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2022 Speaker Bios

Jeff Anderson


Jeff Anderson is a paramedic and EMS educator from Bossier City, La. He is currently the Program Director of the paramedic program at

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Bossier Parish Community College and is also a paramedic for a local EMS agency.

Greg Applegate


Greg Applegate is the chief science officer for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, where he spends his time trying to 

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perfect entry-level certification examinations and encouraging EMS research. Greg holds a PhD in educational psychology from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana University, and is a certified credentialing professional. Greg began his post-military career as a high school teacher and became interested and concerned about testing with the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Unable to find answers from his administrators, Greg began working with psychometric faculty, eventually leaving secondary teaching to pursue a graduate degree. He found some of his answers while in graduate school (and many more questions) and has made it his life’s work to create valid, reliable, and fair examinations and ensure the results are used responsibly. Greg has worked on a wide range of projects including serving on the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s accreditation guidelines review committee, the linguistic and cultural translation of an international certification examination, developing technology-enhanced items, developing a clinical judgment performance examination, and launching live remote proctoring. In addition to examination issues, Greg maintains his passion for education by researching and presenting on effective and efficient teaching and learning.

Scotty Bolleter


Scotty Bolleter is a respected paramedic, well-known lecturer, published researcher and inventor. He is responsible for the

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Office of Clinical Direction and chairs the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences in Spring Branch, Texas. Bolleter currently manages the clinical aspects of BSBEMS operations and the Centre’s multidisciplinary education and research facility. He has been involved in emergency medicine for over 30 years and has numerous patents in emergent, oncologic, and orthopedic medicine. He has directed global education, coordinated research, and worked on regulatory clearances for numerous medical devices and procedures. Bolleter’s resume includes ground, flight, faculty, supervisory and developmental rolls across Texas and around the world. His presentations, publications and accomplishments can be found in magazines, journals, textbooks, and videos. Awards include the Texas EMS Person and Educator of the Year; the Utah EMS Associates Humanitarian Award, and recognition from the Texas Commissioner of Health for his work in pediatrics.

Dean Campa


Dean Campa is a full-time professor of emergency medical services at Lonestar College-North Harris. He has worked in various 

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capacities in EMS since 1990 including flight paramedic, ground paramedic, and wilderness EMT. Dean holds both a masters and bachelor degree from Sam Houston State University in interpersonal communications (areas of study: relational maintenance, family communication, nonverbal communication, and deception) and various other prehospital credentials (LP, FPC, WEMT, EMS-CC, etc). Additionally, he is currently a Ph.D.

George Hatch, Jr.


George Hatch, Jr. joined CoAEMSP as executive director in 2007, with over 45 years of experience as an EMS provider and professional educator. 

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He is responsible for the administration of the CoAEMSP process that includes the development of CAAHEP accreditation standards, liaison with the board of directors and their appointing organizations, liaison between the CoA and the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as well as supporting the accredited EMS education programs in the United States. His career accomplishments include service as an emergency medical technician-paramedic and supervisor in Galveston, Texas; former president of the Texas Association of EMTs; liaison to the National Registry of EMTs; member of the American Heart Association’s subcommittee on pediatric resuscitation; professor; past chairman and program director of the emergency medical services department at Houston Community College where he worked for 24 years; and content level leader (Resuscitation) in the National Association of EMS Educators project that developed the original National EMS Education Standards under contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston College of Education. He holds an educational doctorate with a concentration in curriculum-instruction and teaching from the University of Houston. Dr. Hatch lectures frequently on the accreditation process nationwide and on the affective domain of learning as a critical component of EMS education.

Larry Hill


Larry Hill is a licensed paramedic with 40 years experience in EMS. He has worked on multiple continents often 

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in remote environments teaching and developing community-based EMS. Larry is the founder and executive director of Medic Outpost nonprofit that trains and equips remote first responders in the developing world as well as the USA. His scenario-based training programs have taught African anti-poaching units, US park rangers, wilderness medicine students, as well as community people.

Jeff Jarvis


Dr. Jeff Jarvis is the EMS medical director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS in Central Texas as well as the chief medical 

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officer for FlightbridgeED. He maintains his clinical practice at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. Dr. Jarvis is board certified in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He began his career in EMS over 34 years ago, has worked in three states as a paramedic, and retains his active paramedic license today. He teaches extensively and has authored multiple articles on EMS issues in both peer-reviewed and industry journals. His research interests include airway management and clinical performance measures. He serves on the board of directors of the National EMS Quality Alliance where he chairs the measure development committee. He discusses EMS research on his podcast “EMS Lighthouse Project Podcast” and looks forward to hearing comments or feedback on Twitter @DrJeffJarvis. 

