Meet the 2017 MTLI Scholarship Recipients
The 2018 application process will open in the Fall 0f 2017.
The MedEvac Foundation International awards an annual scholarship to the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI), made possible through a generous donation from Metro Aviation, Inc., covering the cost of classes, lodging, and most meals.
The MTLI Scholarship is awarded to an emerging leader in the critical care transport field who actively contributes to the medical transport community and who demonstrates a commitment to improving critical care transport services.
Graduates of MTLI develop leadership and management skills specific to medical transport through formal education programs emphasizing both management theory and its direct practical application.
Meet our previous MTLI Scholarship recipients…
2016 – Molly Bondurant
Molly Bondurant, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Chief Flight Nurse, received the 2016 MTLI Scholarship for her dedication to the critical care community and commitment to continued education. With over 15 years of experience in the emergency medical industry, Molly is responsible for oversight of the clinical care provided by DHART, ensuring that appropriate standards are met or exceeded. She is active in many of the industry’s professional associations, such as American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Nurses Association, Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work and service that DHART provides. D-H, DHART and Metro Aviation have a strong commitment to safety and quality that’s reflective in our daily operations. With that being said, there is always room for improvement and I am dedicated to that goal. As a newer leader within the program and industry, I seek out every opportunity to continue to advance our safety record and quality of care provided. It is my hope that through attending MTLI, I may obtain invaluable skills and knowledge that I (we) so desperately need, to continue in these goals and support the overall culture of my program. I will undoubtedly use and share all of the training and applied knowledge with my interdisciplinary team.”
— Molly Bondurant
2015 – Andrew Latimer, MD
University of Cincinnati Air Care and Mobile Care Flight Physician, Dr. Andrew Latimer, was awarded the 2015 MTLI Scholarship because of his dedication to the critical care community and continuing education. He has 10 years of experience in the emergency medical industry, including positions in fire service and EMS in Washington State and as a ground critical care transport EMT. He is currently an active Flight Physician and a Senior Resident at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Emergency Medicine. He is active in many of the industry’s professional associations, such as NAEMSP, ACEP, AMPA, and others.
“My motivations to attend MTLI are twofold. I hope to gain leadership and management skills related to critical care transport medicine that are largely ignored in the standard emergency medicine curriculum as well as foster a larger professional network to bring back to Air Care and Mobile Care as I take a larger leadership role within the program as a senior resident and mentor.”
– Andrew Latimer, MD, University of Cincinnati Air Care and Mobile Care
2014 – Tracy Meyer
Air Link Chief Flight Nurse, Tracy Meyer has been awarded the 2014 MTLI Scholarship based on her dedication to the critical care transport with 16 years of experience in the air medical community as both an active flight nurse, and in management as the Chief Flight nurse. She is active in AAMS and the Nebraska Association of Air Medical Services (NEAAMS).
“My medical transport system would be improved by gaining the knowledge I need to perform effectively as a chief flight nurse by obtaining a better understanding of managing people, being an effective leader, contract negotiations, budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and strategic planning. I’m excited to attend not only for my own personal goals, but for the growth of my program.”
— Tracy Meyer, RN, BSN, CFRN, NRP, Chief Flight Nurse, Air Link
2013 – Dr. John Pakiela
Dr. John Pakiela is currently an Associate Medical Director at MedFlight of Ohio and the EMS Director at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. He has 13 years of experience in the air medical community, as both a flight physician and a medical director. He previously served on the AMPA Board for two terms and was a member of the Ohio EMS Board for seven years.
“My two years at MTLI not only taught me advanced leadership skills, but also allowed me to meet and interact with other professionals across the medical transport spectrum. This networking opportunity was priceless and is an experience that I will carry with me throughout the remainder of my career. I would like to once again thank the MedEvac Foundation International and Metro Aviation for making this scholarship possible.”
— John Pakiela, DO, FACEP, CMTE, Associate Medical Director, MedFlight
2012 – Dr. Ryan Gerecht
Dr. Gerecht is a second-year resident at the University of Cincinnati, and a flight physician for UC Health University Hospital Air Care & Mobile Care. Gerecht began his career in medicine as an EMT on a ground ambulance. He is a relatively new member of the air medical transport community; however Gerecht has a desire to make HEMS his life-long career.
“My motivation to apply for the MTLI Scholarship is based purely in the desire to bring compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence directly to the leadership and clinical care of my flight program. Furthermore I believe it is possible to indirectly bring these same values to flight programs and patients around the world through mentorship of, networking with, and role modeling for fellow transport professionals and emergency physicians.”
– Ryan Gerecht, MD, Flight Physician, University Hospital Air Care and Mobile Care
2011 – Chris Hall
In addition to his job duties providing both internal and external education, Chris is actively involved in both local and regional government affairs and industry relations. While Chris believes safety is the highest priority in air medical transport, he also feels public education and outreach to the general public as well as our elected representatives is incredibly important.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend MTLI. This was an exceptional and exciting opportunity to network with Air Medical professionals from all fields, and to learn from industry leaders who believe in contributing to educational growth and professional success.”
– Christopher Hall BS, FP-C, NREMT-P, Coordinator for Clinical Education, PHI Air Medical California
2010 – Allen Wolfe
Allen was awarded a 2-year scholarship to Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) in 2010. As a role model for critical care transport nursing Wolfe has been instrumental in training nurses, and medics for extended scope-of-practice. He is an active participant in the community and a respected international lecturer.
– Allen Wolfe Jr., RN, MSN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE, Regional Medical Services Director, Air Methods Corporation – Western Region
2009 – Michael Frakes
Michael was selected for the award based on his extensive experience in the critical care transport community, dedication to multiple professional organizations and research-literature contributions. In 2010 Frakes returned to MTLI to finish the program and was awarded the designation CMTE.
“The information from MTLI has already improved my performance at MedFlight, especially in thinking strategically about operations and finances. I have also taken great advantage of the network of talented people who came together for the meeting.”
– Michael Frakes, CMTE, APRN, CCNS, CFRN, CCRN, EMTP, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Boston MedFlight