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.
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.
Steve Haemmerle, MBA, RRT, EMT-P is the Director for Burn and Transport Services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Steve has an extensive background in Healthcare Leadership with over ten year’s progressively responsible clinical and leadership roles across the healthcare system.
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. He holds his Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), his Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from the American Society of Association Executives, and his a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). 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. Edward is currently a board member with the Association of Critical Care Transport.
Greg Hildenbrand, MSHSA, FACHE, CMTE, is the executive director for Life Star of Kansas. He has been in various leadership positions in healthcare since 1980 and has been at Life Star since 1991. Life Star of Kansas is a not-for-profit corporation owned by Stormont-Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health Center, both of Topeka, KS. They have been in continuous service since 1988 and have had their own part 135 operating certificate since 2003.
He is a published author and songwriter. His website is www.ContemplatingGrace.com.
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.
Karen Arndt is the Outreach Coordinator for OSF Life Flight in Illinois. Ms. Arndt has 20 years of leadership experience in both air and ground critical care transport services. Prior to her employment at OSF Life Flight, Karen was the Chief Flight Nurse/Administrative Director at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and the Business Operations Manager at IU Health Lifeline in Indianapolis.
Betsy Casanave, MHA, BSN, RN, CMTE, 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.
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.
Jason began his medical career as an EMT, working up to a paramedic after obtaining his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. He went on to receive his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. After service in the United States Army as an Emergency Physician and MEDEVAC Medical Director, Jason completed a fellowship in Critical Care at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has over 25 years of experience in pre-hospital and critical care medicine. Most recently, Jason became the Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight and serves as a faculty physician position in the Surgical ICU’s at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Jason is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors at the Association of Critical Care Transport, along with involvement with other multiple local, regional, and national EMS and Critical Care organizations.
Krista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN 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 presently works as an emergency nurse and has twenty-five 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.
Thomas Judge, a practicing paramedic, serves as the Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine and the LifeFlight Foundation. With an extensive background in pre-hospital emergency medical services and air medicine he has served as a subject matter expert for the IOM, GAO, NTSB, the State of Maryland, and has recently completed a fifth appointment to Federal National EMS Advisory Council. Former Board Chair of Maine EMS, the State Regulatory and Licensing Agency, Judge has worked extensively in both the public and non-government sectors and has a wide background in the design and implementation of emergency medical care systems nationally and internationally.
Steven received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wayne State University Detroit Receiving Hospital. He has over 24 years of pre-hospital experience as a paramedic and EMS physician. He also is Involved in education, research and Patient care quality and safety.
Since completing his residency, Steven has served as a flight physician and emergency room physician. A Certified Medical Transport Executive, he currently is the Flight Medical Director of the Superior Air Med Helicopter and a Senior Staff Physician at Henry Ford Health System. Steven recently initiated and serves as the Medical Director of the Community Paramedic Program for the Henry Ford Health System, dedicated to improving patient heath and safety while decreasing unnecessary hospital admissions.
Steven currently serves as a member of the Association of Critical Care Transport Board of Directors, the Michigan Air Medical Committee and Michigan State Pediatric Burn 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.”