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GEMSA Board of Director Candidates 2022

Please read the biographical information below about the candidates and why they want to be on the board or elected as a division vice president. You will get to vote for TWO at-large candidates and 1 president in your division.  See more voting instructions on the bottom of this page.

Voting closes on September 30, 2022, so vote today!  

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(All candidates in alphabetical order by last name)

Directors Division - President Candidate

Robby Hill, Atrium Health Floyd EMS (incumbent)

I have served for 30 years in EMS in Northwest Georgia as well as served on the GEMSA Board for the past 5 years. I have served in many leadership roles and presently serve as the Assistant Director for Atrium Health Floyd EMS. My commitment to my service as well as the GEMSA membership has always been at the top of my list. Together we will tackle the issues within EMS and work towards improving the communities we serve.

Educators Division - President Candidates

Jeff Adams, Habersham County Emergency Services (incumbent)

Jeff has worked in EMS for 24 since 1992 and has been teaching since 2008. He has worked in urban and rural settings, for private, hospital-based and fire-based services. He is currently the Director for Habersham County Emergency Services, a recently combined department incorporating Fire and EMS. He has been involved with GEMSA for the past 6 years and was a member of the 6th Leadership Class. He believes strongly in education, no matter what the age of the student. As the EMS industry continues to grow and move forward, he believes expanding our educational horizons and opportunities will play an extremely strong role in the product we deliver.

Kim Bullock-Unangst, DeKalb County Fire Rescue

I am currently a BN Chief and Paramedic with DeKalb County Fire Rescue; I am over the EMS Division. I began my career here in 1995 and my passion is helping others. I attend the Educators Conference and really appreciate what GEMSA does for the EMS community and would love to be a part of the team. I spent 5 years in our training division and have had the opportunity to be a part of 2 Grants provided by GEMSA and see the great work being done.  I am the VP at our non-profit organization, The Bullock Hope House and spend many hours volunteering to help patients in from out of town needing a place to stay and I help organize our annual golf tournament. During my time at DCFR I oversaw the “Give Burns the Boot” drive for 11 years and also attended and helped plan “Camp OO-U-La” for the GA Freighters Burn Foundation. I volunteered at camp and helped make the week a special time for burn injured children.  I appreciate your time and the opportunity to be a part of GEMSA.

Joshua Warren, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and Grady EMS Academy

I worked in rural South GA for several years before relocating to the metro Atlanta area where I currently work for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department as the lead paramedic instructor and for Grady EMS academy as a paramedic instructor. I was trained as a paramedic in South GA at Darton college and am interested in the position to bring a progressive evidence-based mindset to the table while representing the interests of the field operations EMS workers and the EMS educators of GA.

Medical Directors Division - President Candidate

Nathan Allen Stokes, Air Evac Lifeteam (incumbent)

Dr. Stokes has been involved in EMS in the State of Georgia since 1996.  He is currently a nationally registered paramedic, board-certified emergency physician, and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Dr. Stokes is the EMS medical director Air Evac Lifeteam (Georgia).  He is an at-large member of the Region 5 EMS Council, is a practicing emergency physician at Navicent health.  Dr. Stokes advocates for the advancement of prehospital care in all areas and is proud to serve as the president of the medical director’s division of GEMSA.

Providers Division - President Candidates

Bengie Cowart, Chatham EMS (incumbent)

Bengie has been involved in Emergency Services for the last 35 years as an EMT/paramedic and has his Firefighter I and II. He currently serves as EMS Chief at Chatham EMS and continues to work part-time with the City of Guyton as a firefighter. Bengie has served as chairman of the EMS-C for several years and remains a member of the council as well as the Chatham County EMS Advisory Council. Bengie also serves on the Region 9 EMS council as well as RTAC. Bengie is a graduate of the 2012 Georgia EMS Association Leadership Course. He is also a charter member of the Georgia EMS Leadership Alumni, and he earned the GEMSA EMS Directors Certification in 2020. Bengie has also completed the ASM in 2019 through Fitch and Associates .Bengie was successful in getting Chatham EMS through CAAS in 2020. 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 of 27 years Toni and daughter Makayla.

Jared (Jed) L Jarrett, Laurens Co Fire / Rescue

Jed began his career in EMS in 2004 in his hometown of Blakely, GA after graduating from Darton College EMS Program.  He earned a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. He pursued his Master of Science of Nursing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Jared is currently employed as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic for Laurens Co Fire/Rescue. As a licensed EMS Instructor, he is also involved in his local EMS education program through Laurens Co EMS. In addition, he often makes guest lecture appearances across the state.

AT-LARGE CANDIDATES (You will vote for two.)

