3900 W. Superior Street
Conference Rate Deadline: 12/20/2015
4257 Haines Rd
310 Canal Park Drive
Conference Rate Deadline: 01/01/2016
200 W 1st Street
Conference Rate Deadline: 12/20/15
301 E Superior St
Skywalk access available
325 Lake Ave S
Conference Rate Deadline: 12/21/2015
Al Benney has been involved in EMS since 1979 as an EMT for Stillwater Ambulance while attending Mankato State University, and as a Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, and Educator at North Memorial since 1980. In that time he has responded to over 25,000 emergency calls and over 1000 helicopter transports. A full time faculty member and simulation specialist for the past 5 years at Hennepin Technical College, he teaches many EMS courses and travels throughout the region providing education for multiple medical specialties in both pre-hospital and hospital settings from basic to advanced levels. His presentations consistently are evaluated as being among the best in all areas. As President of Emergency Medical Consulting & Resource Al has had the opportunity to provide medical staffing for many corporate and private events and has provided varied educational opportunities to groups at every level of expertise. Al is known throughout the region as a personable, responsible, knowledgeable professional who is interested in continually working to improve the quality of healthcare in any way possible.
Nicole received her BSN from St. Catherine University in St. Paul MN in May 2010. Her RN/BSN experience was obtained at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND (March 14, 2011-May 17, 2012) as part of the Cardiac Progressive Care/Tele Unit and as a staff RN with minimal Charge Nurse experience. Nicole's favorite staffing experience was at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in the Medical Surgery Unit, Per Diem RN-Telemetry, Unit 6C-Cardiology, Staff RN and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program-VAD Coordinator/Nurse Clinician.
Holly is a retired St. Paul PD officer. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, 18 years as a certified Peer Counselor and has trained and worked with CISM programs. Over the course of her career she received awards for her work as a police officer and her work police chaplaincy. She is highly experienced in CISMs and CMBs in a variety of settings including LE and EMS. Holly lives in Ely and has been part of the HOTL team for several years.
Roberta has over 30 years experience in medical coding and billing, opening her own billing and consulting office in 1998 where they presently serve 48 ambulance services. She is a coding instructor and directs the medical coding program at Hibbing Community College. Roberta has also served as the National Legislative Chair for the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Managers.
Lisa is the Fire Captain with the city of Duluth's Fire Department, as well as, the Medical Committee Chair and their EMS instructor. She is also an adjunct instructor for fire and EMS at Lake Superior College. Lisa was appointed to the EMSRB in 2008 and is the EMSRB Post-Transition Education Workgroup Chair.
Mindy has been with the American Heart Association since September of 2011 where she took on the role of ND Mission: Lifeline Director for the statewide grant funded initiative. Her previous 12 years of nursing experience as an RN focused on cardiovascular clinical nursing, including the areas of cardiovascular ICU, outpatient cardiology procedural clinical specialist, cardiac catheterization laboratory staff and educator, and regional STEMI coordinator contribute to her passion to optimize emergency cardiovascular care systems. Mindy’s took on the director role for the rural MN M: L grant program with its launch in 2013, recently her position has transitioned to senior quality and system improvement director. Her clinical background in these areas and passion for optimization of cardiovascular systems of care provide an excellent foundation of knowledge and expertise to share best practice and guideline standards with health care providers throughout the state. In her free time Mindy enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, and horseback riding.
Ben has been with DSC for 19 years and has been involved with radio communicaitons for 23 years.
Jon has been involved with EMS since 1997. First as an EMT and then a Paramedic. He also was an adjunct instructor for St Cloud Technical College for ACLS, PALS and the Paramedicine program.
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 www.visualBroccoli.com to show instructors how to visual 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.
Kyle is a full time critical care flight paramedic for LifeLinkIII out of the Willmar Base. He works closely alongside our education and clinical teams with the overall goal of keeping the program at the forefront of medicine. Before joining the team a year and a half ago, Kyle worked at one of the largest and busiest EMS systems in the state of Florida. Some of the training that he has completed includes graduating from the extensive critical care paramedic program at the University of Florida, as well as the Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Program at Johns Hopkins/UMBC. Kyle spends most of his free time as a full time student working to finish his bachelors in biomedical science, with intentions of applying to medical school at the University of Minnesota in the near future. He also enjoys the moments he is able to spend teaching future critical care paramedics as well as American Heart Association students from around the state.
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.
Amy Eisenhauer has been a pre-hospital provider in New Jersey for over 18 years working in both clinical and educational roles within the EMS community. She hosts TheEMSsiren.com, a blog on EMS which engages providers and strives to improve the EMS community as a whole. You can contact her at email@example.com
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.
