EMT Utah is a DBA of TAC Educational Services, Inc. We are a registered Benefit Corporation operating in Clearfield, Salt Lake City, and Orem. Our faculty is comprised almost exclusively by working EMS professionals who bring their expertise and decades of experience to the classroom.
Tyson Astin, Instructor & Coordinator – Tyson currently works as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic for Sandy City. Tyson has an Associates degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services. He has been a part of the EMT-Utah team since 2013, teaching and coordinating classes in Salt Lake City and Orem.
Ben Hekker, Instructor & Coordinator – Ben has been involved in EMS education for several years. Ben actively works for Solitude Ski Patrol along with working as an EMT with the Boy Scouts of America. Ben teaches in the Orem and Salt Lake City campuses and has been with EMT Utah since 2014.
Eric Johnson, Instructor & Coordinator – Eric has worked in EMS for 20 years as an EMT for Salt Lake County Fire and then Unified Fire Authority. He has been with EMT Utah for several years and is a student favorite. Eric teaches at the Salt Lake City Campus.
John Spooner, Instructor – John is a Paramedic who started in EMS as a combat medic EMT in 2008 with the North Dakota National Guard. John worked as an ambulance driver in his 2010 deployment and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine. He teaches in Salt Lake City and Orem.
Chris Montgomery, Instructor – Chris is an Advanced EMT and a firefighter. Chris has a passion for the EMS industry and also for teaching. He entered into an instructing position in order to share that passion with others. Chris teaches mainly at the Salt Lake City Campus.
Leslie McGee, Instructor – Leslie is a certified AEMT and is attending Nursing school at Utah Valley University. She currently works as an AEMT at the University of Utah Hospital in Neurology. Leslie enjoys working with several of her friends who are instructors at the Salt Lake City Campus.
Franco Cerchiari, Instructor – Franco became an EMT in 1992 and eventually became a Paramedic. Today, Franco works full time as a flight paramedic for American MedFlight, a fixed wing critical care air ambulance in Nevada, and as a SCUBA diver for the U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team. Franco teaches in Salt Lake City and Orem.
Merri Brohamer, Instructor & Coordinator – Merri has worked as a paramedic, firefighter, EMS/Paramedic director, CPR Instructor, traveling line-medic, and Medical Unit Leader trainee on a type I federal incident team. She is also fluent in American Sign Language and enjoys working with the Deaf community. Merri teaches in Salt Lake City and Orem.
Derek Daggs, Instructor – Derek has a full EMS background with an Associate of Science from SLCC, an AEMT Certification, Firefighter I and II, and Hazmat Operations & Awareness. Derek works for the Bluffdale Fire Department and decided he wanted a more diverse EMS experience by working as an instructor. Derek works in Salt lake City and Orem.
Carlos Ruiz, EMT & AEMT Instructor – Carlos attended the Utah Valley University to obtain his Paramedic and Firefighter certifications. In addition to teaching, Carlos is a climbing instructor. Carlos teaches mainly in the Orem and Salt Lake City campuses.
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John Meek, Instructor & Coordinator – John has almost 30 years of experience in the Fire and EMS industry. John has a Bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Emergency Service Administration. He has spent 14 years teaching for Utah Fire & Rescue as a Life Fire and Firefighter Instructor. John teaches in Salt Lake City and Clearfield.
Michele Bracken, EMT & AEMT Instructor & Coordinator – Michele has been with EMT Utah for several years. She actively works as an AEMT with Wendover Ambulance with aspirations to become a paramedic. Michele teaches in the Clearfield, Orem, and Salt Lake City campuses.
Chris Burk, Instructor – Chris has proven his devotion for education by obtaining a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services & Management, and an Associate’s degree in Health Science. As a Firefighter and Paramedic, Chris spent 10 years in the military and 10 years actively working in Fire and EMS. Chris teaches in Orem and Salt Lake.
