Peter Antevy, MD
Dr. Peter Antevy, innovator of the Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System, is a nationally recognized lecturer and expert in the field of pre-hospital pediatrics. He is extremely passionate about improving both adult and pediatric pre-hospital care and evaluating and improving upon currently accepted medical practice. Dr. Antevy received his medical degree from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in 1999 and then continued on to complete his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He then achieved a subspecialty degree in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh before returning back to Florida where he has been a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital since 2005. Dr. Antevy also currently serves as the EMS Medical Director for Davie Fire-Rescue, Coral Springs Fire Department, Southwest Ranches Fire Rescue and American Ambulance, and is the Associate Medical Director for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Miramar Fire Rescue and Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue. Peter currently serves as the President of the Greater Broward EMS Medical Directors’ Association, an organization whose providers serve the 1.5 million residents of Broward County, Florida. For his efforts, Dr. Antevy was awarded the prestigious Raymond H. Alexander EMS Medical Director of the Year Award in 2014. He also was honored as one of the 2015 Top Ten Innovators in EMS by JEMS.
Mary Kay Ballasiotes
Over the past 14 years, Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been recognized as a leading advocate for pediatric stroke. Her daughter Michelle, who suffered a stroke before birth, has been the inspiration for her passion. Mary Kay has worked with pediatric neurologists, physiatrists, therapists, healthcare providers and families to advance awareness, education and research for pediatric stroke on a global level. Her organization, International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke, includes five leading pediatric neurologists on the Board. Over the years, Mary Kay has given presentations and webinars at hospitals, the American Heart Association events and the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative. In 2014 Mary Kay co-produced a video series and pediatric stroke fact sheet with the American Heart Association. Last year she worked with the UNC Comprehensive Stroke Center in Chapel Hill to produce three informational pediatric stroke deliverables specifically for healthcare providers and families.
Chad began his passion for EMS in 2001 as an Explorer with Greenville County EMS. After graduating High School in 2005, he went straight to Paramedic School while working at GCEMS. He obtained the rank of Field Training Officer while at GCEMS and fell in love with training and realized just how important it was. He has had the opportunity to attend various advanced classes such as the UMBC CCEMT-P program and the UNC Charlotte EMS Management Institute. He currently serve as the Captain of Education at Laurens County EMS as well as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Fountain Inn FD and Reserve Police Officer with the City of Fountain Inn.
Chief Scott Bolleter, BS, EMT-P
Chief Scott Bolleter, BS, EMT-P, known as Scotty to colleagues and friends, is a respected clinician and well known speaker. Scotty is best known in emergency medicine for his inspiring talks and clinical candor. Scotty is responsible for the Office of Clinical Direction and the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences in Spring Branch Texas. In total his efforts equate to managing the clinical aspects of BSBems operations and cEHS multidisciplinary interventions, education and research. Scotty has been involved in emergency medicine for over thirty years. What you may not know is that his name appears on numerous patents in emergent, oncologic and vertebral bone access and that he directed global education, coordinated research and assisted with regulatory clearance for a well-known medical device company which was sold to Teleflex in late 2013. Scotty’s resume additionally includes Director of Education and Flight Paramedic for San Antonio AirLIFE; Faculty and Assistant Program Director for Victoria College; Training Officer and Supervisor for Harlingen Community Emergency Care Foundation, as well as EMT & Paramedic for Aransas County EMS. Scotty’s reputation was established on the advancement of emergency medicine and compassionate care for those in need. His work has taken him across the US and around the world. Scotty’s publications, research, presentations and accomplishments are extensive with his efforts found in magazines, journals, textbooks and videos. Scotty has received numerous awards during his career; most notably the 2011 EMS Educator and 2000 EMS Person of the Year awards from the Texas Department of State Health Services; the 1999 Humanitarian Award from The EMS Associates of Utah; and 1992 Recognition by the Texas Commissioner of Health.
Kevin is the Clinical Education Coordinator for AirLink/VitaLink where he oversees the program’s research, education, and simulation lab. He’s a published author with over 120 publications including 8 peer-reviewed research articles, a nationally known presenter, serves on the EMSWorld Editorial Advisory board and is the president of the International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics.
