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EMS educator for 25 years, teaching for Hibbing Community College and recently teaching ACLS & PALS for St. Luke's Education Department, Paramedic and Operations Superiorvior for Essentia Health Ambulanc Service – Sandstone, MN..

Al Benney began his EMS career as an EMT for Stillwater Ambulance while attending paramedic school at Mankato State University. Since 1980 he has worked full time as a Paramedic in ALS and Critical Care Ambulances and fixed and rotor wing aircraft. He currently is an EMS Faculty member at Hennepin Technical College working with students at all levels from EMR to Community Paramedicine.

Holly is recently retired from St. Paul PD where she received awards for her work with police chaplaincy and worked with CISM programs. She is highly experienced in CISMs and CMBs in a variety of settings including LE and EMS in the metro area. Holly lives in Ely and has been part of the HOTL team for more than a year..

Mindy has been with the American Heart Association since September of 2011. Her previous 12 years of clinical nursing practice focused heavily on cardiovascular nursing. Her experience in the areas of cardiovascular ICU, outpatient cardiology procedural clinical specialist, cardiac catheterization laboratory educator and tertiary network STEMI coordinator contribute to her passion to optimize emergency cardiovascular care systems at a local, regional and state level. Mindy’s is excited to build consensus, share knowledge of best practices, current science and guidelines to enhance the STEMI chain of survival among all levels of health care providers with the goal to reduce mortality and morbidity for STEMI and out of hospital cardiac arrest patients and to improve their overall quality of care throughout the continuum from first medical contact to discharge.

John Dillon has been a paramedic for nearly three decades. He currently works for the Woodbury Public Safety Department in Minnesota as both an instructor and a paramedic. John does webnars and teaches instructors across the country on how to enhance their presentations as well as other related EMS topics. In addition, John has a website geared for instructors at www.visualBroccoli.com to show instructors how to visually enhance their presentations. In addition to his EMS work, John is the founder of C3 SoftWorks which creates training software and is located in Minneapolis.

Jason serves as the Chief Operations Officer for MedicOne Medical Response which is a national ambulance company based in Dallas, TX. He previously served as a full-time firefighter paramedic for the Arlington Fire Department and part-time Critical Care Flight Paramedic with CareFlite. Jason’s resume includes 20 years of paid EMS/Fire and 13 years as a Critical Care flight paramedic. Other experiences include 3 years as the EMS Clinical Coordinator for the Arlington Fire department and 7 years on a ground ambulance with Austin-Travis County EMS. Jason has been an active commissioned police officer and tactical paramedic since 1997, currently commissioned with the Bedford Police Department. Jason is passionate about EMS education and is a known speaker locally and nationally over the last 12 years for bringing a sense of humor, energy and practical experience to his audience.

My family and I are living in Marshall, MN (Home of Schwan's Ice Cream). I have been working as an EMT for North Ambulance since 1997 and became a paramedic in 2003. I have both a biology degree and an MBA that have helped me enhance my presentations as an EMS educator and lecturer. I also have an extensive background in Emergency Management.

Dr. Foley attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. He completed his Internship at the University of North Dakota – MeritCare in Fargo, ND and did his residency in Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University – Kalamazoo Center for Medical Education in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Foley has been an Emergency Physician for SMDC for 16 years and was the past chair of the Emergency Department. He is the immediate past Chief of Staff of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Greg Friese, Director of Education for CentreLearn Solutions, is an educator, author, elearning designer, blogger, paramedic and marathon runner. Greg co-hosts the EMSEduCast podcast, presents at conferences and is avidly engaged in using social media for EMS education. Greg is committed to engaging, experiential and exciting EMS education..

Currently the Executive Director of the Ely Area Ambulance Service and Adjunct EMS Faculty & ACLS and BLS AHA Training Faculty for the MnSCU system. Previous employment as 911 Dispatcher (St Louis County), Paramedic Clinical Coordinator (Mesabi Range), Commercial Vehicle Inspector (MSP), Fire Chief (PSB FD), EMS Officer (Cherry 1st Reps), Firefighter / Paramedic (City of Hibbing) and Firefighter / EMT (City of Eveleth).

Tim George is a Minnesota & Nationally Registered Paramedic and has been an EMS Professional since 1978. His current position is the Director of Operations of Meds-1 EMS in Grand Rapids, MN. Mr. George’s professional appointments include a Minnesota AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee membership where he has served twice as the ECC Chair. He also has both BLS & ACLS Regional Faculty appointments with the AHA. He also works as a Deputy Coroner / Death Investigator for Itasca County and as an Associate Professor for Health Education at Itasca Community College. His other Consulting Specialties are in Wilderness Medicine, EMS Operations, Community Response Planning, Institutional Risk Mitigation, EMS Law, Death Investigation Principles and Community Behavioral Health Planning. Mr. George also provides expert testimony and case consultation across the US in litigation involving EMS activities.

