Bios – 2022

James Campbell

Chief Campbell joined MCHD in June of 2018 and began his role as the Chief of EMS in March of 2019.  He began his EMS and Fire career in 2002 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Upon returning to Texas in 2008, he joined the City of Celina Fire Department, where he served as the EMS Captain for four years. Chief Campbell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Health Sciences from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Chief Campbell is committed to working closely with the MCHD Board of Directors, other first responder agencies and hospital partners to continue a successful and collaborative healthcare model in Montgomery County.  Chief Campbell is a certified member of the American College of Paramedic Executives (FACPE), serves a member on the Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) EMS Committee and is a Board of Director for the South East Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). His focus continues to be a people centered approach, working to ensure that MCHD’s employees and patients are at the center of their decision making processes.  Chief Campbell is proud to help lead MCHD, an organization committed to its’ mission, vision, and core values. 

Weston Davis

Weston Davis was named the Area Director for LifeNet’s Texas Division in November 2021. In this role, he oversees all aspects of LifeNet’s operations in Bowie, Cass, Morris and Red River Counties in Texas and Miller County in Arkansas.

Weston’s start in EMS was inspired by a group of friends in his youth.

“In high school, all my friends were volunteer firefighters.  They got to leave school to run calls.  I thought that was neat, so I joined the fire department.  While volunteering with them, I saw how EMS was taking care of people.  I thought what they did was pretty cool,” Weston explained.

The summer after he graduated high school, Weston attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, where he obtained his EMT certification.  Then he went to fire academy while simultaneously working on his EMT-Intermediate.

“While going through school, I was working as a pizza delivery driver and volunteering for an EMS service that had mostly EMTs.  We couldn’t do IVs or intubate patients, and I felt those skills would be more beneficial on some of the calls we ran. I decided to go to school to become a paramedic,” Weston said.

After obtaining his paramedic certification, Weston volunteered for a fire department and EMS service in Beach City, Texas, before getting hired on to work at the Liberty Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic.  Shortly thereafter, he transferred to the Humble Fire Department, where he was promoted to captain over EMS training.

A few years later, Weston decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and open his own ambulance service.

“I worked there on my days off from the fire department.  After a couple of years, we decided to sell the business.  I went back to being a paramedic, working for a private service in Humble, Texas,” he explained.

Weston would then hone his leadership skills in the field as a field training officer and instructor with the Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) and then later serve as the clinical manager for Pearland Fire.

“I stayed on with the events team at HCEC, which was cool.  I had the opportunity to work a Superbowl and several Houston Texans football games.  It was neat seeing the behind-the-scenes stuff and getting to transport and take care of professional football players,” Weston said.

When he recognized the opportunity for promotion wasn’t available at Pearland Fire, Weston began looking for other leadership opportunities.  The City of El Campo hired him as their EMS Director.  During his three-year tenure with them, Weston finished his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

“I knew I wanted to be a Fire Chief, an EMS Chief, or a City Manager.  One of the things that has always bothered me is having good ideas I wanted to implement, but not having the authority to get them done.  I figured the higher I moved up, the more decisions I could make to positively impact change,” Weston shared, discussing what has driven his leadership ambition over the years.

In November of 2021, Weston started his new role with LifeNet.

“I enjoy being able to take the problems I saw as a field provider and implement solutions to fix them and make meaningful changes.  My ultimate goal is to be able to change the tide of bad leadership seen across the EMS industry.  My goal is to not produce more of those people, but instead, to train the next generation to be more forward thinking and empower them to make change.”

With a passion for developing others, Weston has solid advice for those currently in EMS.

“Never stop learning.  Clinically there is so much that we aren’t taught in school.  You really have to work on that when you get out.  It may seem overwhelming to someone first getting into the industry, but it’s like any other job.  Once you go to school for it, and once you start practicing, it’s not as hard to overcome as it seems from the outside,” he said.

When Weston isn’t working, he enjoys playing computer video games, deer hunting, and spending time with his wife, Jalena.  They have one daughter.

