Introducing our speakers and course presenters for the 2018 WV EMS Conference. Visit the courses page to learn about the courses that will be available this year.
Chief Jan Rader
A Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Development from Marshall University and an Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Jan holds many fire service certifications and is also a Fire and EMS Instructor in the State of West Virginia. Since November of 2014 Chief Rader has been serving as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The purpose of this task force is to address drug addiction in Huntington and the surrounding communities and create a holistic approach involving prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Jan recently came to national prominence after the release of the short documentary “Heroin(e)” by Netflix in September of 2017. In April of 2018, Rader was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr. Michael Mills
Dr. Mills is the WV State OEMS Medical director. He assumed that role in 2012. He is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician with thirty-nine years’ experience. He is the past president of the WV Chapter of the American College of emergency Physicians. He is licensed to practice in WV, Fl and KY. He served as an EMS Agency Medical Director in for multiple agencies in WV and Florida.
Nancy Magee, NREMT – Consultant, Managing Partner, MEDIC Training Solutions
Nancy Magee has been active in volunteer EMS for 18 years. As a self-employed business owner for 25 years, and then as an instructor, field supervisor and Director of marketing and client relations for an EMS Management Service Organization, Nancy combines marketing savvy and management perspective with a volunteer’s heart. Her workshop series, “ Redesigning Volunteer EMS- A Volunteer Survival Guide,” is aimed at helping volunteer EMS agencies overcome fiscal, leadership, and recruitment and retention challenges.
Steven “Kelly” Grayson, NRP, CCEMT-P – Founder, MEDIC Training Solutions
Kelly Grayson has been a Critical Care Paramedic and EMS Educator for twenty-four years. He teaches extensively in the “alphabet soup” disciplines such as ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS, PEPP, GEMS, AMLS and so on, and has taught and administered all levels of EMT courses, from First Responder through Paramedic. He is president of the Louisiana Association of EMS Educators and board member of the LA Association of Nationally Registered EMTs, Kelly currently works as a critical care paramedic for Acadian Ambulance in southwest Louisiana, and is the primary instructor for the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance Center for Education for EMS. He is a regular columnist for EMS1.com and EMS World Magazine. His books, En Route and On Scene, are available on Amazon, both in Kindle and print formats.
Donnie Woodyard, Jr. – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Donnie Woodyard Jr. is the Chief Operation Officer, for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians where he is responsible for stakeholder relationships, registrant services, information technology, communications and marketing. The core mission of his team is proactive communications to the support the EMS community. Mr. Woodyard is a Paramedic and has a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.
Robert M. Smith, B.S., M.S. – Captain, Loudoun County Fire & Rescue
Robert Smith is a Captain with the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue. He is currently assigned to the Office of Health and Safety. He has a combination of over 20 years of service between volunteer and career fire services.
Jeffery Harvey, DEL, CEM – Managing Member, JH Consulting, LLC
Jeff has a broad experience in emergency planning, having worked on projects for local governments, industrial facilities, school systems, and private sector businesses. His post-secondary education includes a bachelor’s degree in writing and a master’s degree in strategic leadership as well as a multitude of advanced training on the incident command system, public information in emergencies, and exercise design. Jeff has responded to a number of emergencies, including hazardous material incidents, floods, high-wind events, etc. In addition to his roles with JH Consulting, Jeff currently serves as the planning officer for the Upshur County (WV) Office of Emergency Management as well as a contract instructor for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is also a member of the Lewis-Upshur Local Emergency Planning Committee and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and has achieved the Advanced Professional Series designation from the US Department of Homeland Security.
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.