New director takes helm of GAAA with 20 years’ experience
Armed with two decades experience helping the residents of Galveston County, Amy Weber, EMTP, is now taking the reigns as she leads Galveston County Area Ambulance Authority (GAAA) as its new director.
Weber previously served in the role as interim since March 2018.
“I’m just thrilled. This is my home. I love the people I work with and the communities we serve,” Weber said. “I am beyond excited to be in this role and lead the GAAA family.”
Weber oversees the county’s largest EMS agency, with roughly 90 employees, that serves Galveston, Jamaica Beach, Bayou Vista, Tiki Island, Hitchcock and unincorporated areas of Galveston County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. GAAA’s service area spans 156 square miles with rural and urban areas, beaches and the waterways surrounding Galveston County.
“Amy joined GAAA 20 years ago and brings a wealth of experience to this role,” said Kathy Barroso, Galveston County Health District (GCHD) CEO. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with this level of experience and knowledge leading our service and are excited about the direction of GAAA in the years ahead.”
Over the course of her time with GAAA, Weber has held numerous positions. She began her career in August 1997 as a basic EMT, moving up as an intermediate EMT and then paramedic, where she served for about two years. Weber was then promoted to field supervisor and spent the majority of her 20 years with GAAA in that role before being named quality assurance coordinator. She served as coordinator for about one year before going back into the field as a supervisor.
In January 2018, Weber was named operations manager and just two months later, interim director of EMS.
“What made me first want to become a paramedic was working with talented men and women while I was still an EMT. I saw the difference they made with their care and kindness and wanted to serve the same way,” Weber said. “As director, I look forward to continued education for GAAA and building great working relationships that inspire new ideas.”