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Congratulations to Kevin McGinnis, Program Manager, NASEMSO on being named to receive the Richard DeMello Award, the highest award of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. The award recognizes McGinnis for demonstrating the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the local, state, and national public safety communications arena. McGinnis' understanding of both rural and metropolitan response makes him unique to the community. He is a leaders in work to improve EMS response nationwide. He has been diligent in his efforts to have EMS recognized on the national public safety platform. Thanks to his willingness to work long hours and spend time away from home, EMS has a prominent role in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network as FirstNet is being devefloped.

NASEMSO Program Manager Leslee Stein-Spencer, RN, MS, received the highest recognition ever offered to a civilian in the Chicago Fire Dept., when Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago officially named a new EMS award and the EMS Sim Lab in her honor. Going forward, the recipient of the Leslee Stein-Spencer Chazon Award of Visionary Excellence will be selected annually during EMS Week for their ability to conceive, implement, and execute a program that improves EMS training, EMS response, or patient care outcomes. In addition to her health and medical preparedness work with NASEMSO, Stein-Spencer has served as Director for the Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance (MARC) Division of the Chicago Fire Dept. for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she served with distinction as the Illinois State EMS Director, and was recently recognized by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health at the 2017 Integrated Public Health and Healthcare System Preparedness Summit with the Director's Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations, Leslee! 

NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter, EMT, QAS, has been published in the Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care. She is an author of the article, “Medical Oversight, Educational Core Content, and Proposed Scopes of Practice of Wilderness EMS Providers: A Joint Project Developed by Wilderness EMS Educators, Medical Directors, and Regulators Using a Delphi Approach.” (See abstract online.) The article reports on the results of the National Association of EMS Physicians Wilderness EMS Committee’s project to define the educational core content supporting scopes of practice of wilderness EMS providers and the conditions when wilderness EMS providers should be required to have medical oversight. This core content is a foundation for wilderness EMS provider scopes of practice and builds on both the National EMS Education Standards and the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, which is currently being revised under the auspices of NASEMO through an NHTSA grant. Congratulations, Rachael, on the publication.

NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis, MPS, QAS, has been selected to serve on the new Rural EMS Advisory Council being organized by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), which provides leadership and funds to improve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. The purpose of the Rural EMS Advisory Council will be to inform FORHP on EMS issues and to provide an outside perspective on related grant programs. Congratulations, Kevin, on this appointment.

Beth Armstrong, ASMI president and chief staff executive for several ASMI clients, was interviewed recently for a Page 1 feature article published in the April 2017 issue of the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) newsletter, Association Press. The article showcases three association leaders who shared their insights, advice, and lessons learned from their experiences. Read the article to learn more about Beth and the successful management philosophy at ASMI, which is one of 102 association management companies (AMC) accredited by AMCI. Interview topics included: what makes ASMI different from other AMCs; the benefits to associations working with an AMC; the challenges facing AMCs in the next 3-5 years; and advice to those starting a career in emergency management.

Sue Prentiss, MPA, Paramedic, was elected by the Lebanon (New Hampshire) City Council to serve as mayor, after serving as assistant mayor for two years and a council member for five years. Prentiss is REPLICA Advocate for the National Association of State EMS Officials, a nonprofit association managed by ASMI, where she works to promote and implement interstate compacts for EMS. Prior to this position, she worked for six years as manager of emergency services for Concord Hospital's emergency department, and she served as New Hampshire's trauma coordinator between 1999 and 2010. ASMI congratulates Sue on her election! Learn more.

The National Association of Government Communicators, an association managed by ASMI, issued a public reminder in January 2017 of its members’ roles and responsibilities as the administration transitions and several federal agencies have restricted their communications. An ASAE article was published online on Jan. 31 about NAGC's statement, which featured comments by NAGC Executive Director Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE, about the importance of government communications.

Leslee Stein-Spencer to Receive NAMI Chicago’s 2017 Community Service of the Year Award. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago (NAMI Chicago) will present its 2017 Community Service of the Year Award to Leslee Stein-Spencer, director, Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance Division, Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) program manager. The award will be presented at Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago’s annual awards dinner, on Mar. 30, 2017, “in gratitude for Leslee’s incredible contributions to improving Chicago’s mental health crisis response system.” ASMI, which manages NASEMSO, congratulates Leslee for her achievement.

ASMI staff unites in Falls Church, Virginia, Dec. 5, 2016, for a training session, reinvigorating our commitment to deliver the best client service in the field of association management. Click to see photos.

