Dia Gainor

Executive Director
National Association Of State Ems Officials

Dia Gainor is the Executive Director and a past President of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials. Her association’s members are state agencies that regulate and support EMS and trauma systems. She worked for two state EMS offices for 27 years, first in Maryland, then 19 years as the Emergency Medical Services Bureau Chief for the State of Idaho, where she was well known for innovative regulatory reform and a strong partnership with the state transportation department. Dia has a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University, certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt, and has 12 years of field experience as a volunteer paramedic and firefighter. She presently serves as the Chairman of the Transportation Safety Advancement Group, which provides technical emergency response-specific inputs to the US DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. Dia was appointed by the Secretary of the US DOT to serve on the Congressionally-established National EMS Advisory Council and was selected by the Administrator of NHTSA to be the Council’s first Chairman. In 2012, Dia was presented NHTSA’s Public Service Award by Administrator David Strickland for “outstanding national leadership in enhancing the collaboration among highway safety, public health, transportation, and emergency medical services”. In 2016, EMS1.com named Dia as one of the 14 most influential women in EMS.

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