Executive Staff

Rod Crane Thomas Allenstein Dr. Howard Werman

Rod Crane,
President and CEO

Thomas E. Allenstein,
Chief Operations Officer

Howard Werman,
Medical Director

John Lindaman,
Chief Financial Officer, CPA





Rod Crane has worked in leadership capacities in hospitals and within the air medical industry for 40 years. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Sioux Falls and graduate work at the University of Minnesota. He is currently President/CEO of MedFlight in Columbus, Ohio. MedFlight operates 9 medical evacuation helicopters and 4 Mobile ICU vehicles; a subdivision of MedFlight, MedCare, also operates 60 ground ambulances in Ohio. The companies complete approximately 60,000 patient transports per year and employ approximately 500 professional staff.

Prior to creating MedFlight in 1995, through a merger of two competing helicopter programs operated by competing hospitals, Mr. Crane created Rod Crane & Associates consulting after leaving the CEO position at Life Link III in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1992 and continues to do select consulting projects for hospitals in the United States. Crane is a member of the Board of Directors of MedEvac Foundation Intl. He is a life-time volunteer board member of the central-Ohio American Red Cross Blood Board and has helped consult for the Beijing Red Cross Society in their preparation to support the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For his work to benefit the people of China he was awarded the International Humanitarian Award by the Beijing Red Cross Society in 2008. In 1991 he was recipient of the Marriott Carlson Award for contributions and leadership in the air medical community.

Mr. Tom Allenstein began his career in air medical transport in 1985 when he was involved in the start-up of a flight program in Idaho Falls, ID. After a couple of years, he transferred his family back to Minnesota and continued in nursing in the cardiac surgical ICU before joining the Mayo One flight program as a staff flight nurse in 1987. He took on the role of Transport Nurse Manager of the Rochester operations of MMT in 1996 until moving to Columbus, Ohio in 2004. In November of 2004 Tom joined MedFlight as the Chief Clinical Officer overseeing all the operations for air and ground critical care.

Along with his duties with his program, Tom has been very active in the industry over the years. He has served roles on the state level including being the Chair of the Minnesota Air Medical Council and currently is the President of the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport as well as serving as a board member of the Ohio Medical Transportation Board. At a national level Tom has served on the Boards of the Association of Air Medical Services and the Foundation for Air Medical Research and Education. Currently Tom still is active as a regent with the Medical Transport Leadership Institute and as a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) site surveyor.
Howard A. Werman, MD graduated Duke University with a BA degree in Mathematics in 1977 and received his MD degree at SUNY at Buffalo in 1981. He completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center in 1984 and a research fellowship in 1985. He has been a member of the faculty at the Ohio State University College of Medicine since 1984 and currently is a Professor of Emergency Medicine. He practices Emergency Medicine as an attending physician at OSU Medical Center and OSU Hospital East.

Dr. Werman has been an EMS Medical Director since 1984 and was medical director of SKYMED from 1988 until the program became MedFlight in 1995. He has served as co-medical director with Dr. Robert Falcone from 1995 until November 1998 when he became the program medical director. Dr. Werman has published books, book chapters and articles on emergency medical services and air medical transport. He has also served as President of the Board of Directors for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He serves as a member of the Ohio EMS Board Trauma Committee.
John Lindaman is the Chief Financial Officer for Ohio Medical Transportation Inc. (dba MedFlight of Ohio), a medical air and ground transportation company based out of Columbus, Ohio. He has a CPA certificate and spent the first six years of his career as an external auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP. He then went to work for OhioHealth, a multihospital health system in Columbus, Ohio, as a budget manager for the system’s two largest hospitals and its related ambulatory care sites for five years. He was appointed the financial controller of Riverside Methodist Hospital (within the OhioHealth system) where he served for 10 years and had the opportunity to work on financial close processes, internal and external audit reviews, operating and capital budgets, long range financial plans and various financial proforma’s including the building of a $321.5 million new neuroscience hospital tower. He joined MedFlight in June of 2013.