Faculty & Staff

Our faculty is hand picked because of their expertise and years of experience in the EMS and medical field.  We have over 15 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

  • Karl Parks

Medical Director

  • Dr. Joe Beirne

Clinical Coordinator

Administration

  • Toni Milan
  • Donna Weiss

Adjunct Instructors

  • Aaron Cline
  • Nick DeMere
  • Matthew Jones
  • Matt Leinberger
  • Jason Marren
  • Elizabeth Szpatoski
  • Elliot Thomas

CPR Instructors

  • Austin Hale
  • 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
  • Karl Parks, EMT-P
    Primary Instructor
    Email:     karl.rremsa@gmail.com

    Karl is a US Air Force Veteran. Before coming to EMS in 2002 he worked as a Field Technical Instructor for Rockwell Automation and as a Radiation Safety Officer in the radiolabeled biochemical field. Karl decided to make a major career change in early 2002 and went to EMT school at SCCAD. While in school he began working as an ER tech at St. Joseph ER in St. Charles where he continued to work till he was almost finished with his paramedic degree at St. Louis Community College in Florissant. He also worked at Gateway Ambulance while he was earning his degree. After graduation, Karl obtained his paramedic license and continued to work at Gateway where he went to New Orleans to assist with the evacuation after hurricane Katrina in 2005. He also worked part-time at Valle Ambulance in Jefferson County, MO for a few years.
    Shortly after going to New Orleans Karl was hired at Christian Hospital EMS. During the 12 years that he worked at Christian EMS, he worked as a paramedic and over 4 years and an operations supervisor. Karl was part of a pilot team of “Advance Practice Paramedics” at Christian EMS that were all Critical Care Paramedics and pushed forward the idea and creation of Community paramedics in Missouri. Karl along with this pilot group of EMS professionals were the first certified Community Paramedics in Missouri. He also coordinated and taught Critical Care Paramedic classes, taught Tactical Emergency Combat Care, and several other classes at Christian EMS. Karl worked as a Medical Liaison Officer in the Command post during the Ferguson situation and the 1st anniversary of that incident.
    Karl left Christian EMS in 2017 for personal and family reasons. Since then he has worked as a shift supervisor at Gateway ambulance for a year then went back to the ambulance at Big River Ambulance in Jefferson County part-time.

    Karl began working at RREMS in early 2019 and continues to teach EMT and Paramedic classes sharing his experience and knowledge with our students.
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    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • AHA TCF
    • BLS Instructor
    • ACLS Instructor
    • PALS Instructor
  • James Hill, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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    Services Provided:
    • EMT Primary Instructor
    • Paramedic Adjunct Instructor
    • Tutor
  • Nick Demere, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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    Affiliations and Certifications:
    • AHA TCF
    • ACLS Instructor
    • BLS Instructor
  • Aaron Cline, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Jason Marren, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Elliot Thomas, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Matt Leinberger
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Jim Rujawitz, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Paul Hale, FF/EMT-P
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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  • Lance Peeples
    Adjunct Instructor

    EMT & Paramedic
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