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2020 GEMSA providers & Educators Conference -
virtual event 

In-Person: Trauma Symposium or Instructor Workshop - Oct. 10
Location: Savannah Riverfront Marriott

VIRTUAL Conference/Exhibit Hall: Oct. 11-13

Learn more/register here.


Jennifer Achay, AS, NRP

Jennifer Achay is a recognized anatomist and lecturer. She is currently the Laboratory Director at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences, a bio skills research facility, north of San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, she coordinates her department’s robust research wing, and teaches procedural medicine to healthcare professionals. Jennifer further has patient care responsibilities within the Office of Clinical Direction (pre-hospital emergency medical services) and the Acacia Medical Mission (a low income, gap clinical service) which are both within the Healthcare, Innovations and Sciences Centre. Jennifer assisted with the landmark publication Feasibility and Proposed Training Pathway for Austere Application of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta with her widely adopted perfused human specimen model for procedural training. She is passionate about her work in research and emergency medicine as well as additionally maintains her Paramedic and Firefighting certifications.

Lisa Birkinbine NRP, MBA HCM

Lisa Birkinbine is a nationally registered paramedic currently serving at MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service over their continuing education programs. She serves as the Region 3 EMSC Chairperson and has been involved with EMSC for several years prior to taking the chairperson position. Lisa not only teaches but also serves as the hospital liaison for feedback to the MetroAtlanta crews to help close the care continuum.

Dr. James “Eddie” Black

Dr. James “Eddie” Black is an emergency medicine physician in Albany, Georgia. and is the medical director for emergency medicine at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. Black graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School and went on to earn his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also completed his medical residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa and completed a fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His resume also includes time in the U.S. Navy, during which he served as a flight surgeon.

Scotty Bolleter, BS, EMT-P

Scott Bolleter, or “Scotty” as he is known to his friends and colleagues, is a respected clinician, inventor, and lecturer. He is best known in medicine for his clinical candor, scientific contributions, and inspiring talks. He is Chair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences just outside of San Antonio, Texas. His work at the Centre includes multi-specialty training, research and development, as well as clinical oversight.

Scotty has been involved in emergency medicine for over 35 years. What you may not know is that his name appears on nearly 30 patents in emergent, oncologic, and orthopedic medicine. This most recently includes the Simplified Pneumothorax Emergency Air Release decompression needle system and the Bougie Aided Cricothyrotomy device. He was also on the EZ-IO and OnControl design teams, directed global education, coordinated research, and assisted with regulatory clearances for the VidaCare Corporation, which was sold to Teleflex in late 2013.

Scotty’s reputation has been centered on the advancement of emergency medicine and human compassion. His work has taken him throughout the United States and around the world with an extensive list of presentations, research, publication and accomplishments found in magazines, journals, textbooks and video programs.

Russ Brown, A.A.S NRP

Russ Brown is a paramedic and EMS field training officer for Southlake Fire Department in Southlake, Texas. He has been a contributing writer for EMS World Magazine as well as a writer for the Medutopia medical education blog. A passionate medical educator, he frequently lectures at regional and state EMS conferences around the country. He is also the founder and lead instructor for Med Inspired LLC and the creator and host of the Med Inspired podcast.

Norma Campbell, NRP

Norma Campbell is a project director at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS for the Emergency Medical Services for Children program. In this position, she assists in the coordination of the activities for the Georgia EMS for Children (EMSC), whose mission reduces morbidity and mortality. Her focus is to be better prepared for children’s emergencies in EMS, hospitals, and emergency preparedness for all children regardless of location, race, creed, or economic status throughout the state of Georgia. Campbell is also the principal investigator for the Human Resources and Services Administration State Partnership grant. She partners with the University of Utah at the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center to coordinate the readiness assessment for EMS and hospital emergency departments. Norma previously served as the education coordinator for DeKalb Fire Rescue. In that capacity, she provided direction and oversight for all initial EMS education, continuing medical education activities, and the field training of recruits and newly certified medics of her department. Since November 2011, Norma has been active in the Georgia EMSC program serving as a regional chair until her appointment as the program director.

James Colquitt, PhD, RRT-ACCS, EMT, CHSE, CHSOS

Dr. James Colquitt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from Georgia State University in Atlanta, his Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Georgia College in Milledgeville, and his PhD in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is an ATLS Educator and Course Coordinator. Dr. Colquitt is also an EMT and an EMS Educator. He has worked in critical care, emergency medicine, and trauma care for 20 years. Dr. Colquitt currently serves as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Medical Simulationist at Mercer University School of Medicine, in Macon, Ga.

Captain Scott Dakin

Captain Scott Dakin works at Barrow County Emergency Services and Critical Incident Consulting, is Northeast GA CISM Team Leader and an Internationally Certified Instructor of CISM, has 26 years in Fire/EMS, and has 15 Years CISM Experience.

Rommie L. Duckworth, BS, LP

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with 30 years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. Rom is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, founder and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, and an emergency services leader, advocate, and educator for programs around the world.

Captain Marty Garner

Captain Marty Garner is EMS Operations Officer at Barrow County Emergency Services, a Northeast GA CISM Team Fire/EMS Leader, has 38 years in Fire/EMS, and has 26 Years CISM Experience.

Kelly Grayson

Kelly Grayson has been a Critical Care Paramedic and EMS Educator for 25 years. He teaches extensively in the “alphabet soup” disciplines such as ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS, PEPP, GEMS, AMLS, etc., and has taught and administered all levels of EMT courses, from First Responder through Paramedic. Kelly is president of the Louisiana Association of EMS Educators and a board member of the LA Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He currently works as a critical care paramedic for Acadian Ambulance in southwest Louisiana, and is the owner and founder of MEDIC Training Solutions. He is an award-winning columnist for and EMS World Magazine. His books, En Route and On Scene, are available through Amazon and booksellers nationwide.

