Congratulations to the 2020 Elected Board of Directors!
Kelly Dollinger, Sanford AirMed
Greetings NDEMSA Members,
On July 12, 2018 I received a phone call which forced me to further my professional growth more than I ever thought possible. That day I assumed the role as President of this association. To say the least, I did not feel ready to assume such responsibilities. I was nervous and scared. I wondered if I had the fortitude to handle this position and worried if I would do things correctly. In speaking with friends and family, I received nothing but encouragement. I learned very quickly the position of President within NDEMSA was not a position one could simply sit idly by and do nothing. I also learned I had a strong Board of Directors from each region that were hungry to work and make NDEMSA a strong association.
During my tenure as President, we have accomplished many things with the help of amazing people on both the Board of Directors and others. We had a budget that had been running in the red for approximately 3 yrs which I am happy to report is currently running in the black and the association is fiscally sound.
I have also directed the current board of directors to establish some new committees to include a state wide ND EMS line of duty death and suicide memorial, development of a mental health committee, a service level tier of membership and webinars to allow for yet another avenue of getting information out to the members. The service level membership and webinars are still works in progress but are moving forward.
Most recently, I met with leaders of the ND Association of Counties. I requested from NDACo the chance to present at their annual conference where we presented on the current state of EMS in North Dakota. My desire to present to this group was to inform local leaders on the challenges EMS faces and how they can get involved to assist in navigating these challenges. The presentation was well received and generated a lot of conversation. During the NDACo’s annual meeting, a resolution was passed citing their support for stable and long‐term financial support for ambulance services to ensure emergency services can continue statewide.
I intend on furthering on with this type of presentation with other entities to help gain the support and backing ND EMS needs to continue to develop towards stable and sustainable services.
On a more personal level, I have been fortunate to visit with ambulance services around the state. I have truly enjoyed popping into your services during pancake breakfast benefits, fundraisers etc. I love how I can witness your local communities coming out in support of ND EMS! Do not be surprised if one day I get wind of your benefit and I happen to “pop” in!
With all of the for-mentioned I would like to say, we have gotten many things accomplished, are currently working on many projects, and still have a long way to go to get ND EMS to a professional long-term sustained system in ND. Because of this I do not see where my work here is complete. Therefore, I would like it to be known I will be seeking re-election to the office of President of NDEMSA and I would truly appreciate your vote.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can at the regional conferences and the 45th Annual EMS Conference. If you happen to see me in a hospital, airport, helipad, or scene please do not hesitate to say Hi! I will always have time to say Hi back.
In closing, I do see ND EMS as a strong system. I also think ND EMS can become an even stronger system once hurdles are successfully cleared.
As always…train hard…train as you do…and STAY SAFE!
NDEMSA - President
Suzan Hanson, West River Ambulance
Hello from SW ND.
I am excited to become the Sec/Treas of the NDEMSA. I have been a member of the board for many years as the SW President and have chosen to run for the Sec/Treas position. It has been a great pleasure to work with all the board members and I look forward to achieve a balanced budget in the future.
I have been in EMS since Feb 1, 1991 as a driver and have achieved the paramedic level later in life. I have enjoyed all levels of training and still continue to train more EMR's and EMT's.
You can find me in the kitchen baking and cooking for others. I enjoy quilting and collecting teddy bears. I have a collection of bears which is close to 1500. You are all invited to come to Hettinger and see my collection.
Thank you for this opportunity to run for the position of NDEMSA Sec/Treas. Please remember to vote and make 2020 a great year.
NW Board of Director
Tami Petersen- Ness, Community Ambulance of Minot
NE Board of Directors
Todd Elfman, Larimore Ambulance
I am 25 years old and have been in EMS since I was 16. I reside in Larimore and volunteer on the Ambulance service as a Paramedic. I currently hold the training officer position along with the rescue squad leader here in Larimore. I am also employed at Altru Health System in Grand Forks where I have been a Paramedic for the last 5 years. I was asked to help fill a vacated regional director spot last year and have loved being apart of the board ever since. I would appreciate your vote this year for the Northeast Regional Director.
Greg Martinson, Valley Ambulance & Rescue Service
Greg Martinson in an EMT with Valley Ambulance & Rescue Service.
Greg decided to start the EMS journey in 2009 with Valley Ambulance. In 2012 Greg graduated from Northland Technical College in East Grand Forks with an Associate in Applied Science degree. Greg went to Wyoming in 2013 and obtained his paramedic license. In 2014 Greg started working for the Park River Ambulance Service where Greg became an AHA CPR instructor. July 2018 Greg was asked to be the interim manger for Valley Ambulance during the reconstruction of the service and was requested to be the VARS manager in November of 2019.
Greg was born and raised in Grafton while in high school, Greg played hockey was part of the Boy Scouts of America and obtained his Eagle at the age of 17. After high school Greg started working at the family Auto Body repair shop. Married in 2002 and has one daughter that was born in 2005. Hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping and relaxing at their lake cabin. Greg has been active in many committees for his daughter’s activities ranging from Figure Skating in Grafton and Grand Forks, Go Kart racing and Girl Scouts.
Greg would be honored in being elected for the NE Region Director and would like to continue with the important work NDEMSA does for the EMS services.
SW Board of Directors
Holly Boltz Grassy Butte QRU
Hi my name is Holly Boltz. I live by a little town well, village actually called Grassy Butte. I am a ranch wife and mother of four great kids. Tucker is my oldest at 24 then three daughters Kylee 19, Kamre 17, and Kinley 13. The ranch and teenagers keep my life interesting. I like fishing, horse back riding, and spending time with my family. When not on the ranch, I work as a paramedic for both McKenzie County Ambulance and Dickinson Ambulance Services. I am also, Squad Leader for Grassy Butte QRU.
