Meet the GAEMS Board Members
At Large Board Member
Chad is a Licensed National Registry Paramedic and holds instructor certificates in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basis Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Paramedic Preceptor. Chad also is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and past Chief of the Hall County Fire Services Hazardous Materials Team. Chad holds over 15,000 training hours in both Fire and EMS (Ground/Air) related topics including Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Incident Command, Emergency Operations Center Management and Rescue Systems to name a few.
Chad currently serves as Chair of the EMS Region II Regional Trauma Advisory Committee as mandated by Senate Bill 60 that established the Georgia Trauma Commission. In June 2010, Chad was appointed to the EMS Sub-Committee of the Georgia Trauma Commission for EMS Region II and also serves on the Region II EMS Council. He is a past member of the Georgia Statewide Trauma Action Team, Statewide EMS and Trauma System Development Committee, Georgia Air Medical Committee, Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information Systems Committee and Advisor to the Fire Science Program at Lanier College in Oakwood, Ga. Chad is currently back in college where he will complete his degree in Fire/EMS Business Administration.
Karen B. GrabensteinVice Chair
President - Educators Division
Having served on the board for the last six years and currently as the President of the Educators Division, Karen remains active in EMS and EMS education. Karen is currently the Program Director at Air Evac Statesboro, Georgia. She remains active in the EMS community by serving on EMSAC, Region 9 EMS Council, and GA EMS Leadership Alumni Board. She began her career in EMS as a First Responder in 1993 and has held many positions in EMS throughout the years. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University in the EMSA program. Karen also remains involved as an American Heart and EMS Instructor and as a part-time Paramedic at Bulloch County EMS. She and her husband Fred, live in Brooklet, Ga. with their son, Kaide.
President - Providers Division
At Large Board Member
Daniel Warren is a Nationally Registered paramedic, licensed by the State of Georgia. He is a Flight Paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam in Tift County, Ga and is also employed part time as a Paramedic with Thomas County EMS. He enjoys making memories with his wife Lindsey and his two sons Noah and Easton.
Daniel began his career in public safety as a volunteer firefighter with Brooks County Fire Department in 2004. He became a career fireman in early 2006 with the City of Quitman Fire Department after obtaining NPQ Firefighter I and II certifications. By mid-2007, he was enrolled in a private, fast-track EMT-I program at the Regional EMS Training Academy. He graduated the program as valedictorian. After working for two years as an EMT-I, the decision was made to further his education in the field of EMS. Daniel graduated as a paramedic in 2009, this time finishing in the top three in his class.
Daniel began working for Thomas County EMS as an EMT in 2009 while finishing paramedic school. By mid-2010, he was promoted to Field Training Officer/Training Lieutenant. Through these positions, he has become licensed by the State of Georgia as a Level II EMT Instructor. In addition, Paramedic Warren holds instructor certifications in multiple pre-hospital training programs.
Daniel served as a consultant with the Georgia Association of EMS as a course developer of the Basic STEMI Recognition and Management Course. Since its development in March of 2014, he has participated in training almost 1,700 paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and mid-levels through the program. He has also developed the Advanced STEMI Recognition and Management Course as a continuation of the initial course.
Jimmy CarverBoard Member
President - Directors Division
Robby HillBoard Member
Vice President - Directors Division
Robby has been serving the citizens of Georgia for nearly 26 years. He began his career at Metro Ambulance Service in Cobb County for 2 years before getting the opportunity to serve in Bartow County for 16 years. Robby served in many capacities for Bartow and upon leaving Bartow was at the rank of Lieutenant. Presently he serves as Assistant Director at Floyd Medical Center Emergency Medical Services in Rome, GA. His career began at Floyd in 2008 and since being at Floyd he has served on many internal committees to enhance patient care and instill the lost art of customer service within an emergency service. He is one of the developers and present manager of Floyd’s Community Paramedicine Program that services Floyd and Polk counties. In 2016, he was a Class 5 graduate from the GAEMS Leadership Program and has since participated within the program for Class 6. Robby is very proud to be awarded the opportunity to serve on the GAEMS Board.
