Richard cofounded Acadian Ambulance in 1971 after working for Greenville Broadcasting Company and Westinghouse Electric Company Space and Defense Center. He was instrumental in developing the Lafayette 911 system and is responsible for leading the successful implementation of Acadian's strategic and operational initiatives company-wide.
Richard has received numerous honors and distinctions over the years, including James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award in 2019, Pinnacle EMS' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Healthcare and Healthcare Services category for the Gulf Coast Region and Inc. magazine's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year, Honorable Mention, for his efforts in coordinating Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. He was also inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame, named a “Louisiana Legend” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, honored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Alumni Association at its 2019 Spring Gala and received the Jewell P. Lowe Humanitarian Award from 232-HELP.
Richard has headed fundraising efforts for many organizations including the Boy Scouts, United Way, schools, universities and churches. He was named king of the 2005 Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras and has received several community and civic awards, including the Lafayette Civic Cup, Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen, Golden Mike, Marketer of the Year and Louisiana Businessman of the Year.
Richard is a graduate of the Capitol Institute of Technology.
Eddy joined Acadian in 2007. He oversees Acadian's accounting and budgeting functions, as well as financial and income tax reporting processes. He maintains banking relationships and serves as the principal officer regarding merger and acquisitions. He also provides direction for Acadian's health insurance plan, 401(k) and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
Eddy is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he served as an executive vice president, where he provided financial oversight and guidance to several divisions of Acadian Companies, including Safety Management Systems, Acadian Total Security, Acadian Air Med and Executive Aircraft Charter Service. He graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
John, executive vice president of support systems and CAO, joined Acadian in 1976 as a ground and air medic. He currently oversees billing, fleet maintenance, IT and electronics, building maintenance, and materials management. John directed the installation, development and implementation of IT's billing, maintenance, communication and medic support software packages specific to the EMS field. His nursing background (BSN, RN) helps John understand the specific needs and support medics require.
Allyson has oversight responsibility for the legal & risk management, governmental affairs and public relations departments. She joined Acadian in 2001 as associate general counsel and now serves on the company’s executive committee, which has operational oversight for the administrative affairs of the organization as a whole.
Allyson received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1990 and her Juris Doctorate in law from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in May 1993. She is admitted to practice law in the states of Texas and Louisiana and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
Asbel began his career in the ambulance industry in 1999. His EMS career included directing and leading teams that provided revenue cycle consultation to air and ground ambulance agencies, culminating into the position of Vice President of Government Relations and Revenue Cycle at Acadian Ambulance Service. In February 2019, Asbel was promoted to his current title, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation.
Over the past 20 years, Asbel has been a member of numerous organizations, including the Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA), the American Ambulance Association (AAA), National EMS Managers Association (NEMSMA) and the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT). He has also served as a board member for the AAA and the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. Asbel currently serves on numerous committees and more notably chairs the AAA Payment Reform Committee as the industry begins to navigate the current healthcare changes and the correlation to the air and ground ambulance industry.
In 2016, Asbel was appointed to the Ambulance Transport Alternatives Task Force for the State of Louisiana by Governor John Bel Edwards. He is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many conferences. He has also been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement and veteran health initiatives as it relates to emergency medicine.
Asbel is a contributing author in several EMS magazines as well as co-authoring the book, Management of Ambulance Services, as published by Prentice Hall in 2014.
Gregory joined Acadian's accounting department in 1986 as a staff accountant following his graduation from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout his 30+ years of service, he has held the positions of accounting supervisor and accounting manager before moving into his current position in 2006.
Gregory has worked with numerous school, civic and religious organizations and is currently serving as a troop committee member and institutional representative for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 19.
Joe joined Acadian in May 2001. He has responsibility for compliance with all labor and employment law matters, recruitment and selection, salary and benefits administration, employee record-keeping and employee relations. Prior to 2001, Joe spent ten years in the hospital industry, serving in senior leadership roles at medical centers in Arkansas and Missouri.
He has served in various volunteer roles with the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, United Way of Acadiana, Ascension Episcopal School Board of Trustees, Boy Scouts Explorer Post 108 Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Joe earned both an MBA with a healthcare administration concentration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Randall joined Acadian in 2009 as the director of sales and marketing for Acadian Monitoring Services. He was promoted to vice president on the corporate level in 2013. Randall is responsible for developing and implementing marketing initiatives for Acadian's six divisions. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he served in various advertising, marketing and public relations roles in agency and in-house settings for more than 25 years.
Randall is a private pilot and enjoys volunteering in his community. He is active in Lafayette's Mardi Gras activities and served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, the University of Louisiana Alumni Association, Acadian Air Festival, Sertoma Cajun Air Show and Louisiana Honor Air.
