Meet the 2019 Candidates
Vice President Nominees
LeeAnn Domonoske- Kellar- Wilton Ambulance
LeeAnn Domonoske-Kellar is no stranger to Emergency Medical Services in North Dakota. She was introduced to EMS in 1977 when her father attended the first Advanced First Aide course offered in Wilton and was “recruited” as a practice patient.
In 2002, LeeAnn was elected to the Wilton Ambulance Board of Directors rising to the position of WRAD Board President. She started driving for the ambulance service, attended an EMT course and found her calling in life. She was hired as the full-time Wilton Ambulance Manager in 2004 where she is currently employed. LeeAnn operated Emergency Education and Consulting which provided consultation services, grant writing, EMS education and ran the state of North Dakota EMT test site.
Continuing her education, she completed the I-85 and later the AEMT course. She is an EVOC Instructor, Instructor/Coordinator, AHA Instructor, Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist, Certified Ambulance Compliancy Officer, and Certified Ambulance Privacy Officer.
Recognizing concerns and issues with EMS spreading beyond her local district, she began exploring opportunities to improve and advocate for the ND EMS system. LeeAnn was elected to multiple terms on the NDEMSA Board of Directors for the SW Region and served on the NDEMSA Legislation Committee. She continues to advocate and lobby for EMS in North Dakota. She serves on many state EMS committees including the Cardiac Care Committee. She is the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children Family Representative and was recently appointed to the Federal Grantee Steering Committee which is tasked with planning the Federal EMSC Grantee Conference.
The National Registry of EMTs invited her to join numerous committees pertaining to National EMS issues, including the committee which developed the National EMT Continued Competency Program, resulting in the reduction of continuing education recertification hours.
Active in many organizations, she has served on the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizon Board of Directors, First Presbyterian Church Session, Youth Group leader, Girl Scout Leader, Awana Leader, Wilton Public School Yearbook Advisor, People to People program, Wilton City Commissioner, and Past President of the Wilton Alumni Association. Some organizations LeeAnn is currently involved in are: National Association of EMTs, Bismarck-Mandan EMS Professionals, North Dakota Opportunity Fund Steer Committee, Women of Wilton (Sec/Treasurer), Daughters of the American Revolution (State Chairman for Women’s Issues), American Legion Auxiliary, Wilton Lions, and President of the Wilton City Commission.
LeeAnn is widowed, the proud parent of three remarkable boys and has two bed-hogging Labrador Retrievers. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, spending time with friends and family, traveling, attending Garth Brooks concerts and NDSU Bison games.
Cheryl Flick- Bowdon Ambulance
Hello NDEMSA members,
My name is Cheryl Flick and I am running for the office of Vice President.
I serve on the Bowdon Ambulance Service as an EMT-B and have done so for 28 years. We are a very small rural service in the middle of the state. I have been a NDEMSA board of director from the Southeast region since 1999. I have served on several committees with the conference committee being the one I spend the majority of my time on.
My favorite part about being on the NDEMSA board is going out to the surrounding services to help in any way I can. I learn so much from other services, on how they run and share what has worked and what hasn’t worked with my service and other services.
As a Director, I have brought the small, rural, volunteer perspective to the board and would like to continue to do that as your Vice-President. I feel that knowledge and experience would bring an excellent balance to the executive board.
I am excited for the future of NDEMSA. We have a strong President in Kelly Dollinger. Our Office Administrator Corrie Geurts, has been wonderful to work with. The Regional Advisors are bringing more ideas and solutions to services.
One of the many goals I would like NDEMSA to complete, is a new strategic plan. This keeps NDEMSA on track with firm goals to achieve and move forward.
If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
I would appreciate your vote to represent YOU on the NDEMSA board as your Vice President.
NW Board of Directors Nominees
Aden Clark- Minot Air Force Base
Hello, My name is Aden Clark, NRP. Currently I am one of four directors for the NW Region. I am looking for reelection for a second two year term.
