Denise Landis - Immediate Past President 

Landis Denise 2015Denise Landis, RN, BSN, MS, CNML, CMTE, EMT-P, is the Manager of the Critical Care Transport System at the University of Michigan Hospital Health Systems, Survival Flight and SWAT programs, in Ann Arbor, MI. Denise’s background includes emergency/flight nursing and over 30 years in leadership roles. Denise has been the Past-President of AAMS, the MI Chapter of MAAS as well as the Association of Air Medical Providers (MAAP) of MI. Denise was also an original Regent of the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) and chair for 17 years. Currently Denise is the Chair of ACCT (Association of Critical Care Transport), is the Treasurer of (MAAP) and current Past-President of MAAS. 


 Frank Erdman - President 

Erdman Frank 054Frank Erdman MBA, CMTE serves as Critical Care Transport Manager, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.  He has over 30 years’ experience in Emergency Medical Services and Critical Care Transport.  Frank has worked as a clinician, educator, and leader in ground, fixed wing and helicopter transport with several leading healthcare organizations.


Steve Haemmerle - President Elect

Haemmerle SteveSteve Haemmerle, MBA, RRT, EMT-P is the Director for Burn and Transport Services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Steve has an extensive background in Healthcare Leadership with over ten year’s progressively responsible clinical and leadership roles across the healthcare system.


Edward R. Eroe, FACHE, CAE, CMTE - Treasurer

EdwardEroeProfileJuly2015Edward R. Eroe is currently the President & CEO of Life Link III the air medical critical care transport consortium program sponsored by Allina Health System, CentraCare Health System, Children’s Health Care, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin Healthcare System, Regions Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital of EauClaire, and St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth. He also serves as one of the twelve board members of the thirty-year old five-base transport program. Prior to Life Link III he was the Program Director of MedLink AIR Critical Care Transport at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Mr. Eroe is an alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Program in Health Services Administration. He holds his Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), his Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from the American Society of Association Executives, and his a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). Edward is the 2014 recipient of the Program Director of the Year Award from AAMS for his leadership at Life Link III.

Mr. Eroe is the Past President of the Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum, the Chesapeake Healthcare Forum, National Capital Healthcare Executives, the Michigan Association of Air Medical Services, AAMS, Kalamazoo County Alliance Against Drinking & Driving, past Chairperson of the Southwest Michigan Quality Council, past Secretary/Treasurer of the AMSA Foundation, and has been an Instructor / Regent for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute. Edward is currently a board member with the Association of Critical Care Transport.


Mary Ahlers

Mary AhlersMary Ahlers, MEd, BSN, CPC, NRP, EMSI, is founder of Paramedic Health Solutions™ and Mobile CE™. Mary serves as Clinical Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care & Mobile Care in Cincinnati, Ohio and also as Professor for the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Hennepin Technical College.

Combining thirty years of customer service, patient care, communications, advocacy and education with critical care transport and community paramedicine has allowed for the development of an education platform for all CCT, CP, EMS and additional medical transport providers.


Betsy Casanave, MHA, BSN, RN, CMTE

Casanave.Head shotBetsy Casanave, MHA, BSN, RN, CMTE, 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.   


Mike Christianson

Christiansen Mike 2015Mike 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.


Jason Cohen

PicJason began his medical career as an EMT, working up to a paramedic after obtaining his undergraduate degree at Cornell University.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  After service in the United States Army as an Emergency Physician and MEDEVAC Medical Director, Jason completed a fellowship in Critical Care at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He has over 25 years of experience in pre-hospital and critical care medicine. Most recently, Jason became the Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight and serves as a faculty physician position in the Surgical ICU’s at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Jason is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors at the Association of Critical Care Transport, along with involvement with other multiple local, regional, and national EMS and Critical Care organizations.


Damon Darsey

Dr. Damon DarseyDamon 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


 Krista Haugen

KristaKrista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN 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 presently works as an emergency nurse and has twenty-five 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.


Jennifer Lakeberg

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Dennis Mack, MPA, CMTE, CMEL, EMT

DennisMackDennis 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 Secretary 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 Embery-Riddle Aeronautical University and his graduate degree in Public Administration with an Emergency Management concentration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


Cherie Pepping

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Kevin Reynolds

Kevin Reynolds HSKevin 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.


Jeffrey Stearns

Jeffrey Stearns HeadShot 3Jeffrey 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.”