BRIAN LACROIX - President
Returning to the Board for a second two-year term, Brian LaCroix is President of Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, covering about 1,200 square miles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. LaCroix will continue to chair the NEMSMA Membership/Development Committee.
SEAN CAFFREY - President Elect
Sean Caffrey is an Emergency Medical Services professional with over 25 years of experience. Sean is the EMS Programs Manager at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Sean has been certified as a paramedic since 1990 and graduated with a BS in emergency services administration from the George Washington University in 1992. Sean has served in senior leadership positions in private sector, local government and volunteer EMS services.
VINCE ROBBINS - Immediate Past President
Vince Robbins has served as MONOC’s President & CEO since 1990, responsible for the executive management of three health care companies. In that time the corporations have provided reduced cost shared services, co-operative joint ventures and direct clinical care through several diversified product lines for 15 member hospitals. In the last 19 years MONOC has grown fifteen fold, dramatically expanding the wide range of serves they provide.
ALLISON BLOOM - Treasurer
Allison J. Bloom, Esq. is an attorney, consultant, coach and educator with nearly 30 years of experience working with EMS and fire agencies, a pharmaceutical company and small-to-mid sized businesses. She is a former Chief of Service, Director of Training and Director of Personnel of a volunteer EMS agency, and worked for a commercial ambulance service as both a field provider and in the communications center. She is also a nationally-recognized author on EMS, legal and health care reform topics, lectures frequently on health care reform, legal, compliance, and risk management topics, and is currently certified as an EMT and EMS-Instructor.
BROOKE BURTON, NRP FACPE - Secretary
James “Jamie” Chebra has been involved in EMS for over 20 years, moving upward from the rank of volunteer EMT to Paramedic, street provider to director. Jamie has held positions on the operational, educational, supervisory, clinical, and administrative sides of care delivery and have learned from each experience.
Jamie earned his Master’s Degree from UMBC in Emergency Health Science and hold a graduate certificate in Emergency Management. Jamie is a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company (FABC) and a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a fellow of the National Association of EMS Management (FACPE). Jamie is also a current data fellow with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services. He is a strong believer in the concept of showing value in EMS through improved patient outcomes. Jamie believes that the future of EMS sustainability is through EMS partnerships with healthcare providers. That the transition from fee-for-service to risk based population health is an opportunity for EMS to be a catalyst for change. The concept of illustrating the irrefutable value the quality EMS brings to the patient care experience is a front-burner issue.
CHARLES BLANKENSHIP, CCEMTP, MBA, FACPE
Charles Blankenship is the Manager, System EMS Transport at Mission Health with 25 years of EMS experience and 15 years in emergency management. He has been involved in adult education for 18 years and 12 years in search and rescue and almost 10 years. of that as a K9 handler. Charles also has 6 years’ experience in the US Army.
HEZEDEAN SMITH, MA, CFO, CEMSO, CPM, FACPE, MIFireE, PMD
Hezedean A. Smith, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has served in the emergency services profession for over 30 years. He is also credentialed as a Chief EMS Officer, Chief Fire Officer, Executive Fire Officer (UF), a Certified Public Manager, a Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer, a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, and as a State of Florida Paramedic. Dr. Smith is a consultant, an adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a mentor with UCLA’s Prehospital Care Research Forum, conducts EMS research and lectures across the United States and in the Caribbean. As the previous EMS Chief for the Orlando Fire Department, he now serves as the Assistant Chief in Information & Technology while overseeing the Communications Division.
Nick has served as the project manager for EMS Compass for over two years, been a critical care paramedic in rural and urban environments and three states over 16 years, and serve as the Chief Data Officer of The Paramedic Foundation working with paramedic data, data systems, and consulting for some of the world’s best EMS systems.