Eagle EMS Officers
On this page you will find information about the leadership of Eagle EMS. The organization is divided into 3 divisions, Education, Operations, and Professional Development, who are advised by the Eagle EMS Advisers, and who report to the President of Eagle EMS.
Name: Alex Warshauer
Certifications: EMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, ITLS, CEVO, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: My journey in EMS began with the local rescue squad in my hometown of Warren, NJ. Over the last five years I have volunteered there as well as worked for Atlantic Ambulance. I am a senior at BC pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. After joining Eagle EMS in 2010 I served as the Director of Education, VP and President. Eagle EMS has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and I look forward to helping the organization continue to provide outstanding care to the Boston College community in the year to come.
Description: The President of Eagle EMS directly oversees the Vice President and indirectly the Directors/Coordinators, ensuring that the organization overall is efficiently operating. The President primarily focuses on long-term growth and development of Eagle EMS and increasing its role in the University. This is achieved by communicating frequently with upper-level University administrators including but not limited to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Dean for Student Development, the Director of Public Safety, the Director of Emergency Management, and the Director of University Health Services. The President is the main liaison between Eagle EMS and the University, as well as the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and the Eagle EMS Medical Director.
Name: Kristen DiBlasi
Certifications: EMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, CEVO, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Bolton, MA, a small town about 45 minutes outside Boston. I attended Nashoba Regional High School, where I had the privilege of being in the "cadet program". I took my EMT-B class my sophomore year of high school and received my certification my junior year. I volunteered on the town ambulance squad while still in high school and then continued to work there after I graduated. I am now a junior at BC studying Psychology and working towards a minor in Management and Leadership. I joined Eagle EMS my freshman year, started my sophomore year as one of the Human Resources Coordinators, and became the Director of Professional Development second semester. I am extremely excited to be the Vice President this year and look forward to taking on more responsibility within the organization. Eagle EMS has shaped my experience at BC and I am honored to be a part of its continuous growth and development!
Description: The Vice President of Eagle EMS is personally responsible for the daily operations of Eagle EMS including scheduling and ensuring that all events are covered as needed. The Vice President directly oversees the Directors and ensures that all projects are properly prioritized and completed in an appropriate manner. This position also focuses heavily on event staffing and management of all ongoing needs and actions of the organization.
Director of Operations
Name: Olivia DeRienzo
Certifications: EMT-B (MA, VT), NREMT, BLS Instructor, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, CEVO
Biography: I live in Stowe, Vermont and have been working EMS with a local squad since 2009. I am a junior Psychology major and joined Eagle EMS at the beginning of my freshman year. I look forward to being the Director of Operations.
Description: The Director of Operations oversees the Special Events Coordinator, the Ambulance Operations Coordinator, and the Financial Coordinator. This includes long- term planning, prioritizing assignments and ensuring that the forenamed Coordinators complete projects as assigned and receive assistance when necessary. The Director of Operations role is heavily focused on shift staffing and supervising. The Director of Operations is also personally responsible for implementing and executing a Quality Assurance / Continuing Quality Improvement (QA/CQI) program, in cooperation with the Eagle EMS Medical Director and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, to continue ensuring and improving the quality of the medical care that Eagle EMS provides.
Special Events Coordinator
Name: James Brazdzionis
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (CT, MA), NREMT, Mark I NAAK, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, HazMat Awareness, CEVO.
Biography: I am from South Windsor, Connecticut and I joined Eagle EMS the fall of my junior year after transferring from Penn State. I received my EMT certification the previous summer and joined as soon as I returned to BC. I am a senior Biology major in A&S and I plan on attending medical school after graduation. I also volunteer at home with my local EMS squad. I look forward to serving as the Special Events Coordinator for this upcoming year.