NASEMSO Represented on NACOSH Subcommittee Finalizing Discussion
on Emergency Preparedness and Response Proposed Rule
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he Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) met this week with U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary, Dr. David Michaels, in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee is finalizing their discussion of potential elements of an emergency response and preparedness proposed rule and preparing its recommendation to NACOSH. NACOSH was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise and make recommendations to the secretaries of labor, and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs, and policies and matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act. NASEMSO Program Manager, Kathy Robinson, RN, serves as the NASEMSO representative to the NACOSH subcommittee, shown above at its September meeting. Click to see meeting photo.

Press Release: ASMI announced on Aug. 22 that Sue Prentiss, MPA, NREMT-P, has been hired on behalf of NASEMSO as the first REPLICA advocate. Download press release.

Dia Gainor, NASEMSO Executive Director, has been named by EMS1.com as one of the 14 most influential women in EMS, who are leading and strengthening EMS in the United States and around the world. The recognition noted that "Gainor provides strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO's presence and capacity as a leader in EMS. Her major duties and responsibilities include outreach, representation and business development. She is an 'EMS 10 Innovator' and the 2010 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Award. Her expertise is grounded in a B.S. in emergency health services administration, a master's degree in public administration, and 12 years of field experience as a paramedic and firefighter."

National Institute of Standards & Technology is working with NASEMSO and other partners to increase awareness on ambulance safety. As reported on EMS1.com, "NFPA 1917, 2016 Edition, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. NIST and its partners are now working with ambulance component and vehicle manufacturers, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), trade organizations, and state and government entities to increase awareness and foster understanding of how to improve ambulance safety using voluntary consensus standards." Read article.

NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter has been selected to serve on the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) Council. NRC Council members provide input on and assist with the implementation of NRC activities as prescribed by the federal EMSC Program. Congratulations, Rachael, on this prestigious appointment.

ASMI 2015 Service Growth Follows Successful 2014, news release, Mar. 6, 2015.

Beth Armstrong, ASMI President and Account Executive, participated in a task force meeting on research and benchmarking at the AMC Institute Annual Meeting, Feb. 19, 2015, Miami, Florida. ASMI is an accredited association management company through the AMC Institute. View photo.

ASMI staff quoted in Bloomberg Business Week. Ian Weston, executive director of the American Trauma Society, managed by ASMI, was quoted in High Point Regional gives up trauma center designation, Bloomberg Business Week, Dec. 9, 2014. The article was about Highpoint (North Carolina) Regional Hospital voluntarily relinquishing its Level 3 trauma center designation. Noting that this is not an unusual event, Weston said “It is very expensive for a hospital to maintain the guidelines. It may not be economical for them to maintain a Level 3 status.” Level 3 trauma centers are usually located in rural areas that are long distances from cities with major medical centers, and this particular hospital is close to two larger hospitals with trauma center designations.

SMI Recognized by ALHI Industry Advisory Council (23 Jan 2015) Clay Tyeryar, MAM, CAE, President, Trade Associations Division, ASMI, was appointed Jan. 23, 2015, to the ALHI Industry Advisory Council (IAC), a prestigious group of corporate and association meeting professionals who exemplify the highest standards of the industry and are leaders within their own organizations. IAC members serve a two-year term and are called upon to advise ALHI on business solutions and trends. ASMI Chairman Harry W. Buzzerd, Jr., CAE, stated that ASMI and its clients will benefit from IAC representation, saying, “The structure and process creates valuable interpersonal working relationships among association executives as well as with key executives of high quality hotels and resorts. The expansion of association executive networks is a natural and potentially valuable spinoff benefit. Clearly, this collaborative umbrella translates to a broader base of intelligence and negotiating power to place client meetings in optimal properties.”

ASMI Receives 2015 Best of Falls Church Award and Enters Hall of Fame (25 Mar 2015) ASMI has been selected for the 2015 Best of Falls Church Award in the Business Organizations category by the Falls Church Award Program. Because ASMI has received this award for two consecutive years, it has earned a place in the Falls Church Awards Hall of Fame. "We are honored to have been chosen two years in a row for this award," stated ASMI Chairman Harry Buzzerd, CAE. "It is especially meaningful to be recognized in the community where I started this family-managed business more than 30 years ago. ASMI is pleased to employ several community citizens and otherwise enhance the local economy as those employees serve national and even international interests." ASMI Press Release (25 Mar 2015)

ASMI recognized in Associations Now magazine. The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), managed by ASMI, was referenced in Public Safety Groups Disagree on Deal to Increase 911 Location Accuracy, Associations Now, Nov. 19, 2014. The article referenced an advocacy letter written to FCC Commissioner Thomas Wheeler by Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Program Advisor, on behalf of a coalition including NASEMSO, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Sheriffs' Association. The letter addressed the FCC proposal to update its wireless indoor location accuracy rules. The organizations commended the FCC for its focus on improving the location information being provided to first responders from wireless devices during 911 calls.

