Ben Vernon EMT-P
On June 24, 2015, Ben’s life changed. While responding to a “routine medical assistance” call, he was stabbed multiple times by a bystander. The incident and the ensuing ordeal left Ben with a changed perspective.
Ben shares his story so that others, who may be going through a similar situation, can know that what they are experiencing is not their fault and that they are not alone. He wants others to know the impact this kind of event can have on a person, and how best to help someone who is going through crisis.


Bill Light MSN RN CEN CPEN TCRN - Solheim Enterprises
Bill is a dynamic and energetic speaker whose unique style creates an engaging and fun atmosphere for all seminar attendees. Bill consistently delivers high-quality education that is praised by audiences, colleagues, and institutions alike.
Currently Oregon’s ENA President, Bill is a registered nurse with over 16 years of experience in a wide variety of areas including emergency care, trauma, critical care, pediatrics, psychiatric care, injury prevention and medical-surgical nursing. This experience, coupled with the completion of a Master’s Program in nursing, has helped Bill be a stronger resource and leader for the company and the industry.
Bill has a passion for education that enriches the practice of his counterparts and helps them to grow and strengthen their existing knowledge. For this reason, Bill focuses his topics on certifications, educational competencies, and practice enrichment for nurses.
He has been involved in emergency medicine for over thirty years with his name appearing on numerous patents in emergent, oncologic and orthopedic medicine. He has directed global education, coordinated research and assisted with the regulatory clearance of numerous devices and procedures.
His resume includes flight, faculty, supervisory and developmental rolls with his efforts taking him throughout the United States and around the world. His presentations, research, publication and accomplishments can be found in magazines, journals, textbooks and videos. Awards include the Texas 2011 EMS Educator and 2000 EMS Person of the Year; the 1999 EMS Associates of Utah Humanitarian Award, and 1992 Recognition from The Texas Commissioner of Health for his work in pediatrics.


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.


Dr. Kurtis Sobush MD Dr. Kurt Sobush is Pediatric Pulmonologist at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the SLUCare Physician Group. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pulmonology and Pediatrics. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Sobush takes special interest in clinical care research related to patients with chronic ventilator needs, neuromuscular weakness and infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia.


Kristopher Thompson, RN, NREMT-P, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, FP-C, TCRN, Kristopher L. Thompson is the Prehospital Services Educator and a Flight Nurse/Paramedic at the University of Missouri Health System. Thompson has prior nursing experience as an emergency room and intensive care unit. He is also actively practicing as a paramedic with both the University of Missouri and Cole County EMS. Thompson has experience in critical care transport, EMS and nursing education, quality assurance, disaster paramedicine and nursing, and adult and pediatric emergency and critical care nursing. Kristopher also has significant experience in management and leadership. He previously worked as the program director for a large volunteer special event first response squad and expanded this program immensely. He has also served as an operations supervisor, QA/QI analyst and training supervisor, critical care program manager and educator at a large not-for-profit EMS agency, and as a charge nurse and preceptor in the ICU and ED at an academic level one trauma center and tertiary referral hospital. Thompson’s prior experience as an emergency department and cardiovascular ICU charge nurse and preceptor combined with his current roles in as an educator and flight nurse/paramedic have uniquely prepared him to present on the aforementioned topics, including ketamine, airway management, and critical care transport.


Nathan Place Information coming soon!


Eric Bauer, MBA, FP-C, CCP-C, C-NPT, EMT-P, Eric Bauer is the founder | CEO for FlightBridgeED, LLC. He has worked in the EMS field for 26 years with the past 15 years spent in the HEMS industry. Eric is an internationally recognized best selling author, speaker and educator and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business - Health Care Administration and a Masters of Business Administration - MBA. He has spoken on many critical care topics as an educator, and has authored and published 130 critical care podcasts related to the pre-hospital critical care industry, with over 1.5 million downloads in the first 5 years of publication. Eric was awarded the 2017 EMSWORLD Innovation award for his Ventilator Management: A Pre-hospital Perspective book and Ventilator Management Course, and is asked to consult on the subject on multiple levels related to the pre-hospital ems and air medical industry around the world. His love and passion for teaching is the founding basis for establishing FlightBridgeED, LLC!


Dr. Richard KorentagerDr. Richard Korentager is the Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery and the Program Director of the Integrated Residency Program. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto and completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Toronto. He completed fellowships in Breast Reconstruction and Micronerve Surgery. He has been in practice since 1989 and is certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Korentager is a published author on numerous medical topics related to plastic surgery. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Medical Miracles" and has been called on by the media many times to comment as an expert on plastic surgery.


Dr. Howard Jarvis Dr. Howard Jarvis is an emergency medicine doctor in Springfield, Missouri and is affiliated with Cox North Hospital. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and has been in practice for more than 20 years.


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".


Michael Boeger , MO-BNDD, Michael Boeger is the Administrator of the MO Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs. He was formally the lieutenant of investigations for a law enforcement agency, he has been a fraud investigator for the MO Department of Labor and he is currently in his 20th year with the BNDD. He has been the administrator for the bureau for the past nine years.