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CPS Board of Directors

Mark Alexander

Director of EMS, CoxHealth

Mark Alexander is the Director of CoxHealth EMS, and has served in this capacity since December 1987, and was the Director of Webster County Ambulance from spring of 1985 thru December 1987. He was a field paramedic from 1978 thru 1985. He attended Southwest Missouri State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration and Chemistry. He was appointed to the State Advisory Committee (SAC) for EMS in 1996 and still serves on the SAC as the Legislative Committee Chairperson. He is a past president and current board member of the Missouri Ambulance Association, a past president of the West Missouri Critical Incident Response Team, and currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Missouri Emergency Service Agency Corporation (MoEMSAC). He is also a Just Culture instructor and has taught more than 500 students.

Jennifer Fletcher

National Vice President of Clinical Operations, Global Medical Response Inc. (GMR)

Jennifer Fletcher is a senior healthcare leader with over 26 years of experience working as a nurse, educator, and leading EMS operations. She has a demonstrated history of success in leading teams, strategic planning, culture building, change management, patient transport systems, and quality management. She currently works at Global Medical Response as the National Vice President of Clinical Operations.

Terry Seaton, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Terry L. Seaton, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he teaches evidence-based medicine, clinical informatics, and advocacy. He is also a Clinical Pharmacist with Mercy in the Department of Quality, Safety, and Value where he provides medication-related population health services. His research focus is in dissemination and implementation science. Dr. Seaton was a United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow and has been a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since its inception in 1991. He is Past President and Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Steven R. Smith, MD

Anesthesiologist, Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc.

Stephen R. Smith, MD, is a 1982 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and recipient of the 1982 Russell D. Sheldon Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Smith is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Clinical interests include difficult airway management, trauma anesthesiology, and office-based anesthesiology. He serves as Chairman of two work-groups within the Trauma and Burn Quality Improvement Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement Committee, Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology Quality Improvement Committee, Patient Safety Committee, and has served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He was commissioner of the Missouri Patient Safety Committee and Chairman of the Data Collection and Reporting Subcommittee from 2003-2004. He has served as a Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, President, President-Elect, and Board of Directors and Chairman for the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Missouri State Medical Association, St. Louis Society of Anesthesiologists, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Association and University of Missouri School of Medicine Alumni Association, of which he has been President since April 2011. Currently, Dr. Smith is practicing within a private practice in Anesthesiology at Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., in Ballwin, Missouri. Dr. Smith is married with five children, has a SCUBA certification, Amateur Radio Technician License, is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, and he is Volunteer Assistant Medical Officer with the Monarch Fire Protection District.

Paul N. Venker

Senior Counsel, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.

Paul Venker has had a varied and challenging legal career. Upon graduation, he was a member of the Research Staff of the Missouri Supreme Court where he was invited to serve as a law clerk to then-Chief Justice, Robert T. Donnelly. Paul has always practiced in the areas of trial and appellate practice, in cases involving employment law, medical malpractice, hazardous materials and general liability. In 2009, Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognized Paul for receiving one of the top defense verdicts in the state. Paul worked in the corporate environment as an Assistant Litigation Counsel at Monsanto Company from 1988 to 1990. Prior law firm affiliations include partnership in Shepherd, Sandberg and Phoenix (now Sandberg Phoenix), Armstrong Teasdale and Williams, Venker and Sanders. For the past several years Paul has been ranked in Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal profession, for his work in commercial litigation. In addition, for over 10 years, he has been honored by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury, as well as Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, a distinction given to only the top five percent of Missouri and Kansas lawyers. Frequently active in volunteer bar activities, Paul has served as a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors and on the Board of the St. Louis Bar Foundation. Paul is also an active mediator.

Kris Kaull

Chief Marketing Officer, Pulsara

As Chief Marketing Officer of Pulsara, a successful medical technology start-up (, Kaull has a multitude of experience including Clinical/operational experience as firefighter captain, paramedic, ambulance service director. Kaull is still active as a critical care helicopter flight paramedic covering rural Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Kaull created and, in 1997, co-founded (now the largest online paramedic resource) before transitioning to his current role to help launch Pulsara as the Chief Marketing Officer. Kaull regularly presents on topics ranging from technology for first responders, current clinical issues, and leadership; all with a focus on the importance of human connection.