Jeremy Hyde

President and CEO

Jeremy, an entrepreneur from Wharton, Texas graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in business. Jeremy became involved in EMS while attending Texas A&M University and was quickly promoted to the campus Assistant EMS Chief. With that role, he led all EMS responsibilities at campus events, including football games with 90,000 spectators at Kyle Field.

After a successful career building several businesses Jeremy accepted a full time position with HCESD-1. He was promoted soon after to his current position as CEO of the newly reformed Harris County Emergency Corps. During his tenure at HCEC, Jeremy has led the efforts to remain a fiscally sound organization focused on high-quality care. He has changed the organization to be diversified, providing services to multiple EMS and Fire agencies in the Houston area, leading the efforts in creating the Community Health Paramedic Program, and sharing his expertise of large events with the HCEC staff and vendors.

Cameron Decker

Medical Director

Cameron Decker, MD, LP, FACEP, FAEMS is a graduate of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Baylor College of Medicine.  

Dr. Decker is double board certified in emergency medicine and EMS medicine, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and faculty at Ben Taub Hospital, one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country. 

As a Licensed Paramedic, Dr. Decker has an extensive background in pre-hospital care, having been active in EMS through multiple 911 departments.  Before becoming the Medical Director of Harris County Emergency Corps, he worked there as a Paramedic.  He is the Medical Director of Rice University EMS, Aldine Fire Rescue, Eastex Fire Department, Northwest Fire Rescue, Westfield Fire Department, and The Emergency Medical Task Force – 6, the State’s regional response network for large scale medical incidents.  He also serves as a Medical Team Manager for Texas A&M Task Force 1, a FEMA and TDEM US&R team, and is a decorated Master Peace Officer and Tactical Physician with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Heath White

VP of Operations

Heath is a native Texan who started his EMS career in 1992 with the Harris County Emergency Corps. His career has seen his progression from Emergency Medical Technician through the ranks of his current position as VP of Operations. Heath oversees the daily operation of the organization, ensuring that ambulances are ready to respond to the organization’s 18,000 annual requests for service. Heath has also worked as a Flight Paramedic with Memorial Hermann Life Flight and instructed for North Harris College’s EMS department for many years.

Chivas Guillote

VP of Clinical Services

Chivas Guillote, DNP, APRN, ENP, FNP, AGACNP, LP, is a native of Spring, Texas, and started in EMS in 1992.  Chivas obtained his Paramedic certificate and an Associate degree in Nursing from Lonestar College North Harris. He received his undergraduate degree in Nursing from UTHealth Houston. He returned to UTHealth Houston to complete a Master of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. He obtained two additional Post-Master’s certificates in Emergency/Trauma Care and Adult/Gerontology Acute Care. Chivas received his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in executive leadership from Johns Hopkins University. While training to become a Nurse Practitioner, Chivas completed rotations in Family Practice, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Emergency Care, Critical Care, and Hospital Medicine. His rotations were conducted at Houston Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Ben Taub General Hospital, and Harris Health outpatient clinics.

Chivas is board-certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice, Emergency Care, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. He is a Registered Advanced Practice Nurse and Paramedic in Texas. He is board-certified as a Flight Nurse and Critical Care Nurse. Chivas is a staff NP in the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health, servicing a rural population in a federally designated critical access hospital in East Texas. Chivas is casual faculty at UTHealth Houston in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner program.  He is a member of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force 6 as a Nurse Practitioner for the Mobile Medical Unit.

Chivas began at HCEC in the mid-1990s as a medic and dispatcher. Although gone for many years, he returned to HCEC in 2012. Working closely with Dr. Decker, Chivas leads the Clinical Services team and provides executive oversight over the clinical mission of HCEC. He is an experienced Paramedic, Flight Nurse, Critical Care Nurse, and Nurse Practitioner. Chivas has worked in various operational, clinical, educational, and leadership roles at Memorial Hermann, Montgomery County Hospital District, Cypress Creek EMS, Envision Physician Services, Integrative Emergency Services, and UTHealth Houston.

Keir Vernon

VP of Administration, Compliance Officer

Keir is a Licensed Paramedic and has worked for Harris County Emergency Corps since 2008. Since her first job as a Dispatcher and EMT for Stat Care EMS in 1992, she has served in many roles both in the office, and in the field as a medic.

With over 18 years of Management experience in Communications, Operational, Administrative, and Billing Departments, Keir utilizes her diverse background and expertise in the role of Vice President of Administration, and acts as the Compliance officer at HCEC. Keir is certified as an Ambulance Coder, general Healthcare Compliance Officer, and an Ambulance specific Compliance Officer. She currently oversees the Human Resources, Finance, Special Projects, and Public Relations departments at HCEC.

She is a former Board member for the Greater Houston EMS Council and previous participant in the Governors’ EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Transportation Committee. She has serves on the Board of the Texas EMS Alliance representing HCEC as a Non-Profit Provider, since 2013, while also remaining active as a team member and Administrative Officer for the Federal Texas-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (TX1 DMAT) since 1998.

Over the years, Keir has taught and served as a preceptor for aspiring EMS students at Lone Star North Harris, Montgomery College, and Rice University; filling her desire to teach and mentor newcomers to the industry, while furthering her own education and career path.

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