Lucas is the Second Assistant Chief and Training Officer for Cromwell-Wright Fire and Ambulance Service, where he has been a member for 17 years, an EMS educator for Hibbing Community College/AdvancEd Minnesota EMS since 2001 and teaching both BLS and ALS classes. He has worked for the past 10 years in the Emergency Department at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, MN.

Jim Graham has been in public service in one form or another for the past 20 years. Currently he serves as a Deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and a Paramedic with Mary Greeley Medical Center both of which are in Iowa. Jim’s lectures are a mix of academia, street knowledge and stand-up comedy.

Education Coordinator for South Central MN EMS, EMT since 2003, currently serving with Plainview, MN EMS, and DOT instructor since 2004.

Greg has served within Public Safety for over 23 years. Currently, he serves as the Director of Public Safety fro the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. One of his passions is teaching. He has developed and instructed a number of national courses. His focus is tactics and strategy and is known for his knowledge of incident management. He has had several MNAST deployments as a Strike Team Leader and MN All Hazards Incident Management Team.

Dave began his career as an EMT while attending college in Eau Claire, WI. After college, he obtained his paramedic license and eventually became a flight medic with the Mayo Clinic. In 1998, he moved to the Twin Cities where he worked several years as a street paramedic, an EMS Supervisor, became a nurse and then worked with Critical Care and Trauma Divisions in outreach, at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center. His interests include EMS Education and pre-hospital research. He has published many papers on pre-hospital care topics such as STEMI care, pre-hospital EKG, EMS Ultrasound use and he regularly speaks at national conferences and events. Currently, Dave manages the Level One Cardiovascular Emergency Programs at the Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. MHI was one of the first facilities in the nation to develop a systems of care approach for cardiovascular emergency patients and currently partners with over 25 other hospitals throughout MN and Western WI to provide Emergency Cardiac Care.

Kirk Hughes is a Registered Nurse working as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and Education Director for the Hennepin Regional Poison Center since 2000. He has been a Firefighter/EMT for the last 20 years, current serving as a member of the cities of Ramsey and Brooklyn Park Fire Departments. He is also the co-owner of First Choice Medical LLP. Kirk is a certified Advanced Hazmat Life Support Instructor and Hazmat Technician and has been published in multiple publications including: The Journal of Perinatology and The Journal of Clinical Toxicology.

I remember well the first death I witnessed as a health care provider and the feeling that I should have done something different and it was almost 50 years ago. As a long-time EMS responder I’ve been aware of the need for resiliency training and was glad to receive the CISM training and become part of the team. I’m a mother and grandmother. I’ve lived in Ely 42 years, and own a publishing company that specializes in children’s nature books. I also work part time for the USFS as a wild land firefighter, conduct biological field research-mostly volunteer and just started with Ely Area Ambulance on their second.

I remember well the first death I witnessed as a health care provider and the feeling that I should have done something different and it was almost 50 years ago. As a long-time EMS responder I’ve been aware of the need for resiliency training and was glad to receive the CISM training and become part of the team. I’m a mother and grandmother. I’ve lived in Ely 42 years and own a publishing company that specializes in children’s nature books. I also work part time for the USFS as a wildland firefighter, conduct biological field research-mostly volunteer and just started with Ely Area Ambulance on their second.

EMT 10 years full time experience in rural EMS, Employed by Bemidji Ambulance Service, and North Memorial Ambulance.

Ken is the Division Chief/Ambulance Director for the Cloquet Area Fire District. He is also an instructor for ACLS, AMLS, PALS, ITLS, EVOC and Fire/Rescue, Ken also spends time volunteering in the communit.

24 Years of EMS service – Allina EMS, 22 years of Fire service – Retired District Chief, Bloomington Fire, Certified Emergency Manager, Hazmat Specialist, AHIMT – OPS and Planning Section Chief, MNAST / Task Force Leader, Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Group – Metro. NIMS 300, 400 and ASTL - Instructor.

Mr. Leoni has been an attorney for 26 years. He specializes in Civil Trial work. He focuses his practice on helping people who are injured as a result of the carelessness of others. He also has an active business law and criminal law practice. He is very active in the legal community and his 2010 commitments and accomplishments include the following: United States District Court Merit Judicial Selection Committee, Super Lawyer Designation, MN Trial Lawyer's Executive Board of Governors, MN Trial Lawyer's Criminal Law Editor, MN Trial Lawyers' Board of Governors, National and MN Trial Specialist and an AV Attorney Rating. Mr. Leoni is also very active in the local community and his 2010 commitments and accomplishments include the following: VRMC Commissioner (V.P. and Finance), United Way Board of Directors, Boy Scout Voyageur Council Executive Board and the Chicagami Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Trenti Law Firm for 20 years. His practice is primarily in NE Minnesota, however he represents clients in the Twin Cities, Duluth, International Falls, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Warroad. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association which allows him to practice throughout the United States. He has authored more than 25 articles for various legal magazines and has lectured at many legal and EMS seminars in the past. Finally, he is a licensed paramedic and volunteers his services to local EMS departments.

