Board of Directors

  • President

    Jeff McDonald

    Jeff McDonald began his EMS career in 1979 as an EMT student at the then Tarrant County Junior College, and never left.  Starting as a volunteer EMT instructor and teaching at the college part time while working as a paramedic in ground and air EMS in the Fort Worth area, Jeff now serves as the Program Director for the EMS Program at Tarrant County College.               Jeff is active as a site visitor and in other activities with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), serves on committees with the National Association of EMS Educators, and is a frequent burr in the side for the Education committee of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC).

  • Treasurer

    Morgan Michelle Prescott

    Michelle Prescott obtained her paramedic certification at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She has also received her flight medic certification through the International Board of Specialty Certifications. Michelle now serves as the  Program Coordinator over the Community Education Division of Emergency Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health San Antonio.           Michelle specializes in Airway and Respiratory Emergencies, Hemodynamic Monitoring, and Flight Physiology and Safety. She is instrumental at overseeing the technology components of the programs along with assisting in implementing new program goals and objectives.

  • Secretary

    Jennifer Stout

    Jennifer Stout currently serves as the Education & Community Programs Faculty for MedStar Mobile Healthcare. She has been involved in EMS for 10 years and has been instructing for 5 years. Jennifer has served in urban and frontier EMS services and EMS education. Jennifer also serves on the GETAC EMS Education Committee and as Affiliate Faculty for NAEMT in various educational programs.

  • Lou Ortiz

    Involved in EMS and Fire Service for the last 21 years. Instructor for 16 years. Paramedic for 19 years. Currently a DSHS Advanced Coordinator at ProAction in El Paso.

  • Leslie Hernandez

    35 years in Texas EMS, 32 years as EMS educator, DSHS Advanced Coordinator, AHA TC Faculty, AHA Regional Faculty, NAEMT Educator/Affiliate PHTLS, AMLS, GEMS. IBSC item writer. NAEMT course development projects. Program Director for large EMS student group basic through paramedic. Doctorate in Adult Education.

  • Sheila Elliott

    I have been an educator for over 20 years, and involved in EMS Education for the last 12 years, when I caught the EMS bug after my son was flown with CareFlite for his 4th open heart surgery. I am the TxDSHS Advanced Course Coordinator for the El Centro College EMS Education program and also the Mesquite ISD EMT Program. I am very passionate about quality EMS Education. My resignation as a Program Director with a private EMS school in 12/2015 resulted in a lawsuit that went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. It is my goal and desire to keep other EMS educators from being in the same situation that I was in and to keep EMS Education CREDIBLE!

  • D. Susie Jechow

    (Donna Sue) Susie Jechow is currently the EMS Program Director at Victoria College. Her experience as a field medic has been diverse: rural, volunteer as an EMS Director to international, but spent most of her career with Val Verde Regional Medical Center and EMS (Del Rio) beginning in 1982. She worked as an EMT while going to college getting off shift at 0700 to drive 75 miles to make it to her fist class while attending Paramedic classes on the weekends. She would complete her BA from Sul Ross State University in six years. Susie is never one to miss a party and that includes classes. In addition to the alphabet courses, most of which she teaches, she enjoys challenges such as high angle rescue, although she not fond of heights. Her love for the outdoors is posted on her office walls as a reminder to herself to re-create more often. Her Air Force family instilled in her to never hesitate to help where needed. In 1983, she was asked to be an AHA CPR instructor. She is currently Regional Faculty for AHA BLS, ACLS and PALS. She started teaching initial EMT classes in 1984 and became a coordinator when there was none. Somewhere along the way, she established a team of first-rate faculty that produced excellent outcomes in EMR to Paramedic classes. Susie is passionate that the coordinator-student relationship is life-long and she never hesitates to continue as a mentor for graduates. One of her favorite interruptions is a call or text from a former student. Susie enjoys life; the wonder and excitement of exploring new experiences while preserving old friendships. She and her spouse spend colorful time with their families, especially her first biological grandson, Vince. Her goal is simple: “build an EMS learning environment that perpetuates past my lifetime to improve the next generation of EMS by producing competent and empathetic graduates.”

  • Lara Ondruch

    Lara Ondruch is a faculty member at Houston Community College, and the Regional Officer for the Gulf Coast Region 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. When Lara is not teaching, she spends her time with her husband Matt and their amazing daughter, Parker, rooting on the Astros and Aggies.

  • Eric Steffel

    My name is Eric Steffel. I have been a Paramedic for 15 years and in EMS for 19 years. I also served 8 years in the Army National Guard and ultimately deployed to Afghanistan as a combat medic and as a human intelligence collector and exited the military as a Staff Sargent. I have primarily served as an EMS educator for 911 EMS systems for the past 8 years and was a Field Training Officer and Supervisor before that. As an EMS Educator, I focus on staff development, protocol development, AHA program manager, CQI manager, and managed and instructed initial EMT and Paramedic education programs. My passion is empowering providers with the necessary knowledge and confidence to provide the most thoughtful medicine possible. There is nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a staff member or student get excited about medicine or their performance because they understand something they once feared. While field experience cannot be replaced, working to better prepare the educators and mentors within EMS education will help to better prepare our profession to move forward.

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