Emergency TrainingInstructors

Part-time Core Instructors

In addition, we have a cadre of part-time instructors, led by accomplished nurses and our core instructors, who have extensive in-the-field experience with a variety of different fire rescue agencies and maintain instructor cards in the American Heart Association disciplines of BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Most also hold credentials as instructors of ATT, PHTLS, and PEPP, in addition to teaching curricula development by the Gordon Center in the areas of acute coronary syndromes, airway management, emergency response to terrorism, and stroke.

Steven P. Carter, NREMT-P

Lieutenant, City of Sunrise Fire Rescue

Steven earned an Associate of Science degree in EMS in 2007 and is currently working on his bachelor's degree through the University of Florida's emergency and fire services program. He has completed training in special operations, technical rescue, and hazardous materials, is a member of the fire rescue honor guard, and serves as captain of his ALS team.

Colleen Claffey, R.N., MSN, CEN, CPEN

Memorial Healthcare System

Colleen began her career in 1988 as a paramedic in West Hartford, CT. She completed her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1995 and master's degree in 2005. After moving to Florida in 1996, Colleen worked for Jackson Health System as an emergency department staff nurse and then educator for 11 years. She currently works for Memorial Healthcare System as a nurse educator. She began teaching for the Gordon Center in the summer of 2011.

Mark Cohen, EMT-P

Battalion Chief, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue

Mark began his career as a paramedic in 1984 and as an instructor at the Gordon Center in 1989. A fire officer I, Mark has a Bachelor of Science in biology and was twice recognized as GCRME Instructor of the Year, in 2003 and 2005.

Tina Flick, R.N.

Centennial Medical Center, Nashville TN

Tina has been a registered nurse since 1988, with considerable experience in emergency and neuro intensive care. She began teaching for the Gordon Center in 2008 and has contributed to the center's curriculum development and its efforts to expand programming for nurses. She also is coordinator for contact hours and teaches off-site Advanced Stroke Life Support ® courses to hospital personnel throughout the country.

Obed "Obie" Frometa, EMT-P

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

After teaching for two years as a part-time instructor, Obie joined the Gordon Center full-time in 2003 as EMS Programs Coordinator. During his three years in the position, he played a role in the statewide dissemination of the Emergency Response to Terrorism curriculum. Following his return to the fire rescue career that he began in 1992, Obie was selected to work on a special project for electronic patient recordkeeping.

Marco Gonzalez, EMT-P

Lieutenant, Hialeah Fire Rescue

Marco joined the Hialeah Fire Rescue Department in 1991, after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He began teaching for the Gordon Center 10 years later. Marco is a rescue training officer and HazMat technician, who also conducts training for his department.

Donald Guillette, R.N., EMT-P

City of Orlando Fire Rescue

A paramedic-firefighter since 1992, Don is also an experienced educator who directs the EMS program at Polk State College in Winter Haven. He became a registered nurse in 2007. The Gordon Center is fortunate that Don also makes time to help conduct off-site courses to train instructors to teach GCRME curricula.

Jorge Llerena, R.N., EMT-P

Captain, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Jorge has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 1994, having begun his fire rescue career in 1990. He has Associate of Arts degrees in criminal justice administration, EMS, and nursing, and is regional faculty member for ACLS and BLS for the American Heart Association. Jorge also serves as training center faculty for BLS for the GCRME.

Stephen Martell, EMT-P

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Stephen began his career in 1994 with West Midlands Fire Service, located in Birmingham, the second largest city in Great Britain. He worked for Hollywood Fire Rescue for two years, after coming to the U.S. in 2003. Stephen has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since mid-2007.

Luis "Bernie" Montoya, EMT-P

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Bernie retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years as a firefighter. He has been with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue since 1997, earning his paramedic certificate five years later. A HazTox medic and HazMat technician, Bernie started teaching for the Gordon Center in 2006.

Andrew Popick EMT-P

Battalion Chief, Davie Fire Rescue

Andy has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 1990, only four years after beginning his career as a paramedic-firefighter with the city of Sunrise. He earned an Associate of Science degree in fire science and has a Bachelor of Science in public administration. Andy serves as a member of the Broward County Regional EMS Council and the FL-5 DMAT team and is also a fire officer I, live fire training officer I, and fire service instructor III.

Oscar Rodriguez, EMT-P

City of Margate Fire Rescue

A paramedic since 1998, Oscar is a member of Florida Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue, with training in tactical response, NIMS, weapons of mass destruction, swift water rescue, and HazMat. He is also a flight medic, rescue diver, and fire instructor. Oscar started teaching for the GCRME in 2007.

Candace Roig, EMT-P

Lieutenant, Key Biscayne Fire Rescue

Since beginning her career in fire rescue in 1993, Candace has also become certified as a fire investigator, fire inspector, and a law enforcement officer. She is a fire service instructor I and honor guard commander. Candace has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 2003.

Stanley Stark, EMT-P

Lieutenant, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Stan began his career as a paramedic in 1992 and as an instructor at the Gordon Center in 2005. A fire and dive instructor, he has a Bachelor of Science in biology, an Associate of Science in EMS, and is currently enrolled in medical school. Stan was recognized as Gordon Center Instructor of the Year in 2011.

Michael Ung, EMT-P

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

With an Associate of Arts degree in EMS and an Associate of Arts in undergraduate studies, Michael is currently working on his bachelor's degree through the University of Florida's emergency and fire services program. He continues to work full-time as a paramedic firefighter, as he has since 2003. A HazMat technician, who also is captain of a winning ALS team, Michael began teaching at the GCRME in 2009.

Off-Site Instructors

EMS instructors, nurse educators, physicians, and others, trained to teach curricula developed by the Gordon Center, conduct classes through established training centers all across the United States and internationally, including Mexico and Hong Kong. Authorization to teach our programs requires satisfactory completion of instructor training and an affiliation with a hospital, educational institution, fire rescue or EMS department, ambulance company, or health department eligible and accepted as a Training Center.

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