Our Staff

Administration

20110503_AmericanAmbulance_Capitol_114Tim D. is the Chief Executive Officer of Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. Tim has been ‘chasing’ ambulance and fire trucks for 39 years beginning when he first joined the Cripple Creek Volunteer Fire Department as a junior firefighter in 1976. Since then he has worked for many private and public EMS agencies serving in capacities as an EMT, paramedic, field training instructor, supervisor, operations manager; and now, as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. He attended the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs earning both of his Bachelors of Arts in geology, geography and energy science (1982) and his Masters of Public Administration (2014).

As an EMS advocate, Tim is very active in promoting EMS issues in many local, state and national forums to enhance EMS operations and improve financial sustainability. Locally he serves as Treasurer for the Teller County Emergency Services Council, Chair of the sub-committee for Long-term Strategic Planning for the El Pas o County Emergency Services Authority and is Vice Chair of the Plains to Peaks RETAC. He is an active participant in state EMS activities were he serves alongside many other EMS leaders as the President of the Colorado EMS Chiefs, Managers and Directors group – a subsidiary of the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado. Nationally, he has traveled several times to Washington D.C. to be a strong advocate for the Field EMS Modernization and Innovation Act (EMS Field Bill) which is envisioned to transform EMS into a quality based innovative and patient-centered system that will increase quality, enhance patient outcomes, improve coordination, and reduce costs. Most recently, Tim was appointed by the President of the Colorado State Senate to serve as the EMS representative on the Medicaid Rate Review Advisory Committee.


Teresa-WTeresa W. (“T”) is the District Office Manager. Teresa has been with our service since 1994. She first began her career here at Woodland Park Ambulance Service as a part time A/R clerk and a part time driver. She has witnessed an abundance of changes over the past 22 years. Through the years, Teresa’s job description has grown to cover a multitude of duties. She handles all the general full charge bookkeeping duties, as well as HR, as the Office Manager for the District. Her other “hats” consist of Certified Compliancy Officer, HIPAA Officer, Designated Election Official along with a myriad of other roles. Among some of the outdoor activities Teresa enjoys are; rafting, single track mountain biking, and climbing rock and 14er’s, throughout breathtaking Colorado. Though her most fulfilling pastime is traveling and exploring the cultures of the world with her husband…”travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”

Community Paramedicine

jamesJames M. is the Captain of the Community Paramedicine program of Ute Pass Regional Health Service district and is affectionately known by most within the community as “Tiny”. James has been involved with emergency medicine for 22 years and has been honored to serve the citizens of Ute Pass Regional Health Service District for the last 8 years. James is the Paramedic Advanced Care Team (PACT) program facilitator. In this role James insures maximum community value by leveraging under utilized resources to meet the needs of under served populations. As American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center Faculty, James is responsible for training AHA instructors for many life support disciplines. Aside from his responsibilities to the district, James is serving his third term as President of the Teller County Emergency Medical Service Council. James currently serves as chairman of the Pikes Peak Community College Emergency Medical Service Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the professional Practices Committee for Prospect Home Healthcare. James is adjunct teaching faculty for Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado University of Colorado Springs Hospital System, and The prestigious Penrose St. Frances Institute. Before moving to Colorado James served four years with the Office of Homeland Security, Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) out of Mather Air force Base in Sacramento California and is a former Boy Scout and Explorer Scout. James is currently working on his BSBA with a focus on international finance through Colorado Technical University. James is the father of four amazing children and two precious grand children. In his spare time James likes to travel the world on a shoestring budget often staying in hostels, vans, and on one occasion a train station. James has been to 16 countries on 6 continents. James’s favorite saying is “Do not waste your time learning the tricks of your trade, instead master your profession”.

A-Shift

Capt.-Jim-HJames H. is a Paramedic and currently serves as the A-Shift Captain with Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. James has been in Emergency Medical Services over twenty years, and is a recipient of the prestigious American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life Award.


illaIlla B. has been a paramedic at UPRHSD since 2006 and is currently on A-Shift. She started her EMS career as an EMT in 2003 at AMR El Paso County and completed her BS and paramedic education program from UCCS in 2006. Aside from her patient care responsibilities, Illa is also responsible for licensing all of the district’s ambulances for each of the four counties we serve. She received both the Plains to Peaks RETAC and State of Colorado Paramedic of the Year award in 2014. A long-time Colorado resident, Illa loves to hike, travel, and rock climb. She became a paramedic and started working at UPRHSD in 2006. A long time Colorado resident, Illa attended received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2006 UCCS.


