Charlene Jansen
Charlene JansenM.S.c., NRP, EMS Instructor
Charlene began her EMS career in 1980 at Callaway County Ambulance District, a small rural system in central Missouri. In 1981 she obtained her paramedic certification from St. Louis University and began working for the City of St. Louis in 1983. During her tenure with the City of St. Louis, EMS was merged with the St. Louis Fire Department. She became the EMS Training Officer for 860 uniformed personnel. Her first paramedic class was held in 1991 and she has remained committed to all aspects of EMS education. She has been the program manager for St. Louis Community College which had an enrollment of over 500 EMS students annually.
She also gained valuable experience while employed by St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the Emergency Unit and as the Trauma Data Analyst for the Trauma Division. She now holds the position of EMS faculty at Mineral Area College where she is responsible for EMS education. Charlene holds a Bachelor of Science in EMS Management from Lindenwood University – Cum Laude and a Master of Management from Fontbonne University. She remains a licensed paramedic in the State of Missouri. She is married with two daughters and three adorable grandchildren.

John P Newton
John P NewtonB.S., NRP, EMS Instructor
Mr. Newton is a National Registered Paramedic and lives in Augusta, Georgia with his wife and two daughters. He began his career in EMS as an Airport Fire Fighter in the United States Marine Corps in 1994. While stationed in California Mr. Newton took his first EMT-Basic class but did not take registry. With his discharge in 1998, Mr. Newton decided he liked the medical side and so he had to set through another EMT-Basic class to be able to take National Registry. Mr. Newton returned to his native state of Alabama and began working in industrial EMS until he completed the EMT-Intermediate program.

He then began working for a traditional rural ambulance service while completing his paramedic course work. After obtaining his paramedic, Mr. Newton continued on to complete his Associates in Applied Science EMS/Health Science. During his years of service as a National Registered Paramedic, Mr. Newton has moved several times seeking new challenges within the EMS field. He has worked for urban, metropolitan, and major metropolitan EMS services–primarily 911 only–while teaching continuing education classes to his peers, nurses, doctors and medical students at two different medical schools. Mr. Newton has also taught as an adjunct instructor for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic. He also participated in several cardiac studies that have led to national standards for STEMI protocols and the publication of a 12-lead EKG book for paramedics.

Mr. Newton’s last position before becoming a part of the Distance CME Team of instructors was as a Department of the Army Civilian Paramedic. Mr. Newton completed his Bachelors of Science in History at Troy University. Since 2012, he has been a Lead Instructor at Distance CME and Paramedic Mentor in the Paramedic Test Prep Program.

Jonathan Willoughby
Jonathan WilloughbyM.Ed, B.S, NRP, EMS Instructor
Jon Willoughby is from Grand Blanc, Michigan. After finishing his 4 year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, he began his career in EMS and Fire. He worked for 911 private ambulance services in Flint, MI, as a dispatcher for Grand Blanc Township Police Department, and as a volunteer firefighter for Grand Blanc Fire Department while attending University of Michigan-Flint.


Mr. Willoughby worked as a municipal firefighter/paramedic, a contract firefighter/paramedic in Iraq, a Department of Defense firefighter/paramedic, and as a Search and Rescue Paramedic for the Department of State Air Wing in Iraq. He then worked in New Mexico as a Lead Instructor for University of New Mexico on the USAF Pararescue Paramedic Program and he was appointed as an Air Force civilian to the Clinical Coordinator position for the USAF Pararescue Paramedic Program. In the Fall of 2013, he became the Paramedic Program Director for a collaboration of 2 accredited paramedic programs, Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN and Ridgewater College in Hutchinson, MN.  Mr. Willoughby is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Educational Technology program at Central Michigan University. He is a lifetime member of NAEMT, the PHTLS/TCCC State Coordinator for NAEMT, and a member of NAEMSE.

Charlie Bortle
Charlie BortleEd.D., RRT-NPS, NREMT-P
Charlie Bortle began his EMS career in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he has worked as a BLS and ALS provider since 1979. Additionally, Charlie is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with Pediatric/Perinatal subspecialty certification. He continues to work in respiratory critical care and the NICU on weekends. His critical care transport career was primarily at Sky FlightCare outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Charlie currently is the Director of the Center for Clinical Competency, a high fidelity Simulation Center at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, which specializes in nursing, resident, and fellowship education, patient safety, and research. In addition to teaching with Distance CME, Charlie teaches in the PA program at Arcadia University, and the MS in Disaster Medicine and Management program at Philadelphia University. During his career, Charlie has coordinated more than 60 Paramedic programs, and holds instructorships in virtually all of the major EMS related certification programs.

