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2016 Group Photo
photo: Stephanie Rowatt

More than 15 years of service

Shaughn Maxwell, Paramedic
Meg Trebon, EMT

Brian McAuliffe, EMT, CPR/First Aid Instructor

Roy Reiber, AEMT, Retired

Bill Stanforth, EMT, Retired

Carolyn Groninger, EMT, Retired

More than 10 years

Stephanie Rowatt, EMT-IV

Nina Ravenstein, EMT-IV

Ken Doran, EMT

More than 5 years 
Josh Cole, EMT

Kathleen Calvin, EMT

CB Thomas, EMT

Chuck Timchalk, EMT-IV

Sara Knapp, EMT

5 years or less


Wyatt Southworth, EMT

Autumn Leeman, EMT-IV

Dan Leininger, EMT

Andrew Monro, EMT

Nick Monro, EMT

Scott Sylvester, EMT

Bethany Fast, EMT

Lotty Ekblad, EMT

Michael Taylor, EMT

Michelle Shaffer, EMR

Joe Talbert, EMT

Eors Markos, EMT

Jen Schumacher, EMT


Cindy Button, Director of Services, Paramedic  Cindy is the daughter of the late Dr. William Henry, physician in the Methow Valley from 1960-1990 and founder of Aero Methow Rescue Service. Cindy started working at the Twisp Medical Center in the summer of 1970. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and from the Paramedic Program at Tacoma Community College in 1980. She has been the Director of Services of Aero Methow Rescue Service since 1984.

Instructor qualifications:  Senior EMS Instructor, American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Instructor, Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor (PHTLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor (ACLS) and a Pediatric Life Support Instructor (PALS).

Cindy is an active member of the following committees:

Washington State EMS Steering Committee

Washington State Prehospital Technical Advisory Committee –Vice Chair

Washington State Prehospital Emergency Preparedness Workgroup

Washington State Mobile Integrated Health Workgroup

North Central Region Emergency Care Council's Community Paramedicine Workgroup –Chair

Okanogan/North Douglas County EMS Council

Okanogan County Community Health Improvement

Washington Ambulance Association

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant   Becky is responsible for “running the office”. Her duties and responsibilities include patient billing, accounting, volunteer schedules, record keeping, Privacy Officer and all the miscellaneous activities involved in daily office management. Becky was employed as a bookkeeper at Brook’s Mercantile from 1973 to 1984. She left that employment when the store was sold. She was employed by the Washington State Liquor Store from 1984 – 1988. In 1988 she delivered twin girls and stayed at home with them until 1994, when Aero Methow Rescue Service employed her as an Administrative Assistant.

Theresa RemsbergTheresa Remsberg, Advanced EMT,
has been an active volunteer since 1999 and in November 2006 she was hired full time as an EMT and Injury Prevention and Community Education Specialist. Since her employment Theresa has become an Advanced EMT (AEMT) and Child Passenger Safety Technician. She is a member of Okanogan County Canine Search and Rescue Team with her dog Brandy. Theresa is an American Heart Association Instructor, SEI EMT Instructor, PHTLS Instructor, Secretary/Treasurer of the Okanogan/North Douglas County Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care and Prevention Council and a member of the Okanogan County Injury Prevention Council. Theresa is the contact for public First Aid/CPR/AED classes, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support classes, CPR Anytime, Bike and Pedestrian Safety, Senior Citizen Injury Prevention and assistance with online classes requiring associated skills checks.

Thomas Smith, Paramedic
  Tom’s first association with Aero Methow was as a patient in the summer of 2002. After sustaining serious injuries following a rock climbing accident in the North Cascades, Tom was airlifted from Cutthroat Peak by an Army Blackhawk helicopter with the help of Aero Methow personnel, and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Two years later and fully recovered, Tom took his first EMT class through Aero Methow, and began responding as a volunteer. In 2008 Tom enrolled in Paramedic training at Tacoma Community College, and returned to work for Aero Methow upon graduating. Tom has been a full-time Paramedic with Aero Methow since 2009. He is a PHTLS and PALS Instructor, and is a member of Okanogan County Search and Rescue.

Barb Preston, Advanced EMT,
started volunteering for Aero Methow in 2002 as a First Responder. She became an EMT in 2003, an Advanced EMT (AEMT) in 2007, and was hired to the Aero Methow staff part-time in January 2008. Barb is an AHA CPR and First Aid Instructor, and a PHTLS Instructor.  She coordinated the fund-raising efforts to acquire an Ambulance and build a garage for the Mazama response area.  Barb maintains the donor database and website. "I do this job because I really enjoy taking care of people.  The staff and volunteers are an amazing and dedicated group of people."

Byron Braden, Advanced EMT,
came to Aero Methow after a 25-year career as a Seattle Firefighter as well as several years as a teacher and coach in Seattle-area schools. He began volunteering with Aero Methow in 2008 as an EMT and was certified as an Advanced EMT in 2010. Byron is an American Heart Association Instructor and a Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Instructor. He was hired as a part-time employee in August, 2011, and serves as Aero Methow's Fleet Manager. Byron lives in Carlton with his wife, Wendy Braden; they have been married for 39 years and are the parents of two adult daughters. Byron says that working with Aero Methow is “one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done”.

Kurt OakleyKurt Oakley, Advanced EMT  Having joined Aero Methow as a volunteer in 2008, Kurt was hired in January 2013 as part time Advanced EMT.  He began his career in Emergency Services in Colorado having been a Firefighter/EMT for the Vail Fire Dept. Kurt is a  AHA CPR/ First Aid Instructor, EMT Evaluator, Swiftwater Rescue Technician and is on the Search and Rescue High Angle Team.  He is also the Patrol Director for the Loup Loup Ski Patrol. He and his wife Melinda moved to the Methow Valley in 1997. They own and operate Morning Glory Balloon Tours. Kurt enjoys working with Aero Methow for the same reason he enjoys ballooning, “It’s not an ordinary job”

Russell White Russell White, Paramedic   Russ started as a volunteer FireFighter/First Responder in 1977 with Shoreline Fire Dept., became an EMT in 1979 and started as a career FireFighter in 1981.  He started Paramedic training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in 1995. Russ retired from Shoreline Fire Dept. in 2014 and started working for Aero Methow in June of 2014.  Russ has been hunting and fishing in the valley since he was 7 years old.  He's been a part time resident since 2003 and now is very happy being a full time resident.


Ruth PayneRuth Payne, Advanced EMT,  Ruth started volunteering with AMRS in October of 2011 after taking an EMT training course earlier that same year.  Ruth volunteered until January of 2014 when she was hired on as a part time employee. With a background in the medical field as a Medical Laboratory Technician she continued her EMS training and became IV certified in the spring of 2013. In February of 2014 she started the Advanced EMT (AEMT) course and took her final exam October 2014. She is active in Search and Rescue and became an AHA CPR/First Aid instructor in the spring of 2014.
Meghan SullivanMeghan Sullivan, Advanced EMT,  Meghan was raised in the Methow Valley and has been in service to its' residents in many ways, She joined AMRS as a volunteer in 2013 and quickly discovered that serving the community in the EMS field with the group of incredible providers at AMRS gave her indescribable fulfillment and joy. Beginning January 2015, Meghan joined the staff and looks forward to her future as a responder and caregiver for the people in the Methow Valley through AMRS.