Nicole Cecchini, BS, NREMT-P
N. Alex Cutsumbis, BS, NRP
Medical Education Coordinator
As a Medical Education Coordinator, Mr. Cutsumbis teaches several classes in the Center for Emergency and University of Pittsburgh Paramedic programs. He is currently working on new and exciting educational ventures for the Center for Emergency Medicine. He previously has been the Education Coordinator for the Center for Emergency Medicine, where he was responsible for EMT classes, NAEMT Educational offerings and equipment maintenance.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Center for Emergency Medicine’s paramedic program. Prior to entering EMS as a career Mr. Cutsumbis held various jobs in the IT field, this technology experience combined with EMS and education has provided a strong background in healthcare simulation.
Sarah (Potts) Johnson, BS, NRP, CAC
Clinical Education Coordinator
As the Clinical Coordinator, Sarah is primarily responsible for the clinical aspects of the Center for Emergency Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Paramedic programs. She maintains the relationships between hospital, field and other clinical sites and the Center for Emergency Medicine in addition to scheduling students and ensuring that they are getting the most out of their clinical education. Sarah is also the lab coordinator of the Center for Emergency Medicine Paramedic lab sessions.
As EMT Program Coordinator, Sarah teaches, coordinates, and manages all of the EMT programming for both the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Emergency Medicine. She is a lead lecturer and lab coordinator for all EMT classes. She also coordinates, teaches, and manages other courses, including EVOC.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has been a Nationally Registered Paramedic for 8 years. In that time she has gained experience as a street medic, EMS supervisor, Patient Care Technician in an Emergency Department, and even a consultant for a start-up patient care documentation company. This unique combination of experience has only added to her passion for EMS and particularly, EMS education.
Nicole Macio, BS, NRP, CAC
Clinical Education Coordinator
As a Clinical Education Coordinator, Nicole provides both didactic and laboratory instruction for the Center for Emergency Medicine and University of Pittsburgh EMT courses. As the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator for the CEM, she is also responsible for coordinating, teaching, and managing all AHA courses, including ACLS, BLS, and First Aid. Additionally, Nicole is responsible for the purchasing, maintenance, and the preparation of equipment. She also coordinates the educational courses offered through the NAEMT, including: AMLS, EPC, GEMS, PEPL, and PHTLS.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked various roles in healthcare including as a Physical Therapy Aide, Nursing Assistant, EMT, and currently as a Paramedic for two services in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Nicole has a passion for Emergency Medicine and found a specific interest in EMS education when she taught EMT labs as a senior in college. She also now serves as an ALS and BLS state evaluator for certification practical exams.
John Pierce, MBA, FP-C
Associate Director, Office of Education
John Pierce, MBA, NREMT-P serves as Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh and as Coordinator of Medical Education at the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania.
John received his MBA in 2011 from the University of Phoenix having five years professional experience as an EMS manager and administrator in industry. John has been providing pre-hospital patient care for 25 years, 20 of which at the Advanced Life Support level. He has served in various capacities as instructor and educator delivering AHA, ASHI, VFIS, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine ASLS and DOT EMS curriculums.
John is active as an advocate of EMS at the local, state and federal levels with a focus on leadership and management education and development.
Thomas E. Platt, Ed.D, NRP
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Thomas E. Platt, EdD, NREMT-P, is a faculty member in the Office of Education at the Center for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Platt is also Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science Technology and Director of the Emergency Medicine Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitant Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Platt became a paramedic in 1983 and was recognized by the National Registry of EMTs for his continuous years as a Nationally registered Paramedic. Dr. Platt has a proven track record as an EMS provider, educator and administrator.
In his role at the Center for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Platt served as the Program Director for the Paramedic Training Program for 20 years. In his new role he provides mentoring to the new Program Director and serves as a guest lecturer.
Dr. Platt has worked on numerous local, regional, state, national and international health care efforts. Most recently he served as the Associate Executive Director of the HMC/UPMC Partnership. This initiative was designed to improve emergency services in the State of Qatar at Hamad Medical Corporation. He has conducted EMS Education programs in Iceland, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Dr. Platt served on the revision of the EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum Project, served as Co-Principal Investigator for the First Responder National Standard Curriculum Project and as an author for the revision of the EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic National Standard Curricula.
He is currently an active volunteer with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession serving as a member of Review Team Delta, a reader of self-studies and a site visitor and team captain. In addition to is work with CoAEMSP, Dr. Platt is on the Board of Directors of the National Registry of EMTs, serving on the Standards and Exam, International and Appels Committees.
