Special Operations Division Commander, Mesa Police Department
Commander Michael Beaton has been with the Mesa Police Department for 25 years. Currently he is assigned as the Special Operations Division Commander. Special Operations supports the Mesa Police Department through major crime investigations, tactical, apprehension and undercover operations. Special Operations is home to the Major Crimes Section, Violent Offender Task Force, Gang Investigations, Organized Crime, SWAT, K9 and EOD.
Glen Simpson, BS, AEMT
Director of Special Operations, Community Ambulance
Glenn Simpson is the Director of Special Operations for Community Ambulance in Las Vegas where he oversees personnel and operations. On October 1, 2017, Mr. Simpson was the lead for the Community Ambulance team providing medical coverage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He was there during the entire mass shooting that night and was one of the first to begin treating the wounded. His quick actions contributed to saving countless lives.
Josh Canning, MD
Physician Toxicologist, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center
Dr. Canning is a physician toxicologist in the Department of Medical Toxicology for Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix and for the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. He is board-certified in Medical Toxicology and Emergency medicine and works clinically at Arizona’s only Level One Toxicology Center as well as in several local Emergency Departments
Charles F. Swearingen
Critical Care Educator and Flight Paramedic
Charlie Swearingen is a national critical care educator and flight paramedic currently residing in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an EMT, paramedic and later flight paramedic with AirCare. He is the owner of Meducation Specialists, a business geared to help nurses, paramedics, physicians, NPs, Pas, and RTs prepare for their critical care practice in the air medical environment. He has written a best -selling book, Vent Hero, centering on mechanical ventilation management in transport.
Allen Wolfe, MSN, CSN
Native Air - Air Methods Corporation
Allen Wolfe, MSN, CSN, APRN, CFRN, CCRN, CTRN, CMTE is currently a Critical Care Clinical Specialist and the Director of Clinical Education for Air Methods Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Allen received his BS in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his MSN in Critical Care Nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He has 34 years in Critical Care nursing and helicopter medevac experience.
Special Agent, FBI
Special Agent (SA) Phillip Bates is the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator for the Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Division and is assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In his role as Coordinator he oversees the planning, preparation, response, investigation, and intelligence gathering against WMD threats in the State of Arizona.
Mohamed Teleb, MD
Neuroendovascular Surgery, Stroke, and Neurocritical Care. Arizona’s only triple fellowship trained Stroke Expert
Dr. Telebs’ advanced training has made him an expert in treating and managing disorders and diseases of the blood vessels of the brain, neck, and spinal cord. The comprehensive stroke training that Dr. Teleb completed led him to develop the Stroke VAN screening tool which quickly and accurately identifies large artery occlusion.
Paramedic, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department
Chief Greg Ruiz has over 30 years with the fire service and has spent the past 25 years of that time with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. He has worked his way through the ranks of the service while acquiring his Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW
President, Tania Glenn and Associates, PA
Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice in Austin, TX that is focused on promoting resilience, critical incident response and peer support team training and activation. As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in working with emergency responders, military and the aviation community.
Nancy Denke, DNP, RN
Toxicology Consultants of Arizona and a DNP Faculty member at ASU
Nancy Denke, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAEN is a Nurse Practitioner who holds degrees from Penn State University, University of North Carolina, St. Louis University and a DNP- Innovation in Leadership from Arizona State University. Currently she is employed with Toxicology Consultants of Arizona, and a DNP Faculty member at ASU.
John Fraleigh, MSN, RN
Faculty Clinical Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing
John is a full time faculty clinical instructor at the University of Arizona, college of nursing. He is an RN of 22 years, specializing in emergency and critical care. John’s education and awareness of human trafficking has come from years of involvement with the Arizona human trafficking council (governor’s task force), Arizona child sexual abuse coalition, and Az trust (training and resources united to stop trafficking).
Brian Appavu, MD
Epileptologist and Neurocritical Care Specialist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Dr. Brian Appavu is both an Epileptologist and Neurocritical Care Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Appavu completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. He went on to do his pediatric and pediatric neurology residency here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital before going on to complete a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Columbia University in New York. He is triple board-certified in child neurology, neurosonology and epilepsy.
Tracey Fejt, RN
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Tracey Fejt, RN is the Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Prior to their current roles, both Tracey and Melissa were trauma nurses in the emergency department. They decided to take their experience from the bedside and shift focus towards educating the community on how to prevent injury and reduce the overall amount of traumatically injured patients in both the community and the state.
Melissa Luxton, MSN, RN
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Melissa Luxton, MSN, RN is the Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. Prior to their current roles, both Tracey and Melissa were trauma nurses in the emergency department. They decided to take their experience from the bedside and shift focus towards educating the community on how to prevent injury and reduce the overall amount of traumatically injured patients in both the community and the state.
Sydney Vail, MD, FACS
Chairman, Dept. of Surgery; Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgeon, Maricopa Medical Center, Valleywise Health
Dr. Vail attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Trauma Medical Director for 17 years of his 22 year career and presently the Chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at Valleywise Health Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Vail has been consultant and educator to several branches of our military, law enforcement, and Dept. of Homeland Security’s medical teams