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Board Members

Kent Appelhans (Chair)

Seat 16: Owner/Operator of Private EMS Service
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Kent Appelhans has over 30 years of experience in the fire and EMS services with current certifications as a Paramedic and Firefighter II. He began his career at the Pemberville Freedom Fire Department in 1990 as a firefighter and obtained his paramedic certification at Providence Hospital in 1992. He remains a part-time firefighter and paramedic for that service and is currently the Deputy Chief on the department.

Kent has spent over 25 years in EMS management and is a graduate of the Fitch & Associates Ambulance Service Management Program. Kent currently is the Director at Hanco EMS in Findlay, a service of Blanchard Valley Health System.

Kent is actively involved with the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association where he serves on the board and was a board member on the Ohio Medical Transportation Board prior to appointment to the Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services Board.

Kent Appelhans
Mark Marchetta, Sr. (Vice Chair)

Seat 11: EMS Provider (EMTs and Advanced EMT or Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio State Firefighters Association

Mark Marchetta has spent the past 33-year in the Fire/EMS service. He is currently the Fire Chief of Hopedale Fire Department in rural Harrison County Ohio. He recently took his all-volunteer department to a full-time department in October 2018. He was a member of the Ohio EMS Board from 1999 to 2014. When the EMS Board became the EMFTS Board, his at-large seat was removed, and his position was eliminated, however he has a passion for EMS and wanted to once again serve the State Board.

His accomplishments include receiving the Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator Award in 2018. He is the bestselling author of two EMS textbooks: How to prepare for the EMT Paramedic Exam published in 2003 and Paramedic Exam published in 2008. He is also a contributing author and expert manuscript reviewer for several EMS textbooks including 12-lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation and Emergency Care in the Streets.

Marchetta has authored or co-authored 17 prehospital research studies that were published in International journals earning him 5 international Research awards. His research on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) transformed how patients with shortness of breath are treated in the ambulance. His CPAP research was presented worldwide from 2008 to 2010. He was on the Prehospital Research Board of Advisors of UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA from 1999 to 2013. He was also the past Chairman of the National Association of EMS Educators Research committee 2000 - 2003.

Marchetta is also a registered nurse and certified emergency nurse for the past 29 years. He has extensive experience in emergency, trauma, and critical care nursing. Marchetta was the Director of Trauma Services at Aultman Hospital's Level II Trauma Center from 2004-2018. He is married to Loretta (Darios) for the past 26 years and they have two sons, Mark Jr. 24, and Austin 22. Mark Jr. and Austin are both Firefighters / Advanced EMT's. Marchetta says the highlight of his career is running Fire/EMS calls with his children.

Mark Marchetta
Amy Raubenolt, MD, MPH, Med, FACEP

Seat 1: ER Physician
Nominated by the Ohio Osteopathic Association and Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Dr. Raubenolt is the EMS Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General where she also works as an physician in the emergency department and is core faculty for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She serves as medical director for the Akron Fire Department, Stow Fire Department, and the Akron General Paramedic Education Program, as well as associate medical director for the Akron Police/Fire SWAT/TEMS team. She is an active member of Ohio ACEP and the National Association of EMS Physicians, as well as the Northeast Ohio Regional Trauma Network.

Dr. Raubenolt is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. She received her medical degree and Masters in Public Health from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2010. After medical school, she completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI. She also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in education from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Raubenolt was honored to have been awarded "Medical Director of the Year" at the 2019 Ohio EMS Star of Life awards, which she considers one of the top honors in her EMS career, having started as an EMT-B in 1997.

Amy Raubenolt

Seat 2: Trauma Surgeon

Hamilton P. Schwartz, MD, MEd, FAAP, FACEP

Seat 3: ER Pediatrician
Nominated by the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified physician in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s where he has worked for 15 years.

He previously spent two terms as the governor-appointed physician to the Ohio Medical Transportation Board. He is pediatric medical director of the Cincinnati Fire Department and medical director of the Cincinnati Children’s Critical Care Transport Team.

Dr. Schwartz represents the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Board. He lives in Cincinnati with his physician wife and two children.

Hamilton P. Schwartz

Seat 4: Hospital Administrator
Nominated by Ohio Hospital Association

John Weimer Jr. serves as network vice president of Emergency/Trauma Services, Police/Security, Ground/Air Transportation and Operations Command Center for Kettering Health Network. John oversees operations for 13 emergency departments, 4 trauma centers and leads the network's emergency and disaster preparedness along with the operations command center.