A little about me, I was born and raised in Stanley ND. I graduated high school from Stanley High School in 1995. After a short time in college at NDSCS I started my career as a Diesel Technician. I continued in that field for over 12 years. I lived and worked in the Valley City/Jamestown area. Before moving back to the Stanley. While working at the local Case IH dealership I started driving for the Stanley Ambulance. I was transported from Stanley to Minot one night and the EMT (a great man who did a lot for the Stanley service) told me if I could drive my race car I could drive an Ambulance. He told me to come to the Bay and get a pager. It took me a couple years to go get that pager but when I did it was the best choice I ever made. With that pager I was able to help provide a service for the community that I feel was overlooked. EMS! After driving for 2 years I took the EMT class and passed. I wanted to learn and be the best EMT I could be. I did some travel work and worked for some very busy services like Spirit Lake and Williston Fire Dept. It didn’t take me long to learn that to achieve my goal of helping my community of Stanley the best I could I needed to continue my education and I moved into Paramedic school. I worked full time in Williston at the Fire dept. After graduating I went to work in New Town and Stanley. I had achieved my Goal! After some unforeseen circumstances I left Stanley and went to work in Minot at Community Ambulance. I was offered a position in Bottineau and with my heart being in Rural EMS I made the change. I have since worked in Jamestown but found this drive to be to much as my family has grown.
I was married last year and had a baby girl. That makes 2 daughters of my own, 2 step daughters and now another daughter between us. 5 daughters is a full time job in itself. From college to diapers. I am a local Stock Car driver and drive an IMCA Stock car on dirt tracks in the state. I currently live in Surrey ND. I am active in my kid’s school activities mainly cheerleading and now basketball.
So why do I want to represent you? I grew up 10 miles north of Stanley and 16 years ago my Mom passed away. She had what appeared to be a major cardiac event at home with my dad there. After calling 911 and the dispatcher trying to explain to him how to do CPR it took around 15 to 20 minutes for the Ambulance to arrive. This seems like a lifetime when your loved one is dying. I want to represent you because I want to do everything in my power to keep that timeframe as low as it can be. With the decrease in Volunteers and the increase in rural services closing I want to keep those services going or turn them into substations or QRU. I want to see a trained person at the sick person's bedside as fast as we can. My passion is for Rural EMS and transporting from critical access hospitals to local trauma centers. The feeling you get when you walk into the local coffee shop or school and people say HI and know who you are and that you are there to help them is the best feeling and I want more people in EMS to feel that. I feel we need a new voice to represent our area. With my experience from a CPR drive to a Paramedic on an Urban ALS service from a flight medic to a Manager of a busy Rural service I feel I can help make a difference in our area.
Holly Grubb- Tioga Ambulance
I am seeking your consideration for the position of North West Regional Director of the NDEMSA. I am interested in furthering my contribution to rural EMS by representing the North West region on the NDEMSA board of directors. I have been an EMT in the rural communities of Kenmare and Tioga for 16 years. During this time I acquired my instructor certification and have been providing EMS training and education for 13 years in the communities of Ray, Tioga, Powers Lake, and Kenmare. I was elected Squad Leader for Tioga Ambulance Service in 2014 and have been serving in that capacity since. I believe I am a quality candidate for the North West Regional Director position and am motivated to represent the EMS providers of the region in addressing the challenges facing EMS in rural communities. Thank you for your consideration.
Corey Johnson- Williston Fire/ EMS
My name is Corey Johnson and I have served with the City of Williston Fire Department since February of 2016. I started as a Firefighter/Paramedic and was promoted to the position of Field Training Officer. Currently I am a Lieutenant on B-Shift. I am part of the regional Haz-Mat Response Team with the fire department and am assigned to the Williams County SWAT Team as a Paramedic. Aside from these duties I also teach the EMT program and several continuing education programs such as ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, TCCC, and AHDR. Prior to coming to Williston, I was an EMS supervisor for a regional ALS ambulance service and part of the Pennsylvania EMS Strike Team which would deploy nationwide for disaster response.
Education has always been very important to me. Prior to coming to Williston I was an EMS and Hazardous Materials instructor with Bucks County Community College outside of Philadelphia. In my hometown we had a volunteer ambulance service which had paid staff only during certain hours during the day. Being from a more rural area we struggled getting and training volunteers. In 2014 we began building a Training Center next to the ambulance station. All the work was done by volunteers and funded by donations. After the construction project we became the first non-college affiliated training center for EMS programs in our region.