Nate-BNate B. is the A-Shift EMT and has been with UPRHSD since 2013. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College, where he received a BA in Political Science. He also spent time working for a Boston-area ambulance service while on semester breaks. In addition to his normal ambulance duties, Nate coordinates much of the district’s grant funding and also manages the Facebook page. He is also a part time EMT at Southwest Teller County EMS and AMR El Paso County. Though he currently attends the Pikes Peak Community College Paramedic Program, you might still find him and his skis chasing storms somewhere around the state. Nate plans to eventually attend a graduate program in an effort to take on a leadership role in EMS.


Dan-CaDan Ca. is a paramedic on A-Shift and has been with UPRHSD since 2014. Before he came to us he spent 10 years practicing EMS at American Medical Response of El Paso County. In addition to his Paramedic responsibilities, Dan is also our supply coordinator and uses his wilderness experience to ensure the district is prepared to provide backcountry medicine. During his time in El Paso County he was presented the Phoenix award multiple times and was also given the Distinguished Service Medal by the Colorado Springs Paramedics awards committee. Dan still works part time in Colorado Springs and is also an adjunct faculty member at the EMS division of Pikes Peak Community College. Dan grew up locally and on his days off you can find Dan climbing or hiking.


Kara OKara O. began her EMS career in 2012 with Mountain Communities Fire Department as an EMR. From there she became a CPR instructor and served as a Station Lieutenant. After receiving her EMT certificate in 2014 she was hired as a part time EMT with UPRHSD. Kara plans to start Nursing school while remaining a part time EMT.

B-Shift

ChadBChad B. is the B-Shift Captain and has been a paramedic with UPRHSD since 2002. Chad started his EMS career in Missouri in 1996 with Pulaski County Ambulance District as an EMT and moved to Colorado in 2000. Chad has worked for AMR Colorado Springs as a Paramedic, Field Training Officer and Paramedic Preceptor. Chad joined UPRHSD as a full time Paramedic in 2007 and currently serves as the vehicle maintenance coordinator and disaster preparedness coordinator. Chad has most recently been awarded the Plains to Peaks RETAC Career ALS Provider of the Year as well as the 2015 Colorado State Paramedic of the Year. Chad is also the Florissant Fire Protection District Fire Chief, which is one of UPRHSD’s corresponding fire agencies.


Dan-CrDaniel Cr. started in EMS with Northeast Teller County Fire Department in 1993. He started with Woodland Park Ambulance Service in 1994 and became a paramedic in 1997. He is currently a full-time paramedic with UPRHSD and is also the Health and Safety Officer. He earned his doctorate in psychology in 2014 and is currently working on his post-doctorate hours for state licensure. His private practice is geared towards working with First Responders (firstrespondercs.com), and he teaches First Responder Resiliency and Adult, Youth, and Public Safety Mental Health First Aid for the ambulance service and other first responder agencies. Daniel is also on the State of Colorado’s ad hoc committee, that addresses First Responder suicides and mental health. It also addresses methods and plans to mitigate and enhance future suicides and mental distress respectively. Daniel enjoys many outdoor activities like golfing, hunting, camping, and SCUBA diving.


Chris-EChris E. is a Paramedic on B-Shift and is the Lead Quality Assurance (QA) member for Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. Chris is a recipient of the prestigious American Ambulance Associations Stare of Life Award. Chris has been in Emergency Medical Services over twenty years.


Dan-RDaniel R. is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Ute Pass Regional Medical Service. Daniel runs the district’s loss prevention and asset tracking program, including the annual inventory evaluation. Daniel has been in Emergency Medical Service over 10 years.


Ryann-BRyann B. is a part-time paramedic from Colorado Springs. He has 5 years of experience in EMS.

C-Shift

Dave HDave H. is a paramedic and the Captain of C-Shift. He has been a paramedic for 18 years and in EMS for 30. He has been a paramedic with UPRHSD for 16 years. In addition to the role of Shift Captain, Dave also oversees UPRAD’s Training and Education Program and is in charge of hiring and community outreach for the district. He comes to us from Colorado Springs where he graduated from Coronado H.S. Dave also has a B.S. from USC Pueblo. He spent 5 years as the lead instructor for the Paramedic program at PPCC and before going to paramedic school was a high school teacher and outdoor guide for troubled teens. He is currently the Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout Troop. Dave has been married for 16 years and has three children. He enjoys the outdoors, Boy Scouts, canoeing, woodworking and spending time with his family.


GeorgeGeorge A. is an EMT on C-Shift with Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. George has over 20 years of firefighting experience, and has been with UPRAD for more than 10 years. George has a Bachelor’s Degree in video production. George currently runs our PACT program statistics and data management operations.


NickZNick Z. is a Paramedic with Ute Pass Regional Health Service District. Nick joined UPRAD after serving in Pennsylvania as a paramedic. Nick has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree and currently runs our organization’s Critical Care Paramedic program.