As both a clinical expert and a health care operations leader, John's areas of knowledge have allowed Kettering Health Network to expand services and facilities while cutting costs and enhancing the patient experience and outcomes. His attention to detail, planning ability, and big- picture thinking provides essential support needed to deliver high quality, streamlined patient care at high volumes, while ensuring high return on investments, revenue-building and exceptional experience. One such example is the innovative Network Operations Command Center, which streamlines and simplifies over 1,000 patient transfers a day and has changed the way the network handles emergency operations and patient logistics.

He is known as a health care leader and trusted executive who can create effective strategies to scale operations while providing elite-level service to thousands of patients. His career track shows measurable success providing positive outcomes in roles such as director, chief nursing officer, and vice president. John holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from Wright State University.

Stacey Martin, MBA, MS, ANP-BC

Seat 5: Trauma Program Manager
Nominated by the Ohio Society of Nurse Leaders

Stacey Martin is the Director for the OhioHealth Trauma System. She has been providing trauma care to patients and their families at Grant Medical Center for over 20 years. She has worked as a nurse and a trauma nurse practitioner, in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for the injured patient. She was Grant Medical Center’s Trauma Program Director for six years, and is actively involved in trauma education, local and regional outreach, injury prevention, and trauma research. In addition, she has made many contributions in the development of the role of the advanced practice nurse at OhioHealth. She is an active member of the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) Advisory and Trauma Program Manager Committee, as well as the Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders.

Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, Masters in Nursing at the Ohio State University in 2004, and Masters of Business Administration from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University in 2019.

Outside of work, Stacey enjoys traveling, hiking, book club, and spending time with her family.

Stacey Martin
Dudley H.A. Wright II

Seat 6: Paid Fire Chief
Nominated by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

Dudley Wright is the Chief of the Monroe Township Fire Department. He has also served as a supervisor with the Mifflin Township Fire Department (Franklin County) and as the chief of the Granville Fire Department.

Dudley has more than 20 years of experience as a firefighter and paramedic. He is also certified as a Fire Safety Inspector and a Firefighter Instructor. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Denison University and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program.

Prior to appointment to the board, he served as the vice-chair of the Firefighter and Fire Instructor Training Sub-committee and was involved in the EMS Incident Reporting System. He currently serves on the NFPA Technical Committee on Firefighter Professional Qualifications.

Dudley is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and the Central Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Dudley H.A. Wright
Dorothy Battles

Seat 7: Volunteer Fire Chief
Nominated by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association

Chief Dorothy Battles has over 25 years of experience in the fire and EMS services. She is currently a firefighter/paramedic and serves as the Chief of Thompson Fire Department, where she has volunteered since 1997.

Chief Battles attended Columbia Southern University, concentrating her studies on Fire Administration and Leadership. Chief Battles currently works as a Critical Care Paramedic for the EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute at University Hospitals, Cleveland, and as an Investigator for the Geauga County Coroner’s Office. She previously worked as a Flight Paramedic for Air Methods, Inc, known locally as University MedEvac, as a firefighter/paramedic for the Leroy Township Fire Department, and as a Corrections Officer for the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Battles is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, Paramedic, and Fire Safety Inspector. She also holds certifications as a Medical Assistant, an EKG Technician, a Pharmacy Technician, and a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C). She is trained in arson investigation and confined space rescue and as a hazardous materials technician. She is also an American Heart Association instructor for ACLS and BLS.

Chief Battles is a member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Northeastern Ohio Fire Chief Association, the Geauga County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Northern Ohio Trauma Systems Board, the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Ohio Task Force on Volunteer Service, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and Women in Fire. Finally, she is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program and the Maxwell Leadership course.

Chief Dorothy Battles

Seat 8: EMS Instructor

Patrick Ferguson

Seat 9: EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters

Deputy Chief Patrick Ferguson has been involved in the Fire and EMS service for 28 years with the last 26 as a firefighter with the City of Columbus. He currently is serving the citizens of Columbus as the Deputy Chief of the Training Bureau and EMS. His family has been involved in public service for many years. His father was a police officer and volunteer firefighter for many years. His brother currently serves the citizens of Columbus as an EMS supervisor and his son is currently in the recruit academy for the City of Columbus.

Deputy Chief Ferguson attended the University of Cincinnati obtaining his Bachelors degree in Fire Science. Chief Ferguson continued his education at the National Fire Academy and received his Executive Fire Officers certificate in 2016.

Deputy Chief Ferguson is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, EMT, Fire Instructor and Fire Safety Inspector. Chief Ferguson was previously a BLS Instructor and taught many classes of CPR to his community. He is a proud member of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF) and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 67. He was nominated and represents the OAPFF.

