Our Board

Board of Directors

Meeting time: 4th Thursday of each month at 4:30 P.M. Call for location. 315-686-4333 Meeting is open to the public.

Vision Statement:

The Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) will be recognized regionally and statewide for excellence and as a model agency for the delivery of the highest possible levels of emergency medical service in a rural setting.


The Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) Board of Directors is responsible for providing governance and oversight of the strategy, operation, and management of the Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service. The primary mission of the board is to represent and protect the interests of our communities with a well-managed and viable not-for-profit EMS organization. The Board oversees our senior management, to whom it has delegated the authority to manage the day-to-day operations of TIERS. The Board has adopted Corporate Governance Policies which, together with our By-laws and Articles of Incorporation, form the Board’s organization to execute responsibilities. The Board meets monthly and is comprised of Independent Directors.

The Board of Directors are as follows:

Roland “Bud” Baril


Town of Clayton

Bud brings 20+ years of experience to TIERS. Bud has been an avid member of the Clayton Rotary, Clayton Improvement Association, Town and Village of Clayton Planning Board mostly spent as Chairman and the Clayton Local Development. He also brings years of business management experience from his marina in NJ, as well as an appreciation for education from his days as a college professor.

John timmerman

Vice Chair / Treasurer

Town of Orleans

John brings years of budgeting and management experience from his career as a Safety Officer at HP Hood (formerly Crowley Foods)

Debbie Hunter


Town of Clayton

Debbie is a Clayton native with years of Community and Education experience. She has served multiple community organizations over the last 30+ years and is a retired TICSD and JCC Professor

Robert “Bobby” Cantwell, Jr. – Clayton

Bobby is a local business owner and Clayton native; he spent several years on our board as the Town of Clayton Liaison. He currently serves as a Jefferson County Legislator and chairs our political outreach committee.

Judy Curtiss – Orleans

Judy is a summer resident of Wellesley Island but maintains a virtual presence with us year-round. She has an outstanding healthcare administration and consultation background and chairs our Strategic Planning Committee

Joe Colello – Orleans

Joe is a Lafargeville native with years of business management experience in the North Country. He works as a Respiratory Therapist with local area Hospitals and chairs our Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement Committee

Allen Heberling - Clayton

Allen is a new resident of Clayton after retiring from the Tech industry on the West Coast.  He served as our Town of Clayton Liason for some time and has since transitioned to a full member of the Board, bringing years of engineering and project management experience with him 

Larry Girard – Clayton

Larry serves on the Jefferson County Fire and EMS Advisory Board, as well as being a member of the North Country Regional Emergency Medical Services Council. He is a Chief with the Depauville Volunteer FD and routinely responds with TI-Rescue to assist with medical calls.

Kathrine "Kat" Navarra - Watertown

Kat is the Director of River Hospitals Respiratory Department.  She serves as a liaison to keep us connected with local hospitals as well as providing valuable training opportunities to our staff.

Town of Orleans and Town of Clayton

Both the Town of Clayton and Orleans have representation on the TI-Rescue Board of Directors. The respective town supervisors or their delegates are ex-officio members of our Board of Directors and committees and actively participate in the organization.