Description: The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Eagle EMS is present at every major event on campus. He or she is crucial in assisting and providing oversight for event staffing and ensuring that adequate numbers of personnel are scheduled for each event. The Special Events Coordinator is expected to staff many events. The Special Events Coordinator assists with procurement and is responsible for inventory management of supplies and equipment that are utilized for event coverage. The Special Events Coordinator is expected to advance to the Crew Chief or Supervisor level in a timely manner.
Ambulance Operations Coordinator
Name: Jeremy Kaswer
Certifications: EMT-B (MA, CT), Tactical BLS, Fire Fighter II & HazMat/WMD Operations (NFPA), ACLS, CEVO, AHA CPR Instructor, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, Paramedic Assistant
Biography: I am from Avon, Connecticut and attended high school there as well. I joined Eagle EMS my freshman year in 2010 and acquired my EMT-B certification that spring. I am now a senior studying Biochemistry and planning to attend medical school after BC. I also am a volunteer EMT/Firefighter with my hometown's department as well. I look forward to continuing my commitment to Eagle EMS and the BC community this upcoming year.
Name: Paris McAdam
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (CT), NREMT, Fire Fighter I/II & HazMat/WMD Operations (NFPA), Fire Police, AHA BLS Instructor, Waterfront Lifeguard, C-CERT, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Redding, Connecticut, where I have been a member of Redding Fire and EMS Co. #1 as a volunteer since 2012. I received my EMT certification my senior year of high school. I am a Sophomore here at BC and am pursuing a degree in the Connell School of Nursing. I joined Eagle EMS in the fall of my freshman year and am looking forward to getting more involved and helping the organization move forward this year. Go Eagles!
Description: The Ambulance Operations Coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of Eagle EMS’s campus response operations. This includes scheduling of personnel, maintenance of equipment and supplies, and inventory tracking of supplies utilized for the vehicle. Furthermore, the Ambulance Operations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the vehicle itself, including ensuring that the vehicle is serviced and maintained at appropriate intervals, and is clean and adequately fueled at all times. The Ambulance Operations Coordinator is expected to advance to the Crew Chief or Supervisor level in a timely manner.
Name: Rachael McGillivray
Certifications: EMT-B, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Biography: I am from Gurnee, IL, and received my EMT-B certification in Illinois the summer before my sophomore year. However, I have been involved in Eagle EMS since first semester my freshman year. I held the title of Financial Coordinator this past year, and am excited to return for another year. I am currently a junior majoring in Biology and Economics on the Pre-medical track.
Description: The Financial Officer is responsible for managing all aspects of Eagle EMS’s finances. This includes maintaining an up to date budget, tracking credits and expenditures, arranging for payment for CPR and First Aid instructors, and purchasing all equipment and supplies as requested by the other Coordinators and Directors. Additionally, the Financial Coordinator must interact with the Student Affairs Business Service Center on a regular basis regarding use of the purchasing card, and completion of reimbursements, payments, and reconciliations.
Director of Education
Name: Joseph Pereira
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I’m proud to say that Eagle EMS is where I got my start in EMS and it has driven me to ride back home in Clark and in Newark, NJ. I started out as a Freshman in Eagle EMS with little experience, but hope to bring back more knowledge and experience as Director of Education this year. I’m a Pre-Med student studying Applied Psychology and Human Development in the Lynch School of Education. I’m looking forward to being a part of Eagle EMS’ growth this year and for the years the come.
Description: The Director of Education oversees the Advancing Education Coordinator, the Continuing Education Coordinator, and the Community Education Coordinator. This includes long-term planning, prioritizing assignments and ensuring that the forenamed Coordinators complete projects as assigned and receive assistance when necessary. The Director of Education is personally responsible for developing relationships with officials at other local collegiate EMS agencies for the purpose of joint training.
Advancing Education Coordinator
Name: Ellen Hedstrom
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), BLS for the Healthcare Provider, Paramedic Assist, CEVO
Biography: I am a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. I grew up in Lancaster, MA and received my EMT-B certification through a cadet program at my high school called Nashoba EMS the summer before entering my junior year. I have been an EMT for over three years and joined Eagle EMS in the beginning of my freshman year at BC. I look forward to becoming more involved in the organization as the Advancing Education Coordinator.
