Flight Medical Crew

Bangor

Carl Zenk

Flight Paramedic, Equipment Coordinator
Carl Zenk, BS, FP-C, CCEMT-P, was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Michigan. His first experience in the EMS field was as a ski patroller at age 17, where he first began to realize what a pleasure it is to help others in need. He joined the army when he was 18, where he discovered he preferred being a medic to working in the combat arms fields.

He received his degree through the US Army at the University of Alabama’s Paramedic School, and also earned a BS in Public Safety Administration from Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. Before coming to LifeFlight of Maine, Carl worked for Huntsville MedFlight in Huntsville, Alabama for 12 years.

When he’s not flying, Carl spends his time enjoying the outdoors, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling and camping. When the harshest Maine weather prohibits outside activities, Carl can be found enjoying his other hobby, woodworking.

Jay Fonseca

Flight Nurse
Jay Fonseca, RN, CFRN, grew up in Enfield, CT and found his way to Maine when he attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. He stuck around the area after graduation, working as an emergency room nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, and in the intensive care and pediatric intensive care units at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

If you ask Jay why he decided to become a nurse, he answers, “I always liked the idea that I could be someone who intersects with people when they are at such a critical point in their lives. This is even more so with LifeFlight.”

This desire to help others extends outside of his daily job as well. After the massive earthquake in Haiti, Jay volunteered with International Medical Corps and spent time in Port-au-Prince, tending to many of the people trying to rebuild their lives.

Jay took a position at LifeFlight in June 2011 and along with his regular clinical duties, he also serves on the education committee where he helps promote the mission of LifeFlight.

Jay lives with his wife and son in Bangor where he spends much of his leisure time training for triathlons. He completed his first Ironman in July 2011, and swam in the inaugural Islesboro Crossing.

Chuck Hogan

Flight Nurse, Bangor Base Manager
Chuck Hogan, BSN, RN, joined LifeFlight after a 16 year career at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he worked as a nurse in the emergency department and as the clinical educator. He began his career with a 4-year stint in the Air Force, and subsequently earned his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Husson College.

When he’s not in a flight suit, Chuck can usually be found fly fishing on the waterways of Maine, or running up and down the gymnasium hardwood as a high school basketball official. Chuck also likes to spend time with his wife, two young daughters and two chocolate Labrador retrievers.

Frank McClellan

Flight Paramedic
Flight Paramedic Frank McClellan, FP-C, CCEMT-P, WEMT-P, spent much of his medical career in New Mexico, though growing up he lived all over the world. Medical aviation seems to be in his blood, with a father who was an Air Force pilot and a mother who worked for the Red Cross. He went to school to become an auto mechanic, but after a stint volunteering in a crisis center in Tampa, Florida, he discovered he handled high stress situations well, so he decided to become a paramedic.

Frank has over 20 years of experience as an emergency medical provider. In New Mexico, he worked as an ambulance paramedic and firefighter paramedic before taking to the skies for a helicopter emergency medical service in Albuquerque. Eventually, he began looking for an opportunity at LifeFlight of Maine. With family ties in New England, and a love for the Maine outdoors, Lifeflight was the perfect fit.

If you ask Frank why he chooses to care for the most critically ill and injured patients in Maine, he’ll tell you, “I got lucky and found what I was put here on earth to do. I don’t know how else to explain it.”

At LifeFlight, Frank serves on the performance improvement and clinical practice committee, human patient simulator, and brings a special interest in safety management to the organization.

Frank’s personal interests include beekeeping, fly fishing, hiking, vert. skateboarding and above all, spending time with his wife and two children.

Jon Tierney

Flight Paramedic, Safety Coordinator
Jon Tierney, NR/W/CCEMT-P, FP-C, began his EMS career in 1982, while in college, in an effort to be better prepared to help others in the backcountry as he intended to work as a backcountry ranger and mountain guide. After completing a basic EMT class, he worked a few summers as an EMT in his hometown of Claremont, NH. It was there that he first worked alongside paramedics who planted a seed for EMS work that would grow into a longstanding parallel career.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Jon has a degree in Recreation and Park Management with additional studies in Education. He helped establish and then directed the University of Maine outdoor program for seventeen years. He served locally on volunteer EMS squads and rescues teams through the 80s. In 1989, Jon completed the paramedic program at Kennebec Valley Technical College. As a paramedic, he worked as a volunteer and per diem in the Bangor area over the next decade. For several summers Jon worked as a backcountry climbing ranger and paramedic for the National Park Service where he was involved in many high mountain rescues in Rocky Mountain National Park and on Mount McKinley (Denali) in Alaska.

