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About the AHEPP Education Committee

The AHEPP Education Committee helps determine the monthly webinar schedule for the year and leads special projects to help members become more proficient in healthcare preparedness competencies. 


Felix AcevedoJr., Ph.D., CEM

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

Felix serves as a facility Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and supports training and other emergency management activities for several agencies throughout the State of Nevada.  He worked in the healthcare sector for over 10 years, worked at the Clary County Office of Emergency Management and served twenty-two years in the United States Air Force.  These positions aided his readiness and preparedness experience.  He earned his Ph.D. in Public Safety Leadership and Emergency Management and is a Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Management. During the past year, he led the momentum to regionalize the Southern Nevada’s Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) training and developed universal training protocols, core competencies and evaluation guidance.  Leveraging training efforts throughout the region resulted in healthcare systems supporting each through established mutual aid agreements.  In addition to his Emergency Management role, Felix continues to support coalition partners within the community. 

Kevin Arthur, CHEC III

Emergency Management Program Manager

Primary Children's Hospital

Kevin has 35 years of experience in healthcare as a hospital-based Paramedic and Emergency Management Program Manager. Mr. Arthur worked for 19 years in the Emergency Department at a 685 bed Level I Trauma Center. At the moment of 9/11 Mr. Arthur’s career began to be modified to develop an Emergency Management Department and Program for the flagship hospital of WellSpan Health in South-Central Pennsylvania.


For the past 7 years he has worked as the Emergency Management Program Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH), a 289-bed hospital and level I pediatric trauma center. As the Emergency Manager, he is responsible for public health and disaster emergency preparedness and response for the hospital and its affiliated clinics. Kevin is responsible for all emergency management program design and development which includes: plan and procedure development, establishing and maintaining response assets, staff training for response to disaster situations and command cadre education and support.

Paul Bowling, PA-C

Advanced Practice Clinician Supervisor

 Bio coming soon

Steve Ikuta, BS, MEP

Emergency Management Program Manager

Intermountain Healthcare

Steve Ikuta has more than 35 years of experience in the medical field. He derives great satisfaction from helping communities prepare for an uncertain future. He currently coordinates one of Intermountain Healthcare’s emergency management programs. His scope of services includes Cedar City Hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center and Garfield Memorial Hospital. Steve graduated from Utah Valley University, magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Administration Services.  He is also a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. Steve is a volunteer firefighter, and serves on the southwest regional hazmat response team, the southwest regional field medical hospital strike team, Utah Disaster Advisory Executive Committee and the Utah Crisis Standards of Care Committee.   Steve is the recipient of the 2014 American Red Cross Heroes Award for Emergency Preparedness and a nominee for Homeland Security’s 2014 Rick Rescorla Award for Resiliency.


Rebekah Hoffner 

Emergency Management Coordinator

Primary Children’s Hospital

Rebekah grew up in rural, central Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in both Biology and Earth Science. After graduating from Penn State, Bekah then received her Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Jefferson University in Philadelphia.


While working on her master’s degree, Bekah taught high school math and science at a small, private school. For her thesis project, she built the school’s Emergency Operations Plan. She also interned at Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg, PA, where she assisted with the biennial Three Mile Island Nuclear Preparedness Exercise. In addition, Bekah has been a certified EMT-B and Wilderness EMT for 6 years.

After obtaining her master’s degree, Bekah worked for a private consulting firm in Pennsylvania, where she was involved in the development and implementation of large county and state public health preparedness projects and healthcare coalition building in PA, DE, WV, MD, and NJ. Moreover, she has experience with county and state-level plan development and multiagency exercise coordination. In 2017, Bekah moved to Utah to become the Emergency Management Coordinator at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

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