CPR Consultants’ Staff
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.
YaKisha Cole – Administrative Assistant
YaKisha has been with CPR Consultants since August 2010. She started at the company as an office assistant and was promoted to the role of administrative assistant. YaKisha is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Durham, NC. She has been married for eighteen years to her husband David, who together they have three sons B’jorn 11yrs old, Ryshad 12yrs old and Justin 21yrs. She can always be found wearing an infectious smile that brightens the room and something Hello Kitty. In her free time, YaKisha loves reading novels and cooking, shopping, trying new recipes, walking her puppies SirNahla and Soumis, watching football, and defeating her husband in a game of pool.