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-C
Jason 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.

REGIONAL SPEAKERS

James Cahalin, M.D C is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Cahalin received his medical degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He then completed his residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital- Kansas City with a specialty in Pediatrics.


Dr. Erica Carney Carney is a graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine’s BA/MD program and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency as a Chief Resident at Truman Medical Center / UMKC SOM. She then completed an EMS Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and subsequently returned to Kansas City, MO as a double board-certified EM and EMS Physician. Dr. Carney currently practices as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center - Hospital Hill / UMKC SOM. She also serves as the EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCFD), the Missouri Region A EMS Medical Director, the Missouri State EMS Medical Director, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District's Medical Director, the UMKC EMS Education System Medical Director, and is the Medical Director for the Kansas City Zoo.


Bailey Bindle Bailey is from Falls City, Nebraska, and is a 2020 graduate from Peru State College, where she majored in Criminal Justice Counseling and Psychology. Currently, Bailey works as a Communications Manager for the national nonprofit organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), where she serves as the voice of SADD’s social media outreach, manages SADD’s brand image, and designs marketing content on behalf of the organization. When Bailey isn't in the office or traveling on behalf of the organization, you can find her out in the world on her latest and greatest adventure, or at home with her bulldog.


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, MS, RRT 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.


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.


Stephen Dunkin is a program specialist with Missouri EMS for Children. Stephen followed in his father’s footsteps, starting in Public Safety in 2001 and has been a volunteer firefighter, recruit academy coordinator, wildland firefighter and station commander. In 2014, he transitioned to MU Health Care Emergency Services where he has acted as a paramedic, field training officer, and team leader of a tactical medicine program. MO EMSC is focused on providing education and resources to medical providers, both prehospital and hospital, to reduce pediatric injury and mortality.


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.


Angie Giegerich, MSN, FNP-C, TCRN is the Trauma Director at Research Medical Center, an ACS Level 1 Verified Trauma Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been an RN since 2005 and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Angie has over 10 years of experience leading trauma programs in the Kansas City area and is committed to improving trauma care both within the hospital and in the pre-hospital setting. She currently serves as president of the Greater Kansas City Emergency Nurses Association, member of the Midwest Trauma Society and Society of Trauma Nurses, and is a board member of various diabetes charities. Angie has been invited to speak at both local and national conferences and uses real-world examples mixed with a little humor to connect with learners. In addition to speaking on trauma topics, she also provides education and a personal perspective on living with Type 1 Diabetes and serves as a local educator for T1D caregivers. Angie is a mom of 2 boys and wife of an EMS educator.


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.


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.


Taz Meyer, Served 20 years of service with St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] and 35+ years in the emergency medical services industry. He serves as Chief of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the State of Missouri.


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.


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.

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Kat Probst is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Adair County Ambulance District. Kat’s additional responsibilities entail oversight of Operations, Patient Billing, Information Technologies, Compliance and Exposure Control for the District. Kat’s EMS career began with dispatching at the Adair County E911 center in 2005. Kat chose to advance her career and became a licensed EMT in 2006 and obtained her Paramedic license in 2008 and became a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the District in 2010.

Kat’s passion for the EMS field is reflected in her services across the state of Mo representing the EMS industry in many capacities such as the President of the Missouri Ambulance Association, Vice Chair of Central Region EMS, and numerous task forces locally and statewide to enhance EMS services across the state. Some of these task forces and committees include advocating at the legislative level, CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) in EMS statewide, Non-Urban & Northeast Healthcare Coalition, Board member of NEMO Heart Health, EMS Mutual Aid & Disaster Coordination, and Time Critical Diagnosis committees at a local and state level.


Kayla Riel serves as the State Coordinator for the Missouri Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). Kayla has worked as an EMT-B since 2018 and obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Missouri in August of 2021. Her public health specialty is based in epidemiology and health promotion and policy. She also holds a Certified Health Education Specialist certificate, designating her ability to provide programming and education in the realm of public health. Kayla has a special interest in integrating the principles of EMS and public health to collaborate and offer improvements for patient care and health outcomes. Kayla also serves as a board member on the Missouri Public Health Association. She is looking forward to introducing the CARES program at the MO EMS Conference.


Nick Salzman has worked in EMS in Missouri since 2005 with experience in urban, suburban, and rural care. His experience includes transport, air transport, and 911 services. For the last 3 years he has worked for the STARS Program at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.


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.


Rachael Smith, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CPEN, TCRN, 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.


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.


Julie Stilley is an Assistant Research Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine research at the University of Missouri. She gained her EMT in 2016 during her scientific postdoctoral training where she had the most fun in class she’d ever had. Julie’s research interests include improving prehospital care and studying care in the emergency setting in Missouri. She serves in a variety of roles in EMS related to research and data quality, particularly in the EMS-C and CARES programs.


Shannon Watson began her EMS Career in Jacksonville, NC, where she earned her Paramedic license and Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Science. She since completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Healthcare. Shannon joined Christian Hospital EMS fourteen years ago, diligently working her way to the Assistant Chief position for the EMS Department. Watson is an instructor for a variety of certifications and teaches nationally at EMS conferences. She is a member of the East Central Region EMS Committee for St. Louis, and in 2012 became a contributing author of the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP) textbook and author of the chapter on resuscitation. Watson was the NAEMT Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) Regional Coordinator for two years prior to joining the EPC committee. She is now the Chair of EPC.

Shannon realized her love for education while at Christian Hospital EMS, where she was a field training officer and member of the education committee. Then, she became Clinical Supervisor and assisted in the development of the Christian Hospital EMS Academy, which offers more than 30 EMS courses annually to employees and outside EMS participants. She advanced to Community Health Supervisor and assisted in developing and implementing the Community Health Access Program (CHAP). She supervised the mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) program and EMS portion of CHAP for three years prior to moving into the Assistant Chief role for Christian Hospital EMS. She is married to a firefighter/paramedic and has three children


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.