Meet the Managers: Welcome the newest State Partnership Program Managers!
- Published October 31, 2023
The EMSC Program is thrilled to introduce four new State Partnership Program managers for Arizona, California, Mississippi, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
State Partnership Program managers are vital to the EMSC Program because they work to expand and improve emergency care for children in real-time and at the community and state level. They do this in part by working on performance measures as outlined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Meet the Managers
Arizona - Abriana Smith
Abriana moved to Arizona with the intent of pursuing her passion for helping people and making a significant contribution to Arizona's overall health within rural communities. She graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology with a concentration in Global Health and Barrett Honors College recognition at Arizona State University.
It was through her work experiences that she broadened her perspective of public health and influenced her decision to pursue a career path that could help the greater majority of the Arizona communities - specifically involving pediatric health.
“Being a member of a large family and helping my family operate a preschool daycare, I have always had a desire to enhance the lives of children. Over the years, I have volunteered with local non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of families and children. I am now eager to embark on my career in a field that aligns with my goals to improve the health and well-being of Arizonians - specifically as it relates to pediatrics and emergency medical services”.
California - Feuy Saechao, MPA
Feuy is passionate about service for others and has worked in many children related programs in California. She brings significant experience with contracts, program development, implementation and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, gardening, hiking, backpacking and traveling.
Mississippi - Andrew Nguyen
Andrew is a second generation Vietnamese American. The oldest of three children, he was raised by a single mother and has embraced being a positive male figure in both his sister’s lives. Andrew has worked in EMS for a decade—most of that time spent in a busy EMS system as an EMT. Prior to moving into his role as Mississippi’s EMSC Coordinator, Andrew worked for Mississippi’s Office of EMS as an ambulance inspector/investigator.
Throughout Andrew’s career he has embraced the motto given to him by a former instructor: “EMS has three roles: patient advocate, a care-provider, and an educator” and uses this to guide the framework of his new role with the Mississippi EMSC program.
U.S Virgin Islands - Ericka Malcolm
Ericka is the New Program Manager for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) which comprises four main islands and other outlying cays. She is based on “BIG ISLANDS”, St. Croix which is the largest of them.
Ericka holds a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare. Prior to accepting this position, she served administratively in the Virgin Islands Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Services. She relocated to the mainland United States where she worked for several hospitals specializing in the Revenue Cycle and Emergency Services Department.
Ericka is happy to take on the new role with the EMSC Partnership Program and looks forward to working with EMS providers and hospitals territory-wide. Ericka enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren and the joys of island living.