BOD & Committees

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for setting the strategic directions and financial management of the organization as well as oversight of all major activities. Furthermore, the BOD is responsible for any other tasks that the General Assembly or the Executive Committee assigns to the BOD.

The Board of Directors (BOD) consists of 13 individual seats. 9 seats are represented by geographic region: Americas: 3 seats, Europe: 4 seats, Asia/Australia: 2 seats, providing 9 regional representatives. There are an additional 4 seats reserved for specialty disciplines: project manager, paramedic, nurse, radiographer. The BOD consists of 13 seats in total.

Regional Seats


Shazam Hussain, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Babak Navi, MD, MS, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
May Nour, MD, PhD, UCLA Health


Klaus Faßbender, MD, PhD, Saarland University Hospital
Heinrich Audebert, MD, Charité Medical University of Berlin
Karianne Larsen, Norwegian Air Ambulance
Prof. Silke Walter, Universität des Saarlandes

Asia & Australia

Stephen Davis, AO, MD, FRCP Edin, FAHMS, FRACP, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Henry Zhao, MBBS (Hon), PhD, FRACP, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Specialty Seats


Skye Coote, NP, MN, CCRN, ANV-BC, NVRN-BC, ASC-BC, Royal Melbourne Hospital


Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed), East of England Ambulance Service


Francesca Langenberg, OCR, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Project Manager

Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN, University of Texas Health

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for the everyday activities of PRESTO, which shall have and may exercise the authority of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of PRESTO during intervals between meetings.

President: Shazam Hussain, MD
President-Elect: Karianne Larsen
Immediate Past-President: Heinrich Audebert, MD
Treasurer: Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN
Secretary: Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed)

Working Groups

In general, PRESTO committees serve to identify and meet the needs of the PRESTO Board of Directors and members within specific areas of interest and activity. The committees also report on or take action on activities delegated by the President and Board of Directors.

Operations Committee

The PRESTO operations committee focuses its efforts on optimizing healthcare delivery through mobile stroke units with special emphasis on dispatch/deployment as well as creating benchmarks for in field clinical operations.

May Nour, MD - Chair
Nicolas Bianchi, MD
Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN
Maher Saqqur, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Ilana Spokoyny, MD

Membership, Communications,

and Education Committee

The Membership, Communications, and Education Committee is dedicated to recruit and retain members through activities that promote the organization’s mission, increase social media presence and provide members with valuable benefits such as free webinars and networking opportunities

Nicolas Bianchi, MD - Chair
Daniel Phillips, MCPara, Dip IMC RCS (Ed)
- Co-Chair

James Grotta, MD
May Nour, MD
Megan Leary, MD
Rebecca Zobel, BSN, RN, SCRN
Maelee Hall, MD

Government Relations and

Reimbursement Committee

James Grotta, MD – Chair
Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC,
Stephanie Parker, MHA, BSN, RN
Kenneth Reichenbach,  MSN, FNP-C,
Shazam Hussain, MD
Andrew Russman, DO
Joseph Broderick, MD
Claranne Mathieson, MSN, RN
Gina Petredis
Candace Sabers
Sen. Ramesh Akbari
Ryan Ambrose
Tory Castor
Stephen Shehy
Mary Tirrel
Emily Holubowich
Tyler Hoblitzell
Scott Ziomek
Mandy Bazile
May Nour, MD
Ilana Spokoyny, MD


Research Committee

The PRESTO research committee aims to provide the research and technical expertise to review and facilitate multi-institutional and international pre-hospital research across all participating members of the organization.

Henry Zhao, MBBS, FRACP - Chair
Martin Ebinger, MD, PhD
Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, MD, FNCS
Ken Uchino, MD
Angela Black, MBA
A. Blake Buletko, MD
James Grotta, MD
José-Miguel Yamal, PhD
Maher Saqqur, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Diana Proper, MS, RT (R) (VI) ARRT 
Digvijaya "Digs" Navalkele, MD, MPH

Sponsorship and

Fundraising Committee

The sponsorship and fundraising committee is tasked with securing financial support from industry and non-industry partners. Through strategic partnerships and creative initiatives, we aim to maximize resources and advance the mission of PRESTO.

James Grotta, MD - Chair
Anne Alexandrov, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC,
Shazam Hussain, MD

Past Executives and Officers

Klaus Faßbender, MD, PhD, founding President (2018 - 2019)
Shrey Mathur, BSc, MD, founding Secretary (2018 - 2019)

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