Meet Our Faculty

Kristin Spencer

Kristin Spencer, MS, BSBS, NREMT-P, I/C/E

Kristin began her EMS career in 1994. A housewife at the time, Kristin became engrossed in a television series entitled “Rescue 911.” After watching several episodes, Kristin was determined to become a paramedic. She attended Tulsa Technology Center in Tulsa, OK in 1994. In 1995, she became an Advanced EMT. In 1996, Kristin enrolled in paramedic school and subsequently worked for Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA) in Tulsa, OK., as well as St. Francis Hospital’s emergency department. Kristin holds two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Journalism/Communications from Oklahoma State University (OSU) -Tulsa. She earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in 2011.

Besides working part-time for Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) in Monett, MO., Kristin is the EMS Program Director for Crowder College in Neosho, MO.  In 2011, Kristin was selected as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Under her supervision, the EMS department has grown exponentially. In 2006, Crowder’s EMS department employed one full-time faculty member. Today, there are three full-time faculty members and eight adjunct instructors. National accreditation was awarded to Crowder’s EMS program in 2012 through CoAEMSP/CAAHEP. In 2013, through collaboration with Medic Training International (MTI), Crowder EMS launched its first International/Domestic hybrid paramedic course—which has been hailed a huge success.

Additionally, Kristin is the Missouri State Coordinator for Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) and is a contributing member of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) education committee. Kristin has published articles in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS).  She is a Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved trainer. Furthermore, she is an adjunct professor at Missouri Southern State University, teaching classes and seminars in topics of Criminal Justice.

Kristin is married to her husband Richard, resides in Joplin, MO., and has two children and two stepchildren.


Ike IsenhowerIke Isenhower, A.A., NREMT-P, I/C/E

Ike began his illustrious EMS career in 1990, when he attend EMT school. He graduated from the National Park Community College (Hot Springs, AR) paramedic program in 1992. Since then,  Mr. Isenhower has served in virtually every capacity available to an EMS provider. He has been an EMS educator since 2005; training coordinator since 1998; a firefighter/paramedic; clinical and field supervisor; emergency dispatcher; Director of Freeman Ambulance Service (Freeman, MO); staff developer for Healthpark Hospital (Hot Springs, AR) and, currently teaches for Crowder’s highly successful traditional paramedic program. Mr. Isenhower is a certified ACLS instructor, PALS instructor, AMLS instructor, PHTLS provider and  EMS Instructor. Beginning in December of 2013, Mr. Isenhower will be traveling abroad to assist other countries in developing and facilitating psychomotor skills training consistent with NREMT standards. Mr. Isenhower specializes in ECG interpretations including electrophysiology, dysrhythmia recognitions and treatment modalities.


steve-cathersSteve Cathers, NREMT-P, FP-C

Mr. Cathers began his public safety career as a patrolman/K-9 handler for Newton County Sheriff’s Office from 2001-2006. During his employment at NCSO, he attended the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at Crowder, and, was awarded M.A.D.D.’s Police Officer of the Year award.

After graduation from the EMT program, Mr. Cathers became employed at Newton County Ambulance District (NCAD) as a PRN EMT. Following NCSO, he worked as a Patrol Corporal/ Field Training Officer for Jasper County Sheriff’s Office from 2006-2009. In 2009, Mr. Cathers attended Crowder’s paramedic program where he was awarded the prestigious “Paramedic Student of the Year” award. After gaining his NRP, he became a full-time paramedic for NCAD. Mr. Cathers currently works full-time for Mercy Life Line flight service as a certified flight paramedic (FP-C).

Mr. Cathers started his teaching career as an adjunct EMT instructor for Crowder’s EMS department in 2010. Recently, he became adjunct instructor for the traditional paramedic program and, is a current Crowder College nursing student.

Mr. Cathers is currently licensed as a paramedic in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Furthermore, he is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) instructor. He also holds certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).

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