Currently: Executive Director & Paramedic for the Ely Area Ambulance Service, Chairperson for the Ely Area Emergency Preparedness Group & NE Regional EMS Group. EMS Educator for EAAS & MnSCU. Previously: Fire Chief (Pike-Sandy-Britt FD), Communications Specialist (St Louis County 911), Commercial Vehicle Officer (MN State Patrol), Firefighter/Paramedic (City of Hibbing) and Firefighter/EMT (City of Eveleth).
Jim Graham has been serving in public service for the last 26 years. He is a Deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, a paramedic with Mary Greeley Medical Center, and an instructor in criminal justice with Des Moines Area Community College. His lectures have been described as a mix of academia, street knowledge, and stand-up comedy.
Worked for SCEMS since 2009 (2009-2014 as Education Coordinator, 2014 - present as Director). Graduate of Upper Iowa University (go Peacocks!), private Pilot license (2005), BLS PEPP Coordinator, DOT Instructor, CPR Instructor, all around nice guy.
Lt. Jason Hanson has been with the Minnesota State Patrol for 14 years having served in both rural and urban settings throughout the state. Lt. Hanson is the State Patrol representative for the statewide Towards Zero Deaths initiative in the Duluth District leading enforcement and education priorities. He is a member of the Driving 4 Safe Communities Coalition.
Dave currently serves as an on-call EMT, and the Training Officer for the Lake Crystal Area Ambulance Service. MEMSA board member. He is a trainer and instructor with South Central MN EMS, and part of the SCEMS REHAB team. All this as a second occupation. His main line of work is in the graphics dept. Dave runs Sharpline Images in Lake Crystal, MN where he specializes in Vehicle Lettering & Wraps, Signs, Banners, Custom Decals. Because of his vested intrest, he works closely with EMS, Fire, & Law enforcement for their design and installation projects on their vehicles and equipment.
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 21 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, Hazmat Technician, and certified in Advanced Medical Life Support. He has been published in multiple publications including; The Journal of Perinatology and The Journal of Clinical Toxicology.
Patrick Huot is the education coordinator for Life Link III air ambulance for the last 8 years. He is a graduate for the University of MN and received this paramedic certification through Century College. His career path has included working for a marketing company, stand up and improvisational comedy and being a paramedic. He is currently focused on creation of distributive education for Life Link III.
Lindsay Jensen received her B.S. in Health Sciences at The College of Saint Scholastica & her M.S. in Clinical Anatomy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She teaches 300 students anatomy labs for CSS's undergraduate anatomy & physiology course.
14 Years in EMS, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, EMS Training Center Coordinator/Owner.
BS in Physical Education, non-teaching, physiology emphasis with a minor in athletic training. EMT Certified. St Cloud State University 1995. Board of Certification (Athletic Training 1996). Assistant Athletic Trainer/Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, St Cloud State University 1996-1999. Athletic Trainer St Cloud Orthopedics 1996-2000. Masters of Science, Athletic Administrations. Thesis 2006. Williams Integracare Clinic/Sartell HS ATC 2003-2005. Associate Athletic Trainer, St Cloud State 2005-current
Dr. Adrew Kiragu is currently the Interim Chief in the Department of Pediatrics for HCMC. He is also, the Medical Director Pediatric ICU, HCMC and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of MN Pediatric Intensivist at HCMC. EDUCATION August 1998-June 2001- Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship University of Minnesota, June 1994-July1998-Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency, University of Minnesota, August1990-May1994-Doctor of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, DC, August1987-May1990-Bachelor of Science (Biology), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, January 1981-November 1986 KCE and KACE, Alliance High School, Kikuyu, Kenya
Training officer for Truman Ambulance since 2011, Assistant Training Officer for Truman Fire Department since 2012. Member of Truman Ambulance since 2006, member of Truman Fire since 2007, South Central MN EMS Instructor and Rehab Team member since 2012, Married to Lisa and proud father of Shelby
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; spends time volunteering in the community
Nicole Kopari joined the burn team at Regions Hospital in July of 2015 after attending medical school at the University of Minnesota. She also completed fellowships in trauma and critical care as well as her burn fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. As a medical student at the University of Minnesota, she fell in love with the Burn Center at Region's Hospital. She had the opportunity to learn from some of the best burn surgeons in the country and is now lucky to call each of them her friend and partner.
Kostrzewski has been working in traffic safety for the past 14 years. She began her career as the injury prevention coordinator for the Fond du Lac Reservation and working on traffic safety at tribes across the country with the Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program Development Fellowship. Kostrzewksi has a Master in Public Health and is currently writing her dissertation for a PhD in Public Health Community Health.
