Chief Executive Officer
Lehmer Dunn, Chief Executive Officer, is a licensed pilot and aviation enthusiast with 26 years of experience in leading the growth of entrepreneurial service organizations. His background and education are in finance but his greatest skill is bringing together the right individuals to form leadership teams and build successful companies. At Apollo, he emphasizes his vision of an intense focus on safety, the right personnel, quality patient care, and customer service. He was an owner and senior leader at an agriculture company with annual revenues of over $400 million, and he founded and served as CEO of a telecom company growing its annual revenues to over $30 million. Lehmer’s success is the product of his enthusiasm for customer service.
Chief Financial Officer
Ken Dorris, Chief Financial Officer, has 33 years of finance and business operations experience. Prior to joining Apollo in 2015, he spent two years as President and CFO of First Flight, a regional air medical transport company with seven aircraft, three ground ambulances and 75 employees. For 17 years, he held President, CFO and CIO roles in an integrated group of companies that included retail, wholesale, real estate, logistics and financial operations totaling $200M in revenue with 500 employees. He has ten years of commercial banking experience with Bank of America and other regional banks.
Chief Operating Officer
Lee McCammon, Chief Operating Officer, is a versatile and proven leader in the air medical industry. Lee brings more than 20 years of experience driving superior operations and overall performance to Apollo. As Chief Operating Officer, Lee plays an instrumental role in providing leadership and oversite to the organization’s operational initiatives and facilities management. Lee has extensive experience in healthcare and the air medical industry, including previous roles with Life Link III, Air Methods, LifeMed of Alaska, OmniFlight, PHI, and Rocky Mountain Helicopters. Lee received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and his MBA from Northeastern University. He has served as a Board Member for the International Association of Flight Paramedics and Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.
Chief Strategy Officer
Jonathan Collier, Chief Strategy Officer, has 20 years of senior and executive leadership roles in the air medical industry with Air Methods, PHI, Summit Air Ambulance, and Rocky Mountain Helicopters. He is a former board member for the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). He has worked with healthcare systems and hospitals across the United States in establishing transport, building referral patterns, preventing patient leakage to other systems and improving communications. Since joining Apollo, he has been instrumental in establishing partnerships with legacy programs.
CEO of First Nation Services
Wade is the CEO and Co-founder of First Nation Services, LLC; First Nation Services is an air medical partner with Native American tribes in the country to improve their access to quality healthcare services. First Nation started the first Native-owned air medical services program in Pine Ridge, South Dakota known as Oglala Lakota Air Rescue. Wade was the Chairman and CEO of Seven Bar Aviation. Seven Bar began operations in 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was a leading provider of air medical services and FBO operations in many locations across the United States. Wade was instrumental in the strategy and growth of Seven Bar since 1989; this included the expansion of air medical services and the introduction of rotor-wing air medical services. Wade is a tribal enrollee of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
Executive Vice President,
Brandon Leasure, Executive Vice President of Business Development, is an experienced healthcare leader, having served in the air medical and EMS industry for over 19 years. He has a diverse background in leadership, business development, operations, clinical care, education, and a passionate commitment to customer service and quality. He has been instrumental in the growth and development of Apollo MedFlight, and his responsibilities include leading Apollo’s Business Development, Marketing, and Government Relations efforts. He currently serves on the Public Affairs Committee of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). In addition, he has previously served on the Air Medical & Specialty Care Transport Committee of the Texas Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC), as a board member on the Regional Advisory Council for Texas Trauma Service Area-A, and the Oklahoma Regional Trauma Advisory Board.
Director of Operations
David Miller, Director of Operations, brings his experience to Apollo as a licensed pilot flying the BH407, EC135, EC145, and BK117 along with being Single Pilot IFR qualified. He began serving on the board of directors for the National EMS Pilot’s Association (NEMSPA) as the Treasurer in 2021. Along with his six years of HAA service, he has served in regional and program aviation management roles and is passionate about standardization and safety in the industry. David brings a unique perspective to the HAA industry as he is also a licensed registered pharmacist and has owned a medical services company. David has completed the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) and holds the Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) certification along with his helicopter and instrument instructor ratings. He is currently completing his MBA at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Director of Maintenance
Nick Kemp, Director of Maintenance, has a 20-year history of successfully supporting multiple site maintenance operations throughout the U.S. Since 2016, Nick has earned a progressive career path at Apollo leading to his current role as DOM. In addition to serving as DOM, he also serves as an active leader on the Apollo Safety Committee. Nick maintains effective communications with FAA regulatory leaders, other department team members, and our customers.
Art Connolly, Chief Pilot, has 16 years in operational and aviation leadership roles. He has been a licensed commercial helicopter pilot since 2005 and has served in the air medical industry for twelve years. He acquired his airline transport pilot (ATP) certification in 2019. He joined Apollo in 2018 as a regional pilot leader in partnership with a key hospital with three bases of operations; soon after beginning his role at Apollo, he accepted a leadership role as the Aviation Services Manager for the region where he directly influenced culture, safety, and training while also implementing instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the region. He has primarily flown Airbus Helicopter models in his career, and he is currently a check airman on the EC135 and EC145 for both visual flight rules (VFR) and IFR operations. His leadership style emphasizes the importance of communication, empowering individuals through training and appropriate resources, and driving positive and safe company culture.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
Marc Bennett, Executive Vice President of Revenue Services, brings 25 years of field level to executive leadership experience to the Apollo team. He has successfully built his career working in product-based, communications, healthcare, and service delivery industries. His executive leadership experience includes managing and directing sales channels and support, marketing, operational, safety and strategic planning initiatives while measuring results to ensure the team exceeds performance expectations. His success in business is based on his passion for delivering a superior product to the customer, with outstanding customer service and great company culture. He is a Veteran of the United States Marines Corps, holds both a Bachelor of Business and Masters in Business Administration degrees.
Director of safety
Miles Dunagan, Director of Safety, is an experienced and recognized safety leader in the air medical industry. Miles brings over 10,000 total hours and 25 years’ experience as a professional aviator to his safety leadership role. Since 2006, his focus and commitment have been in the air medical industry. He currently serves as the President of the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA), as a member of the Association of Air Medical Services Safety Council, and as an Aviation Faculty Liaison for the Critical Care Transport Academy. Miles is an excellent motivational speaker, serves as an advisor to the Helicopter Association International, and is a contributor to the Air Medical Journal publication.
Whitney Smith, Vice President of Human Resources, has a diverse background with 15 years of experience working across the healthcare space and consulting industry. She provides sound solutions to complex issues with the innate ability to quickly assess challenging situations and develop a plan that drives results. Her strategic approach to personnel management, policy & procedure development and financial/payroll analysis are critical to Apollo’s success. To date, Whitney been influential on driving positive culture and has contributed to the onboarding of seven new air ambulance bases along with 11 new aircraft and the continuous recruitment of new personnel necessary to sustain operations and future growth. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from West Texas A&M University.
CLINICAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Julie Fauske, Clinical Education Manager, has 20 years of experience in patient care where she started as a CNA and worked her way up to serving in Flight Medicine. Ten years of roles with Apollo MedFlight—including Flight Nurse, Training Officer, Quality Assurance Director and Transplant Coordinator—have prepared her for leadership and direct influence on the quality patient care Apollo personnel provide. She graduated as a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor’s Society) from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2007. She holds certifications including RN, BSN, CFRN, CEN, TCRN, and NREMT with professional memberships in the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Texas Nurses Association (TNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), also known as National Flight Nurses Association. She has a background in ICU, ER, Education, and Customer Service.