Leadership

Board of Directors

Mary Ahlers :

Mary Ahlers

Mary is the founder of Paramedic Health Solutions™ and Mobile CE™. Mary serves as Clinical Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care & Mobile Care and also as Professor for the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Hennepin Technical College. Combining thirty years of customer service, patient care, communications, advocacy and education with critical care transport and community paramedicine has allowed for the development of an education platform for all CCT, CP, EMS and additional health providers.

Kai Hjermstad :

Kai Hjermstad

Kai is the Customized Training Coordinator in EMS and Community Paramedic for Hennepin Technical College. From implementation of the Community Paramedic Program, through today’s expanded curriculum, Kai has been instrumental in its ongoing development and expansion nationwide. Kai began his EMS career as an EMT 1989; Paramedic in 1994 becoming a Field Training Officer (FTO); Assistant Director of Mdewakanton Emergency Services in 1995, assisting in their acquisition of their ALS licensing; and initiated the emergency preparedness program for Shakopee Sioux Community. In 2008, he became one of the first eight Community Paramedics in the United States as part of a Community Paramedic pilot program in Minnesota.

Robert Feltner :

Robert Feltner

Robert is a co-founder and active partner of Creative Elements Group and has more than 15 years of experience in providing design, development and consulting services to business of all sizes around the world. Robert is directly involved in client services and specializes in user experience, creative direction, graphic design, web development, illustration, and project management. Robert’s current activities include service on the Board of Directors for Mobile CE as the acting CTO. When he is not working with a client on a project you will find him spending time at home in Dayton, Ohio with his beautiful wife and three children. He is a 1999 Honors Graduate from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications and Design.

Gary Wingrove :

Gary Wingrove

Gary is the Director of Strategic Affairs for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport in Minnesota and he is President of The Paramedic Foundation. Gary chairs the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine and is a former Minnesota state EMS director. He serves on Community Paramedicine committees of the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of EMTs and the National Association of State EMS Officials.

Executive Advisory Board

Angie Christ :

Angie Christ

Angie is a seventeen-year veteran educator who has taught students from late elementary grades through adult education. She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky and has developed and delivered professional development programs to educators and administrators for over ten years.

Tristan Coomer :

Tristan Coomer

Tristan is a Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Paramedic with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Transport Team. Tristan has been providing acute and critical care, air and ground transport for over 10 years in addition to developing and delivering EMS education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In his spare time, Tristan serves as a Paramedic and an EMS educator for the City of Wyoming Fire and EMS and was recently awarded Marty Coffey Paramedic of the Year Award.

Terry Gonderzik :

Terry Gonderzik

Terry has recently and happily retired after 33 years of overseeing the EMS Education Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has been involved in EMS since 1976 as both an EMT and paramedic. He holds a BSc. in Business Administration in addition to Wisconsin Technical College education certification.

Josephine Kershaw :

Josephine Kershaw

Josephine Mendoza Kershaw, PhD, is a Fulbright Scholar and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Education with an emphasis in economics and her M.B.A. with an interdisciplinary specialization in health services policy and administration from Florida State University. She received subsequent training at the Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and as a Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner. Dr. Kershaw also has graduate certificates in human resource development, evaluation, and gerontology.

Dennis Russell :

Dennis Russell

Dennis is the Education Department and Community Paramedic Program Director for United Ambulance Service and has been instrumental in developing the Community Paramedic education with Hennepin Technical College for the state of Maine. Dennis is an Adjunct Professor for Hennepin Community Paramedic Program and currently serves on the Maine EMS Education Committee. Dennis holds a Master’s degree in education, Certification as an Athletic Trainer, Paramedic and Community Paramedic.

Sam Salmon :

Sam Salmon

Sam Salmon is a Business Manager for North American Properties in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the sitting Membership Director and Trustee for the Middletown Historical Society in Middletown, Ohio. During his time with the Middletown Historical Society, he also is the chair for the Annual Fundraiser Dinner. In addition, he created the website for the society and is the Website Director also focusing on social media. Sam is also an avid genealogist where he assists others with research projects and researching their families’ lineages.

Dudley Smith :

Dudley Smith

Dudley is Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and has served as a program director for an air and ground critical care service for twenty-five years. He has a Master’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Cincinnati and has been involved in emergency medical services and emergency management for over forty years.

Education Advisory Board

Gwen Finegan :

Gwen Finegan

Gwen is an experienced writer and consultant with expertise in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, community input, and meeting facilitation. Known for her scholarship and leadership of Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments, Gwen is a visionary who helps teams set and achieve realistic goals. With a Degree in Strategic Organizational Leadership and ten years in healthcare, Gwen enjoys a faculty position at Xavier University, educating students in Health Data Management.

Karen Hjermstad :

Karen Hjermstad

Karen, a professional occupational therapist practices in Rosemount MN. She received her certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L) license, Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University. She began her occupational therapy career in 1998, at Fairview Riverside Hospital in the Child/Adolescent Day Treatment and the Adolescent Crisis Unit. Karen assisted Professional Rehabilitation Consultants establish an adolescent program within their outpatient mental health clinic, served on the startup team for Therapeutic Education Alternative (TEA) program, as an Autism Resource Specialist for Unique Needs (SUN) and as an inaugural team member for launch of “SUN plus”, serving students that have the diagnosis, characteristics, and/or behaviors consistent with a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Loxie Kistler :

Loxie Kistler

Loxie is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years in healthcare and medical education.  She has over twenty years in emergency medicine and intensive care as a bedside care provider and administrator. She also has over 15 years in medical education at the secondary and post-secondary level in CAAHEP accredited programs as full time faculty and a program director.  Loxie has been an ACLS/BLS instructor through AHA since 1985 and author for Continuing Education programs at local, state and national levels for various Allied Health professions.  She is a presenter at local, state and national conferences for clinical and administrative CE for various Allied Health professions. Loxie holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing, a Master's of Science and a Doctorate of Education, and currently licenses as a Registered Nurse in Ohio and Florida.

