FIRST FLIGHT LEADERS
Denny O’Hara made his passion for flying into a career in 1965. He worked as an instructor and owned a flight school along with owning a successful corporate charter company. For 35 years Denny also flew spray planes. The Air Ambulance business was started in 1993.
Denny has accumulated over 35 thousand hours of flight time and trained many pilots from their early careers, seeing many of these pilots go on to do great things. Denny loves the Air Ambulance business and the professionals he works with. Helping people during their hours of greatest need is the reason Denny gets up every day.
Adam Corley, MD, FACEP
Dr. Adam Corley is a board certified emergency physician in active practice in Tyler and East Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed his medical degree at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. He then went on to residency training in emergency medicine at McGovern where he served a one year term as Chief Resident.
Since 2005, Dr. Corley has served in various leadership capacities within a large, publicly traded physician services group, including most recently as the Senior Vice President of their Central Operating Unit. He has broad experience in managing emergency medicine, hospital medicine, urgent care and anesthesia practices.
EMS is a major component of Dr. Corley’s clinical practice and he thoroughly enjoys his work with First Flight, including both ground and air services.
Dr. Corley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a member of the American Association for Physician leadership, a member of the Texas Medical Association, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Liberty University.
Shelly O’Hara, RN, BSN
RN, BSN, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer
FIRST FLIGHT MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
Harold “Red” Joe Gerhart, RN, CCRN CRT/ RCP NPS LIC-P
First Flight Program Director/Chief Clinical Officer
Red started his career in healthcare the summer of 1983 when he attended a nurses aid training class through Concho County Hospital in Eden, TX. He then attended an EMT class in the fall of 1984 finishing in January of 1985, and graduating from high school in May of 1985. He then entered into the Paramedic Program in August of 1985 at Odessa Junior College completing the course in May 1986. June of 1989 he entered into the 1st Respiratory Care Technology Program at Howard College – San Angelo Campus and completed the program in August of 1990. Red went back to college in 1998 and graduated in May 2002 with an ADN from Angelo State University. Red has been in healthcare for 35 years working in both pre-hospital (EMS) settings and in hospital settings. Primarily in the emergency and critical care areas. He has worked in various positions from staff nurse, charge nurse, agency nurse, flight nurse, chief flight nurse, and staff respiratory therapist. Red has also been a shift supervisor, educator, director, deputy chief, assistant deputy chief and rescue captain. Through the years he has worked for numerous EMS Agencies and hospitals, primarily in the rural areas of west TX: Upper Concho County Life Support Unit, Alert Ambulance, Hamilton County – Regional Paramedic Services, Brown County Medivac, Ward County EMS, Fisher County Hospital EMS, North Runnels Hospital EMS, Ballinger EMS Inc., Ballinger Memorial Hospital EMS, Upton County ESD #2, Rankin Hospital EMS, Cardi-Air, Brady/McCulloch County EMS, Reagan County/Big Lake EMS, First Flight Air Medical, San Angelo Community Medical Center, Shannon Medical Center, Ballinger Memorial Hospital, North Runnels Hospital, Medical Center Hospital Odessa, Odessa Regional Medical Center, McCamey Hospital District, Rankin Hospital District, Reagan Memorial Hospital, Hudspeth Hospital Sonora, Coleman County Medical Center, Hendrick Health System. Currently I am the Clinical / Medical Operations Program Director for First Flight Air Medical, and Director Critical Care / CV Services for San Angelo Community Medical Center. I have grown personally and professionally from all of my health care experience.
FIRST FLIGHT BASE MANAGERS
Blaine Hannah - EMT-P
Pecos EMS Manager
Started with First Flight in December 2013. I have been in EMS for 22 years. Currently base manager over Pecos EMS, Balmorhea EMS, and First Flight ground operations in Odessa.
Kelsey Slack - BSN, RN, EMT-B
San Angelo Flight Base Manager
DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION
Kenneth M. Lantz
Director of Aviation Operations
Ken has been a licensed pilot for forty three years, along with FAA Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic for thirty six years, and an FAA Inspection Authorization for thirty years. Ken holds a license in the following: FAA Airline Transport Pilot, FAA Turbojet Flight Engineer, Commercial Pilot, and Hot Air Balloon Pilot. He is a Captain in eight Transport Jets, Captain rated in Three Turbo-Props, and FAA Check Airman Authorization for King Air 90 Aircraft. Ken has served as Director of Operations, Chief Pilot, Captain and Check Captain for four US Airlines. He has also served as Director of Operations, Chief Pilot and Captain for a large US Charter Company, operating Gulfstream and Hawker Jet Aircraft. Ken is also an Aircraft Simulator Instructor along with owning an Aircraft Consulting, and Pilot Services Company. He is Co-Owner of Fixed Based Operation and Aircraft Maintenance Facility. He is an active General Aviation Pilot and Aircraft owner. Ken is a member of Aircraft Owners, and Pilots Association for forty three years and has a membership with the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Nick joined First Flight in 2014 as a line pilot and has filled various rolls throughout his time with the company. Nick remains current and qualified in the King Air, and maintains Check Airman authority as well. As the head of First Flight’s pilot training program, Nick ensures that our pilots are held to the highest standard possible.
Nick is an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) as well as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Instrument Instructor (CFII) and Multi Engine Instructor (MEI). He has flown hundreds of medical patient flights and loves to fly the line whenever he has the opportunity to. Nick has established throughout his career that safety is his number one priority and he ensures that the pilots on our team share the same dedication to safety.
Director of Maintenance
Robert has been an FAA Airframe and Power plant Mechanic for the past 13 years. He has been a Crew Chief on DC-3, T-33, Sabre Jet, BK-105 Helicopter, and Cessna 421 Aircraft for a U.S. Defense contractor flying missions in the U.S., Canada, and South/Central America. Robert has also been a manager, training officer and aircraft mechanic for Texas based FBO. He also has experience as a flight engineer, and crew chief for the Collings Foundation. Operating WWII P-51 Mustang and B-24 Liberator aircraft on tour in the U.S and Canada for airshows, displays, rides, and promotions. Robert also spends his time in restoration and maintenance of antique and vintage WWII, Korean and Cold War era aircraft.