Patrick Ferguson
Kevin Uhl

Seat 10: EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters

Captain Kevin Uhl has over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services. He is currently a firefighter/paramedic and serves as the Captain of EMS Operations for the City of Cincinnati where he has worked since 1999. He comes from a family of proud public servants, including active and retired members from the fields of police, fire, and EMS.

Captain Uhl attended the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati, with concentrated study in Pre-Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Prior to his career with the Cincinnati Fire Department, Captain Uhl previously worked with Springfield Township Fire Department [Ohio], Sycamore Township Fire Department [Ohio], and University of Dayton EMS. He also has adjunct faculty associations with The University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Middletown Regional Hospital (currently Atrium Medical Center), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Jewish Hospital.

Captain Uhl is certified by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II, Paramedic, EMS Instructor, and Fire Safety Inspector. He also is a BLS/ACLS instructor with the American Heart Association. Captain Uhl is a member of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF). He was nominated and represents the OAPFF.

Mark Resanovich

Seat 12: EMS Provider (Paramedic)
Nominated by the Ohio State Firefighters Association

Karen Beavers

Seat 13: EMS Provider (EMTs or Advanced EMT or Paramedic)

Karen Beavers
Darin Robinaugh

Seat 14: EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transport Association

Darin Robinaugh has been in EMS for 38 years and is President and CEO of Robinaugh EMS, a family owned private EMS started by his father in 1976. He is a current Paramedic and actively runs on the ambulance.

Over the years he has was a volunteer paramedic for the West Liberty EMS for over 10 years, an EMS Instructor and the Public Safety Coordinator for the Ohio Hi Point Career Center for 10 years and was in charge of EMS and Fire training. He has also worked for Tritech Software Systems as a trainer of EMS software and is a current Certified Ambulance Coder.

He has been an active member of the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association, serving many years as a board member, vice president and now President of the association. He was also appointed to the Trauma Committee in May of 2021.

Darin Robinaugh
David DeVore

Seat 15: EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

David DeVore is the Vice President of Med-Trans, Inc. in Springfield. David started his career in public safety while still in high school, as a member of the Enon-Mad River Twp. (Clark County) Fire Department. David's initial fire training was completed in 1984 and obtained his EMT Certification the following year.

While maintaining his service with Mad River Township, he began his employment with Med-Trans, Inc. David earned his Paramedic Certificate in 1988 and at different times, served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant and Assistant EMS Chief with Mad River Twp. He left the Fire Department in 2013 after many years of service. During his tenure at Med-Trans, David has worked as an EMT, Paramedic, Dispatcher and has spent the last 20 years in different management positions including Vice President since 2003.

David is involved with the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association and is honored to be appointed to the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services (EMFTS).

David DeVore
Jeff Fishel

Seat 17: Third-service EMS agency
Nominated by the Ohio EMS Chiefs' Association

Mr. Fishel began his EMS career in San Diego California in the early 2000s, he has since worked EMS in Texas, Oklahoma, and now is the Director of EMS for Delaware County. Director Fishel has a background in EMS education as he taught EMS courses for over a decade. Director Fishel holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University. EMS Leadership, Education, and EMS delivery of care are all passions of Director Fishel. He is honored and humbled to be appointed to the EMFTS Board, and looks forward to representing Ohio's Third Service EMS agencies as Emergency Medical Services in Ohio move forward.

Jeff Fishel
Ruda Jenkins

Seat 18: EMS Provider (Mobile Intensive Care Unit Transportation)
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport

Ruda Jenkins MBA, BSN, RN, CMTE, CFRN is the Interim-Director of UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care, where she manages the daily clinical and operational aspects of Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA), Critical Care ground, ALS, BLS level medical transports as well as the Mobile Stroke Unit at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Ruda has been in a leadership role since 2004.

Ruda has worked with other reputable air medical services in Kentucky before moving to Ohio and taking a position with UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care first as a flight nurse and then as clinical manager. With her extensive work in the medical transport industry, Ruda has held the position of President of the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport, Ohio Chapter of AAMS. She is actively involved in air medical and ground medial transport regulations and supports clinical and operational excellence in collaboration with other medical transport services in the Tri-State area. She is also on the board seat for the Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT) for Patients, a patient advocacy organization.

Ruda is the mother of two and enjoys cooking and traveling.

