Daniel Sweeza, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, GMR – Air (East) & Air Evac Lifeteam
Mr. Sweeza brings more than 25 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. Mr. Sweeza has more than 20 years of combined management and air medical experience. While at Air Evac, he has worked as a flight paramedic, Base Manager, Area Manager, Corporate Paramedic Manager, Director of Paramedics, Director of Base Operations and his current role of Vice President of Operations, which he has held for more than eight years. Mr. Sweeza is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Medical Transport Executive and an FAA-certified private pilot.
Director of Safety
Mr. Mulholland joined Air Evac Lifeteam in January 2020. He graduated with a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1997, and brings 25+ years of experience in aviation safety. He served as an investigator, analyst, auditor, and manager in operations and employee safety with a major U.S. airline. He then joined the air medical field as Director of Safety with SevenBar Aviation where he established a Safety Management System, a Flight Operations Quality Assurance program, and emerged as an industry leader in operational data-sharing initiatives. He is a licensed commercial pilot/instructor, a retiree of the Air National Guard, and serves as vice president of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators DFW Chapter.
Vice President of Aviation
Mr. Bonham first became interested in aviation while in high school, later earning his Bachelor of Science in Aviation and a MBA. In 1987, Mr. Bonham started a successful helicopter flight school in Jonesboro, Ark., and also was involved in agricultural flying operations and helicopter sales. A FAA-designated Pilot Examiner since 1989, Mr. Bonham first flew HAA for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and was one of the company instructors, a position he held for three 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 he joined Air Evac Lifeteam.
Mr. Jenkins began his aviation career in 1986 when he was accepted in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight School Training Program at the age of 19. He completed a 20-year career flying AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters. He spent his last two years in the U.S. Army serving in the Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization DES as an AH-64 Standardization Instructor Pilot and Instrument Examiner, and retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four in 2006. Mr. Jenkins has more than 34 years of aviation experience and has earned his Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and a Master’s in Business Administration. Mr. Jenkins started flying for Air Evac Lifeteam in 2006 as a Base Line Pilot. He moved up to Base Pilot Supervisor, Flight Instructor, and Regional Director of Flight Operations, and has been the company’s Chief Pilot for several years. As Chief Pilot, he is responsible for all aviation training and oversight of nearly 600 pilots operating in a fleet of more than 165 aircraft.
Senior Director of Maintenance
Mr. Mitchell is a highly skilled technician with more than 30 years’ experience in helicopter maintenance – 18 of those years in the Helicopter Air Ambulance industry. He previously served as a base AMT (Aviation Maintenance Technician), Senior Lead AMT, Regional Maintenance Manager and Regional Director of Maintenance. Mr. Mitchell is a United States Army veteran, serving as the CH-47 Chinook Crew Chief and Maintainer.
Kelly Cox, MD, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer
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.
Director of Operational Support Services
Ms. Jenkins brings more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, to include hospital and air service management. Ms. Jenkins joined Air Evac EMS, Inc., in 2004. While at Air Evac, she has worked as a Flight Nurse, Lead Flight Nurse, Program Director, Senior Program Director and Field Operation Manager. Ms. Jenkins has completed the Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) program. She is a Registered Nurse with the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. Ms. Jenkins completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Cumberland University and her MBA, Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
Jason Mattes, RN, CFRN
Interim Director of Patient Care Services
Mr. Mattes brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to his role at Air Evac EMS, Inc. Before joining Air Evac in 2002 as a Flight Nurse, Mr. Mattes specialized in trauma, emergency, and critical care nursing. He has more than 17 years of combined management and air medical experience. While at Air Evac, he has worked as a Flight Nurse, Base Nurse Manager, Clinical Educator, Clinical Education Manager, and currently serves as the Interim Director of Patient Care Services.