Michael Furrh

Michael A. Furrh began his career in rural Lavaca County, Tx in 2002 when he was 17 years old. After his EMT class in high school, he was hired by Lavaca County then as a true “ambulance driver.” He’s worked for numerous EMS agencies throughout central and southeast Texas as a Paramedic throughout the last 19 years and has now completed the circle to be the Chief of EMS in Lavaca County. Prior to Lavaca, he served as the EMS Director for Colorado County for 5 years. Chief Furrh has also been involved in bringing rescue services into the EMS field as well as improving relationships between EMS and local, rural hospital facilities. 

He currently sits and has sat on numerous boards for education and EMS advocacy as well as local civic organizations. 

Board member, Texas EMS Alliance 

Board Member, Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (Past)

Board Member, Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council

Advisory Board Member, Wharton County Junior College

Advisory Board Member, Victoria College 

City Councilman, City of Shiner

Asst. Fire Chief, Shiner Fire Department 

He has been married to his beautiful wife, Tierra for almost 10 years and is the prideful dad of Dakotah, David and Trista Jo. 

Craig Holzheauser

Craig Holzheauser brings to Cornerstone years of involvement in Texas state and local politics. The son of a state representative, Craig went to work in the private sector after college before beginning a political career at the state capitol in 2012.

Working as a legislative consultant, managing the campaigns of House and Senate members, and serving as legislative director and then committee director of the House Committee on Public Health in his first year of employment, Craig is goal oriented and proven himself to be a quick study. Craig has a keen political intuition and a knack for developing the type of relationships that matter in campaigns, service of an elected official, or success for his clients.

A native of Victoria, Texas, Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from Texas A&M University.

Jeffrey Jarvis, MD

Jeff Jarvis, MD, EMT-P is the Medical Director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS. He is a practicing emergency physician at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. His experience in Emergency Medical Services and the broader health care field spans over 30 years, beginning as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He has served as a paramedic in three states, the Texas State EMS Training Coordinator and Department Chair of EMS Technology at Temple College. Dr. Jarvis serves on multiple committees including the Texas Governor’s Emergency & Trauma Advisory Committee Medical Directors committee, Texas College of Emergency Physicians EMS Medical Directors committee and the American College of Emergency Physicians EMS committee. He has research interests in prehospital airway management and the measurement of clinical performance.

Emily Kidd, MD

Dr. Emily Kidd attended Texas A&M University (BS), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (MD), The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (emergency medicine residency), and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston/Houston Fire Department (EMS fellowship). She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS and has been practicing emergency medicine for over 21 years and pre-hospital (EMS) medicine for over 17 years.

Dr. Kidd has practiced emergency medicine in Houston as well as for the Christus, Baptist, and Methodist systems in San Antonio. She served as an Assistant Medical Director for the Houston Fire Department for 3 ½ years and as an Assistant Medical Director and Interim Medical Director for the San Antonio Fire Department for 7 years. Since 2016, she has served as the Texas Medical Director for Acadian Ambulance Service.

Dr. Kidd is very actively involved in disaster and emergency management at the local, regional, state, and national levels. She was involved in field response and medical direction during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Harvey as well as the H1N1 pandemic, Ebola crisis, West, Texas explosion, and of course the COVID pandemic and recent ice storms. Dr. Kidd held a position on FEMA’s National Advisory Council for 6 years, has sat on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Disaster Committee for over 16 years, and serves as the State Medical Director for the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force. She currently serves as the President for the Texas Chapter of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

Dr. Kidd is married to Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Vice Chancellor for Disaster Services for Texas A&M University. They share 3 children and 1 granddaughter together.

Nim Kidd

Nim Kidd serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). In this capacity, he is responsible for the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Response activities also encompass field response and daily operations to include statewide alert monitoring, management of the AMBER and Silver Alert programs, and the processing of daily requests for assistance from local jurisdictions.

His appointment as Chief of Emergency Management and Assistant Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) began on June 1, 2010. During his tenure, the state has managed 12 Stafford Act presidential disaster declarations, 2 Stafford Act emergency declarations, 58 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG), and over $6 billion in federal disaster funds.

