Meet The UConn Rescue Instructor Team

UConn Rescue currently has a team of 18 American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) instructors and 18 Stop the Bleed instructors.  We work hard to consistently offer the highest-quality, most accessible and affordable classes to the University of Connecticut community.  Starting in Spring 2022 we are working to cross-train all instructors to serve as Stop the Bleed Instructors as well as AHA BLS Instructors to further our offerings and education.  

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructors:

** Alumni Instructor

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Abigail Andrade

Abigail Wiersma

Andrew Tsao 

Christopher Thompson

Drew Bidmead

Jessica Daley

 

Julie Chrostowski

Justin Pedneault **

Kathryn Wilkinson

Luke Decena

Michael Nogaj

Samantha Ballas

Spring 2022 New BLS Instructors:

Carrie Epstein

Delia Lin

Poorna Balakumar

Rhea Koyambreth

Roshica Dehaney

Tobias Fraedrich

Stop the Bleed Instructors:

Abigail Wiersma

Andrew Tsao

Brianna Mastroianni

Carrie Epstein

Christopher Thompson

Delia Lin

Emily Perna

Emily Tully 

Justin Pedneault **

Kathryn Wilkinson

Kylie Elsass 

Luke Decena

Michael Nogaj

Poorna Balakumar 

Rhea Koyambreth

Roshica Dehaney 

Tobias Fraedrich 

Yesenia Contreras 

** Alumni Instructor

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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 at UConn Rescue.  I graduated from UConn in May of 2019 and I have been working since August 2019 as a Registered Nurse in the Medical ICU at Hartford Hospital.  I also graduated from Hartford Hospital's Paramedic Program and work as a Paramedic on a private 911 only ambulance.