Edward R. Eroe, CMTE, FACHE, CAE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Edward Eroe joined Life Link III in 2011. Previously, he was the Program Director of MedLink AIR Critical Care Transport at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin and a Partner & CEO of MedServ Management Services, an affiliate company of Fitch & Associates, an internationally known EMS consulting firm. Edward has also served as Associate Operating Officer for Emergency Services at Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of West Michigan Air Care, a critical care helicopter, fixed-wing, and MICU ambulance patient transportation system in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior roles include Assistant Hospital Administrator for Emergency, Trauma, and Ambulatory Services for Fairfax Hospital/Inova Health System in Falls Church, Virginia and Executive Director of Northern Michigan Health Services, a regional, ambulatory and emergency delivery system in Northern Michigan. Edward is an alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Program in Health Services Administration and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He holds certificates from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) as a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) and from the American Society of Association Executives as a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Edward is a past president of AAMS and currently is the Treasurer of the Association of Critical Care Transport. He is the 2014 recipient of the Program Director of the Year Award from AAMS for his leadership at Life Link III.
Robert Sannerud, MBA, CPA, CGMA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
As the Chief Financial Officer of Life Link III, Robert (Bob) Sannerud has responsibility for accounting, risk management, contract management, treasury, audit, forecasting and budgeting, tax, bank relationships, and financial reporting. Bob joined Life Link III in 2008. He has extensive experience in health care, starting with Allina Health System and the Healthcare Consulting Practice of Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Life Link III, he spent sixteen years in various senior financial leadership and operational roles at RWJ & Associates, Dungarvin, Inc., Caremark International, Inc., and Minnesota Masonic Home where he led the turnaround of their operations and Foundation and the financing of their new campus. Bob received his BA in Business from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his MBA from the University of North Dakota School of Business. Bob is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is a past Chair of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Governing Council and serves on the Americas Regional Advisory Panel of the Association of Certified Professional Accountants.
Josh Howell VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Josh Howell joined Life Link III in 2016. Josh is responsible for the oversight of Aviation, Maintenance, and Communication Center Operations as well as all Life Link III facilities. Previously, Josh was the Director of Air Methods Services for Life Link III and the Chief Operating Officer of Baptist & University Health Systems’ San Antonio AirLIFE program. He also served as a regional executive for the Saint Francis Health System of Tulsa, OK. Josh’s career in emergency medicine began in 1999, eventually leading him to a Flight Paramedic position with Tulsa Life Flight (Air Methods Corporation) when he began to pursue post graduate education. Josh now holds graduate degrees in both Business and Healthcare Administration - in addition to his Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification. Josh is an active member, seeking fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Kolby Kolbet, RN, MSN, CFRN, CMTE VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS
Prior to joining Life Link III, Kolby was the Chief Flight Nurse and Nurse Educator at Gundersen Lutheran MedLink AIR in La Crosse, WI. Kolby also worked in the hospital’s Trauma and Emergency Center, Specialty Care Transport, and the Pediatric and Neonatal ICU. He earned his B.S. in Nursing from Allen College in Waterloo, IA and obtained his M.S. in Nursing Education from Viterbo University in La Crosse. He is a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP). Kolby currently serves as faculty for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) and is an active member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA). Prior to becoming a nurse, Kolby was a paramedic and a Volunteer First Responder and EMT in New Hampton, Iowa.
Paul Macheledt SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PLANNING & ANALYSIS
Paul brings 30 years of experience in the air transport industry and holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA. Paul first worked for Boeing as an aerodynamic design and performance engineer. He also worked with aircraft customers during new aircraft configuration and negotiation, aircraft production, and throughout the delivery process. His final position at Boeing was Regional Director of Marketing as a specialist in aircraft economics and maintenance. Prior to joining the Life Link III staff, Paul worked for Northwest Airlines where he led groups in Corporate Finance, Technical Operations, and was Director of Finance for Flight Operations / Operations Control.
Cheryl Pasquarella, RN, CHC, CHPC DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
Joining the company in 1982, Cheryl Pasquarella, RN transitioned from hospital nursing to medical transportation, providing her the opportunity to work as a critical care transport nurse in ground, fixed wing and rotor wing settings. Roles in education and quality assurance led to her current position as Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance. Her areas of responsibility include patient care and operational quality metrics, corporate compliance, and data privacy. She has both the CHC and CHPC certifications, meaning that she is certified as someone with knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance processes sufficient to assist healthcare industry in understanding and addressing legal obligations, and promote organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs. Cheryl is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (HAHQ) and Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).
Kate Richards, SPHR, VICE PRESIDENT OF EMPLOYEE AND CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT
A veteran business executive and HR leader, Kate joined Life Link III in 2013. She comes to the organization with extensive experience in the healthcare, wellness, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Past clients have included 3M Healthcare, United Healthcare Group, Wellbridge and McKesson. As the Vice President of Customer and Employee Engagement, Kate has oversight for Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Benefits, Employee Development & Engagement and Organizational Design and Development. Kate received her BA in Communications and Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma from St. Thomas University, an SPHR certification from the Society of Human Resource Professionals, teaching certification from the State of MN, Facilitator certification from the Gallup organization and a Behavioral Therapy certification from UCLA. Kate is a frequent local and national presenter on career pathing, employee engagement, and business transformation.