Seth Myers brings over 28 years of experience in the emergency air medical industry. Mr. Myers joined Air Evac Lifeteam in January 2003. Prior to joining the executive team at Air Evac Lifeteam, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Med Serve International and Senior Associate for Fitch & Associates. He began his air medical career as a flight nurse for ShandsCair at the University of Florida where he later served as program director. He served on the board of the Association of Air Medical Services from 1998-2003. Mr. Myers received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Luther College and his MBA from Jacksonville University.
Vice President & General Counsel
Thomas Cook has been a corporate attorney for over 20 years. Prior to joining Air Evac Lifeteam in July 2006, Mr. Cook was with a private law firm specializing in commercial transactions, financing, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Prior to his most recent private practice experience, Mr. Cook was General Counsel for a St. Louis publicly traded company and a partner in a large St. Louis corporate law firm. Mr. Cook earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., as well as an MBA and JD degree.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Sweeza brings more than 18 years of healthcare experience to his role at Air Evac EMS, Inc. Before joining Air Evac in 1994 as a flight paramedic, he served as supervisor for a hospital-based ambulance service. He has 11 years of combined management experience and 16 years of air medical experience. While at Air Evac, he has held the positions of Flight Paramedic, Base Manager, Area Manager, Corporate Paramedic Manager, Director of Paramedics and Director of Base Operations. Mr. Sweeza is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. Mr. Sweeza obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. He has completed the Certified Medical Transport Executive Program and is an FAA Certified Private Pilot.
Senior Director of Flight Operations
Mr. Bonham first became interested in aviation while in high school, later earning his Bachelor of Science in Aviation. In 1987, Mr. Bonham started a successful helicopter flight school in Jonesboro, Ark., and also was involved in agricultural flying operations and helicopter sales. An FAA-Designated Pilot Examiner since 1989, Mr. Bonham first flew HEMS for Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock and was one of the company instructors, a position he held for 3 years. From 1992-1999, he flew for the Memphis Medical Center Air Ambulance Service, Inc., and served as an instructor. Mr. Bonham started flying a Lear Jet for corporate and EMS purposes in 2000 and in 2001 joined Air Evac Lifeteam.
Senior Director of Maintenance
Mr. Cleaves is no stranger to the aviation industry, having spent 27 years working in helicopter maintenance. A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., he began his aviation career in the United States Marine Corps, where he was CH46 crew chief from 1982 to 1986. After his military career he worked as a commercial helicopter mechanic for both EMS and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Cleaves then took a position with American Eurocopter working as a field rep., field service manager and later Director of Technical Support Department. Before coming to Air Evac EMS, Inc., he served as Director of Maintenance for Med-Trans Corporation.
Kelly Cox, MD, FACEP
Senior Medical Director
Dr. Cox graduated from New York Medical College in 1999. While completing his emergency medicine training, he served as chief resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill. During that time he also completed research involving the utilization of ultrasound for airway assessment. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. In addition to his duties with Air Evac EMS, Inc., Dr. Cox has served as the Medical Director for the numerous Emergency Medical Services ground agencies. His special interests include airway management, emergency medical services/prehospital care, simulator educator, aeromedicine, critical care medicine and EMS research.
Senior Director of Base Operations
Mr. Grygiel has been employed in the healthcare industry for 19 years. Starting with Air Evac Lifeteam in July of 2004 as a flight paramedic, Mr. Grygiel has also held the role of Area Manager and Regional Director of Base Operations. Prior to Air Evac Mr. Grygiel worked at North Jefferson County Ambulance District as a paramedic and district administrator. He is a licensed paramedic, holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University. Mr. Grygiel has also completed the Certified Medical Transport Leader (CMTE) program.
Director of Safety
Dave Hardin brings more than 35 years of aviation experience beginning his career flying helicopters for the U.S. Army in 1977. A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Hardin has flown in support of the Oil and Gas Industry, Law Enforcement, Tourism and Helicopter EMS. Mr. Hardin has served the Rotorwing industry as check airman, chief pilot, Director of Operations, Vice President and General Manager of multiple Part 141 and Part 135 air carriers. In addition to being a safety Professional, he's worked as an accident investigator, international operations and safety consultant as well as being an SMS and Just Culture Champion. Dave has been the Director of Safety for Air Evac Lifeteam since 2005.
Director of Human Resources
Ms. Williams has more than 14 years of Human Resource experience, predominately in the healthcare industry, but also in manufacturing and retail organization. She is experienced in an array of human resource functions including strategic planning, performance planning, organizational development, training, staffing, benefits administration, employment law and employee relations. Before joining Air Evac Lifeteam, she served in a variety of senior positions with Cardinal Health and Lifepoint Hospitals. Ms. Williams is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). This certification, which is awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies an individual has acquired the scholastic knowledge and practical experience in strategic human resource management necessary to demonstrate a mastery of the field. She is a Certified Behavioral Event Interviewer and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She graduated from Nazarene Bible College with a focus in Psychology.