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Bob was hired as an EMT by the City of Boston in 1981 and was promoted to Paramedic in 2000 He is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division, handling all Special Events in the City of Boston. Bob has received numerous awards and honors during the course of his career. In 2002 Bob was elected Vice President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association/EMS Division and continues to serve in that position.
William “Bill” Sugiyama began his career in EMS as an EMT – I while in college in 1990. Over this 24 year period he has steadily advanced himself professionally and academically. In 1990 he began his EMS career with a private ambulance company in the Sacramento California Area. In 1993 he obtained his California State Paramedic licensure and has served as a field paramedic on the ground and in the air; as and educator in the classroom and in the field; as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Paramedic Association he directed the largest American Heart Association Training Center on the West Coast and managed a budget of over 1.5 million dollars; as a Prehospital Care Coordinator for the Alameda County EMS Agency he directed the County’s Trauma and Critical Care Transport Paramedic Programs; as the Division Chief/Manager of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Oakland Fire Department he managed a Divisional budget of over $4 million dollars annually and directed the management and delivery of EMS for over 400 fire department personnel and 60,000 annual EMS responses for the 44th largest City in the United States. Bill is currently a Vice President of Client Services for Intermedix and serves on numerous non-profit boards as the Immediate Past President for the International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs, 2014 – 2016 and as the Secretary of the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation. Bill earned his Associates degree in Nursing and Baccalaureate degree of Science from Excelsior College, his Master of Arts in Homeland Security with a Concentration in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and in 2009; completed the Harvard Fellowship for Senior Executives in State and Local Government through the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2009; and completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California in 2012.
Tony started his EMS career as an EMT with a private ambulance company in 1998. In May of 2000 he was hired by Boston EMS. Tony has received several awards and honors during his time with BEMS. In 2013 he was the recipient of the New York Mets’ “Spirit Award” for his work on behalf of the National EMS Memorial Foundation.
Katie has over twenty years experience in the medical field. She spent ten of those years in the Emergency department at Tufts Medical Center and currently works as an Administrative Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie’s tireless pursuit of a permanent national memorial to fallen EMS personnel has very personal roots. As the wife of an EMT and the sister of two EMTs, Katie has personal insight into the risks that EMTs and Paramedics face every day in the course of their duties. She has worked side by side with members of the EMS community and has heard their stories and seen their contributions. Her close personal ties to the discipline has led to her being actively involved with the NEMSMF since 2007 and in 2013 became the Executive Director for the foundation. Katie’s unique abilities to communicate the cause, establish relationships and build coalitions has moved the effort forward. Through her passionate leadership, she has garnered the support of Washington DC stakeholders through her testimony to relevant federal officials and committees, and was able to secure the introduction of H.R. 4690, authorizing the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial in the District of Columbia and its environs.
Jamie is a 28 year veteran of Boston EMS currently assigned to the Charlestown district in Ambulance 15. Jamie serves as the current President of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association EMS division, representing the EMTs, Paramedics, Lieutenants and Captains of Boston. He also serves as the President to EMSLA (EMS Labor Alliance). Jamie has been involved in the efforts to raise awareness of EMS occupational fatality for more than a decade and continues to contribute to this effort in his second term as a NEMSMF Director.
The Hon. Richard Serino spent more than forty years in public service. During that time he provided extensive leadership on emergency management, emergency medical and homeland security at local, state, federal and international levels. Mr. Serino is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard & School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.
• He was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 8th Deputy Administrator in October 2009 and served until 2014.
• In this role, he also served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the agency with more than $25 billon budget.
• Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he spent 36 years at Boston EMS where he rose through the ranks to become Chief. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.
Mr. Serino responded to over 60 national disasters while at FEMA and during Super Storm Sandy, he was the lead federal area commander for New York and New Jersey. Mr. Serino was also on scene at the Boston Marathon bombings as the Department of Homeland Security senior official. A sampling of Federally declared disasters Mr. Serino responded to include: flooding in North Dakota, New England, Georgia and Colorado; the wildfires in Colorado and Texas; the tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Joplin, Missouri; tsunami destruction in the American Samoa; and the Hurricane stricken
areas from hurricanes Isaac, Irene, and Earl. Mr. Serino briefed the President of the United States on a number of disasters and briefed and traveled with Vice President Biden to a number of affected communities to survey the destruction.
During his tenure at Boston EMS he transformed it to one of the best and nationally recognized EMS systems in the country. He bolstered the city’s response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years.
He has received more than thirty-five local, national and international awards for public service and innovation; including Harvard University National Public Leadership Institute’s “Leader of the Year”; nationally recognized as an Innovator in EMS with the “Innovators in EMS Award” and Boston’s highest Public Service award, “Henry L Shattuck Public Service Award”.
