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Board Members

Thomas Allenstein, RN (Chair)
Seat 18: Air Medical EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport

Mr. Allenstein joins the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services after serving on the Ohio Medical Transportation Board since 2007. Tom is the Chief Operating Officer for MedFlight of Ohio.

Tom began his career in air medical transport in 1985 when he was involved in the start-up of a flight program in Idaho Falls, ID. He later moved back to his native Minnesota and worked for the Mayo Clinic for 17 years before taking on his current role at MedFlight in 2004.

In addition to his duties at MedFlight, Tom is also a site surveyor with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services and is a Regent with the Medical Transport Leadership Institute. Tom previously served as president of the Ohio Association of Critical Transport and was on the Association of Air Medical Transport Board of Directors for six years.

Thomas Allenstein
Dudley H.A. Wright II (Vice Chair)
Seat 6: Paid Fire Chief
Nominated by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

Dudley Wright is the Chief of the Monroe Township Fire Department. He has also served as a supervisor with the Mifflin Township Fire Department (Franklin County) and as the chief of the Granville Fire Department.

Dudley has more than 20 years of experience as a firefighter and paramedic. He is also certified as a Fire Safety Inspector and a Firefighter Instructor. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program.

Prior to appointment to the board, he served as the vice-chair of the Firefighter and Fire Instructor Training Sub-committee and was involved in the EMS Incident Reporting System. He currently serves on the NFPA Technical Committee on Firefighter Professional Qualifications.

Dudley is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and the Central Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Dudley H.A. Wright
Kent Appelhans
Seat 16: Owner/Operator of Private EMS Service
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Kent Appelhans has 23 years of experience in the fire and EMS services. He began his career at the Pemberville Freedom Fire Department in 1990 as a firefighter and obtained his paramedic certification at Providence Hospital in 1992. He remains a part-time volunteer firefighter and paramedic for that service.

Since 1992, Kent has also worked for Mercy LifeStar Ambulance based out of Toledo, Ohio. During his 21 years there, he has spent 15 years in various management positions within the company and is currently director of the service.

Kent is actively involved with the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association and was a recent board member on the Ohio Medical Transportation Board.

Kent Appelhans
Karen Beavers
Seat 13: EMS Provider (EMTs or Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Emergency Medical Services

Karen Beavers has been an active member of the Ohio Association of Emergency Medical Services for 35 years. She has been the OAEMS President since 1997. She became involved in Emergency Medical Services in 1977 as an EMT basic and became a paramedic in 1978. She is also an EMS continuing education instructor.

Karen works as a paramedic for OH-5 DMAT and the American Power Boat Association Region 6 Rescue Team. She is a trainer for the National Disaster Medical System in the Joint Patient Tracking program and the Disaster Medical Information System.

Karen Beavers
Beth Calcidise
Seat 17: EMS Provider (Mobile Intensive Care Unit Transportation)
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport

Beth Calcidise, BSN, RN Director of CareFlight Air and Mobile Services Premier Health. Beth Calcidise was appointed to the State Board of Emergency, Medical, Fire and Transportation Services on December 28, 2015. Beth is the Director of CareFlight Air and Mobile Services and System Transportation.

Beth began her career in nursing in 1987, with the focus on critical care nursing. In 2003, Beth became a crew member of CareFlight Air and Mobile Services. In 2007, she promoted to the Program Outreach Manager, in 2009 promoted to the Program Manager and most recent now the Director of CareFlight Air and Mobile Services.

In addition to her duties at CareFlight, Beth is a member of the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport and has served on many hospital committees and recently presented a poster presentation at the National Critical Care Conference on "Dual Patient Transport from a Scene by a HEMS Program".

Beth Calcidise
James E. Davis
Seat 9: EMS Provider (EMTs and Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters

Jim Davis is battalion chief with the Columbus Fire Department and has served as an EMS supervisor for over 20 years. Jim is a rotor-wing flight nurse with Med-flight of Ohio/Grant Life-flight and an adjunct faculty member of the Columbus State Community College Paramedic Program.

He received his paramedic certification in 1984. He received his Associates of Applied Science in EMS in 1994 and his Associates of Applied Science in Nursing in 1996, both from the Columbus State Community College. Mr. Davis received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1998 from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 2005.

He is a member of the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters and on the City of Westerville Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. In 2010 and 2011, Jim served as the Ohio EMS Board Chair.

