Management Team

Scott A. Bartos
President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott BartosMr. Bartos has more than 20 years' experience as a healthcare executive and director, and was appointed President & CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation in May 2013. He is an advisor to EDG Partners, LLC and is a Director of Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc., Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and Diabetes America, each since 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Home Dialysis Plus. Mr. Bartos previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of LaVie Care Centers, a national long-term care company with revenues exceeding $1 billion annually, from July 2009 through the sale of the company in December 2011. From December 2008 to July 2009, Mr. Bartos was an Executive in Residence at Warburg Pincus LLC. Mr. Bartos was Division President for Gambro Healthcare, Inc. from 2000 to 2004 and COO-East from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Bartos previously was the founder, President, CEO and a Director of Endoscopy Specialists Inc. Mr. Bartos has extensive experience in business design, strategic planning, new product and service innovation, sales and marketing, and mergers and acquisitions with large, medium and small businesses in both public and private companies.
 

Jay L. Burkett
Chief Financial Officer

Jay L. Burkett
 

Christopher R. Yearout
Chief Information Officer

Christopher R. YearoutChristopher R. Yearout joined Rural/Metro Corporation in October 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer after spending 18 years in information technology and 12 years working with financial systems. Mr. Yearout will lead the company's customer and patient data delivery systems along with overseeing research and development. Most recently, Mr. Yearout served as Chief Information Officer for GE Capital Bank where he focused on the bank's IT operations and growing its retail deposit business. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer, Governance, Risk and Compliance at GE Capital, Americas, and as Chief Information Officer of GE Capital Financial Inc., leading a team of 80 employees. Mr. Yearout received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.
 

Sven K. Johnson
Chief Strategy Officer

Sven K. Johnson
 

John P. Karolzak
Chief Relations Officer

John P. KarolzakJohn Karolzak began his career in emergency services more than 25 years ago as a firefighter with Rural/Metro Fire Department in Pima County, Arizona, rising through the ranks to Administrative Fire Chief. In 1992, he was named Market General Manager/EMS Chief for the Company's EMS operations in Southern Arizona. In 1998, he was promoted to Division General Manager for the state of Indiana, and in 2002 was assigned operating divisions in Kentucky and Parts of Ohio. In 2009, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the South Zone, and in 2010 became South Zone Vice President.  In 2011, Mr. Karolzak was named Vice President for the Company's Southwest Zone. Mr. Karolzak holds a Master's of Business Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
 

Maureen E. Thompson
Chief Human Resources Officer

Maureen E. ThompsonMaureen Thompson joined Rural/Metro in July 2010 as Vice President of Human Resources to lead strategic and corporate human resources throughout the enterprise. Ms. Thompson has a demonstrated track record of working with large consumer product and retail organizations, including Retail HR Strategic Business Partner for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the world's largest tire company with annual sales of $18 billion, from 2006 to 2009. From 2002 to 2006, she was Vice President of Human Resources for LESCO Inc., a $585 million public company that was the nation's largest distributor of landscape and lawn care products (now an operating company of John Deere). Prior to that, Ms. Thompson was Vice President of Human Resources for Alamo Local Market Division, a division of ANC Retail Corporation, from 2000 to 2002.
 

Mark A. Lashley
Division Senior Vice President, East Division

Mark A. LashleyMark A. Lashley joined Rural/Metro Corporation in August 2012 after two decades in operational and financial leadership positions. Prior to Rural/Metro, Mr. Lashley held numerous leadership positions with ARAMARK, a worldwide leader in providing food services, facilities management, uniform and career apparel to healthcare institutions, universities, school districts, stadiums and arenas. Most recently Mr. Lashley was the Regional Vice President for ARAMARK's healthcare business of the company, leading the food, environmental and plant operations services to hospital clients in seven states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Mr. Lashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Missouri State University.
 

Michael O. East
Division Senior Vice President, West Division