Daruna is an administrative professional and paramedic with 12 years of management
experience and 22 years in the industry. In addition to working in EMS as both a field paramedic and a SWAT paramedic, he is an Adjunct Professor of leadership and management at University of Denver, Daniels College teaching in the college’s Executive Education department.
As CEO, Daruna’s responsibilities include strengthening ECPS’ staffing and infrastructure to best fulfill local and state responsibilities and provide extraordinary patient care; enhancing an already healthy and sustainable organization to ensure it is forward-looking and integrated with the evolving healthcare system; collaborating with community and healthcare partners to enhance services and improve the health and wellbeing of Eagle County.
Prior to leading Gilpin Ambulance Authority, Daruna was a paramedic and field training officer at Denver Health Paramedic Division and an Operations Supervisor at Northglenn Ambulance. He also served as Assistant Director of Ski Patrol at Echo Mountain Ski Resort and as an EMT and, later, paramedic in New Orleans. Daruna has also served as a volunteer Lieutenant at Golden Fire Department in Golden, CO; a volunteer ski patroller at Copper Mountain Ski Resort and as a Volunteer paramedic during the Hurricane Katrina Response.
Daruna holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from University of Denver, Daniels College and studied mechanical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans before achieving his paramedicine degree from Delgado Community College.