James Levi is the Emergency medical Services Liaison for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He consults with pre-hospital agencies care for pediatric trauma patients as part of Children's Hospitals and Clinics Level I Pediatric Trauma Clinic. In addition to this his trauma-related teaching and advising. Levi also developed the POP-C Program. Pre-Incident Operational Planning for children with Special Healthcare Needs provides parents with planning tools for emergency responses and provides EMS agencies with information about patients' unique conditions prior to response. He is also a Training Center Faculty in the American Heart Association program at Children's. James received Resuscitation Officer Training through the AHA in 2014. He holds a bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Levi has been a Nationally Registered EMT and Paramedic for 37 years. Currently, working for Allina Health EMS, he has a been a career and volunteer EMS provider in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Vic Lund is the Traffic Engineer for St. Louis County where he leads the Traffic Division. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering, and his Master of Science degree from Iowa State University in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation Engineering. He serves as the chair of the Minnesota County Engineers Association Highway Safety Committee, and is an active participant in the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths partnership.
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 over 26 years and has an extensive background in Rural and Urban EMS. Buck has worked as a street paramedic and also served for over 9 years as the operations manager in the Marshall Region for North Memorial. Over the past 8 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 is a clinical pharmacist, and STEMI Program Manager at Essentia Health, in Duluth, MN. He is also the Co-Chair of the Minnesota AHA Mission Lifeline STEMI Project that is in it's final year. He is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology, and is a certified cardiovascular care coordinator.
Allison Nicolson been the Carlton and Southern St. Louis County Driving 4 Safe Communities coalition coordinator for 3 years. Allison is the Education representative for the statewide Towards Zero Deaths initiative in the Duluth District leading enforcement and education priorities.
David Page, MS, NRP, is the director of the Pre-hospital Care Research Forum at UCLA and field paramedic with Allina EMS in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. You can bike with him during the next EMS Memorial Bike Ride.
I practice Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care at Hennepin County Medical Center. My training includes a combined Emergency/Internal Medicine residency at HCMC, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. My research interests include emergency airway management and high quality critical care delivery outside of the traditional ICU. I am also co-medical director of the ECMO program at HCMC.
Ms. Provo has been a paramedic and EMS educator for over 30 years. She has experience teaching a variety of courses from first responder through ALS levels, and has spoken at numerous local, national and international conferences on topics related to improving resuscitation practices. The extensive animal and clinical research she has been involved with over the past 20 years has helped shape current resuscitation practices and pushed the envelope for improving care. She is an author on over 25 published research studies.
Aarron Reinert is the Executive Director for Lakes Region EMS. Lakes Region EMS is a rural ambulance service serving Minnesota and Wisconsin composed of 63 full-time staff with a Paramedic/EMT staffing pattern. Previous to Lakes Region EMS, Aarron was the Field Services Manager for the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. At the EMSRB, his projects included creating and implementing a statewide web based data collection system, developing statewide EMS communication systems, and coordinating EMS bioterrorism preparedness. Aarron has become nationally known as a leader, master teacher and expert in management, leadership, system design and applied best practices in rural and small town emergency medical services systems. Aarron has been involved in emergency medical services for more than 25 years and is the executive director of an emergency medical service in central Minnesota. He is well known for asking tough questions and encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. Using such tools as the Balanced Scorecard, Aarron helps organizations recognize the necessary balance between finance, customer service, employee satisfaction and community awareness. Aarron’s recognized understanding of current emergency services issues led to him serving on numerous national boards and projects and to an appointment as chairperson of the National EMS Advisory Council by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Over 30 years of healthcare experience including EMT, Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Emergency Department, ICU, Flight Nursing and Nursing Leadership. Actively participate in cardiovascular education, process improvement and system development in our region with emphasis in Stroke & STEMI. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for Arrowhead EMS.
Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury at Hennepin County Medical Center and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. She serves on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Executive Committee for Trauma and Critical Care and is Scientific Program Chair of the AANS/CNS National Neurotrauma Society Joint Meeting. Previously, Uzma was the Chief of Neurosurgery at the New York Harbor Heath Care System where she was awarded more than $1,000,000 in VA research funding to study brain injury and hemorrhage. She was also Co-Director of the Cohen Veteran Center for Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at New York University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Physiology & Neuroscience. Uzma is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison where she won the Academic Award for Excellence in science research, as one of the top two undergraduate researchers in the College of Letters and Sciences. She then completed a PhD and MD at the University of Illinois where she was awarded two fellowships including the Charlotte Webster Barnes, Helen T. Barnes and Broda O. Barnes Research Fellowship for Molecular Medicine. Upon completion of medical school, Uzma undertook internship and neurosurgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She served as the 2006 Van Wagenen foundation fellow. The Van Wagenen fellowship is one of the most prestigious in neurosurgery with more than one-third of former fellows subsequently becoming chairs of neurosurgical departments.
