National Registry of EMTs Bids Fond Farewell to Mark Terry

August 29, 2022

Terry Enters Semi-Retirement 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians announced the semi-retirement of Chief Certification Officer Mark Terry, effective October 3, 2022. Terry dedicated 14 years to the certification organization, first as a member of its board of directors, then as a member of its leadership team.  

“I encourage the EMS community to join me in wishing Mark all the best and a heartfelt thanks for his years of service not only to the National Registry, but also the EMS profession,” said Bill Seifarth, the National Registry’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. 

Terry was instrumental in a host of accomplishments with the National Registry during his tenure, including, but not limited to: the introduction of automated recertification application reviews, guidance on the Continued Competency Agenda For The Future, the coordination of removal of redundant conviction review requirements to remove inconsistencies with state licensing agencies, and coordinated improvements for the customer experience team leading to the significant reduction of phone and email wait times, especially at the peak of recertification season.  

Seifarth noted that Terry played a pivotal role in adapting certification requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic response, including extensions, recertification modifications, and provisional certification.  

“EMS is all about great people working together for great results,” said Terry of his accomplishments. “I am proud of what I have contributed, but I’m even prouder of the personal and professional relationships I’ve forged at the National Registry and throughout the industry.”  

Terry added one of his favorite sayings. “Prediction is hard, particularly predicting the future. I am sure I will continue to work on various EMS projects in the future. But first I want to spend some time with my family.”  

Prior to the National Registry, Terry served as the Deputy Chief for Johnson County (Kansas) MED-ACT and the Director of Operations and Director of Learning Systems for MAST ambulance in Kansas City. He has worked on projects with a variety of organizations, including the American Heart Association, National Association of EMS Educators, and Commission on Accreditation of Prehospital Continuing Education. Terry served on the National Registry Board of Directors from 2009 until 2016, becoming the treasurer before accepting a full-time role as Senior Director of Operations with the organization. 

“Mark’s retirement presents a natural opportunity for the National Registry to reflect and conduct a thorough examination to understand how we can shape the leadership team to best serve our staff and the entire EMS industry,” said Seifarth. “We anticipate we will have more to share in the coming weeks.” 

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