Our Team

PRN Leadership
 

Avo Avetisyan
Founder / President

Avo Avetisyan is the President of PRN Ambulance, which he founded in 2000. A talented businessman, father and hands-on company leader, Avo has continually reinvested in PRN during the almost 14 years the company has been in business. In addition to formerly serving East Los Angeles College, Avo takes time to participate on two hospital boards of directors as well as an international charity board, AIM Fund, which provides hearing aids for needy children in Armenia. He also participates with several other local charities, such as Project Play, which conducts campaigns to raise money to fund local parks. As PRN’s ambitious leader, Avo has produced the most tangible and visible expression of the company’s success by leading the recent move to the company’s new, fully secured, 28,000-square-foot headquarters sitting on two acres of property in the community of North Hills in Los Angeles County.

Pete Avetisyan
Facilities

Pete Avetisyan oversees PRN Ambulance facilities and has held numerous roles at the company since it opened for service. Previously, Pete served in the Vice President role and led the company’s Wheelchair Division. Under his management, the division expanded operations from one transport per day early in PRN’s history to more than 200 daily transports. In his current role, Pete manages building maintenance for all PRN properties, ensuring a safe and clean environments for all employees.

Rick Fields
General Manager

Rick Fields joined PRN Ambulance to serve as its General Manager, arriving with more than three decades of transportation and logistics expertise to the role. An award-winning logistics executive, Rick has traveled the world as a leadership coach, offering training programs in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He also holds numerous certifications including The Institute for Motivational Living’s Certified Behavioral Consultant designation. Rick arrives at PRN after serving most recently as an Operations Director for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and, prior to that, as Vice President Operations at Morrison Express Corporation. He has held numerous integral positions at both Hellmann and DHL, among many other professional stops throughout his career.

Matt Condie
Director of Operations

Matt Condie joined PRN Ambulance in 2017 as its Director of Operations after spending six years gaining valuable EMS leadership experience at sister company ProTransport-1 in Northern California. Matt works closely with the PRN’s Operations, Communications and Administration Departments to ensure safety and efficiency throughout the company.

Prior to moving to PRN, Matt served as a go-to resource within ProTransport-1 field operations during his final three years with the company. His most recent role was San Francisco and Alameda County Operations Manager. In six years at ProTransport-1, Matt progressed through the ranks of field leadership, fulfilling roles including Business Development EMT, Station Safety Officer and Station Supervisor prior to becoming a manager. He began his EMS career as an EMT working out of ProTransport-1’s Oakland station.

Shant Shekherdimian, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Dr. Shant Shekherdimian is the Medical Director for PRN Ambulance, holding the role continuously since 2009. Dr. Shekherdimian got his start in the medical field as an EMT while also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from UCLA with a Health Policy and Management focus.

Dr. Shekherdimian previously served as a Surgical Intern and then a Surgical Resident at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles before becoming a Surgical Resident at the UCLA Department of Surgery. He is currently the Medical Director for Code 3 Life Support Education, a Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor for the American Heart Association, a BLS Instructor for the American Red Cross, and a Board Member for the Javakhk Fund. Dr. Shekherdimian is certified in BLS, ACLS, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS). He is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons Traveling Fellowship Award.

Pete Sturn
Information Technology Director

Pete Sturn is the Information Technology Director at PRN Ambulance. Pete began his emergency medical career in 1974 as a Medic and Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army, later successfully challenging both EMT and EMT-Paramedic certification programs in several states; he has been accredited as a Paramedic in several California counties. Pete eventually gained expertise in IT, and uses his experience as well as extensive knowledge of the Zoll Data products to the great benefit of PRN. He joined the company in early 2014.

Alfred "AJ" Jacobs
Operations Manager, Central Los Angeles Service Area

Alfred “AJ” Jacobs is the Operations Manager for the Central Los Angeles Service Area of PRN Ambulance where he is responsible for operations throughout the service area footprint including but not limited to oversight of employees, fleet and patient transportation. AJ is a more recent addition to the staff at PRN, having joined the ranks in February of 2015 as an Area Manager. His most recent role before arriving at PRN was at Liberty Ambulance, where he spent two years as Operations Supervisor. He began his EMS career as an EMT at American Medical Response. After nearly three years with AMR, he fulfilled the same role at AmbuServe for one year and then became a Field Training Officer and Training Manager at Trans-Aid Ambulance.

Ryan Ferguson
Operations Manager, South Los Angeles & Orange County Service Areas

Ryan Ferguson is the Operations Manager for the South Los Angeles & Orange County Service Areas of PRN Ambulance, a position to which he earned a promotion during the summer of 2015. He is responsible for operations throughout the service area footprint including but not limited to oversight of employees, fleet and patient transportation. Ryan has been at PRN since joining the team as an EMT in 2012, eventually adding the roles of Field Training Officer and Officer of the Day. In June 2014, Ryan transitioned to Administrative Supervisor prior to becoming Area Manager in December of that year. His previous work in the EMS field includes a role as EMT Senior Training Officer at Care Ambulance that directly preceded his move to PRN.

Bradford Adkins
Operations Manager, North Los Angeles Service Area

Bradford Adkins is the Operations Manager for PRN Ambulance's North Los Angeles Services Area, earning a promotion to the position from his previous role as the company's Station Manager in Glendale. Brad came to PRN in January 2016 with nearly three decades of EMS experience and his first role with the company was as an EMT. He has held numerous managerial positions in EMS, which has been invaluable to PRN operations. Brad's accomplishments over the years include exemplary clinical performance reviews, commendations from several political constituents, and a Medal of Valor in 2014 for his teamwork, training and bravery exhibited during an active shooter incident. For more than a decade, he has also given back to the community in his free time, volunteering as an EMT Sheriff Air Medic.

