Richard Zuschlag, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Richard Zuschlag

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Richard cofounded Acadian Ambulance in 1971 after working for Greenville Broadcasting Company and Westinghouse Electric Company Space and Defense Center.

He was instrumental in developing the Lafayette 911 system and has served on numerous boards and committees. He has headed fundraising efforts for many organizations including the Boy Scouts, United Way, schools, universities, and churches.

Richard is responsible for leading the successful implementation of Acadian's strategic and operational initiatives company wide. His direct reports include Acadian's chief officers and other key executive staff. Richard is a graduate of the Capitol Institute of Technology.

Richard was honored by Inc. magazine as 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year, Honorable Mention for his efforts in coordinating Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. He was named king of 2005 Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras and has received several awards, including the Lafayette Civic Cup, Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen, Golden Mike, Marketer of the Year, and Louisiana Businessman of the Year.

Richard has been honored as a “Louisiana Legend” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and as the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Healthcare and Healthcare Services category for the Gulf Coast Region. In 2016, he was honored by Pinnacle EMS with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and by 232-HELP with the Jewell P. Lowe Humanitarian Award.

David L. Kelly, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

David L. Kelly

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

David oversees Acadian's accounting and budgeting functions as well as financial and income tax reporting processes. David maintains banking relationships and is the principal officer regarding merger and acquisitions. He provides direction for Acadian's health insurance plan, 401(k), and employee stock ownership plan. Currently vice chair of the National ESOP Association, he is also a board of trustees member of The Employee Ownership Foundation. David, a CPA, earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana State University.

John Zuschlag, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

John Zuschlag

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

John, executive vice president of support systems and CAO, joined Acadian in 1976 as a ground and air medic. He currently oversees billing, fleet maintenance, IT and electronics, building maintenance, and materials management. John directed the installation, development, and implementation of IT's billing, maintenance, communication, and medic support software packages specific to the EMS field. His nursing background (BSN, RN) helps John understand the specific needs and support medics require.

Allyson Pharr, Senior Vice President of Legal & Governmental Affairs

Allyson Pharr

Senior Vice President of Legal & Governmental Affairs

Allyson, senior vice president of legal and government affairs with oversight responsibility for the legal & risk management, governmental affairs and public relations departments, joined Acadian in 2001 as associate general counsel. Allyson serves on the company’s executive committee which has operational oversight for the administrative affairs of the organization as a whole.

She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1990 and her Juris Doctorate in law from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in May of 1993. She is admitted to practice law in the states of Texas and Louisiana and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Eddy Dupuis

Vice President of Finance Safety Management Systems

Eddy, vice president of finance for Safety Management Systems, joined Acadian in 2007. Eddy provides financial oversight to Safety Management Systems and its sister divisions, Air Med and Executive Air Charter Services. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Eddy is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Acadian Ambulance Leadership

Jerry Romero, President of Acadian Ambulance

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.

Daniel J. Lennie

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

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.

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.

Tim Burke

Tim Burke

Regional Vice President

Service Area:
St. Mary, Thibodaux, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. James, 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

Troy Mayer

Regional Vice President

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

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

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

Justin Back

Regional Vice President

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

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.

Air Med Services Leadership

Erroll Babineaux

Erroll Babineaux

Vice President of Air Services

Erroll joined Acadian in 1974 in his hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. He served as the communications specialist before becoming a charter member of the National Registry of Paramedics for Louisiana and earned his flying privileges.

Erroll is a commercial pilot (airplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons) and has served as district manager for Iberia, St. Martin, Vermilion, and St. Mary parishes. He led the incorporation of Air Med Services, LLC in 1981 before becoming its vice president and director of operations in 1992. He is past chairman of the Acadiana Regional Airport Authority, Iberia Parish Communications District, United Way of Iberia Parish, and past president multiple youth organizations and school boards, a member of the Acadiana Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1490, and the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association.

Erroll received technical training from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, FlightSafety International, and Simuflite of Dallas, Texas. He promotes safe aircraft operations for the 14 owned and operated aircrafts.

Mike Sonnier

Mike Sonnier

Program Director of Air Services

Mike joined Acadian in 1990 as an EMT and was certified as a paramedic in 1992. Mike has worn many hats at Acadian, working on ground ambulances and offshore locations as a paramedic, at Acadian's Communication Center as a supervisor, and Air Services' coordinator for Acadian's Fixed-Wing division before becoming an operations manager.

While at Acadian, Mike has won many awards, including Communications Specialist of the Year in 1997 and Telecommunicator of the Year in 2006.

Mike attended Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette before entering the EMT/paramedic program at the National EMS Academy.

Marc Cresswell

Marc Creswell

Operations Manager Air Med-Rotor Wing

Marc began working with Acadian in 1990 in Abbeville, Louisiana. He worked in human resources, education, communications, and was the first training officer for Air Med Services. He now manages the day-to-day operations of the Air Med's rotor-wing division, Operational Control Center and other operational issues under the directions of Air Med Services.