Jon is one of a handful of internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guides in the US and has guided over 70 expeditions to high altitude peaks around the world. He is the owner of Acadia Mountain Guides and a local outdoor retail store. He instructs wilderness medicine for Wilderness Medical Associates and enjoys teaching outdoor leaders and fellow emergency providers.

Jon first became involved with LifeFlight of Maine during its inception but stepped back to pursue other goals. A serious backcountry skiing accident in 2003 left him with a whole new perspective on medical care, so when the opportunity arose again in 2009 to join LifeFlight he jumped at the chance. At LifeFlight he serves on the Safety Committee and brings a unique perspective on care in difficult and remote locations.

Missy McCann

Flight Nurse
Missy McCann, RN, got her start in the medical field as a nursing tech at Brewer Rehab. From the beginning, she knew that she wanted to further her education and work in the fast pace of a busy hospital.  After 12 years as a tech, and with the support of her husband, Missy decided to go back to school and earn her nursing degree. While in school, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital, Community Health and Counseling and Eastern Maine Medical Center. Upon her graduation in 2001, she accepted a position as an RN on the surgical floor at EMMC.

She soon moved to the adult and pediatric ICU, where she would watch the Lifeflight crew transport the most critical patients, and knew that was what she really wanted to do. The opportunity presented itself in 2008 and Missy accepted a flight nurse position in June of that year.

“It is a privilege to take care of these patients and their families during a very vulnerable time in their lives. I made a pact with myself after helping my in-laws deal with the death of a close family member that I was going to dedicate my life to emergency medicine, not only through solid training and experience, but also with kind words and a gentle smile.”

Missy lives in Winterport with her husband and two sons. She spends her time watching her son race motocross, riding her motorcycle, hunting, scrapbooking and hanging out with her grandson Ian.

Adriene Kutzler

Flight Nurse
Adriene grew up in Chatham, Illinois.  Since graduating from nursing school she has had a passion for emergency and flight medicine. Her emergency nursing career began in Springfield at multiple Level I trauma centers.  She eventually transitioned to the role of flight nurse for a national company working on both rotor and fixed wing aircraft, first in Illinois and then Missouri.

After three years as a flight nurse she took a position as a travel nurse. Her most recent travel assignment brought her to Central Maine Medical Center's emergency department. She quickly fell in love with Maine and New England. Upon completing her assignment she found the LifeFlight family. Adriene has a contagious love of learning, and recently earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

Nate Bassett

Flight Nurse
Nate Bassett, RN, CCRN, grew up in the Bangor area and has always enjoyed working and interacting with people. From the moment he took a CNA course in high school, he knew nursing was his calling. He attended Kennebec Valley Community College and began working as a Registered Nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2002. He accepted a position at LifeFlight in March of 2015 and currently serves as the chair of the organization's education committee.

Together with his wife, Nate provides foster/adoptive care and currently they have 4 children. When he's not involved in one of the kid's activities, Nate likes to golf, snowmobile and spend time outside.

Lorry Sheasgreen

Flight Nurse
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Flight Nurse Lorry Sheasgreen, BSCN, RN, CCRN, CFRN, received her nursing degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She spent several years living and working across the U.S., from New England to New Mexico, before coming to work for LifeFlight in 2015.

Lorry comes from a long line of nurses and says she never really considered a different career path.

"My mother always told me growing up that nursing was the best profession. After 25 years, I couldn't agree more," explains Lorry. "Caring for people is never boring and very rewarding. Nursing has allowed me to live around the country and pursue recreational interests. It has also given me the opportunity to work in many areas of nursing, but critical care has always been my passion."

At LifeFlight, Lorry serves on the Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) committee where she helps develop metrics and reports for the organization's quality assurance program. Outside of work, Lorry spends as much time as she can in the great outdoors, running, biking, rock climbing, sailing, windsurfing, skiing and gardening. If she's stuck inside, she enjoys baking and knitting.

