Keynote Speakers & Faculty

Keynote Speakers

Paul LeSage, EMT-P, BA, AS, MIS

Paul LeSage is a founding partner of SG Collaborative Solutions LLC. Drawing on his distinguished career as a lead flight paramedic, assistant fire chief, and director of Oregon’s second-largest emergency 911 and dispatch center, Paul went on to author a book on crew resource management, start his own publishing company and join Oregon Health and Science University as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. With SG Collaborative Solutions since 2011, Paul continues on his life-long journey of serving organizations and communities while setting the gold standard of collaboration for his colleagues.

David Fifer, MS, NRP, FAWM

Assistant Professor David Fifer is the Coordinator of our online Paramedic-to-degree programs. David also works as a Paramedic for Powell County Ambulance Service, and deploys to disaster areas, national special security events, and public health emergencies as an Emergency Management Specialist/Operations Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response. David is a member of the Kentucky Board of EMS Education Committee, and also leads the KBEMS' Wilderness Paramedic Task Force.


Elizabeth Basnett

Acting Director

EMS Authority

Assistant Secretary, Cal HHS

Sacramento, California


Nichole Bosson, MD, MPH, FAEMS

Assistant Medical Director

LA EMS Agency

Director, EMS Fellowship

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Santa Fe Springs, California


Nick Clay, EMSAAC President

EMS Director

Santa Barbara County EMS Agency

Santa Barbara, California


Christopher B. Colwell, MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine

Zuckerberg SFGH & Trauma Center

Professor and Vice Chair, DEM

San Francisco, California


J. Joelle Donofrio, DO, FAAP, FACEP, FAEMS

Deputy Chief Medical Officer

San Diego Fire-Rescue

EMS Medical Director

Rady Children’s Hospital

San Diego, California


Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD

Medical Director

Los Angeles County EMS Agency

Santa Fe Springs, California


Andrew Herring, MD

Director, Division of Research, DEM

Alameda Health System 

Medical Director to SUD

PI & Founder CA Bridge, PH Institute

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

San Francisco, California

Kevin Mackey, MD, FAEMS

Medical Director

Sacramento Fire Department

Sacramento Airport Fire Department

Associate EMS Fellowship Director, UCD

Sacramento, California


Kris Mangano

EMS Coordinator

San Benito County EMS Agency

Hollister, California


Tammi McConnell, Conference Chair

EMS Administrator

Orange County EMS Agency

Santa Ana, California


Tony Mecham

Fire Chief

CAL FIRE & San Diego County 

San Diego, California


Shira A. Schlesinger, MD, MPH

Director, EMS & Disaster Preparedness Programs

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Torrance, California

Medical Director, Newport Beach Fire Department

Newport Beach, California


Karl Sporer, MD

Medical Director

Napa County EMS Agency

San Leandro, California


Mike Taigman, MA, FAEMS

Assistant Professor, UCSF

Improvement Guide, First Watch

San Leandro, California


Kim Walker, MSN, RN, SANE-A

Nurse Manager

SAFE Department

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 

San Jose, California


Doug Wolfberg

EMS Attorney and Founding Partner

Page, Wolfberg & Wirth

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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