LEADERSHIP TEAM

Team Members

Lehmer Dunn

Chief Executive Officer

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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.

Ken Dorris

Chief Financial Officer

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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.

Lee McCammon

Chief Operating Officer

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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.

Jonathan Collier

Chief Strategy Officer

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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.

Wade Black

CEO of First Nation Services

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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.

Brandon Leasure

Executive Vice President,
Business Development

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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.

Tom Klassen

Director of Operations

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Tom Klassen, Director of Operations, grew up in the Midwest and started flying a spotting helicopter off of a Mexican tuna fishing boat in Central America at age 19. He has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand, Russia, Eastern Europe, and all over the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. He has had an exciting flying career with time in helicopter logging operations in Alaska, bush flying in Papua New Guinea, TV reporting in Boston, aerial firefighting missions in Alaska and the West Coast, tours in Hawaii, and a Russian fighter jet in air shows for seven years. However, in his over 11,000 hours of flight time, he feels that the twenty-five years spent transporting patients in helicopters has been the most rewarding.

 

Tom started with Apollo MedFlight as the Director of Operations in 2016. He currently serves as the National Chairman of the Directors of Operations Section for the AAMS, Board Member of the Air Medical Operators Association and has previously served as the President for the Texas Association of Air Medical Services. He is a member of the Helicopter Association International, the National EMS Pilots Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Outside of work, he is an active member of the Soaring Society of America and can be found flying his sailplane most weekends.

Travis Lamance

Director of Maintenance

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Travis Lamance, Director of Maintenance, has 20 years of A&P/IA technician experience in addition to being a licensed pilot. He is the previous owner and operator of a part 145 repair station (FAA approved repair facility); he has a strong relationship with the FAA and is known for his hands-on approach to working with his team and ensuring compliance on each of the aircraft under his responsibility.

Joe Belsha

Chief Pilot

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Joe Belsha, Chief Pilot, has 18 years of aviation experience as a former Army Aviator and civilian Helicopter Air Ambulance Pilot.  After a 10-year career as an Apache helicopter pilot, he transitioned to the civilian sector and spent seven years at a major air ambulance company.  Joe joined the Apollo team in 2020 and holds ATP and CFII ratings in Rotorcraft/Helicopter, as well as Check Airman credentials for Single Pilot IFR, VFR, and NVG Operations in EC-135 and Bell 407 helicopters. His background has emphasized standards and safety—he believes in fostering a culture that is people first, and safety always. If we take good care of our people, we’ll have “right hires” that take good care of their crews and patients. Caring for our employees is caring for our patients

Marc Bennett

Executive Vice President,
Revenue Management

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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.

Howard Ragsdale

Senior Vice President,
Strategic Alliances

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Howard Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, has had a major impact on the air medical and aviation industries in his 40+ year career. Former roles include Senior Vice President of Business Development at Air Methods, Director of the PHI Air Medical Division, SVP of LifeNet Services with Rocky Mountain Helicopters, and VP of Operations at OmniFlight. As a pilot, he and his Grant Hospital LifeFlight crew received the Air Medical Crew of the Year Award in 1989. In 2014 he received the Helicopter Association International Golden Hour Award and in 2015 he received the Marriott-Carlson Leadership Award. He has also served as President of the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) and as a board member with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). Today he continues his industry involvement as the past chairman of the MedEvac Foundation International.

Jarred Pierson

Senior Director, Operations

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Jarred joined the Apollo team in 2015. As the Senior Director of Operations, he is responsible for oversight of the Clinical Operations and the Operations Control Center. He began his career as a Flight Paramedic over 25 years ago and has continued to maintain a priority on training and personal clinical advancement – to include Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C) and Pediatric Neonatal Critical Care Transport certification. Jarred has held executive and senior leaderships roles for over 10 years in the Air Medical industry.  Jarred is an alumnus and former faculty of Texas Tech University; he was honored by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Emergency Medical Services program with the Instructor of the year award.

Julia Fauske

Clinical Director

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Julia 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.

Shawn Robinson

Vice President Accounting and Finance

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Shawn Robinson, Vice President Accounting and Finance, has 26 years of experience as an operations and finance executive. Prior to joining Apollo in 2018, he served in various roles such as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Trust Operations, Certified Financial Manager, and Senior Marketing and Business Analyst. His diverse experiences expand across multiple industries including safety services, manufacturing, fuel services, ground transportation, dairy, fiber optics, construction, insurance, banking, and financial services.

James Reel

Operational Control Center Director

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James Reel, Operational Control Center Director, has been a member of the Apollo team since its first flight in September of 2011. As the Operational Control Center Director he has oversight of the Communications Center and the Operational Control Center for the part 135 certificate. He began his career 29 years ago as a Flight Paramedic. He obtained his degree in Emergency Medical Services while also studying aviation. James has held many leadership roles in his career to include Clinical Educator, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, Chief Flight Paramedic, and Operations Director.

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