Johna Easley serves as EMSA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Johna joined the EMSA system in 2009, prior to serving as President & CEO she served as EMSA’s Chief Administrative and Chief Compliance Officer leading a variety of the organization’s administrative services including Occupational Health & Risk Management, Human Resources, and Grant Management. She has an extensive background in public health and healthcare system integration and has been responsible for leading the implementation of large organizational projects, process improvement initiatives, while working diligently to ensure that EMSA follows established best practices in healthcare compliance.
Johna holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Psychology and Communications and a Master of Business Administration. Her more than 15 years of operational and administrative experience combined with a Certification in Healthcare Compliance and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt help drive positive change across the organization
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Karen Wicker protects reputations and provides candid counsel using her 35+ years’ experience in communications. As a former television news reporter turned public relations practitioner, she gets giddy when conducting media training and excels in crisis communications.
She first developed her storytelling skills working for PBS, CNN and CBS affiliates. She later served as director of external affairs for the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and was region president for Oklahoma’s oldest public relations firms.
In 2012, Karen founded Candor, which was acquired by Salient Global in 2023. Today, she serves on the Salient board of directors and serves as CEO of Candor, overseeing a diverse portfolio of clients, industries and brands.
Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.
To switch her mind from work to play, Karen seldom skips her Saturday morning coffee club or daily exercise. She’s also known to listen to at least one business podcast per day and quiz her co-workers over current events.