Prior to serving with DPS, Chief Kidd was appointed to the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) in April of 1993. During his time with the SAFD, he was promoted through the ranks from firefighter to District Fire Chief, including Lieutenant in charge of the SAFD Technical Rescue Team and Captain of the SAFD Hazardous Materials Response Team. From 2004 to 2010, Chief Kidd served as Emergency Manager for the city of San Antonio, where he managed the city’s response to over a dozen state and presidential disaster declarations.

Since 1997, Chief Kidd has been an original member of the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Team and responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Chief Kidd currently serves as a subcommittee chair for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC), a group that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management nationwide. Chief Kidd also serves as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Commissioner with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). In this capacity, he is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on applications for certification and recertification.

Chief Kidd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State University, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and two associates degrees. He is both a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and a certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM®). Chief Kidd is also a Texas Master Firefighter and holds Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Technician certifications.

Chief Kidd and his wife, Dr. Emily Kidd, M.D., share three children together.

Asbel Montes
Managing Partner
Solutions Group

Asbel began his career in the ambulance industry in 1999. His EMS career includes directing and leading teams that provided revenue cycle consultation to air and ground ambulance agencies, culminating into the position of Managing Partner of Solutions Group Consulting.

Over the past 20 years, Asbel has been a member of numerous organizations, including the Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA), the American Ambulance Association (AAA), National EMS Managers Association (NEMSMA), and the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT).

Asbel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Ambulance Association (AAA) and numerous committees and board positions. More notably, he chairs the AAA Payment Reform Committee as the industry navigates the current healthcare changes and the correlation to the air and ground ambulance industry. He has also testified as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement and veteran health initiatives related to emergency medicine. 

In 2016, Asbel was appointed to the Ambulance Transport Alternatives Task Force for the State of Louisiana by Governor John Bel Edwards. In 2020, Asbel was named to the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee by the Secretary for the United States Department of Transportation.

Asbel is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many healthcare conferences. Asbel is a contributing author in several EMS magazines and co-authoring the book, Management of Ambulance Services, as published by Prentice Hall in 2014.

Scott Moore

Scott A. Moore, Esq. has been in the emergency medical services field for over 31 years. Scott has held various executive positions at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. Scott is a licensed attorney, specializing in Human Resources, employment and labor law, employee benefits, ambulance service reimbursement, and corporate compliance matters. Scott is the Human Resources & Operational Consultant to the American Ambulance Association (AAA) and frequently lectures at EMS conferences. In addition, Scott created Newton 360, a performance feedback and operational efficiency mobile platform designed specifically for EMS agencies.

Scott is a licensed attorney and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Illinois, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  In addition, Scott holds certifications as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer (CACO). Scott has been a Site Reviewer for the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for many years and currently serves on the CAAS Panel of Commissioners.  In addition, Scott is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Savvik Foundation and The Code Green Campaign.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salem State College and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Scott maintains his EMT and is still affiliated with the Fire Department in his hometown. Scott is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National EMS Management Association, the International Association of EMS Chiefs, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northeast Human Resource Association.

Butch Oberhoff

Butch Oberhoff grew up in Baton Rouge, while spending summers and holidays in his father’s hometown of Rosenberg, Texas.  He started as an EMT in 1988 while attending Louisiana State University and worked as a paramedic at Acadian Ambulance before moving into various leadership and governmental relations roles.

Though most of his career has been with Acadian, where he now serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Business Development, Butch also spent time as AMR’s governmental relations manager in Mississippi.

Butch now resides in San Antonio when he is not at the State Capitol.  He is married to Cynthia, a neonatal nurse, and has two children.  This year, he was made a permanent member and bass player of the House of Rock and Roll band, which is headed by Chairman Richard Raymond, and includes Chairman Joe Pickett, Representative Bobby Guerra and Representative Pancho Nevarez.  The group performs without charge at many legislative events.

