Pediatric Emergency Care


The Pediatric Emergency Care Council (PECC) is a council of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). The council formulates recommendations on policies and positions specific to Emergency Medical Services for Children. PECC maintains a vision to improve health outcomes for children by promoting an emergency medical care system that addresses the unique needs of children. This is achieved through a mission to provide leadership, promote policies and research, and share resources to improve the emergency medical care system for children.


Improve the care of children by utilizing outcome based data, pediatric focused education, supporting innovative programs, as well as encourage EMS system analysis to ensure quality emergency care.


Lead the industry through development and promotion of policies, research, and collaborations to improve the emergency medical care for children.


The Pediatric Emergency Care Council will provide a forum for communication, interaction, and networking between peers. This forum will allow for the sharing of best practices; developing and encouraging mentoring programs; the joint resolution of obstacles and challenges; and the nationwide promotion of evidence-based decision making for EMS system development.

Meeting Schedule

The PECC Steering Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The PECC has face-to-face meetings yearly at the NASEMSO Annual Meeting (generally in the spring, at varied locations). Regions can choose to meet in the fall, and the PECC regions have the change to meet as a group at that time. Full Council conference calls will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

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PEC Council Liaisons

National Associations & Organizations

Internal Projects/Committees


Morgan Scaggs
Kentucky EMS for Children Project Director
Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services
118 James Court, Suite 50
Lexington, KY 40505
(859) 256-3583

Chair Elect

Tracy Cleary
Kansas – Emergency Medical Services for Children Coordinator
Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment
300 W Douglas Suite 700
Wichita, Kansas 67202
(316) 337-6050


Karen Moore
Kentucky EMS for Children Project Director
Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services
118 James Court, Suite 50
Lexington, KY 40505
(859) 256-3583

Immediate Past Chairperson

Carolina Roberts-Santana, MD
EMSC Program Director
RI Dept. of Health, Center for EMS
3 Capitol Hill, Room 105
Providence, RI 02908-5097
401-222-2597; F: 401-365-9837



Regional Representatives and Alternates

Duties and Responsibilities


Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia.


David P. Edwards, MBA, EMT-P
EMS for Children Coordinator
Virginia Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 888-9144


Martha Gohlke
Coordinator, EMS for Children
NYS Health Dept. – EMS Bureau
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
(518) 402-0996; F: (518) 402-0985

Great Lakes

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Kjelsey Polzin
EMSC Program Manager
2545 Chicago Ave South
MS 17-104
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 813-6939




Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.


Billie Collier
EMSC Program Manager
MS Dept. of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
(601) 576-7380; F: (601) 576-7373



Western Plains

Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.


Brandon Kelly
Wyoming Dept. of Health, EMS
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 400
Cheyenne, WY 82002


Robin Suzor
EMSC Program Manager
MT Dept. of Public Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 202951
Helena, Montana 59620


Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington.


Xenya Poole
EMS Field Coordinator
Idaho Bureau of EMS and Preparedness
2224 E Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712-8249
(208) 334-4634


Rachel Ford
EMSC Program Coordinator
Oregon Health Authority
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 305
Portland, OR 97232

For More Information

Rachael Alter, BA, QAS
Program Manager