Meet the GAEMS Board Members

Paul Beamon

At Large Board Member - Directors Division

Paul Beamon is the kind of person who believes in getting things done through collaboration, relationship building, and the development of strong partnerships. It is this drive and compassion for the EMS profession that has enabled Paul to be an award winning accomplished EMS leader, successful educator, author, and advocate for the advancement of the EMS profession.

Paul achieved his Paramedic certification after attending Marion Wilderboar (Mother Marion) and Beck Hill’s Paramedic class of which he is very proud to have been a part and is currently working to achieve his Master’s in public administration.

Paul is Vice Chair of the Region 4 EMS Council, member of the EMS sub-committee on trauma, EMSAC board member, and active in the EMS redesign. As the Director of EMS for Spalding Regional Hospital EMS since 2011, Paul has improved patient care through advanced training with his team but also developed and implemented one of Georgia’s most successful Community Paramedic programs, developed a functional and affordable EMS telemedicine program and established Spalding Regional EMS as a true community partner. With Paul’s leadership, the men and women at Spalding EMS continue to receive numerous awards and recognition such as the 2014 GAEMS service of the year award, Spalding Regional Leadership award, AHA STEMI award, and Paul is a two-time winner of the GAEMS Director of the year award in 2002 and 2015.

Paul considers it a true honor to serve on the GAEMS board and brings his passion and unrelenting drive to the enhancement of EMS in Georgia that the men and women of the EMS industry expect and deserve.

Bengie Cowart

President - Providers Division

Bengie has been in the involved in Emergency Services for the last 26 years as an emt/paramedic and has his firefighter I and II and currently serves as Chief of Operations at Southside Fire/EMS & Security and continues to work part time with the City Of Guyton as a firefighter. Bengie has served has chairman of the EMSC for several years and remains a member of the council as well as the Chatham County EMS Advisory Council. Bengie is a member of Countryside Baptist Church where he serves as team leader of their Safety team. Bengie currently lives in Guyton, Ga with his wife Toni and daughter.

Rebecca Hill

Vice President - Educators Division

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 Adams

Board Member
Vice President - Providers Division

Nick launched his EMS career in 1992, when he joined a volunteer EMS agency in southwestern Virginia. Three years later, he relocated to Georgia and began serving with the Georgia Army National Guard, CareLine EMS (later American Medical Response) and Mountain Park Fire & Rescue.

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.

Chad Black

Board Member
At Large Board Member

Chad Black has been in Fire and Emergency Services for more than 32 years including 17 years in Air Medical Transport Services.  Chad retired in June 2016 as Deputy Fire Chief after a 31-plus-year career with Hall County Fire Services and accepted the position of Director for Habersham County Emergency Medical Services.  Chad worked both part and full time for 17 years with Air Methods Corporation, the largest Air Medical Provider in the United States.  With Air Methods, he has worked as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Georgia Business Manager, S.E. Regional Business Manager (GA, FL, SC, NC, AL) and 2013 and 2014 as a consultant performing work in Corporate Business and Governmental Affairs. Chad currently works for Habersham County EMS in Demorest, Ga.

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. 

Jimmy Carver

Board Member
President - Directors Division

Karen B. Grabenstein

Board Member
President - Educators Division

Having served on the board for the last four 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 began her career in EMS as a First Responder in 1993 and has held many positions in EMS throughout the years. Karen also remains involved in as an American Heart and EMS Instructor and as a Paramedic part-time at Bulloch County EMS.

Jason Grady

Board Member
At Large Board Member

Glenn Henry

Board Member
At Large Board Member

Glenn Henry has been actively involved in EMS for for over 32 years. He became an EMT in 1979 and a paramedic in 1981. He has worked as a street medic in Athens, Georgia, and EMS Educator for Gwinnett County, and Transport Program manager for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He has served as adjunct instructor at Athens Technical College for 19 years and as the Program Chair for EMS & Fire Programs full time for the last five years. He holds various degrees along with a Master's Degree in Teaching and Technology.

Dr. Julio Lairet

Board Member
President - Medical Directors Division

David Moore

Board Member
At Large Board Member

David Moore served as Director of Candler County EMS for over 30 years. David is married to Penny and they have three children in the Metter area. Penny is a Private Practice Physical Therapist. David's daughter Madonna is a Physician’s Assistant, his daughter Carly is a Nuclear Health Technician at Plant Vogtle, and son Will is a junior at Georgia Tech. David’s Granddaughter, Leah Cate, is perfect. David believes GAEMS is the best thing to happen to the EMS industry in Georgia during his career, and considers serving on the Board of Directors an honor and a privilege.

Meet the GA EMS Executive Director

Kimberly Littleton

Executive Director
Georgia Association of EMS

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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