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Meet The UCR
Instructor Team


Aydin Calsetta

Federico Giannuli

Grace McPadden

Jeremy Lesser

Rachel Perry

Riley Sullivan

Tobias Fraedrich

Alexsia Newman

Joseph Pontoriero

Hannah Linder

Grace Gewirtz

Rachel Antonelli

Jack Nemec

Ritika Parikh

Samantha Ballas

UConn Rescue currently has a team of 15

 American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) instructors and Stop the Bleed instructors.  We work hard to consistently offer the highest-quality, most accessible and affordable classes to the University of Connecticut community.  All our instructors are cross-trained to serve as Stop the Bleed Instructors as well as AHA BLS Instructors to further our offerings and education.  

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Justin Pedneault

AHA Training Site Coordinator

Hello everyone!  I'm Justin and I've been a part of UConn Rescue since 2015 just after it was founded.  I am responsible for the creation of the training program.  I have been working in EMS since I was 14 years old and I love teaching and working with our instructor team.  I now serve as the Training Site Coordinator from the American Heart Association, overseeing all training compliance and new instructor training at UConn Rescue.  I graduated from UConn in May of 2019 and I now work as a Flight Nurse/Paramedic with a local helicopter based critical care transport team.

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