Karen Beasley Grabenstein, Community Health Systems (incumbent)

Karen has been in EMS since 1993 and has experience in ground, air and hospital settings. Having served on the board for the last 10 years and currently as an at-Large board member, Karen remains active in EMS in various capacities to include prehospital and hospital.  Karen currently works as the Director of Clinical Outreach for Community Hospital Systems where her focus is on critical access and EMS. She is a graduate of the 2013 Georgia Association of EMS Leadership Course. She is also a charter member of the Georgia EMS Leadership Alumni and the first female to have earned the GEMSA EMS Directors Certification. She remains active in the EMS community by serving on EMSAC and GA EMS Leadership Alumni Board. She also serves as a professor at Columbia Southern University in the Bachelors of Emergency Medical Services Administration program. In her spare time, she conducts research and will defend her work in October 2022 where her focus has been on Leadership Practices and the Impact on Rural Healthcare.

Kim Bullock-Unangst, Dekalb County Fire Rescue

I am currently a BN Chief and Paramedic with DeKalb County Fire Rescue; I am over the EMS Division. I began my career here in 1995 and my passion is helping others. I attend the Educators Conference and really appreciate what GEMSA does for the EMS community and would love to be a part of the team. I spent 5 years in our training division and have had the opportunity to be a part of 2 Grants provided by GEMSA and see the great work being done. I am the VP at our non-profit organization, The Bullock Hope House and spend many hours volunteering to help patients in from out of town needing a place to stay and I help organize our annual golf tournament. During my time at DCFR I oversaw the “Give Burns the Boot” drive for 11 years and also attended and helped plan “Camp OO-U-La” for the GA Freighters Burn Foundation. I volunteered at camp and helped make the week a special time for burn injured children.  I appreciate your time and the opportunity to be a part of GEMSA.

Marcus Crowe, Air Evac Lifeteam

I have had a 24 year career in EMS including 911 and critical care ground services, fixed wing critical care transport, rotor wing critical care transport, and I was director of an EMS education program.  I currently work for Air Evac Lifeteam at the Snellville, GA base.  I have had, and continue to have the desire to help improve EMS practices, and well being in our state.  I would like to serve our EMS providers by being a member of the GEMSA board.

Joshua Daley, Patriot EMS

From getting my EMT License and deploying to NYC the following day for Fema 2020 and Hurricane relief in texas, to focusing on Covid Prevention and Fleet improvements at Patriot EMS, my ems career has focused on finding ways to improve our service and work safety for our emoyees. GEMSA provides an opportunity that I would be proud to serve as to continue to support EMS services and providers during the pandemic. I bring three years of EMS experience and ten years of non profit management experience.

Jason Davey, Habersham County Emergency Services

My name is Jason Davey and I currently serve as the Chief of Operations for Fire and EMS at Habersham County Emergency Services. I oversee all day-to-day operations and fill in for the Director when needed. I have been employed with Habersham County fulltime since May of 1999 where I started as a Firefighter and over the years have worked my way towards the top while performing at different supervisory levels.  I am a “seasoned” Chief Officer who has seen the good and bad in emergency services and want to help grow our profession in a positive and professional manner. The EMS Leadership class really open my eyes to all the issues we have across our State, and I would like to be part of the solution and assist others in making our profession the best it can be for all the agencies in Georgia. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sarah Ellison, Atrium Health Floyd EMS

I am a Captain Paramedic at Floyd EMS and have been here for 17 years. I have been in EMS for 22 years. I discovered late in my career that in order to help I must pitch in. I want to help and make a positive impact for my career.

James (JD) Gannon, Pooler Fire-Rescue

JD Gannon has been in Fire and EMS since 2010.  He has had a passion for the job since a very young age. The desire to grow and become more of an asset to the people extended past daily duties and became a willingness to lead and instruct. He currently is a Captain with City of Pooler Fire-Rescue where he has worked for the last 8 years and is in charge of the department EMS program. He is a Georgia Paramedic Instructor/Coordinator, maintains his State Firefighter certifications and holds instructor credentials in numerous other areas including TCCC.  Under his leadership, the department has become a state-certified BLS agency and is working toward becoming an ALS provider. JD believes in GEMSA’s mission and wants contribute in any way he can as such, he is currently completing Georgia Leadership Program Class 11. He also represents Pooler on the Region 9 EMS Advisory Council.  His commitment to EMS and making a difference is why JD is running for a position on the board.

Tim George, Gwinnett Technical College

I began my career in1990 with DeKalb EMS moving on to Gwinnett Fire and then on to Walton EMS. I have also worked part time with CHOA as well. Most of this time has been providing patient care with some time spent in logistics as well. Since 2015 my focus has been on education with Gwinnett Technical College where I am now the EMS Program Director. With my diverse EMS background I would like to serve with GEMSA to help improve EMS throughout our state.