Ruda Jenkins
Thomas Allenstein

Seat 19: Air Medical EMS Provider
Nominated by the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport

Tom Allenstein is currently the President/CEO for MedFlight and MedCare Ambulance out of Columbus, Ohio. He has served on the State Board of Emergency Medical Fire and Transportation Services board since the merger of the EMS board with the Ohio Medical Transportation Board back in 2013. Prior to that Tom served on the OMTB since 2007.

Mr. Allenstein has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and began his career in air medical transport in 1985 in Idaho Falls, ID. He moved from there back to Minnesota and worked at the Mayo Clinic in their ICU, ER and flight program, eventually becoming the Transportation Manager for a number of years prior to coming to Ohio.

Along with his duties with his program, Tom has served in the past as Chair of the Minnesota Air Medical Council and President of the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport. Tom also has served as the Region II Director on the Board of Directors for Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) as well as serving as the Secretary and the Vice President on the Executive Committee of AAMS. He was also involved in the merger of the Foundation for Air Medical Research (FAR) and AAMS Foundation into the Foundation for Air Medical Research and Education (FARE) which eventually has turned into MedEvac Foundation International.

Currently, Tom is one of the Regents for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute and is also a Site Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems and also is the current Chair of COTS Board.

In his personal life, Tom is the father of 5 children ranging in age from 22 years of age to 34. Tom and his wife Anne have been married for 37 years this year. His hobbies include golf, running, and has completed several marathons.

Thomas Allenstein
Brian Hathaway

Seat 20: Ambulette
Nominated by the Ohio Ambulance and Medical Transportation Association

Geoff Dutton

Seat 21: ODPS Appointment
Appointed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Office of the Director

Geoff Dutton is the Administrative Investigations Supervisor for the Ohio Department of Public Safety and was appointed to the Board in 2011.

Mr. Dutton has served in various roles at DPS, including as the Executive Director of Private Investigator Security Guard Services, and as Media Relations Director. Previously, he investigated waste, fraud and abuse in state agencies as a Deputy Inspector General with the state Office of the Inspector General. Prior to his state service, he worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years in Florida and Ohio, most recently at The Columbus Dispatch.

He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he lives in Bexley with his wife, Melissa, and their two sons.

Robert L. Wagoner, Executive Director
Robert L. Wagoner
State Medical Director
Carol A. Cunningham, M.D., FAAEM, FAEMS

Dr. Carol Cunningham was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS in July 2004 and is a board-certified emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center and a professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is the co-principal investigator for the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project and serves on the Ohio MedicalCoordinationPlanCommitteeandPediatricDisasterCoalition. SheservedastheEMS Medical Director representative on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) for 5 years following her membership on the NEMSAC's Education and Workforce Committee and as an appointed medical director of the federal-supported COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center in 2022.

Dr. Cunningham received her medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. She has seven years of experience as a flight physician, eleven years of experience as a tactical EMS medical director, and is a fellow in the American Acad emy of Emergency Medicine and the Academy of Emergency Medical Services.

Dr. Cunningham completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and earned the Executive Certificate in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. She also completed the Women and Power, Advanced Crisis Leadership: Innovative Strategies and Designs, Strategic Leadership: Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness, and Promoting Racial Equity in the Workplace programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Dr. Cunningham was selected as the 2022 National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Meta-Leader of the Year from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Center for Public Leadership. She is also the recipient of the 2021 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award, Crain's Cleveland Business 2022 Women of Note Award, Lakeland Community College's 2022 Woman of Achievement Award, and the 2012 American Academy of Emergency Medicine James Keaney Leadership Award .

n addition to her continued duties as a senior oral board examiner, Dr. Cunningham was selected by the American Board of Emergency Medicine to serve on the inaugural Item Writer Panel for MyEMCert, the new examination option for board recertification, as well as the upcoming MyEMSCert for the subspecialty of EMS. She completed a 3-year term on the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) EMS Examination Committee in 2017 after 4 years of service as an item writer on the historic ABEM EMS Examination Task Force. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of EMS (JEMS) and has served as a contributing editor for the EMS Insider and on several committees and panels at the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the EMS Program Steering Committee of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors. Dr. Cunningham is the secretary of the NASEMSO Medical Director Council after serving terms as the chair and the chair-elect.

Dr. Cunningham was appointed to the Executive Steering Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate's First Responder Resource Group and served on the EMS Support Team of the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency National Integration Center Strategic Resource Group. She serves on the Mobile Education Team fortheCenter forHomelandDefenseand Security'sExecutiveEducationProgram,theOnStar® Public Safety Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the Eversight Board of Directors, the Tri-C Jazzfest Board of Advisors, and the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Carol A. Cunningham
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1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

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Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073

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