Board of Directors

Brandon Fletcher

Chairman

Brandon has been involved in Fire and EMS for 19 years. Entering into Fire and Ems after graduating high school in 1995, he has worked in both the county-based and private Fire/EMS industry. Currently he serves as Assistant Chief of Ben Hill Fire / Rescue, and EMS Director for Southern Regional Mobile Healthcare Services. Brandon is an active member of the Region VIII EMS Council and the Southwest GA EMS Director’s Association. He also serves as the Region VIII representative on the EMS Sub-committee of the Georgia Trauma Commission, chair of the State EMS for Children advisory council, and board member of the Georgia EMS Preparedness Foundation. He also is a member of the State EMS Advisory Council. Brandon is a member of the Georgia EMS Leadership Program Alumni, having completed the first program in 2012. Brandon, his wife Kacie and three children live in Fitzgerald.

Shane Garrison

Vice Chairman

Shane Garrison is the Vice President and co-founder of Puckett Emergency Medical Services located in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Garrison has been a State of Georgia Licensed Paramedic for 24 years and has worked in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care and preparedness. He is the recipient of the 2007 Ambulance Service Manager “EMS Leadership” Award presented by the American Ambulance Association, as well as the 2007 recipient of the GAEMS “Chairman’s Award.” In addition to his role as Vice-Chairman of the Georgia EMS Preparedness Foundation, Mr. Garrison has served as a member of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, and is a member of the Region 3 Pre-Hospital Care Committee.

Dawn Peebles

Treasurer

Dawn Peebles has been an EMT for 23 years. Over the past years she has held many positions in EMS including working as an EMT, EMD, 911 Communication’s Officer, IT Supervisor, EMS billing coordinator, Warehouse Manager, and currently a Program Analyst. She has worked for Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services, Gwinnett County 911, Hall County 911, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, North Georgia Ambulance, and Professional Ambulance.

Karen Grabenstein

Board Member

Karen is currently the Program Director at Air Evac Statesboro Georgia. She began her career in EMS as a First Responder in 1993 and advanced to become a Paramedic in 2001. In 2002, she earned her Paramedic Instructor license, and currently teaches both EMT and Paramedic continuing education classes.

Karen recently earned her Masters of Science in Adult Education and has a Bachelors of Science in Business with an emphasis in Public Administration. She currently serves as a voting member on the Southeast GA EMS Council and holds a seat on the Georgia EMS Preparedness Foundation. She is also an American Heart Association training center faculty for ACLS, PALS, and BLS and have PHTLS instructor status. I was also nominated for instructor of the year at Ogeechee Technical College, for 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Rebecca Hill

Board Member

Rebecca Hill has been in the emergency medical services profession for 31 years. She was certified in 1976 as an emergency medical technician and became a paramedic in 1977. Since then, she has worked in almost every region of the state of Georgia. Ms. Hill is currently an EMS instructor at DeKalb Technical College and lives in Covington, Georgia with her cat, Jessie. In her spare time, she loves to cook and play card games.

Kelly Joiner

Board Member

Kelly Joiner has been a Paramedic in the Georgia’s emergency medical services industry for the past 17 years, and has been a member of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors for 7 years. Ms. Joiner also currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Medical Center of Central Georgia EMS. She lives in Juliette, Georgia with her husband and children.

David Moore

Board Member

David Moore has been the Director of Candler County Emergency Medical Services since 2002. Candler County EMS is a division of the Emergency Services Department as well as Emergency Management and 911. Mr. Moore and his wife, Penny, have three children and call the Metter area home. His wife is a Private Practice Physical Therapist.

Lee Oliver

Board Member

Lee Oliver currently serves as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Medical Center of Central Georgia. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) which advises the Department of Human Resources Board on issues related to emergency medical services in Georgia. In addition, he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, a statewide EMS organization, as well as the President of this organization’s Directors Division. Mr. Oliver is a Council Member of the Region V Emergency Medical Services Council representing 23 counties in middle Georgia. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing and spending time with his family.

Chad Black

Board Member

Chad has been employed with Hall County Fire Services since 1985 where he currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief for the South Battalion (Battalion 2) A-Shift where he oversees day to day operations for emergency services. During his tenure he has worked through the ranks from an EMT/Firefighter, Paramedic, Driver/Apparatus Operator, Lieutenant/Company Officer and Captain prior to his current position. Chad also work through his own company Infinite Consulting Solutions for Air Methods Corporation the largest Air Medical and Tour Operator Provider in the world operating over 400 Medical Helicopters in the U.S. and Haiti where he primarily specializes in Governmental Affairs and Corporate Business across the United States.

Chad is a Licensed National Registry Paramedic and Georgia Certified Paramedic and holds instructor certificates in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basis Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support and a Paramedic Preceptor. Chad is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and past Chief of the Hall County Fire Services Hazardous Materials Team where he holds over 14,000 training hours in both Fire and EMS (Ground/Air) related topics including Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Incident Command, Emergency Operations Center Management, Rescue Systems, Management, Leadership and Strategic Planning, etc.

Chad was appointed in June of 2010 to the EMS Sub-Committee of the Georgia Trauma Commission and in 2012 was named as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Mission Lifeline EMS Committee. In addition Chad by special election was named to fill an open vacancy to the Georgia Association of EMS Board of Directors in 2011 and was elected to a 2 year term on the board in 2013. Region II EMS Council and Directors for the state of Georgia appointed Chad in 2013 as Chairman of the Region II Regional Trauma Advisory Council as outlined by the Georgia Trauma Commission. He is a past member of the Georgia Statewide Trauma Action Team, Statewide EMS and Trauma System Development Committee, Georgia Air Medical Committee, Georgia Emergency Medical Services Information Systems Committee, past Advisor to the Fire Science Program at Lanier College in Oakwood, GA. and past member of the American Heart Association Board of Directors for the Hall County/Gainesville Chapter. In addition to the industry related committees and appointments in 2013 Chad was named to the Board of Directors for Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) in Gainesville Georgia.

Chad has lived in Hall County since 1987 and grew up just up the road in Cleveland, GA. where his family still resides.