Charles Burnell, M.D.
Dr. Burnell 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 summa cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry 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 Emergency Department (ED) Stroke Team director and was instrumental in the formation of 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.
Dr. Kidd oversees the company’s clinical operations throughout the state of Texas. She has an extensive background in clinical emergency medicine and emergency medical services (EMS) and is very familiar with both Bexar County and Houston, having served as the assistant medical director and interim medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department and the assistant medical director for the Houston Fire Department’s Division of EMS.
She is double-board certified in EMS 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.
Dr. Kidd has experience in disaster preparedness, 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 (FEMA) 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.
Stephen Bell, M.D.
Dr. Bell is an emergency medicine doctor in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is affiliated with Singing River Health System-Pascagoula. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Donald Thibodaux, M.D.
The high standard of care provided by SMS' remote paramedic service is in large part due to the involvement of Dr. Thibodaux. His background in emergency and occupational medicine gives SMS the advantage of understanding OSHA incident classifications and their effects on the oil & gas industry. He is on 24-hour call for emergency physician consultations and helps teach clinical extension courses and training sessions with our team to ensure the highest quality emergency medical response in the Gulf of Mexico.
A graduate of Nicholls State University, Dr. Thibodaux received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and then attended medical school at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. After completing his emergency medicine residency at Charity Hospital at New Orleans, he spent 20 years practicing hospital-based emergency medicine in Houma, Louisiana.
Acadian Ambulance Leadership
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 key to Acadian’s expansion into Texas in 2006, when the company entered Orange County. He works closely with the Texas team to continue growth through RFPs, contracts and acquisitions.
His extensive involvement in community organizations includes work with the United Way, the American Heart Association and the Boy Scouts of America.
Louisiana: Central Louisiana, Hub City, Ouachita and Southwest Louisiana areas; All Dispatch Centers
Mike joined the company in 1987 and became a paramedic a year later after receiving an associate degree in nursing from what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mike entered dispatch in 1990 and spent 10 years serving as operations manager in the communications center in Lafayette, La.
In 2000, Mike was named Acadian's Regional Vice President, overseeing the Houston and Southeast Texas regions. In his time in Texas, Mike served 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 also 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.
Texas: Houston, Southeast Texas areas
Brandon came to Acadian as an EMT in 1999 at 19 years old, starting in Morgan City, then transferring to Iberia Parish and Breaux Bridge, before being transferred back to Iberia Parish. It was at that time that he also became an Air Med alternate and alternate paramedic field supervisor. Enjoying both of those roles, Brandon knew he wanted to make one of them a permanent career path. About a year later, he accepted a position as a full-time operations supervisor. He worked on a Sprint truck in the Hub City area and continued to fly on Air Med frequently. In 2008, Brandon became operations manager for Southeast Texas. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2012 and then to Vice President of the Houston and Southeast Texas region in 2019.
Louisiana: Bayou, Capital, Northshore and Orleans areas; Mississippi: Jackson County
Tim has financial and operational responsibility for all Acadian operations in Southeast Louisiana and Jackson County, Mississippi. Tim joined Acadian in 2003 after spending 17 years at a major urban medical center, where he worked in many capacities, including as controller. He last served as the senior director for clinic operations.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is a CPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is also trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) from FEMA. He is a member of the Metropolitan Ambulance Council (MAC) for Greater New Orleans.
Texas: Central Texas, North Texas and South-Central Texas areas
Troy joined Acadian Ambulance in 1989 and served as the operations manager when Acadian entered Bexar, Travis and Williamson counties. In that role, he supervised the Austin Communications 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 and helps coordinate 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.
Tennessee and any future expansion areas
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.
Acadian Total Security Leadership
Blane Comeaux serves as the president of Acadian Monitoring Services and has been with Acadian for more than 28 years. He was named vice president of the division in 2005 and president in 2012.
In 1999, AMS launched a diversified line of monitoring services for homes and businesses, as well as medical alarms for seniors. The division’s monitoring centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Chicago are considered among the best in the country. Under Blane’s entrepreneurial leadership, AMS developed a variety of assets, including Acadian’s telehealth center for daily remote patient assessment and coaching, mobile GPS monitoring for productive fleet management, a nationwide virtual guard and video monitoring center, and the 2014 launch of Acadian Total Security. This retail division provides consumers with SmartHome security and energy management, and the business community with integrated security services.
Blane is a founding member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association and a member of the Governmental Relations Committee for the Electronic Security Association.