Charlie has a doctorate in Education and a Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix. Recent publications include chapters in several well-known EMS textbooks, a chapter in a Physician Assistant Review Guide, and the Respiratory Arrest section in the Merck Manual. Charlie has multiple journal citations and assisted in the 1998 re-write of the National Standard Paramedic Curriculum. He was awarded EMS Educator of the Year by the PA department of Health in 2013.

Klint Kloepping
Klint KloeppingFP-C, NRP, C-NPT, AAS, EMS Instructor
Klint began his EMS career as a junior firefighter in his hometown of Gallatin, MO at the age of sixteen.

Upon completion of high school Klint attended college and EMT school. Klint worked as an EMT while attending paramedic school at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE and graduated with the academic achievement award for excellence. Soon after, Klint completed his AAS and enlisted in the United States Air Force attending the Department of Defense Fire Academy at Goodfellow AFB, TX. He was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC where he remains a reservist with the 916 Civil Engineering Flight/916th Air Refueling Wing. Klint further advanced his paramedic career training in critical care as part of the Cleveland Clinic Certified Intensive Care Provider course receiving his critical care certification. He also holds a specialty certification in neonatal pediatric transport and the BCCTPC Flight Paramedic certification. He is currently pursuing a Baccalaureate degree in EMS management through Western Carolina University and his RN through Excelsior College. Klint resides in North Carolina with his wife, Kelly, and son, Owen. He works full time as a Critical Care Paramedic in both the clinical setting and ground critical care transport. Klint is also a contributing author to and is heavily involved in Free Open Access Medical Education and EMS education.

Bruce Hoffman
Bruce HoffmanMSN-sED, BSN-RN, NRP, CT EMS I
Bruce is a critical care registered nurse and paramedic who has worked in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland.  His clinical background includes the ICU, ER, Trauma, Cardiology and Flight.
He is happily married to Stephanie, after meeting her while working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  They currently live in Connecticut with their daughter Ava Mae and their 160 lb. English Mastiff, Maggie.  In addition to being an active volunteer and officer with the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., Bruce enjoys professional gigs in clinical and distance medical education, advocacy, leadership, consultation and blogging.
Russ Ruszczyk
Russ RuszczykNRP, EMS Instructor
Russ,  is originally from Chicago (that explains the accent), spent a lot of years in Nebraska, currently in Lake Jackson, Texas.

I started my EMS career, as a medic in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, became a Registered Radiology Tech after that working mostly the adult cardiac cath lab, but did do five years at a Children’s hospital. Became a Registered Paramedic in 1982, did 20 years as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic, taught for several university and college based EMS programs.  Became a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator and maintained brain dead organ donors in ICU for 5 years and also worked aboard the Kannesville Queen, a casino riverboat.

I’m located about 50 miles south of Houston, 50 miles west of Galveston Island and about 13 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.  I enjoy teaching for Distance CME because I can do classes anytime, sunrise, sunset, midnight or anytime in between and anywhere.

James Boomhower
James BoomhowerB.S., NRP, FP-C, C-NPT
James C Boomhower, B.S., FP-C, C-NPT, NR-P has been involved in EMS for 14 years.

James is active in EMS throughout New York and Maine in 911 based systems along with currently working as a full time Critical Care Transport Specialist-Paramedic with Boston Medflight in Bedford Massachusetts. While obtaining his bachelors of science in medical biology James ran the University of New England’s EMS Response team from 2009-2011 leading a group of nearly two dozen EMT’s in a quick response BLS agency. As an educator he worked as adjunct faculty in Southern Maine Community College and currently is a Lead Instructor and Test Prep Mentor for online based CME and education provider Distance CME. Outside of the classroom James works as content contributor for Limmer Creative and writes for Distance CME’s ALS and Critical Care blog site. A passionate healthcare provider James was a recipient of the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life award in 2005.


Scott F. McConnell
Scott F. McConnellRN, CEN, PHRN, NRP, EMS Instructor
Scott started his EMS career in 1990 becoming an EMT-M in the state of PA, then an EMT-P in 1995. NRP in 1998, RN in 2008.

Always wanting to do more I tried several different career fields in EMS, Transport, 911, Cath Lab, Critical Care Transport, and finally circled my way back to EMS Education. I founded Distance CME with 2 partners, and in 2016 merged with OnCourse Learning the largest single provider of Health Care education in the country. This relationship has enabled us to provide education to an ever growing audience that sees Live On-Line education as the easiest, simplest way to get top quality education while keeping you working.

Christopher Myers
Christopher MyersFP-C, NRP, EMS Instructor
Chris Myers is a Flight Paramedic who currently works full-time for Indiana University Health Lifeline.

Chris began his EMS career as an EMT volunteering for a fire department in Baltimore County, Maryland. He was then hired by a private ambulance company and was contracted to the Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Team where he worked for six years transporting critically ill neonatal patients. While working full time for this team he went through his Paramedic training and was then contracted to Johns Hopkins Hospital Lifeline where he worked as a critical care paramedic for three years. Two years ago he began teaching continuing education for National Registry Paramedics with the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie and traveling.

Rebecca Valentine
Rebecca ValentineB.S, EMT-P, I/C, NCEE
Graduating from Springfield College with a B.S. in Psychology,

Becky worked in and later ran sheltered workshops, group homes and staffed apartments with adults with diagnoses of developmental disabilities, autism (spectrum), traumatic brain injuries, various mental health issues (personality, psychotic and mood disorders) and those who are dually diagnosed. 1992, she started in EMS, becoming a practical instructor right out of school and has been working her way up the ranks ever since.  Becky worked on Transfer and 911 trucks as well as Lead Educator and Clinical Training Center Coordinator (AHA related) at a private ambulance company.  In 2006, Becky founded and continues to be the Director/Advisor and Lead Educator for Wellesley College EMS.  She holds the honor of Training Center Faculty for the Clinical Training Center, which is out of Boston Medical Center and proudly lectures at both local and national EMS conferences.  Truly believing that giving back and pay it forward strengthens the EMS Community, Becky began doing volunteer work for the American Heart Association as Regional Faculty, the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Committee and is currently on the New England ECC Committee.  She is active with social media, founding and administrating several types of Facebook group pages including International Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survivors, EMS Educators and Other Tribal Elders and most recently an homage page to a fallen EMS colleague.   Being a member of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) since 2002, Having previous chaired the Recognition Committee, Becky currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary/Executive Committee for NAEMSE and will be sworn in for a second term in August, 2016.  She currently lives in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.

Richard Main
Richard MainM.Ed., NRP, EMS Instructor
Richard has been in EMS since 1993 obtaining his EMT from Johnson County Community College.  He lived in Arizona and worked in private EMS and for a fire department in Southern Arizona for 10 years.

During that time, he obtained his paramedic certification and went back to school for a Bachelor’s in Business Management. His wife and he decided to move to Las Vegas, NV. in April 2004.  He obtained his Master’s degree in adult education with electives focused on distance education in 2012.


Daniel J. Cotroneo
Daniel J. CotroneoEMT, EMS Instructor, Ret. Fire Capt.
Dan is a retired Fire Captain/EMT from St. Paul, MN and now lives in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife. He began his career in public service/emergency response back in early 1980’s as a Navy Submarine Radioman/Damage Control crew member.

He worked for St. Paul, MN Fire Department from 1992-2014, as a firefighter/EMT, 15 years of that service as a Captain. Dan has also worked at the local community colleges as a lead instructor and has also worked for other companies as well as his own company as an OSHA safety consultant. Dan has also owned his own insurance company that specialized in coverage for firefighter, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel. Since retirement Dan has gone back to college to work on his Theology degree and gone back to EMS training to give back to the men and women that he holds the most respect for, the backbone of our cities, our first responders.

Timothy Wojcik
Timothy WojcikM.A.Ed., NRP, EMS Instructor
Tim Wojcik has over 25 years of public safety experience. He has served as a firefighter/paramedic, as well as a company and chief level officer in large combination fire systems and third service EMS agencies.

Mr. Wojcik has spent much of his career educating and training others and received his Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning in 2006.

Mr. Wojcik lives in the Midlands of South Carolina with his wife, 4 children, 3 turtles, 2 dogs and 1 fish. He and his family enjoy spending time outdoors enjoying sporting events, hiking and camping.