Rebecca C. Hill is currently the Director of the Community Training Center for American Heart at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. She is also the EMS Clinical Manager and the Exposure Control Coordinator for GPTC. “Becky” started her career as an Emergency Room Clerk at Newton General Hospital in Covington Georgia, in 1973. She decided that she needed more training and enrolled in the EMT program at DeKalb Tech in 1976. Becky had found her calling, she loved the excitement and enrolled in the Paramedic course at DeKalb Tech, she was only one of two females in the class.
After graduation from Paramedic class, Becky was hired by Athens General Hospital EMS. She was the first female, and paramedic that was hired by that service. After several years she worked her way back to the Covington/Conyers area and worked for Newton General EMS and Rockdale EMS.
Becky worked at Rockdale Hospital for 5 years as an LPN, then left to work for a private physician. She still missed working EMS, and went back to work for National EMS. In 1986, she started working for one of the largest EMS services in Georgia, DeKalb EMS. While working there she spends 2 years in training, but still missed the street. She went back to working the streets of DeKalb County. She had been teaching for DeKalb Tech part-time since 1986 and was still doing that while working EMS full-time.
Becky is the past President of the Georgia Association of EMS Educators and sat on the BOD for GAEMS. She is past Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and was very involved in their camp that helps burn injured children. She was the 2004 Instructor of the year, for Region 3 EMS. She holds an Associate Degree in Emergency Medicine from Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell NM. Ms. Hill is working on other educational endeavors and enjoys walking, music and reading.
Nicholas AdamsBoard Member
Vice President - Providers Division
In 1998, he embarked on a career with Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services where he currently holds the rank of Special Operations Lieutenant. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science—in Emergency Management—and Master of Public Administration degrees from Jacksonville State University.
A recent graduate of the 2015 GAEMS Leadership Course, Nick considers it both a privilege and an honor to serve on the GAEMS Board of Directors. Nick lives in Marietta with his wife Emily and their two children: Ben and Ian.
Dr. Julio LairetBoard Member
Vice President - Medical Directors Division
Jason GradyBoard Member
At Large Board Member
Jason Grady is the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System Coordinator as well as a cardiac cath lab technologist at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He obtained his Paramedic Technology degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1997 and is also an adjunct EMS educator at Lanier Technical College. As STEMI System Coordinator, Jason is involved in the oversight of a 18 county-wide STEMI system including 13 regional community hospitals involved in groundbreaking and evidence based STEMI recognition and treatment. He is responsible for the education, data collection, and reporting for the Regional STEMI system. His interests include STEMI treatment and resuscitation science. Jason and his wife Juley are the parents of 8 awesome children.
Glenn HenryBoard Member
At Large Board Member
Rafe WatersBoard Member
At Large Board Member
Rafe is graduate of the 2013 Georgia Association of EMS Leadership Course. He is also a charter member of the Georgia EMS Leadership Alumni, helping to create and approve the bylaws. Rafe currently serves as Chair-elect for the Leadership Alumni.
Rafe currently lives in Statesboro, and he is married to Dana. They have one daughter Delaney.
Proposed Board Meeting Schedule 2018
Kim Littleton serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of EMS (GAEMS). She transitioned to a career in Emergency Medicine in 2005 as an EMT-Intermediate and continued by working as a Paramedic with a county based EMS service in South Georgia. Her previous experience in healthcare includes serving as Human Resources/Public Relations Director for a critical access hospital and as Healthcare Director and Benefits specialist in the private sector.
Prior to her career in healthcare, Kim worked in governmental affairs and regulatory compliance for seventeen years. In 1986 she began working in state government as a legislative assistant with the Department of Natural Resources. She has worked with various state agencies including the Department of Transportation where she served as Executive Secretary of the State Transportation Board of Georgia. Kim returned to South Georgia in 1996 and was appointed by Governor Barnes to serve in his administration as an agency director in 1997.
In addition to her position with GAEMS, Kim continues to stay involved in EMS as an American Heart and EMS Instructor and as a Paramedic part-time. Kim and her husband Chad have two children. They live in the Anderson City community of Worth County.
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