Meet Your EMT Instructors

EMT Instructors 

Matthew McElhenie
Dr. Matthew McElhenie
EMT Instructor/Program Coordinator
mmcelhenie@vcccd.edu 
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50032

Matthew started his EMS career in 2005, shortly after graduating from California Polytechnic State University with his B.S. in Kinesiology. He has spent the last 14 years as a firefighter/paramedic. In 2015 he graduated with his M.S. in Public Safety Administration and in 2017 he left the fire service to pursue a faculty position teaching EMS while pursuing his graduate degree. This past June, Matthew completed his Doctor of Public Administration from California Baptist University. Matthew is the President of the California EMS Educators Association and has done some tremendous work at the state level which has allowed EMT and Paramedic Programs to continue operating despite the challenges of this pandemic. 

 

Spring 2022 Course

 

 

 

Carl Schwab
EMT Instructor
carl_schwab1@vcccd.edu
   
Robert Morris
Robert Morris
EMT Instructor
rmorris@vcccd.edu
(805) 678-5072

Fire Captain Robert Morris has been in public safety for over 40 years. During his career he worked as an Ocean Lifeguard, Wildland Fire Fighter and Structure Fire Fighter, retiring in the Fall of 2010. Captain Morris took his first EMT course in 1982 completing the fire academy pre-requisites in 1983.

In the Fall of 1983 he attended the 50th Fire Academy at Santa Ana College and received a degree in Fire Science. He also received his Paramedic Certificate in 1990 from Saddleback College.  Mr. Morris began teaching in 1999 at the request of a fellow colleague who ran the fire science program at Central County ROP as a last minute substitute. “After teaching my first class I was hooked as an educator, providing guidance and emergency medicine technician skills to young students.” For the next 21 years he has worked teaching Fire Tech and EMT courses. He began Full-Time teaching at Oxnard College in August 2013 where he is presently a Tenured full-time faculty EMT instructor.

He and his significant other have seven children and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy spending as much time as possible with family. His hobbies include camping, boating both on the Ocean and at the river, concerts and being outdoors with the latest addition to the family, their 2-year-old Labrador retriever, Rhiver.

Spring 2022 Course

 

 

Dana Sullivan
Dana Sullivan, Paramedic

 

 

EMT Instructor
dana_sullivan@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51512
 
Spring 2022 Course

 

Dave Latham
Dave Latham
EMT Instructor
david_latham1@vcccd.edu 
(805) 678-5073
Dave Latham started his EMS career in 1985 after completing the EMT Program at College of the Canyons in Valencia.  He went on to work at Ojai Ambulance (now Lifeline) from 1985-1986.  He wanted to do more for his patients, so he applied to The UC San Diego EMSTO Paramedic Training Program.  After graduation in 1987, Dave worked for the City of San Diego Paramedic Services contract.  Dave then got hired by the Ramona Fire District in San Diego County in 1989 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He started with CAL Fire in 1993 through a contract between Ramona and CAL Fire. He promoted to Engineer/Paramedic in 1996 and continued to work for CAL Fire in the Ramona Fire contract. Dave promoted to Fire Captain B in 2000 and worked  at the Ventura Fire Conservation Camp running a Type I Handcrew. In 2002, Dave transferred to San Luis Obispo Unit as a Fire Captain/Paramedic and worked in the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department contract at Station 22 serving the Nipomo Mesa. In 2018, Dave transferred to the New Ventura Training Center and was the Training Coordinator for the CAL Fire Wildland Firefighter Academy until his retirement in November of 2020. During his career, Dave had assignments as a Paramedic, Continuing Education Coordinator, EMS Coordinator, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Inspector, Qualified Division Supervisor, and Medical Unit Leader.   
Mark Bridges
Mark Bridges 
Part-Time EMT Instructor
mark_bridges1@vcccd.edu
Mark retired as a Battalion Chief from the Santa Monica Fire Department after a 34-year career. He became a Paramedic in 1978 and was the first paramedic to teach EMT for the Ventura Community College District. Mark worked as an EMT for a local Ventura County ambulance company and was the first paramedic to work in Camarillo. Besides his work with the Oxnard College EMT Program, he is a Senior Hazardous Materials Instructor for a non-profit teaching entity based in Northern California. Mark received the Santa Monica Fire Department Firefighter of the Year award twice during his career and was recognized by the California State Assembly for his contributions to hazmat training throughout the State. Mark is married and lives in Camarillo.  
Chris Connolly
Christopher Connolly
EMT Instructional Lab Technician 
cconnolly@vcccd.edu

 

Mr. Christopher Connolly is the EMT Instructional Lab Technician. In his previous role with the Ventura County Community College District, Mr. Connolly taught Spanish language for 20 years. He holds a BA from UCSD and a Master’s degree from Middlebury College, both in Spanish Literature.

Mr. Connolly’s first year as an ocean lifeguard was 1990 for the California State Parks. He is still an active lifeguard today. A graduate of the Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy, Mr. Connolly served as a volunteer firefighter for several years for the City of Fillmore and the Morongo Valley Fire Dept. Mr. Connolly is a recipient of the United States Lifesaving Assoc. Medal of Valor (2016) and the California Governor’s Medal of Valor awarded by Governor Jerry Brown (2017).

Mr. Connolly spends his free time surfing with his daughter Piper and relaxing with their two pugs Gizmo and Lady.

 

 

EMT Professional Experts/Skills Assistants

Erik Hansen
Erik Hansen, EMT
Ventura County EMS Agency
EMT Professional Expert 
Erik has been an EMT Skills Professional Expert with Oxnard College since 2016. In 2020, he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. Erik is a 2011 graduate from the Oxnard College Fire Academy and obtained his degree in Fire Science. Currently, he is the EMS Operations Specialist with the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency. Erik oversees the Medical Reserve Corps, coordinates the Medical/Health Logistics Section for Ventura County Public Health/EMS, and serves as the Terrorist Liaison Officer. Erik has been instrumental in developing and implementing the local Stop the Bleed campaign in Ventura County. He has responded to multiple local, state, and federal disasters over his career and continues to volunteer with the Ventura County Search and Rescue Team.