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2018 SEMPA Award Winners

SEMPA awarded the Diplomat, EMPA of the Year and Paul S. Robinson recipients at the SEMPA 360 conference that was just held in San Antonio, Texas. SEMPA is proud to present the award winners and congratulates them on being selected and to all they have accomplished.

2018 Diplomats

Kevin Burns, EMT-P, PA-C

Former SEMPA board member Kevin Burns, EMT-P, PA-C, has been a paramedic and EMPA for more than 16 years. He is an assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine, EMS Coordinator for Yale New Haven Hospital, Co-director of the Yale New Haven EMPA residency, associate medical director for the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS and served on the SEMPA Board of Directors for two terms. As a SEMPA board member, Kevin was responsible for lobbying the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) to include PAs in their staffing guidelines.  

Michelle Parker

SEMPA Executive Director Michelle Parker has been involved with emergency medicine for more than 10 years and has served as executive director for eight years. Michelle previously held positions at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Accor Hotels, Margulies Communications, McCann Public Relations, Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate, and American Airlines. She has extensive corporate, nonprofit and association experience that spans more than 20 years. Her dedication, passion and commitment to EMPAs is unmatched.  SEMPA has developed into what it is today because of her vision, leadership and determination. 


2017 EMPA of the Year

Robert Weiss, MPAS, PA-C

Robert Weiss, MPAS, PA-C was honored as SEMPA’s 2017 EMPA of the Year for his actions during the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1, 2017. Rob started his career in EMS and trained and worked as an EMT, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic. He graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX program in August 2013. Rob received his master’s degree from AT Still University in August 2016. He returned to work in Las Vegas for Team Health where he is currently APC Operations Manager for Las Vegas. Undoubtedly, Rob saved countless lives that tragic night 


Paul S. Robinson Award

Ryan Hunton, MSPAS, PA-C

Ryan is currently an emergency medicine PA resident at the University of Kentucky, where he also completed PA school. During his residency, he has also been taking courses toward a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning because of his passion for medical education. In addition to his residency, Ryan also serves in the Kentucky Army National Guard, where he manages medical and ambulance training for combat medics, along with teaching patient care and procedures to maintain readiness for deployment.