Our EMS Team
Mike Grill, MS, EFO, NREMT-P, Director, EMS Team
In 2011, Mike was promoted to Director, PAH/LAH/PKR/CRAHC EMS Team. Mike joined the EMS team in 2010. In a previous life, Mike was a Captain/Paramedic with the Sierra Vista (Arizona) Fire Department, where he retired in 2007 after 23 years of service. In 2008 Mike became the Assistant Director of Allied Health programs at Cochise Community College, located in Southeastern Arizona. He was directly responsible for community college oversight for campuses in Douglas, Benson, Willcox, and Nogales. Mike has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and present EMS-related topics to a variety of audiences. Mike and his wife Sam have been married since 1986 and have two children - Moe and Lacey. Mike enjoys hiking, biking, playing music and spending time with his family.
- A.A.S. Fire Science Technology, Cochise College
- B.S. Biology, University Of Dubuque
- M.S. Executive Fire Service Leadership, Grand Canyon University
- Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy
David Sanko, BA, NREMT-P, EMS Manager of Education
David Sanko, BA, NREMT-P, EMS Team Manager, joined our EMS team in 2001. Dave is usually found in the EMS office in the E.D. at PKR Hospital working on a variety of EMS projects and educational programs, and operational responsibilities for the EMS team. Dave is a course director for ACLS, and PALS. His EMS background in the region is substantial and he is well known in the EMS community having been active in all facets of EMS and EMS education in private and public EMS and fire agencies. His EMS career began in 1982 as an EMT with Reed Ambulance followed by paramedic training under Dr. Gerald Gordon. He then continued as a field paramedic, volunteer firefighter, flight paramedic and EMS educator. Dave and his wife Jan have been married since 1990 and have two children, Halee and Ryan. They enjoy golf, camping, hunting and soccer.
- B.A. Psychology, Boston University
Clancy Meyers, MHA, EMT-P, EMS Manager of CEQIR
Clancy joined our EMS team in 2008, Clancy has been a paramedic since 1998 and is most often found at her office near Conference Room 5, 1st floor at LAH where her primary role is overseeing EMS Research, Q.A., and Q.I while also sharing a great sense of humor. She was recognized at the JEMS EMS Today Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 1st, 2012 as an "EMS Top 10 Innovator for 2012." Clancy shares that she has children, two black Labrador retrievers, and a few squirrels. She enjoys hiking, reading and doing statistics, (preferably with coffee in hand) during her down time.
- B.A. Spanish, University Of Colorado
- M.S. Health Services Administration (MHA), Regis University
Linda Meredith, EMS Team Administrative Assistant
Linda Meredith is an Administrative Assistant for the EMS Team and works out of the Stansbury Hall office at Porter Hospital. She previously worked 12 years at Littleton Hospital as administrative assistant for five department Directors and their managers, including the ER and ICU. Before joining, Littleton Hospital, she worked 3 years for the Porter Hospital Controller. Linda has four grandchildren, including three girls under 3. Her son and his family live in Dallas. He is a Director at a Private Equity Firm. Her daughter is a probation officer in Aurora, married to a police officer. Linda enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, snow shoeing, but mostly enjoys spending time with family.
- Phone: 303-765-6587
Becky Schiller, BA, EMS Team Administrative Assistant
Becky Schiller joined the South Denver EMS Team at the end of February 2016 as an Administrative Assistant and works out of Parker Adventist Hospital. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at University of Colorado Hospital for the Executive Director of Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedics. Before working for University of CO Hospital, she worked as an Executive Assistant for the VP/CNO of Baltimore Washington Medical Center, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System.
Becky moved out to Colorado in April, 2013 to be close to her family. She is originally from New Jersey, but also lived in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland before settling in Colorado. She loves the mountains, but misses the ocean, especially in the summer. Becky mostly enjoys spending time with her family (especially her niece and 2 nephews) and taking long walks with her dog.
- B.A. Political Science, University of Cincinnati
- Phone: 303-269-4786
Education, Quality and Research
Bobby Allen, NREMT-P EMS Educator
Allen, who was named Southlands’ EMS educator in April, 2017, will be both coordinating and teaching the courses paramedics and EMTs need in order to maintain their licenses and expand their skills.