This profession means the world to me and I have been blessed to be as involved as I have in my new home of Williston. I look forward to further opportunities to grow and develop and ask for your support in furthering my passion by being apart of the NDEMSA Board.
Christopher South- Community Ambulance of Minot
Medicine is constantly changing and so is EMS. One of the most dangerous phrases in medicine is “That’s the way we have always did it.” Our industry is constantly changing and evolving in the pursuit to have the best outcomes for our patient’s that we serve. It is my desire to help the Northwest district to have its finger on the current pulse of EMS and be current and up to date in everything that is changing and also to become the leaders of EMS that we have the potential to be. My goal is a 3-pronged approach to helping the Northwest district to be the best it can be in EMS.
#1- Education- Encourage up to date education that exceeds more than what is required by National Registry. I want to see specialty courses that inspire and challenge providers.
#2- Legislation – I want to hear what your needs are and help to develop legislation to help address those needs. I want to be YOUR voice about YOUR needs and speak to people who can effect those needed changes. I’m here to serve you.
#3- Inspiration- I want to be involved in each department that is a member of the Northwest district. I want to visit your stations, get to know you, listen to you and learn how to serve you better. The best way to do this is coming out and seeing where you serve and learn the best ways to be an asset for your agency. I want to work for you!
In essence, I want to do what is best by the people who make up the Northwest District. It is my desire to serve you by listening to what you need and trying my best to help work with you to try and meet those needs. It is me and you working together to make EMS great and to continue to fulfill the EMS oath “So others may live.”
I hope to have your vote in this upcoming election.
Christopher M South NRP
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NE Board of Directors Nominees
Eric Toutenhoofd- Altru Ambulance
Eric been a paramedic for 15 years, and active in EMS education for 12. He has been working for as a staff paramedic at Altru Health System for the majority of his career. He enjoys teaching and providing outreach to the community. Eric has been a NE board member for the past 3 years. Prior to EMS Eric spent 8 years serving in the Air Force. He is also the father to 3 boys ages 17,15, and 13.
Bill Tuttle- Drayton Ambulance
Bill Tuttle is an AEMT with Drayton Volunteer Ambulance Service. Bill started working with volunteer EMS service in 1978 as an ECT then EMT while in high school. Bill took a break in EMS service from 1980 to 1991 when he enlisted in the USAF. Since then, he obtained EMT certification in 1991, EMT-I in 1996 and AEMT in 2016. Bill currently is a ND Instructor/Coordinator, AHA instructor, and ECSI instructor. He also serves as the Drayton representative and Secretary on the Pembina County EMS Board of Directors.
Bill has extensive leadership experience, serving several terms as president of the local union at the Drayton sugar manufacturing plant from 1985-2006. He had opportunities to speak before legislative committees and meet with local legislators, congressional representatives and state officers to bring forward important issues that impact working citizens of ND. As a labor leader he served on several state-wide committees’ including Workers Compensation Advisory Council, Train-ND NE Workforce Training Committee, and ND AFL-CIO. Currently Bill is a member of the ND Motorcycle Safety Program Advisory Committee. In December 2017 he completed EMS Leadership Academy, and currently he is enrolled at Columbia Southern University seeking a degree in Emergency Medical Services Administration.
Bill works fulltime as a diesel truck and trailer mechanic at Helm Enterprises in Drayton. His hobbies are ice fishing, hunting, camping, motorcycling and politics.
Elected to NDEMSA as NE Region Director in 2017 and nearing completion of the two-year term, I am asking for your continued support, and your vote. I would like the opportunity to continue the important work NDEMSA does on behalf of you, our membership. It has been my privilege to serve the EMS community. Thank You.
SW Board of Directors Nominees
Darrell West- Killdeer/ Bowman Ambulance
My name is Darrell West I am from Bowman and I currently am a Southwest Region Board member. I work for Killdeer Area Ambulance as an AEMT, BLS education coordinator as well as AHA BLS instructor. I also volunteer with the Bowman Ambulance Squad. My lovely wife Jessica and I have 6 kids ranging from 10months to 12 years old. I have been in EMS on and off since 1989 and in 2013 I made it my fulltime career. I have been active with NDEMSA as part of the publication committee, awards committee and with OIEMS. Being from the western edge of North Dakota, I understand the impact the energy industry has brought to North Dakota, both good and bad and I have seen the need for extra equipment and specialized training when dealing with oil production sites. I understand the need for better pay and better understanding of what we as EMS providers do. The days of volunteerism are going away and our services members’ average age is increasing. As an association we need to continually look for improvement for our EMS system in North Dakota and advise and assist the State in advancing EMS. We need to find ways to get more EMS personnel to leadership training and find the funding to put on the continued education we need to stay current. I would greatly appreciate your vote.