Taylor Ratcliff, MD

Dr. Ratcliff started his career in EMS with EMT school in 1995.  He subsequently completed his Paramedic training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1999 and worked for Lubbock EMS from 1997 until 2009 and the Lubbock Fire Department from 2002 until 2005.  Ratcliff worked as a career Paramedic/Firefighter and ran the City of Lubbock’s medical first responder medical program until leaving to start medical school at Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.  He completed Residency training at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, as part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.  He is presently board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

He currently works as an academic faculty physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine in Temple.  Dr. Ratcliff is the division director of Prehospital Medicine and is the EMS Medical Director for the cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and Llano as well as Temple College.  He is the assistant medical director for the Temple based EMS helicopter, PHI Med 1-5.  In addition, he provides medical direction for many Bell County first responder organizations, the Bell County Communications center and is the physician medical director for EMTF team 7 in the Central Texas region.  Dr. Ratcliff serves on the Texas Governor’s Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) education committee and is a site visitor for CoAEMSP.

In addition to spending time with his wonderful family, he volunteers as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Morgan’s Point Resort Fire Department.  Dr. Ratcliff’s passion continues to be the support of our brave public safety professionals in Texas and furthering the mission of EMS throughout our State.  He can be reached at bellcomd3@gmail.com.

Joe Schmider

Joseph W. Schmider is currently the Texas Department of State Health Services and formally the Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Services Director since January 8, 2005.  Joe served as Acting Director for the office of Public Health Preparedness and the State EMS Director before accepting the Texas position. Previously served as the Program Manager within the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for 2 years within the PA Department of Health.

Joe was the Regional EMS Director for Bucks County for 10 years before accepting a position with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Joe has served emergency services as a Firefighter/EMT with the Warminster Fire Department and the Dublin Fire Company and Ambulance since 1974.  Joe served as Squad Chief for Dublin EMS for 10 years, and trained/certified as a Firefighter, EMT, EMT-Instructor, a HazMat Technician, Rescue Technician, Certified Texas Contract Manager and formerly Emergency Management Coordinator for Bedminster Township. Joe served on the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) until January 2020 and currently chairs the Health and Medical Preparedness Councils for the National Association of State EMS Officials and the National EMS Compact Commission.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson is the CEO of the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (dba MedStar Mobile Healthcare). Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, hard work, resilience, integrity, and leadership were tenets that were ingrained from a young age. He was able to apply those early principles learned from the business world and apply them to a career in healthcare. Starting his healthcare career in EMS he worked through the front-line EMS ranks until he felt a calling to contribute more to the healthcare industry. After completing his law degree at the University of Memphis School of Law and passing the Tennessee Bar, Ken moved into the healthcare management ranks. Prior to coming to MedStar, Ken provided oversight and management for EMS markets of increasing size throughout the Southeast. Through his leadership and data driven approach the teams in these markets exceeded growth, profitability, and customer satisfaction goals. The ability to facilitate honest, respectful, and productive conversations between stakeholders about expectations and the resources required to meet those expectations played an integral part in building successful healthcare delivery systems. 

Gerad Troutman, MD

Gerad Troutman, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAEMS is the National Medical Director for Innovative Practices at Global Medical Response.  He is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX and serves as a mentor to the Texas Tech Innovations Hub.  He is a past president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians and currently serves on the Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council of Texas. 

Macara Trusty

Macara Trusty, MS, is a paramedic and manager of project management for Global Medical Response South Region. She has been involved in EMS for over 28 years, has over 25 years of EMS teaching experience, and more than 15 years of EMS leadership experience. She holds a BS in business management and an MS in management and leadership. She also holds several certifications such as Project+, SHRM-SCP, Just Culture Champion, and various EMS instructor certifications.

Macara serves as the chair of the EMS Education Committee for the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). She has led collaborative and cross-functional teams toward innovative solutions that improve the quality of clinical education, improvements in operational efficiencies, and enhancements to improving employee experiences and culture. She also serves as an NAEMT Education Coordinator for Texas, is a member of the NAEMT Education Committee, and Chairs the Lighthouse Leadership Committee.

Josh Vandever

Josh has been a firefighter for 15 years and a Paramedic for the last 12. Josh has been serving for the last two years as the EMS director for Fayette County EMS based out of La Grange, Texas.

