Join some of the best EMS Educators for networking and collaboration as we continue in the pursuit of excellence in EMS education at the 10th annual Texas EMS Educators Summit. View the full speaker lineup below.
2024 Texas EMS Educators Summit Speaker Lineup
Anthony Aguilar BS, LP, NRP
BS, LP, NRP
Anthony Aguilar BS, LP, NRP, is an EMS educator and clinician with 25 years of experience. His career began in Dallas with Rural/Metro Ambulance as an EMT with their inter-facility transfer service. Aguilar then moved to the Arlington EMS system with Rural/Metro then with AMR providing 911 services. He completed his paramedic education in 2005 and has worked in many different settings. These include the emergency department, Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport Team and 911 services. In 2012 Anthony joined the team at Tarrant County College as an EMS adjunct instructor and became a full time EMS Educator in 2015 where he currently serves as the EMT program coordinator. Anthony has an associate degree from TCC and a bachelor’s from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is passionate about EMT students’ success and working to find innovative ways to transform the EMS classroom to best meet student needs.
Daniela Alvarado Carballo
Presenting: Teaching EMS in a TikTok World
Daniela Alvarado Carballo, AAS, LP, is an instructor and clinical coordinator at Galveston College in Galveston, TX, and a paramedic at Alvin EMS. She brings an innovative and engaging perspective to her dual-credit EMT and other classes at the college. Daniela has served as a content expert in EMS textbooks for photographs and clinical content and enjoys her EMS practice as an active paramedic.
Dan Batsie, is the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. He has been a paramedic in New York, Maine and now Vermont for more than 30 years. Over his career Dan has worked hard to elevate the profession of prehospital medicine and demonstrated a particular passion for high quality EMS education. Dan has directed two accredited paramedic programs, authored two EMS textbooks, and lectured both nationally and internationally on current EMS topics. In addition to his work at the state level, Dan is active in numerous national EMS projects and committees.
EMT-P, DSHS Instructor, EMS Coordinator, Captain, FTO
Presenting: New Hire On-Boarding and Competency
Shane Beck, EMT-P, DSHS Instructor, EMS Coordinator, Captain, FTO, has over 42 years of EMS experience, the last 27 with Trophy Club Fire Department as captain and EMS coordinator. Shane has worked for a variety of EMS agencies including private, hospital based, rural, SSM, aeromedical and FD based systems.
LP, EMS Instructor
Carla Burris, LP, EMS Instructor, originally from Pennsylvania has been a paramedic since 1998. She is currently in her 7th year as a health science teacher at Friendswood High School. Four years ago, Carla started an EMT program on campus in conjunction with our local community college. She has also taught EMR and EMT courses while living in Pennsylvania.
MPH, EMS-CC, LP
Presenting: Coaching in Education
Lee Gillum, MPH, EMS-CC, LP, being from the Johnny and Roy era he discovered he could drive the ambulance while attending Texas A&M. During college not only did he get to hang out with notables Dudley Waite, Lance Villers, and Jeff Jarvis, he was also a student trainer, EMS volunteer and intramural medic. After college he worked as an offshore paramedic, firefighter/paramedic and EMS program director. He currently works for Montgomery County Hospital District EMS and oversees all initial and continuing education offered by MCHD.
NR-P, LP, FP-C, BAAS in EMS Administration
Samantha Grimsley, NR-P, LP, FP-C, BAAS in EMS Administration, is the program director for Weatherford College EMS program. She has been in prehospital emergency medicine for 17 years, holding positions in 911 field operations, transfer services, fire departments, rotor wing transport, and education. Additionally, Samantha has worked for the National Registry of EMTs as an independent item writer for EMR, EMT, and Paramedic exams. She also holds several EMS instructor certifications. Samantha aims to strengthen the skills and knowledge of EMS by the continuing pursuit of excellence for both students and educators.