Marc trained at Acadian through the in-house paramedic class and was named Paramedic of the Year in 2007. Marc's air medical experiences have offered content in several documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Oliver Quinn

Oliver Quinn

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Oliver joined Acadian in 2009, starting in the Eunice and Church Point area as an EMT. He was soon accepted into the accelerated paramedic program. After becoming a paramedic and a critical care transport paramedic, Oliver served as an Air Med alternate before being assigned to Air Med 1 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Oliver was chosen as the 2015 Paramedic of the Year for Acadian and has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Awards and the Distinguished Service Awards.

Medical Directors

Charles Burnell, M.D.

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

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.

Stephen Bell, M.D. Mississippi Medical Director

Stephen Bell, M.D.

Mississippi Medical Director

Dr. Stephen Bell is an emergency medicine doctor in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is affiliated with Singing River Health System-Pascagoula. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Donald Thibodaux, M.D., Safety Management Systems Medical Director

Donald Thibodaux, M.D.

Safety Management Systems Medical Director

The high standard of care provided by our remote paramedic service is in large part due to the involvement of our Medical Director Dr. Donald Thibodaux. His background in emergency and occupational medicine gives SMS the advantage of understanding OSHA incident classifications and their effects on the oil & gas industry. He is on 24-hour call for emergency physician consultations, and helps teach clinical extension courses and training sessions with our team to ensure the highest quality emergency medical response in the Gulf of Mexico.

A graduate of Nicholls State University, Dr. Thibodaux received his bachelor's degree in chemistry then attended medical school at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. After completing his emergency medicine residency at Charity Hospital at New Orleans, he spent 20 years practicing hospital-based emergency medicine in Houma, Louisiana.

Corporate Leadership

Scott Domingue

President of Safety Management Systems

As president of SMS, Scott has overall responsibility for the entire division. Scott began his career at Acadian Ambulance in 1988. He served through the ranks of various divisions of management then moved to Safety Management Systems as project development supervisor. He also served as a sales and marketing manager, and, most recently, a vice president.

Blane Comeaux, President of Acadian Total Security

Blane Comeaux

President of Acadian Total Security

Blane Comeaux serves as the president of Acadian Monitoring Services and has been with Acadian for more than 28 years. He was named vice president of the division in 2005 and president in 2012.

In 1999, AMS launched a diversified line of monitoring services for homes and businesses, as well as medical alarms for seniors. The division’s monitoring centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Chicago are considered among the best in the country. Under Blane’s entrepreneurial leadership, AMS developed a variety of assets, including Acadian’s telehealth center for daily remote patient assessment and coaching, mobile GPS monitoring for productive fleet management, a nationwide virtual guard and video monitoring center, and the 2014 launch of Acadian Total Security. This retail division provides consumers with SmartHome security and energy management, and the business community with integrated security services.

Blane is a founding member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association and a member of the Governmental Relations Committee for the Electronic Security Association.

Gregory Hill

Vice President/Controller

Gregory, vice president and controller, joined Acadian's accounting department in 1986 as a staff accountant following his graduation from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout his 23 years of service, he has held the positions of accounting supervisor and accounting manager before moving into his current position of vice president/controller in 2006

He has worked with numerous school, civic, and religious organizations and is currently serving as a troop committee member and institutional representative for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 19.

Joe Lightfoot

Vice President of Human Resources

Joe Lightfoot, vice president of human resources, joined Acadian in May 2001. He has responsibility for compliance with all labor and employment law matters, recruitment and selection, salary and benefits administration, employee record-keeping and employee relations. Prior to 2001, Joe spent ten years in the hospital industry, serving in senior leadership roles at medical centers in Arkansas and Missouri.

He has served in various volunteer roles with the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, United Way of Acadiana, Ascension Episcopal School Board of Trustees, Boy Scouts Explorer Post 108 Council, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Joe earned both an MBA with a healthcare administration concentration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.

Randall Mann Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Randall Mann

Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Randall joined Acadian in 2009 as the director of sales and marketing for Acadian Monitoring Services and was promoted to vice president of marketing & public relations for Acadian in 2013. Randall is responsible for developing and implementing marketing initiatives for Acadian's six divisions. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he served in various advertising, marketing and public relations roles in agency and in-house settings for more than 25 years.

Randall is a private pilot and enjoys volunteering in his community. He is very active in Lafayette's Mardi Gras activities and served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, the University of Louisiana Alumni Association, Acadian Air Festival, Sertoma Cajun Air Show, and Louisiana Honor Air.

Asbel Montes, Vice President of Reimbursement & Governmental Affairs

Asbel Montes

Vice President of Reimbursement & Governmental Affairs

Asbel began his employment with Acadian in May 2009. He oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements, and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives.

In 1999, Asbel began working for an ambulance billing and consulting firm. After three years, he decided to work for a private, non‐emergency ambulance service. Since then, he has provided leadership in revenue cycle management to four ambulance agencies located throughout the southeast.

Asbel pursued his education the non‐traditional way by attending college online while maintaining a full‐time job. He received an associate's degree in accounting in 2007 and graduated in November 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business management.

Asbel has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its board of directors; he is currently co-chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Asbel also sits on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. He is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many conferences. He has also been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement.

Asbel is married to Stephenie Haney‐Montes. He has one daughter and resides in Carencro, Louisiana.