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    New Executive Director to Lead WEMSA

    The Wisconsin EMS Association board of directors has announced the appointment of Marc Cohen to the position of executive director. Marc becomes only the third executive director to lead the organization in nearly 25 years.

    Marc started with the association during the second week of September. “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve as Wisconsin EMS Association’s next Executive Director,” says Marc. According to WEMSA President, Josh, Kowalke, “We are excited to have him working with us and look forward to a future of continuing to serve each of our members by working together as Your Voice for EMS to promote education, share information, and facilitate legislative action.”

    Marc is a native of New York, but has called Milwaukee home for over 30 years. He received a B.A in Sociology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. He has a diverse and varied background which includes executive management and fund development with mission driven organizations. He has served as Executive Director at Congregation Shalom and Foundation Director of the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Foundation for St. Francis and Franklin. He also served as VP, Relationship Manager with PNC Wealth Management.

    He is a dynamic management and development professional with a passion for servant leadership with mission driven organizations. His span of responsibilities have included fund development, customer and volunteer relations, strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, and operational and facilities management. He has extensive experience in board development and leadership training. He provided national consulting services in best practices including board development, and leadership transition throughout the United States.

    His community and volunteer activities include Founding Board Chair of Stellar Collegiate Charter School, Member of the Bel Canto Chorus Board, Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Member of the editorial board of the NATA Journal, Past Chair of National Association of Temple Administration, Chair of the NATA Investment and Consulting Committees. He has served as a member of the MJF Financial and Community Task Force. With his family he volunteers at the Agape Meal Program, Hunger Task Force, Feeding America and St. Ben’s Meal Program. In his spare time sings with the Bel Canto Chorus and is bass section leader at St. Josephat Basilica.

    Find out more about Marc on the Executive Director page.

  • Threats Update Against Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Public Sector Personnel Released

    The Southeastern Threat Analysis Center (WSIC) together with the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (STAC) have released a document outlining threats to EMS providers in recent months. Law enforcement has been facing increased numbers of threats and actions against them over the past several years. As those threats continue to increase, they have now expanded to include threats and actions against first responders, emergency medical providers and firefighters. The joint document, released in August, 2016, details accounts of numerous actual threats and actions made against these allied responders.

    The document includes dozens of documented threats and actions against first responders in Wisconsin during the months of June and July, 2016. The document also includes links to attachments regarding how to determine what activity constitutes a threat – as opposed to constitutionally protected activity such as freedom of speech. Because many of the threats have taken place across social media platforms, it can sometimes be difficult to separate bonafide threats from freedom of speech.

    Wisconsin EMS providers are encouraged to download and review the document in order to improve their awareness of the increase of these types of threats in recent months. Links to supporting documents are included on the final page of the document.