Lewiston and Sanford

Brad Boehringer

Flight Nurse, Education Coordinator
Brad Boehringer, RN, WEMT-P, CEN, began cutting his medical teeth as a prehospital provider. He taught for SOLO wilderness medicine schools and there developed his passion for medicine. This led him to a second degree in nursing and eventually to a position in the emergency rooms at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Maine Medical Center in Portland. Brad began working for LifeFlight in 2011, and served as the interim Base Manager for Lewiston before becoming the Education Coordinator in 2017.

His ongoing passion for outdoor expeditions and international travel has led him to hike the Appalachian Trail, work for the Hurricane Outward Bound School in Maine, volunteer at a clinic in the Dominican Republic and even guide high altitude expeditions through Field Touring Alpine in Nepal, Ecuador and around the world.  On any spring weekend, Brad can be found ski patrolling in Tuckerman’s Ravine. He yearns for the telemark turn in deep powder, good coffee and tasty food… all amidst friends.

Rielly Bryant

Flight Paramedic
Rielly Bryant, CCEMT-P, started as a volunteer in EMS when he was in high school. He attained his first certification as a Licensed Ambulance Attendant for the small towns of Mechanic Falls and Poland. He continued on through the license levels as an EMT-Basic and then an EMT-Intermediate.

It was not long before he realized he was going to have a career in the public safety field. While continuing to work as an EMT-I, Rielly started working as a Communications Officer for both EMS and Law Enforcement. Rielly attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and became a full time law enforcement officer. Upon completion of the Police Academy, he continued his education in EMS and completed his Paramedic certification. After working on a ground ambulance for several years as a Paramedic, Rielly started working towards becoming a LifeFlight Paramedic. He attended the Critical Care training program at UMBC in Maryland, and a short time later he was hired with LifeFlight. Rielly continues to maintain his employment as a full time law enforcement officer as well as a flight paramedic.

Rielly continues to enjoy working in both the fields of medicine as well as law enforcement and he plans to continue on with furthering his education in medicine.

Heather Cady

Flight Nurse, Sanford Base Manager
Heather Cady, RN, CCEMT-P, always knew that she wanted to work in the medical field and after graduating from Massabesic High School she did just that.  Heather first attended Northeastern University in Boston, where she earned her paramedic certification.  From there she furthered her medical knowledge by obtaining her associate degree in nursing from Southern Maine Technical College. Before coming to LifeFlight in 1998 Heather worked as a paramedic for Portland Fire’s MEDCU and as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Maine Medical Center.

Heather is LifeFlight's Sanford Base Manager, and also serves as a facilitator on the HPS team. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Kevin, and their two boys, Griffin and Marcus.

Mike Choate

Flight Paramedic, QAPI Coordinator
Growing up in Gardiner, Mike Choate, FP-C, CCEMT-P, followed a traditional educational path, graduating from Colby College in Waterville with a degree in mathematics. However, a constant interest in the human body led him to take anatomy and physiology classes in college, as well as an EMT class.

As he learned more, he grew to love the ever-evolving practice of medicine and felt a strong desire to help people during their time of need.  He started work in EMS for Delta Ambulance in 1996 and soon developed a love for the autonomy of field medicine.  He has been at LifeFlight since 2007 and enjoys working as the base coordinator for quality assurance and process improvement.

Mike is married to Stephanie, a Maternal Child Health RN, has two sons, and likes to spend his time off hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and instilling his love for the outdoors in his boys.

Kim McGraw

Flight Nurse/Paramedic
Kim McGraw, RN, CCEMT-P, FP-C, CFRN, serves as both a Flight Paramedic and Flight Nurse for LifeFlight. She is an original member of LifeFlight of Maine’s Lewiston flight crew, joining the crew in 1998 with 14 years of experience in pre-hospital medicine, and years of service as one of Maine’s leading pre-hospital instructors. Kim has worn many hats at LifeFlight, serving on many committees, and helping to develop the QI and safety programs within the company. Currently, she serves on the Safety Committee, works with the Human Patient Simulator Program as both a facilitator and an operator, and serves as a member of the ASN risk management team.  In addition to LifeFlight duties, Kim is an instructor for a variety of national pre-hospital and in-hospital certification programs, and she works within her local community to promote health and fitness.

She continues to sharpen her skills by completing advanced training and certification programs. In 2002, she was awarded an associate's degree in nursing from the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. In addition to her certification as a critical care paramedic, she became a certified flight paramedic in 2003, and a certified flight nurse in 2008.