Outside of EMS, Dr. Platt is a volunteer for USA Hockey, serving as a Coaching Education Program Instructor for the MidAm District. He has assisted in the initial education of over 3,000 USA Hockey Level 1 Coaches. Platt has served as a volunteer coach and is also a USA Hockey referee.
Dr. Platt earned his doctoral degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Department of Instruction and Learning. Prior to completing his doctoral work, Dr. Platt completed a Master of Education Degree in Adult Education from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from The University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Platt resides in Glenshaw with his wife Anna and 2 children. For more details, please review his curriculum vitae.
S. Robert Seitz, MEd, RN, NP
S. Robert Seitz, M.Ed., RN, NRP is an Assistant Professor for the Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Pittsburgh and faculty with the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. In addition to faculty didactic responsibilities within the undergraduate degree, paramedic and continuing education programs, his role includes direct oversight of educational and clinical research. Mr. Seitz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University.
In addition to functioning more than 25 years as an air medical crew member, Mr. Seitz has served in the role of Executive Director for a community based EMS service and Co-Principal Investigator and Coordinator for numerous IRB approved studies including the CDC-NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory. He has also served as author, editor and medical reviewer for multiple journals and textbooks including International Trauma Life Support, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC); Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services division of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and as the JEMS Continuing Education Editor. His broad EMS and healthcare experience provides a solid and extensive foundation to education, clinical, administrative and research practices in EMS.
Mr. Seitz currently serves on the International Trauma Life Support, Inc. Editorial Board, the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the International Journal of First Aid Education Editorial Board. For more details, please review his curriculum vitae.
Walt Alan Stoy, Ph.D., EMT-P
Professor and Program Administrative Director
Walt Alan Stoy, PhD, EMT-P is Professor and the founding Director of Emergency Medicine Program at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stoy was the founding Director of Educational and International Emergency Medicine at the Center for Emergency Medicine (CEM). He remains Director Emeritus at the CEM Office of Education. He has a proven track record for national and international on projects in the EMS domain based upon his expertise as an instructional designer. Dr. Stoy served as the Principal Investigator for the revision of the 1994 Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B); National Standard Curriculum (NSC). He was the Project Director for the revision of the 1995 First Responder: NSC. In 1998 Dr. Stoy was the Project Director for the EMT Intermediate and EMT Paramedic: NSC. These contracts were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US-DOT NHTSA). In 2005, Dr. Stoy served as the team leader overseeing all the patient assessment sections of the four levels of EMS. Those being revised as; Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advance Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic.
Dr. Stoy is internationally renowned for his efforts in EMS and is recognized by his peers and colleagues as a groundbreaker and national leader in the field of EMS education. He has shared his views of EMS education in all areas of EMS to the National Association of State EMS Directors, the National Association of EMTs, the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators. He has over forty-five years of experience in EMS. He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education in Instruction and Learning with a concentration in Instructional Design Technology. Dr. Stoy also served as the founding President of the National Association of EMS Educators.
Dr. Stoy has written more than sixty instructional guides and published his educational work using both print and visual media, including Instructional Guides for the Street Medicine Series, the Hands-On Series, and the ACLS Series. He has authored Mosby’s EMT-Basic Textbook and Mosby’s First Responder Textbook, which is the textbook that most closely follows the National Standard Curricula. Dr. Stoy has held positions of Affiliate Faculty Member or Instructor in numerous pre-hospital and medical education programs, including Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. For more details, please review his curriculum vitae.
Owen T. Traynor, MD
Dr. Owen T. Traynor has over 40 years of experience in EMS. His field experience includes an eight-year stint as a paramedic in Harlem, NYC, and as a firefighter/paramedic for a volunteer fire service on Long Island. Dr. Traynor is a well-known EMS educator and has written several emergency medicine and EMS publications. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency in emergency medicine and an EMS Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Traynor works as an attending emergency physician at St. Clair Memorial Hospital. He was recently completed a 6 year term on the panel of commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Dr. Traynor is the EMS medical director for several EMS agencies in the Pittsburgh area.
Senior Administrative Assistant
As the Senior Administrative Assistance, Ms. Zavalydriga serves as the point of contact for student registration, tuition management, and other clerical duties. Additionally, she coordinates payroll, human resources, and materials management. Ms. Zavalydriga works with the program coordinators on logistics and execution of courses.
Ms. Zavalydriga graduated from Bradford School of Business with an Associate Degree in Legal Administration. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for several years in various settings. Ms. Zavalydriga found her passion working in Education and enjoys seeing students excel.