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Acadian Ambulance Leadership

Jerry Romero, President

Jerry Romero, president of Acadian Ambulance Service, oversees operations for Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Jerry began his career at Acadian in 1977 as an EMT and has served as a paramedic, dispatcher, dispatch supervisor, operations manager, vice president of operations and senior vice president. He was involved in the coordination of all of Acadian's hurricane-evacuation operations and serves as incident commander of Acadian's corporate command structure.

His extensive involvement in community organizations includes having served as a board member and executive committee member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Boy Scouts Beau Bassin District. Through his work with the American Heart Association, he has chaired the Louisiana Advocacy Committee and the Lafayette Heart Gala and is a past chairman of the Lafayette chapter.

Jerry has served in several roles with the United Way of Acadiana, is a past chairman of the "Be a Heartstarter" CPR training event and was a member of the Lafayette Parish Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Lafayette Workforce Investment Board, Lafayette High School Health Academy Advisory Board, Lafayette Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee and Perkins Advisory Committee of South Louisiana Community College. He also serves on the Louisiana Emergency Medical Unit Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Southwest in Lake Charles.


Charles Burnell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Charles Burnell, M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He serves as lead over other associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures and procedures between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA, as well as Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs.

Dr. Burnell spent 13 years at Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he was the emergency department director. Before becoming medical director in 2010, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome.

Dr. Burnell graduated suma cum laude with degree in Bio Chemistry at Louisiana State University. He was involved in the formation and certification of Stroke Center of Excellence at Our Lady of Lourdes RMC as the ED Stroke Team Director and was instrumental in the formation of Emergency Department (ED) staffing corporation.  He served as the ED Director at Acadiana Acute Care Associates, LLC.  He is part-owner and medical director of a private maritime security company, OSS GLOBAL (Oceanic Security and Salvage Global) with security operatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and East African Coast. 

Emily Kidd, M.D., Texas Medical Director

Dr. Emily Kidd, the Texas medical director for Acadian Ambulance Service, oversees the company’s clinical operations throughout the state. 

Dr. Kidd, who has an extensive background in clinical Emergency Medicine and EMS, is very familiar with both Bexar County and Houston, serving as the assistant medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department since 2009 and the assistant medical director for the Houston Fire Department’s Division of EMS from 2005 to 2008. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Kidd was the interim medical director for the SAFD.

She is double-board certified in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Emergency Health Sciences, at San Antonio and worked at Christus Santa Rosa City Center and Methodist Hospitals from 2008 to 2015.

Dr. Kidd has experience in disaster preparedness and public health and medical emergency management at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Since 2006, she has been a sitting committee member on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She also is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council.

Dr. Kidd served her internship and residency at East Carolina University, received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center and her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

Daniel J. Lennie, Senior Vice President

Daniel J. Lennie oversees all operations in Acadian Ambulance's Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas markets. He joined the company in 1972 as an EMT and worked on an ambulance while attending college. He has worked in many departments, including communications, education and training, public relations, contract services and operations.

Danny served as a commissioner on Louisiana's first Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission and as a member of the Oversight Board for Louisiana's Patient Compensation Fund. He is currently a member of Louisiana's Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council and is a graduate of both Leadership Baton Rouge and Leadership Louisiana.

He received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his master's degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis. He was one of the nation's first 100 nationally registered paramedics and maintained that certification for 22 years. He continues to maintain his RN license.

Clay Henry, Vice President of Operations-Communications

Clay Henry, who has led Acadian Ambulance's communications center since 1998, began his career with the company in May 1979 as a paramedic. He moved to the communications center as a dispatcher then became an operations supervisor and, later, the operations manager.

Clay has completed courses on the National Incident Management System, Critical Incident Stress Management, First Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Education for Living. He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and has completed Administration of Telecommunications training with AT&T and Northern Telecom.

He is a member of the executive board and a former chairman of the American Red Cross' Acadiana Chapter. He serves on the Lafayette Education Foundation Board of Directors as president, graduated from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Lafayette program and represents EMS on the Lafayette Parish Communications District Board.

Clay graduated from Lafayette High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Tim Burke, Regional Vice President

Service Area: St. Mary, Thibodaux, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. James, Central Lafourche, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard parishes in Louisiana

Tim Burke, regional vice president, has financial and operational responsibility for Acadian operations in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the Bayou Region of South Louisiana. Tim joined Acadian in 2003 after spending 17 years at a major urban medical center, where he worked in many financial capacities.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University and a MBA from the University of New Orleans. Tim is a CPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).


Troy Mayer, Regional Vice President

Service Area: Central and South-Central Texas (Bexar, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Hays, Bastrop, Live Oak, Medina, Frio, Kendall, and Atascosa counties)

Troy Mayer oversees Acadian Ambulance Service's holdings and operations throughout Central and South-Central Texas.

Troy, who has worked for Acadian since 1989, served as the operations manager for South-Central Texas when Acadian entered Bexar, Travis and Williamson counties. In that role, he supervised the Austin communication center, field supervisors and nine operations stations and substations. He also has worked as a staff accountant, an operations supervisor, a field paramedic and an EMT.

He participates in legislative and governmental affairs activities representing Acadian and the EMS industry on local and state issues and is responsible for coordinating national accreditation efforts for Acadian's Texas operations.

Troy graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in accounting and holds numerous EMS industry certifications. He also is a member of the South Texas Regional Advisory Council and the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council.

Mike Burney, Regional Vice President

Service Area: Southeast Texas and the Houston area (Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Walker, Galveston, Liberty, Chambers, Orange, Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Sabine and Tyler counties)

Mike Burney is in charge of Acadian Ambulance Service's operations in Southeast Texas and the Houston area. He joined the company in 1987 and spent 10 years serving as operations manager in the communications center in Lafayette, Louisiana. He also has worked as a paramedic, dispatcher and supervisor.

He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received an associate's degree in nursing.

Mike currently serves on the Baptist Hospital Foundation Board, the Health Care Policy Advisory committee for the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Health Information Exchange of Southeast Texas, was a board member for Emergency Ministries and is a 2011 Leadership Southeast Texas graduate

Justin Back, Regional Vice President

Service Area: North Texas (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant)

Justin Back is in charge of Acadian Ambulance Service's operations in North Texas.

Justin began his career in the Australian army after graduating from the Royal Military College and served for eight years. During this time, he served in command roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, working closely with U.S. and coalition forces.

After his military service, he entered the maritime industry and was based in Singapore for five years. During this time, he worked primarily in West Africa, South America and the subcontinent in business development and project management roles. Justin moved to the U.S. to work as a project manager in the domestic onshore oil and gas industry before joining Acadian in June 2013 as vice president of fleet operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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