Bob Graham, Patriot EMS

Georgia is one of the fastest growing states in our country and it faces hurdles in EMS as we try to address numerous issues. EMS in Georgia needs to get serious to solve the problems every service faces in staffing, funding, and threats to public safety.  From working on trucks in busy systems to running my service, I've seen a thing or two and could bring significant ground level knowledge and experience to the GEMSA board.

Troy Holder, Life Force Air Medical

I became interested in EMS by volunteering as a firefighter in Walker County, GA in 1994. For 15 years with the fire department, I responded to fire and EMS requests. I completed nursing school and began working as an RN in 1998 where I worked on various hospital floors before transferring to the emergency department and picking up additional shifts in SICU and MICU. After working as a nurse for two years, I returned to school, completed EMT-I, continued for Paramedic, became Nationally Registered and licensed in Ga as a Paramedic. I was hired by Life Force Air Medical in 2006 as a Flight Nurse/Paramedic, where I continue to be employed as a Regional Operations Supervisor/Flight Nurse/Paramedic. I have served as a member of the Ga Region 1 EMS Council since 2016.  I am interested in a board member position to become more involved with GEMSA, assist with creating positive changes for the state in which I live and work, learn from those around me with greater experience to improve myself for the future, and to continue engaging with the people of GEMSA from around the state.

Jason Hurst, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College/Coffee Regional Medical Center

I started working in EMS roughly 10 years ago and have worked for a combination of intuitions over the years, with experience in rural, county, hospital-based, and private parties. I have tried to learn something from each place, and attempted to be as helpful in the process. I am a graduate of GEMSA’s class 10 leadership program, and have completed the director certification. Currently I am working on my MPA through Columbia Southern in which I received my BS in EMS administration earlier this year. I feel that there is always something to learn in our field, and if we are going to grow as profession, this is something we must do. Currently I work fulltime for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, and PRN for Coffee Regional Medical Center and Goldstar EMS. I do this because I believe that if you are going to teach in this field, you need to be active in the field. Plus, I have not been ready to get off a truck yet, I still enjoy my career choice. I hope to be of better service to our community and I look forward to meeting more of you in the future, Thank you for your consideration.

Glen Jackson, The Center For Advanced Medicine

As I was exploring my career options as a young man, I realized that I had a passion for helping people in their most critical time of need. My grandfather was a Firefighter, and my dream job was to follow in his footsteps. I went to school to become an EMT while I was working as a dispatcher in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating from school as an EMT, I began looking into becoming a paramedic.   Just after 9/11, I became a DeKalb County EMS Paramedic.  Then after going through the fire academy, I was officially a Fire Medic. I worked for Dekalb for nine years before retiring and starting my next career adventure, working as a Flight Medic. Since that whirlwind, I have worked in clinical settings and assisted in instructing young people to follow their dreams of helping others.  At the end of the day, my plan to reach my goals is through continued hard work and patience. I have set out and accomplished so many different things in life with that simple concept. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.


Reg began as an EMT in 1983, became national registered Paramedic in in late 1980s. Active manager & executive in public and private 911 and non-911 EMS services. Currently President of Amerimed Medical Solutions, CEO of Amerimed MIH, Vice Chair of EMSAC, Chair of GA's EMS Strategic Plan, Board Chair of the National Association of Mobile Integrated Providers.  As a proven leader, Reg brings nearly 40 years of knowledge and experience to the GEMSA board.

Jared (Jed) L. Jarrett, Laurens County Fire Dept/EMS

Jared "Jed" Jarrett began his career as a FF/EMT in Early County, GA. He finished Paramedic program at Darton College in 2004. Jared worked across south Georgia while he a finished nursing school in 2007. He finished his BSN in 2008 & served as adjunct faculty for Darton College EMS program, He finished his MSN in 2013. He is currently attending his DNP at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA & his Masters in Public Admin with concentration in Emergency Services from Columbia Southern. Jed is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, RN, and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. He is employed full time with Laurens County Fire Rescue. He serves part time with Allentown Fire (volunteer), Laurens Co EMS, Navicent Health EMS, and Navicent Cardiothoracic Surgery (NP). He is a member of GEMSA, NVFC, NAEMT, & AACN. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kylie, who is an ER RN and EMT Student, and their four kids.

Nathan Lincoln, Amerimed

I started my career at MetroAtlanta on the NET wheelchair van in April of 2012.  August 2012 finally obtained my EMT-I certification and was able to move to an ambulance at MetroAtlanta.  Worked metro Atlanta from 2012-2018 as an EMT, Amerimed 2018 to present Area Manager South Georgia.

