Amulya Vadlakonda

Amulya Vadlakonda: current chief.


The Chief supervises all members and committees of CWRU EMS. The Chief is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as overseeing all other officers.

Amulya has been a part of CWRU EMS for 3 years, and currently serves as a crew chief. She is pursuing a B.S. in biology. When she is not working with EMS, she volunteers at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, as well as does research at Stanford University Department of Genetics. She also enjoys crochet.

Justine Rose

Justine Rose is the current assistant chief of operations.

Assistant Chief of Operations

The Assistant Chief of Operations (ACO) is primarily responsible for overseeing all shifts and personnel. The ACO performs all shift scheduling and membership maintenance. The ACO oversees the External Operations Director, Training Director, Quality Assurance Officer, and Equipment Manager.

Justine joined CWRU EMS about 2 years ago, and currently serves as a crew chief. She is a nursing major and is pursuing a career in public health or critical care nursing. Outside of EMS, she enjoys movies, board games, working out, trying different foods, and playing the guitar and ukulele.

Haocheng Du

Jim Du is the Training Director of CWRU EMS

Training Director

The Training Director is responsible for maintaining training records and overseeing all training classes for CWRU EMS.

Alec Winpenny

Alec Winpenny is the current Quality Assurance and Safety Director.

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance and Service Improvement Director is responsible for maintaining procedural and certification standard for CWRU EMS crew members and operations.

Alec has been an EMT for almost 2 years. After being certified in Pennsylvania, he received reciprocity in Ohio and has served with CWRU EMS for the past 3 semesters. He is currently studying Nursing and pursuing a career as an acute care nurse practitioner. Alec had lived in Germany for 6 months prior to deciding to become an EMT, and has since been focusing on his nursing track and EMT position.

Nikaya Polsani

Nikaya Polsani is the current external operations manager.

External Operations

The External Operations Director is responsible for coordinating crews for all events, activities, community outreach and service for CWRU EMS.

Nikaya has been a part of CWRU EMS for 3 years, and currently serves as a crew chief. She is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry. Outside of EMS, Nikaya does research on campus, is a part of UPB, and works with special needs kids.

Katherine Walcott

Katherine Walcott is the current equipment manager.

Equipment Manager

The Equipment Manager is responsible for the maintenance and certification of all CWRU EMS equipment as well as purchasing new supplies and equipment for the organization.

Katherine has been a part of CWRU EMS for about a year and a half, and is currently serving as a second officer. Katherine is pursuing a degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. She currently works in the Office of First-Year Experience to prepare new student orientations and she helps plan Springfest and Battle of the Bands at CWRU.

Josie Shiff

Josie Shiff is the current new member coordinator for CWRU EMS.

New Class and Member Coordinator

New Member and Class Coordinator oversees the onboarding process for all new members, including EMT students taking the CWRU EMS EMT Course, new EMTs from the state of Ohio, or out-of-state EMTs who are seeking reciprocity in Ohio. New Member and Class Coordinator organizes and coordinates the CWRU EMS EMT Course with University Hospitals EMT Institute, and oversees the Interview Committee each semester.

Josie has been a part of CWRU EMS for the past year, and currently serves as a second officer. She is pursuing a Nutrition degree on a pre-med track. Outside of EMS, she enjoys working with the food recovery network and volunteering with American Red Cross.

Jason Collins

Jason Collins is the current treasurer of CWRU EMS.


The Treasurer is responsible for approving all purchases and disbursements as well as maintaining our budget.

Jason has been a part of CWRU EMS for 1 year. He is currently pursuing a degree in Economics on a pre-med track. Outside of EMS, Jason is the treasurer for SEC Allocations Committee and works at KSL. He also is a part of radio club and does research.

Emily Locker

Emily Lockner is the current secretary of CWRU EMS


The Recording Secretary is responsible for taking notes at meetings as well as any official correspondence with outside agencies.

Emily joined CWRU EMS about a year and a half ago, and currently serves as a second officer. She is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of EMS, she enjoys baking and is a music director for Solstice a cappella and the president of Footlighters.

Jessica Meng

Jessica Meng is the current Public Relations officer for EMS.

Public Relations

The PR Chair is responsible for promoting CWRU EMS sponsored events and making sure the community is informed about the organization and its duties.

Jessica joined CWRU EMS about a year and a half ago, she currently serves as a second officer. Jessica is pursuing degrees in Biology and Cognitive Science on a pre- med track. Outside of EMS, she enjoys botany and crocheting.

Emma Heironimus

Emma Heironimus is the current webmaster.


The Webmaster is in charge of regularly updating and modernizing the website and general upkeep of the CWRU EMS database.

Emma has been a part of CWRU EMS for a semester. She is pursuing degrees in Systems Biology and Chinese on a pre-med track. Outside of EMS, she volunteers in the Ronald McDonald room at UH, does research at the Cleveland VA hospital, acts as secretary for CWRU Cooking Club, and is a part of KLOVER.

Dennis Rupert


Dennis Rupert is the Associate Vice President for Operations and Planning for the Division of Student Affairs at CWRU. He oversees assessment, community outreach, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, and strategic planning within Student Affairs as well as various operational areas in departments reporting to the Provost. 

Dennis has been working in higher education for over 25 years and at CWRU for over 15 of those years. His educational background is in psychology, counseling, and nonprofit management. Dennis has been engaged with serving students ever since he was an undergraduate resident assistant. He enjoys spending time with his family, doing home improvement projects, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Dr Jennifer McCarthy, MD


Jennifer Wright McCarthy, MD is the Executive Director of University Health & Counseling Services. She is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. McCarthy received her Bachelor's degree in History from Columbia University as a proud member of the second class of women to graduate from Columbia College. Jennifer graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine magna cum laude and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She did her internal residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical College. She spent sixteen years at NYP and held faculty appointments at Cornell and Columbia medical schools. 

Jennifer's key areas of interest are population health management, wellness, mental health, emerging infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. Dr. McCarthy is the mother of four children, including two college students.

Frank Demes


Frank Demes is the Executive Director of CWRU Public Safety. He oversees CWRU's police and security operations, as well as communications (dispatch), emergency management, and facilities security. Frank joined CWRU in November 2015. As a 26-year veteran of the George Washington University Police Department, Frank comes from a department that includes more then 100 police and security officers who serve a university community including more than 25,000 faculty, staff, and students.

Dr Jeffrey Luk, MD headshot

Dr Jeffrey Luk, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Luk works as an Emergency Physician in the Emergency Department at University Hospitals and is the medical director for University Hospitals MedEvac, the University Hospitals of Cleveland Critical Care Transport Team, Cleveland Heights Fire/EMS Department, University Heights Fire/EMS Department, Shaker Heights Fire/EMS Department, and CaseEMS.