Candidates for
Board of Directors 2022

Voting will begin June 1 and end June 10.

April Page, Paramedic, EMS Educator

April Page of Uvalde, Texas began her EMS career in 2001 as an EMT before becoming a Paramedic in 2005. She continued her EMS career as a full-time Paramedic until her employment with Southwest Texas Jr College in 2017.

Mrs. Page currently holds a DSHS Basic Coordinator license and has been invited to assist in instruction of U.S. Border Patrol EMT students on several occasions. During her employment with SWTJC, she recently obtained a degree in Associates of Arts, General Studies and plans to further her education in the near future.

Mrs. Page is a resourceful EMS Educator at Southwest Texas Jr College with 5 years of classroom instruction with drive and success within classroom and school operations. She creates an engaging learning environment for students, has experience with implementation of classroom instruction, lesson plans, and student assessment in conjunction with state and college regulations.

Mrs. Page is a mother of 4 children and a wife to a supportive spouse.

Bryan Perry

My name is Bryan Perry and I have been with the Montgomery County Hospital District for 9 years. I started off for the district working in dispatch before moving to the field, now I am the first responder coordinator for all of Montgomery County’s  fire departments. I handle all the clinical education and quality assurance for the district in regards to our fire departments. I am also the course coordinator for 3 EMT class a year for the district and a high school.

Debbie Ramirez

Eric Steffel

I have served in EMS for over 20 years starting in Ohio and moving to Texas in 2006.  I have had the privilege to fill the positions of In-Charge Paramedic, FTO, Supervisor, Clinical Educator, and now hold the Director of Clinical Practices at Northwest Community Health in Tomball, Texas.  I also had the honor of serving in the Army National Guard for 8 years with 1 deployment to Afghanistan. I have enjoyed serving as the TAEMSE board Vice President and watching the organization evolve and grow in Texas.

Eric Steffel BS, NRP

Division Chief

Director of Clinical Practices

Professionalism – Integrity – Compassion – Service

John Jason Flores

John Jason Flores EMS Department at Brazosport College 979-824-6979 In EMS 26 plus years, I have AAS in EMS ans Bachelors in Healthcare Management.

In EMS 26 plus years, I have AAS in EMS ans Bachelors in Healthcare Management

Thanks for the consideration.

Katherine Contreras

Katherine Contreras, Associate Professor at Austin Community College, previously spent 19 years in the field as a Paramedic and educator at a large 911 service in central Texas (still maintaining PRN status).  She also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the ALERRT Center at Texas State University. Katie holds Texas certifications in EMS/Fire, various AHA and NAEMT Instructor certifications, TP-C & CP-C through IBSC, and earned her BA in Disaster and Emergency Management & an MBA from Columbia College South Carolina.  She also owns her own training company, Come And Take It CPR and Safety Training.

Kelly Millican

Kelly became an ECA in 1979, EMT 1980, Special Skills in 1984, Para in 1990. She was also a Certified Respiratory Therapist in 1981. Began her EMS career in small rural/frontier area of Baylor County, Texas. She was the first EMTs in the county and one of very few female providers in the State of Texas. After moving to Dallas, she worked as a RT at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, primarily in the ER and Pediatrics.

She attended paramedic school with Methodist Medical Center of Dallas and was the valedictorian of her class. Kelly was hired by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas as an Instructor in the Emergency Medicine Department. While there she became a coordinator and supervised the Basic EMT Program and also functioned as a CE Instructor for field medics and an adjunct instructor in the Paramedic program.  Ms. Millican was also the primary instructor for the Dallas Police Department Medical Training program which trained all the Dallas Police Cadets in first aid and CPR.  Kelly was also involved in creating lesson plans, education publications and video programs for Fire Emergency Television Network. She became very proficient in Moulage of "patients" and provided that service to many Metroplex agencies in their Shattered Dreams programs.

During the 90's was the advent of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing programs/teams. Kelly was invited to be a team member of the Greater Dallas Area CISD Team in 1992.  As an active member of the team, she was one of 6 members who responded to Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building.

After leaving UTSW, Millican opened her own EMS Training Academy (Texas Emergency Services Education Group) and operated it until her "retirement" in 2010.  She served as the Vice President of Tarrant County EMS Providers.

When "retiring" in 2010, she found that she wasn't finished with EMS. She established a Training Program in Junction, Kimble County Texas that operated until 2020. Also, she worked with TCESD11 and established their Initial and CE programs.

In 2017, travis County ESD-1 contacted her to establish a High School EMT program in Lago Vista ISD. She took on the mantel and quickly found herself teaching CE classes as well.  The Initial Basic EMS Education program was established and became operational in 2018.

After the initial class, the High School program began in fall 2018.  TCESD1's EMS program then became a TxDSHS Advanced Program in 2019.  In 2020, she began working on the CoAEMSP accreditation program for TCESD1's Paramedic program.

The program also has an outreach component that provides classes to rural and frontier EMS agencies in the Hill Country.

Kelly in addition to her duties in the Education also has served as the liaison with the local hospitals and served as a voting member of CATRAC and served on the Education and Pre-hospital Committees.

Kristine (Kris) Kern

Kris is a dedicated Licensed Paramedic of 34 years and college educator for 28 years. Currently, she is one of the Advanced Coordinator and the Clinical Coordinator at San Jacinto College.

Kris enjoys the opportunities to provide medical education on many fornts. In addition to her full-time teaching position, she has been a conference presenter at local, state, and nationwide conferences. Her classes are interactive and unique.

Over the past four years, Kris has added communication through personality diversity and medical error reduction to the curriculum at San Jacinto College. This p rogram has been incredibly successful. There has been a 93% reduction in medical errors in simulation.

Kris leads with integrity and the strong belief in service before self.

Susie Jechow

Susie Jechow is the EMS Program Director at Victoria College as well as Southwest Texas EMS Training in Del Rio. She recently observed 40 years in EMS, most of it with a hospital-based 911/interfaculty transfer service while holding the title of EMS Coordinator for initial and continuing education. She has worked with rural, austere, urban and international services. She most recently attained a long time goal of holding IBSC Flight Paramedic certification and brought the CCP course to her program in 2021.

Ms. Jechow has always been concerned with problems in EMS watching the shortage move from deep west Texas to now a national crisis. She is continually looking for solutions and recruiting. One AEMT student recently introduced himself the first day of class and said his parents sent him to the college to take his basics. He walked into the Allied Health building by mistake and left having filled out his EMT-Basic application.

Ms. Jechow has served on the TAEMSE Board since 2019 as Secretary. resides in Victoria County with her spouse, dog Molly and an occasional visiting grandkid or two.