Faculty & Staff

Our faculty is hand picked because of their expertise and years of experience in the EMS and medical field.  We have over 25 faculty and staff members who are licensed Paramedics, Nurses and Physicians.  Our Administrative staff consists of knowledgeable personnel who manage the EMS, American Heart Association and PHTLS courses on a daily basis.

Paramedic / EMT Instructors

  • Russ Adams
  • Gerry Huber
  • Morgan Luter
  • Garrett Ryan
  • Adam Stack

Medical Director

  • Dr. Joe Beirne

Clinical Coordinator

Administration

  • Geri DePauli
  • Toni Milan
  • Donna Weiss

Adjunct Instructors

  • Rich Dandridge
  • Shannon Davis
  • Jared England
  • Paul Hale
  • Jason Isgrigg
  • Tony Lammert
  • Greg Maddock
  • Jason Marren
  • James Rujawitz
  • Eric Strasser
  • Elliot Thomas
  • Michael Zluhan
  • Donna Weiss, FF/EMT-P
    President/Program Director EMT Education
    Email:     donna@respondright.com

    Donna began her career as an EMT in 1998. In 1989 Donna began working as an Adjunct Instructor for St. Louis Community College and Christian Hospital Northeast until 2000. Donna worked as a ALS EMT at Christian Hospital Northeast and eventually a Paramedic. Donna served the North County Communities until she was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 2000 by the Monarch Fire Protection District. Donna served in this capacity, even serving as an in house Instructor until she was disabled in the Line of Duty in 2008

    Donna still felt she had many more years of service left to offer the FIRE/EMS Community, In 2001, she and Toni Milan began Respond Right LLC, specializing in providing on site corporate training in CPR/AED. In December 2008, the focus of Respond Right shifted to EMS Education. Respond Right EMS Academy became the first private entity the State of Missouri accredited have their own stand alone EMS Academy. Donna continues to work tirelessly to keep Respond Right EMS Academy on the cutting edge of the EMS Education industry
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    Education:
    • AAS - Paramedic Technology St .Louis Community College
    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • AHA Training Center Coordinator
    • Paramedic
    • Firefighter 1 & 2
    • ACLS Provider
    • PHTLS Provider
    • Primary Instructor
    • Fire Instructor 1
    • NAEMT Program DIrector
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • BLS Instructor
    Services Provided:
    • Director of Operations
  • Toni Milan, EMT-P
    Program Director Paramedic Education

    Toni is part owner of Respond Right and has been involved in the EMS field since 1996. Toni began her career working as an EMT-Basic at Christian Hospital EMS and was soon promoted to Paramedic on an ALS ambulance. In 2003, Toni began working for Lincoln County Ambulance as a Paramedic. In 2004 and 2005 Toni received the ‘Paramedic of The Year Award’ from the Lincoln County Ambulance District.

    In 2001, Toni and Donna Weiss began Respond Right when they saw the need for quality trained lay rescuers and healthcare providers. Today, Toni is actively involved with the daily operations of Respond Right.
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    Education:
    • BSIT Northeastern University
    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • American Heart Association BLS instructor
    • American Safety & Health Institute Instructor (ASHI)
    • Missouri EMS Instructor
    • ACLS Provider
    • BTLS Provider
  • Geri DePauli
    Office Manager

    Geri is the face of Respond Right! Whether you meet Geri on the phone or at the front door, she will be the one who introduces you to Respond Right. Geri will walk you through the entire Respond Right experience. Geri is extremely well versed in the requirements of becoming an EMT and/or Paramedic. Her enthusiastic personality represents the culture around our Academy. Geri is the daily point of contact person at Respond Right. She is the person who assists in problem solving and assisting in any needs our students or staff have throughout the day. Geri is also extremely knowledgeable about our 5.11 Tactical Clothing and Gear line in our Emergency Outfitters retail store. She will make sure you have the right information, the right resources and the right program for whatever the reason you came to Respond Right EMS Academy.
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  • Gerry Huber, MSN
    Paramedic Primary Instructor
    Email:     gerry.respondright@gmail.com

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Virtual e-ICU nurse Mercy Virtual 10/17 till present
    Serves as a clinical expert for cardiovascular, critical care and progressive care areas. Participates in continuous quality improvement projects such as sepsis and prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.

    Clinical Performance Acceleration Coordinator Mercy Corporate 11/14 to 10/17
    Develop clinical pathways and order sets for the Mercy system. Evaluate and develop educational for pathways. Serves as a clinical expert for cardiovascular care and nursing standards of care. Participates in continuous quality improvement projects. Research, develops, and integrates evidence-based practice into clinical environment. Participates in clinical audits and preparation for review by JCAHO and other regulatory agencies.

    Primary Instructor EMS Academy Respond Right EMS Academy 2/09 till present
    Develop education plans for prehospital students. Primary instructor for all
    cardiovascular topics including but not limited to the following topics: dysrhythmias; 12-lead lead ECG; toxidromes; pacemakers; cardioversion; pharmacology; medical terminology, cardiovascular assessments, disease recognition and management; and ACLS

    Cardiovascular Nurse Manager (CVICU/SPCU), St. John’s Mercy Heart Hospital 12/08 to 2/14
    Supervision of 12 bed CVICU and 20 bed Surgical Progressive Care Unit with daily accountability for operations, productivity, and budgetary considerations.
    Monitoring development of staff with creation of Improvement Plans and the administration of necessary counseling. Development, implementation and monitoring of Improvement Projects for Core Measures, quality issues, and process problems. Coordinate Cardiovascular Residency since 2010, developing and teaching lesson plans.