Jim has been an EMT and Paramedic for over 30 years. He has worked as a rural EMT as well as a Paramedic in the suburban Twin Cities. Mr. Levi has used that clinical experience to teach basic and advanced level Pre-Hospital classes throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is currently providing outreach education for Children's Hospitals. Jim maintains his clinical credentials as a paramedic for Allina Health EMS in central Dakota County.

Candace Linares has been working as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN since 2005. She as a private practice in Minneapolis specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, Healing Touch and Swedish massage. Candace taught MT at Minneapolis School of Massage Therapy and Minnesota School of Business from 2001 - 2007. She earned her BA degree from the University of Minnesota in Dance/Choreography in 1989. Along with her work with kids at the hospital, Candace is an instructor of Classical Ballet and Independent Choreographer/Dancer. She enjoys working with children in the hospital setting and especially enjoys seeing their smile as they relax during massage. Candace is also a mother of an active 11 year old boy!

Buck McAlpin is the Director of Government Affairs for North Memorial Health Care and Ambulance Service. Buck, who still is a certified paramedic, has worked for North Memorial for 26 years and has an extensive background in Rural and Urban EMS. Buck has worked as a street paramedic and also served for 9 years as the operations manager in the Marshall Region for North Memorial. Over the past 7 years Buck has been extensively involved with health care government affairs working on hospital legislation and health care reform. Buck also worked to draft, lobby and pass the legislation that certified and paid for community paramedics.

Interventional Cardiologist, General Cardiologist, Endovascular Specialist at St. Luke's Hospital. Evaluates and treats all cardiac patients including acute/critical cardiac patients.

Richard Mullvain is a clinical pharmacist, specializing in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. He is the STEMI Program Manager at Essentia Health/St. Mary's Medical Center- Duluth, MN and is a co-chair of the Minnesota Mission Lifeline Taskforce.

Curtis Olson is an emergency department nurse at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has degrees in nursing (Diploma 20013/BSN 2010) and Literature (1985). He has worked in the ER as a nurse since 2014. He as also worked as a nurse in the hospital’s regional burn center. His emergency medical services experience include a year as a paramedic-firefighter with Lincoln Fire & Rescue and two years as a volunteer EMT-B with the Belhesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He has taught extensively on emergency and medical topics to nurses and EMS providers at national, regional and state conferences. He has also worked as a writer, bookstore manager and coffee shop barista.

David Page is an educator at Inver Hills Community College and field paramedic at Allina EMS, in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Page has over 28 years of active EMS street experience. He authors the monthly Research Review column in JEMS, serves on the EMS Editorial Board and was awarded the prestigious EMS10 Top Innovators award in 2013 and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities "Educator of the Year" award in 2011. Page loves to research, learn and teach.

Dwight A Polk is the Paramedic Program Director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. Dwight has a Master's Degree in Occupational Social Work and is a Clinical Social Worker and Crisis Counselor for the Grassroots Crisis Center. He also serves as mental health professional for 2 CISM teams and is a CIT trainer for the Howard County Police Department. Dwight is the co-author of two textbooks by Jones & Bartlett - "Pre-Hospital Behavior Emergencies and Crisis Response" and "Law Enforcement Responder: Principles of Emergency Medicine, Rescue and Force Protection."

EMT with Pipestone County Ambulance, BLS instructor.

Julie K. (Jules) Scadden; actively involved in EMS for over 20 years, currently serves as Senior Paramedic and CQI/Data/Grant Administrator with Sac County Ambulance Service in Northwest Iowa. Jules is the Past-Secretary of NEMSMBR, “Muddy Angels”, where she has coordinated the 7-day East Coast Ride during EMS Week honoring EMS LODD and injury for four years as well as the new West Coast Memorial Ride. Jules is currently on the Executive Committee for the National Volunteer Fire Council-EMS/Rescue Section and is a past Director-at-large and current Chair of the NAEMT Health and Safety Committee. Jules is an EMS Educator and Presenter at regional, state & national EMS conferences and co-author of Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care, 3rd edition and contributing author of Pre-Hospital Care Pearls and Pitfalls.

Volunteer EMT with Madelia Ambulance for 6 years, South Central MN EMS Instructor, Volunteer Firefighter with the Madelia Fire Department for 3 years.

