Michael Miller, EdD, MS, BSEMS, RN, NRP
Director, EMS Education and Assistant Professor
Mike is an assistant professor and director of Creighton's Emergency Medical Services Education Program. He has thirty years of experience in EMS, currently serving as assistant professor and EMS Education Program Director at Creighton University, where he joined the EMS Program in 2002. He has practiced as a paramedic and registered nurse, worked as a field paramedic, paramedic shift supervisor, quality improvement coordinator, EMS system program director, emergency department RN, and trauma program coordinator.
Other professional activities include Site Visitor for the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs, member of the Nebraska Board of EMS and former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of EMS Educators. Mike has served as a contributing author and as a reviewer for numbers EMS publications. Educational accomplishments include Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Bachelor of Science in EMS, and a Master of Science Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University School of Law, Werner Institute.
Eric V. Ernest, MD, EMT-P
Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Ernest is the assistant medical director for Creighton University EMS Education. He is an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Ernest graduated with a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services and a Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He subsequently completed his Prehospital Medicine/Emergency Medical Services fellowship at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Ernest is board certified in Emergency Medicine and will be eligible to sit for his Emergency Medical Services boards in 2015.
He is an active member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians as well as the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Ernest also serves as the medical director of Bellevue Fire Department in Bellevue, NE, Sarpy County 911 dispatch center, and Cass County Emergency Management Agency as well as the assistant medical director of the Omaha Fire Department.
His current areas of research interest include cardiac arrest and resuscitation as well as prehospital advanced airway. He has received several honors and awards and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
Kevin Carritt, NRP, EMS-I
Kevin is the Clinical/Field Coordinator for the Emergency Medical Services Education Program, his responsibilities include placing students for rotations in the clinical and field setting, primary education in the paramedic class and Program Director for the EMT classes. As a Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association, he helps to manage the AHA classes held at Creighton EMS education. He has over 25 years experience with EMS and the fire service, retiring from the Omaha Fire Department having had the following positions, Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain/Paramedic, Fire Captain and Paramedic Shift Supervisor. Kevin also served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, deployed both overseas and afloat.
William Leggio, EdD, MS-NDR, BS-EMS
Paramedic Program Coordinator
William is clinical faculty and paramedic program coordinator at Creighton's Emergency Medical Services Education Program. He has more than ten years of experience in EMS practicing as a nationally registered paramedic in both out-of-hospital and in-hospital environments. Before joining Creighton EMS Education full-time, he was an EMS instructor and director of simulated education at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia for four years working to establish the first four-year EMS College in Saudi.
William is actively engaged in EMS scholarship and research, which has been published in both peer-reviewed journals and professional publications. Currently he serves as managing editor of Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, an open-access peer-reviewed journal he helped establish. Other professional activities include serving on University and professional organization committees. Educational accomplishments include Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and Bachelor of Science in EMS, all awarded by Creighton University.
Jacquelene S. Cota, NRP
Clinical and Field Coordinator, EMS Education
Jacqui is the Clinical and Field Coordinator for the Creighton Emergency Medical Services Education Program. She is responsible for placing students in the clinical and field setting, tracking course internship requirements and teaching in the paramedic classroom. She has an Associates in Allied Health Science from United States Air Force – CCAF. She has over 24 years of experience in EMS and in the clinical setting. Jacqui recently retired from the Air Force as an independent duty medic, she served in numerous assignments both overseas and state side.
Sheryl has been the EMS Education Office Manager since 2007. She manages all office operations and handles all financial aspects for the EMS Education Dept. She has 30+ years experience in office management and administrative support.
Critical Care Paramedic Coordinator
Rick has been involved in EMS for the last 15 years with the last 13 years as a paramedic. A graduate of Creighton's paramedic program, he has spent his career in transport, 911 and flight services. He is currently a flight paramedic for a local flight program for the past 7 years. His career in education began 8 years ago and he has taught courses from EMT to Critical Care Paramedicine. Rick is currently the Critical Care Paramedic Coordinator at Creighton University and presents frequently at regional and national conferences.
Megan Sorensen, MHA, BSN, RN, CEN
Graduate Studies Coordinator, EMS Education
Megan is currently coordinating and teaching in the Masters in EMS program. She brings over 20 years of experience in Emergency Medicine, including 911 EMS, Emergency and Trauma Nursing, Trauma Program Management and service line directorship. In addition to her duties at Creighton, Megan serves as the Clinical Program Manager for the Critical Care Transport Program at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
Evie is the Administrative Assistant for the EMS Education Department, joining the group in 2010. Evie fields inquiries for all EMS programs, as well as assisting with academic advising and the application process. She holds a Bachelor Degree from Kalamazoo College.