Roy Lerma

Firefighter, Paramedic

Roy Lerma has worked for the Brownsville Fire Department for 12 years and has been in the training and education division for 5 years. He is

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 an instructor for the fire academy, EMT academy, Dept CEUs, AMLS, PHTLS, ACLS, BLS and takes part in many community events like Hands Only CPR and Stop the Bleed. Roy recently presented on the topic of peer support and behavioral health.

Daniel Limmer

AS, Paramedic, I/C

Daniel Limmer is a paramedic and police officer who has been involved in EMS and law enforcement for 40 years. He is a lecturer in the EMS 

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degree program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and an EMS instructor/coordinator in Maine. He speaks at EMS conferences around the world. He is a co-author of several textbooks including Emergency Care, EMR Complete, the education standards Transition Series for EMT, AEMT and Paramedic, and EMPACT. He develops smartphone and web-based review apps for the emergency service fields through his company.

Jeff McDonald

Program Coordinator, EMS Professions

Jeff McDonald is the program coordinator for the EMS Professions Programs at Weatherford College, in Weatherford, Texas. He has over forty 

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years of experience in EMS, with over thirty years in EMS education. Jeff has served as an active paramedic in busy 911 systems as well as busy and progressive air medical operations. Jeff is an active site visitor and board member for the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Professions, the executive director of the Texas Association of EMS Educators, the chair of the Texas EMS Educators Summit, and works with the education committee of the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. He has served as needed on various committees with the National Association of EMS Educators. Jeff holds a bachelor of science in emergency health services from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a master of education degree in instruction design and technology from West Texas A&M University.

James Purdom

LP, EMS Instructor

James Purdom began his EMS career as an EMT-B for Palo Duro Hospital EMS in Canyon, Texas in 1996. He began working for Grand Prairie Fire 

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Department in 2005, where he has risen to the rank of Captain. James teaches at Weatherford College and is the lead instructor for the EMT Basic course while also teaching in the paramedic program and the fire academy.

Gil Salazar


Gil Salazar is an associate professor of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern. He serves as the medical director of EMS education at 

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Dallas College (Dallas, Texas), Collin College (McKinney, Texas), and DeSoto Fire Training Academy (DeSoto, Texas). He oversees both initial and continuing education of area EMS professionals. He practices clinically at Parkland Hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Salazar is dually board-certified in emergency medicine and EMS and serves as core faculty for the Emergency Medicine Residency and the EMS Fellowship programs of UT Southwestern Medical Center​. He is the creator of Campus Emergency Preparedness and Survival Training (Campus EPAST)R. His main goal is to improve the quality of education in the management of natural and human-made disasters.

John Spencer


John Spencer began working with Platinum Educational Group in August 2015. He is a licensed paramedic and instructor coordinator

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in the state of Michigan. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in EMS and 10 years in the fire service. John is a certified firefighter, critical care paramedic, AHA basic and advanced cardiac life support instructor, as well as a NAEMT prehospital trauma life support and emergency pediatric care instructor. In his free time, he enjoys working the ambulance in the 911 system of Kalamazoo, MI, serving as a member of the security and medical response teams at his church, hunting, fishing, camping and anything that involves spending time with his wife and six children. John is a previous National Star of Life recipient and is passionate about advancing professionalism in EMS by teaching with a focus on the Affective domain.

Richard Stubbs

Captain, Paramedic, Instructor

Richard Stubbs started in the fire department as an explorer in 1982. He started his firefighting career at the CDF, now called Cal Fire, as a

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seasonal firefighter and has been at Weslaco Fire/EMS Department since 1996. Captain Stubbs has been a paramedic since 1998. He is part of EMTF and has deployed to multiple hurricanes and Covid responses in Texas and is also trained as an emergency manager.

Melissa Stuive

LP, M.Ed.

Melissa Stuive began her EMS journey in 1995 as an EMT-basic. She has spent time working for a private company to working 9-1-1. She 

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graduated as paramedic in 1999 and began teaching in 1999 for a volunteer fire department. She was recruited by the community college and has been there ever since. Stuive is the EMS program director and is working on a doctorate in education.

Lance Villers


Lance Villers is chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. He has been involved in EMS as a 

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paramedic, educator and national speaker for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Master Teachers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and developed the first online BS degree program for paramedics. He has directed EMS educational programs for the US Army Special Operations Command, US Army Flight Medic program, San Antonio Fire Department, and numerous rural and urban fire departments. He is a former member of the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Education Committee and Texas EMS Educator of the Year.