Brandon Niles serves as the director of Acadian Monitoring Services and has been with the company for more than five years. He is responsible for the management of all AMS departments, handling all legal matters and the strategic development of key partnerships inside and outside of the security industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas. Brandon is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and is currently working on his license for the State of Louisiana.
Nicholas Bearb, technical department manager for Acadian Monitoring Services, has been with Acadian for 13 years serving as a dispatcher, supervisor, and operations manager. As the technical department manager, he is in charge of managing the technical aspects of Acadian Monitoring Services’ three, bidirectional central stations located in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Chicago. He also develops and maintains the internal infrastructure of each of Acadian’s monitoring departments.
As billing department manager, Angela oversees accounts receivable operations for all departments and product lines within the division, including GPS fleet management, video monitoring, wholesale monitoring for three central stations, and retail security and medical alert services. Angela started at Acadian in 2007 when she was hired as an alarm dispatcher and later worked as a customer service and inside sales representative. In 2011, she was promoted to accounts receivable specialist and also served as the billing department supervisor. Angela stays involved in her community by volunteering as a United Way reader in Lafayette Parish schools.
Al Lanclose, operations manager, oversees operations in both the Lafayette and Houma service areas, and manages the installation and service departments while looking for ways to grow them. He has a special focus on providing the best customer service and overall customer experience.
Al is a graduate of Port Barre High School and has 20 years of security operations experience.
Data Entry Department Supervisor Kimberly Savoie began her career at Acadian in 2006 as an alarm dispatcher. Kimberly is responsible for overseeing all data entry for AMS and leading our team responsible for entering and verifying customer information for each of our three central monitoring stations.
Air Services Leadership
Erroll joined Acadian in 1974 in his hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. He served as the communications specialist before becoming a charter member of the National Registry of Paramedics for Louisiana and earned his flying privileges.
Erroll is a commercial pilot (airplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons) and has served as district manager for Iberia, St. Martin, Vermilion, and St. Mary parishes. He led the incorporation of Air Med Services, LLC in 1981 before becoming its vice president and director of operations in 1992. He is past chairman of the Acadiana Regional Airport Authority, Iberia Parish Communications District, United Way of Iberia Parish, and past president multiple youth organizations and school boards, a member of the Acadiana Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1490, and the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association.
Erroll received technical training from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, FlightSafety International, and Simuflite of Dallas, Texas. He promotes safe aircraft operations for the 14 owned and operated aircrafts.
Mike joined Acadian in 1990 as an EMT and was certified as a paramedic in 1992. Mike has worn many hats at Acadian, working on ground ambulances and offshore locations as a paramedic, at Acadian's Communication Center as a supervisor, and Air Services' coordinator for Acadian's Fixed-Wing division before becoming an operations manager.
While at Acadian, Mike has won many awards, including Communications Specialist of the Year in 1997 and Telecommunicator of the Year in 2006.
Mike attended Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette before entering the EMT/paramedic program at the National EMS Academy.
Spencer Anderson began flying in 1981 and later graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in professional flight. With more than 28 years of flying experience, Spencer has over 21,000 hours of flight time. He joined Air Med Services, LLC/Executive Aircraft Charter Service in February 2007.
Before joining the company, Spencer held several positions, including flight operations safety officer; flight instructor for private, commercial, instrument, and heavy transport pilots; and as a contract instructor teaching aircraft systems and flight instruction to FAA safety inspectors.
Kent Sibille has held an airframe and powerplant license since 1980. He spent 23 years with Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., where he maintained corporate aircraft in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Angola, Africa.
Kent spent seven years with Paul Fournet Air Service maintaining turboprop and jet aircraft before joining Air Med Services, LLC in 2007.
Marc began working with Acadian in 1990 in Abbeville, Louisiana. He worked in human resources, education, communications, and was the first training officer for Air Med Services. He now manages the day-to-day operations of the Air Med's rotor-wing division, Operational Control Center and other operational issues under the directions of Air Med Services.
Marc trained at Acadian through the in-house paramedic class and was named Paramedic of the Year in 2007. Marc's air medical experiences have offered content in several documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Shaun joined Acadian in 2004, working in Houma, Louisiana as an EMT. He became a paramedic in 2006 and a CCT medic in 2009. Shaun became an alternate flight paramedic in 2012 and took a full time position in the department later that same year. Shaun has worked in the dispatch center and helped with many educational roll-outs within the company. He continues to do adjunct work with the National EMS Academy.
As Quality Improvement Coordinator, Shaun oversees clinical performance and documentation. He has an Associate of Science degree from the Nicholls State University College of Nursing and Allied Health.