James Davis
Herb de la Porte
Seat 14: EMS Provider
Nominated by Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Herb de la Porte is the Vice President for LifeCare Ambulance. He began his career in Emergency Medical Services as a volunteer EMT for Eaton Township before founding LifeCare Ambulance in 1986.  LifeCare Ambulance has provided primary 911 coverage for a population of around 150,000 in Lorain County as well as ambulance and ambulette transportation.

In 2002, Herb founded the LifeCare Training Academy and currently is on its board of trustees.  LifeCare Training Academy is a nationally accredited training center for all EMS Certifications.  LifeCare Training Academy provides first responder training, continuing education and refresher courses to area healthcare providers and safety forces as well as EMS.

Prior to his appointment to the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services, Herb has served on the Ohio Medical Transportation Board, the Ohio Trauma Committee and a number of state level sub-committees.

Herb de la Porte
Geoffrey J. Dutton
Seat 20: ODPS Appointment
Appointed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Office of the Director

Geoff Dutton is the Executive Director of Private Investigator Security Guard Services, which licenses and regulates security and private investigation companies and was appointed to the EMS Board in 2011.

Geoff most recently served as a process-improvement and special projects leader for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and previously served as the media relations director of the Department. Geoff has served as a deputy inspector general, investigating waste, fraud, and abuse in state agencies with the Ohio Inspector General’s Office. Prior to his state service, he worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years in Florida and Ohio, most recently at The Columbus Dispatch. He received his Bachelor degree in journalism from Ohio University.

Geoffrey J. Dutton
Deanna L. Harris, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT-B
Seat 11: EMS Provider (EMTs and Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio State Firefighters Association

Ms. Harris began her career as a volunteer firefighter in Medina County in 1986. She earned a BSN from the University of Akron in 1992, obtaining extensive experience in emergency and critical care nursing. Using this expertise, she worked for two law firms as a legal nurse consultant. Since 2004, she has been employed as a flight nurse specialist with Cleveland Metro Life Flight. While at Metro-Health, she developed an interest in injury prevention and is widely noted as a resource on this topic.

Ms. Harris is an active member of Lake, Lorain and Medina counties’ Safe Communities programs. She is an EMS continuing education instructor and teaches EMT-Basic students at the Medina County Career Center. She has lectured on the national, state and local levels.

Deanna Harris
M. Steven Jones
Seat 4: Hospital Administrator
Nominated by the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association

M. Steven Jones is president of University Hospitals Conneaut, Geauga and Geneva Medical Centers.

Mr. Jones graduated from California State University in Sacramento with his master’s in social work. He attended California State University in Northridge graduating with a bachelor’s degree and is a licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist in California.

Mr. Jones worked for Hospital Home Health Care Agency in Torrance, California, and then accepted a position as executive director of clinical services at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. He also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Southern California and California State University in Long Beach. From there, he had an opportunity to serve as service line administrator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was responsible for several service lines including the Neurosurgical, Spine, Orthopedic, Urology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Institutes, and several other surgical programs. Shortly thereafter he accepted the position of vice president and chief operating officer at UH Geauga Medical Center in Chardon, Ohio. After three years at UH Geauga Medical Center, he was appointed president. In January 2013, he was appointed president of UH Conneaut, Geauga and Geneva Medical Centers. 

He is also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and is currently serving as a board member for United Way of Geauga County, Leadership Geauga and Centers for Dialysis Care. Mr. Jones lives in Bainbridge Township with his wife Joyce. He has three married children and seven grandchildren.

M. Steven Jones
Susan Kearns MSN, RN, NRP
Seat 8: EMS Instructor
Nominated by the Ohio EMS Instructor Coordinator Society

Susan Kearns is the Emergency Medical Services Program Director for Youngstown State University since 2010. She began her career in emergency medical services in 1986 and worked for Gold Cross Ambulance and Rural Metro Ambulance in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties. Susan earned her Associate Degree in EMS from Youngstown State University in 1990, her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Kent State University in 2000 and her Masters in Nursing in 2008 from the University of South Alabama with a dual track in Nursing Education and Adult Nursing. As a registered nurse, Susan has extensive experience as a cardiac care nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio and intensive care and emergency care at the Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio. In 2001, she began a career as a nurse educator at Stark State College of Technology where she served as a clinical instructor advancing to full time faculty in 2008 where her focus was critical care. Susan helped develop the Paramedic to RN transition program in 2009 and instructed the first cohort of paramedics transitioning in 2010.

Currently she has come full circle back to Youngstown State University and serves as the program director for Emergency Medical Services. She is a State of Ohio Instructor Trainer, and teaches in all levels of the EMS program for Youngstown State University.

