Meet the LIFESTAR Chicago staff

LIFESTAR Chicago Administration

Dr. Mark Cichon, D.O.
Medical Director

Credentials: : Bachelor of Science in Biology, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health's Professional Development Program, American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (Board Certified), American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians - Distinguished (Fellowship)

Experience: Medical Director Emergency Department Loyola University Medical Center, Medical Director Air Methods Corporation LIFESTAR, Medical Director - Region 8

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Kathy Devine
Medical Manager
Flight Nurse

Credentials:RN, MSN, MBA, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, TNS, PHRN

Experience: Kathy has been a nurse for 17 years with a background in CCU and ER. Kathy has over 15 years flight experience and has been with LIFESTAR since 2006. Kathy also serves on the LIFESTAR Safety Committee and also chairs the CAMTS Preparation Committee.


Tommy Byrne
Lead Pilot

Credentials: Commercial Helicopter Pilot. Tommy is retired from the US Army after 22 years of service.

Experience: Tommy's background includes flying UH 60 Blackhawk with Medivac Services. Tommy has been with LIFESTAR since 2006.


Michael Doucette
Lead Mechanic

Credentials: Mike has been a Certified Aviation Helicopter Mechanic since 1983

Experience: Mike's background includes working with PHI and Omni Flight in the Gulf of Mexico prior to coming to LIFESTAR. Mike was a Director of Maintenance and Chief Inspector for Omni Flight and Helicopter Transport Services, a Part 145 repair station.


Scott A. Hagemann
Business Development Manager - Central Region

Credentials: EMT-P, CC-EMTP, Lead Instructor

Experience: Scott has been a field firefighter / paramedic for the past 36 years. Scott functioned as a flight paramedic for 5 years with LIFESTAR and retired from the Naperville Fire Department in 2008. Scott was hired by Air Methods Corporation in 2008 and became the first fulltime Business Development Manager for LIFESTAR.

LIFESTAR Chicago Pilots

Ronald J. Smith
Pilot

Credentials: Commercial Helicopter Pilot. Retired career military pilot.

Experience: UHIH and OH58 Military helicopter pilot, and EMS medivac helicopter pilot. Ron has been with Lifestar since 2013.


Zachary Haufler
Pilot, Field Safety Officer

Credentials: ATP / Instrument Pilot, Bachelors from University of Tennessee

Experience: Zach began his flying career in 2007 with his background is flight instruction at Los Angeles helicopter, oil rig flying in Gulf of Mexico, flying tours in the Grand Canyon and Hawaii. He has been with Lifestar since 2013.

LIFESTAR Chicago Flight Nurses

Candice Schaper
Education Coordinator
Flight Nurse

Credentials: RN, BSN, CFRN, CCRN, PHRN

Experience: Candice has been a nurse for 13 years with a background in CCU. Candice has been with LIFESTAR since 2006. Candice is the nurse representative for the LIFESTAR Safety Committee and also on the CAMTS Preparation Committee.


Melissa Kolarik
Flight Nurse

Credentials: RN, BSN, CFRN, CCRN, TNS

Experience: Melissa has been a nurse for 14 years with a background in the Trauma ICU and E/R. Melissa has been with LIFESTAR since 2009. Melissa serves a member of the LIFESTAR Q/A Committee.


Victoria Shink
Flight Nurse

Credentials: RN, BSN, TNS

Experience: Victoria has been a nurse for 12 years and her background is in ER and Neuro ICU. She has been with Lifestar since 2013 and serves as the coordinator of the Lifestar ride-a-long program.

LIFESTAR Chicago Flight Paramedics

John Coughenour
Flight Paramedic

Credentials: NREMT-P

Experience: John is the senior flight paramedic with LIFESTAR. John started his career in the San Francisco Department of Public Health in 1983. John has been with LIFESTAR for over 20 years. John also serves as a member of the LIFESTAR Q/A Committee.


Deb Raymond
Flight Paramedic

Credentials: NREMT-P, CC-EMTP

Experience: Deb has over 25 years as a field paramedic and has been with the Big Rock Fire Department since 1986. Deb has been with LIFESTAR since 2006 and currently is responsible for equipment purchases and also serves on the LIFESTAR Safety Committee.


Nicholas Volz
Flight Paramedic

Credentials: EMT-P, CCEMT-P, FP-C

Experience: Nicholas has worked in the Fire service for the last 10 years along with critical care ground for the last 5 years. He has been with Lifestar since 2012 and serves on the benchmarking and equipment committees.

LIFESTAR Chicago Aviation Mechanics

Robert Monninger
Field Mechanic

Credentials: Aviation Mechanic

Experience: Bob is a retired Army crew chief. While in the Army he flew a tour in Germany and a tour in Viet Nam. After serving in the military, Bob worked for Chicago Helicopter Airways and then Executive Helicopters at Midway Airport. After working as a helicopter and fixed wing mechanic at Glenview Naval Air Station, Bob joined LIFESTAR. Bob has been with LIFESTAR since our inception in 1988. Bob has been a helicopter mechanic for over 45 years.

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