Tom Baldwin is the SMS Manager at Air Evac EMS, Inc. He speaks extensively on a variety of topics, including: safety culture, normalization of deviance, and Just Culture. Tom became a paramedic in 1991, and has worked in the fire service, law enforcement and air medical communities.
Tom joined the air medical industry in 1999 as a flight paramedic, and has served in management, program development, and safety roles. He is active in the air medical safety community as a member of the OSI-HEMS research team founded by Dr. Ira Blumen, and as a member of the US Helicopter Safety Team’s Human Factors Work Group. Tom has also taken his knowledge of air medicine and safety abroad – he was instrumental in developing the air medical program in the Dominican Republic.
Tom received his paramedic education at Creighton University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare, and a professional certificate from the University of Southern California in Aviation Safety and Security.
Dawn Bolstad-Johnson is the Director of Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality for PHI Air Medical LLC. Dawn holds a Master of Public Health and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional. Prior to joining the PHI Air Medical team, Dawn spent 19 years working for the Phoenix Fire Department in the Safety Section. In 1998, Dawn completed a comprehensive study on FireFighter Exposures during Fire Overhaul. This study was the first published on firefighter exposures during fire overhaul and has been referenced over 80 times in other fire fighter exposure related studies.
As a leader and contributor to safety awareness and innovation, Dawn is the past chair of the AIHA Real Time Detection Systems Committee. Dawn is an often requested speaker for national safety organizations and an honored invitee to government safety committees.
Dawn has over 25 years of experience in the field of health and safety. For the last three years, Dawn has shared her knowledge and field experience with students in the Graduate Program for Safety Science as an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. This year (2014) the American Industrial Hygiene Association presented Dawn with a Fellow Award for her significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.
Gregory H. Botz, MD, FCCM
Dr. Gregory H. Botz is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He received his medical degree in 1990 from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Huntington Memorial Hospital and then completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Stanford University in California. Dr. Botz is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Botz joined the Department of Critical Care at MD Anderson in 1998. He was previously on the faculty at the Duke University Medical Center, and Stanford University School of Medicine. He has served as medical director of the Transfer Center, the Acute Care Training Center and the Medical Emergency Rapid Intervention Team. He is a member of the Air Medical Physician Association. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Botz serves as regional faculty for the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care training programs, and he is a national consultant for the Society of Critical Care training programs. He is a junior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology Joint Council on In-Training Examinations and is a member of The University of Texas System Health Care Components ICU Quality Improvement Collaborative.
Dr. Botz is a 2004 graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. He is a member of the steering committee and faculty for the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness training program. He has served as the University of Texas Chancellors Health Fellow in Quality of Care and Patient Safety, and is a Charter Fellow in Clinical Safety and Effectiveness in the University of Texas System.
Jeff is currently the Manager of Risk & Safety Analytics in Air Methods’ Safety Department. Prior to working with Air Methods he worked as a research associate at the University of Oregon and a contract researcher for NASA Ames. His research has included, studying attention development in 3 -5 year old children and various aviation related human factors studies looking at decision making, attention and the effects of low food intake on pilot performance. Jeff has also been active in aviation, serving as a Safety Officer for a part 61 flight school and flying skydivers. He holds a commercial license and a degree in Aviation Science.
Jeff also has a Bachelors and Masters degree(s) in psychology.
Johnny E. Delgado
Mr. Delgado is an emergency services, emergency management and air ambulance professional with over 30 years of experience. He’s had oversight of Emergency Medical Services, Haz-Mat, Dive Rescue, Domestic Preparedness and Communications and moved onto Program Management as the Director for an air ambulance service based in South Florida utilizing ground ambulances, helicopters and airplanes for medical evacuations. He has extensive training on Hazardous Materials and WMD’s as well as aviation and disaster response and recovery. He’s served as a Board Member and President for the Florida Aeromedical Association, Treasurer and Board Member of the Association of Air Medical Services as well as Chairperson for Government Relations. He’s also served on many of Florida’s disaster related task forces and authored Florida’s Air Medical Disaster Response Plan. Most recently Mr. Delgado was the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for an agency on the Northeast U.S. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Management, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, is Six Sigma trained and is also a Board Certified Medical Transport Executive and a graduate of the Safety Management Training Academy. Mr. Delgado is currently working as an industry consultant for private and governmental groups.Mr. Delgado currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family and enjoys fishing, sports and spending time at home. He’s active on various community activities and initiatives.
