdoor activities.


Brian Hokamp, Director of EMS Christian Hospital EMS, has been involved in the EMS career field since 2001. In 2001 he obtained his EMT-B license through St. Louis Community College. After obtaining his EMT license Brian worked at DePaul ED as an Emergency Room Technician. In 2002 Brian entered the United States Navy. He served as a Hospital Corpsman for 6 years achieving the Rank of HM2. During his 6 year enlistment Brian served at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda and with the 2d Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC. Brian was deployed twice during his enlistment. The first deployment was in 2003 and he was assigned to the USNS Comfort. His second deployment was in 2006. During this deployment he was the Senior Medical Department Representative for 1st Battalion 9th Marines. He over saw the medical well-being and treatment of over 240 Marines. While Brian was stationed in NC, he obtained his National Registry Paramedic License through Coastal Carolina Community College.

In 2008 Brian joined Christian Hospital as a Paramedic. In a short period of time he became an FTO and a fill in Duty Officer. In 2010 Brian was promoted to an Operational Supervisor. In 2013 Brian was promoted to Assistant Chief. Brian helped lead Christian Hospital EMS through the 2014 civil unrest in Ferguson. Christian Hospital EMS was also awarded the National EMS Service of the Year award for 2014. In 2015 Brian was promoted to the Chief of EMS. During Brian’s career he has extended his education by obtaining an Associates in Applied Science, Bachelors of Science in Management, and Masters of Business Administration. In addition to his daily responsibilities Brian is a Board Member with the Christian Hospital Foundation. Brian also became a member of Delta Mu Delta the International Honor Society of Business in 2020. Additional awards include the 30 Leaders in their Thirties award from North County Incorporated and a Patriotic Employer award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Matt Lammers, MBA, BSN, RN, SCRN, is the System Stroke Program Manager for Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and Saint Luke’s Health System. He is also the Training Center Coordinator and Lead Instructor for Saint Luke’s Health System Advanced Stroke Life Support Program. His pertinent previous work history includes Emergency Department Tech and Nurse, Stroke Program Coordinator for Saint Luke’s East, and Neuroscience Outreach Coordinator for Saint Luke’s Health System. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration in Health Management. Additionally, he has earned his Stroke Certified Registered Nurse certification from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.


Shayne Keddy, DO, is an emergency department and EMS physician. He is currently on staff at Mercy Jefferson Hospital. Additionally, he serves as the medical director for several EMS agencies in the St. Louis region. Dr. Keddy is an active member of the Mineral Area College EMS program and Fundamentals of Critical Care Transport program. Dr. Keddy started his career as an EMT in New York before becoming a physician. He has dedicated his life to emergency medicine and has a great passion for EMS. Here he plays an active role in regional EMS programs while helping to provide high-quality education.


George Miller, George Miller has worked in Emergency Medical Services for over 45 years. In 1972, he became a firefighter and followed with obtaining his paramedic license in 1980. George taught emergency medical programs at The University of Missouri for 15 years; it was during that time that he helped write Missouri regulations and statutes for EMS programs.

George joined The Bureau of EMS in April of 2017; during that time he has developed the Quality Improvement Continuing Education program, and has developed pilot program guidelines for hybrid EMT courses. George is also working with our team to update current regulations and statutes to bring them to current EMS standards as well as updating procedures and guidelines as it relates to EMS programs, entities and personnel.


Rachael Smith, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CCRN, is a part time stretcher-side staff nurse at Shoreline Medical Center, a freestanding ED and a full time assistant professor of nursing at Three Rivers Community College. Rachael has a varied clinical background including a level 1 tertiary care center as well as an ED clinical educator in the community hospital setting. Rachael is currently the ENA Connecticut State Council State President and sits on the National Education Planning Committee.


Ashley Springer,is the Nurse Clinician for the Step Down ICU and Burn ICU at Mercy Hospital St. Louis with a background in the Trauma/ Neuro ICU. She is a proud recipient of the National Daisy Foundation Award for nurses, for being a strong patient advocate. Ashley is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor’s Society, a board member for the Boys and Girls Club event committee, a member of the American Burn Association and proud advocate for Burns Recovered Foundation. Currently, she is wrapping up her Master’s degree in Nursing Education where she will continue being an Advanced Nurse Clinician for Mercy Hospital St. Louis.


Joshua Stilley,Chief, Division of EMS, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Missouri – Columbia. He spent 5 years as volunteer FF/EMT. Residency EM trained with 6 years of EMS Medical Direction and field physician experience.


David Wright,MS, PA-C, NRP, David is currently an EMS and PEM Physician Assistant at Washington University in St Louis. He has an extensive EMS background, initially working on the fireground as a firefighter/EMT, then as a paramedic on one of St Louis City's busiest ambulances, Medic 13, he has also worked as an emergency room paramedic for St Louis Children's Hospital, and in the air as a flight paramedic for Air Evac Lifeteam. He currently holds certifications as a Physician Assistant, Nationally Registered Paramedic, Firefighter I & II, Fire and EMS Instructor, Clinical Simulation Instructor, TEMS and Hazmat Operations. David is an active member of the National Association of EMS Physicians working on multiple committees to continuously advance the field of EMS, and as the inaugural chair of the NAEMSP PA/NP Task Force. He completed an additional 12 months of training as an EMS PA at the Washington University EMS Fellowship Program. His passions include EMS education, clinical simulation and furthering the EMS profession.


