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Executive Leadership

Richard Zuschlag, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Richard Zuschlag founded Acadian Ambulance in 1971 after working for Greenville Broadcasting Company and Westinghouse Electric Company Space and Defense Center. Richard is responsible for leading the successful implementation of Acadian's strategic and operational initiatives company wide. His direct reports include Acadian's chief officers and other key executive staff. Richard is a graduate of the Capitol Institute of Technology.


David L. Kelly, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

David L. Kelly oversees Acadian's accounting and budgeting functions as well as financial and income tax reporting processes. David maintains banking relationships and is the principal officer regarding merger and acquisitions. He provides direction for Acadian's health insurance plan, 401(k), and employee stock ownership plan. Currently vice chair of the National ESOP Association, he is also a board of trustees member of The Employee Ownership Foundation. David, a CPA, earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana State University.


John Zuschlag, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

John Zuschlag, 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.


Scott Domingue, President of Safety Management Systems

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.

Jerry Romero, President of Acadian Ambulance

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.


Allyson Pharr, Senior Vice President of Legal & Governmental Affairs

Allyson Pharr, senior vice president of legal and government affairs with oversight responsibility for the legal & risk management, governmental affairs and public relations departments, joined Acadian in 2001 as associate general counsel. Allyson serves on the company’s executive committee which has operational oversight for the administrative affairs of the organization as a whole.

She 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 of 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.


Eddy Dupuis, Vice President of Finance Safety Management Systems

Eddy Dupuis, vice president of finance for Safety Management Systems, joined Acadian in 2007. Eddy provides financial oversight to Safety Management Systems and its sister divisions, Air Med and Executive Air Charter Services. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Eddy is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Blane Come
aux, President of Acadian Total Security

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.


Gregory Hill, Vice President/Controller

Gregory Hill, vice president and controller, joined Acadian's accounting department in 1986 as a staff accountant following his graduation from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout his 23 years of service, he has held the positions of accounting supervisor and accounting manager before moving into his current position of vice president/controller in 2006.

He 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 Lightfoot, Vice President of Human Resources

Joe Lightfoot, vice president of human resources, 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 Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.


Randall Mann, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Randall Mann joined Acadian in 2009 as the director of sales and marketing for Acadian Monitoring Services and was promoted to vice president of marketing and public relations for Acadian 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 very 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.

Asbel Montes, Vice President of Governmental Relations & Reimbursement

Asbel Montes began his employment with Acadian in May 2009. He oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements, and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives.

In 1999, Asbel began working for an ambulance billing and consulting firm. After three years, he decided to work for a private, non‐emergency ambulance service. Since then, he has provided leadership in revenue cycle management to four ambulance agencies located throughout the southeast.

Asbel pursued his education the non‐traditional way by attending college online while maintaining a full‐time job. He received an associate's degree in accounting in 2007 and graduated in November 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business management.

Asbel has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its board of directors; he is currently co-chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Asbel also sits on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. 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.

Asbel is married to Stephenie Haney‐Montes.  He has one daughter and resides in Carencro, Louisiana.

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