ACCT Board of Directors

Dennis Mack

Dennis Mack, MPA, CMEL, EMT, CMTE


Atrium Health/MedCenter Air, North Carolina

Dennis is the Director of Operations for MedCenter Air at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining MedCenter Air, Dennis was the Communications Manager for WakeMed Air Mobile in Raleigh, NC. Dennis began his career in the air medical industry with Keystone Helicopter in 1994. Dennis’ other past experience includes a former police lieutenant, an A&P Technician, and he is a commercial rated pilot. Dennis is the President of the North Carolina Air Medical Association (NCAA) and is a ten year veteran of the USAF where he flew air medical missions during the Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. Dennis received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his graduate degree in Public Administration with an Emergency Management concentration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Board Term Expires 2023

Kevin Reynolds

Kevin Reynolds, MBA, EMT-P, FP-C

Past Chair

CareFlite, Texas

Kevin Reynolds is the Chief Operating Officer for CareFlite. CareFlite, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, was established in 1979 and is the 2nd oldest flight program in Texas. Mr. Reynolds is responsible for operations and oversight of the Air and Ground Clinical Divisions, the Communications Center, Air Clinical Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Compliance. Mr. Reynolds has served in EMS since 1995 as a paramedic. Since assuming a leadership role at CareFlite, Mr. Reynolds has guided the program to excel clinically; training with and transporting IABP, adult ECMO, Impella, high risk obstetrical care, and other complex clinical disciplines. Through a philosophy based on collaboration and service leadership, he has helped administer an outreach education program that delivers high quality training to underserved hospitals, EMS providers, and community crisis resource centers.

Mr. Reynolds graduated magna cum laude from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. He also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and currently holds the following professional certifications: EMT-P from the Texas Department of State Health Services and FP-C from the IBSC/BCCTPC.

Jennifer Lakeberg



University of Cincinnati Air Care and Mobile Care, Ohio

Jennifer is a pediatric nurse practitioner for the University of Cincinnati Air Care and Mobile Care. She has extensive critical care transport experience with various modes of transport including, fixed wing, helicopter and ground critical care. She has also worked for both adult and pediatric / neonatal critical care transport programs. She is very passionate about improving the industry and care given to patient requiring critical care transport.

Board Term Expires 2022

Mike Christianson

Mike Christianson, MSAS, ATP, CMTE


Sanford AirMed, South Dakota

Mike Christianson, MSAS, ATP, CMTE, is the Enterprise Executive Director for Sanford AirMed based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Mike has an extensive background in Aviation with over 20 years of flying experience and 17 years as a fixed wing air ambulance pilot. Mike is responsible for clinical and aviation leadership roles within an integrated delivery system.

Board Term Expires 2021

Jason Cohen

Jason Cohen, DO, FACEP, FCCM

Co-chair of Education committee

Boston MedFlight, Massachusetts

Jason Cohen, DO, FACEP, FCCM, is the Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight. Dr. Cohen brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the CMO position, including 13 years as an emergency care physician with FEMA and the United States Army. Dr. Cohen also previously served as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Albany Medical Center and is board certified in emergency and critical care medicine.

In his role, he works closely with CEO Mara Hughes and team of Associate Medical Directors affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Lahey Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

He also serves in a clinical role at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Board Term Expires 2021

Damon Darsey

Damon A. Darsey, MD

University of Mississippi Medical Center: AirCare

Damon Darsey is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the Medical Director of the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services, an emergency response umbrella organization that includes a medical communications center (Mississippi MED-COM), a critical care transport division (AirCare) and a Public Safety Support Division. He has been involved in EMS for over eighteen years serving as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, EMT Instructor and now Medical Director in a number of different EMS systems.

His clinical interest is in the field of emergency, critical care and transport medicine specifically focusing on innovation, increasing scope of practice and pushing evidence based clinical advances to first responders of all clinical levels.

Board Term Expires 2021

Kyle Madigan

Kyle Madigan RN, MSN, CMTE

Chair, Policy Committee

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), New Hampshire

Kyle Madigan RN, MSN, CMTE is the Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Kyle has been involved in the air medical industry for over 20 years, serving in various clinical, and leadership positions. Kyle served on the Board of Directors for the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association culminating in being the President of the association from 2009-2010. Kyle is very honored to be serving on the Board of Directors of ACCT.

Board Term Expires 2023

Cherie Pepping

Cherie Pepping, RN, BSN, CEN, PHRN, CMTE

Vice Chair

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance, Illinois

Cherie Leigh Pepping, RN BSN, CEN, CMTE, PHRN, is the Director of Critical Care Services at Superior Air – Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. in Elmhurst, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University, Cherie has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning various clinical and leadership positions in healthcare. Cherie joined Superior Air – Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. in 1999 to establish the Division of Critical Care Services. Superior currently delivers Air and Ground Critical Care Transport in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Cherie also serves as the President of the Michigan Association of Air Providers.

Board Term Expires 2021

Jeffrey Stearns

Jeffrey Stearns, RN, BSN, MS

Chair, Standards Committee

Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Minnesota

Jeffrey Stearns has been a critical care transport nurse for the Mayo Clinic since 1995. He has been integrally involved in the program’s quality and safety debrief programs as a quality management coordinator and has presented original research on clinical and triage topics. Jeff received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. “I am extremely honored to be a part of an association that places quality patient care and safety first.”

Board Term Expires 2021

Robbie Tester

Robbie Tester, NRP, FP-C, CMTE

Chair, Development and Finance Committee

Erlanger Health System, Tennessee

Robbie Tester is the Vice President of Operations for Erlanger Health System. He joined Erlanger in 1998 and worked his way through the ranks as a flight paramedic, Program Manager and the Administrator of the LIFE FORCE flight program. In 2015, Robert was named Vice President of Operations for Erlanger Health System. He currently oversees operations of LIFE FORCE, a six helicopter air medical program based in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, Erlanger’s Regional Operations Center, Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine and Regional Business Development.

