NAEMT Announces Election Results for 2013 Board of Directors

The 2013 Board of Directors takes office on January 1

Clinton, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) announces the results from the recent elections for volunteer positions on the 2013 NAEMT Board of Directors:

President-Elect: Chuck Kearns, Michigan

Secretary: James Judge, Florida

Treasurer: Dennis Rowe, Tennessee

Region I Director: James Slattery, Massachusetts

Region II Director: Chad McIntyre, Florida

Region III Director: Chris Cebollero, Missouri

Region IV Director: Rod Barrett, Arkansas

At-Large Director: Matt Zavadsky, Texas

All NAEMT Active members had the opportunity to vote in this election from October 15–28. The 2013 Board of Directors takes office on January 1. Don Lundy also will be taking office as President then. The newly elected officers and directors will join with current Board members to comprise the 2013 NAEMT Board of Directors. Continuing Board members will include Connie Meyer, Scott Matin, Sue Jacobus, Bruce Evans and Paul Hinchey.

“Please join me in congratulating our new and continuing Board members,” says NAEMT President Connie Meyer. “We thank all the candidates for their interest in serving in a leadership position on the NAEMT Board of Directors and for their dedication to NAEMT.”

About the Newly Elected Board Members

Kearns currently serves on the Board as an At-Large Director and is Chair of NAEMT''s Membership Committee. He has worked in EMS for 30 years, in government, private and volunteer EMS agencies, as a BLS first responder to flight paramedic. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems Management. Kearns says, “I’ll use my experience to help NAEMT continue its strong, positive momentum serving our nation’s EMS practitioners.”

Specifically, he says he will continue to work to improve the image of EMS, expand EMS on the Hill Day, advocate for appropriate government funding of EMS, and expand access to EMS education and grant programs.

Judge currently serves as Region II Director and is Chair of NAEMT's Advocacy Committee. He has worked in EMS for more than 38 years and has been a member of NAEMT since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Public Administration Degree (Cum Laude) from Barry University, Miami, and has attended numerous courses in EMS and public safety topics. Judge is a past President of both the Florida Ambulance Association and the Florida Association of County Emergency Medical Services. “My goal is to support the membership of NAEMT and to work with the President and the Board as we listen to the membership on issues THEY feel are important. After all, membership is what NAEMT is about,” he says. Judge notes that key challenges are to continue to grow membership and promote legislation “that benefits EMS and the patients we serve.”

Rowe currently serves as Region II Director and is a paramedic and instructor. He is Rural/Metro’s EMS director for Loudon County, Tenn., and also serves as its market general manager for Knox and Loudon counties. He previously served on the NAEMT Bylaws Committee. As NAEMT Treasurer, Rowe says his goal is “to continue to grow in the ways the membership has expressed: leadership in EMS advocacy and EMS educational opportunities.” He adds, “To grow the funds necessary for this association’s success, we must be frugal and maximize the return on every penny. Retaining and increasing membership are critical to accomplishing this goal. We must continue and stay focused on strategically building the association.”

Slattery has been re-elected to his position as Region I Director. He says he “began his career in the back of a Ford station wagon ambulance in 1960 and has been active in EMS ever since.” Slattery has more than 35 years of experience as a volunteer instructor for the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross. He has worked on a 911 ALS ambulance for the City of Taunton, Mass., for more than 22 years. Slattery has served on the Massachusetts Governors Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board for 15 years and has been President of the Massachusetts Association of EMTs for 12 years. He says his goals are “to help promote the professionalism of EMTs and to help NAEMT make strides in its goals and objectives. I feel the Board of Directors position is a position of service to NAEMT, and to every EMT in every type of EMS service, in every state.”

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