Key Personnel

John L. Wills – NREMT-P, CEO, President

Chairman of the Board and Majority Stock Holder, Mr. Wills has been a paramedic since 1981 and is certified in ACLS, PALS, BTLS, PEPP, CPR, EVOC licensed and is a Hazmat Specialist. Mr. Wills holds a DOT FAA certificate as a Private Pilot, is a commercial rated Helicopter Pilot and recently completed his Multi-Engine/Instrument Rating. Mr. Wills is certified as an open water scuba diver. Mr. Wills is a member of York’s Lodge 211 as a Mason, the Walker County Shriners, the Zamora Temple in Birmingham, and is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. In 2005 John Wills was presented with the BREMSS Pioneer Award in Honor of John Wills as a Visionary Leader and support of EMS over the years.

Phillip Windham – NREMT-P, Vice President

Windham joined Regional Paramedical Services in 1987 and was named Vice President in 1990 where he currently serves in that position. Mr. Windham is certified ACLS, BTLS, PALS, PEPP and EVOC, CPR Instructor, Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) certified police officer. In addition to his vast business experience, Mr. Windham has an extensive public safety record in both law enforcement and EMS. He serves as a Police Officer with Bevill State Community College, a Deputy for Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Winston County Sheriff's Department Tactical Team, a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years with Curry Fire & Rescue Service, a Mason with York’s Lodge 211, and a Walker County Shriner.

David Waid – NREMT-P, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Waid joined Regional Paramedical Services in July 1987. Mr. Waid currently serves as Director of Operations. Mr. Waid has been a paramedic since 1984 and is certified ACLS, PALS, BTLS, PEPP, CPR, EVOC instructor, and a Hazmat Specialist. Mr. Waid has been the fire chief in Sumiton since 1992, an instructor at Bevill State Community College, a certified Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) certified police officer and a Tactical Medic for the Winston County Sheriff's Office.

Lee Wills, NREMT-P – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wills joined Regional Paramedical Services in September 1997. Mr. Wills has served as a Paramedic, Relief Supervisor, and a Full Time Supervisor. Lee Wills was named Operations Manager in January 2008 and currently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wills currently holds the following certifications. Nationally Registered Paramedic, ACLS, BTLS and PEPP Provider, CPR/BLS Instructor, EVOC and PEPP Provider.

Beth Gillott – Director of Administration

Ms. Gillott joined Regional Paramedical Services in September 2006 as an Insurance Specialist and later transitioned over to the Accounting Department and Human Resources. In August 2011, Ms. Gillot was named HR Manager for the company and was promoted to Director of Administration in June of 2013 where she currently serves. She holds certifications in Human Resources, Financial Consultation and Model Netics Management, as well as Grief and Trauma Counseling, Stress management in EMS, and Behavioral Management. Ms. Gillott enjoys furthering her education, staying up to date on current EMS trends related to her certifications, spending time with her family and friends, and relaxing days on the beach.

Jeffrey D. Kerby, M.D., Ph.D. - Medical Director

Dr. Kerby joined Regional Paramedical Services in 2008 as company Medical Director. Dr. Kerby received his B.A. and M.D. in May of 1989 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He later graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August of 1997 with his Ph.D. Dr Kerby has an extensive military background with the United States Air Force where he has served as 2nd Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Lieutenant Col. Dr. Kerby has served on many councils, committees and boards. He has received the Argus Society Award - Best Teaching Resident in Surgery in 1997, the Joint Service Achievement Medal - United States Air Force in 2003, and the R. Floyd Yarbrough Award for Leadership in EMS Systems Development - Birmingham Regional EMS System in 2007.

Eric Pendley – NREMT-P, Director of Operations

Mr. Pendley joined Regional Paramedical Services in December 1995. He is married to Jenny Pendley, a 7th grade reading teacher at West Point Middle School in Cullman County. They have two children, Molly who 11 years old and Tucker Brack who is 6 years old. Mr. Pendley currently serves as the North District Operations Manager. His is a 1991 Graduate of Curry High School in Walker County. He attended Jacksonville State University and graduated from Bevill State Community College in 1996. Mr. Pendley is an instructor of ACLS and BLS and is current in PEPP and EVOC. He serves as Chariman of the EMS Council for Walker County and an active member at Temple Baptist Church in Cullman County.

Kyle McDonnell – NREMT-P, South District Manager

Chilton, South Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties

Mr. McDonnell joined Regional Paramedical Services in November 1994. Mr. McDonnell currently serves as the South District Manager for the company. Mr. McDonnell has been a paramedic since 1992, is current as instructor for CPR, ACLS, PEPP, and BTLS, a credentialing coordinator, WMD and EMS Program Instructor with Jefferson State Community College in Shelby County. Mr. McDonnell also serves as Chief Deputy Coroner for Shelby County.

John Morrow, NREMT-P – Director of Purchasing and Loss Prevention

Mr. Morrow joined Regional Paramedical Services in April 2003 and currently serves as the Director of Purchasing and Loss Prevention for the company. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and is a current instructor in BLS, ACLS, PALS and Fire Instructor I & II. Mr. Morrow is also serves as a Lieutenant for the City of Homewood and a board member for Herzing College. Mr. Morrow has served as a flight medic for LifeSaver, a CTC and EMS Program Coordinator for Bevill State Community College (BSCC). He has also served as a Tactical Medic and a reserve officer for the BSCC Campus Police Department.

