Chris is an EMS Education Coordinator with the National EMS Academy in Louisiana. He has been providing pre-hospital emergency care, ranging from primary EMS response to critical care transportation by land and air for over 23 years. Additionally, Chris has educated future first responders, EMT's, paramedics, nurses and doctors for over 22 years. Chris holds Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo and is currently an annual presenter at local, state, and national EMS and public safety conferences. He is a self-proclaimed sports, rollercoaster and movie junkie and enjoys traveling as often as possible throughout the United States.
Amy L. Edmunds
Amy Edmunds is a cryptogenic stroke survivor since 2002 and NIH-awarded researcher who established YoungStroke, Inc. as a 501c3 patient advocacy organization in 2005. In 2014, she was globally elected to serve the Board of Directors of the World Stroke Organization. She joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina University in 2010.
Bryan has dedicated the past 10 years to changing the culture of Fire-EMS from one of pain, injury and disease to one of ergonomic excellence and provider wellness. Bryan has leveraged his Sports medicine, Athletic Training, Spine Rehabilitation, Strength & Conditioning and Paramedic experience to become the expert on pre-hospital patient handling & equipment handling & first responder fitness. Bryan is leading the charge nationally to reduce injury & risk in first responders while improving provider wellness. His passion, education, dedication and experience has helped to change the culture of public safety nationally.
David works as an Education Specialist for Southeastern Emergency Equipment and New Hanover Regional EMS in the roles of Education/Outreach Support Officer. He has over 20 years of experience as a paramedic, educator, author, and has sat on several advisory role positions. He has also had the privilege of lecturing at many national, state, and regional level EMS and hospital educational seminars.
Eric Hawkins MD, MPH
Dr. Hawkins is currently an attending physician in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is faculty with the Department of Emergency Medicine as well as the Divison of Prehospital care, Special Events Medicine, and the current medical director for two county EMS systems in North Carolina.
Chris Kelly Esq
Chris Kelly, Chief Legal Officer of EMS Consultants, is a healthcare attorney that focuses on the EMS Industry. Chris speaks at conferences all over the Southeastern United States. He is an attorney who focuses on the ambulance industry.
Gary S. Moore
Gary Moore provides online training for 911 dispatchers and responders across the country since 2011. In addition, he has authored numerous publications regarding instructional design, curriculum development, blended learning, e-learning, web-based training, multimedia and CBT development, computer illustration and project management.
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
RRyan 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 19, Rebecca 16, and Emma 5. They currently reside in Easley.
Dwight A. Polk, MSW, LCSW-C, NRP
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. He is also in private practice at the Restorative Counseling and Wellness Center in Ellicott City, MD, where he specializes in trauma counseling for those in public safety and the military, using a technique known at EMDR. 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.
David Porter currently serves as the Business Development Manager for Carolina Billing Services. His wide range of experience in public safety provides him a diverse background and unique perspective for exercises and trainings. Mr. Porter has previously served as the County Administrator and the Director of Abbeville County Emergency Services in Abbeville County, South Carolina. Mr. Porter also served as the Deputy Director for the Anderson County Emergency Services Division and has worked with numerous state and local agencies across the south east on various EMS, Emergency Management and public health preparedness projects through the course of his career. Mr. Porter has A.A.S. in Health Sciences from Greenville Technical College, SC, a B.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University, NC and received his M.B.A. from Anderson University, SC.
Stephen J. Rahm
Stephen has been involved in EMS for over 30 years. He is a senior paramedic for Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services—a rural department in south central Texas—where he also holds the positions of Deputy Chief of Clinical Direction and CoChair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS). At the cEHS, Stephen provides and facilitates cadaver-based training in emergency medicine, with a focus on emergent procedural anatomy. He also provides interdepartmental and regional multi-lead ECG training, as well as a variety of other emergency medicine courses. Stephen has authored numerous textbook chapters, articles, review manuals, and exam preparation programs. In addition, he has served as a contributing author, content review, and consultant for a multitude of courses, programs, videos, and textbooks. Stephen’s prehospital resume also includes work as a paramedic for Kendall County EMS, paramedic at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force medical center, EMT program coordinator for the U.S. Army Department of Combat Medic Training, and an extensive list of lecturing and procedural workshops. Working fluently in both civilian and military settings, he has presented at state and military symposia.