Prior to returning to Fayette County EMS, Josh worked for the Cy-Fair Fire Department, Northwest EMS, Waller-Harris ESD 200 Fire / Waller County EMS and most recently the Village Fire Department in Houston, Texas. Josh also volunteered with the Brenham Fire Department from 2007 until he left the department as a District Chief in 2020.

Josh is a licensed paramedic, EMS instructor and TCFP/SFFMA certified firefighter.

Josh is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he studied business and political science.

Dudley Wait

Dudley Wait works for the Southwest Texas RAC in San Antonio. Before this role, he was employed by the City of Schertz since June 2001.  Until April 2015, he served as the EMS Director for Schertz EMS when he was promoted to his current position as the Executive Director of Public Safety.  He has been in the EMS industry since 1985 when he joined the volunteer ambulance service at Texas A&M University.  Dudley obtained his bachelor degree in Management in 1992 from Texas A&M and during his time there he also became certified first as an EMT and then as a Paramedic.

Dudley has worked in all types of EMS systems to include volunteer and paid, private and public, city and county, fire based and third service.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Dudley took a position as a paramedic with Sunstar Paramedics in Pinellas County Florida.  In his ten year career in Florida, he advanced through a number of positions including field supervisor, Communications Center Manager and finally Operations Manager where he was responsible for the day to day operations of Sunstar, a large county-wide EMS system that answers over 120,000 requests for service annually.

Since arriving in Schertz in 2001, Dudley has overseen the beginning of a new, fully paid municipal ambulance provider that left its volunteer days behind it a few months before his arrival.  In addition, Schertz is situated in an area that has experienced amazing growth and expansion over the last decade.  Our population has increased by over 70% and our call volume has grown by 150% and continues to increase approximately 12% a year.  We have worked to not only keep up with this rapid increase in demand but to also position ourselves in front of it to appropriately plan for our future.

Dudley is also a big believer in regional collaboration and in actively working to improve the ambulance industry.  Dudley currently sits as the Chair of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s EMS Subcommittee, is the Treasurer for our Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) and chairs our regions Cardiac Care Committee where doctors, nurses and EMS personnel have built a regional cardiac care system that is unrivaled in the State.

Dudley met his wife Cindy in Florida and brought her back to Texas with him.  They currently have two sons, Zayden and Zachary, who were adopted over the last three years. They also have three “other children” – Sadie, Diesel and Pepper – their English Bulldogs.

Brian Werfel

Brian S. Werfel, Esq. is a partner in Werfel & Werfel, PLLC, a New York based law firm specializing in Medicare issues related to the ambulance industry. Brian is a Medicare Consultant to the American Ambulance Association, and has authored numerous articles on Medicare reimbursement, most recently on issues such as the beneficiary signature requirement, repeat admissions and interrupted stays. He is a frequent lecturer on issues of ambulance coverage and reimbursement. Brian is co-author of the AAA’s Medicare Reference Manual for Ambulance, as well as the author of the AAA’s HIPAA Reference Manual. Brian is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia School of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he specialized in mergers & acquisitions and commercial rel estate at a prominent New York law firm. Werfel & Werfel, PLLC was founded by David M. Werfel, who has been the Medicare Consultant to the American Ambulance Association for over 20 years.

Matt Zavadsky

Matt is the Chief Transformation Officer for MedStar in Fort Worth.  In this this role, he helps guide the development and implementation of innovative programs with healthcare and community partners to transform the role of MedStar in the healthcare system and community.  Most recently, he has led the negotiations with multiple third-party payers to change the basic economic model for EMS to better align patient, provider and payer focus on patient centered care as opposed to simply payment for ambulance transport. He has recently worked with CMS/CMMI to help facilitate recent new payment models such as Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model and Medicare waivers for Treatment in Place during the pandemic. Matt also serves as MedStar’s public information officer, working extensively with media and other partners to provide crucial information regarding MedStar and their roles and activities in the community.

Matt has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Management, and also serves as the Immediate Past President for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and chairs their EMS Economics Committee.  He also chairs the Education Committee for the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI).