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 – Office Manager
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 Office Manager. 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 two handsome sons B’jorn 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, cooking, shopping, trying new recipes, walking her furbabie SirNahla and Soumis, watching football, in the gym or defeating her husband in a game of pool. Her desk is filled with happiness and she is always the laughter of the office.
Bronson McClaim – Account Representative
Bronson McClain is a avid soccer player and former Pro Gamer from Raleigh. He has worked with big brands such as, Planet Fitness, Nikki Lund, and Greg Writer, among other distinctions in the field. Bronson can always be found wearing a smile and some of the coolest socks around. As the main point of contact for CPR classes and AED Sales, Information and Support, Bronson prides himself on customer and client relations.
Ruth Alvarez – Office Administration
Ruth was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is the middle child of five girls. A graduate of THE Ohio State University, Ruth is an amazing mother of 4 beautiful children and has been an AHA Faculty Instructor for over 15 years. During her free time she can be found spoiling her family and the office with authentic Puerto Rican food and spending time with her granddaughter Gianna and furbabies Pancake and Brutus.
Ela Perez – Office Support
Ela was born in Columbus, Ohio and while many people always ask the question, “How old are you?”, Ela worked extremely to graduate from high school a year early and is currently enrolled at WTCC. She is a valuable asset to the CPR Consultants, Inc. and provides excellent staff support. She recently completed the AHA Instructor Essentials Course and has been a favorite with many clients. When not in the office you can catch Ela poolside with her bestie, panting or hanging out with her mom. Two fun facts about Ela; she has twin brother and they share their birthday with the youngest billionaire, Kylie Jenner.