Commission Elects 2021 Executive Committee Officers
At the 2021 annual Commission meeting, held virtually on September 23, 2021, the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice re-elected Donnie Woodyard, Jr as the Vice-Chair and Joe House as the Secretary. Gary Brown, the Commissioner from Virginia, was elected to the Executive Committee as the Member-at-Large, filling a mid-term vacancy.
"Every Commissioner elected to the Executive Committee are respected national leaders with decades of experience in EMS leadership," said Joseph Schmider, Chair of the Executive Committee. "They have been involved with the EMS Compact from its concept through activation and their experience will be key as we focus on implementation of the EMS Compact in each of the 21 Member States."
The EMS Compact facilitates the day-to-day movement of EMS personnel across state boundaries in the performance of their duties. EMS personnel, including EMTs and Paramedics, licensed in a compact member state are granted a Privilege to Practice in the other compact member states. The EMS Compact is a legal agreement between states, enacted by state legislation in over 20 states. The EMS Compact is governed by an Interstate Commission to oversee the operations of the Compact nationally, enforce its provisions on the member states, and resolve any disputes that may arise between the states. The Commission is comprised of one voting representative (Commissioner) for each member state. The Commission is a body politic and an instrumentality of the Compact states that is engaged in public policy making on behalf of the member states.
2021 Executive Committee
CHAIR- Commissioner Joseph Schmider of Texas is the State EMS Director for the State of Texas. Commissioner Schmider is an inaugural Commissioner and is continuing his term as the first Chair of the Executive Committee.
VICE-CHAIR - Commissioner Donnie Woodyard, Jr. of Colorado is the Branch Chief of Emergency Medical & Trauma Services for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and joined the Commission in 2020.
SECRETARY - Commissioner Joe House of Kansas is the Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services and joined the Commission in 2017 as an inaugural Commissioner.
TREASURER - Commissioner Wayne Denny of Idaho is Chief of the Idaho Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness. Commissioner Denny joined the Commission in 2017 as an inaugural Commissioner and is continuing his term as Treasurer.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE - Commissioner Gary Brown of Virginia is the Executive Director of the Director, Virginia Office of EMS at Virginia Department of Health. He joined the Commission in 2017 as an inaugural Commissioner.