Sarah M. Craig serves as the Director of Health System Innovation for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health. In this role, she provides targeted support to rural hospitals, emergency medical service (EMS) systems, and primary care providers in South Carolina. She is responsible for engaging the state’s 5 critical access hospitals in quality improvement activities/initiatives and for providing general technical assistance to the state’s rural hospitals and EMS agencies. In addition to these duties, Sarah is involved in the South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s Center for Practice Transformation (C4PT) team. The C4PT team is dedicated to providing technical assistance around practice improvement and practice transformation for Rural Health Clinics and other Primary Care Practices in the palmetto state. Prior to this position, Sarah held a graduate assistantship at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health. Her residency project revolved around the Abbeville Community Paramedic Pilot Program in Abbeville, South Carolina. During her residency, Sarah developed the first draft of the South Carolina Community Paramedic Blueprint.
Angie Colbert, NRP
Angie has been involved in EMS since 1992. Over the past 20 years as a medic, Angie has been actively involved in training on all levels. She started her career at Spartanburg EMS and served as a preceptor and shift training officer prior to leaving. She was a previous recipient of the Jack Niles Education Award. She also taught at Spartanburg Community College and assisted with the program development of the paramedic program. Now a paramedic in Beaufort County, she continues to instruct through Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Amy Edmunds is a globally recognized patient advocate for young adult stroke survivors under 65. Since 2014, she has served as the only American stroke survivor elected to the Board of Directors of the World Stroke Organization. After experiencing a cryptogenic stroke in 2002, she founded YoungStroke, Inc. in 2005 as an outcome of her graduate studies on this topic.
Robin Dawson Estrada, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Dr. Estrada is a board certified primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. Her research focuses on multi-level communication processes in healthcare access, delivery, and health outcomes, with a specific emphasis on rural health disparities. She is particularly interested in how technology-based approaches can be used to optimize health-related communication for vulnerable population groups. Her recent work includes an interagency collaboration to address carbon monoxide morbidity and mortality in South Carolina; exploring teacher and healthcare provider interactions in caring for children with attention disorders; and examining access barriers experienced by parents for their children with asthma.
G. Christopher Kelly Esq
G. Christopher Kelly Esq., is an attorney whose practice has focused on the ambulance industry for the past 12 years, during which time he has been the lead attorney for several cases that have changed the face of EMS reimbursement for the entire country. Chris writes the column Emergency 4*1*1 for EMS World magazine and sits on the magazine’s editorial advisory board. He is past adjunct instructor at Virginia College where his classes included Health Law and Ethics and Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration. He is currently working with Georgia Southern University on an executive MBA program for EMS Administrators. Chris has also co-authored two guide books on HIPAA for EMS and ambulance services. He has represented many ambulance services in Medicare audits and formal investigations, state licensing issues, contracting issues, overpayment appeals and numerous other EMS related issues. Chris represents clients in many states across the U.S. He is also a frequent contributor to EMS publications and a frequent lecturer at state and national EMS meetings.
Stephen M. Murphy BS, Paramedic
“Murph” has been a paramedic for over 35 years. His experience in the EMS community is extremely diverse. He has worked in both the rural and urban settings. He’s served as a flight paramedic in Colorado, an EMS supervisor and manager in the private ambulance sector, and as an EMS educator. He recently retired from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, where he worked as a Battalion Chief/Paramedic. He is also one of the primary partners in Murphee CME Inc., a medical education and consulting firm. He continues to serves as an American Heart Association Regional for ACLS – PALS & BLS. He has been actively involved in the continuing education of medical professionals, administrators, and other educators for the past thirty years, and has had the privilege of being invited to speak at many state, national and international EMS conferences.
Ryan S. Nix, BS, NRP
Ryan S. Nix currently serves as the Compliance Manager for DHEC Division of EMS and Trauma. Mr. Nix has over 20 years of experience in EMS in the state of South Carolina. He began his career as a volunteer driver for an upstate rescue squad in 1994. He became certified in SC as an EMT in 1996. In late 1997, he started working with Horry County EMS. In 1998 he became certified as a National Registered Paramedic. In 2001, Horry County EMS and Horry County Fire Department merged to form Horry County Fire Rescue. Mr. Nix volunteered to go through the first HCFR career firefighter recruit school and finished as valedictorian of his class. His first shift after recruit school is forever etched in his mind as it was September 11, 2001. He remained as a Firefighter/Paramedic with HCFR until accepting a job with Greenville County EMS in 2007. He served as a Paramedic/Field Training Officer with GCEMS until 2013 when a history of back problems forced him off the ambulance. In August 2014, he accepted his current position with DHEC. Mr. Nix grew up in Anderson County, SC and attended Wren High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Clemson University in 1994. He and his wife Stephanie have been married since 1996 and have three daughters, Noelle 17, Rebecca 14, and Emma 3. They currently reside in Easley.