J. Heffernan, the Director of Safety for Air Evac Lifeteam is a retired U.S. Marine, serving infantry and armor tours in the Republic of Vietnam before becoming a Marine aviator in 1970. Beginning as a heavy helicopter pilot. In 1976 he attended the USN Aviation Safety School and was involved in the aviation safety field as an accident investigator and Aviation Safety Officer throughout his career. From 1979-1983 he served with HMX 1 as a Presidential Aircraft Commander and White House Liaison Officer. After retiring from the Marine Corps, J. joined CJ Systems Aviation Group, the at the time the nation’s second largest provider of Air Medical Helicopter Services. In his 17 year career with CJ, he served as a Line Captain, Site Manager, Director of Safety, and Vice President of Operations. He was also instrumental in the development of both Single Pilot IFR air medical operations and the implementation of GPS point in space approaches for hospital air medical operations. In 2000 he and Dr. Michelle North co-authored a draft Advisory Circular on Air Medical Resource Management (AMRM) which was presented to the FAA for publication and is now the source document for AMRM training.
J. served twice as the Director of Safety at Helicopter Association International (HAI) (2008-2010 and 2013-2015) and led the Association’s initiative to develop an audit process that would complement the ISBAO process and was ultimately was recognized as ISBAO-HE. As a member of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) he was a co-author of the SMS handbook and led the production of a video on SMS for small operators.
He joined Sikorsky Aircraft in May of 2010 as the first Vice President of Aviation and Product Safety where he was responsible for the safety of all 5,000 plus Sikorsky aircraft currently in operation. Sikorsky Aviation & Product Safety is directly involved in the safety of all aircraft from design to final disposition.
He was a founding member and two-term Chairman of the Air Medical Safety Advisory Committee (AMSAC). J. has also been a member of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) HEMS task force and a member of the FAR Part 135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Currently he is a voting member of the FAA Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group (ROPWG). He has over 5,000 hours in Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft and has flown over 30 different aircraft models. He is both a designated Naval Aviator and a Rated Army Aviator.
David ‘Scott’ Hencshel
David “Scott” Hencshel is a Business Transformation Leader, facilitator and teacher with over 28 years of federal government experience in healthcare leadership, business transformation, strategic planning, process improvement, change management, and education. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Trinity University where he teaches “Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations” into the Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program which is currently ranked 10th in the Nation by US News and World Report. Scott also currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Special Staff for the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). Scott is a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt, certified Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP) and a GE Healthcare trained Change Agent. He still serves as a primary instructor for the Department of the Army LSS Master Black Belt, Black Belt, and Yellow Belt curriculum.
Attacking “Business as Usual,” Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Change Leadership, Executive Leadership, Analysis/Problem Solving, Project Management, Team Building. Scott possesses adept facilitation skills in developing, coordinating and implementing strategy and strategic communications. His efforts led to the Secretary of the Army awarding the Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award to the Army Medical Command and the Balanced Scorecard Institute awarding the Army Medical Department Center and School their “Award of Excellence”.
Scott is a retired Army Medical Service Corps Lieutenant Colonel, Master Aviator, rated in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. He has flown the TH-55, UH-1 “Huey”, UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopters, and the U-21 and C-12 airplanes. He has served as the Chief of Flight Physiology Branch at the US Army School of Aviation Medicine, flew MEDEVAC with the 507th Air Ambulance during Desert Storm, served as company commander for the 43rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), and commanded the 377th Medical Company Air Ambulance (15 UH-60 helicopters) in the Republic of Korea. He also serves as Co-President for the San Antonio International Piano Competition; is a self-proclaimed Chopin aficionado and satisfies his inner-artiste by playing the piano. Scott resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Colin has over 13,000 hours in aircraft. He has over 25 years of medical transport experience, and holds a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) designation. He is ISBAO certified as an auditor and has pending certification as a Certified Medical Transport Safety Professional (CMTSP). He is currently Airline Transport Rated in helicopters and multi-engine airplanes. He was a Part 135 check airman in numerous model helicopters and night vision goggle operations. He is currently a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII). Colin was the former Chief Pilot for Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., and for over 8 years, flew as a line pilot in EMS and offshore operations. He has also held positions as Safety Manager for Omniflight, and Vice President of Safety for MedFlight in Columbus, Ohio. As a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt; Colin designs, develops and implements Quality Management Systems and also conducts Process Improvement Training. Colin was born in Guyana, South America and graduated from Oxford Air Training School in England. He was Officer in Charge of Rotor Wing Flight for the Guyana Government and was responsible for flying the President.
