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    President of Acadian Ambulance Service: Jerry Romero 

    Jerry Romero, president of Acadian Ambulance Service, oversees operations for Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

    Jerry began his career at Acadian in 1977 as an EMT and has served as a paramedic, dispatcher, dispatch supervisor, operations manager, vice president of operations and senior vice president. He was involved in the coordination of all of Acadian's hurricane-evacuation operations and serves as incident commander of Acadian's corporate command structure.

    His extensive involvement in community organizations includes having served as a board member and executive committee member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Boy Scouts Beau Bassin District. Through his work with the American Heart Association, he has chaired the Louisiana Advocacy Committee and the Lafayette Heart Gala and is a past chairman of the Lafayette chapter.

    Jerry has served in several roles with the United Way of Acadiana, is a past chairman of the "Be a Heartstarter" CPR training event and was a member of the Lafayette Parish Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Lafayette Workforce Investment Board, Lafayette High School Health Academy Advisory Board, Lafayette Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee and Perkins Advisory Committee of South Louisiana Community College. He also serves on the Louisiana Emergency Medical Unit Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Southwest in Lake Charles.

    1135 Chief Medical Officer:  Charles Burnell, M.D. 

    Dr. Charles Burnell, M.D., serves as lead over all associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures and procedures between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA as well as Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs.

    He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency medicine. Before becoming medical director in 2010, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome. Dr. Burnell graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biochemistry at Louisiana State University.


    Texas Medical Director: Jeff Beeson, M.D.

    Dr. Jeff Beeson, the Texas medical director for Acadian Ambulance Service, oversees the company’s clinical operations throughout the state. 

    Dr. Beeson is the former medical director for the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board and provided medical direction for the MedStar EMS system in Fort Worth. He is the attending physician and EMS director at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and is a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    He is a pioneer and leader in developing integrated health-care delivery, also known as community paramedicine, which is designed to provide patients with the right care when and where they need it. His work in North Texas has become a model for others across the nation.

    Dr. Beeson is a member of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, is the physician member-at-large to the board of directors of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and was selected as the Texas Medical Director of the Year in 2010. He was named to Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Docs list in 2013 and 2014 and was a Fort Worth Business Press Healthcare Hero in 2012. He has maintained his paramedic license since 1993 and his RN license since 1994; he became a physician in 2005.


    Senior Vice President of Acadian Ambulance:  Daniel J. Lennie

    Daniel J. Lennie oversees all operations in Acadian Ambulance's Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi markets. He joined the company in 1972 as an EMT and worked on an ambulance while attending college. He has worked in many departments, including communications, education and training, public relations, contract services and operations.

    Danny served as a commissioner on Louisiana's first Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission and as a member of the Oversight Board for Louisiana's Patient Compensation Fund. He is currently a member of Louisiana's Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council.

    He received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his master's degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis. He was one of the nation's first 100 nationally registered paramedics and maintained that certification for 22 years. He continues to maintain his RN license.


    Vice President of Operations-Communications Center:  Clay Henry 

    Clay Henry, who has led Acadian Ambulance's communications center since 1998, began his career with the company in May 1979 as a paramedic. He moved to the communications center as a dispatcher then became an operations supervisor and, later, the operations manager.

    Clay has completed courses on the National Incident Management System, Critical Incident Stress Management, First Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Education for Living. He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and has completed Administration of Telecommunications training with AT&T and Northern Telecom.

    He is a member of the executive board and a former chairman of the American Red Cross' Acadiana Chapter. He serves on the Lafayette Education Foundation Board of Directors as president-elect, graduated from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Lafayette program and represents EMS on the Lafayette Parish Communications District Board.

    Clay graduated from Lafayette High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    Regional Vice President:  Steven Kuiper 

    Service Area: St. Mary, Thibodaux, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. James, Central Lafourche, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard parishes in Louisiana

    Steve Kuiper, vice president of operations since 1988, began his career with Acadian Ambulance Service in 1975 as an ambulance driver. He was in the second paramedic class taught in the state and also worked with Air Med. He was named the company's Medic of the Year in 1982 and a district manager in 1987 then was promoted to vice president of operations. He is a member of GNO, Inc., the St. Bernard Parish 911 Board, the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and the National EMS Management Association. He was also a member of the 911 boards for Terrebonne and St. Mary parishes.

    Steve has extensive experience with hurricane evacuations for hospitals and nursing homes and coordinated the setup of a triage station after Hurricane Katrina that served more than 10,000 residents. He attended Louisiana State University at Alexandria.


    Regional Vice President:  Troy Mayer

    Service Area: Central and South-Central Texas (Bexar, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Hays, Bastrop, Live Oak, Medina, Frio, Kendall, Atascosa and Nueces counties)

    Troy Mayer oversees Acadian Ambulance Service's holdings and operations throughout Central and South-Central Texas.

    Troy, who has worked for Acadian since 1989, served as the operations manager for South-Central Texas when Acadian entered Bexar, Travis and Williamson counties. In that role, he supervised the Austin communication center, field supervisors and nine operations stations and substations. He also has worked as a staff accountant, an operations supervisor, a field paramedic and an EMT-Basic.

    He participates in legislative and governmental affairs activities representing Acadian and the EMS industry on local and state issues and is responsible for coordinating national accreditation efforts for Acadian's Texas operations.

    Troy graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in accounting and holds numerous EMS industry certifications. He also is a member of the South Texas Regional Advisory Council and the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council.


    Regional Vice President:  Mike Burney

    Service Area:  Southeast Texas and the Houston area (Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Walker, Galveston, Liberty, Chambers, Orange, Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Sabine and Tyler counties)

    Mike Burney is in charge of Acadian Ambulance Service's operations in Southeast Texas and the Houston area. He joined the company in 1987 and spent 10 years serving as operations manager in the communications center in Lafayette, La. He also has worked as a paramedic, dispatcher and supervisor.

    He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received an associate's degree in nursing.

    Mike currently serves on the Baptist Hospital Foundation Board, the Health Care Policy Advisory committee for the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Health Information Exchange of Southeast Texas, was a board member for Emergency Ministries and is a 2011 Leadership Southeast Texas graduate.


    Regional Vice President:  Justin Back

    Service Area: North Texas (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant)

    Justin Back is in charge of Acadian Ambulance Service's operations in North Texas.

    Justin began his career in the Australian army after graduating from the Royal Military College and served for eight years. During this time, he served in command roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, working closely with U.S. and coalition forces.

    After his military service, he entered the maritime industry and was based in Singapore for five years. During this time, he worked primarily in West Africa, South America and the subcontinent in business development and project management roles. Justin moved to the U.S. to work as a project manager in the domestic onshore oil and gas industry before joining Acadian in June 2013 as vice president of fleet operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

    His move to the U.S. also has led to new interests. Justin said he has “become a keen duck hunter and saltwater fisherman since moving to the USA, which have replaced surfing and diving as my primary pursuits.”


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