Mr. Serino attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2000, completed the Kennedy School’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative in 2005, and graduated the Executive Leadership Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Chief James Robinson is a 25-year veteran of EMS, beginning his career as a volunteer EMT in 1989. He is has been the Assistant Chief over Operations for Denver Health EMS, the 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency for the City and County of Denver (CO). He has served in this role since 2005 and has been a part of the organization since 1993, when he began working as a field paramedic. As the Assistant Chief over operations, James oversees all 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) delivery for the City and County of Denver, from EMS dispatch to patient delivery at receiving hospitals. Denver EMS serves the 155 square miles of the City and County of Denver, including Denver International Airport, as well as the cities of Glendale and Sheridan, and the Skyline Fire Protection District. Chief Robinson has been passionately committed to the support and growth of the EMS profession, and has been an engaged member of the EMS community for his entire career. He has been involved in the planning and execution of numerous high-profile events and mass gatherings in Denver, as well as unplanned emergencies, including acting as Denver’s medical planning lead for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. James is a founding member and current President of the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC). He has served and continues to serve on many other local, state and national EMS, healthcare and emergency management committees and working groups. Chief Robinson holds a BS, Magna Cum Laude, in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is a graduate of Cohort VI of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He is currently a Master’s Candidate in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Masters Program in Homeland Security and National Security Studies. He is also trained in the Toyota Production Systems “Lean” methodologies and has written and spoken on their use in EMS.
John “Jackie” Sullivan is a 28 year veteran of the FDNY – EMS having started his career in 1986 in Midtown Manhattan’s Station 13 where he spent 10 years. In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to Station 20 in the North Bronx. In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and was the Commanding Officer at Station 26 “The Tin House” in the heart of the South Bronx. In 2011 he was promoted to his current rank of Deputy Chief and was assigned back to Manhattan’s Division 1 for two years. In 2013 he was reassigned to The Bronx and is currently assigned to Bronx Division 2. Chief Sullivan is currently one of a few remaining active members who were assigned to both World Trade Center Attacks in 1993 and 2001.
Jim started his EMS career in 1983. During that time he has been a volunteer, worked in rural and urban EMS systems, and for the past 26 years for the City of Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief Paramedic of Education and Training at the Denver Health Paramedic Division.
David R. Kamlan, EMT-P. David is a 23 year veteran in EMS, obtaining his EMT certification in 1991. He got his start as a Paid Call Firefighter at the Carmel Fire Department. Shortly afterwards, he was also hired at Carmel Regional Fire Ambulance; a JPA ambulance service run by several local fire districts. He moved up to the bay area in 1994 and worked as an EMT in Contra Costa County before attending the Walter S. Graff School for Paramedics at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, CA in 1995. After school, he returned to Contra Costa and worked as a paramedic in Richmond, CA until 2006. He was a multi-disciplinary instructor at the San Francisco Paramedic Association and was on the Board of Directors initially as the Director of Membership and later serving as the Vice President. While on the Board of Directors, he was appointed to the EMS Advisory Committee and the Trauma System Audit Committee for the City and County of San Francisco. In early 2002, he was retained as a consultant by the Revivant Corporation to develop training and education programs for the AutoPulse. After the company was acquired by ZOLL Medical in 2005, he became the Manager of Clinical Education and Training. At ZOLL, he has managed several resuscitation research projects with EMS services that have been published in peer reviewed medical journals; each resulting in a Poster or Oral Presentation at AHA’s Resuscitation Science Symposium. He is on faculty for the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine’s Annual Symposium on Critical Care, Trauma, and Emergency Medicine. He volunteers his time with the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula, a local non-profit in Monterey that operates Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. His first season as Assistant Director was in 1995 and he was later appointed to the Board of Directors as the Medical Director in 2010. His is also a Site Director for Urban Shield where he coordinates and manages the EMS component for a tactical training site as part of a large, hyper-realistic training exercise.
Jimmy Gambone is a paramedic who began his EMS career in 1992 as an on-call EMT for his local community fire department. His initial experience and love for EMS led him to attend Northeastern University. After graduating with honors he established a full-time career in EMS as a paramedic in service to various private EMS agencies over his career. Jimmy is recognized as a labor leader who has served in various professional EMS organizations advocating for improved working conditions, safety, betterment and professionalism of EMS as a whole and has worked diligently toward these objectives for many years. He believes that the time has come for EMS to be able to honor those who have fallen in sacrifice to their fellow man and to have a permanently established memorial to honor these brave men and women of EMS in the most prominent and fitting location in the United States – in Washington, DC.