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Michigan Association of Ambulance Services announces new leadership, board of directors

Jeff White, Chief Paramedic at Richmond Lenox Emergency Management Service, has been named as the board president

By Gina Joseph
The Macomb Daily

LANSING, Mich. — Jeff White of Memphis and Chief Paramedic at Richmond Lenox Emergency Management Services is among the first responders who have been appointed by the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services to its 2024/2025 leadership and board of directors.

During White’s longtime career at Richmond Lenox he has managed an organization that has grown from 11 employees to 50 and from one station to three. During this time the EMS also expanded from one paramedic ambulance to a fleet being staffed and licensed at the paramedic level.

“It is a privilege to be selected by your peers, to serve on a board which focuses on our citizen’s interests, as it relates to the life-saving care provided by ambulance services throughout our state,” said White.

Serving as president of the board is John Clayton, EMS Manager at MyMichigan Health in Midland. Clayton has worked EMS at MyMichigan Health, which serves Midland, Gladwin and Alpena Counties, for nearly 30 years. He previously served as MAAS president-elect and serves on the Michigan EMS Foundation board.

“EMS provides essential, lifesaving care in our communities and I’m honored to lead the MAAS board and serve as an advocate for our industry,” Clayton said, in a news release. “I’m committed to working to strengthen EMS resources while promoting the value of working in EMS as our worker shortage continues.”

Joining Clayton and White on the MAAS board in 2024 are:

—President-elect: Brian Scribner, Southwest Community Ambulance Service

—Past-president: Jason MacDonald, Medstar Ambulance

—Secretary: Bill Grubb, Star EMS

—Treasurer: Mark Meijer , Life EMS Ambulance

—Region 1: Ron Slagell, Emergent Health Partners

—Region 2N: Vince Wayas, Alliance Mobile Health

—Region 2S: Dustin Hawley, Superior Ambulance

—Region 3: Laurie Thiel, Mobile Medical Response

—Region 5: vacant

—Region 6: Sheri Verwey, Rockford Ambulance

—Region 7: Rick Dupon, Denton Township Ambulance Service

—Region 8: Gary Wadaga, Bay Ambulance

—Region 9: Matt Heffelfinger, West Michigan Air Care

—At large: Kenneth Cummings, Tri-Hospital EMS

—At large: Kolby Miller , Medstar Ambulance

—Tim Niggemyer, Croswell Ambulance

Michigan is home to 29,035 EMS providers, 800 life support agencies and more than 4,012 licensed life support vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of EMS and Trauma within the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness, EMS and Systems of Care.

The Michigan Association of Ambulance Services is a statewide trade association representing and advocating for ambulance services. In 2022, MAAS members were responsible for over a million ambulance transports, serving nearly 80% of Michigan counties. MAAS members also provide community paramedicine, ER diversion and 9-1-1 services in several areas of Michigan .

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