Look Who’s Talkin’
Our 5-day conference features quality EMS and nursing continuing education with an excellent line-up of speakers from all over the country. The AEMSA Conference Planning Committee has worked diligently to provide you an opportunity to engage with industry experts from all parts of the nation.
Tim EggebraatenPolice Officer
“Finding Your Beat, the Rhythm of Life”
Friday, January 21, 2022 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Tim has been a police officer since 1992 and had many different roles during his career with the Detroit Lakes, MN Police Department – DARE Instructor, Patrol Sergeant, Investigative Sergeant, K-9 Handler, and Chief of Police. Tim retired in 2016 after 24 ½ years in law enforcement and 3 years as a correctional officer.
Like everybody else, Tim faces the challenges of balancing family life with the rigors of the career and trying to keep himself physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. The emotional roller coaster of police work reached a critical point when one of his best friends and partners took his own life.
Tim began talking about his leadership journey in 2016 and found that talking with others about personal and emotional topics helped in his own healing process and learned that others can benefit from knowing that they are not alone in their own journey.
Attorney, EMS Practitioner
Doug WolfbergAttorney, EMS Practitioner
“Less Stress is Best: Find the Fun and Bring the Balance to Your EMS Life”
Saturday, January 22. 2022 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Doug Wolfberg is one of the nation’s best known and most respected EMS leaders. Doug’s work over the decades has helped shape the field of EMS law while helping EMS professionals across the United States better understand the legal environment and risks which confront EMS agencies.
Doug is an EMS attorney and founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, the nation’s leading EMS law and consulting firm. Doug’s work at PWW encompasses compliance, reimbursement, EMS system assessment and design, training and transactional law.
Before becoming an attorney, Doug worked as an EMS practitioner, starting in the field in the late 1970s. He later became a county EMS director, and then managed a three-county regional EMS system. He worked for several years in a statewide EMS agency, and then at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Federal EMS official.
Doug has written hundreds of articles in all of the leading EMS publications, and is an author or contributor to several well-known books in the EMS profession. He is also a co-founder of the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance, and principal developer of certification courses including the Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist (CADS) program.
Doug is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the Commonwealth Law School, where he teaches EMS and healthcare law. He earned his law degree magna cum laude from the Widener University School of Law.
An avid bicyclist, Doug is an annual participant in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, riding from Boston to Washington, D.C. each year to honor EMS professionals lost in the line of duty. Doug is also a musician and is the author of a book about the Beatles.
Trauma System Coordinator
Senior Federal Agent
Joseph BezotteSenior Federal Agent
Joe is the owner and lead instructor of Core Security Consulting LLC. Joe has recently retired as a Senior Federal Agent with the Department of Homeland Security. Joe’s experience in Federal Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism spans over 30 years. He has worked operationally all over the United States and on three continents.
As a Department of Homeland Security Special Agent, Joe spent several years in the Denver Field Office as well as the Minneapolis Field Office assigned to the Training department training agents in all areas of duties to include Tactics, firearms, Defensive Tactics and more. During this time, Joe trained Special Agents from DEA and FBI in several areas such as tactical movements, defensive tactics and linear assaults.
Currently, Joe is an Advanced Instructor in the Advanced Combat Entry System as well as certified through the federal government in: Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Specialized Tactics, Behavioral Intelligence, Situational Awareness, Non-Lethal Training Ammunition, Legal Investigative Techniques, Physical Fitness, and Use of Force.
Resiliency & Stress Management Educator
Holly BrodtResiliency & Stress Management Educator
Holly Brodt is a retired St. Paul Police Officer who has been a Certified Police Peer Counselor for over 30 year and Certified in Critical Incident Response and Critical Incident Stress Management for over 20 years. In addition, she holds a Bachelor Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She is an active member of the Association of Trauma Specialists, Arrowhead CISM Team, an Arrowhead CISM Outreach Education Instructor and the Outreach Education Coordinator.
Clinical Services Manager
Oberto CharlesClinical Services Manager
Prior to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Oberto was pursuing a degree in business management. In the earthquake aftermath, Oberto volunteered as a translator for the foreign medical teams and discovered his passion for medicine and helping others. He enrolled in one of the first EMT classes in Haiti in 2011 and took a job at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince (the only trauma center in Haiti). From 2012 to 2017, Oberto worked in patient care in the emergency room and Pediatric ICU, and also became a certified x-ray technician. In 2017, he took a full-time position as a Flight EMT at Haiti Air Ambulance. He has cared for 300+ patients during transport by rotor-wing and serves as an instructor for Empact Haiti, an organization that provides first aid and CPR training in Haiti. In 2021, Oberto was promoted to the position of Clinical Services Manager. In his spare time, Oberto enjoys singing, listening to music, spending time with his two children, and is active in his local church.
Deputy Chief of Education Manager
Child Passenger Safety Specialist
Jason DushEMS Manager
Jason serves as the EMS Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Field Response. Prior to working for DPS, he was the Chief Operating Officer for a national ambulance transport company. He previously worked as full-time Firefighter Paramedic for the Arlington Fire Department for 10 years where he also served as the EMS Clinical Coordinator for 3 years. Jason's resume includes 24 years of paid EMS/Fire with 2 different large metropolitan departments and 13 years as a Critical Care flight paramedic. Jason has been an active commissioned police officer and Tactical Paramedic since 1997, currently commissioned as a sheriff deputy in Williamson County, TX. Jason is passionate about EMS education and is a known speaker locally and nationally over the last 15 years for bringing a sense of motivation, humor, passion, energy, leadership, and practical experience to his audience.