Shayna has proudly served the public of Beaufort County South Carolina for the past 13 years, eight of those as a Tactical Paramedic. She also serves as a Cardiopulmonary Assistant at the Cochrane Heart Center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Shayna is also a lifelong enthusiast of Herpetology.
Dwight Polk is the Paramedic Program Director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, MD. Dwight has a Master's Degree in Occupational Social Work and is a Clinical Social Worker and Crisis Counselor for the Grassroots Crisis Center and two Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams in the Baltimore region. In addition to being a fulltime educator, Dwight is a national speaker on the EMS lecture circuit, specializing in the psychosocial aspects of EMS care. He is a volunteer paramedic in Maryland and is the co-author of two textbooks by Jones & Bartlett - “Prehospital Behavioral Emergencies and Crisis Response” and “Law Enforcement Responder: Principles of Emergency Medicine, Rescue, and Force Protection.” Dwight has written for JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), publishing several articles on mental disorders, and he has an interest in behavioral emergencies, suicide, and wellness issues.
Mitch has 36 years of emergency services experience. He is a past SC & National Paramedic of the Year. His specialty is extrication, with 28 years of instructing around the country. He has written articles on extrication for EMS World and Advanced Rescue Technology magazines. He has taught at fire departments, extrication schools, colleges and airports. He has also served as a judge for extrication competitions. He is also a PHTLS and Farmedic Instructor. He has worked in EMS for his entire career from EMT to Director, both in paid and volunteer services.
Jason P. Stopyra, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Dr. Stopyra started as a street medic, then advanced to the EMS director before entering medical school. Dr. Stopya currently holds an academic position with Wake Forest Baptist Health and is the EMS Medical Director for a county service and Surry County Health and Nutrition Center. As a Board Certified EMS Physician, Dr. Stopyra is continuing to advance the care that paramedics provide to their communities both during emergencies and in disease prevention.
Janet is a full time flight nurse for Mercy Life Line from Springfield, MO. In addition to EMS, she has worked in ICU, ER and OB in order to be familiar with the different types of calls that she and her partner may encounter in EMS. Janet has her Bachelors Degree in Science and Nursing and enjoys teaching part time at various EMS Conferences throughout the year in addition to writing articles for various industry magazines.
Ryan Thorne is a Nationally Registered Paramedic that has actively worked in EMS since 2006. Mr. Thorne holds instructor credentials in CPR, ACLS, and PALS. Ryan is also active in the fire service, and is certified at the IFSAC Firefighter II level, IFSAC HAZMAT Operations level, and IFSAC Fire Officer I. At the age of 22, Mr. Thorne opened Thorne Ambulance Service, LLC based out of Greenville, SC. Ryan and his team have since grown to an organization of greater than 50 team members that respond to approximately 14,000 calls for service annually. In addition to his professional success, Ryan has been married to his wife, Sarah, since 2007, and has a daughter, Chloe, who is 8 years old.
Amber Proctor Williams, DNP APRN FNP-BC
A nurse educator for 14 years at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Williams has had the privilege to teach and mentor hundreds of students to be excellent practitioners and advocates for the profession. She’s successfully utilized innovative methods of education, supported accessibility of quality baccalaureate nursing education, especially in rural areas, and raised awareness about the need for a highly educated nursing workforce. In 2013, the tragedy that rocked her family also gave her advocate role a new direction. Carbon monoxide poisoning is 100% preventable with awareness. The Williams family started the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation with the mission to increase awareness and prevent deaths due to poisoning. Her leadership and passion have led to collaborations with the state fire officials, EMS officials, nurses, Firehouse Subs restaurants and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, and more community / business partners to bring about change in South Carolina.
Rob Wronski is the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Bureau Chief of EMS. He has served in many roles since becoming a firefighter paramedic in 1991, culminating with his selection as Chief of the Bureau of EMS for South Carolina in January 2014. He has held several executive positions including Assistant Chief of the St Andrews Fire Department in Charleston and Medical Training Officer of the Mt Pleasant Fire Department. His experience includes working in fire-based EMS, including ALS and BLS first response as well as fire based and county based ALS transport. He is a SC Paramedic instructor and past adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College for the degree paramedicine program. Rob currently sits on several committees and boards, including the SC FF Association EMS Committee. Chief Wronski has extensive experience in starting and sustaining both BLS and ALS First Responder programs in SC and Illinois. Rob has presented Fire and EMS lectures from FDIC in Indianapolis to the Low Country Fire EMS Weekend in Colleton County. He is a 20 year retired veteran of the US Navy Submarine Force, holds a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration, and an MBA in Public Administration.