    Cardiovascular Nurse Clinician St. John’s Mercy Heart Hospital 08/99 to 12/08
    Develop educational programs for cardiovascular areas. Evaluate and develop educational plans for all new hires. Serves as a clinical expert for cardiovascular critical care and progressive care areas. Participates in continuous quality improvement projects. Research, develops, and integrates evidence-based practice into clinical environment. Participates in clinical audits and preparation for review by JCAHO and other regulatory agencies.

    Charge Nurse, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center 08/90 to 08/99 Staff Developer, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center 07/88 to 08/99 Clinical Nurse, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center 07/88 to 08/99
    Clinical Nurse, St. Louis University Hospital Critical Care Float 11/82 to 11/86
    Clinical Nurse, St. Joseph’s Hospital Kirkwood Missouri 05/77 to 11/82

    MEDICAL LEGAL EXPERT

    Medical legal expert for cardiovascular patients, 12/98 to present
    • Expert chart review, depositions and testimony in cases involving cardiovascular nursing care and standards.

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    • Clinical Performance Acceleration Coordinator, Mercy Corporate 11/14 to 10/17
    Conduct research for sponsored project by collecting, applying analytical data for the development and application of clinical pathways.
    • Research Nurse Supervisor, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 11/86 to 07/88
    Conduct research for sponsored project by collecting, applying analytical data as outlined in the multi-institutional TIMI II trial.
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    Education:
    • MSN, Nursing Education, January 2007 The University of Phoenix, St. Louis, Missouri. Practicum: Competency-Based Evaluation Tool
    • BSN, Nursing, December 2004 The University of Phoenix, St. Louis, Missouri.
    • Diploma, Nursing, May 1977 St. Luke’s School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri
    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • St. Louis Magazine Nurse Excellence Finalist 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 201
    • Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care. Volunteer and life time membership award 2007
    • Missouri ACLS Regional Faculty of the Year 2005-2006
    • National Member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses 03/92 to present
    • Local member Greater St. Louis Chapter AACN 03/05 to present.
    • Regional Faculty ACLS American Heart Association since 07/92. Participate in local organizational meetings, symposiums, and community projects.
  • Russ Adams, Captain/EMT-P
    Paramedic Instructor
    Email:     russ@respondright.com

    Russ has worked in fire and EMS for 26 years. He received his EMT license in 1982 and began working for a private ambulance service. In 1984 Russ obtained his Paramedic license. Russ began teaching for the Saint Louis Community College as an adjunct and in 1986 and began teaching the EMT classes as a primary instructor. In 1987 Russ began working for Robertson Fire Protection District and in that same year began teaching as the primary instructor for the Paramedic program at St. Louis Community College. From 1988-1990 Russ worked part-time for Saint Louis Children’s Hospital Emergency room and transport team. Presently Russ is employed full-time at Monarch Fire Protection District, as a Captain/Paramedic/Firefighter.

    Russ joined the RREMSA Team in 2009 as an EMT Instructor. Russ was instrumental in the planning, development and implementation of the Paramedic Program. As the Primary Instructor, Russ continues to instruct, inspire and mentor our future Paramedics.

    Russ is married to his wonderful wife Kelly and has three children, Caroline, Abigail and Carter.
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    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • American Heart Association ACLS, BLS, PALS
    • EMS/Fire Instructor
  • Shannon Davis, EMT-P
    EMT Primary Instructor
    Email:     shannon@respondright.com

  • Stephen Tomko, EMT-P
    EMT Primary Instructor
    Email:     stephen.respondright@gmail.com

    Education:
    • St. Louis Community College/Missouri University of Science & Technology, Saint Louis, MO Engineering Sciences – Associates Mechanical Engineering with Pre-Med Minor – Bachelor’s (In progress)
    • Saint Louis County Fire Academy, Wellston, MO Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, November 2013
    • St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Saint Louis, MO Paramedic, July 2012 • Clinical contact hours: 1,350 • Field hours: 850 • Hospital hours: 500
    • Saint Louis Community College, Saint Louis, MO EMT Internship, July 2011 • Clinical contact hours: 100 • Completed at Maryland Heights Fire Department and St. Anthony’s ER
    • Saint Louis Community College, Saint Louis, MO EMT-B, May 2011 • Clinical contact hours: 60 • Completed at Rock Township Ambulance District
    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • Flight Paramedic Certification
    • Critical Care Paramedic Certification
    • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Instructor PHTLS
    • American Heart Association Instructor ACLS
    • Missouri Paramedic
    • Illinois Paramedic
    • National Registry License
    • Missouri Mules Association of Active & Retired Firefighters
    • Member and Active Participant in IAFF Local 73
    • Fire Smoke Coalition
    Services Provided:
    • EMT Primary Instructor
    • Paramedic Adjunct Instructor
    • Tutor
  • Jim Rujawitz, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

  • Elliot Thomas, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

  • Michael Zluhan, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

  • Rich Dandridge, EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

  • Jason Marren, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

  • James Hill, Firefighter/Paramedic
    Adjunct Instructor

  • Morgan Luter, EMT-P
    EMT Primary Instructor
    Email:     morgan@respondright.com

  • Paul Hale, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor