David Filipp earned his Doctor of Education from Drake University’s Educational Leadership Program in De Moines, Iowa. Dr. Filipp began his EMS career 38 years ago when he received his EMT in 1982 through a small fire department on the Texas Gulf Coast, about 60 miles southeast of Houston. He completed his paramedic education at the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences in Houston in 1984. David worked as the Assistant Administrator for a private EMS while obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health at the University of Houston. After completing his undergraduate degree he was asked to become the EMS Director for a new hospital based EMS, where he worked for 11 years. In 2007, David joined Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa as the Department Chair for the EMS Program. While in Des Moines, David completed his Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance. In 2016, David was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Health Sciences, and in 2018 David was awarded Outstanding Faculty Member for Mercy College of Health Sciences.