Allen may be new to the job of Southlands’ EMS educator, but he’s no rookie to EMS, or to education.
His pre-hospital career began in 1991, when he became EMT for Collier County EMS in southwest Florida. Over the following 25 years, Allen did about every job his department had to offer. “I became a paramedic, got promoted to lieutenant, and did almost everything you can do in the field,” he says. That included working on a hazardous materials team, and with tactical paramedics, a unit that accompanies police and SWAT teams. “And I trained other paramedics in the field,” he says.
Allen also taught classes as part of the paramedic program at a community college, and collected the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Public Service Provider of the Year award for 2012.
After a quarter century in Florida and achieving the rank of battalion chief, Allen was ready to move on. “My wife and I decided we were done with Florida. We were done with heat, humidity, and the alligators.”
After a three-week road trip through the arid climes of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, “We fell in love with Colorado and decided this is where we wanted to be.”
His wife, Bradie, is now aquatics manager for South Suburban Parks and Recreation, and in 2015 Allen went to work at Porter Adventist Hospital in a newly created role as a paramedic in the emergency department. The ER paramedics program, which also operates in Parker Adventist Hospital, provides ER staffing and fosters collaboration between hospital and pre-hospital staff.
When the position of EMS educator opened at Southlands, it seemed like the perfect next move. “I’ve been teaching and training for years, and always enjoyed it,” Allen says.
Jena Ferguson, FF, NREMT-P, CCEMTP, EMS Educator
Jena joined the Centura EMS staff in October 2011 & comes to us from the Kansas City Missouri area. She brings with her over 25 years of Fire, EMS, ER & Education experience. Her career started while working in emergency medicine as a tech in college, then paramedic school, the fire academy & working the streets in the KC area for several years.
Jena started flying in the critical care setting in 1999 as the Chief Flight Paramedic for LifeNet of Kansas City. She managed the flight team at the flagship LifeNet base after the Air Methods/Rocky Mountain Helicopters merger. In 2006 she joined the flight team at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago serving as a flight paramedic for Loyola Lifestar, and a critical care instructor for Loyola University EMS Education Program.
With an opportunity to move into education full time, Jena was the Clinical Coordinator for Central Jackson County Fire EMS Education Division, providing primary prehospital training as well coordinating all clinical experiences within those programs. In 2011 Colorado was calling and it was time to move to the mountains.
When she isn’t doing homework Jena enjoys cycling of all kinds, hiking, snowboarding, fly fishing and bouncing around Scotland and Ireland. In 2018, she will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University with plans to pursue a Masters in Leadership.
Most often she can be found in the EMS office at Porter.
Jeff Fletcher, BS, FF/EMT-P, EMS Educator
Jeff joined the EMS team in 2002 and is most often found around PAH, preparing education programs and identifying quality improvement opportunities with our EMS agencies. He also is the lead coordinator and instructor for our community outreach program, CPR for Family and Friends. Jeff has two daughters and says "say no more." He enjoys the finer things in life such as barbequing the perfect brisquet. When not at barbequing or spending with the EMS team, Jeff can be found at his full time job, as a lieutenant with Denver Fire Department.
- B.S. Biology and Chemistry, Metro State University
Dave Kaye, M.S., Distance Learning Specialist
David (Dave) Kaye joined the South Denver EMS team in June, 2014. In this role, Dave is involved in Distance Learning activities and electronic communication systems that enhance Centura Health online offerings.
Previously, Dave developed online learning systems for HealthONE and was an interactive media manager at RCR Wireless News and operations manager at Colorado Public Radio. At RCR Wireless New, he oversaw web operations and produced weekly video podcasts. As an Operations Manager and Web Specialist at Colorado Public Radio, he produced podcasts and managed quality control. At HealthONE, he initiated webinars and online learning for over 5000 students and 10 instructors.
Prior to moving to Colorado in 2005, he designed and operated live streaming and video on demand in the government sector for both North Carolina State University and the Public Schools of North Carolina. He was instrumental in designing and implementing video and satellite conferencing sessions for education and transportation. For several years, he led a streaming and new media user group in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Dave graduated with a Masters Degree in instructional design from Indiana University and earned his Bachelors in Mass Communications from Boston University.
