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Governor Appoints Five to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council

Five Texans accept new roles to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). Three of the appointees have served in vital positions with TETAF. Governor Greg Abbott appointed Dudley Wait, Jorie Klein, Cassie Campbell, Lucille Maes, and Darrin R. Rudolph to GETAC. Their council duties begin January 1, 2020.

“Our foundation works closely with GETAC and we are pleased that Governor Abbott appointed such an astute group to the council,” said Dinah S. Welsh, president and CEO of TETAF. “We look forward to building upon established relationships and cultivating new ones with the appointees.”

Dudley Wait, of Schertz, is the current vice chair of the TETAF Board and is the MEDCOM division director for the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). As a paramedic for the City of Schertz, Wait is filling the newly created paramedic position on GETAC.

Jorie Klein, of Dallas, will fill the new trauma nurse position created on GETAC and she is also the founding chair of the TETAF Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. Klein then served an additional year as a board member from 2017 to 2018. She also currently serves as a trauma surveyor for TETAF. Klein is senior director of trauma at Parkland Health and Hospital System. She is also an immediate past chair of the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, where she continued to work with TETAF after serving on the board.

Cassie Campbell, of Salado, is a registered nurse filling a new emergency nurse position on GETAC and is a trauma surveyor for TETAF. She is also the director of nursing trauma and child protection team at Baylor Scott & White McLane’s Children’s Medical Center.

The governor also appointed Lucille Maes to GETAC. Maes, of Angleton, has a long history of serving as a leader of the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Council (RAC) leader and has worked closely with TETAF for many years. Maes fills a newly created position to GETAC as a representative from a stand-alone emergency medical services agency in a municipality or taxing district. She is a member of the Texas EMS Alliance and the American Ambulance Association. She is a former member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and National EMS Management Association.

Prior to these appointments, Governor Abbott also appointed Darrin R. Rudolph, of Longview, to fill one of the two general public positions on the council. Rudolph is the owner of Rudy’s Transport Services of East Texas and serves as pastor of Greenhill Baptist Church.

For more information about the GETAC appointees, please visit the Governor’s news release.

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