Richard Hekker, Instructor – Richard has a Fire Science degree as well as a Paramedic certification. Before retiring, Richard acted as Captain with the Sandy City Fire Department. He has also worked as a SWAT Medic and Arson Investigator with the Sandy Police Department. His son, Ben, is also an instructor with EMT Utah and they enjoy teaching together.
Jamison Creekmore, Instructor – Jamison has spent time working in the Lone Peak Hospital Emergency room, for Gold Cross Ambulance, in the Utah State Prison, and for the University of Utah. He attended EMT Utah and became an instructor by way of EMT Utah’s Instructor Development Program.
Jessica Elsbury, Instructor & Coordinator – Jessica has been an EMT since 2010. She currently serves as the training officer for Autoliv and has also worked with the Brigham City Fire Department. Jessica teaches at the Clearfield campus.
Mike Setzer, Instructor & Coordinator
Robert James, EMT & AEMT Instructor – Rob has experience as a CNA and telemetry tech in addition to being an AEMT. Rob took his EMT class at EMT Utah, which is what made him want to teach here. He teaches mainly at the Salt Lake City campus.
Scott Buckley, EMT & AEMT Instructor & Coordinator – Scott has been actively working in the medical field since 2010 doing different work including as a Medical Assistant, AEMT, and Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator. Scott teaches mainly at the Orem and Salt Lake City Campuses.
Sean Stephens, EMT & AEMT Instructor, CPR and Certification Class instructor
Dan Davis, CPR and Certification class instructor – In addition to being an EMT, Dan recently obtained his Registered Nurse certification, and has previously worked with Search and Rescue. He has been with EMT Utah since 2014 and teaches in all locations.
Justin Eliason, EMT & AEMT Testing Instructor – Justin has a BS in Psychology from BYU and obtained his Paramedic certification from UVU. He has worked as a Paramedic, training supervisor, and Paramedic instructor. He mainly assists with Psychomotor Exams at the Salt Lake City Campus.
Terri Holland, President – Terri is the Founder and President of EMT Utah and the Executive Director of EMT Utah Volunteer Corps, a 501-c3 non-profit. She is a serial entrepreneur, a devout volunteer, and an advocate for social and economic justice. She is especially committed to the EMS community and a fervent supporter of programs that train and empower first responders.
Charles Ainscough, Vice President & Onsite Administrator, Owner – Charles is an attorney specializing in regulatory compliance with a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Charles oversees the day-to-day management of EMT Utah as well as his legal practice.
Jane Hamilton, Director of Operations – Jane has been with TAC Educational Services since 2015. She started off working as the Volunteer Corps coordinator and eventually moved into the position of Director of Operations for both EMT Utah and Utah CNA Centers.
Karen Lang, EMS Program Director – Karen is the Program Director for EMT Utah. She has worked in the health care field for 25+ years and has been with EMT Utah for six years. She is a graduate of our EMT and AEMT courses along with being an American Heart Association Instructor.
Trish Dubbeld, Assistant Program Director & Testing Director – Trish is an Advanced EMT and a Marine Veteran. She worked in the veterinary field for 14 years prior to changing to humans in 2014. She is an Instructor with EMT Utah and The American Heart Association.
Carole Ann Brown, Finance, Cashier, Human Resources – Carole Ann received her education at the University of Utah with a major in Finance & Accounting and a minor in Theater. She has over 20 years of experience in Finance/Accounting and Human Resources, with 10 of those years within the healthcare industry. She has a background in long term care and her daughter is a CNA in nursing school, so she firmly believes in the power of education.
EMT Utah Volunteer Corps
Tyson Astin – Global Medic Assist Team Leader, Recruiter
Tyson currently works as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic for Sandy City. Tyson has an Associates degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services. He has been on multiple Global Medic Assist expeditions as the medic. Tyson works closely with CHOICE and others to raise donations and continually improve the Global Medic Assist Program.
Faculty members serve on our Curriculum Committee for a term of three years and meet quarterly. Their contributions to the program are invaluable and help us deliver the best in EMS education to our students. Thank you to the team!
Trish Dubbeld – Curriculum Committee Director