George Wright, George served in public safety for 39 years as a firefighter and hold position as Captain/Safety Officer, George has served for 34 years as an EMT, retiring from Salt River Ambulance in May 2019. Teaches EMS for Macon Area Career Center for 27 years. Attending the National Honor Guard academy in 2011, George serves as state commander for the Missouri EMS funeral team and Chairman of the Missouri EMS Memorial foundation. Member of the fire funeral assistance team for 12 years, and a member of L.A.S.T. team. My wife and myself serve as volunteers for Supporting Heroes. George is married for 39 years and has 2 sons.


Mariah Swinker,RN, BSN, is the Trauma Nurse Coordinator at Lake Regional Health System, a Missouri State designated Level III Trauma Center. Mariah earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her fifteen year clinical background includes time as a pre-hospital provider, emergency department and trauma nurse clinician, along with an extensive time spent in the medical, surgical, and cardiothoracic critical care setting. Mariah is both a Stop the Bleed and a TNCC Instructor. She is an active in the Emergency Nurse’s Association, serving as a chapter delegate to the Missouri State Council. Mariah manages the daily operations of the trauma program at Lake Regional Hospital and dedicates time to educating fellow healthcare providers and the community on topics such as best practice trauma guidelines, and injury prevention. She resides at The Lake of The Ozarks in central Missouri with her husband, Michael and their two dogs.


Nicholas Milleris the Senior Content and Program Director for EMS World and EMS Expo. He is a nationally recognized expert in paramedic education, military medic to paramedic transition programs, BS paramedicine programs and paramedic simulation training. He is a national conference speaker, published simulation author and recipient of the EMS 10 international award for innovation. He has traveled the country training elite medical groups including the US Air Force SERE IDMT Paramedics, the US Navy SEALS and US Air Force Pararescuemen. Nick has provided subject matter expertise to numerous governmental agencies and EMS education programs. He can be reached at nick@emsworld.com.


Dawn Morris Dawn Morris represents one of the 31 Community Mental Health Liaisons who cover all 114 counties across the state of Missouri. They were selected by our Community Mental Health agencies to fill the position created by Governor Jay Nixon, the Sheriff’s Association and the Department of Mental Health. We work along side of law enforcement and courts in our counties to assist with mentally ill people who are struggling with symptoms while providing support and education to law enforcement and courts. She has been in this position wince its conception 5 ½ years ago. She was awarded the CMHL of the Year for the State of Missouri in 2018.

Dawn has earned a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology while attending CMSU (currently UCM) in Warrensburg. She has worked in the field of mental health since graduation as a Elementary School Counselor; Outpatient Therapist; Inpatient Case Manager at acute psych hospital; but most of the years were spent as a Supervisor of Bachelor level Community Support Specialists who provided wrap-around services to children identified with mental health issues.

Dawn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, positively influencing her grandchildren, traveling, crocheting, doing yoga and watching her Pittsburgh


Andrew Oberle. In June 2012 while conducting his Anthropology Masters research in South Africa, he was mauled by two adult male chimpanzees and nearly lost his life. He fought in a Johannesburg ICU for two months, kept alive in an induced coma and on a ventilator. Thanks to the help of an emergency nurse in St. Louis, he was able to fly home and received extensive care and intensive rehabilitation for his many injuries and amputations at Saint Louis University Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. The incredible experience he had during his recovery has led to his new life purpose of helping others. He is now serving as the Director of Development for the Oberle Institute, a new holistic trauma program at Saint Louis University that aims to build a community that heals together and assists patients on their journey from surviving to thriving. He want to share his story of survival in hopes that he can inspire others as they experience hardship and create a global dialogue about the effects of resilience on a thriving recovery and the importance of community for overcoming adversity.


Zachary Orr,MSN, APRN, NP-C, CCRN, CVRN-BC, practices clinically as a critical care nurse practitioner for the Pulmonary and Critical Care group within the medical ICU at St. Louis University Hospital. He has experience in emergency and trauma nursing as well as extensive experience working within the NNICU (Neurology Neuroscience ICU) as well as the Oncology MICU/ SICU and Trauma ICU. He works part-time for the Washington County Ambulance District doing 9-1-1 calls and critical care transports and is and adjunct nursing professor teaching critical care. His clinical interests include critical care and emergency medicine, point of care ultrasound, and acute pulmonary disorders.


Nicholas Smith has been working in Fire/EMS service for the last 17 years with experience in urban, suburban, and rural settings. He is currently serving as a Fire Captain at the Monarch Fire Protection District in Chesterfield, MO where he has been instructing numerous Fire and EMS disciplines for well over a decade. After 7 years teaching EMT and Paramedic courses, along with serving as a Clinical Coordinator, Nick decided to start originating his own classes on foundational education, classroom leadership, and the art of interviewing. Nick has a passion for bridging the gap for others to give back to the EMS community that has given him so much.