Bradley (Kevin) Locke, Barrow County Emergency Services

I am writing to express my strong interest in the position of board member . I began my career as volunteer firefighter while still at Winder-Barrow High school. After Graduation I attended Athens Area Technical College to obtain my EMT certification and continued through the Paramedic program. I was hired full time to Barrow County EMS at age 19 when the third ambulance was added. For the past 27 years I have dedicated my career to Barrow County and have been a part of the challenges and triumphs that we have faced. I have continued my education in all aspects of emergency medicine and I currently hold instructor certifications in BLS, ACLS, PALS, EVOC, Fire Instructor I, and Georgia Level 1 EMS instructor. I was privileged to work at CHOA for 5 years as a Flight Paramedic. I have worked in a multitude of different positions within the medical profession but my loyalty has always been with Barrow County.   I want to be a part of progressing EMS and it’s future . I would rather be a player than a spectator and winners always want the ball. I believe my experience, communication, and interpersonal skills will help move us forward.

Rose-Anna Madden, Amerimed EMS

Previous Supervisor of 911 service. Previous Director of private service. Current Division Manager of private EMS Service for over 2 years. In EMS since 1996. Paramedic since 2001.

Jeff Moss, Morrow Fire Department

I am currently the Deputy Chief and EMS Director of Morrow Fire Department in Clayton County. I have been with Morrow for 10 years and served as Training Captain and Training Division Chief as well. I was previously a Captain with Cobb County Fire where I served for 23 years. I have been a state certified Paramedic for 31 years and worked with several public and private EMS services during that time. I have a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Fort Hays State University along with many other certifications and degrees not listed here.  I am interested in the board position at GEMSA because I think the work and services offered by this organization are highly important. I know that EMS in this state has made great strides but can always improve. This organization holds a very important role in those potential changes. I would enjoy the opportunity to be involved in the forward movement of the organization and humbly believe I may have valuable input to provide. Furthermore, this opportunity will give me the chance to learn more about the industry at a state level and grow alongside the people and initiatives that are important to us.

John (Jack) Paulson, South Georgia Medical Center EMS

My EMS career started before graduating high school, volunteering with my local fire department. Since then, I have worked for several county, private, and hospital-based services across South Georgia and North Florida. I have also flown with a large private HEMS service across several states. I am currently enrolled in the 2022 GEMSA EMS Leadership program and am part of the EMS leadership team at South Georgia Medical Center. I sit on several boards and committees outside of EMS that require listening to stakeholders' complaints and suggestions and working to implement changes. I have seen many ways to improve and grow our profession and would love to be in a position to hear your suggestions and help to facilitate our advancement.

Robert Rosamond, Stephens County EMS

I have been in EMS since 2013. I currently work as an EMT/Instructor with Stephens Co. EMS in Toccoa. I have held Instructor status since 2019. I also serve as the Director for the Emergency Medical Responder program. I desire to be a Board Member because I feel I can bring a positive change to the table. I have always desired to help move EMS in Georgia in a positive direction.

Jesse Simmons, United States Army/Community Ambulance

My EMS background started in Ga in 2006 as an EMT-I. I obtained my paramedic in 2008 through Rescue Training, Inc in Savannah. I have served with several EMS companies in different regions across the State both in 911 response, non-emergent transport, and management roles. I spent time working at the Georgia Fire Academy and taught medical courses for GSP and DNR while there. I have EMS experience in the Army and have deployed worldwide. I recently obtained my master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Liberty University. I strongly believe in the EMS community in Georgia and want to help shape the future for pre-hospital providers to increase mental health awareness, pay, and privileges. Having a father and brother that both worked in EMS in Georgia, Georgia needs representatives that believe in what we do, respect the tireless struggle between work and home life, and understands how important pre-hospital care is to our communities. Adequate representation is essential to bring EMS service to the forefront of the medical community to raise the standard of care across our great state. Using my experience in the EMS field and my secondary education, I believe I can be an asset the GEMSA Board.

Jamarius A. Tate, Columbia County Fire Rescue (incumbent)

Jamarius is an eager public servant who has served in various communities as a full-time local firefighter and paramedic for the past ten years. He has had a passion for the job since age 15 where he started his career path as a junior cadet firefighter. Currently, he is the EMS Training Coordinator/Instructor for Columbia County Fire Rescue. He sits on the board for LAUNCH Augusta, which is a non-profit organization that exposes underprivileged kids to several job opportunities and skills in the healthcare realm. He is also an active instructor with all GEMSA-sponsored trauma skills labs. His passion for teaching grew as he joined the Rescue Redefined team and assisted their cause in redefining extrication techniques with patient care in mind across the state of Georgia. His personal traits have evolved greatly from experiencing the Axioms of Leadership Program and as a graduate of Class 8 of the GEMSA Leadership Program. Jamarius is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia EMS Leadership Alumni Board. He is also an active At-Large Board Member of the Georgia EMS Association. Jamarius believes the distribution of quality education and building relationships is the key to improving regional representation.

How to vote:

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Voting is open from September 1-30, 2022.

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