Boston College EMS Officers

On this page you will find information about the leadership of Boston College EMS. The organization is divided into 3 divisions, Education, Operations, and Professional Development, who are advised by the Boston College EMS Advisers, and who report to the President of Boston College EMS.

President
Name: Kristen DiBlasi
Rank: Supervisor
Certifications: EMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, ITLS, 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 my town ambulance squad while still in high school and then continued to work there after I graduated. I am now a senior at BC studying Psychology and working towards a minor in Management and Leadership. Boston College EMS was the first organization I joined my freshman year at BC. I have served as Human Resources Coordinator, Director of Professional Development and Vice President and will be the President for my last year. I can not begin to adequately describe the influence Boston College EMS has had on my time at Boston College. This organization has provided me with an incredible opportunity for personal growth as well as relationships that will last me a lifetime. I look forward to having one final year to help grown and develop this organization to the best it can be!

Email: EagleEMSPresident@gmail.com

Description: The President of Boston College 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 Boston College 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 Boston College EMS and the University, as well as the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and the Boston College EMS Medical Director.


Vice President
Name: Kevin Zirko
Rank: Supervisor
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), NREMT, AHA BLS instructor, CEVO, PEARS, ALS/BLS interface, ICS 100 200 700 800, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Lombard, IL, a suburb about thirty minutes outside of Chicago. After graduating from Montini Catholic High School, I enrolled in an EMT course and received my EMT license just before coming to BC. I am now a junior on the pre-med track, majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development in the Lynch School of Education and Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences while minoring in Special Education. I joined Boston College EMS the first semester of my freshman year, and I was the Community Education Coordinator last year. I am excited and honored to take on more responsibilities this year as the Vice President of this amazing organization!

Email: EagleEMSVP@gmail.com

Description: The Vice President of Boston College EMS is personally responsible for the daily operations of Boston College 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: Paris McAdam
Rank: Supervisor
Certifications: EMT-B (CT, MA), NREMT, Paramedic Assist., Fire Fighter I/II & HazMat/WMD Operations (NFPA), Fire Police, AHA BLS Instructor, Waterfront Lifeguard, C-CERT, PEARS, BLS for the Healthcare Provide
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 junior here at BC and am pursuing a degree in the Connell School of Nursing. I joined Boston College EMS in the fall of my freshman year and am looking forward to my second year as DO as well as helping the organization move forward this year. Go Eagles!

Email: EagleEMSDO@gmail.com

Description: The Director of Operations oversees the Special Events Coordinator and the Ambulance Operations 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 Boston College EMS Medical Director and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, to continue ensuring and improving the quality of the medical care that Boston College EMS provides.

Special Events Coordinator
Name: Zach Boivin
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications:
Biography: I am from South Windsor, Connecticut and I joined Boston College 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.

Email: EagleEMSEvents@gmail.com

Description: I am from Bedford, NH, which is only 45 minutes from BC. I graduated from Trinity High School in Manchester. I took my EMT-B class the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college. I joined Boston College EMS during my sophomore year with no EMT experience, but now I work as an EMT at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. I am a junior at BC studying Biology, on the pre-med track. I am excited to be the Special Event Operations Coordinator this year, and I look forward to getting to know all the members. Boston College EMS has helped me gain the experience necessary to become a better EMT, and at the same time making new friends.

Ambulance Operations Coordinator
Name: Eric Schmitt
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications:
Biography: Although I was born in Germany, I grew up in Mountain View, California. Coming to Boston College, I had no EMS experience at all, and I was lucky to meet a lot of motivating and empowering EMT's in Boston College EMS that pushed me to work a lot of shifts and to constantly improve my skills. During my first year with Boston College EMS, I was able to rank up to Crew Chief, and was honored to be chosen as the next Ambulance Operations Coordinator. Now that I am starting my second year, I look to emulate the older members of the program who helped me develop so much, and give back to a program that has done so much for me. Outside of Boston College EMS, you may see me as part of the Army ROTC program or working with the Eagle Escort Service.

Email: EagleEMSAmbOps@gmail.com

Description: The Ambulance Operations Coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of Boston College 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.


Director of Education
Name: Max Ruge
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B MA, NREMT, AHA CPR Instructor, ICS 100, 200, and PEARS
Biography: I am a senior Psychology BS major from McLean, VA. The summer before my freshman year at Boston College, I took the EMT class to gain more exposure to the healthcare field and really enjoyed the class. One of the first things I did when I got to BC was sign up for Boston College EMS, and it has been an amazing experience for me since my very first few days in Boston. Last year, I was the Continuing Education Coordinator and had an invaluable experience planning and organizing CME classes throughout the semester. This year, I’m extremely excited to continue working with the Education Department in my new role as Director of Education.

Email: EagleEMSDE@gmail.com

Description: The Director of Education oversees the Advancing Education Coordinator, the Continuing Education Coordinator, the CPR 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: Caroline Repetti
Rank: EMT
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: My hometown is Dover, MA, just 25 minutes from BC. I attended Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, where I cross-country skied, played soccer and ran track and cross-country. Besides being a part of Boston College EMS at BC, I play on the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and work with the Appalachia Volunteers club. I am currently a sophomore on the pre-med track and pursuing a major in Psychology. I joined Boston College EMS as an observer the second semester of my freshman year and am proud to say that I just received my EMT certification this past summer in an Boston College EMS-sponsored class at BC. I love serving the BC community through Boston College EMS and I’m so excited to play a bigger role in the organization as Advancing Education coordinator this year!

Email: EagleEMSAdvEd@gmail.com

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: Emma Baird
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a senior nursing student from Baltimore, MD. I joined Boston College EMS the fall of my sophomore year as an observer in hopes of getting more patient care experience. Now, two years later, I am proud to say that I have gotten my EMT certification and ranked up to crew chief. I am thrilled to be getting more involved in the organization as one of the continuing education coordinators.

Email: EagleEMSConEd@gmail.com

Continuing Education Coordinator
Name: Tyler D’Agostino
Rank: EMT
Certifications: NY EMT, MA EMT, NREMT, AHA CPR, CEVO, ICS-700, ICS-100 and IS-5 hazmat intro.
Biography: I am from East Islip, NY, a suburb on Long Island. From 15 years old I became involved with EMS by joining my local volunteer ambulance corp. I began riding at 16 and received my EMT certification my senior year of high school. I still enjoy riding with my volunteer squad during breaks and over the summer. I am now a sophomore at BC majoring in biochemistry on the pre-med track. I joined Boston College EMS my freshman year and I’m the rank of EMT. I’m thrilled to be one of the continuing education coordinators. I can’t wait to contribute to the education of our members and all of our affiliates. My certifications are as follows NY EMT, MA EMT, NREMT, AHA CPR, CEVO, ICS-700, ICS-100 and IS-5 hazmat intro.

Email: EagleEMSConEd2@gmail.com

Description: The Continuing Education Coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling, and securing instructors all continuing education lectures, drills, and other training activities for Boston College EMS members. This involves offering trainings more frequently than this year.

Community Education Coordinator
Name: Jessica Atton
Rank: EMT
Certifications: NREMT, EMT-B (CT), BLS for Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am from Madison, Connecticut; a small town on the CT shoreline. I admired Boston College EMS from afar for 1 year before deciding to join at the beginning of my sophomore year. I had just become an EMT that summer and was anxious to become a part of the organization! I am now a junior at BC studying nursing, so Boston College EMS has challenged me to put my medical knowledge to use amongst our own student body and keeps me on my toes with new experiences every year. This is my first year as an officer and I’m delighted to be able to extended the influence of our organization into the community and educate others in my new role as Community Education Coordinator!

Email: EagleEMSCommEd@gmail.com

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 Boston College EMS’s position in the wider community. The Community Education Coordinator should also strive to increase Boston College EMS’s educational and outreach efforts on the BC campus.

CPR Education Coordinator
Name: Alex Lucas
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (PA), BLS for the Healthcare Provider, AHA CPR Instructor, ASHI CPR Instructor, CEVO, PEARS
Biography: I live in Broomall, Pennsylvania and will be a senior 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 a Psychology B.S. major and an enthusiastic supporter of Boston College EMS activities. I look forward to continuing to plan and teach CPR and/or first aid classes and helping with the growth of Boston College EMS. Email me if you would like to schedule a private class!

Email: Description: The CPR Coordinator is responsible for planning and ensuring instructors for the monthly CPR classes. This includes the maintenance of all CPR equipment and working with our Training Center, Armstrong Ambulance Company.


Director of Professional Development
Name: Andrea McDonagh
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B (MA), AHA BLS Instructor, BLS for the Healthcare Provider, ACLS Provider, CEVO
Biography:

Email: EagleEMSDPD@gmail.com

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 Boston College EMS and providing leadership development opportunities for the entire organization.

Human Resources Coordinator
Name: Natalia Jelen
Rank: EMT
Certifications: EMT-B, NREMT, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer
Biography: I am from Kildeer, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago. I joined Boston College EMS as an observer the second semester of my freshman year. I was then certified as an EMT-B in Illinois the summer before my sophomore year at BC. I will be a junior this year studying Biology. I am looking forward to working as the HR coordinator this year and being part of the team that helps this organization grow.

Email: EagleEMSHR@gmail.com

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 Boston College 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: Elaine Hynds
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography:

Name: Suji Kim
Rank: EMT
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography:I am a senior from Brooklyn, NY studying psychology with a clinical concentration. Working as an EMT with Boston College EMS for the past year has sparked my interests in applying to post-bacc pre-health programs in order to attend medical school when I graduate. My parents have been a huge influence with me becoming an EMT. My dad is the chief of an EMS agency and has been paramedic for 30 years, and my mom was an EMT during her early years, so naturally EMS has always been a big part of my life. This year, I have the opportunity to be one of your Member Services Coordinators and I’m looking forward to extending my EMS family to the rest of the members of this organization!

Email: EagleEMSMS@gmail.com

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: Kayla Authelet
Rank: Crew Chief
Certifications: EMT-B, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Biography: I am a junior from Cumberland, RI in A&S studying biology on the pre-med track. This year I will be serving as the Public Relations Coordinator along with Chris Karasoutos. I took the EMT-B class after my freshman year. Both the organization and the members of Boston College 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 Boston College EMS!

Name: Chris Karasoutos
Rank: EMT
Certifications: EMT-B (NJ), BLS for Healthcare Provider
Biography:
I am a junior from a small town in central New Jersey called Robbinsville. After attending Robbinsville High School,I began studying Chemistry while on the pre-medical track here at Boston College. I joined Boston College EMS during the spring of my freshman year as an observer. From July to August of the following summer, I took an EMT class in New Jersey with MONOC to become certified and then worked as an EMT in Boston College EMS my sophomore year. I am incredibly honored to be co-Public Relations Coordinator with Kayla and look forward to doing some exciting things with our prestigious organization!
Email: EagleEMSPR@gmail.com

Description: The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the Boston College EMS Website, Facebook, Twitter, and myBC page, and will be directly responsible for producing all flyers and publicity documents for Boston College EMS. There is enormous opportunity for growth in this area; it is expected that this Coordinator explores and utilizes new media to expand Boston College EMS’s public image, including making training resources available to Boston College EMS members, and other members of the collegiate EMS community. In addition, the PR Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Boston College EMS Focus Group and well as liaising with various campus organizations for the purpose of public relations.


Financial Officer
Name: Rachael McGillivray
Rank: Crew Chief
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 Boston College 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.

Name: Rachel French
Rank: EMT
Certifications: BLS for the Healthcare Provider, NREMT
Biography:I am from West Chester, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. I attended the Academy of Notre Dame High School in Villanova where I was active on the tennis and softball teams, founded the school's paddle team, and was Vice President of National Honor Society, I just finished my EMT-B class and am in the process of getting NREMT certified [or: I just received my EMT-B certification] and have been volunteering on a local, busy ambulance squad. I am now a sophomore at BC most likely studying Chemistry but still in the process of officially deciding. I joined Boston College EMS my freshman year as an observer and am very much looking forward to my role as financial coordinator this year. The amazing people I have met through Boston College EMS have been a large reason for my happiness at BC and I am proud to be part of such an incredible organization.

Email: EagleEMSFinancial@gmail.com

Description: The Financial Officer is responsible for managing all aspects of Boston College 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 Officer 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.

Technology Officer
Name: Andrew Francl
Rank: EMT
Biography:
I am a junior from Salt Lake City, UT. I recieved my EMT-B certification from the state of Utah between my Freshman and sophomore year. However, I had have been a menber of Boston College EMS since the fall of my freshman year, and am excited to be return to as the Technology officer this year. I am currently pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Biology with a concentration in Bioinformatics.

Description: The Information Technology Officer is directly responsible for creating, updating, and maintaining the Boston College EMS Website so that it is both professional and user-friendly. It is also expected that the Information Technology Officer will look for new ways integrate technology in the organization to keep Boston College EMS as up-to-date as possible.