Tom Kelley – President
Tom (a ‘Threat to the Public’) Kelley brings extensive air ambulance, aviation, and legal experience to International Life Flight. Kelley was formerly the Staff Attorney for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and following that a Board member, shareholder, and executive (VP and General Counsel) at Native Air, a regional air ambulance having 7 helicopters and 5 fixed wing aircraft flying regionally throughout the Southwest. Kelley helped raise the bar of the local and regional (Arizona) air ambulance industry through his involvement at Native Air. Kelley ran Native from start-up to a thirteen aircraft fleet and won the award of a $140 million exclusive federal contract. Native routinely conducted six thousand missions per year from eleven bases.
Kelley has a degree in Biology from a prestigious Midwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, fka, William Mitchell College of Law.
Byron Bogenhagen – Emergency Paramedic and more….
Byron moved from South Dakota to Arizona in 1981 and has spent most of his professional career as a Firefighter, and then in 1988, an EMT. He first worked as a Crash Rescue Firefighter EMT for the Government as a contractor for the Apache Helicopter program. There he flew in UH-1H EMS Crash Rescue Army helicopters. Later, in the rotation for Emergency Flight EMS transport. Byron protected Aircraft on the flight line and also worked as a structural Firefighter – initially as an EMT, next in more remote places such as the Barry Goldwater missile range at Gila Bend AFAF and Williams AFB in remote Phoenix. Bogenhagen also worked for overseas in the Marshall Islands as a Crash Rescue / Structural Firefighter-Paramedic. He protected the civilians and Government personnel working for the Army and all the Marshallese still living on a few of the 105 Islands on the Atoll located between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. While he was employed there he also worked as a flight medic and earned his Basic, Advanced, and Rescue Diver and swam in cases of emergencies in the water inside the lagoon and outside the Atoll. He also delivered babies, his first delivery was for a native Queen on one of the surrounding islands who was brought to the marina in a small boat. While overseas Byron flew in EMS helicopters, fixed wing and Jet Aircraft if a patient needed to be transported to Hawaii and into the hospital there. Meanwhile he achieved level of a Rescue Diver. In order to be there when his 1st son was born he returned to Arizona and to work as a Aircraft Crash firefighter at the Gila Bend AFAF and continued college achieving AZ Paramedic Certification and the NREMT Paramedic certification. In 1996 he became a Firefighter Paramedic in Sun Lakes, AZ, until eventually retiring in 2011. Since then Byron continued working as a Paramedic in emergency room settings, Cardiology – 12 lead EKG Technician and eventually became Chief Flight Paramedic for International Life Flight in 2016
Patient Advocate / IT Specialist
Ben Franklin Kelley
N317TK – another truly beautiful, low time Learjet!
Neal Roberts, RN, Marissa Atwood, Pilot, & Gary Green, CEP