M.Ed, BS, LP, EMS-C
Byron Harrison, M.Ed, BS, LP, EMS-C, worked 31 years with Houston FD as a paramedic and EMS supervisor with over 40 years of EMS service overall. His years in EMS began as a volunteer in Tomball, TX, as an EMT, progressing to paramedic certification and licensing in 1986. He has a BS from UT San Antonio Health Science Center in emergency health sciences and a Master of Education from Western Governor University and has instructor credentials in AHA BLS, ACLS and PALS, affiliate faculty with ITLS, and is a Tx DSHS EMS advanced coordinator. Capt. Harrison has been an EMS educator since 1990 on staff at several Houston area colleges, and as EMS Training Officer for HFD from 2005-2010. He joined the UT Health Houston MSTU staff in September 2022.
MD, MS, EMT-P
Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, is the chief medical officer and system medical director for the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority, aka MedStar. He is the host of The EMS Lighthouse Project Podcast where he reviews the scientific evidence that guides our EMS practice. Dr. Jarvis began his career in EMS over 30 years ago and remains a licensed paramedic today. His research interests include airway management and clinical performance measures. He is a proud father to two wonderful kids, husband of 33 years and a loyal Aggie.
Dan Limmer, AS, LP, continues a career in EMS and law enforcement that has spanned more than 40 years. He is the director of innovation for the National Medical Education and Training Center in Bridgewater, MA. Dan is an educator who 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, Limmer Education, LLC.
EMS Chief, MPA
Presenting: The EMS Educational Gap
Jason Mabbitt, EMS Chief, MPA, began his career in EMS in 1993 and has worked almost every position in EMS including EMT, paramedic, field training officer, quality assurance officer, clinical manager, and operations manager. Mabbitt is now the EMS chief for Schertz EMS. He has taught initial and continuing education at all levels and routinely teaches the field training and evaluation program for NEMSMA (National EMS Management Association).
Paramedic I/C, NAEMSE instructor 1 I/C
Presenting: Engaging CE
Tom Maliszewski, Paramedic I/C, NAEMSE instructor 1 I/C, joined Platinum Education Group in March of 2023 and is a licensed paramedic and instructor coordinator in Michigan. He has over 28 years of experience in the fire service and is also a critical care paramedic. Tom has been in initial education teaching at a local community college in his home state. In his free time he volunteers with Special Olympics of Michigan on the medical team and enjoys traveling with his wife and friends.
William Miller, FP-C, TP-C, is a full-time paramedic in the Houston area currently serving as a captain and SWAT medic. In addition to being a nationally certified paramedic, William is a board-certified flight paramedic and board-certified tactical paramedic. He holds certifications in advanced medical life support, prehospital trauma life support and tactical emergency casualty care.
Matt Nealand, BS, EMT-P, has actively been involved in EMS for more than 25 years. He has worked in Illinois, Texas and Alaska as a paramedic for urban and rural departments. Nealand has worked in EMS special operations and is currently the program director for EMTS Academy and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center paramedic program consortium with 7 satellite campuses serving over 200 students throughout Texas.
LP, DSHS Coordinator, M.Ed
Lara Ondruch, LP, DSHS Coordinator, M.Ed, boasts a distinguished career as an EMS educator, spanning back to 2013. Having started her journey at the collegiate level, she has seamlessly transitioned to enriching high school education. Notably, she holds the esteemed position of President at the Texas Association of EMS Educators, demonstrating her commitment to advancing EMS education across the state. In 2020, she achieved a significant milestone by earning her master’s degree in education from Western Governors University, further solidifying her expertise in the field. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Lara finds joy in her role as a devoted mother to two wonderful daughters, Parker (aged 8) and Joey (aged 2). Recently, she commemorated a decade of matrimonial bliss with her husband, Matt, marking a heartwarming milestone in their journey together.
Matt Ozanich, MHHS, NRP, is an examinations program manager at the National Registry of EMTs in Columbus, Ohio. In his current role he is responsible for the development of both cognitive and psychomotor examination items at all levels of EMS professionals and the oversight of the advanced level psychomotor examination. He started as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in 2004 and has been a practicing firefighter/paramedic for 18 years in various settings such as fire EMS, private EMS, mobile intensive care, and tactical EMS. In his administrative career, Matt served as a faculty member at Youngstown State University in the Allied Health department and was an administrator of emergency and disaster services for a local hospital system with three facilities.
