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Paul Halliday


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.

Paul Halliday, class of 2019, is pursuing a B.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism with a minor in Bioethics. Initially trained as an EMT in Illinois, Paul joined CWRU EMS his freshman year, serving on shift, becoming equipment manager, and now for a second term as Chief. He plans to become a physician, expanding the use of nutrition in treating chronic diseases. When not working on the ambulance, you can find Paul running cross country and exploring new restaurants around Cleveland.

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Clare Beidelman

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.

Clare Beidelman is a member of the Class of 2020 pursuing an Origins BA and a bioethics minor. Clare currently serves as a Crew Chief and CPR instructor with CWRU EMS and holds an EMT-B certificate in Ohio and Indiana as well as NREMT certification. In addition to her involvement with CWRU EMS, Clare helps refugee families and works at Cleveland Clinic Hospice. 

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Anna Swetz

Assistant Chief of Strategic Planning

The Assistant Chief of Strategic Planning (ACSP) oversees of the planning section of the organization. The planning section is responsible for ensuring the future growth of the organization through long term planning, the provision of large capital purchases, recruitment, and much more. This section consist of the Treasurer, Secretary, PR Chair, and Webmaster.

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James Sobieski

Training Director

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

James Sobieski is a member of the Class of 2020. He studies nursing and is a licensed EMT-B in the state of Ohio. James serves as a crew chief with CWRU EMS and in his free time enjoys sleeping in, eating Mitchell's, and reading books about adventure. 

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Jacob Miller

Quality Assurance

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

Jacob Miller '16 is a CWRU alumnus, recently completing a post-Master's certificate in advanced practice flight care nursing with a special practicum focus on aeromedical and EMS quality and safety. Jacob is currently a Flight Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, and has over 10 years of experience as a paramedic, flight nurse, and emergency/critical care transport nurse. 

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Jenny Nielsen

External Operations

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

Jenny Nielsen, Class of 2019, is pursuing a BA in Medical Anthropology and a Master's in Public Health. She holds EMT-B certification in Ohio and Michigan as well as a NREMT certificate. Jenny currently serves as a second officer with CWRU EMS. Upon graduation, Jenny hopes to pursue a career in global health systems development.

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Jared Yongyuth

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.

Jared Yongyuth, class of 2020, is working towards a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. He is an EMT-B in Ohio and California. Jared is seeking to get a master's degree in Bioethics and to become a physician.

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Amulya Vadlakonda

New Class and Member Coordinator

New Class and Member Coordinator is in charge of organizing and coordinating EMT and First Responder class for all CWRU EMS member, and disperse information regarding continuing education opportunities to prevent EMT license from expiring

Amulya Vadlakonda is a first-year Biology major on the premedical track. As the New Member and Class Coordinator, she runs the two EMT classes that CWRU EMS sponsors through Central Ohio EMS Training and University Hospitals EMS Institute. She has a passion for patient care, and is a probationary officer with CWRU EMS. She spends her time volunteering with the Seidman Cancer Center.

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Ann Chen


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

Ann Chen, class of 2020, is pursuing a BA in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Japanese. She holds an EMT certification in Ohio and NREMT certification as well. She currently serves as a second officer with CWRU EMS.

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Meredith Gray


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

Meredith Gray, Class of 2019, is pursuing a BA in Biology with the goal to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate career. She holds an EMT-B certification in Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as her NREMT certification. Meredith is currently a second officer with CWRU EMS.

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Hazel Herr

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.

Hazel Herr, class of 2021, is pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing with plans of becoming an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She currently holds an EMT-B certification in North Carolina, and has obtained her NREMT certification as well.

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Haocheng Du


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

Haocheng Du, double majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He holds EMT-B certification in Ohio as well as a NREMT certificate. Haoheng currently serves as a second officer with CWRU EMS.

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.

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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.