Kristin began her EMS career in 1994. A housewife at the time, Kristin became engrossed in a television series entitled “Rescue 911.” After watching several episodes, Kristin was determined to become a paramedic. She attended Tulsa Technology Center in Tulsa, OK in 1994. In 1995, she became an Advanced EMT. In 1996, Kristin enrolled in paramedic school and subsequently worked for Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA) in Tulsa, OK., as well as St. Francis Hospital’s emergency department. Kristin holds two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Journalism/Communications from Oklahoma State University (OSU) -Tulsa. She earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in 2011.
Kristin is the EMS Program Director for Crowder College in Neosho, MO. In 2011, Kristin was selected as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Under her supervision, the EMS department has grown exponentially. In 2006, Crowder’s EMS department employed one full-time faculty member. Today, there are three full-time faculty members and five adjunct instructors. National accreditation was awarded to Crowder’s EMS program in 2012 through CoAEMSP/CAAHEP. Under Kristin’s direction, Crowder’s EMS department launched a hybrid paramedic program open to both domestic and international students.
Kristin has published multiple articles in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and EMS World. She is a Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved trainer for MSSU’s law enforcement academy. Furthermore, she is an adjunct professor at Missouri Southern State University, teaching classes and seminars in topics of Criminal Justice. She is an AHA BLS instructor, ACLS provider, an AMLS instructor/faculty member and a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).
Kristin is married to her husband Richard, resides in Joplin, MO., and has two children and two stepchildren.
Ike began his EMS career in 1990, when he attended EMT school at the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden, AR. He graduated from the National Park Community College (Hot Springs, AR) paramedic program in 1992. Since then, Ike has served in virtually every capacity available to an EMS provider. He has been an EMS educator since 2005; training coordinator since 1998; a firefighter/paramedic; clinical and field supervisor; emergency dispatcher; Director of Freeman Ambulance Service (Anderson, MO); staff developer for St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital and Healthpark Hospital (Hot Springs, AR) and, currently teaches for Crowder’s highly successful traditional paramedic program. Ike has been a certified ACLS instructor, PALS instructor, AMLS instructor, ITLS instructor, PHTLS provider and EMS Instructor. In December of 2013, Ike traveled to Ireland to assist a paramedic program in developing and facilitating psychomotor skills training consistent with NREMT standards. Ike specializes in ECG interpretations including electrophysiology, dysrhythmia recognitions and treatment modalities.
After moving to Missouri, Ike started back to school and graduated from Crowder College, Magna Cum Laude, with his A.A.S. in Paramedical Science in 2014. Later, he transferred to Missouri Southern State University and a B.S. in Health Sciences – Paramedic in 2017. Ike then decided to continue his education and enrolled in Grantham University. In 2019, he graduated from Grantham with a Master of Healthcare Administration with Distinction and now serves as the Allied Health Division Chair. To keep his skills sharp, and because of his passion for EMS and helping people, Ike also continues to work in the field PRN for Pea Ridge Fire Department in Pea Ridge, AR.
Ike is married to his wife DeAnn, lives in Neosho, MO, and they have two children.
Kyle Ritter, MBA, CFRN, FP-C, RN, NRP
Kyle began his career in EMS after attending paramedic school in 2009. Before that he was a college athlete, playing baseball at both Crowder College (2003-2005), and Southern Arkansas University (2005-2007). He graduated with an A.A. degree in General Studies from Crowder College in 2005; then attended OTC in Springfield, MO earning his EMT certification and license in the summer of 2005. From there he attended Southern Arkansas University where he played baseball and majored in Exercise Science. Kyle graduated Cum Laude from Southern Arkansas University in the spring of 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Kyle recently obtained his Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University (2019).
Kyle attended Crowder College’s paramedic program in 2009, graduating Cum Laude with an A.A.S degree in Paramedical Science. Kyle worked full-time in the EMS field as a paramedic and weekend supervisor for Integris Health based in Miami, OK as well as other agencies throughout the region. In 2013, Kyle completed a paramedic to RN bridge program form Crowder College where he graduated Cum Laude with an A.A. in Nursing. Kyle then obtained a job as a Flight RN/Paramedic with EagleMed while working critical care as an ER and ICU Registered Nurse and Paramedic.
Kyle has recently obtained his Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) Certification to coincide with his Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C); and continues to provide air medical, trauma, and critical care services as a full-time Flight RN/Paramedic with Med-Trans Corporation. He is a BLS, ACLS, and PALS instructor and in addition holds certifications in TPATC and Neonatal Resuscitation. He is also a published author and contributor to the International Journal of Exercise Science. Kyle resides in Neosho with his wife Ashleigh and two children; Jaxon and Kaden.