APA launches new membership program, announces executive director

The membership program will help fund paramedic scholarships and includes a new online platform

By Laura French

DULUTH, Minn. —The American Paramedic Association (APA) has launched a new website and membership platform, and announced the selection of its new executive director.

The new APA membership program includes student, professional and lifetime membership options, according to an APA statement released Friday. A new paramedic scholarship program will also be launched using funds from memberships.

"We are introducing a paramedic scholarship program that allows paramedics with the means to assist our financially struggling colleagues by donating a portion of their membership costs," said APA Board Member and Minnesota Paramedic Brad Buck, in a statement. "This will help more paramedics to have equal access and have their voices heard as part of the national conversation!"

The APA shared feedback from some of its first members, with Alabama Paramedic Dea Calce saying, "I loved reading your manifesto, and I think it really captures a lot of how I feel about the state and future of paramedicine in the United States." 

Oklahoma Paramedic Tony Loftis also commented, "After reading the manifesto, I was inspired by it and would like to see this be successful." 

The association also announced that Katie Siman will be its next executive director, replacing Nick Nolen, who has transitioned to the Board of Directors. An additional board seat will be filled with the appointment of a founding member, and a final seat will be selected by the membership this summer.

"We're excited that Katie has joined our team and expanded our vision and capabilities as we launch our new membership platform today," said APA Board President Nick Nudell, in a statement. "We have a lot of work to do, and it is time to grow our membership to get our professional peers involved for continued advancement."  

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