Description: The Advancing Education Coordinator is responsible for organizing the EMT-Basic classes each semester, an annual EMT-B recertification course in the fall, and advanced training opportunities for EMTs such as ITLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, etc. This includes working in conjunction with EMS Academy and other training organizations.
Continuing Education Coordinator
Name: Jeff Savarino
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), NREMT, AHA BLS Instructor, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, ACLS Provider, CEVO
Biography: I live in Melrose, MA, a suburb just north of Boston. I am currently a senior in A&S studying biology. This year, I will be serving as the Continuing Education Coordinator for Eagle EMS. I took the EMT-B course Eagle EMS offered my freshman year and have been involved ever since. I look forward to continuing to help Eagle EMS grow while contributing to the development of our outstanding Education department.
Associate Continuing Education Coordinator
Name: Max Ruge
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), NREMT, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, CEVO
Biography: I am a junior from McLean, VA, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. I became an EMT the summer before my freshman year of college and joined Eagle EMS early in my first semester at BC. I am really looking forward to working on the continuing education classes this semester in Eagle EMS.
Description: The Continuing Education Coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling, and securing instructors all continuing education lectures, drills, and other training activities for Eagle EMS members. This involves offering trainings more frequently than this year.
Community Education Coordinator
Name: Kevin Zirko
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: NREMT, EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Lombard, Illinois and I will be a sophomore this year at Boston College. I am a pre-med chemistry major with a minor in mathematics and this will be my second year as a member of Eagle EMS. I received my NREMT certification during the summer before my freshman year. I joined EEMS early in my freshman year, and quickly fell in love with it. This will be my first year as a coordinator and I’m looking forward to being more involved.
Name: Alex Lucas
Certifications: EMT-B (PA), BLS for the Healthcare Provider, ASHI CPR Instructor
Biography: I live in Broomall, Pennsylvania and will be a junior this year at BC. I have been volunteering for my local EMS since 2009 and work as an EMT for Keystone Quality Transport. I am studying for a major in Psychology and am looking forward to becoming more involved with Eagle EMS and the BC community.
Description: The Community Education Coordinator is responsible for planning and securing instructors for monthly CPR classes. The Community Education Coordinator is also responsible for planning visits to local primary and secondary schools to provide community-based medical education (i.e. What to do in an emergency, basic first aid, etc.) as well as any other projects that would strengthen Eagle EMS’s position in the wider community. The Community Education Coordinator should also strive to increase Eagle EMS’s educational and outreach efforts on the BC campus.
Director of Professional Development
Name: Andrew Becker
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), AHA BLS Instructor, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, ACLS Provider, CEVO
Biography: I am from Long Island, New York and a senior this year at Boston College. I'm majoring in Biochemistry and will hopefully be applying to medical school this upcoming summer. I started with Eagle EMS as an observer in the winter of my freshman year, and now look forward to ending my time with this organization as the Director of Professional Development. My goals for this year are to maintain the outstanding professionalism of this organization while at the same time, keep and strengthen the connections that I made last year with the members as a Member Services coordinator.
Description:The Director of Professional Development is personally responsible for implementing a program to monitor the skills progress and Operations knowledge of Provisional EMTs and EMTs, and to work with these members in commendation or remediation. The DPD will oversee all rank advancement progress in the organization, with the assistance of the Vice President. The Director of Professional Development is also responsible for overseeing the work of the Human Resources Coordinator, the Public Relations Coordinator, and the Member Services Coordinator. This includes long-term planning, prioritizing assignments and ensuring that the forenamed Coordinators complete projects as assigned and receive assistance when necessary. The Director of Professional Development is personally responsible for directing and overseeing professional advancement within the operational structure of Eagle EMS and providing leadership development opportunities for the entire organization.
Human Resources Coordinator
Name: Danielle Cahn
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a sophomore Nursing major from West Boylston, Massachusetts. I started as an observer with Eagle EMS last year and became EMT-B certified this past summer. I am proud to represent this outstanding organization on campus and I look forward to another great year.
Name: Ashley Kuligowski
Certifications: EMT-B (CT, MA), BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Newtown, CT and became an Mass EMT through BC in the fall of 2012. Since then I have been a member of Eagle EMS and loved it so much I decided to get my CT certification and spent my summer of 2013 staffing 24 hours a week for my hometown's ambulance corps. I am going to be a senior this year and am majoring in Biology with a Pre-med focus hoping to attend PA school next year! I am really looking forward to a great year and serving Eagle EMS in the HR department!
Description: The HR Coordinator is in charge of processing all applications and the organizing the orientation of all members. He or she is also responsible for ensuring that all members have the proper paperwork and certifications on file. The HR Coordinator is responsible for managing member activity/inactivity and ensuring that members understand Eagle EMS membership requirements. The Human Resources Coordinator is also personally responsible for implementation an initial orientation program for all new members and those returning to active status after a period of inactivity.
Member Services Coordinator
Name: Alexis Cook
Certifications: EMT-B (NY), BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a junior from Rochester, NY and I am in the pre-med program studying biochemistry. I joined Eagle EMS at the end of my freshman year as an observer and this will be my first year as an officer. I received my EMT training through a community college this past summer. In addition to Eagle EMS, I am also on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team here at BC. Please feel free to contact me about any questions or comments you may have!
Name: Kayla Authelet
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a sophomore from Cumberland, RI in A&S studying biology on the pre-med track. This year I will be serving as the Member Services Coordinator along with Alexis Cook. I took the EMT-B class after my freshman year. Both the organization and the members of Eagle EMS sparked my interest in becoming an EMT and becoming more involved in the organization. I am very excited to help foster a greater sense of community within Eagle EMS!
Description: The Member Services Coordinator is responsible for addressing the ongoing needs of members and planning social events with the aims of fostering personal and organizational growth, and camaraderie between members of the organization, including the Annual Awards Banquet. The Member Services Coordinator will be responsible for organizing the office hours of the Directors and Coordinators as well as holding extensive office hours to communicate with members. Another responsibility includes establishing and overseeing a committee of General Members to liaison between Coordinators and the General Membership. Furthermore, the Member Services Coordinator is responsible for all facilitating all recruitment activities including Student Programs Office Student Activity Days, National Collegiate EMS Week, and other recruiting events throughout the year.
Public Relations Coordinator
Name: Matt DiOrio
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (MA, CT), BLS for the Healthcare Provider, C-CERT, CEVO
Biography: I am a senior from the small town of Burlington, Connecticut and I am studying Biochemistry and also pursuing a minor in Medical Humanities. I became certified in Massachusetts through the Eagle EMS program offered at Boston College my freshman year, and have been involved in Eagle EMS since. Following graduation, I am considering medical school as well as a Masters in Public Health. I'm very excited to work with members of our organization as well as the Boston College community. We Are...BC!
Name: Laura Berardo
Certifications: BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a junior from San Antonio, Texas. I am pre-med with a biology and english double major. After joining Eagle EMS last spring as an observer, I became the assistant public relations coordinator. In addition to Eagle EMS, I am member of UGBC. I hope to continue working for and improving eagle EMS by becoming an EMT this fall and further involving myself as an officer.
Description: The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the Eagle EMS Website, Facebook, Twitter, and myBC page, and will be directly responsible for producing all flyers and publicity documents for Eagle EMS. There is enormous opportunity for growth in this area; it is expected that this Coordinator explores and utilizes new media to expand Eagle EMS’s public image, including making training resources available to Eagle EMS members, and other members of the collegiate EMS community. In addition, the PR Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Eagle EMS Focus Group and well as liaising with various campus organizations for the purpose of public relations.