With more than 29 years experience in emergency medical services, including 23 years as a Paramedic, Kim is at her best when the situation is chaotic and clear thinking and rapid interventions are needed. In addition to working for a number of Maine’s EMS services as a Paramedic, she is also an RN in the intensive care and emergency departments at CMMC, Bridgton Hospital and Memorial Hospital in NH.

Jared Miller

Flight Nurse/Paramedic
Jared Miller, BS, RN, EMT-P, RRT, FP-C, grew up in Windsor, but left the area after high school, spending time in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He graduated from Quinnipiac College in CT with a degree in respiratory therapy and worked as an RT at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. While in Boston, he also became a Basic EMT.

Throughout his career, he always enjoyed critical care and emergency medicine, so he continued on in the EMS field, earning his paramedic certification from Stamford College in CT. He then went to work as a flight respiratory therapist/paramedic at Hartford Hospital, where he flew for 5 years.

He eventually found his way back to Maine, joining the LifeFlight crew in April 2004.While working full-time as a paramedic, Jared also went to nursing school. Jared is a flight RN/Paramedic and also works in the Intensive Care Unit. He settled in Winthrop with his wife, Beth, the clinical coordinator for Winthrop Pediatrics, and their children Nathan and Lauren. Jared also likes to play golf and hang out with family and friends.

David White

Flight Paramedic, Lewiston Base Manager
Dave White, CCEMT-P, was born and raised in Carthage. He entered the EMS field by accident, as he enrolled in his first EMT class because his friends were signed up, but it proved to be the beginning of a long and fulfilling career.

Dave earned his paramedicine degree from what was then Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute (now known as Kennebec Valley Community College) and joined United Ambulance Service in Lewiston, where he served as the operations manager, while also working for LifeFlight.

After working on LifeFlight’s CAMTS accreditation project, which has accredited both ground and air critical care transport, David took on the challenge of gaining national accreditation for United, which has become the first nationally accredited ground ambulance in the state.

When he’s not delivering emergency medical care, either by air or by ground, Dave, who resides in Dixfield, spends most of his time hanging out with his kids.

Patrick Perrault

Flight Nurse
Patrick Perrault, BSN, RN, grew up in Norridgewock and has spent his entire life living in Maine. While growing up, Patrick occasionally had the opportunity to watch his mother at work as a nurse in the operating room. It wasn't until high school, though, that he realized he wanted to follow in her footsteps. After graduating, Patrick decided to pursue a nursing degree from Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

For more than 6 years, Patrick has been a nurse in a critical care setting and has deeply enjoyed his chosen career path. "I appreciate that no two days are ever the same," explains Patrick. "I get to meet a variety of people and I look forward to the challenges that each critically ill patient presents."

Over the years, Patrick would call on LifeFlight to transport patients via helicopter and became more interested in the continuum of care given to his critical patients. "I thought to myself that getting to see and work with the range of patients that LifeFlight encounters would be a huge challenge and I wanted to be a part of it," says Patrick.

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristine, whom he met in nursing school. He relishes time spent doing anything outdoors, especially camping, home improvement projects and hanging out with friends and family. Every year, Patrick looks forward to bow hunting and fishing with his father and friends.

Billy Stuart

Flight Paramedic
George "Billy" Stuart comes from Marshfield, Massachusetts. His professional background includes ALS transfer services in the Boston area, 911-EMS for Cambridge, serving as a medic on Tufts Floating Hospital PICU transport team, and teaching for a program that ranged from Paramedic classes in Boston to ACLS courses in Haiti.  Aside from working at LifeFlight, Billy also work at a motocross track in southern Maine that is owned/operated by his family. He spends much of his free time riding motorcycles, bicycles, and staying hydrated.

Mike McDonough

Flight Nurse
Mike McDonough, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, grew up in Greenville and Standish and got his degree from University of Southern Maine. He worked as a nurse at Maine Medical Center and MaineGeneral Medical Center, as well as at hospitals in Washington DC and San Diego, California.

"I knew I wanted to work in public service," says Mike. "And nursing is a profession that is always in demand, and always challenging and interesting."

At LifeFlight, Mike serves on the Education Committee where he helps ensure the clinical crew members maintain current licensing and critical skills. When he's not caring for patients, Mike is probably backpacking, hunting, reading, or watching football with his friends and family.

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