Introducing our speakers and course presenters for the 2017 WV EMS Conference. Visit the courses page to learn about the courses that will be available this year.
Dustin Hazlewood, BS – You’re Worth More, LLC
Dustin Hazlewood is a former Nationally Registered Paramedic with ten years’ experience. He holds an Associates degree in Emergency Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership. Throughout his career, he has held multiple positions including Quality Assurance, First Lieutenant and Director. He is the founder of You’re Worth More, LLC, an organization created to assist recovering drug addicts and provide EMS education on the topics of addiction and diversion.
Melissa Raynes – WV Office of Emergency Medical Services
Melissa Raynes currently serves as the Director for the WV Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. As the Director, Melissa is responsible for the overall operations and leadership for ensuring the provision of qualified and credentialed pre-hospital care to patients via the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma/Stroke programs throughout the State. The OEMS in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is also responsible for the operations of the Communications Programs for the State of WV. Prior to serving as the Director for OEMS, Melissa was the Deputy Director for the Center for Threat Preparedness. In that position she provided leadership and direction to staff that administers both the public health and the health care system preparedness initiatives for West Virginia. This included readying public health and medical entities for large-scale natural and man-made emergencies that threaten the public’s health. Some of the responses Melissa participated in include: Boy Scout Jamboree, Derecho, Hurricane Sandy, and Charleston Water Crisis. Melissa’s experience in Public Health also includes serving as the Administrator for the State’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner. She comes to Public Health after a 20+ year career in long term care including 15 years as a nursing home administrator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s Degree in Elder Care Administration.
Donnie Woodyard, Jr. – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Donnie Woodyard Jr. is the Chief Information Officer, for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians where he oversees the implementation of processes, partnerships, technology and systems at the NREMT with an emphasis on the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLIA). Mr. Woodyard has a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.
Joshua Borkosky, BS, FP-C, NRP – UC Emergency Medicine – Division of EMS
Mr. Borkosky has worked in EMS in the Greater Cincinnati area for nearly 20 years. He has been an Ohio EMS Instructor for 10 years, leading paramedic programs at Cincinnati State College and Cincinnati Fire Department. Currently, he teaches with the University of Cincinnati’s Division of EMS coordinating Outreach EMS Education for their EMS Physicians group. He holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Education from Northern Kentucky University. In addition to time spent teaching, he also works as a paramedic with the Ripley county EMS in Southeast Indiana.
Sara Fitzwater Miller, MPH, CBIS, TBI Specialist – WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Sara Fitzwater Miller is a TBI Program Specialist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist with CED’s WV Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services Program. Previously Sara worked as a Public Health and Wellness Director at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Additionally, she was a Vocational Assessment Specialist working with consumers to identify and conquer barriers to personal success with the CED’s WV Works Program. She received her Master of Public Health from West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Jeffrey Goldberg – Teleflex
Jeff Goldberg is has been a Nationally Registered Paramedic and Firefighter since 1998. He spent a bulk of his career in Ithaca, NY before moving to Washington, DC to work as a Paramedic and Emergency Manager. Jeff worked for both FEMA and The U.S. Senate for over ten years before transitioning to Teleflex, Inc. At his role in Teleflex, Jeff is responsible for training of the airway management products. Jeff prides himself on leading an engaging, hands on presentations that are focused 100% for today’s EMS provider.
James Mitchell, MA, NR-P – Mountwest Community & Technical College
James has worked in emergency services for the past fifteen years, serving in both the fire and EMS fields. While working in the field he has worn many hats, including Assistant Education Director, CISM Director, Lieutenant, and Chaplain. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of EMS Education and is a certified instructor for most EMS classes. He runs a training and peer support company working with individuals, companies and organizations providing peer support for both work and life-related critical events. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Theology and a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling focusing on crisis response and trauma.
Rory S. Putnam, AA, NR-P, I/C – Atlantic Life Safety Services
Rory Putnam is a Paramedic and the owner of Atlantic Life Safety, an EMS Emergency Management & Safety education/consulting company. He has over 26 years in private service, municipal and federal government EMS and still works as a Captain for Kennebunkport EMS in Maine. He has been published by EMS World Magazine, written peer-reviewed CEU articles, is a frequent state, regional and national speaker and is a Paramedic Instructor for EMTS, Inc in northern MA.
Todd Sims – Mecklenburg EMS Agency
Todd Sims, a retired Operations Manager at Mecklenburg EMS Agency in Charlotte, NC managed communications, scheduling and non-emergency transports. He managed major components of the organization including administration, personnel, finance, clinical affairs and quality management. He monitored operational metrics using Unit Hour Utilization (UHU) when planning and adjusting workload levels in order to effectively utilize resources and improve response. He developed, implemented and managed system status plans, and was the System Compliance Officer for MEDICs contract with Mecklenburg County.
Disclaimer: Conference speaker are subject to change without notice. In the event a speaker is changed, the event organizers will make a reasonable attempt to secure suitable replacements.