Ian Wilson, RN
Critical Care Coordinator

Ian Wilson is the Critical Care Coordinator at PRN Ambulance and has more than 10 years invested in an EMS career that began with roles as an EMT and Dispatcher. Ian subsequently studied for and obtained an Associate Nursing Degree, using those credentials to focus on emergency room and Critical Care Transport nursing. Throughout his EMS journey, Ian has continued to study the areas of EMS management, incident command systems and disaster planning. Additionally, he has spent more than four years as an EMT Instructor.

Christine Miyahara
Communications Manager

Christine Miyahara is the Communications Manager for PRN Ambulance, a company she joined in 2006. Arriving with no EMS industry experience, Christine has climbed the ranks to an integral leadership position for PRN. She began as a Call Taker while achieving EMD certification, which led to a Dispatcher role. Christine was then promoted to Communications Supervisor in 2008 before earning her subsequent promotion to Communications Manager in August 2013, where she continues to strive for growth within her department as well as the company.

Josh Parker
Director of Training & Safety

Josh Parker serves as the Director of Training & Safety at PRN Ambulance after earning a promotion in October 2017 to his first directorial position with the company. Josh previously served as PRN's Training Manager, a position he assumed upon arriving at the company early in 2016. In his current role, Josh is responsible for risk and safety measures throughout PRN while also overseeing the Training Department. Ambulance and station safety, claim management, employee training and much more fall under Josh's guidance.

Josh joined the PRN team with nearly a decade of experience as an EMS professional. He has worked as an EMT, paramedic, field training officer, field supervisor and lead EMT instructor throughout Los Angeles County. Josh holds certification as an American Heart Association instructor in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and is a certified federal emergency medical services instructor.


Corporate Leadership
 

Kathleen Loya, CHC
Chief Compliance Officer

As the Chief Compliance Officer, Kathleen Loya leads the Compliance Program at ProTransport-1 inclusive of all of the company’s associated ambulance brands. With more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the healthcare industry, Kathy provides executive level expertise honed in California’s complex medical structure and extending nationally. Kathy is certified in Healthcare Compliance and has extensive clinical, operational and regulatory compliance experience in multiple sectors of healthcare including facilities, physician practices and health plans. She has been responsible for licensure and accreditation for healthcare facilities and health plans, and implemented regulatory compliance and privacy programs in multiple settings.

Prior to joining PT-1 Holdings, Kathy spent the previous 18 years at IPC Healthcare, Inc., serving as Vice President Health Services, Compliance & Privacy Officer until late 2015. Since late 2015, she continued in the role of VP Health Services. While at IPC Healthcare, Kathy led the company’s Clinical Analysis/Quality Reporting team, Nurse Call Center, Risk Management, E.H.R. Implementation, and Compliance & Privacy programs, providing leadership for over 2,500 physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants nationally. Before joining IPC Healthcare, Kathy’s roles included Vice President Health Care at CareAmerica Health Plans and Vice President of Patient Care at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. Kathy’s original entry into healthcare was as a Cardiovascular Technologist, where she developed training materials adopted nationally. She holds a BS in Healthcare Administration from the University of La Verne, graduating Cum Laude.

Heidi Runyon
Vice President of Billing and Collections

Heidi Runyon is among the longest standing ProTransport-1 team members, having joined the company in 2002. She helped create the Billing Department and currently directs both PRN’s and ProTransport-1’s accounts receivable activities, including contractual relationships with third-party payors and oversight of collection efforts accounting for millions of dollars each month. She possesses a long history of patient advocacy and a unique perspective on the importance of advocacy efforts in the collections process.

With her focus on establishing a client-first approach to payment, Heidi has helped ProTransport-1 achieve an exceptional collection rate, which ranks in the 90th percentile of all ambulance companies in the U.S. She has nearly 20 years experience in the healthcare industry with extensive knowledge of Medicare, Medi-Cal and other payor organizations. Heidi also serves on the Medicare Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group of the Medicare benefits administrator Noridian Healthcare Solutions.

Dennis Robinson
Executive Vice President

Dennis Robinson has overseen ProTransport-1’s business development services while coordinating management functions related to client relationships since joining the company in 2006. During his tenure, ProTransport-1 has benefitted immensely from Dennis’ extensive knowledge of strategic marketing and client service, forming partnerships with some of the largest hospital systems in Northern California while developing the industry’s first performance-based contract with financial incentives and penalties. At PRN, Dennis assists with creating and managing customer relationships and client service.

Dennis possesses more than 30 years of professional experience in business operations in the service and manufacturing sectors, having previously served as Vice President and General Manager for Infodisc Inc. and as Plant Manager for the John H. Harland Company. He received an Executive Business Program Certificate from San Francisco State University and has taken upper-level management courses at the College of Marin.

Sira Mohamed
Director of Medical Event Planning

Sira Mohamed is ProTransport-1’s first Director of Medical Event Planning, earning a promotion in early 2015 from her previous role of Administrative Operations Manager. Sira continues to focus on creating new business and cultivating relationships for ProTransport-1’s Event Services Division, which she has helped the company greatly expand in recent years, as evidence by its work with the San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks, Ultimate Fighting Championship and more.

Sira has been a member of the ProTransport-1 team since March 2007 when she was hired in the ComCenter. She was promoted to Dispatch Lead prior to a move to the Scheduling Department, eventually operating as a Scheduling Supervisor and then Utilization Coordinator before taking on the role of Administrative Operations Manager. Sira studied Business Management and Computer Science at Sonoma State University.