I am very excited to run for the Southwest Region NDEMSA position. One of my goals if nominated is to help educate the newer members to EMS on what the North Dakota EMS Association is and its purpose. I like to be a problem solver and a team player. I just recently became a member of the Marketing Committee for the ND EMS Association and am excited to bring new ideas and energy to this committee. It would be an honor to serve you so please consider me for your southwest region representative.
Tyler Keintopf, Sanford EMS Education
Hello, my name is Tyler Kientopf and I currently serve as one of you Southwest Regional Board of directors. The past two years I have been active in serving the North Dakota EMS Association by chairing the publications and marketing committees, and serving on the budget and advocacy committees.
I currently work full-time for Sanford Health in Bismarck as the Lead EMS Educator. In addition to my full-time job, I also work for Dickinson Ambulance and Bowman Ambulance on an as needed basis as well, to assist ambulance services in North Dakota through REMSA, based in Dickinson. I currently reside in Bismarck after moving here from Sioux Falls, SD in 2011. I started my EMS career as an EMT at my local volunteer ambulance in Garretson, SD in 2006. I became a Paramedic in 2009 after graduating from the Avera McKennan School of EMS, and have enjoyed being a part of many rural and urban EMS systems in the Dakotas.
I am married and have 4 children, Nick (13), Nora (9), and Graham (4), and Grace (1). I enjoy traveling with my family, and taking the time to experience new things with them. I also enjoy riding bicycle, walking, and volunteering through my church.
It is clear that EMS plays a vital role in the lives of the people that we serve, especially those in our rural settings. If re-elected I want to ensure North Dakota develops a sustainable model for EMS, as well as help EMS professionals, like yourselves, to continue providing superior care in the most effective manner possible to the residents and visitors of North Dakota.
SE Board of Directors
Jason Eblen, FM Ambulance
Hello, I am Jason Eblen and am asking for your vote in support of my reelection as a director in the southeast region of the North Dakota EMS Association. I began my EMS career in high school as a first responder, followed by state ECT certification, NREMT-Intermediate certification, and finally certification as a paramedic and community paramedic. I currently serve full-time with F-M Ambulance in Fargo, ND as a Clinical Learning & Development Specialist. In this position, I support several areas of our agency. I work with our patient care reporting, data/analytics, quality improvement / quality assurance, protocol development, staff training & development, maintaining the clinical / informatics aspect of our biomedical equipment, coordinate the operational aspects of our community paramedic program, and serve as our rural liaison to Harwood Fire & Rescue. I am a member of SIM-ND’s education team through Sanford Health in Fargo and provide simulation education to providers throughout our region & state. While my current position centers around supporting our full-time staff, I do still get the opportunity to fuel my passion for patient care getting out and about on ambulance calls when our “A” team gets busy. Outside of my full-time work environment, I am also volunteer at Harwood Fire & Rescue as a paramedic and serve on their board of directors as vice president.
I have a deep passion for the patient care, supporting clinical practice, the technical aspects of patient care, systems optimization & development, as well as supporting all aspects of the EMS system. The care we provide in rural and urban areas are equally important. I served as a volunteer for 5 years with Hillsboro Ambulance and am fortunate to be able to now support the same agency that is now a part of F-M Ambulance. The opportunity to support both rural and urban services allows me the fortune of having a front-line view of the issues affecting different agencies and service models in our state.
I previously served on the board of directors as an appointee and then an elected member for two terms. I took some time off from the position to have more time with family. I’ve been married to my wife Tiffany for 12 years and appreciate every minute I get to spend with her. Those that know me best know that she’s a saint for putting up with me! We live just outside of Fargo with one of her two sons and a Shih-Tzu Bichon cross, Max. Having been back on the board for another two full-terms, I continue to enjoy working on various aspects of EMS on a statewide level. I again ask for your vote in our upcoming election allowing me to continue serving on the board and supporting EMS across our region & state. In closing, thanks for what each and every one of you do for our patients, communities, and state. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed a happy holiday season & wish everyone a healthy, happy & prosperous new year!
Loretta Haas, Napoleon Ambulance
Hello. My name is Loretta Haas and I am asking to be reelected as your director for the Southeast Region.
I went to college at UND for premed, but soon discovered this wasn’t for me. I graduated with an elementary / middle school education degree in 1992. I loved my job as educator of my students, but there was still a yearning to help in medicine. While teaching in the Bowdon area, I was asked to be on the Bowdon Ambulance Service. I received my EMT training from Harvey ambulance squad and was certified in 1998. I was part of the Bowdon Ambulance before moving to Napoleon. Having served on two small services, I see the importance of rural EMS services and promote them as often as I can. I currently am a high school science teacher teaching grades 7-12. I assist with teaching CPR and first aid to our freshmen health class and assist with renewals as well as being considered the resident school nurse for any cuts, bumps, and medical problems.
While serving as a Southeast Director, I have served on an awards committee and helped with Response Time layout and articles and have filled in with the secretary position with some meetings. During the annual conference, I help Corrie with registration and am Corrie’s designated helper. I have enjoyed my time as a director and I am excited to see the NDEMSA keep moving forward.
I have been married for 18 years to my husband Kyle and we have five children: twins Payton and Charmaine (16), McKenzie (15), Sabrina (12) and Felicia (9). I spend my free time attending their sporting events as an on-call EMT for football, volleyball, basketball, golf, track, and archery. I also like to take time to teach them life skills like cooking, baking, sewing, needlework, macramé, and other crafting skill. I also take time to assist area services fill their call time when they are in a pinch. There is no dull moment in our household. My children know that when the tones sound, Mom needs to help someone in need. Recently my daughter completed her EMR training and assists me on calls and helping take call time. I would appreciate your vote to continue as your Southeast Director.