North Dakota EMS Association 


NDEMSA Regional Advisors

Advisors' Purpose

The Regional Advisor's positions were created in response to the growing and ever changing needs facing the industry. Whether EMS agencies and providers are in need of additional resources, technical assistance, industry knowledge or simply an ear to listen the Advisors are their source for support.

Additionally, the Regional Advisors will act as a liaison between the North Dakota EMS Association and the state’s agencies and providers. Not only will this keep the Association abreast of the unique challenges the industry faces, it will also ensure that agencies and providers have access to the services they most need.

The positions are flexible, evolving and will adapt to the industry’s needs and demands. Some of the Regional Advisors’ responsibilities will include:

  • Technical Assistance and Consulting Services,
  • Regional Coordination,
  • Membership Outreach,
  • Conference Coordination, and
  • Public Education.


Lynn Hartman, EMT- P lharman@ndemsa.org




Lynn is a native of southwestern North Dakota.  He grew up on a farm near Regent and is a proud graduate of Regent High School.  Lynn attended NDSU and then came back to help on the family farm.  Lynn became interested in EMS and took the EMT class at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson in 1981.  He went on to paramedic training at the United Hospital in Grand Forks, finishing the class in 1983.  He worked as a paramedic and the Operations Manager of Dickinson Area Ambulance Service, Inc. from 1983 until 2010 when he accepted a position as Administrative Director of Dickinson Area Ambulance Service, Inc. and three other ambulance services in South Dakota and Minnesota.  Lynn retired from the Dickinson Ambulance Service in 2015.  Lynn is a graduate of the American Ambulance Association’s Management Training Institute and the North Central EMS Institute’s EMS Performance Improvement Academy.  He is on the Board of Directors of Rural EMS Assistance, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed by the Mott, Regent, New England, Dickinson and Killdeer ambulance services to hire and share staff and other resources.  He loves spending time with his son, Mitch, daughter-in-law, Kelley and grandsons, William and Isaac. 

Tom Engen, AEMT tengen@ndemsa.org

Tom was born and raised in Northwood, ND. He attended NDSU----GO BISON! Owned and operated Engen's Market grocery from 1985-2000 and worked at SuperTarget as a food department manager in Grand Forks from 2001-2011. He attended EMT  training in Grand Forks in 1980, and has been on Northwood's service since then. He has been the squad leader a number of times. Tom Started at NDHC in Northwood as EMS Manager / HR in 2011 and became an AEMT in 2012. He has been married to Jane Engen for 35 years and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies are hunting, meat processing, outdoor cooking, and camping.


PJ Hardy, NRP   phardy@ndemsa.org


 PJ is the ND Operation’s Director with Ringdahl EMS.  She began her EMS career in 2005; upon completion of her EMT she began working part-time as an EMT for Jamestown Area Ambulance while attending Valley City State University, majoring in Elementary Education.  In 2009, PJ became a NREMT-Intermediate and continued her fulltime employment with Jamestown Area Ambulance.  PJ started teaching EMR, EMT-B and CPR classes in 2010 and grew to love educating others.  After two years working as an Intermediate, PJ decided to take a different route in EMS by accepting the BLS Education Coordinator position with Emergency Training Associates. PJ has a passion for educating members of her community and the surrounding communities on the importance of early CPR and immediate defibrillation.  In 2012, PJ became a Nationally Registered Paramedic; and began educating at the ALS level.  PJ has two sons, Cole (14 years old) and Cullen (6 years old). She enjoys watching her children’s sporting events (baseball and hockey), fishing, and being at the gym. 


Tom Nehring tnehring@ndemsa.org


Tom Nehring was the Director of the Division of Emergency Medical Systems within the North Dakota Department of Health until June 30, 2017.  He had been with the Division for seven and ½ years following his lengthy tenure as a Vice President for Medcenter One in Bismarck, ND and as CEO for several clinics and a long-term care facility.

Tom has a wide variety of experience in healthcare starting out as a paramedic in Emergency Medical Service early on and spending most of his career in emergency medical services, hospital, clinic, and long-term care administration. 

Tom has experience in management positions as stated above as well as responsibility to establish statewide systems of care across the state of North Dakota.  As North Dakota is primarily a rural state Tom has gained considerable expertise in rural healthcare issues for the state as well as nationally.   




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