Donnie Woodyard Appointed as New Executive Director of EMS Compact

The EMS Compact is proud to announce the appointment of Donnie Woodyard as its new Executive Director, following the retirement of Ray Mollers. A respected and visionary national EMS leader, Woodyard brings a unique and comprehensive background to the position. With 30 years of experience as an EMS provider, Woodyard has served as a State EMS Director for two states, and as the former Chief Operating Officer of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Notably, he has been a Commissioner for the EMS Compact and recently served as its Chairperson.

“We are grateful for Ray Moller’s leadership and dedication to the Compact, combined with his 30+ years of federal service,” said Kraig Kinney, Vice-Chairperson of the EMS Compact's Executive Committee. "As we welcome Donnie Woodyard as the new Executive Director, we are confident that his exceptional leadership skills, in-depth knowledge of the EMS Compact, and dedication to advancing the EMS profession make him the ideal candidate for this role."

In addition to his state and national EMS leadership, Woodyard has made significant contributions to the international EMS community. He is regarded as the founder of the modern EMS system in Sri Lanka and worked as a consultant with the World Health Organization on EMS and Trauma system development in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam. 

"I am honored to join the EMS Compact as its new Executive Director," said Woodyard. "Continuing our focus on building strong relationships with EMS stakeholders and further operationalizing the Compact to enhance EMS personnel mobility, promote uniformity in EMS licensing practices, and increase access to Emergency Medical Services."

Woodyard's transition from his current role as the Chief of Emergency Medical and Trauma Services for the State of Colorado to his new responsibilities as the Executive Director of the EMS Compact will start in July.