Reuben started his careen in EMS as an EMT-B on a rural volunteer service and is currently a Critical Care Paramedic and Captain with Delta County Ambulance District. Reuben is the President of RockStar Education and Consulting, a heavily certified in the alphabet soup disciplines and an international speaker on topics from CPR to Critical Care Paramedicine and everything in between.
24 years of public safety experience including firefighter/paramedic, 911 communications specialist, commercial vehicle inspector, fire chief, and executive director for an ambulance service. Currently, the lead Death Investigator for North St Louis County for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, and Adjunct Faculty for Vermilion Community College. Have 17 years of teaching both pre-hospital and hospital providers and college courses including developing various course curriculums. Certified instructor for AHA BLS & ACLS courses, AHA Training Center Faculty for BLS & ACLS, NAEMT courses – AMLS, PHTLS and EMS Safety.
Certified Master Instructor
Director of Emergency Preparedness and Safety, Fire Chief
Sam HenneFlight Paramedic
Sam has been involved in EMS for 12 years with a varied background including urban and rural EMS, overseas contracting, and air and ground specialty transport. He is currently a flight paramedic with Life Link III. Having formally studied Extreme Medicine through the University of Exeter - UK with a focus in human factors, he is passionate about helping others within emergency medicine take a practical approach to managing the overwhelming moments we all frequently encounter.
Education Director/Poison Specialist
Manager and Lead Instructor in Michigan
Robert HughesManager and Lead Instructor in Michigan
Robert Hughes career spanned over 38 years. During this time Sheriff Hughes worked his way through the ranks. Beginning in the jail as a Corrections Officer, he became the Ambulance Coordinator for the newly acquired Alger County Ambulance Service in 1980. While serving 18 years as a resident Deputy in Grand Marais, Sheriff Hughes continued to serve Alger County Ambulance by training a multitude of students through many Emergency Medical Technician and First Responder classes within various locations in the county.
In 2010 Sheriff Hughes received a unanimous appointment as Sheriff/Alger County MI.
During his time as Undersheriff, and term in Office, Sheriff Hughes has noted many accomplishments including:
- Implemented the growth of the Ambulance Service from Basic Life Support to a fully staffed and equipped Advanced Life Support Service.
- Organized the elite Alger County “Rescue 21” team, in memory of Deputy Paul Grahovac. This team provides a variety of special rescue services, including vehicle extrication, backcountry search and rescue, water rescue, and underwater rescue/recovery.
- Upgraded the 911 system to a Computer Aided Dispatch system and the first phase of Next Generation 911 (Texting to 911).
- Put a complete set of 911 dispatch policies and procedures in place including upgraded Emergency Medical Dispatch guides.
With his licensure as a Paramedic and EMS Instructor Coordinator, Hughes is still giving back as a volunteer on the Burt Township Ambulance Corps as well as Other EMS agencies in neighboring counties.
Interim Manager, Hyperbaric Medicine and Clinical Care Supervisor, Emergency Dept.
Andrea JensenInterim Manager, Hyperbaric Medicine and Clinical Care Supervisor, Emergency Dept.
I am an Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse with over 15 years nursing experience in a Level I trauma center in busy downtown Minneapolis. Nursing is my second career after starting off in Banking. Before finding my niche in Hyperbaric Medicine I tried my hand at nursing in Psychiatry, Cardiac Intensive Care, and the Emergency Department. I have been a Hyperbaric nurse now for 9 years! I also travel around the country as part of the UHMS accreditation team surveying and accrediting hyperbaric chambers. I am an empty nester of a home that once had four children, now its just my hubby, my crazy pittie Sammie and me!
Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Toxicology
Nathan KunzlerEmergency Medicine Physician and Medical Toxicology
Nathan Kunzler is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicology fellow. His fellowship work is centered at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His interests include opioids and overdose, critical care in poisoning, and weapons of war. His non-clinical interests include economics, pickling, and most importantly spending time with his wife and son.
Fire Chief/Emergency Manager
Allen LewisFire Chief/Emergency Manager
Allen Lewis is a fire Chief of the Virginia Fire Department in Virginia MN. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer graduate, a Center for Public Safety Excellence credentialed Certified Fire Officer and Certified Emergency Medical Services Officer as well as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, certified IFSAC Fire Officer, Instructor, and Investigator with the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board. Also, Chief Lewis is an adjunct professor in the College of Safety and Emergency Services at Columbia Southern University.
MD, Medical Director Center for Hyperbaric Medicine
Deputy Chief Paramedic
Physician and Medical Toxicologist/Associate Medical Director
Travis OlivesPhysician and Medical Toxicologist/Associate Medical Director
Dr. Olives is a faculty emergency physician and medical toxicologist with Hennepin Healthcare, and Associate Medical Director of the Minnesota Poison Control System. He divides his time working in the ER, the Poison Center, and on the wards as a consulting toxicologist, and conducts research in prehospital management of acute agitation, social determinants of healthcare, and other subjects.
Zack RinehartIT/Communications Specialist
Zach has been in EMS since 2017 with the South Central EMS working rehab training and support, EMS education and IT and web design. Zach's background studying Communication and Media Ecology at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato provides unique insight in incorporating technology and improve logistics within EMS. Zach was a big part of South Central EMS making the change to a more technology focused training program.
Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric ED
Ashley StrobelStaff Physician, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric ED
Dr. Strobel works both at HCMC emergency department with adults and pediatrics. Has a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Care and works clinically at the University of MN Masonic Children's Hospital in the Emergency Department as well. A great pediatric resource and expert who brings peds come to life through cases and the videos she shares. Great information for all levels of EMS!
Flight Paramedic Clinical Educator
EMT and Paramedic Program Director