Sherri joined Acadian in 1997, working in Hammond, Louisiana, as an EMT. She became a paramedic in 2001 and joined the Air Med division in 2005. Throughout her time at Acadian, Sherri has been involved in many aspects of the company, including the ground division, education, public relations and air operations. Sherri is a Paramedic Flight Supervisor for Air Med's rotor wing division and oversees personnel and daily operational issues.
Sherri attended LSU-Eunice and received her Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services with a Certificate of Technical Studies in Safety. She was nominated for Air Med paramedic of the year in 2013 and 2018.
National EMS Academy Leadership
Kirk LaCour serves as director of the National EMS Academy, the training division of Acadian Ambulance Service. Kirk has been in the field of emergency medical services for 15 years and has worked as an EMT, paramedic, field training officer, EMS educator, and now is responsible for training all of Acadian Ambulance Service's EMTs and paramedics at nine campuses across Louisiana and Texas. He has associate degrees in emergency medical services and biology, bachelor's degrees in human medicine and health sciences, and an MBA from LSU in 2011. Kirk is also enrolled in law school at the Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge, La.
Kirk has worked in all facets of public service, as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, corrections officer, and most recently as a deputy coroner. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Business Honor Society, and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. Kirk completed the FEMA Professional Development Series of Emergency Management, and has worked as a training specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Management System, and as the interim director of West Feliciana Parish Ambulance Service.
Gifford Saravia has been involved in EMS since 1991, and has been a paramedic since 1994. Gifford oversees orientation, the American Heart Training Center, and the supervisory training program, ACES, for Acadian Companies. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a bachelor's degree in Unified Public Safety Administration, South Louisiana Community College with an associate's degree in applied science paramedic, Southern Technical College with an associate in electronics technology and the Moody Executive Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Richard Belle, continuing education manager, began his EMS career with Acadian in 1996 after completing paramedic training at Nicholls State University, earning a bachelor of science degree. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and tracking of education for Acadian.
Richard has worked throughout south Louisiana as a field medic, preceptor, and flight medic. He has been actively involved in EMS education since 1998 and is a cofounder of the National EMS Academy.
Safety Management Systems Leadership
As president of SMS, Scott Domingue has overall responsibility for the entire division. Scott began his career at Acadian Ambulance in 1988. He served through the ranks of various divisions of management then moved to Safety Management Systems as project development supervisor. He also served as a sales and marketing manager, and, most recently, a vice president.
Courtney Juneau, vice president of operations, started his career at Acadian in 2006. He is responsible for all of Safety Management Systems day-to-day operations including remote paramedics, safety technicians and HSE consultants. In March 2001, he joined Safety Management Systems as the HSE consulting manager responsible for quality control, marketing and all consulting operations. Courtney graduated from University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in applied life sciences. He is involved in many aspects of his community as a member of Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, a committee member for Delta Waterfowl-Lafayette Chapter, a sponsor for the American Heart Association Heart Walk, and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Steven Friedman, director of finance, is responsible for the financial and accounting activities of Safety Management Systems. Steven, who has worked for SMS since 2011, graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received his master’s degree from the University of Tampa. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a dedicated member of many organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Knights of Columbus.
Brett Fontenot manages customer relationships by understanding the needs of each client and ensuring satisfaction with the services provided. Brett also works closely with new clients to better understand their needs and projected work. An employee of SMS for more than six years, Brett earned his associate degree in general studies and occupation health and safety. Brett is a board certified occupational health and safety technologist and a national registered EMT.
Allan Weatherford is a degreed environmentalist, with permitting and extensive inspection experience in both agency and industry roles. Allan brings with him more than 30 years of industry experience and expertise, including serving in key management roles with major gas companies prior to him opening the doors at Liberty in 2004. Additional credentials include certifications as a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and Certified Environmental Property Assessor (CEPA) and BA and MBA degrees from Rollins College and Nova Southeastern University, respectively.
Jeff Vidacovich, division manager, is responsible for the day-to-day operations for all of SMS's training, consulting and rescue services. Jeff started his career at Acadian in 2003, working in the fleet/facility maintenance department. In 2010, after earning a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and competing as a student-athlete on the Ragin' Cajuns Track Team, he transitioned to SMS.
Jeff completed SMS’s ARD training program and began as an HSE technician on drilling and completion operations. Since then, he has worked as an HSE lead technician, QA/QC coordinator and field support supervisor supporting SMS’s HSE, medical, H2S and rescue technicians as well as assisting in many emergency response efforts. Jeff is passionate about providing quality industry training and safety for oil and gas workers, as was the introduction and foundation to his career in the industry.