Scott Lindberg :

Scott Lindberg

Scott is a full-time professor for Hennepin Technical College, teaching within the Paramedic and Community Paramedic programs. With over 24 years of experience in EMS, Scott began his career as an EMT and Paramedic. He now holds the Community Paramedic Certification and actively works for both HCMC EMS and as a Community Paramedic under the direction of Primary Care, serving the homeless.

Bill Mehbod :

Bill Mehbod

Bill Mehbod is the Program Chair for Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service Technology, Law Enforcement, and Public Safety Technology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He also serves as the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator for Cincinnati State. Bill is currently active in the field as a paramedic serves as a member of several EMS organizations. Holding a Bachelors of Science degree, Bill has over 30 years of experience in fire-based, hospital-based, and private EMS, and has been actively involved in EMS education since 1997.

Peter O’Meara :

Peter O’Meara

Prof. Peter O’Meara, an internationally recognised expert on paramedicine models of care and education,  is the inaugural Chair of Rural and Regional Paramedicine in the LaTrobe Rural Health School, Bendigo with responsibility for the development of the paramedicine program. Professor O’Meara’s research has focused on the delivery of paramedic services in rural settings and the development of paramedic extended scope-of-practice roles. Prof. O’Meara’s international participation includes the Irish Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council and the Paramedic Association of Canada, focusing on the emergence of paramedicine as a health profession.

Wayne Turner :

Wayne Turner

Wayne, with a career in Emergency Medical Services of over 46 years, is currently an EMS Educator for Cincinnati Fire Department in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a Paramedic and EMS Instructor for the state of Ohio, Wayne has instructed EMS students from First Responder, EMT, Advanced EMT, through Paramedic Certifications. Wayne is a well-known name in Ohio EMS education, as he has contributed to programs found at Butler Tech, Warren Country Career Center, Cincinnati State, and Cincinnati Fire Department. He is currently teaching his 45th Paramedic class, producing the “street smart” EMT and Paramedic.

Medical Direction

Timothy Henehan, DVM :

Timothy Henehan, DVM

Dr. Tim Henehan is a board certified Veterinary Medicine Physician of over 30 years and founder of Henehan Veterinary Hosptial located in Loveland, Ohio. Providing families in the Greater Cincinnati Area with a wide range of veterinary services from preventative health through today’s most innovative advanced techniques of invasive procedures, care is provided both in-clinic and within the comfort of the family home.

Joel D. Pranikoff, MD, FACOG :

Joel D. Pranikoff, MD, FACOG

Dr. Joel D. Pranikoff is the Managing Partner and President of Gynecologic and Obstetric Consultants of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. Dr. Pranikoff has various public safety associations including: The FBI Citizen’s Academy Foundation of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Fire Department Emergency Support Services and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He is also the current EMS Medical Director for the following: Woodlawn Fire Division, Elmwood Place Fire and EMS, Lincoln Heights Fire and EMS, and Wyoming EMS. Dr. Pranikoff’s educational background includes the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Good Samaritan Hospital of Cincinnati and he is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director’s Community Leadership Award for his efforts on combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in The United States.

William T. Schnettler, MD FACOG :

William T. Schnettler, MD FACOG

Dr. William T Schnettler is the Director of the TriHealth Center for Maternal Cardiac Care and the Associate OBGYN Residency Program Director. Dr. Schnettler specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine with an area of focus in Critical Care Obstetrics and his educational background includes the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Aultman Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He describes his passion as: “A true believer in the balance between 3 quintessential elements of medicine: the Art, the Experience, and the Evidence; I love to explore innovative ways to convey these tenets to my patients and the next generation of healthcare providers.”

James Schrichten, MD :

James Schrichten, MD

Dr. James Schrichten is an Emergency Physician with the Qualified Emergency Specialists group in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician since 2000.  He is the Medical Director of Good Samaritan Western Ridge, Bethesda Medical Center Arrow Springs and Bethesda Butler County Emergency Departments.  He is the Medical Director for Patient Transport Services and Pierce Township EMS.

Michael Wilcox, MD :

Michael Wilcox, MD

Mike Wilcox, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician who has practiced in rural Minnesota for 38 years. He serves as the Coordinator for the Emergency Care Plus Program for North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency & Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota and is Medical Director for both Rural EMS Services and the Community Paramedic Program at Hennepin Technical College. An early architect of Community Paramedicine, Dr. Wilcox offers clinical skills training and oversight, CME/curriculum development, the development of policy and protocol, outcome analysis and quality assurance initiatives.  Also a national conference speaker, he is a gifted ambassador of Community Paramedicine.

Mobile CE™

Integrating a global network and resource in education, through innovation, Mobile CE provides outstanding learning opportunities that prepare students to meet the community needs and future challenges of EMS.

Mobile CE is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development Education for Emergency Medical Services by the Ohio EMFTS Board (provider# 1422).

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Cincinnati, OH 45242

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