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More than 15 years of service

Shaughn Maxwell, Paramedic

Meg Trebon, AEMT

Brian McAuliffe, EMT, CPR/First Aid Instructor

Roy Reiber, AEMT, Retired

Bill Stanforth, EMT, Retired

Carolyn Groninger, EMT

More than 10 years

Stephanie Rowatt, AEMT

Ken Doran, EMT

More than 5 years 

Josh Cole, EMT

Kathleen Calvin, EMT

CB Thomas, EMT

Chuck Timchalk, AEMT

Meghan Sullivan, AEMT




5 years or less

Autumn Leeman, EMT

Wyatt Southworth, EMT

Dan Leininger, EMT

Nick Monro, EMT

Scott Sylvester, EMT

Bethany Fast, Paramedic

Lotty Ekblad, EMT

Michael Taylor, EMT

Michelle Shaffer, EMR

Joe Talbert, EMT

Eors Markos, EMT

Craig Howard, EMR

Eric Kennedy, EMT

Shane Taylor, EMT

Teddi Hamel, EMT

Zach Gurney, EMR

Bruce Hevly, EMR

Joel Reid, 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 
Theresa 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 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 & Pedestrian Safety, Senior Citizen Injury Prevention and assistance with online classes requiring associated skills checks. 

Barb Preston, Advanced EMT  Barb started volunteering for Aero Methow in 2001 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, EMT evaluator, and a PHTLS Instructor.  She coordinated the fund-raising efforts to acquire an Ambulance and build a garage for the Mazama response area.  Barb also maintains the donor database and website and is a Peer Support Team member."I do this job because I really enjoy taking care of people."

Byron Braden, Advanced EMT  
Byron 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 AHA CPR and First Aid Instructor, EMT evaluator, and a PHTLS Instructor He was hired as a part-time employee in August, 2011, and serves as Aero Methow's Fleet Manager and Peer Support Team Coordinator. Byron lives in Carlton with his wife, Wendy Braden; they've 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 Okanogan County Search and Rescue and is an an AHA CPR/First Aid instructor, EMT Evaluator and Peer Support Team member.
Bryson WilliamsBryson Williams, Paramedic  Bryson is a paramedic from Spokane having recently relocated to the Methow Valley to join Aero Methow Rescue Service. Bryson ‘fell’ into EMS following a climbing accident on Mt. Stuart in 2012. He has been involved in EMS in various capacities over the years. Bryson started his EMS career as a volunteer for Deer Park Ambulance and Airway Heights Fire Dept. He worked as an EMT-B with American Medical Response until graduating from Inland Northwest Health Services Paramedic Program in 2016. Bryson has worked as a Paramedic with AMR Spokane and as a set medic for various TV and film productions around the Inland Northwest. Bryson has previously worked as a climbing guide on Mt. Rainier. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of Spokane Fire Department’s ‘Citizens Life Saving Award.’ Bryson is drawn to the cognitive challenges of pre-hospital emergency medicine. He is excited to combine his passions for EMS and outdoor pursuits in the Methow Valley.
Ben RuckmanBenjamin Ruckman, Paramedic   Ben was first introduced to EMS via Everett Community College’s EMT program in 2006. Ben Volunteered with Camano Island Fire and Rescue. Shortly after becoming a volunteer he became a Part time Firefighter/EMT until 2010. During 2007 2010 he was part of Snohomish County Search and Rescue. In 2010 Ben moved to Wenatchee. After a few years of working as an EMT in the Wenatchee area Ben enrolled at CWU Paramedic program. He was hired right out of Medic school to work up in Omak for Lifeline and in November 2017 was hired full time for AMRS. Ben enjoys the full spectrum of care he is able to provide & the challenges that come with longer than normal transport times. “I have found this community to be a hidden gem in the cascades”.
Nina RavensteinNina Ravenstein, EMT   Nina is a Methow native and graduate of Liberty Bell High School. She started volunteering with AMRS when she was a senior in high school and has been an active volunteer for more than 10 years. She works in the office at AMRS most days assisting with billing and is our Patient Care Coordinator.  It’s a rare sight when you see her escape the office but she also enjoys working as an EMT and continuing to provide great patient care. She is also an active member of the Okanogan County Search and Rescue Team.  She and her husband Dusty welcomed their son in May of 2017. So, when she is not in the office you can usually find her camping and hiking with her family.
Ian RossIan Ross, EMT   Ian took his first EMT course in 2000. After several years of volunteering for an EMS service and Search and Rescue group in his home state of Maryland his life took him in another direction as an instructor, course director, staff trainer and administrator for Outward Bound, several years as a technician building prosthetic legs and starting Masterpoint Designs; a small business making handmade backpacks for outdoor pursuits. He moved to the Methow Valley in 2015 with his wife Megan and eventually reconnected with the emergency services world as an active volunteer with Aero Methow, Okanogan County Search and Rescue and through teaching Wilderness First Responder courses for the Wilderness Medicine Training Center. He began working full time for AMRS in May of 2018.
Jenn SchumacherJennifer Schumacher, EMT  Jen started riding along with AMRS in August 2017 while enrolled in an EMT training course in Spokane. She became a certified EMT and volunteer in October 2017. Jen became the Methow Ready Coordinator in February of 2018 and then was hired as a part-time employee in June 2018. Jen and her family moved to Mazama in 2012 after years of visiting the Methow for climbing, skiing and hiking adventures.
Part Time Paramedics:  Tom Smith, Justin Porter, Dave Reynolds