Judy Jo Mackie, RN, MSN, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement & Research Specialist
Judy Jo joined the EMS Team in the summer of 2013 after a 40 year career as an RN, most of it spent in Emergency Care. Judy’s role in EMS is to assist with QA, QI, and Research that is being conducted by the EMS team. She hopes to apply the findings to change practice and in to improve patient care. Judy obtained her BSN in 1973 and MSN in 1978 after a tour as a Navy Nurse in San Diego. Judy spent 10 years as a Nurse Practitioner in the mountains of Westcliffe, Colorado, and for the past 12 years has been a staff nurse, clinical coordinator, and nurse educator in the ED at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She has been a Certified Emergency Nurse for the past 8 years and was a Florence Nightingale Award Finalist in 2002. She and her husband have 2 boys, love the mountains, and enjoy hiking, biking, vegetable gardening, and kayaking. At home you will find Judy quilting, cooking, and card making.
- RN, BSN, MSN University of Colorado
John Mason, NREMT-P, EMS Educator
Parker-area EMS providers have a new, yet familiar, face facilitating EMS education in South Denver. John Mason, NR-Paramedic and CPR/ACLS/PALS instructor, and former EMS education coordinator at Franktown Fire Protection District, joined the Centura Health South Denver EMS Team — Prehospital Services in February. In his new role, Mason will lead follow-ups with EMS providers, facilitate continuing education classes, and build relationships with the EMS community. He will be stationed at Parker Adventist Hospital. After starting as an EMT in 1978, Mason became a paramedic in 1981. Having spent the bulk of his career in the Denver metro area, Mason took a stint in Montana for a year in the early 2000s before settling in at Franktown Fire Protection District as a firefighter/paramedic and then lieutenant EMS coordinator for 12 years.
Mason has two grown children and makes his home south of Franktown. In his free time, Mason enjoys golf, reading, and music.
"I've worked with the Centura team for years and always appreciated the quality and professionalism they brought to the work," Mason says. "I’m looking forward to providing that same level of service and compassion to those in the field."
- Phone: 303-903-8813
Lee Meyer, A.S., CCEMT-P, EMS Educator
Lee became an Associate with LAH in June of 2011. Prior to that Lee started his EMS career in Kotzebue Alaska, working as Fire Fighter, EMT, Search and Rescue member and eventually Clinical Educator. Lee returned to his home state of Colorado and obtained his A.S. degree in Paramedicine through Arapahoe Community College and Swedish Paramedic Program. For the next 19 years, Lee worked as a Paramedic with Ambulance Service Company / AMR in both the 911 and interfacility arena, the last three of those years as Clinical & Education Coordinator. Lee went to Summit County Ambulance Service and obtained his certificate as a CCEMTP while working in the hills. In his spare time, Lee enjoys playing his drums, running, and time with his family.
- General studies - Adams State College
- A.S. in Paramedicine from Arapahoe Community College
- Paramedic Graduate - Swedish Medical Center
- CCEMTP - Eastern New Mexico University / UMBC Program
- Currently working toward B.S. in Health Care Management - CSU Global
Tim Nowak, AAS, BS, NRP, CCEMT-P, EMS Educator
Tim Nowak, AAS, BS, NRP, CCEMT-P, brings more than a decade of experience in EMS education and patient care to Centura Health as an EMS Educator at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Originating from Wisconsin, Tim has experience working in fire-based, municipal-based, and private-non-profit EMS systems. As an educator, Tim has developed & delivered continued education courses for both BLS & ALS providers, and has also had articles published in various trade journal platforms. Along with his experience in EMS, Tim has also worked full-time as a firefighter, has experience as a HazMat Technician, and has been a part of various special event medical teams. Tim’s interest in EMS education peaks with operations topics involving MCI response, triage, incident management, and medical topics related to cardiology and progressive ALS & Critical Care.
