Board of Directors
Eddie has been around EMS since the early 90’s first as an EMT now Paramedic, an EMS instructor, and EMS course coordinator. Eddie has been the EMS director for Crockett County EMS since 2007. He also serves as the AOR for Crockett County EMS as well. Previously, he worked as a paramedic in Abilene and the surrounding service area. Eddie has worked in EMS from the busy, city services to the rural and frontier services of Texas. Early in his career he found a passion for teaching others about EMS and inspiring them to join. Eddie has been an active instructor for EMR, EMT, and AEMT classes as well as CPR, ACLS, and PALS classes. Eddie has been active in teaching vehicle extrication as well as serving as a fire instructor at the TEEKS A&M Fire School since 2008. After moving to Crockett County, Eddie became very active in the local Regional Advisory Council. He was elected Chair for CVRAC in 2007. Eddie also became active at the state level representing his local RAC at Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council in Austin, TX. In 2008, he was appointed the GETAC EMS Committee and is still active in that role today.--
My name is John Mayne, AEMT EMSC CADS. I would love the opportunity to serve on the Board of TAEMSE. Following is some information about me and my career to date. I was born and raised in central Illinois. Following high school I spent four years in the USAF and am a Viet Nam veteran. After my military service I returned home and attended Illinois Central College where I became a EMT and Paramedic (back when the NREMT was just in its formative years). I volunteered with the Peoria County Office of Civil Defense as a mutual aid coordinator and disaster responder while working for Caterpillar Tractor Company. I began teaching first aid/CPR in the mid 1970s. In 1975 I moved to Canada, where my wife is from, in order to raise our family and take over a family-owned construction business. I lived in Canada for nearly forty years. While there I managed and grew a small family construction business into a very successful firm with nearly fifty employees. Fortunately, my job allowed me the opportunity to continue working concurrently in medically related positions. I worked for thirteen years with the Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club, a semi-professional hockey team, as a sports medicine trainer/therapist. I also volunteered and served on the Hockey Canada Safety Development Committee for several years, helping develop their National Hockey Trainer Safety Program as well as their internationally respected “Speak-Out” Bullying, Harassment and Abuse Program. I was Chair of the 20,000+ member Hockey Trainer Certification Program in Ontario, Canada for many years as well. After retiring from the construction business and the hockey team I joined Superior Emergency Services and became an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (equivalent to EMT Paramedic here). At Superior Emergency Services I initially served as a lead instructor teaching first aid, CPR, Emergency Medical Responder (similar to EMT in the US), IV therapy, and several other staff related EMS training courses. For my last five years at Superior, I served as the Superintendent of EMS Operations; looking after staffing and training for special events, movie sets, patient transfers, and general EMS response operations. In 2016 I once again retired and moved to Texas to be near family that had relocated to Magnolia Beach Texas years earlier. Yes, I jokingly tell people that I have retired from more jobs than most people have had. Once I had relocated to my retirement home on the beach, I thought I had actually retired for the last time. Well, that didn’t last long. I was convinced to join the Magnolia Beach Volunteer Fire Department to resurrect their defunct Medical First Responder program. I soon became Fire/EMS Chief. Since there is no reciprocation between the US and Canada, I completed EMR/ECA, EMT-B and AEMT certifications and am currently a Texas and NREMT registered AEMT. I’m also certified PHTLS, AMLS, ACLS, PEARS, CADS and DICO. Since assuming the helm at MBVFD I have successfully upgraded the department from an expired First Responder to a DSHS Advanced Life Support Provider. While doing my EMT rideouts at Calhoun EMS four year ago I was offered a job with them. I’m an active part-time employee at Calhoun County EMS where I usually work a 24-hour shift or two a week. In addition to my crew duties at Calhoun, I teach classes in their Rural CE program. I continue to instruct first aid/CPR and Stop-the-Bleed as well. I’ve been an DSHS EMS Instructor for three years and recently became a Basic Coordinator. I am anxiously looking forward to teaching a EMT Course in the near future through Calhoun’s program. I’m a member of TAEMSE and NAEMSE. Sorry this ended up being so long, but I’ve been around EMS since glass IV bottles, oral screws, and MAST pants! I’m asking for your support and am look forward to the opportunity of a new adventure serving on the board of TAEMSE.
Lara Ondruch is a faculty member at Houston Community College, and Treasurer of TAEMSE. Knowing she wanted to be involved in healthcare and education, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) in 2008 and taught/coached at the High School level. She then completed EMT, Intermediate, and Paramedic school at Houston Community College in 2012. Following the birth of her daughter Lara began her EMS education career. Lara was a faculty member at WCJC for almost 3 years where she was a NISOD recipient in 2018. During the COVID Pandemic, Lara earned her Masters of Education from WGU. When Lara is not teaching, she spends her time with her husband Matt and their amazing daughter, Parker, rooting on the Astros and the Aggies.
Lou Ortiz, AA, EMT-P has been in EMS for 23 years, the last 18 as an EMS Educator. Lou has worked as an EMT, Paramedic, Firefighter, Company Officer, and Chief Officer; he served as adjunct faculty in the Fire and EMS departments with Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA. Lou came to El Paso to continue his career as a Paramedic and Educator.
He has been with ProAction since November 2017 and has served as an Advanced Coordinator and Primary Instructor and currently serves as the EMS Program Coordinator. He has an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, holds a Fire Service Master Instructor certification, and is a Texas EMS Educator, Advanced Coordinator, and Paramedic.
I began volunteering in EMS in 1984. In 1985 I became certified at the EMT Basic level. In 1986 I was certified as an EMT-Intermediate, and in 1987 was certified as a paramedic in the state of Illinois. In 1987 I began working full-time for a hospital-based ambulance service (Riverside Ambulance) in Kankakee, Illinois.
It had been my dream since paramedic school to become an EMS instructor. I took an EMS Instructor course in 1994. In 1996 I was asked to start teaching some classes in the paramedic program. In 1997 I took over as the lead instructor/program director of the EMS Education program for Riverside Medical Center/Kankakee Community College. I have enjoyed teaching full-time in EMS since then.
I never dreamed the opportunity would arise to do what I love doing and that is full-time teaching. Working as a full-time instructor and program director has become a dream come true for me and I love every minute. Every day I learn new things.
I have been an educator for over 20 years, and involved in EMS Education for the last 13 years, when I caught the EMS bug after my son was flown with CareFlite for his 4th open heart surgery. I am the EMS Director and TxDSHS Advanced Course Coordinator for University Emergency Medical Response at the University of Texas at Dallas, where we have a first responder organization and EMS program. I am very passionate about the quality of EMS Education and it is been my pleasure to serve as an active member on the TAEMSE Board of Directors for the last 2 years. It is my goal and desire to stay engaged in our mission and keeping EMS Education CREDIBLE!