Kirk Mittelman, M.Ed., NRP
Capt. Kirk is a 38-year veteran of EMS and Public Safety, Capt. Kirk retired in 2001 from Provo City Police after 22 years. After his career in Law Enforcement, Capt. Kirk went to work full time in the Fire/EMS service where he again retired after serving as a Paramedic Captain and EMS Coordinator for Eagle Mountain Fire Department. Capt. Kirk teaches all levels of EMT’s and wilderness medicine and currently is an Associate Professor and the EMS/Paramedic Director for the College of Southern Idaho.

In his spare time Capt. Kirk travels to 3rd World countries as a volunteer teaching EMS to physicians, nurses and EMS personnel. When things get too hectic Papa Kirk can be found waterskiing and enjoying the sun at Lake Powell with his 4 children and their spouses, 14 grand and 2 great grandchildren.


Janet Taylor, CFRN, NREMT-b, Janet graduated with her Associates of Science in Nursing in 1998. She worked different departments to become better rounded with experience in all fields including ICU, Med-Surg, Outpatient, Obstetrics and ED before joining Mercy Life Line in 2004 as a flight nurse. She began teaching various topics for the local Paramedic Program in 2008 and soon began her career as a speaker at EMS Conferences across the nation. She was named Flight Crew Member of the Year in 2009 and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2013. In March 2017, Janet stepped down from her full-time position at Life Line and now works full time as a flight nurse for LifeFlight Eagle as well as an ER nurse at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital and continues to teach part time.

Since 2009, she has been a speaker for EMS conferences in 26 different states. She is a module writer for Medic-CE and a part time instructor for University of Maryland at Baltimore County's Paramedic Program and is a Member of the National Medical Advisory Board

Janet prefers to keep it simple and help others learn difficult concepts with "learning outside the box".

Lori Sizer Licensed in EMS since 1992, Lori became an EMT the month after she graduated high school. She has delivered continuing education classes for EMS, hospital, and fire personnel, as well as law enforcement. Lori has worked as a full-time educator while serving as a Training Officer for St. Charles County Ambulance District in Missouri. She has worked as a CNA, Med/Surg Unit Secretary, Patient Care Technician for Hemodialysis, ED, EMT, Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Lead Paramedic, Acting EMS Supervisor and Training Officer. Lori Continues to serve as a full-time Platoon Paramedic and a part-time educator. She has presented at EMS conferences around the country and loves to help others learn.


Dr Sabina Braithwait, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Braithwaite is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship Director at Washington University in St Louis and Missouri State EMS Medical Director. She has extensive experience as an EMS medical director and in EMS education at all levels. She has been active in leadership of several national organizations and projects, including the National Association of EMS Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, International Trauma Life Support and the EMS Culture of Safety Strategy Project. Sabina is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is subspecialty certified in Emergency Medical Services


Patricia Casey Tricia is a long time paramedic who has dedicated her career to improving emergency care for pediatric patients with complex medical needs. Currently working at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, her biggest achievement has been the design of the widely adopted STARS program that has proven to improve outcomes for high risk pediatric patients in the prehospital setting. She has been a guest speaker at multiple state and national EMS conferences. She was the 2016 recipient of the Missouri EMS Association Presidential Achievement Award, accepted the 2018 Focus St. Louis “What’s Right With The Region” award for the STARS Program, and was most recently awarded the 2019 JEMS EMS10 award for innovation in EMS. As well as serving as the chair of the Missouri State Advisory Council Pediatric Subcommittee, Tricia stays very busy these days being a mom to four rambunctious girls, her career, and nursing school. Days “off” are spent on a St. Louis City ambulance, keeping those paramedic skills sharp!


Jason Dush, FF, NR/CCEMT-P, FP-CJason serves as the EMS Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Field Response. 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 23 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 sheriff deputy in Williamson County, TX. Jason is passionate about EMS education and is a known speaker locally and nationally over the last 14 years for bringing a sense of motivation, humor, passion, energy, leadership, and practical experience to his audience.


Rom Duckworth Rommie L. Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services.

Rom is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator with the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, Editorial Director of RescueDigest.com and an emergency services advocate and speaker at conferences around the world.


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

Gina Pellerito, CCNRP, CP Gina Pellerito started her career in EMS in 2005 as an EMT, and has since became a paramedic, critical care paramedic, and community paramedic. She holds multiple instructor certifications and has taught several EMT and Paramedic courses. She works both pre-hospital and most recently in hospital with St. Louis Children’s Trauma Services as an EMS Outreach Coordinator. She is excited to bridge the gap between pre-hospital care and everything that comes after by bringing case studies seen first-hand during her tenure.

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,