ASMI was recognized in the September/October 2014 issue of the Florida Society of Association Executives magazine. ASMI President Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE, was interviewed on ASMI's plan for the QAS certification program. Fifteen ASMI staff members earned the Qualified Association Specialist designation. Download article here.

ASMI has been selected for the 2014 Best of Falls Church Award in the Business Organizations category by the Falls Church Award Program. download press release

ASMI Program Manager Kevin McGinnis is in the news providing expert commentary on volunteer and rural emergency medical services. (He appears on page 4 of this Journal Star article.).

IAEM-USA was Sponsor of the FIRST LEGO League World Festival and Global Innovation Awards. IAEM members and staff were on hand to share information with kids about disaster preparedness. photos here

ASMI Account Executive (NASEMSO Executive Director) Dia Gainor received the 2013 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Distinguished Service Award at the NASEMSO Mid-Year Meeting on Mar 4, 2014 in Orlando. Her service was recognized to enhance awareness on the national stage as a passionate advocate. It was presented by Gene Madden on behalf of the National Wildfire Coordination Group.

On Jan. 29, 2014, Ian Weston, Executive Director of the American Trauma Society, was quoted in a WTOP103.5FM soundbite and website article on driving safety in winter weather. His remarks were also quoted by Women's Health Magazine.

On Jan. 24, 2014, ASMI President Beth Armstrong addressed a group of MBA candidates at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She spoke about careers in not-for-profit organizations and shared advice on how to seek a job.

ASMI is happy to welcome two new employees:

  • Andrea Alder joins ASMI as the Member Relations Coordinator working primarily for the American Trauma Society. Andrea comes to ASMI from the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce where she was the assistant director/marketing coordinator since March 2009. Andrea directed all organizational and member support efforts for the 280 member organization, including designing, developing and managing all print and online marketing materials. She managed the website development, updates and social media outlets and administered the organizations membership database. Andrea was responsible for identifying and implementing strategies for increasing member retention rates and new member growth. She planned and managed numerous monthly educational events and annual fundraisers. Prior to working for the Chamber of Commerce, she was the website manager and assistant to the owner of the Shogun Gallery. She also has held positions as  marketing constant, operations manager, office manager, and executive assistant. She is a 1991 graduate of Virginia Tech. 
  • Jennifer Walsh joins ASMI as Assistant Program Manager and will be one of the primary coordinators of the EMEX exhibit. She spent seven years in luxury hospitality service. Jennifer began her career as an administrative assistant at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., and was promoted to executive meeting manager. Since June 2010, she has bee the event service manager at the Park Hyatt Washington where she handles every aspect of a client's program, including sleeping room  and transportation coordination, banquet set-up and menu selection. She has been fortunate to coordinate three visits from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Jennifer graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Her major was in Marketing with a Business to Consumer Concentration. Her minor was in Communications with a Conflict and Mediation Concentration.

On Feb. 4, 2014, ASMI staff completed the first module on Organization Types and Management Structures as part of a Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) certificate program just launched by the Florida Society of Association Executives this year. The program requires completion of 12 modules, including sessions on nonprofit financial management, meetings production, legal issues, structure and governance and more. A quiz after each module verifies satisfactory completion. ASMI has committed 14 of its staff to earn the designation in 2014.

Michelle Savoie was promoted to Associate Director of the National Association of Government Communicators at last month's NAGC Board Regional Retreat. The Board recognized Michelle's experience, adjusting her title to reflect current level of responsibility and the confidence the association has in her service.

Sue Denston, President of Operations, ASMI, was recognized on Dec. 3, 2013, for 30 years of services. See photo.

ASMI Account Executive and American Trauma Society Executive Director Ian Weston appeared live on CanadaAM, a Canadian morning news show to discuss the recent shootings at the Washington, DC Navy Yard. Ian commented on the impact on local trauma centers and how they initially mobilized and responded to the crticially injured. Ian discussed how trauma providers are coping with the increase of gun violence-related injuries they are seeing in their centers. Watch the video clip here.