Paul Kearns, BA, EMT-P, CPDM – President
Paul has been an emergency medical professional for the past twenty-five years. Paul graduated with a BA in history from the Plattsburgh State University of New York in 1990. Shortly after completing his degree, he continued with post baccalaureate work in medical sciences and became a paramedic in 1992. Paul spent the next 10 years as a New York City paramedic, a critical care transport professional and firefighter. During that time, Paul conducted research with New York University Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in the fields of emergency medicine, pediatric injury prevention, and pediatric paramedic education. In 2000, Paul assumed the role of Education, Performance improvement and Research Director for the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System CEMS. He moved to North Carolina in 2005 and has been teaching with CPR Consultants since 2006.
Paul has been an American Heart Association Instructor since 1991. Paul is an accomplished speaker, giving talks on EMS, critical care transport, pediatric injury prevention, safety, disaster preparedness, and emergency response to stroke. Recently, Paul completed the graduate certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the UNC – Chapel Hill School of Public Health. In 2007, Paul was nominated to serve on the American Heart Association Community Strategies Council and continues to work with AHA Advocacy. Paul lives in Apex, NC with his wife Linda, and daughters Amanda and Leanne. When not at home with his family, you can find Paul cheering for his NY Jets, playing soccer or golfing.
Rebecca DeWitt – Controller
Rebecca, who hails from Maryland, traveled down 95 South with her husband Doug in 1996 and started her own IT Business, ESP Computing. Although she has only been with CPR Consultants, Inc for a few years, she has been a part of family for over 15 years as the IT consultant. With a background in Bookkeeping, Office Management and IT is was only a matter of time before she decided join CPR Consultants, Inc. Rebecca, is known as the foodie of the office and can always be found challenging the staff to try new foods.
YaKisha Cole – Director of Client Relations
YaKisha has been CPR Consultants, Inc. since August 2010. She started at the company as an office assistant and was quickly promoted as the Office Manager. Her unique ability to develop and build lasting relationships with clients encourage her step in her current role as the Director of Client Relations. YaKisha is a North Carolina native, was born and raised in Durham. Together with her husband David of twenty years they have two handsome sons B’jorn and Justin along with their fur babies Soumis and Hope.
Everyone who comes in her presence always leaves feeling better. If her desk filled with Hello Kitty happiness does not change your mood, her infectious smile, joyful laughter and her over the top positive attitude certainly will. In her free time, YaKisha can be found working out, reading novels, cooking, watching football, playing pool or entertaining her family and friends.
Kayla Woodard – Office Manager
Kayla brings 10+ years of experience of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Client Service. Originally from Athens, Georgia, Kyla moved north a few states and currently resides in Garner with her two children. In her spare time, she enjoys tending to her garden, mountain biking, and volunteering locally.