Jaydon Gibbs

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Jaydon is an EMT in central Florida who is currently working part-time in EMS and going to school full-time at Florida Southern College. Jaydon is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and plans to attend nursing school upon graduating from Florida Southern to continue his career in emergency medicine. This will be Jaydon's THIRD deployment with HERO and we welcome him back!

Leslie Shaffer

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Leslie Shaffer has been a Critical Care Paramedic and instructor for AMR Las Vegas since 2005, having worked in EMS systems in Arizona and Oregon prior to that.  A native to Las Vegas, She is also a member of AMR Las Vegas’ first ever TEMS team. She has  worked as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic/preceptor for Careflight, aka: Air Methods, and worked at bases located in Nevada and Arizona.

Leslie is one of the Lead Instructors in Las Vegas for the most recent hot topic class “Stop the Bleed,”  having trained over 10,000 people in the Las Vegas valley since January 2018.


Leslie will be a huge asset to Hero on her first deployment to Haiti in November 2019 and we look forward to having her on our team! 

David Strunk

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After finishing his paramedic education last year, David began working for a large public Emergency Medical Service in southern Germany. 
He is currently working at two rural and one urban ambulance station.
David enjoys teaching paramedic students and  helping out at his paramedic school.
Next year he will become a clinical mentor and start training students during their ambulance placements in the field.
Being very interested in different EMS systems David is looking forward to working with teams from different backgrounds in a challenging environment.
This will be his first trip to work in EMS abroad and he is looking forward to gather insights in a paramedic-based system as well as putting his skills to use for Hero. We welcome David to our team! .

Devin Groves

Devin is a paramedic from California. He has spent the last 7 years in the United States Air Force working in emergency medicine. During his service, he has 5 years of EMS education and teaching students at both the EMT and Paramedic levels. Devin has served multiple trips in Haiti and is currently out Director of Education. While he has been away from Haiti he has been developing EMT and Paramedic treatment protocols and creating systems for HERO to use and improve EMS operations. 

Nadia Van der Heyden

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Nadia is a Critical Care Flight Paramedic from Vancouver, Canada with 17 years experience in pre-hospital care. In 2018/2019 she volunteered for five deployments with HERO and is currently our Medical Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Nadia loves teaching and mentoring junior Medics/EMT’s while providing excellent care in this challenging environment.

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