Lance Hofmann is currently serving as Director of Environmental Health & Safety for EagleMed LLC. EagleMed, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, is a leading provider of Air Medical Services across the central United States. EagleMed currently operates 23 community-based and hybrid rotor and fixed wing bases across seven states, utilizing a fleet of 25 Eurocopter helicopters and Hawker Beechcraft airplanes.
As the Director of Safety, Lance works directly for the President and is responsible for all Corporate Governance of the Safety Management System, Risk Management, and Quality Management programs throughout the company. He is also responsible for implementing and maintaining cross-departmental philosophies, processes, and practices that proactively support and encourage appropriate management of risk in all areas and functions of the company. Given the cross-functional and hierarchical nature of this role, Lance has the unique responsibility for working from both the strategic and the operational aspects of the organization, and requires close, effective working relationships with the Company Directors and Base Management. As the Director of Safety, Lance is also responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating the safety and occupational health component of Air Ambulance operations, personnel, materials, equipment, and environments to achieve safety effectiveness for the company.
Lance served as the Director of Safety for the Southeast region for Ingersoll Rand, and was responsible for 7 states in all aspects of Environmental Health and Safety before leaving for Dow Corning. Lance came to EagleMed from Dow Corning Hemlock Semiconductor, which is an industry leader provider of Poly Silicon throughout the world. Lance served as Safety Specialist in charge Safety and Training for Hemlock Semiconductor and had direct leadership oversight of the entire spectrum of safety compliance and standards development. Lance was also responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the safety training programs.
Larry served 22-years in the U.S. Army as a Senior Leader/Non Commissioned Officer, Safety Professional, Master Crew Member. Lance has provided leadership and safety oversight or training in numerous locations in the U.S. and throughout the world while on assignment, deployment, public events and temporary duty. Lance served within the Special Operations community as safety professional was responsible for the safety of Special Operation Aviation Regiment and its customers. Conducted and directed safety surveys, inspections, accident reporting and analysis, conducted pre-accident plan rehearsals and safety training. Monitor OSHA, EPA, NFPA and compliance throughout the Regiment.
Lance’s education includes a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Business Development from University of Alabama, a Masters of Occupational Safety & Health Degree from Columbia Southern University, and a Masters of Environmental Health & Safety from Columbia Southern University. Lance is adjutant faculty and Occupational Safety & Health Outreach Trainer for University of Georgia Tech, and an Outreach trainer for Disaster Site Worker Train the Trainer for University of Georgia Tech. Lance also holds the University of Georgia Tech Premier Certificate of Safety.
Lance is the proud father of 3 boys Alex, Seth and Ethan and one daughter Devin, who reside in Tennessee and Georgia.
Tarek Loutfy is the Flight Safety & Compliance Leader for GE Aviation Flight Test Operations. In addition, Tarek serves as Chairman of Helicopter Association Internationals (HAI) safety committee. Prior to joining GE, Tarek was the Director of Safety for Metro Aviation.
Tarek brings over 30 years of aviation experience from the U.S. Air Force and various aviation operations with a focus on risk mitigation, operational safety and training. Tarek currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a member of the base safety team at McGuire AFB, NJ.
Tarek holds a MS in Aeronautical Science and BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Matt Rigsby holds a Bachelor of Science is Aviation Science, and a Masters of Science in Aviation Safety Management. He is FAA licensed fixed wing, instrument rated and rotary wing pilot as well as holding an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics certificate. Matt currently works for the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention AVP-100 as an Air Safety Investigator.
Matt works at the FAA’s Accident Investigator In-Charge responsible for coordination of FAA activities and resources on major “Go Team” accident investigations. Matt participates as a safety auditor for the FAA on review other government agencies aviation programs.
Previously, Matt worked for Southwest Region FAA’s Aircraft Certification Rotorcraft Standards Staff, Safety Management Group ASW-112 as an Air Safety Investigator and has responsibility for Continued Operational Safety issues for rotorcraft operating in the United States. Matt is also the Aircraft Certification Groups representative on the FAA’s Air Medical Task Force. Matt has participated in over 90 on-scene aircraft accident investigations both in the US and abroad.
Prior to coming to the FAA in 2002, Matt worked as an Air Safety Investigator for the Bell Helicopter Textron Product line, and a System/Flight Test Safety Engineer, Flight Test Engineer on the MV-22 and CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. Previous, to Bell Helicopter Matt worked as a Helicopter Engineer for the US Army Aviation and Troop Command Center in St. Louis. Missouri.
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