Susan Kearns
Philip D. Koster
Seat 15: EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Mr. Phil Koster is currently the Vice President of Operations of MedCare Ambulance based in Columbus and remains a practicing Nationally Registered Paramedic. Phil has been a member of the Medical Transportation Committee before being selected to serve on the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services.

Phil began his career as an ambulette driver before advancing to an EMT and ultimately as a paramedic in a mixed 911 and non-emergency setting. In addition to his EMS experience, Phil has functioned as a firefighter, hazardous materials technician, tactical EMS provider, FEMA response leader, and an EMS instructor. Phil has an Associate’s degree in EMS from Davenport University along with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Prior to his role at MedCare Ambulance, he was the Director of Operations for Community Ambulance in Zanesville, Ohio. Phil worked for AMR for many years prior to coming to Ohio and is trained in Six Sigma and LEAN process improvements. He is a member of the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association along with other EMS associations.

Philip Koster
Mark N. Resanovich
Seat 12: EMS Provider (Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio State Firefighters Association

Mark Resanovich has been with the city of Green Fire Division since 1983 and currently serves as captain and shift commander. He is the EMS coordinator at Aultman Hospital.

Mark has been a member of the State Board of Emergency Medical Services since 1997, served as board chairman, and currently chairs the Homeland Security Committee and Tactical EMS (TEMS) workgroup.

Mark N. Resanovich
Julie Rose
Seat 19: Ambulette
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Julie Rose is the founding and current chief executive of Community Care Ambulance (CCA), a not-for-profit, northeast Ohio regional EMS and Medical Transportation organization. Prior to founding CCA, Julie established a decade of healthcare administration experience as the director of Ashtabula Community Health Services (the parent organization to Ashtabula County Medical Center), and its philanthropic foundation. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration as well as certifications in strategic planning, Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ambulance service management, Leadership Ashtabula, and Emergenetics.

Since 1994 when she joined CCA, Julie and her team have built an organization that was recognized as Best of the County in 2011 through fulfillment of their mission – to provide high-quality healthcare services to the communities we serve resulting in superior satisfaction. Answering to the CCA Board, Julie ensures that the organization’s team members exceed customer service expectations, offer exemplary clinical services and that the organization maintains the financial integrity and structure necessary to result in long-term efficiency and cutting-edge effectiveness.

Julie is a national EMS leader who serves as an American Ambulance Association board member for Region 3. She is also president of the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association. Julie, although not currently certified, earned her EMT certification in 1995. Locally, she is a member of a Paramedic Advisory Council as well as serving with several community organizations including the American Heart Association Heart Walk Executive Teams.

Julie Rose
Dr. Hamilton P. Schwartz, MD, MEd, FAAP, FACEP
Seat 3: ER Pediatrician
Nominated by the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified physician in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s where he has worked for 15 years.

He previously spent two terms as the governor-appointed physician to the Ohio Medical Transportation Board. He is pediatric medical director of the Cincinnati Fire Department and medical director of the Cincinnati Children’s Critical Care Transport Team.

Dr. Schwartz represents the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Board. He lives in Cincinnati with his physician wife and two children.

Hamilton P. Schwartz
George B. Snyder, BCJ, OFC, NRP, CHEP
Seat 7
Nominated by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

Chief George Snyder has been a member of the public safety community for over 27 years. He started his career in 1989 with the Burghill Vernon Fire Department in Trumbull County, Ohio. He is presently the chief of his department, a position held since 2012. He became an EMT in 1991, and in 1997, graduated from the second paramedic class of the Institute for Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, and over the course of his career has worked at several local fire and EMS agencies. Along with being a firefighter, he is a Nationally Registered Paramedic credentialed in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, a certified fire safety inspector, a certified fire service instructor, a fire investigator, and an EMS instructor. A magna cum laude graduate of Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, he holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and has earned several academic honors as well as being a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma honorary and has earned the Gold Key from Lambda Alpha Epsilon. He is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional, credentialed by the Board of Certified Hazard Control Management, and at the time of his appointment to the Board, is one of only 54 fire chiefs in Ohio who has earned the Ohio Fire Chief (OFC) credential, bestowed by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Aside from his fire and EMS service in the fire department, Chief Snyder worked eight years as a critical care paramedic for the Mobile Intensive Care Unit at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio before accepting the position of Director and Lead Instructor for the Institute for Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 2006. Chief Snyder also held the positions of EMS Coordinator, Emergency Management Coordinator, and Environmental Safety Officer for Trumbull Memorial Hospital. He chaired and was a member of several committees both inside and outside of the hospital setting committed to improving patient care and safety, is a past Advisory Board member for the Trumbull County Medical Reserve Corps, and was a hospital representative to the Trumbull County Local Emergency Planning Committee. He is still actively involved in regional disaster planning management having previously worked on several regional exercise design teams with the Northeast Central Ohio (NECO) Disaster Planning Consortium and serving as a Senior Exercise Controller for functional and full-scale exercises. George also worked for nearly sixteen years as a police officer at various local agencies. He is a member of the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, as well as being a member of the National Association of EMS Educators. He currently serves as a member of the Trumbull County Special Operations Group Advisory Board, and is a reorganizational founder and discipline lead for the Trumbull County Critical Incident Management Team. Along with presenting continuing education courses in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, he has presented at several symposia as well as a speaker’s panel for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and remains the director for the continuing education center at his fire department.

Chief George B. Snyder
Thomas A. Tallman, D.O. FACEP
Seat 1: ER Physician
Nominated by the Ohio Osteopathic Association and Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Dr. Thomas A. Tallman, earned his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed emergency medicine residency and additional specialty training in the U.S. Navy. His interests include emergency medicine, emergency preparedness and disaster medicine, EMS, operational medicine and tactical EMS, event medicine, hospital rapid response and education.

Dr. Tallman currently serves as Medical Director for Cleveland Clinic Office of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Medicine and as Medical Director for Cleveland Clinic Event Medicine, providing medical support for spectators attending stadium/arena professional sporting and concert events in Cleveland. He directs main campus Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and the Physical Diagnosis Course for first and second year students of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). Dr. Tallman also leads the Emergency Preparedness and Environment of Care committees at main campus.

Dr. Tallman previously served as chairman of Cleveland Clinic Critical Response Committee, directing all main campus emergency response teams and coordinating enterprise team development; as Education Director for Cleveland Clinic Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training; and as main campus EMS Director.

A board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Tallman serves on the Board of Directors, Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and as Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). He was appointed to Ohio State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services in 2013.

Dr. Tallman has published a number of articles and abstracts on topics such as heart failure, non-invasive ventilation, upper respiratory infections, biological threats, hospital emergency response teams, and event medicine.

Thomas A. Tallman

State Medical Director

Carol A. Cunningham, M.D., FAAEM, FAEMS

Dr. Carol Cunningham was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS in July 2004 and is a board certified emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is the EMS Medical Director representative on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) and serves on the Ohio Medical Coordination Plan Committee.

Dr. Cunningham received her medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. She has seven years of experience as a flight physician, eleven years of experience as a tactical EMS medical director, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the Academy of Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Cunningham completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s James Keaney Leadership Award.

In addition to her continued duties as an oral board examiner, Dr. Cunningham was appointed to the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) EMS Examination Committee in 2014 after 4 years of service as an item writer on the historic ABEM EMS Examination Task Force. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of EMS (JEMS), a contributing editor for the EMS Insider, and has served on several committees and panels at the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Cunningham is the co-principal investigator for the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project and served as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee of the NEMSAC and the EMS Program Steering Committee of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors. She continues to serve on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group, the EMS Support Team of the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Integration Center Strategic Resource Group, and the Board of Directors of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

Carol A. Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer

Melvin R. House
Executive Director, Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Executive Director Mel House began his 31-year fire service career with the Wickliffe Fire Department (Lake County) in 1974. He worked for the Willoughby Fire Department for 26 years, the last 12 as fire chief, retiring in 2005. He served on the board of directors of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association from 1995 - 2005, including a term as president in 2004 - 2005. He was a member of the Northeastern Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and Lake County Fire Chiefs Association, serving as president of both organizations. He also was a member of the NFPA North-central Regional Fire Code Development Committee from 1998 - 2005, the Lake County United Way Board of Directors (1995 - 2005) and the Salvation Army Advisory Board (1998 - 2005). He served as adjunct faculty at Lakeland Community College, teaching courses in fire science for 16 years.

Mel began his state service with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, serving as the operations director from 2005 - 2013. As operations director he was responsible for state all-hazard planning, training and exercises, as well as coordination of the state emergency operations center. He also served as co-chair of the State Emergency Response Commission.

Mel attended Cleveland State University (management and labor relations) and Lakeland Community College (fire science) and is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Lake County.

Currently Mr. House serves as the Ohio Department of Public Safety representative to the State Fire Council.

Melvin R. House
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Ohio Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Medical Services
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

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Ohio Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Medical Services
PO Box 182073
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073

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