Jonathan Johnson

Jon has over 20 years serving the EMS community. He holds a Paramedic Diploma from Louisiana Technical College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. His current role, Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, provides him the opportunity to interface with a multitude of different agencies that transport pediatric patients in to the two Pediatric Trauma Centers in the Atlanta area. Jon has also served as a commissioner for the Louisiana EMS Certification Commission, is an author and contributor for the Transport Provider Advanced Trauma Course and the Air and Surface Patient Transport: Principles and Practices book.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson joined the Fire/EMS industry in 1983 with DeKalb County Fire Rescue as a paramedic and going through their fire recruit school that same year. While at DeKalb Fire, he helped create such programs as the Bike Team for special events, the Task Force quick response program, and disaster medical assistance team for CHOA / Egleston Hospital. After 26 years of service, he retired in 2009 as a Captain and served in many capacities throughout his career there. After retiring from DeKalb, Kevin moved to be Chief of EMS in Newton County for six years and later worked in the private EMS service industry. He has since joined the Hall County Fire Services as the Chief of Training in Gainesville, Ga. He holds an Associate’s degree in EMS, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership. Kevin is a level III EMS instructor as well.

Tina Johnson

Tina Johnson has been a nurse for 27 years in the Emergency Department and the Air and Ground Transport arena caring for patients from the neonatal period through geriatrics. During this time, she has maintained a clinical role while working as a manager, director, and risk focused administrator. Her diversity allows for a robust clinical and administrative knowledge base in several areas of healthcare.

David Newton, DrPH(c), MPH, NRP

David Newton has been a nationally registered paramedic for 20 years, and has worked in both hospital and prehospital settings. He taught in EMS initial education programs for over 14 years, and in July of 2017 became the Cardiac Care Registrar for the Georgia Department of Public Health. David’s specific interest is using an evidence-based approach to advance Georgia’s EMS system, from initial education all the way to field providers and their integration with trauma, stroke and cardiac care systems. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Georgia in 2009, and he is currently in candidacy for the Doctor of Public Health degree, also at UGA. His dissertation focuses on examining the EMS workforce in Georgia, specifically on those medics who do not work for an EMS agency, their reasons for leaving the profession, and their likelihood of returning. In 2017, David was awarded Best Oral Presentation and Best Research at the NAEMSE Annual Symposium for his research into the benefits of cardiac patient encounters on paramedic student exam performance.

Dr. John Pettini

Dr. Pettini is an EM Physician who started his career in EMS 40 years ago as a volunteer EMT, then paramedic and RN before entering medical school and an emergency medicine residency. His interest is improving prehospital hemostatic resuscitation and is the inventor of the Quantum Blood and Fluid Warmer. He was the PI for the development of the Quantum sponsored by the US Department of Defense from concept through FDA clearance, and is the Chief Medical Officer for Life Warmer.

Bernie Restrepo

Bernie Restrepo has been a paramedic for over 20 years and began his prehospital care in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic attached to an Airborne Division. He has worked in both Critical Care Hospitals, Acute Care Facilities, and the prehospital settings serving as patient care provider and EMS director. He began teaching in 1998 where he served as clinical and skills instructor. He later earned his EMS Level II and Level III State of Georgia EMS Paramedic Instructor as he continued serving as adjunct faculty and course coordinators. Currently, he serving as the Region 9 EMS Training Coordinator.

Lori Sizer, EMT-P

Licensed in EMS since 1992, Lori Sizer became an EMT the month after she graduated high school. She delivers continuing education classes for EMS, hospital, and fire personnel, as well as law enforcement. Lori has taught full-time as a training officer for St. Charles County Ambulance District in Missouri. She has worked as a CNA, Med/Surg Unit Secretary, Patient Care Technician for Hemodialysis, ED, EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic, lead paramedic, acting EMS supervisor, and training officer. Lori continues to serve as a full-time platoon paramedic and loves to help others learn.

Kristal Smith, BS, NRP, EMS Level III Instructor

Kristal Smith is the Trauma Services Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for the Medical Center Navicent Health. She is an EMS educator and paramedic with over 21 years of diversified service in the EMS profession. Kristal is a member of Central Georgia’s Region 5 EMS Council, the Region 5 Regional Trauma Advisory Committee, and Region 5 EMS for Children. She is a long-standing member of the injury prevention community having developed and implemented a variety of educational programs targeting front-line responders and community members in collaboration with area public service and healthcare agencies.

Angie Stewart, NRP

Angie Stewart has been involved in EMS for 26 years, working both in the Upstate and Lowcountry of South Carolina. Having been diagnosed with PTSD, she is using her experience as an educator and her personal journey, added with unique and creative ways to get the message of courage and hope of a better life, to other providers. Serving as a coordinator for the SC First Responder Assistance and Support Team, she has been given opportunities to reach many individuals and empower them to incorporate skills into their daily lives to make measurable changes.

Janet Taylor

Before beginning as a flight nurse, Janet worked in various departments throughout the hospital gaining knowledge and experience in ICU, obstetrics, and ER. Janet has been a flight nurse since 2004 and works full-time for Life flight Eagle out of Kansas City. In addition to flying, she enjoys teaching part time for EMS conferences across the country and for local paramedic programs. She also writes modules for CareerCert and works on the National Medical Advisory Board.

The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.

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