Serves as a Certified Athletic Trainer for 4 years with McLeod Sports Medicine. While serving as an Athletic Trainer at Marion and Creek Bridge High Schools, he also serves as the EMS Liaison for McLeod Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers. He also is in his fifth year serving as an active EMT. He graduated with a B.S. in Athletic Training from Winthrop University and a M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Idaho. He also has worked with the United States Olympic Sports Medicine team on a volunteer basis.
Michael Salonish was the principal investigator for research conducted under a DHS SBIR contract to investigate the measurement and analysis of EMS KPIs in real time. With a strong background in big data analytics developed through early career focus on the development of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)solutions for the Army and Intelligence Community, Michael transitioned into using data analytics to support operations improvement. Michael provides product management for DataTech911 Public Safety applications.
Todd Sims, EMD, EFD, assisted with the creation of MEDIC, the Mecklenburg EMS Agency 911 Communications Center, and served as its 911 Supervisor, Unit Hour Coordinator, and Operations Manager for over 30 years. Todd participated in the development of technologies and processes to better serve frontline employees and significantly improve morale. He developed and implemented dynamic System Status Management (SSM) technology and monitored operational metrics using Unit Hour Utilization (UHU) when planning and adjusting workload levels in order to effectively utilize resources and improve response.
Angie has been in EMS for 25 years, working both in the Upstate and in the Lowcountry. During those years, she has served as field training officer, shift training officer, EMT instructor, and facilited the various alphabet courses. With a growing interest in mental health awareness and issues surrounding our profession, Angie is now a member of the SC First Responder Assistance and Support Team (FAST) serving as the Lowcountry EMS Coordinator.
Mitch has 38 years of emergency services experience. He has worked in EMS his entire career from EMT to Director, both in paid and volunteer services, including 26 years of management experience. He is a past SC, National and EMS World Magazine Paramedic of the Year. He is an instructor in serval disciplines including, BLS, PHTLS, Extrication and Farmedic teaching around the country and the Bahamas. Mitch is a past participant and judge in paramedic and extrication competitions, winning 2 state paramedic competitions. He had made presentations at SC EMS Symposium, SC Fire/Rescue Conference, Southeastern Fire School, Georgia Extrication School, Fire-Rescue International, and EMS World Expo.
Ryan Thorne is Owner and CEO of Thorne Ambulance Service, based in Greenville, South Carolina. In addition, Ryan serves as a firefighter/paramedic with the Glassy Mountain Fire Department and a Volunteer firefighter with the Youngs Community Fire Department (Laurens Co.). Mr. Thorne maintains certification as a South Carolina and Nationally Registered Paramedic, and presently serves as the Training Officer for Thorne Ambulance. Ryan was a presenter at the 2017 EMS World Expo (Las Vegas, NV) and the 2017 SC Emergency Care Symposium (Myrtle Beach, SC). In addition, Ryan received the 2017 EMS Pulse Award presented by ZOLL at their annual Summit (Denver, CO). Ryan enjoys finding new and innovative methods for the improvement of the EMS industry.
Colonel Ryon A. Watkins
Ryon Watkins became involved in emergency medical services in 1985 as a junior member of the volunteer rescue squad in his hometown of Bishopville, SC. He earned emergency medical technician certification and began working at Florence County EMS in 1987. He earned paramedic certification from Pee Dee Regional EMS, Inc. in 1989, graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1994, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion University in 1998. Ryon has diverse experience in emergency services. In addition to his experience as an EMT and field paramedic, he has worked in critical care transport, EMS education, EMS administration, and law enforcement. He was named Operations Manager / Assistant Director at Florence County EMS in 2006 and has been the service’s Director since 2007.