Currently works on an Emergency Response Team within the clinic setting. 35+ years in EMS. My roles on the ERT involve team leading codes and instruction of EMS and resuscitation classes.

Currently working on the Mayo Clinic ERT, teaching all aspects of emergency care including BLS, ACLS, PALS and PEARS.

Nate's pre-hospital experience started as a Corpsman in the Navy Reserve. From there he became a nurse and has worked in the Emergency Departments and Critical Care areas in both Military and Civilian Hospitals in MN and the West Coast. He is an instructor of ACLS, PALS, PEARS, TNCC, ENPC and CALS. He has presented on the subjects of pediatric pre-hospital, emergency and critical care.

Wade started his career with Pipestone County EMS as an EMT in January of 2004 and continues to work there to this day. Wade continued his education, earning his paramedic certification in July of 2007 as well as licensure as an RN in 2008. Wade is currently employed at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota as a registered nurse with their Careflight helicopter program. Wade continues to work with Pipestone County EMS when he is not flying.

AHA & BLS Instructor, SCMNEMS Instructor and Rehab Team Leader. Brad is a MBFTE certified Live Burn Instructor, an Adjunct Instructor, a South Central College CBI, a Fire Program, an Instructor, Safety and Security Consultation Specialist, a PEPP Instructor and a Fire Chief for Amboy, MN.

Stan has 20 years on Le Center Ambulance is currently the co-Director and serves as Rehab coordinator for the South Central MN EMS Regional Program.

Marty has been on EMT-B for LeSueur Volunteer Ambulance for 11 years. He has also assisted South Central MN EMS in a number of capacities, including REHAB, RESP and being an instructor for the last three years. He is currently a Board Member for MEMSA and has been on the board for 2 years. He also assists with the Stelter Mini Conference committees.

Tom is a retried Police Sergeant with 22 years of public safety experience in both the Law Enforcement and EMS fields. He has been an instructor in the Law Enforcement and BLS education field as a Defensive Tactics, Firearm, and Basic Law Enforcement for 20 years. He has developed training programs in the basics of crime scene investigations for both law enforcers and EMS personnel, as well as the best ways to keep you and your partners safe in most foreseeable situations.

EMS Educator for Minnesota's first Level 1 Trauma Center. Coordinator of ACLS/PALS courses for HCMC and contracted to Park Nicollet/Methodist Hospital. Previous Flight Medic with Life Link III and a former Forensic Investigator for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

A frequent speaker at EMS conferences nationwide, Robert has been involved in all levels of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for over 20 years, working with both rural and urban services as a provider and educator. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Medical Care from Western Carolina University, and a Master’s of Education, specializing in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University. Active in the publication of EMS journal articles and textbooks, he has contributed to and reviewed numerous publications for all levels of provider, including serving as the associate editor for “Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond” (Mosby, 2009). In addition to his medical and educational background, Robert has a background in technical rescue and has served on technical rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams for several departments.

Director of EMT & Paramedic Programs, Asst. Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine.

Adam Wojciehowski is devoted to Public Safety and the preservation of human life. Adam has international experience supervising emergency management programs and is the Educational Director for Ex Environmental. His law enforcement career has included over 14 years of service in Wisconsin which included holding the positions of Deputy Emergency Manager, FTO, Evidence Technician, Hostage/Crisis Negotiator and more. Adam’s EMS roles include being a Nationally Registered EMT since 1998, a Rescue Technician in the fields of Swiftwater, Confined Space, Rescue Diving and High Angle Ropes; he specializes in Rescue Diving and Recovery missions. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Liberal Arts and a graduate degree in Leadership, Education and Administration. With his energetic and humorous personality, his presentations are sure to have participants asking for more!

Brad is an EMS Educator at Inver Hills Community College. He has nearly 10 years of EMS educational experience. He has sat on statewide committees on EMS Education. In addition, Brad is an active paramedic in the Twin Cities having more than 22 years of pre-hospital experience in a variety of EMS settings.

Dr. Zotti graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, of New Jersey, is Board Certified and Residency Trained as an Emergency Medicine Physician. He is currently the Medical Director at the Duluth Police and Fire Departments and St. Louis County 911 System as well as the Medical Director of Tactical – Specialties.com, and Emergency Department physician at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.

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Arrowhead Emergency Medical Services Association invites you to be an exhibitor at the 35th Annual Arrowhead EMS Conference & Expo “Going the Distance for EMS” being held January 21-25, 2015 (Expo Friday & Saturday) at the DECC. Our EMS Conference & Expo provides continuing education on cutting-edge techniques, protocol and topics to the entire spectrum of emergency medical providers. This is a great opportunity for direct marketing and advertising while supporting quality education for hundreds of EMS providers. This rewarding event provides the best possible educational updates for the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes and survival rates.

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