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Staff Bios

George W. Hatch Jr., EdD, LP, EMT-P
Executive Director

Dr. Hatch joined CoAEMSP as Executive Director in 2007, with over 30 years of experience as an EMS provider and professional educator. He is responsible for the administration of the CoAEMSP process that includes the development of accreditation standards, liaison with the board of directors and their appointing organizations, liaison between the CoA and the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as well as supporting the accredited EMS education programs in the United States.

His career accomplishments include service as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in Galveston, Texas; former president of the Texas Association of EMTs; liaison to the National Registry of EMTs; member of the American Heart Association's Subcommittee on Pediatric Resuscitation; professor; past Chairman and Program Director of the Emergency Medical Services Department at Houston Community College where he worked for 24 years; and content level leader (Resuscitation) in the National Association of EMS Educators project that developed the new EMS education standards under contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gordon A. Kokx, PhD, NRP
Assistant Director of Accreditation Services

Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Kokx has been Assistant Director of Accreditation Services since inception of this new position in 2013.

Prior to joining the staff, the former member of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors was professor of merit, EMS program director, department chair and co-dean of Health Sciences and Human Services at the College of Southern Idaho where he designed, implemented and directed the first public college-based Paramedic program in the state's history. He has worked in Michigan, Florida and Idaho, and has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience in the prehospital, flight and hospital areas of EMS.

Gordy has served as a contributing author and reviewer for several EMS publications, conducted several EMS-related research studies, and has been a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences. He has served on many local, state, and national committees including the CSI Instructional Council and Curriculum Committees; NAEMT Education Committee; 24-7 EMS Medical Advisory Board; and the NREMT Paramedic Scenario Planning Team.
Gordy has received many professional honors including an invitation to participate in the EMS and Disaster Response Professional Delegation to Russia.

Karen Franks
Assistant to the Executive Director

Prior to taking on her current role, Karen served as the CoAEMSP Accreditation Services Coordinator beginning in 2005. She has 15 years of experience as a Health Insurance Underwriter and Internal Claims Auditor. Karen holds an AAS in Computer Science from Tarrant County College, and is currently attending the University of North Texas where she is working on her BA.  Past professional memberships include Life Office Management Association (LOMA), Ft. Worth Association of Business & Professional Women (BPW), and American Mensa. Karen enjoys volunteer work, and animal rescue and fostering. She has four children including twins.

Lynn Caruthers
Accreditation Services Assistant

Lynn has 12 years of experience providing administrative management services in academic (programmatic) accreditation in four-year institutions. She served seven of those 12 years as an accreditor with CAAHEP and five years with a national accrediting agency as an administrative manager. Lynn graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Applied Science and Development. She spent six years as an Elementary Educator. Lynn has two daughters and one granddaughter. She enjoys traveling, cooking and watching her granddaughter perform in the high school band.

Jennifer Anderson Warwick, MA
Accreditation Consultant

Jennifer has 17 years of extensive experience working in the accreditation field. She has been a staff member for multiple Committees on Accreditation in CAAHEP, and has served as Executive Director for the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA) since 2008. Jennifer is Chair of the CAAHEP Standards Committee, previously CAAHEP Board Liaison, a member of the CAAHEP Distance Education Task Force, and has served on several CAAHEP planning committees for the Annual Meeting and Summer Workshop. She was a member of the CAAHEP Board of Directors, being elected Vice President in 2002. Jennifer has a BA in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN; and an MA in Communication Studies & Corporate Training from the University of Denver. Jennifer is married with two daughters and makes her home in Southeastern Wisconsin. She "lives to travel", with a goal of visiting every continent and all 50 states.

Ruth Crump
Accreditation Services Assistant

Ruth has thirty-nine years of experience as a bookkeeper, and has worked in public accounting since 1976. She has been the bookkeeper for the CoAEMSP since 2007, officially joining the staff in 2013. Ruth enjoys spending time boating, fishing, gardening, golf-cart riding, and walking her two dogs. She gives back to her community through Habitat for Humanity. Ruth and her husband of 35 years have two sons.

Lisa Collard
Accreditation Services Specialist

Lisa has 12 1/2 years of accreditation experience with the Commission On Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and previously worked with the CoAEMSP from 2003-2009 when the Committee was managed in Bedford, Texas.  During that time she was also the sole staff person for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Lisa and her husband Dave have two children. Her husband Dave is a captain with the Forth Worth Fire Department.

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