Brian Bardsley has a multifaceted background including
experience in EMS, law enforcement and military. He bagan his career in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1994 including
deployments in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope. In 2006-2007, Brian completed a
year tour in Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard where he served as a medic with a rifle company in Baghdad and was
awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge. He served as a Medical Specialist in the United States Reserves from 1996
to 1999 and has been a Paramedic since January 1999. He has worked as a single role Paramedic, Firefighter/Paramedic, HazMat
Tech, Arson Investigator and Lt. with several municipal departments. He served for a year as a single role paramedic with
the Chicago Fire Department. Brian has been with the Chicago Police Department since 2004. He is currently attached to the
SWAT team as the team leader of the Medical Section and the EMS Coordinator.
Dr. Faran Bokhari
Dr. Bokhari is currently the Director of Burn and Trauma Surgery at Chicago's
Stroger Medical Center which is considered the busiest trauma center in the country.
Teri Campbell is a Flight Nurse for University of Chicago's UNCAN AirMedical
program. She is recognized across the country as the "Top" Pediatric EMS lecturer. She also serves as the
director of the Illinois "Heartsaver" program.
Dennis began his EMS career in 1987 and is currently the EMS Academy Director
for Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.
Brendan is a 24-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department where he is currently
assigned to their SWAT team. He is an EMT-Paramedic and is part of the SWAT Team's operational medical program. He attended
the National Tactical Officers Association Tactical Emergency Medical Support course for SWAT Team medics and has completed
the North American Rescue Casualty Response Training Course Instructor Development course along with Advanced HAZMAT Life
Support training. In 2015 he completed the RUSH University Medical Center's Advance Trauma Training Course. He has worked
in various assignments:patrol, gangs, narcotics-including a detail to the Cook County States Attorney Office's narcotics task
force. He is a certified firearms instructor and was selected to be a member of the SWAT Team in 2006. He co-authored the
first tactical operator's manual for the SWAT team and is currently involved in the development of the language and SOPs incorporating
the Tactical Emeregency Medical Support program into the SWAT Team. In early 2012 he helped plan and organize the SWAT Team
response to the NATO Summit protests. Brendan also sits on the executive Board of the Committee for tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
He is an active member of the NTOA, ILEETA, NAEMT, SOMA, and NRA.
Tim Hillier, EMT-P
Hillier began his career in 1984 as a volunteer “Ambulance Driver” (his words) in his hometown of Rivers Manitoba,
population 800. His love of the profession moved him to Saskatoon Saskatchewan where he continued his training and moved
up the ranks going from EMT to Paramedic, Shift Supervisor to the Deputy Chief, Professional Standards. He has a passion for
teaching others with a Masters in Learning and Technology through Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and currently holds
instructor certifications in ACLS, BCLS, ITLS, CAMATA (Aeromedicine) and PEPP. He currently lives just outside of Saskatoon
on 10 acres with his wife Eileen and their two horses, and his perfect dog named Lily. Tim is one of only two Geneva
Convention "life time achievement winners" and considers Pete to be his best friend.
Peter Lazzara, BS, EMT-P
is a 33-year veteran in EMS and is currently a Paramedic Field Chief with the Chicago Fire Department. As a former teacher
at a large all boys Catholic High School, Pete brings years of classroom experience to his presentations. He currently is
an adjunct instructor with Chicago City-Wide Colleges, Northern Illinois Public Training Academy, and Loyola University Medical
Center. Pete served for six years as EMS coordinator at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago where he gained outstanding
experience in the field of pediatrics. He also has several years of critical care transport experiences as a flight medic
with Loyola University Medical Center’s LifeStar Aeromedical Program. He is the founder and President of EMSed, an educational
company specializing in EMS educational concepts. He has received several awards for his work in the area of EMS including
the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Ron W. Lee, MD Memorial Award for “Excellence in Pediatric Care”
as well as the Illinois Department of Child and Family Service’s “Program Excellence Award” and in 2010
was the Chicago Fire Department's Educator of the Year. He is a nationally recognized speaker and annually presents
at EMS conferences nationwide. He considers Tim Hillier to be the smartest guy he knows.
Ray has more then 40 years as an educator and is currently a professional school counselor at Barrington High School
in Barrington, IL. He received his B.S from Loyola University of Chicago, received his M.A. in Guidance & Counseling from
Northeastern Illinois University and his M.S. in Education/Administration from Chicago State University. Ray's areas of expertise
include: Survivor counseling, Grief and Bereavement counseling, Crisis Intervention, At-Risk counseling and Suicide Prevention.
Some of the honors that have been bestowed on Mr. Piagentini include: Illinois Education Association's Human and Civil
Rights Award, Illinois School Counselor Associations' High School Counselor of the Year Award, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's
Unsung Hero Award and he was one of six National Semi-Finalists for the American School Counselor Association's National School
Counselor of the Year.
Dr. Poulakidas is currently an Attending Physician in
the Trauma/Burn Department of Cook County's Stroger Medical Center. He is board certified in general and critical surgery.
He obtained his M.D from Chicago Medical School, completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center and his Fellowship
at University of California at Davis. Dr. Poulakidas is a frequent speaking at EMS conferences and is considered the "Go-To"
in pre-hospital burn management.
Joseph Weber is an EMS Medical Director in the Chicago Region 11 EMS System. He attended Northwestern University Medical School
and completed his Emergency Medicine training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He has spoken nationally at the American
College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine scientific conferences as well as at the Gathering
of Eagles: EMS State of the Science Conference. He is also Medical Director for the Malcolm-X College Paramedic Program.
His areas of interest include cardiac arrest, airway management, and EMS education
Ed started his career in health care in the United States as a paramedic in 1994, working for an
ambulance service company in Chicago and in the ER of Children's Memorial Medical Center. After graduating from UIC in 2000,
he participated in research on pediatric injury prevention at Children's Hospital. Ed later went on to pursue a career
in nursing and in 2003, graduated from Loyola University as an RN/BSN and began working in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
at Rush North Shore Medical Center. In 2003, Ed joined the US Army Nurse Corps. Advancing his career further,
he later began training at Rush University in the Nurse Anesthesia program, graduating with a Master's Degree in Nursing in
2008. Since then he has been working as a CRNA. In 2017, Ed completed his Doctoral Degree with a focus on fluid
resuscitation in acute burns. Ed joined Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Nurse Anethesia Program
in 2012 as a lecturer and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. In his clinical practice,
Ed is a staff Anesthetist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia. He also works at a Level 1Trauma
center, OSF St. Anthony in Rockford, IL. Ed
was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011 to provide all facets of anesthesia care to our wound military personnel, our
NATO allies and local population. Ed is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.