Stacy Wolf (Task Force Chair) has been in the air medical industry for seven years and is a graduate of the Safety Management Training Academy. Stacy has been involved with Vision Zero since 2013 and is the current Vision Zero Chair. While working full-time in Haiti for its’ first rotor-wing air medical program, Stacy is also a board member for the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics as well as a board member for the Air Medical Memorial. Stacy is dedicated to changing the accident rate of the air medical industry one crew member at a time through her work with AAMS and Vision Zero.
Tony McCormack is a native of Iowa and began his career working in rural EMS. Tony currently is employed as a Clinical Supervisor with LifeNet Air Medical Services, owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation. Tony also works ground EMS in the Kansas City area and is an ER/Trauma nurse . He has worked in several roles including preceptor, field training officer, and field supervisor. Tony has experience in both rotor and fixed wing operations throughout the Midwest. In addition to being a paramedic/RN, Tony also has experience in law enforcement and currently works as a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Mo.
“As a member of our leadership team, I believe we can bring everyone together and eliminate preventable crashes in our industry.”
Susan Smith has been a Flight Nurse with Carilion Clinic Life-Guard for 20 years and currently serves as Program Director. The CAMTS accredited hospital-based flight program has EC135’s based in Westlake, Radford, and Lexington, VA and is part of a ground transportation system with > 40 ambulances in multiple locations throughout the region, including two EMS divisions and a Neonatal-Pediatric transport division. Susan is the AAMS Region VI Director and a member of the Virginia State Medevac Committee. She routinely presents at regional conference and AMTC and is passionate about CRM.
David Ellis has over twenty years of experience in prehospital medicine, with over sixteen of those in the Air Medical field. He has practiced throughout the United States and internationally in both rotor wing and fixed wing environments. David is currently the President of the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics, and has served in various capacities with that Board for the last seven years. David works as a flight Program Manager for a fixed wing and rotor wing program, as well as completing several conference speaking engagements annually.
Josh Weiland is the Safety Officer for Sanford AirMed, a CAMTS accredited, hospital-based flight program which flies EC145’s and King Air 200’s. Josh maintains certifications of Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, MTSP-C of the Safety Management Training Academy as well as recently completing the Crew Resource Management Instructor course. Josh’s passions include promoting a proactive Safety Management System that focuses on error detection and reporting with a strong safety culture and improvement as the main goals. He is also passionate about being a voice in the world of safety on the behalf of past, present and future flight team members.
Kris Olsen holds a Master’s degree in leadership and management from Walden University, CFRN and achieved her CMTE in 2016.
As a native Midwesterner Kris is happy to be home in the Midwest, closer to her family. An ICU nurse at heart, Kris found her niche in prehospital medicine and has been in love with it ever since. People are her passion. She is a firm believer that the best patient care and the safest environment for that care comes from a place where people feel safe and empowered.
Do it right, do it safely on every mission. Speak up! Silence is the monster under the bed.
Eric Hoy is a Certified Flight Paramedic for Sanford AirMed in Sioux Falls, SD. AirMed is a hospital based CAMTS accredited program in the Dakotas operating EC 145’s and Beechcraft King Air 200’s. Eric began his EMS career with a county based 911 system in northern California. In 2010, Eric started his flight career with a fixed wing program serving northern California and southern Oregon. In 2012, Eric joined AirMed where he continues to serve as a full time clinician in addition to coordinating the programs clinical education department. Eric is an active member of the program’s safety committee. During his tenure with AirMed, Eric has contributed to the implementation of several key safety projects and policies focusing on fatigue and effective communication. Most recently Eric was selected as one of three CRM instructors for the program. Operationally, Eric believes that when crews are faced with adverse situations, Crew Resource Management and effective communication are the keys to lowering the accident rate within the air medical industry.
Matt Reinhart has worked in EMS for over 20 years, 14 being in HEMS as a Critical Care Paramedic. Matt’s current role is the Program Safety Officer for Flight For Life, a CAMTS accredited program with bases in Fond du Lac, and Waukesha, WI and McHenry, IL. He has worked in pre-hospital education along with in hospital response teams, and is a graduate of the AAMS Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) program.
I believe that a strong culture will drive your safety program. Communication is key to recognize threats and eliminate errors.