Board of Directors

Atrium Health, North Carolina

Chair

Steve Haemmerle, MBA, RRT, EMT-P is the Director of Trauma Services Services at Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HeathCare System). Steve has an extensive background in Healthcare Leadership with over ten year’s progressively responsible clinical and leadership roles across the healthcare system.

Prior to joining Carolinas, Steve served as Director for Burn and Transport Services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Board Term Expires 2019

Life Link III, Minnesota

Chair-Elect

Edward R. Eroe is currently the President & CEO of Life Link III the air medical critical care transport consortium program sponsored by Allina Health System, CentraCare Health System, Children’s Health Care, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin Healthcare System, Regions Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital of EauClaire, and St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth. He also serves as one of the twelve board members of the thirty-year old five-base transport program. Prior to Life Link III he was the Program Director of MedLink AIR Critical Care Transport at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Mr. Eroe is an alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Program in Health Services Administration. Edward is the 2014 recipient of the Program Director of the Year Award from AAMS for his leadership at Life Link III.

Mr. Eroe is the Past President of the Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum, the Chesapeake Healthcare Forum, National Capital Healthcare Executives, the Michigan Association of Air Medical Services, AAMS, Kalamazoo County Alliance Against Drinking & Driving, past Chairperson of the Southwest Michigan Quality Council, past Secretary/Treasurer of the AMSA Foundation, and has been an Instructor / Regent for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute.

Board Term Expires 2021

Sanford AirMed, South Dakota

Treasurer

Mike Christianson, MSAS, ATP, CMTE, is the Enterprise Executive Director for Sanford AirMed based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Mike has an extensive background in Aviation with over 20 years of flying experience and 17 years as a fixed wing air ambulance pilot. Mike is responsible for clinical and aviation leadership roles within an integrated delivery system.

Board Term Expires 2021

UC Health-Air Care and Mobile Care, Ohio

Secretary

Mary Ahlers, MEd, BSN, CPC, NRP, EMSI, is founder of Paramedic Health Solutions™ and Mobile CE™. Mary serves as Clinical Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care & Mobile Care in Cincinnati, Ohio and also as Professor for the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Hennepin Technical College.

Combining thirty years of customer service, patient care, communications, advocacy and education with critical care transport and community paramedicine has allowed for the development of an education platform for all CCT, CP, EMS and additional medical transport providers.

Board Term Expires 2021

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Immediate Past Chair
Chair, Governance Committee

Frank Erdman MBA, CMTE serves as Critical Care Transport Manager, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has over 30 years’ experience in Emergency Medical Services and Critical Care Transport. Frank has worked as a clinician, educator, and leader in ground, fixed wing and helicopter transport with several leading healthcare organizations.

Boston MedFlight, Massachusetts

Jason Cohen, DO, FACEP, FCCM, is the Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight. Dr. Cohen brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the CMO position, including 13 years as an emergency care physician with FEMA and the United States Army. Dr. Cohen also previously served as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Albany Medical Center and is board certified in emergency and critical care medicine.

In his role, he works closely with CEO Mara Hughes and team of Associate Medical Directors affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Lahey Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

He also serves in a clinical role at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Board Term Expires 2019

University of Mississippi Medical Center: AirCare

Damon Darsey is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the Medical Director of the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services, an emergency response umbrella organization that includes a medical communications center (Mississippi MED-COM), a critical care transport division (AirCare) and a Public Safety Support Division. He has been involved in EMS for over eighteen years serving as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, EMT Instructor and now Medical Director in a number of different EMS systems.

His clinical interest is in the field of emergency, critical care and transport medicine specifically focusing on innovation, increasing scope of practice and pushing evidence based clinical advances to first responders of all clinical levels.

Board term expires: 2021

 

University of Michigan Survival Flight

Past Chair

Denise Landis, RN, BSN, MS, CNML, CMTE, EMT-P, is the Manager of the Critical Care Transport System at the University of Michigan Hospital Health Systems, Survival Flight and SWAT programs, in Ann Arbor, MI. Denise’s background includes emergency/flight nursing and over 30 years in leadership roles. Denise has been the Past-President of AAMS, the MI Chapter of MAAS as well as the Association of Air Medical Providers (MAAP) of MI. Denise was also an original Regent of the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) and chair for 17 years. Currently Denise is the Chair of ACCT (Association of Critical Care Transport), is the Treasurer of (MAAP) and current Past-President of MAAS.

Board Term Expires 2019

Atrium Health/MedCenter Air, North Carolina

Chair, Communications Committee

Dennis is the Director of Operations for MedCenter Air at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining MedCenter Air, Dennis was the Communications Manager for WakeMed Air Mobile in Raleigh, NC. Dennis began his career in the air medical industry with Keystone Helicopter in 1994. Dennis’ other past experience includes a former police lieutenant, an A&P Technician, and he is a commercial rated pilot. Dennis is the Secretary of the North Carolina Air Medical Association (NCAA) and is a ten year veteran of the USAF where he flew air medical missions during the Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. Dennis received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his graduate degree in Public Administration with an Emergency Management concentration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Board Term Expires 2020

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), New Hampshire

Chair, Policy Committee

Kyle Madigan RN, MSN, CMTE is the Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.  Kyle has been involved in the air medical industry for over 20 years, serving in various clinical, and leadership positions.  Kyle served on the Board of Directors for the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association culminating in being the President of the association from 2009-2010.  Kyle is very honored to be serving on the Board of Directors of ACCT.

