Dr. Lewis has been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 40 years and has extensive experience in many areas associated with Emergency Medicine. He is currently an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for clinical operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Alabama in Birmingham. He attended undergraduate school at Auburn University, then completed a degree in dentistry at The University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Dentistry and subsequently trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery there. He then completed medical training at The University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine. After training, he opened an office for the practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and began to moonlight in local Emergency Departments. That quickly led to joining an Emergency Medicine group at Carraway Hospital, and was involved with development of the first helicopter transport program in the state. He continued to practice OMFS and Emergency Medicine on a full-time basis, and completed over 4300 rotor wing transports over the next 20 years. In that position, he was closely involved with local EMS agencies and has extensive experience in training with them. Over the years, he got involved in Hyperbaric Medicine and helped establish the first hyperbaric medicine and wound care center in Alabama. He has served as Medical Director at the Talladega Superspeedway and as a consultant to NASCAR to help oversee medical care in NASCAR racing. He also is Medical Director for AirMed International, a fixed wing critical care transport around the world.


Philip Metz is a Certified Flight Paramedic with Air Methods Corporation where he provides critical care air transport to the critically sick and injured. He is also the Medical Division Chief at Okaloosa Island Fire District, where he manages their Advanced Life Support program. He has been actively involved as an educator, providing training in many of the prehospital medical and trauma subject matters. His interest in education has included medical training of the rescue crews at Talladega SuperSpeedway, where he is one of the original NASCAR Level III trainers, as well as a past member of the NASCAR Pier Review Committee. Education: Western Michigan University: Bachelor of Business Administration University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Master of Science Management Studies in Emergency Health Systems.


Mr. Volkmann has practiced law since 1981, initially in Phoenix, Arizona, and since 1988 in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a partner in the firm of Spiecker, Hanlon, Gormley & Volkmann, LLP, and was previously a partner in the Phoenix firm of O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears. His practice consists primarily of commercial and real estate litigation and transaction documentation. Education: B.S. Business Administration, 1978 – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ J.D., 1981 – Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, CA


Emily is a Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the Senior Forensic Investigator at the Medical Examiner’s Office where she has been employed for the past 13 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida in Biological Anthropology with a special interest in Human Osteology. Emily has received training through various continuing education opportunities to support her forensic career at locations such as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (“The Body Farm”). She also obtained her Master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Emily’s special interests include skeletal field recoveries, unidentified cold cases, and Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUID) where she has been a liaison with local agencies on the unfortunate deaths of infants and children. Emily has written local protocols for first responders regarding SUID to help support the most thorough investigations into these difficult cases.


Lynda Tiefel became interested in forensic nursing because she realized that the on-the-job training she received in the Emergency Department was not adequate to provide compassionate care to victims of sexual assault. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and attended continuing education in 2001 which allowed her to perform independant sexual assault forensic exams. In 2005, Lynda became certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examine-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A). She has been very active in IAFN, founded the Florida Chapter and was on the Forensic Nurse Certification Board. While most of the time Lynda has spent as a witness in the courtroom and in depositions is related to sexual assault cases, there have been DUI, attempted murder and medical malpractice cases related to work in Emergency Departments and other cases related to her Legal Nurse Consulting or Expert Witness business.


Lee Hamilton has been an Alabama State Trooper in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for over 24 years. He has been in the Agency’s Aviation Unit for 21 years, serving as the Unit Commander and Chief Pilot for more than 14 years, flying both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. His numerous awards include citations for undercover investigative work, drug interdiction stops, and Governor Citations for lifesaving actions in the line of duty. He has also worked as an EMS helicopter pilot with Air Methods Corporation for more than 15 years. Education: University of the South (Sewanee, TN): Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Geology


Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also earned both Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. She has worked in various roles with the Florida Legislature, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), as well as with several state and national University systems. She has provided overall administrative direction, strategic planning, statewide program implementation, policy development, staff supervision, and managed complex operating budgets, comprised of federal, state, grant, and trust fund dollars. Dr. O’Dare has significant experience conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating large scale quantitative, geospatial, and mixed method research projects in both academic and applied settings. Dr O’Dare is the spouse of a current professional firefighter, and is the niece of Shawn T. O’Dare, Firefighter/Paramedic killed in the Line of Duty in Miami-Dade County in 1985. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Florida’s great outdoors and waterways- from Perdido Key to Key West and everywhere in between- with her family, as well as functional fitness and weightlifting.