Nathan Gann, NREMT-B – Director of Communications & Information Technology

Mr. Gann joined Regional Paramedical Services in February 2006 where he served as an EMT-B. He later transitioned over into the Communications Department where he was promoted to a Dispatch Supervisor. In November 2012 he was named IT Manager and also served as a Dispatch Training Coordinator and Purchasing Assistant for the company. Mr. Gann has served as a member of the McCollum-Midway Volunteer Fire Department where he held the offices of Captain and sat on the Board of Directors. Mr. Gann currently serves as Chairman of the Walker County Local Emergency Planning Committee, is a Nationally Registered EMT-Basic, EMD and BLS/CPR Instructor, and BTLS and PEPP Provider. Mr. Gann enjoys spending time in the outdoors as well as traveling and with his wife and two sons.

Robin Early – NREMT-P - Operations Manager – Walker and Cullman Counties

Robin started at RPS as a basic in 2006, she also finished the Paramedic program in 2006. She Received FTO title in 2008 and fill in supervisor. She moved to operations supervisor position in 2011, and also received the BREMSS EMT of the Year award the same year. She became Operations Manager in 2014 of Walker and Cullman counties, later also became operations manager for Winston County in 2015. Robin is ACLS, ITLS, CPR, EVOC, PALS certified, Registry and State licensed. She is married to a firefighter/paramedic named Jeff Early, and they have 3 kids. One in high school, middle school and elementary school and they all play sports. She lives in Cullman County on a little hobby farm.

Brian Tolbert, NREMT-P – North District Manager – Cullman, Jefferson, Marion , Walker and Winston Counties

Brian started working at Regional Paramedical Services in August of 2003 as a basic. He then attended Wallace State's Paramedic program and received his EMT-P license. He was promoted to Field Training Officer, then went forward to become an operations supervisor in Walker County. Later, Regional Paramedical Services opened the Jefferson County operations division, and Brian was promoted to Lead Operations Supervisor. Then eventually to Operations Manager of Jefferson County. Brian worked at Sumiton fire for eight years, and still does part time. Brian also works as a Sumiton Police officer in his spare time. Brian is a certified Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) instructor, an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) instructor, an instructor at Bevill State Community College, a Hazmat Specialist, and certified as a Tactical Paramedic. Brian also served in the United States Navy for four years.

Chris Key, NREMT-P – Operations Manager - St. Clair and Talladega Counties

Mr. Key joined Regional Paramedical Services in January 1999. Mr. Key has served as a Paramedic, Relief Supervisor, and a Full Time Supervisor. Chris Key was named Operations Manager in 2005 and currently serves in that position. Mr. Key is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and certified instructor in ACLS, ITLS, PEPP, CPR/BLS and EVOC. He is a Certified Volunteer Firefighter with Firefighter II and HazMat A&O. He is a certified Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) police officer and a Tactical Medic for the Moody Police Department; an FAA Licensed Pilot and member and past Master of Moody Masonic Lodge No. 592. Mr. Key is currently a member of Zamora Shriners in Irondale, AL.

Barry Rich, NREMT-P - Operations Manager – Chilton and Shelby Counties

I have been with RPS for 23 years. I finished my paramedic in 1980 at UAB. I am a graduate of the Alabama Law Enforcement Academy in Tuscaloosa and I’m also a state certified evidence technician from Jeff State. My family and I own and show Tennessee Walking horses. We attend the Cowboy church in Odenville Al. I have a staff medic, supervisor and an Operations manager twice now during my career a with RPS. I am currently the Operations Manager for Shelby Chilton and Hoover areas. In my opinion this is the best by far ambulance service that anyone could work for.

Chris Pollard, NREMT-P - Operations Manager – Marion and Winston Counties

Mr. Pollard joined Regional Paramedical Services in September of 1991 in Marion County and currently serves as the Operations Manager for Marion and Winston Counties. Mr. Pollard is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and registered in Alabama and Mississippi. He is certified in BCLS, EVOC, NAPD, ACLS, PHTLS, PALS and NRP. Mr. Pollard has worked at numerous ambulance services and hospitals in both Alabama and Mississippi and is currently employed as a Flight Paramedic with a aeromedical service in Mississippi. He has five children and a wonderful wife. Mr. Pollard enjoys spending time with his family as well as hunting, fishing and Alabama Athletics.

Joe Higgins - Communications Manager

Mr. Higgins joined Regional Paramedical Services in May 2006. He started his career with RPS as a Call Taker and soon moved into the role of Dispatcher; he then was promoted to a Communications Training Officer and shortly thereafter became a supervisor for our communications team. In 2012, Mr. Higgins was promoted to Lead Supervisor over our communications department, where he currently serves. Mr. Higgins currently holds certifications in CPR, EMD, EVOC, NIMS, and EMR. Mr. Higgins has a wonderful wife and son and enjoys hunting and fishing is his pastime.

Wayne Abbott - Director of Maintenance

Mr. Abbott joined Regional Paramedical Services in August 1999 as an automotive mechanic and was later promoted to Shop Supervisor, he now serves as the company's Maintenance Director. He is currently certified on 6.0 and 7.3 Diesel Engines, NGS and IDS Diagnostic Software, and Maintenance for Stryker stair chairs and stretchers. Mr. Abbott currently serves as Youth Director for Providence Baptist Church where his family are members. He is a loving husband and father of four beautiful children, whom he loves spending time with.

Charles King - Marketing Manager

Mr. King joined Regional Paramedical Services in February 2012. Before joining Regional Paramedical Services Mr. King spent 12 Years as Operations Manager at Rural/Metro Ambulance. He also Spent 7 Years as Marketing Manager at American Medical Response. He also Spent 16 Years working at Hanks Ambulance Service. There he worked his way up from Fueling Ambulance to Dispatch to Supervisor to General Manager. He is also holds office as the President of the Bessemer Elks Lodge #712 Bessemer, Alabama, Board Member of the Bessemer Library Foundation, Board Member of the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of Save the Youth Bessemer. In the past, Mr. King has served as a Board Member of the Legacy YMCA and Chairman of the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce.