Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are dedicated professionals committed to your success. With their training, our regular remediation skills labs, and career builder assistance, this is the ONLY place to go!


Karen Lang
Program Director

Karen Lang is the Program Director for EMT Utah.  She has worked in the health care field for 25+ years.  She has worked as an EMT and C N A in various positions.  She is a graduate of our EMT and AEMT courses; she is an American Heart Association Instructor along with various other adjunct certifications.  She has also worked in the healthcare filed as a co-owner and manager of a medical staffing agency for years.  She currently lives in West Jordan with her husband of 32 years.  Together they have 3 married children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.  She loves to spend time with her family, garden, travel and just enjoy the simple things in life.


Trish Dubbeld
Assistant Program Director

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Mike Green
Director of Community Relations

Hi, I’m Mike Green! After working in the field as an AEMT for nearly eight years, I made the move to working as the Director of Community Relations for EMT Utah. This allows me opportunities to meet prospective EMTs all the way to veteran Paramedics. I spend my days interviewing, orienting, and onboarding candidates for our Instructor Development Program & Global Medic Assist. Both of these programs are a great way to advance your EMS career and gain invaluable experience. When I’m not at work, I spend my time with my family and working in my woodshop.



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Tyson Astin is a state certified EMS instructor and Coordinator, and nationally registered Paramedic. He has been involved with EMS since 2009. He currently works as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic for Sandy City. Tyson also gained experience working as a Paramedic for South Davis Community Hospital and as part of Miller Motorsports medical team. Tyson has graduated from Salt Lake Community College with an Associate’s degree, and moved to Utah Valley University where he earned another 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. He currently lives in Eagle Mountain with his wife and 2 daughters. Tyson enjoys being outdoors, running, biking, golfing, and spending time with his family.


francoFranco Cerchiari
Flight Paramedic/Instructor

Franco Cerchiari was as a young teenager while observing a city league baseball game I watched a player take a line drive to the head, and for some inexplicable reason, running out to the field. I can remember kneeling at his side watching in amazement responding EMS providers care to his injuries. It was at that moment I knew my chosen career would somehow involve emergency medicine. After a tour in the Coast Guard where for 7 years I was a member of drug interdiction/search and rescue small boat crews in Alaska and Northern California, I began my EMS career in earnest. In 1992 I became an EMT, then in 1998 graduated from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania’s Center for Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. Not content with that I then attended Weber State University’s Specialty Care/High Risk Transport program in 2003 and in 2011, while employed with American Fork Fire Department attended the Critical Care Paramedic program. I have an unbridled passion for cardiology, and can’t seem to learn enough about the fascinating pump that is affected by everything we as providers do.

Over the years I have worked for ambulance services, fire departments, industrial sites and hospitals in Northern California, Nevada and here in Utah. Today I work full time as a flight paramedic for American MedFlight, a fixed wing critical care air ambulance in Nevada, and as well as a SCUBA diver for the U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team. In my free time I am a musical journalist for the melodic metal/hard rock magazine Fireworks out of the U.K. I also lift weights, am a student of Krav Maga, and am working toward obtaining my Master SCUBA diver certification.

There’s no truly no greater line of work than EMS, and here at EMT Utah you will be taught by some of the most experienced and dedicated EMS providers found anywhere. It’s an honor to be able to associate with them. I look forward to seeing you in class…..


Johnson, EricEric Johnson

I’m Eric Johnson. I have worked in EMS for 20 years as an EMT for Salt Lake County Fire and then Unified Fire Authority. I love exercising and being outdoors. I cycle to work year round regardless of the weather. I have loved my time in EMS and look forward to many more years serving the public in their time of need. I enjoy teaching and seeing the light go on in my students’ eyes.