DeeAnn Were- Standing Rock Ambulance
My name is DeeAnn Werre. I currently reside in Bismarck and work with Standing Rock Ambulance as a Paramedic, with Bismarck State College as an EMS Instructor and am on the SIM ND team providing continuing education to healthcare providers in the Southwest Region.
I began my career as a volunteer with New Salem Ambulance Service in 1996. In 2006 I conquered my fear of practicing IV starts and obtained my I/85 training. And in 2011 after all 3 of my daughters had graduated from high school I followed in my oldest daughter’s footsteps and became a Paramedic. During my time at New Salem I also became an EMS Instructor and found my love for educating and sharing my knowledge. I feel there is always more to learn hence always more to share.
Though I have worked hard to improve my own skills, I will never forget the place and people that taught me the most in my EMS career. Because I began my career as a volunteer with New Salem Ambulance Service, I understand the needs and challenges of rural ambulance services. Maintaining ambulance services in our communities is difficult at best. This should not be the case for services that are the backbone of EMS in our state.
As a volunteer EMT, I came to understand the importance of maintaining adequate numbers of EMTs in rural North Dakota towns. Without members we obviously cannot provide quality care to our very rural population. In order for us to grow members in our services we must come together as a team and seek continuous improvement in our profession.
As an educator, it has always been my goal to help provide quality education to volunteer services and continue to build our volunteer base. By providing excellent education we can provide outstanding quality care throughout the state, whether 5 or 50 miles from a hospital.
I have always believed that every problem or challenge has a solution. I believe the path to those solutions needs to come from leaders who have seen the side of EMS they are representing. Leaders who are not only willing to listen to your concerns but help to find the solutions as well. I know and understand your perspectives because I have been where you are.
I believe we need representation that speaks for the majority of providers in our region, the volunteers. I would cherish the opportunity to represent you as a director for the Southwest Region on the North Dakota EMS Association board.
I will be at the regional conference and would love to hear your thoughts on EMS in North Dakota.
Thank you for your consideration to my candidacy for regional director
Adam Parker- Sanford AirMed
Hello, my name is Adam Parker and I am asking for your vote to continue serving as a Southwest region Director for the North Dakota EMS Association.
I have been involved in North Dakota EMS for 15 years working for volunteer, private, and hospital-based EMS services. I currently live in Bismarck and am employed by Sanford Health as a Manager for Sanford AirMed.
It has been an honor to represent you all on the Board, as well as the various committee meetings I attend, as we work to find solutions to the various challenges we face and to build strong EMS systems throughout North Dakota.
I would appreciate your vote so that I can continue to represent you for another term. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Adam Parker 701-934-1398 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Murphy- New England Ambulance
SE Board of Directors Nominees
Katy Kressin- Sanford AirMed
Greetings ND EMS Association members, I am Katy Kressin and I am running for reelection as your director for the Southeast Region. I am currently finishing my first term as a member of the board of directors where I have enjoyed being part of this passionate EMS group working together to make EMS in North Dakota better. I am a Certified Flight Paramedic and an Outreach Development specialist at Sanford AirMed. Since 2000, I have worked as a Paramedic in rural and metro areas of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin as a paramedic doing 911 calls, interfacility transfers, and critical care transports in ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes. Even though I don’t find myself taking care of as many patients anymore I love working as an Outreach Development Specialist and being a director on the NDEMSA board because it helps me to feel like I am still making a difference in people’s lives and giving back. I enjoy my time spent out of the office with my friends and family in the ND EMS communities learning about service areas and working together to be the best we can be. I hope to continue to support you as a friend or colleague whether we are talking over a phone call, a training session, at a sporting event with our kids, sharing social media updates or at the store, I enjoy ever interaction. Thank you for the past 2 years and I hope that you will consider reelecting me to represent you in the Southeast region on the NDEMSA board.