Conference Speakers

Jennifer Achay

Jennifer Achay

Jennifer Achay is a recognized anatomist and lecturer. Mrs. Achay is currently the Laboratory Director at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences, a bio skills research facility, north of San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, Mrs. Achay coordinates her departments robust research wing, and teaches multidisciplinary procedural medicine. Jennifer further has patient care responsibilities within the Office of Clinical Direction (pre-hospital emergency medical services) and the Acacia Medical Mission (a low income, gap clinical service) which are both within the Healthcare, Innovations and Sciences Centre. Mrs. Achay’s publications include her most recent research efforts: A Comparative of Standard Left Anterolateral Thoracotomy Versus Modified Bilateral Clamshell Thoracotomy, which includes a procedural video and training program. She was also instrumental with her work on the FDA cleared Simplified Pneumothorax Emergency Air Release Decompression System, the Bougie Aided Cricothyrotomy device, and the Rapid Surgical Intervention Convenience Kit. Mrs. Achay additionally assisted with the landmark publication Feasibility and Proposed Training Pathway for Austere Application of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta with her widely adopted perfused human specimen model for procedural training. Mrs. Achay is passionate about her work in research and emergency medicine as well as additionally maintains Paramedic and Firefighting certifications.

Fred Benzel

Fred Benzel

Fred Benzel began his EMS career in 2001. In addition to working for the Grand Island, Nebraska Fire Department, he is currently a lead instructor for the Central Community College Paramedic program in Grand Island. Throughout his career, Fred has worked in a variety of settings including private, government and transport services. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Administration. Benzel is committed to educating colleagues as a conference presenter and continuing education instructor for community EMS programs and volunteer fire departments.

Scotty Bolleter

Scotty Bolleter

Scotty Bolleter, BS, EMT-P is a respected clinician, well known lecturer, author, inventor and published researcher best known in emergency medicine for his clinical candor. He Chairs the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences and is Chief in the Office of Clinical Direction. Scotty directs the Centre’s multidisciplinary education, training, and research work and manages the clinical aspects of emergency services operations. He has been involved in emergency medicine for over thirty five years with his name appearing on numerous patents in emergent, oncologic and orthopedic medicine. Prior to the Centre he was part of the design team, as well as directed global education, coordinated research and assisted with the regulatory clearance of numerous medical devices and procedures including the universally adopted EZ-IO. His resume includes flight, faculty, supervisory and developmental rolls with his efforts taking him throughout the United States and around the world. His presentations, research, publication and accomplishments can be found in magazines, journals, textbooks and videos. Notable awards include the Texas 2011 EMS Educator and 2000 EMS Person of the Year; the 1999 EMS Associates Humanitarian Award, and 1992 Recognition from The Texas Commissioner of Health for his work in pediatrics.

Mike Grill

Mike Grill

Mike Grill, MS, NREMT-P is the EMS Regional Program Director for Centura Health’s South Denver EMS Team in Denver, Colorado. He has been active in Fire/EMS since 1985 and has authored numerous articles for EMS and Fire trade journals. Mike has co-authored two textbooks – Fire Service First Responder and First Responder Resiliency – and has presented at over 200 fire/EMS conferences in both the United States and Canada.

Bob Matoba

Bob Matoba

Bob Matoba, M. Ed., EMT-P, is a highly creative professional with a broad base of EMS education and management skills.  37 years of experience spanning direct patient care, EMS education, adult education, management, monthly columnist for EMS1.com, featured and contribute author for EMS World Magazine, and contribute author for JEMS. Bob is currently the EMS Educator at  St. Anthony Prehospital Services in Colorado.

Kirk Mittelman

Kirk Mittelman

Capt. Kirk is a 40-year veteran of EMS and Public Safety and the Co-Founder of Mt Nebo Training in Provo Utah. Capt. Kirk is currently serving with Reach Air Medical as the Clinical Educator and CQI Coordinator for Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Capt. Kirk retired from Provo City Police after 22 years of service. Capt. Kirk also served during that same time period as an EMS provider with Payson EMS & Fire. Although his career in Law Enforcement ended in 2002, Capt. Kirk continued with Public Safety working full time in the Fire/EMS service where he again retired after serving as a Paramedic/Fire Captain and EMS Coordinator for Eagle Mountain Fire Department. Capt. Kirk teaches all levels of EMS and wilderness medicine at State, National and Regional conferences and classrooms across the United States.

In his spare time “Capt. Kirk” travels to 3rd World countries as a volunteer teaching EMS to physicians, nurses and EMS personnel. When things get too hectic Papa Kirk can be found waterskiing and enjoying the sun at Lake Powell or any other lake with his wife Margaret of 42+ years, their 4 children, spouses, 14 grand and 4 great grandchildren.

Jamie Temple

Jamie Temple

Jamie Temple BA, NRP, CCP, currently serves as the manager for EMS and Public Safety for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in Davenport, IA, and works with MEDIC EMS, where he has been running calls for 27 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, holds instructor status in ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS, TBI, and PEPP, and has served as a primary educator for the last 17 years. Jamie also serves as the coordinator for the Quad Cities CISM Team and is a contributing author for EMS textbooks. He has been a presenter at numerous conferences, known for his engaging style that is casual, informative, and downright fun!

Deb Von Seggern

Deb Von Seggern

Deb is currently the Emergency Medicine Services Coordinator for the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  She has been active in EMS since 1991 and involved with organizations and committees dealing with American Heart Association and prehospital education on local, state and national levels.  She resides outside of North Bend, NE with her family and is a member of the North Bend Fire Department.

Andrea Zickmund

Andrea Zickmund

Andrea Zickmund NREMT-P/FF has been working in EMS for 15 yrs. She has worked at every level from EMT through Paramedic.  She is known as the black cloud in all the busy 911 systems she has worked, as a lead paramedic.  She also has been teaching in EMS programs since 2007 and is a Primary Instructor for the state of Indiana.  She currently works for Angel Medflight Worldwide Air Ambulance as a flight paramedic on a Lear Jet 35, Keener EMS as a Paramedic in her hometown, and for Franciscan Alliance Crown Point as an EMS Educator in their EMS academy.  Andrea has a passion for teaching and working as a paramedic.