Having worked in emergency services for over 25 years, Doug brings a vast combination of both pre-hospital and hospital experience. While working with the Douglas County Tactical Response Team, he developed a special interest in ballistic injuries and has been sharing his knowledge with others for over 10 years.
Continuing education coordinator for South Central MN EMS Region. Firefighter with Madelia Fire Department and EMT with Madelia Ambulance Service.
Currently works on an Emergency Response Team within Mayo Clinic. Provides EMS education to all allied health staff and instructs cardiac life support classes. I have been in EMS for 35 years.
I'm at Gold Cross Paramedic working at the Mayo Clinic ERT for 14 years. I am appointed to the EMSRB representing Paramedics. Teaching is my passion.
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 Hospital sin MN and the West Cost. 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, his Bachelors of Science in Nursing and RN license 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.
Ambulance manager since 2005, MEMSA EMT of the Year 2014, South Central MN Rehab Coordinator since 2011.
Former training officer for Le Center Ambulance, South Central MN EMS Instructor, BLS PEPP Coordinator, BLS CPR Instructor.
Randy Strohmeyer has been an active part of the Driving 4 Safe Communities coalition for 5 years. He is a Team Captain and a paramedic for Gold Cross. Randy is the EMS representative for the statewide Towards Zero Deaths initiative in the Duluth District leading enforcement and education priorities.
I have been an EMT for 12 years, an alternate from 2014 through 2015 and have been on the MN EMS Association for the last four years, of which I am now the President. I am on the Executive Board for the South Central Rehab Team and also do instructing for the regional program.
Graduated from Saint Cloud State University in 2007, with my BSN. I have worked as a ICU nurse from 2007-current at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, MN. Have been a Flight Nurse at Life Link III since 2014.
Bob has a Masters degree in Business Organization, is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and a Senior Forensic Investigator. He is an EMS Educator for Minnesota’s first Level 1 Trauma Center (North Memorial Medical Center). He also coordinates ACLS/PALS courses for Hennipin County Medical Center and contracted to Park Nicollet/Methodist Hospital. Previously he was a Flight Medic with Life Link III and a former Forensic Investigator for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Ms. Marino-Vang received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Minnesota, and continued to peruse her life’s passion in medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. After two years, she relocated to Minnesota and joined the Fairview team at the University of Minnesota to further developed her knowledge in stroke. She has experience in clinical research, data analysis and quality improvement. In her current position at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, she serves as the regional stroke program specialist, where her work includes inpatient care, regional stroke protocols for Emergency Medical Services, and developing and connecting with regional hospitals.
Spencer Vassel started his career at Enbridge in August 2014. He is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked as a Firefighter for 25 years . Spencer served as an adjunct instructor at the Fire Academy and has extensive knowledge in Incident Command System (ICS). He is a retired Fire Battalion Chief. Spencer is certified Emergency Manager, Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, and a Hazardous Material Technician. Spencer served as an evaluator during Enbridge’s Indian River Exercise in 2014 and Lead Evaluator at Enbridge’s Straits of Mackinaw Exercise in 2015..
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.
A prolific international speaker, and author of over 50 articles, magazine columns, and book sections, Paul brings three decades of EMS experience to the Stony Brook Paramedic Program. In addition to fourteen years as a NYC Paramedic, Professor Werfel has served as: The Program Coordinator for Advanced Cardiac, Trauma and Pediatric life support at the Emergency Care Institute at Bellevue Hospital-NYU Medical Center in New York City, and as Emergency Care Programs Coordinator at Jamaica Hospital, Queens N.Y. In addition to being the Director of the Paramedic Program at Stony Brook University, also serves as Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Science. As a recipient of the 1998 Faculty Achievement Award, Professor Werfel is also a member of the review boards for Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine, and Pre-Hospital Immediate Care Magazines. He is an expert writer for the National Standard EMT-Intermediate/Paramedic Curriculum revision project, and, a founding Board of Directors Member of the National EMS Educator’s Association. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy from SUNY Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Health Policy and Management from Stony Brook University and is a frequent standard of care expert for litigation involving EMS practitioners and systems. Frequently featured on videos and radio programs, Professor Werfel is an Editorial Board member of EMS Magazine and was a contributing editor for JEMS and author of the “Ask the Educator” column on the JEMS web site and was the primary author for seven years of the “Case of the Month” column In JEMS magazine. A book; “Clinical Clues”, based upon those columns was published and released by Mosby/Jems in February 2003. He lives in Port Jefferson New York with his wife and three children.
Brad is a paramedic for 20 years having worked in the urban, suburban and rural environments. For the last decade he has been a full-time EMS educator working with all levels of EMS Providers in the state of MN. Brad has been active on statewide groups on the topics of EMS Education.
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.