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Acadian Ambulance Leadership

Jerry Romero, President

Jerry began his career at Acadian in 1977 as an EMT and has served as a paramedic, dispatcher, dispatch supervisor, operations manager, vice president of operations and senior vice president.

He was key to Acadian’s expansion into Texas in 2006, when the company entered Orange County. He works closely with the Texas team to continue growth through RFPs, contracts and acquisitions.

His extensive involvement in community organizations includes work with the United Way, the American Heart Association and the Boy Scouts of America.


Charles Burnell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Charles Burnell, M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He serves as lead over other associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures and procedures between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA, as well as Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs.

Dr. Burnell spent 13 years at Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he was the emergency department director. Before becoming medical director in 2010, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome.

Dr. Burnell graduated suma cum laude with degree in Bio Chemistry at Louisiana State University. He was involved in the formation and certification of Stroke Center of Excellence at Our Lady of Lourdes RMC as the ED Stroke Team Director and was instrumental in the formation of Emergency Department (ED) staffing corporation.  He served as the ED Director at Acadiana Acute Care Associates, LLC.  He is part-owner and medical director of a private maritime security company, OSS GLOBAL (Oceanic Security and Salvage Global) with security operatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and East African Coast. 

Emily Kidd, M.D., Texas Medical Director

Dr. Emily Kidd, the Texas medical director for Acadian Ambulance Service, oversees the company’s clinical operations throughout the state. 

Dr. Kidd, who has an extensive background in clinical Emergency Medicine and EMS, is very familiar with both Bexar County and Houston, serving as the assistant medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department since 2009 and the assistant medical director for the Houston Fire Department’s Division of EMS from 2005 to 2008. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Kidd was the interim medical director for the SAFD.

She is double-board certified in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Emergency Health Sciences, at San Antonio and worked at Christus Santa Rosa City Center and Methodist Hospitals from 2008 to 2015.

Dr. Kidd has experience in disaster preparedness and public health and medical emergency management at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Since 2006, she has been a sitting committee member on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She also is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council.

Dr. Kidd served her internship and residency at East Carolina University, received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center and her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

Daniel J. Lennie, Senior Vice President

Daniel oversees all operations in Acadian Ambulance's Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas markets. He joined the company in 1972 as an EMT and worked on an ambulance while attending college. He has worked in many departments, including communications, education and training, public relations, contract services and operations.

Daniel served as a commissioner on Louisiana's first Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission and as a member of the Oversight Board for Louisiana's Patient Compensation Fund. He is currently a member of Louisiana's Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council and is a graduate of both Leadership Baton Rouge and Leadership Louisiana.

He received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his master's degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis. He was one of the nation's first 100 nationally registered paramedics and maintained that certification for 22 years. He continues to maintain his RN license.

Clay Henry, Vice President of Operations-Communications

Clay, who has led Acadian Ambulance's communications center since 1998, began his career with the company in May 1979 as a paramedic. He moved to the communications center as a dispatcher then became an operations supervisor and, later, the operations manager.

Clay has completed courses on the National Incident Management System, Critical Incident Stress Management, First Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Education for Living. He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and has completed Administration of Telecommunications training with AT&T and Northern Telecom.

He is a member of the executive board and a former chairman of the American Red Cross' Acadiana Chapter. He serves on the Lafayette Education Foundation Board of Directors, graduated from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Lafayette program and represents EMS on the Lafayette Parish Communications District Board.

Clay graduated from Lafayette High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Tim Burke, Regional Vice President

Service Area:
St. Mary, Thibodaux, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. James, Central Lafourche, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard parishes in Louisiana

Tim, regional vice president, has financial and operational responsibility for Acadian operations in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the Bayou Region of South Louisiana. Tim joined Acadian in 2003 after spending 17 years at a major urban medical center, where he worked in many financial capacities.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University and a MBA from the University of New Orleans. Tim is a CPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Troy Mayer, Regional Vice President

Service Area:
Central and South-Central Texas (Atascosa, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Frio, Hays, Kendall, Live Oak, Medina, Travis, Williamson county.

Troy joined Acadian Ambulance in 1989 and served as the operations manager when Acadian entered Bexar, Travis and Williamson counties. In that role, he supervised the Austin Communications Center, field supervisors and nine operations stations and substations. He also has worked as a staff accountant, an operations supervisor, a field paramedic and an EMT.

He participates in legislative and governmental affairs activities and helps coordinate national accreditation efforts for Acadian's Texas operations.  Troy graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in accounting and holds numerous EMS industry certifications. He also is a member of the South Texas Regional Advisory Council and the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council.

Mike Burney, Regional Vice President

Service Area:
Houston and Southeast Texas (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Tyler and Walker counties)

Mike joined the company in 1987 and spent 10 years serving as operations manager in the communications center in Lafayette, La. He also has worked as a paramedic, dispatcher and supervisor.  He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received an associate's degree in nursing.

Mike currently serves on the Baptist Hospital Foundation Board, the Health Care Policy Advisory committee for the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Health Information Exchange of Southeast Texas, was a board member for Emergency Ministries and is a 2011 Leadership Southeast Texas graduate.

Justin Back, Regional Vice President

Service Area: North Texas (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant)

Justin began his career in the Australian army after graduating from the Royal Military College and served for eight years. During this time, he served in command roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, working closely with U.S. and coalition forces.

After his military service, he entered the maritime industry and was based in Singapore for five years. During this time, he worked primarily in West Africa, South America and the subcontinent in business development and project management roles. Justin moved to the U.S. to work as a project manager in the domestic onshore oil and gas industry before joining Acadian in June 2013 as vice president of fleet operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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