John Riccio, MD, FACEP, ABEM, EMS Chief Medical Director
Dr. Riccio joined the EMS team in 1990. Dr. Riccio is well known in the EMS community and has been an EMS Medical Director for the past 18 years. He continues this role today in addition to his E.D. physician clinical rotations at PAH, LAH and PKR. John, his wife Jennifer, and their three daughters, Erin, Elise, and Julianna, enjoy hiking, skiing, golfing, bicycling, and generally enjoying the great Western outdoors. Dr. Riccio received the distinguished Dr. Valentine E. Wohlauer Physician Excellence in EMS award in 2008.
- B.S. Biology, Bates College
- MD Doctor of Medicine, Dartmouth College
- Residency Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center
Jonathan D. Apfelbaum, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, EMS Medical Director
Dr. Apfelbaum joined our EMS team in 2012. He is usually found at one of our South Denver Group Emergency Departments as an E.D. physician with the EPPH group. He has been involved in EMS since 1986 when he was a member of the University of VT Rescue Squad as first responder and is the current Medical Director, Weber State Univ. Paramedic program, Ogden UT, since 2001.
His background and experiences include various EMS activities from Wilderness Medicine through rural and urban EMS, “small to huge” as he puts it. He has also been involved in Tactical EMS with the FBI, as well as both technical and water rescue. He has enjoyed participating in special events coverage such as NFL games, NASCAR races, and concerts. Referring to his story in the Summer Edition of ON ALERT, he was a “first responder” at the Reno Air Race disaster in 2011. He was also the medical director on scene at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1999 when a tire went into the stands.
Dr. Apfelbaum turns to his interest in aviation to step back from medicine. He has been a pilot since his teenage years and built his own plane, a Glastar. He also enjoys photography, travel, and playing with his dog.
- BS - Animal Science, Univ of Vermont
- MD - Univ of Utah
- Residency in emergency medicine - Denver Health Medical Center
- EMS Fellowship - Carolinas Medical Center
Eugene Eby, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director
Dr. Eby joined the team in 1998 and is the EMS Medical Director for Littleton Fire Rescue, Wind Crest, Lockheed Martin, Littleton Fire Dispatch and METCOM Dispatch. Prior to joining the team, Dr. Eby was the Medical Director for Aurora Fire Department and he has served as medical director for Colorado Urban Search & Rescue and medical tram manager Colorado Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). Dr. Eby was also a paramedic and F.I. at Denver General Hospital Paramedic Division for 12 years prior to medical school. He also received the distinguished Dr. Valentine E. Wohlauer Award for Physician excellence in EMS in 2002. Dr. Eby remains active in many areas of regional EMS serving on State advisory boards since 2000, he received a Governor appointed position in 2002 to Board of Medical Examiners and in 2008 to SEMTAC under the board-certified emergency physician role.
- B.S. Biology, University Of Colorado
- Paramedic Program CAPE
- MD Doctor of Medicine, University Of Colorado
- Residency Emergency Medicine, Maricopa Medical Center
Gary Witt, MD, EMS Medical Director
I am delighted to come on as a member of the South Denver Centura EMS team as of late 2012. I look forward to working with the EMS professionals in the region as an associate medical director with the EMS team.
I began my medical career in EMS, back in the late 90's when I was working in the ice rink industry. I decided that the part of my job I enjoyed the most was when patrons of the ice rink got hurt, and I was put in the role of caring for them until EMS arrived. This led me to EMT-Basic school at Denver Health. After graduating, I quickly transitioned from the ice rink industry to EMS full-time, working with Pridemark Paramedics for about a year until I moved to Northglenn Ambulance, working in the field primarily in Commerce City, CO. I then attended paramedic school at Denver Health and completed about 3/4 of the program before leaving to enter medical school. The rest, as they say, is history. After graduating the Denver Health Emergency Medicine residency in 2011, I took a position with EPPH as an attending physician in the South Denver Centura emergency departments.
I have been the medical director for Gunnison Valley and Hinsdale County EMS departments on the western slope of Colorado since early 2012, and enjoy vacationing in this area as well. My amazing wife and two incredible boys and I live in the southeast metro area but we make it up to the mountains and the Gunnison/Lake City area every chance we get. I also enjoy playing ice hockey (I'm a goalie), hiking, biking, ice fishing, and whatever other adventure comes our way.
I look forward to a long and productive career working with the EMS agencies in South Denver.
- B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
- MD, University of Colorado
- Residency, Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine