Dudley H.A. Wright II (Chair)
Seat 6: Paid Fire Chief
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.
Kent Appelhans (Vice Chair)
Seat 16: Owner/Operator of Private EMS Service
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.
Thomas A. Tallman, D.O. FACEP
Seat 1: ER Physician
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.
Richard L. George, MD, MSPH, FACS
Seat 2: Trauma Surgeon
Dr. Hamilton P. Schwartz, MD, MEd, FAAP, FACEP
Seat 3: ER Pediatrician
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.
Glen Tinkoff, MD, FACS, FCCM
Seat 4: Hospital Administrator
Glen Tinkoff, MD, FACS, FCCM is currently the Division and System Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, a regional health care system serving northeast Ohio. Dr. Tinkoff has an appointment as a clinical professor of surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed fellowships in surgical critical care at State University of New York at Stony Brook and trauma research at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. After fellowship, he was recruited in 1992 to Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware as the trauma medical director of the Level 1 trauma center at Christiana Hospital. He served in this position until he was appointed Vice Chair of Surgery in 2006. He also served as the Delaware Division of Public Health's medical advisor to the State trauma system for 16 years and was a member of the Delaware EMS Oversight committee.
Dr. Tinkoff served nearly two decades on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT) and is a senior site reviewer for ACSCOT's trauma center Consultation and Verification program. He also currently chairs the Trauma Prevention Coalition which represents the major professional trauma organizations through promoting collaborative efforts and developing effective strategies in injury and violence prevention. For these efforts, Dr. Tinkoff was awarded the National Safety Council's Surgeon's Award for Service to Safety in 2014. He also has numerous peer reviewed publications and invited lectures on clinical issues in acute care surgery, trauma center and systems administration and management, and injury prevention and control.
Seat 5: Trauma Program Manager
Jason Walsh is the director of Business Operations and Development at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, helping to coordinate efforts for the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Walsh also serves as the administrator for Ohio State's Center for Emergency Medical Services, collaborating with local EMS providers to coordinate efforts related to EMS education, research and clinical operations.
Walsh has worked in emergency services for more than 15 years. During that time he gained extensive experience in organizational and community disaster preparedness, operated an academic high-acuity Emergency Department and grew Ohio State's Emergency Services program to include observation medicine, a vascular access team, a hospital emergency response team, and inpatient transportation. His leadership efforts earned him a nomination as the 2015 Health Care Heroes Manager of the Year.
Walsh earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Kent State University in 2001. He earned a Master's Degree in business administration from the Fisher College of Business in 2011. Walsh has contributed to various publications, including Aligning Facility Changes to Modernize and Improve Emergency Department Care, featured in Emergency Medicine Investigations 2017. He also serves as a guest lecturer for The Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing at The Ohio State University.
Walsh lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter. When not engaged in his professional aspirations, he enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with family.
George B. Snyder, BCJ, OFC, NRP, CHEP
Seat 7: Volunteer Fire Chief
Chief George Snyder has been a member of the public safety community for over 29 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 also holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Public Management, earned from Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, where he became a member of The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Alpha Alpha as well as earning the Graduate Key from Lambda Alpha Epsilon. He is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional, credentialed by the Board of Certified Hazard Control Management, and is one of only less than 100 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. Chief Snyder 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 the chair of the Trumbull County Special Operations Group Advisory Board and was 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. He is adjunct faculty at Kent State University’s Trumbull Regional Campus, and remains the director for the continuing education center at his fire department.
Susan Kearns MSN, RN, NRP
Seat 8: EMS Instructor
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.
Seat 9: EMS Provider
Deputy Chief Patrick Ferguson has been involved in the Fire and EMS service for 28 years with the last 26 as a firefighter with the City of Columbus. He currently is serving the citizens of Columbus as the Deputy Chief of the Training Bureau and EMS. His family has been involved in public service for many years. His father was a police officer and volunteer firefighter for many years. His brother currently serves the citizens of Columbus as an EMS supervisor and his son is currently in the recruit academy for the City of Columbus.
Deputy Chief Ferguson attended the University of Cincinnati obtaining his Bachelors degree in Fire Science. Chief Ferguson continued his education at the National Fire Academy and received his Executive Fire Officers certificate in 2016.
Deputy Chief Ferguson is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, EMT, Fire Instructor and Fire Safety Inspector. Chief Ferguson was previously a BLS Instructor and taught many classes of CPR to his community. He is a proud member of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF) and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 67. He was nominated and represents the OAPFF.
Seat 10: EMS Provider
Captain Kevin Uhl has over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services. He is currently a firefighter/paramedic and serves as the Captain of EMS Operations for the City of Cincinnati where he has worked since 1999. He comes from a family of proud public servants, including active and retired members from the fields of police, fire, and EMS.
Captain Uhl attended the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati, with concentrated study in Pre-Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Prior to his career with the Cincinnati Fire Department, Captain Uhl previously worked with Springfield Township Fire Department [Ohio], Sycamore Township Fire Department [Ohio], and University of Dayton EMS. He also has adjunct faculty associations with The University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Middletown Regional Hospital (currently Atrium Medical Center), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Jewish Hospital.
Captain Uhl is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, Paramedic, EMS Instructor, and Fire Safety Inspector. He also is a BLS/ACLS instructor with the American Heart Association. Captain Uhl is a member of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF). He was nominated and represents the OAPFF.
Deanna L. Harris, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT-B
Seat 11: EMS Provider (EMTs and Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
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.
Mark N. Resanovich
Seat 12: EMS Provider (Paramedic)
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.
Seat 13: EMS Provider (EMTs or Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
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.
Herb de la Porte
Seat 14: EMS Provider
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.
Seat 15: EMS Provider
David DeVore is the Vice President of Med-Trans, Inc. in Springfield. David started his career in public safety while still in high school, as a member of the Enon-Mad River Twp. (Clark County) Fire Department. David's initial fire training was completed in 1984 and obtained his EMT Certification the following year.
While maintaining his service with Mad River Township, he began his employment with Med-Trans, Inc. David earned his Paramedic Certificate in 1988 and at different times, served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant and Assistant EMS Chief with Mad River Twp. He left the Fire Department in 2013 after many years of service. During his tenure at Med-Trans, David has worked as an EMT, Paramedic, Dispatcher and has spent the last 20 years in different management positions including Vice President since 2003.
David is involved with the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association and is honored to be appointed to the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services (EMFTS).
Seat 17: Third-service EMS agency
Aaron Jennings currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Administration at Delaware County EMS and was appointed to the board in 2018. Shortly after graduating high school, Chief Jennings began his career in public safety as a firefighter with the BST&G Fire Department, in Sunbury, Ohio. Aaron continued to gain experience in public safety as a dispatcher with the Delaware City Police Department and later as a Communications Specialist with MedFlight.
In 2002 the Delaware City Fire Department hired Mr. Jennings, where he served in many roles including fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, training, risk reduction, fire investigations, and in August of 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In addition to his experience in the fire service, Aaron served as a Flight Paramedic and Education Coordinator for MedFlight. In May of 2015, Aaron joined the Senior Command Staff of Delaware County EMS. Initially as the Administrative Captain and then promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. At this time he became involved with the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association (OEMSCA).
Assistant Chief Jennings is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, Paramedic, EMS Instructor, and Fire Inspector. He also has earned the Critical Care Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C) through the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC).
Seat 18: EMS Provider (Mobile Intensive Care Unit Transportation)
Ruda Jenkins MBA, BSN, RN, CMTE, CFRN is the Clinical manager of UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care, where she manages the daily clinical and operational aspects of Helicopter EMS, Critical Care ground and ALS, BLS level medical transports at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Ruda has held this position since 2004.
Ruda has worked with other reputable air medical service in Kentucky before moving to Ohio and taking a position with Air Care & Mobile Care first as a flight nurse and then as clinical manager. With her extensive work in the medical transport industry, Ruda has held the position of President of the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport, Ohio Chapter of AAMS, been actively involved in air medical and ground medial transport regulations and supports clinical and operational excellence in collaboration with other medical transport services in the Tri-State area. She is honored to be appointed to the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services (EMFATS) representing critical care ground services in Ohio.
Ruda is the mother of two very active children and loves to cook, travel and taking her children to youth sporting events.
Thomas Allenstein, RN
Seat 19: Air Medical EMS Provider
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.
Seat 20: Ambulette
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.
Geoffrey J. Dutton
Seat 21: ODPS Appointment
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.
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