The Wisconsin EMS Association, known as WEMSA, is pleased to welcome Ryan Huser and David Gross as its newest Board of Director members.
Ryan was voted in to a full term which will end in June 2025. David is fulfilling a board vacancy term which will end in June 2023.
Ryan Huser Bio:
Over the past six years, Ryan has had the honor of being the Lead Paramedic Instructor and Program Director for Mid-State Technical College. In addition to his responsibilities in the Paramedic Program, he teaches several modules in the Critical Care Program, as well as provide guidance to the EMT and AEMT classes. Over the past year, Ryan has even developed an Instructor Fellowship Program to begin to provide extensive training in leading classes and simulations in EMS classes. When not teaching students, Ryan has the privilege of being an Assistant Chief on Ripon Guardian Ambulance Service. Working for Ripon allows him to maintain my field skills as well as serve my community. Since 2017, Ryan has been the Training Officer for their service. This position has allowed him to develop a training committee, implement an onboard process for new hires, and develop a QA/QI process for the service.
In the past few years, Ryan has had the ability to work on a series of cool projects. In 2019, he had the privilege of working on the Wisconsin Technical College System Standards and Procedures Manual update. Upon the completion of that project, he was able to work on the EMT Out of Hospital Scenario testing project. This project updated the EMT testing process from six skills-based stations to three scenario-based stations. Finally, Ryan is part of the team that is in the process of updating the curriculum for EMR, EMT, and AEMT. Every quarter, he also sits on the Data and Quality Management Subcommittee for DHS. The work he has performed for these various teams has earned him the American Ambulance Association 40-Under-40 Award in 2021.
David Gross Bio:
David grew up in rural Wisconsin on a small farm and learned at an early age that helping your neighbors was important. While in Jr. High School he took a farm safety course and during the CPR section, the instructor came up to him and said he thought that he was a natural and that he should consider a career in EMS. Several years later, David was approached again by some friends to join the local EMS department. He talked to the owners of a small service in Fort Atkinson at that time and was hired and sent to EMT-Basic class. In less than two years, they sent him to the EMT-I class (now AEMT).
While running full-time with a large multi-stationed service in Madison and a part-time position with my local EMS service in Jefferson, David went back to school full-time to get earn a degree in Accounting. A year later he took the EMT-P course and ran for a few more years with both services. While in recent years, due to health, he was forced to make the decision to retire after 25 years in EMS. The desire is still in him to serve. For the past couple of years, David has volunteered at the WEMSA Conference and now serves as a WEMSA Board Member.
Additionally, we would like to congratulate the following board members for being voted in for an another full term: Tony Lash, Stacey Zellmer, and Jody Stoker.
Lastly, we would like to congratulate our members of our Executive Committee for their appointments:
Tony Lash, President
Stacey Zellmer, Vice President
Jay Young, Treasurer
Katy Frey, Secretary
Thank you to our members that participate in our annual board of directors vote. Our Board of Directors helps to drive the mission and vision of the association, including the strategic planning and growth of the organization. Every year, WEMSA has a rotating 4 open spots for our Board of Directors.