Robbie earned his paramedic science degree from Dalton State Community College, his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Georgia State, and is completing his master’s in business and health care administration. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is boarded as a Certified Medical Transport Executive, Certified Flight Paramedic, Nationally Registered Paramedic, is licensed as a paramedic in Tennessee and Georgia, and holds many other instructor and provider certifications in pre-hospital and emergency medicine.

Robbie also serves on the boards of: International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics – as State Delegate; State of Tennessee Division of EMS Air Medical Committee-Chair, Clinical Issues Committee, and Tennessee Region 3 EMS Directors Association; He also serves as an Associate Professor for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Fellowship program and as Captain and EMS Coordinator of the City of Fort Oglethorpe Fire and Rescue Department.

Board Term Expires 2023

Joey Araiza

Joey Araiza, RN, BSN

LifeFlight Eagle

Joey is the Vice President of Clinical Services for LifeFlight Eagle Critical Care Transport program in Kansas City MO. She oversees all aspects of the clinical care, internal and external education, quality management, and accreditation process for LifeFlight Eagle.

Joey graduated from William Jewell College, and pursued her goal to become a flight nurse at LifeFlight Eagle by working in an Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. Enhancing patient care and ensuring high-quality Critical Care and Pre-hospital care are her passions.

Board Term Expires 2022

Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan, RN, BSN

Co-chair of Standards Committee

Lifeflight of Maine

Chuck is the Chief Clinical Officer for Lifeflight of Maine. Chuck has been with Lifeflight of Maine for the last 7+ years in a variety of different roles within the organization from line flight nurse, to base manager and now the Chief Clinical Officer.

Chuck’s passion is education and advancing the clinical practice of flight practitioners and have been involved in other programs such as ECHO heliops and their future flight crew program as a mentor.

Board Term Expires 2022

Nathan Morreale

Nathan Morreale, MBA, FP-C, NR-P

Chair of Communications Committee

University of Utah AirMed, UT

Nathan Morreale has been involved in EMS since June of 1999 and spent many years in the fire service holding positions as Fire Captain, Paramedic, and Public Information Officer. Through these years he developed a passion for critical care transport and currently serves as the Chief Flight Paramedic for AirMed at University of Utah Health. In this role he facilitates the Best Practice, Safety, and Equipment Committees along with oversight of three helicopter bases.

He has a strong commitment to safety and developing working relationships with all air medical providers to improve standards and patient care. In addition to his role with the Association of Critical Care Transport, Nathan is the Flight Paramedic Representative on the state of Utah, Air Ambulance Committee.

Board Term Expires 2021

Betsy Casanave

Betsy Casanave, MHA, BSN, RN, CMTE

Seven Bar Aviation

Betsy Casanave is the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Services for SevenBar Aviation. Prior to joining SevenBar Aviation, Betsy was the Program Director of a large hospital based critical care transport program that provided services to the Southeast. She has held various leadership positions over the last 22 years in healthcare and is an active member of various national, state, and local organizations. She served as the President of the North Carolina Air Medical Association (NCAA) and two terms as an At-Large Director with the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). Betsy has been involved with the Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT) since its early inception and served as one of the inaugural board members from 2009-2012.

Non-Voting Board Member
Board Term Expires 2021

Krista Haugen

Krista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN

Survivors Network- Air Medical Community

Krista Haugen has served as the Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management for Med-Trans Corporation since 2016. Krista is a former flight nurse who survived a helicopter crash while on duty in 2005, one month on the heels of a fatal crash at her program in which three of her friends and colleagues perished. She since co-founded the Survivors Network for Air & Surface Medical Transport, served as a volunteer for the Air Medical Memorial, and is a former board member of the National EMS Memorial Service. She has 25 years of nursing experience including emergency, critical care, and air medical transport. Her special interests include Crew Resource Management & Human Factors, Just Culture, medical transport risk mitigation, secondary trauma, post-traumatic stress, and resilience in emergency/critical care professionals.

Non-Voting Board Member
Board Term Expires 2021

James Perry

Patient Representative

Non-Voting Board Member
Board Term Expires 2021

Maura Hughes

Boston MedFlight

Board Term Expires 2023

Michael Baulch

Stanford Life Flight

Michael Baulch, RN, JD, CMTE, has been an EMS professional for nearly 37 years and is a California licensed attorney specializing in EMS law. Mr. Baulch is the Program Director for Stanford Life Flight, the air medical program for the world-renowned Stanford Medical Center. He formerly served as a Director for the largest nonprofit air ambulance company on the West Coast, responsible for operations, budget, personnel, and business development. He has served as the Executive Director for a California Joint Powers Authority that delivered fire-based EMS and ground interfacility transport in the Lake Tahoe region. In those roles, Mr. Baulch has been responsible for the successful development and management of budgets in excess of $10 million, while growing business through building strategic relationships with private, public, and governmental agencies.

Mr. Baulch has been an ICU, Emergency/Trauma, and Flight Nurse and has a total of 27 years’ experience in the air medical industry. He received his law degree from the University of San Francisco, where he received the Edward J. McFedtridge Award for excellence in Advocacy. He holds the Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) credential, and is an expert in air medical transport and Tactical Medicine for SWAT operations, serving as a SWAT medic and tactical medicine advisor to the FBI. As a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps officer, he achieved the rank of Lt. Commander and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Mr. Baulch is a subject matter expert consultant and highly sought-after public speaker on Emergency Medical Services, EMS Law, and Air Medical operations, business development, and strategic planning.

Board Term Expires 2022