Katie MKatie M. is a Colorado Springs native who has worked in EMS since 2009, getting her start with AMR El Paso County as an EMT. She started work UPRHSD in 2016 and recently transitioned into a Paramedic role on C-Shift following completion of the Pikes Peak Community College Paramedic Program. Katie is very excited to be the newest full-time member here and is currently also tasked with ensuring all field providers certifications remain up to date. Katie has a fantastic family including one little girl who is 4 years old.

Part Time

Judy SJudy S. is currently a part time EMT with Ute Pass Regional Health Services. Judy began her EMS career in 2008 working as an EMT in the emergency department at Penrose Main. After six and half years she left Penrose to go work for AMR El Paso County where she is currently a full time EMT. Additionally, Judy is a volunteer firefighter/EMT with Wescott Fire Protection District in Northern Colorado Springs. Judy is currently pursuing her Paramedic certification through Pikes Peak Community College where she also obtained her EMT certification. Similarly, Judy graduated from UCCS in 2010 with a BA in Psychology & Communication with an emphasis in Leadership Studies. In her microscopic free time Judy enjoys snowboarding, trying out new breweries, reading a good book, going to the shooting range, running half marathons, traveling the world, weekend get-a-ways and enjoying the beautiful outdoors Colorado has to offer.


Tyler KTyler C. is a brand new EMT beginning his career in EMS with UPRHSD. Currently, Tyler is a part time EMT with UPRHSD. He studied Sociology/Human Relations at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO earning an Associates of Science degree, and attended his EMT program at Pikes Peak Community College. Tyler also enjoys fitness and personal training/coaching as a hobby, holding a national personal training certificate, strength and conditioning, tactical athlete trainer, and Crossfit Level 1 coaching certifications. Tyler also has plans in the future to further his EMS training to the Paramedic level.


garrettGarrett B. began working in EMS in 2008, starting his career in California where he worked as an EMT on an ambulance and in the hospital setting. He finished Paramedic school in 2011 and moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 where he began working at American Medical Response — El Paso County. Garrett has been a B-Shift Paramedic with UPRAD since 2015 and continues to work part-time as a Paramedic at AMR. Along with running calls, Garrett also assists in the review documentation to ensure there aren’t any discrepancies and that all patient care is being handled appropriately. In 2014 he was awarded with the Paramedic Skills Mastery Award at AMR; this award is given to the Paramedic who was most successful in appropriate patient interventions for the year. He is currently attending school where he is working on his bachelors in Psychology with a focus on pre-med. Once finished with his bachelor’s degree, he plans to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. When not at work you’ll most likely find him in the mountains on his snowboard or mountain bike.


Gabriel-WGabe W. is a part-time EMT. He is currently in Paramedic school.

Board of Directors

John GJohn G.
MSN, RN
Resident of Teller county since 1993.
Registered nurse of 38 years specializing in cardiac and emergency nursing. Currently full time nursing faculty for Pikes Peak Community College teaching medical-surgical nursing.
First living in the Divide area, serving as a volunteer on the Divide Volunteer Fire Department for seven years Became involved with Woodland Park Ambulance Service as a provider. Moved to the Woodland Park area 4 years ago.
Involved with the Ute Pass Ambulance District since its formation.
Dedicated to the residents of Teller, Douglas and Park counties in delivering the highest level of emergency care through responsible oversight of our revenues.


Joe WJoe W.
Born in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Graduated High School Lakewood Colorado.
Attended College In Southern California and worked for Purex Corp in Southern California. Moved back to Colorado in 1991.
Went into Real Estate Sales in 1992 and have been a Real Estate Broker since.
Founding Board member of the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Association. Remained on the board for approximately 10 years until hospital was funded and built.
Wife Julie of 24 years. Daughter Janelle is a junior at UCCS. Two boston terrier dogs, Dot and Louise.


JeffIdlemannJeffery I.
Jeff is a current member of the Ute Pass Regional Health Service District (UPRHSD) Board of Directors. Jeff graduated High School in 1970 and joined the Grandville, Ohio Fire Department and then the Columbus Fire Department in 1972. Director Jeff went on to obtain his Bachelors of Science in Education and Industrial Arts. In 1980 Jeff moved to Colorado and accepted a position with the prestigious Air Force Academy High School. In 1982 Jeff joined the Green Mountain Falls Fire Department and was the Assistant Chief there from 1984 to 2006. Jeff is currently adjunct faculty for Pikes Peak Community College and teaches the Emergency Medical Technician discipline. Jeff joined Woodland Park Ambulance in 1999 and has been a board member with UPRHSD since 2006.


George Parkhurst


Dale Schnitker