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.


Kyle Ritter B.S., RN, FP-C, NRP

Kyle began his career in EMS after attending paramedic school in 2009. Before that he was a college athlete; where he played baseball at both Crowder College (2003-2005), and Southern Arkansas University (2005-2007). He graduated with honors and an A.A. degree in General Studies from Crowder College in the spring of 2005; then attended OTC in Springfield, MO earning his EMT certification and license in the summer of 2005. From there he attended Southern Arkansas University where he played baseball and majored in Exercise Science. Kyle won a conference championship and played in the semi-finals of the regional NCAA tournament. Kyle graduated Cum Laude from Southern Arkansas University in the spring of 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. From there he attended graduate school before deciding to pursue his passion in EMS.

Kyle attended Crowder College’s paramedic program in 2009, graduating Cum Laude with an A.A.S degree in Paramedical Science. Kyle worked full-time in the EMS field as a paramedic and weekend supervisor for Integris Health based in Miami, OK; as well as multiple other agencies throughout the region. In the summer of 2013 Kyle completed a paramedic to RN bridge program form Crowder College; where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and Cum Laude with an A.A. in Nursing. Kyle then obtained a job as a Flight Paramedic with EagleMed while working critical care as an ER and ICU Registered Nurse and Paramedic.

Kyle has recently obtained his Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C) and continues to provide air medical, trauma, and critical care services as a full-time Flight RN/Paramedic with Med-Trans Corporation; alongside being the base safety officer. Outside of his critical care certification as an FP-C; Kyle maintains a National Registry Paramedic license; MO, OK, KS, and AR paramedic licenses, as well as a MO and OK Registered Nurse license. He is a BLS, ACLS, and PALS instructor; as well as holds certifications in TPATC, TNCC, PHTLS, and Neonatal Resuscitation. He is also a published author and contributor to the International Journal of Exercise Science. Kyle resides in Neosho with his wife Ashleigh and son Jaxon.

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