Board Term Expires 2020

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance, Illinois

Chair, Education Committee

Cherie Leigh Pepping, RN BSN, CEN, CMTE, PHRN, is the Director of Critical Care Services at Superior Air - Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. in Elmhurst, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University, Cherie has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning various clinical and leadership positions in healthcare. Cherie joined Superior Air - Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. in 1999 to establish the Division of Critical Care Services. Superior currently delivers Air and Ground Critical Care Transport in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Cherie also serves as the President of the Michigan Association of Air Providers.

Board Term Expires 2021

CareFlite, Texas

Kevin Reynolds is the Chief Operating Officer for CareFlite. CareFlite, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, was established in 1979 and is the 2nd oldest flight program in Texas. Mr. Reynolds is responsible for operations and oversight of the Air and Ground Clinical Divisions, the Communications Center, Air Clinical Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Compliance. Mr. Reynolds has served in EMS since 1995 as a paramedic. Since assuming a leadership role at CareFlite, Mr. Reynolds has guided the program to excel clinically; training with and transporting IABP, adult ECMO, Impella, high risk obstetrical care, and other complex clinical disciplines. Through a philosophy based on collaboration and service leadership, he has helped administer an outreach education program that delivers high quality training to underserved hospitals, EMS providers, and community crisis resource centers.

Mr. Reynolds graduated magna cum laude from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. He also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and currently holds the following professional certifications: EMT-P from the Texas Department of State Health Services and FP-C from the IBSC/BCCTPC.

Board Term Expires 2020

Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Minnesota

Chair, Standards Committee

Jeffrey Stearns has been a critical care transport nurse for the Mayo Clinic since 1995. He has been integrally involved in the program’s quality and safety debrief programs as a quality management coordinator and has presented original research on clinical and triage topics. Jeff received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. “I am extremely honored to be a part of an association that places quality patient care and safety first.”

Board Term Expires 2021

Erlanger Health System, Tennessee

Chair, Development and Finance Committee

Robbie Tester is the Vice President of Operations for Erlanger Health System. He joined Erlanger in 1998 and worked his way through the ranks as a flight paramedic, Program Manager and the Administrator of the LIFE FORCE flight program. In 2015, Robert was named Vice President of Operations for Erlanger Health System. He currently oversees operations of LIFE FORCE, a six helicopter air medical program based in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, Erlanger’s Regional Operations Center, Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine and Regional Business Development.

Robbie earned his paramedic science degree from Dalton State Community College, his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Georgia State, and is completing his master’s in business and health care administration. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is boarded as a Certified Medical Transport Executive, Certified Flight Paramedic, Nationally Registered Paramedic, is licensed as a paramedic in Tennessee and Georgia, and holds many other instructor and provider certifications in pre-hospital and emergency medicine.

Robbie also serves on the boards of: International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics – as State Delegate; State of Tennessee Division of EMS Air Medical Committee-Chair, Clinical Issues Committee, and Tennessee Region 3 EMS Directors Association; He also serves as an Associate Professor for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Fellowship program and as Captain and EMS Coordinator of the City of Fort Oglethorpe Fire and Rescue Department.

Board Term Expires 2020

Aviation Vendor Representative

Betsy Casanave is the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Services for SevenBar Aviation. Prior to joining SevenBar Aviation, Betsy was the Program Director of a large hospital based critical care transport program that provided services to the Southeast. She has held various leadership positions over the last 22 years in healthcare and is an active member of various national, state, and local organizations. She served as the President of the North Carolina Air Medical Association (NCAA) and two terms as an At-Large Director with the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). Betsy has been involved with the Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT) since its early inception and served as one of the inaugural board members from 2009-2012.Non-Voting Member

Non-Voting Board Member

Term Expires 2019

Survivor's Network Representative

Krista Haugen has served as the Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management for Med-Trans Corporation since 2016.
Krista is a former flight nurse who survived a helicopter crash while on duty in 2005, one month on the heels of a fatal crash at her program in which three of her friends and colleagues perished. She since co-founded the Survivors Network for Air & Surface Medical Transport, served as a volunteer for the Air Medical Memorial, and is a former board member of the National EMS Memorial Service. She has 25 years of nursing experience including emergency, critical care, and air medical transport. Her special interests include Crew Resource Management & Human Factors, Just Culture, medical transport risk mitigation, secondary trauma, post-traumatic stress, and resilience in emergency/critical care professionals.

Non-Voting Board Member

Term Expires 2019

Patient Representative

Non-Voting Board Member

Term Expires 2019