M.Ed, NRP, CCP, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS
Bob Page, M.Ed, NRP, CCP, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS, is an internationally known speaker, instructor, author and paramedic. He is recognized for his energetic, humorous and motivational style. Bob takes ordinarily dry and hard to teach topics and transforms them into a fun, learning experience. He holds a master’s degree in adult education. Bob has been an instructor for almost 4 decades teaching a variety of adult education courses from customer service to advanced medical care. He is a certified healthcare simulation educator and operations specialist. Page has presented over 3000 seminars worldwide and was recognized by his peers in Missouri as Missouri’s “Most Creative Educator” in 2009 and was awarded the Legends That Walk Among us Award from NAEMSE is 2012.
Dave Quinn, EMT-P, IC, is a medical educator for Platinum Educational Group. He is a licensed paramedic and instructor coordinator in the state of Michigan and is approaching 30 years of experience in both EMS and fire service. Dave is a critical care paramedic, tactical paramedic, and certified firefighter and fire officer. He continues to work for both his local ALS ambulance service as well as for his local part-paid fire department. Since 1999, Dave has been an adjunct faculty for the local community college, teaching multiple levels of EMS programs and volunteering time with Health Occupation Students of America. In his free time, Dave is an avid wrestling fan and has been an assistant high school wrestling coach for many years. When he is not involved with a wrestling event, you will find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife and four boys, either hunting or fishing.
Rocki Rae, RDMS, graduated from the diagnostic medical sonography program at San Jacinto College in 2019. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of ultrasound with others and has a real talent for teaching. When Rocki isn’t working or sharing her ultrasound skills with others, she enjoys spending time with her family and walking her goldendoodle Mallie.
Paul Rosenberger, EdD, MPA, BS, NRP, has over thirty years of EMS experience with over twenty years of adult education instruction. He has performed ground and flight paramedic duties and leadership in town administration during his service. During his career as a practicing paramedic, he flew for an aeromedical provider, worked in emergency department and intensive care units, and provided 911 ground paramedic duties for several Texas cities (Arlington, Fort Worth, and Austin). He has served as a faculty member and assistant program director for UT Southwestern. During his tenure, he has coordinated initial EMR, EMT, and paramedic courses in preparation for NREMT certification examinations. He was responsible for and maintained program accreditation with the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the emergency medical services profession. Beyond his local roles, he was a primary instructor for the NAEMSE Evaluating Student Competencies seminars. In 2017 and 2018, Paul was a senior facilitator for the NREMT’s scenario workshops. Recently, he was a co-chair for the National EMS Education Standards Developmental/Revision Team and is a member of the NAEMSE board of directors. In July 2021, Paul accepted the role of examinations content manager for NREMT.
Megan Sanchez, RDMS, graduated with her AAS in diagnostic medical sonography from San Jacinto College in 2014. She has since spent most of her time working in a hospital setting performing a wide range of ultrasound procedures. She has always enjoyed working with students who rotated through her clinical site, so she was thrilled to be asked to join the Pocus Med team and help educate other healthcare providers. When Megan isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and family, traveling, and exercising.
TJ Starling, BS, LP, is an experienced and dedicated individual who has spent the majority of his career serving others and imparting his knowledge to aspiring paramedics. With 23 years of service as a paramedic, TJ has honed his skills and become a trusted expert in his field. In addition to his tenure as a paramedic, he has also spent 15 years as an EMS instructor, shaping the next generation of emergency medical professionals. His passion for teaching and his extensive practical experience makes him a sought-after mentor, providing invaluable guidance to students eager to make a difference in the field of healthcare. He has shared his expertise in both high school and college settings, showcasing his versatility as an educator. His ability to connect with students of all backgrounds and levels of experience has earned him a reputation as an engaging teacher
Sabrina Starns, BAAS, RDMS, graduated from Lone Star College Cyfair with an associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography in 2008. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in 2018 with a focus on adult education. Sabrina is registered and proficient in multiple sonography specialties and most recently received a certificate in POCUS scanning from POCUS.org. Her passion in education has driven her to work as a sonography instructor for the past seven years in the Houston area. Her latest endeavor, Pocus Med, is geared towards educating healthcare providers with cutting edge technology to improve their patient care techniques and outcomes. When Sabrina is not lecturing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her friends, family & pets.