Meet Your EMT Instructors

EMT Instructors 

Matthew McElhenie
Matthew McElhenie, DPA
EMT Instructor
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. 

 

Fall 2021 Course

 

 

 

Karen Beatty
Karen Beatty, RN
EMT Instructor
karen_beatty1@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50835 

Karen brings tremendous depth of expertise to our classroom  with over 25 years of EMT field experience. She has worked for VCMC for 20 years as a Registered Nurse. Her extensive experience also includes working as a flight nurse with Ventura County Search and Rescue, preceptor nurse, night charge nurse, and a nursing house supervisor. Up until recently, she served as VCMC's chairperson for the Emergency Management Committee and continues working in her industry ensuring her student's receive the most up-to-date information available. 

Currently, she works with the county's EMS agency where she oversees Stroke, Trauma, and STEMI quality improvement programs as well as assists in County Disaster Exercises.

Fall 2021 Course

 

Dana Sullivan
Dana Sullivan, Paramedic

 

 

EMT Instructor
dana_sullivan@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51512
 
Fall 2021 Course

 

 

Office Hours

 

Thursdays 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Fridays (starting Oct. 1)

8:00AM - 9:00AM

 

Or by Appointment

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Mark Petersen, Paramedic
EMT Faculty
mark_petersen1@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50639
 
Fall 2021 Course

 

 

Bradley Ditto
Brad Ditto, RN 
EMT Instructor
bditto@vcccd.edu
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50639
Brad began as an EMT in the Emergency Department at Ventura County Medical Center for two years, prior to nursing school. He has been an Registered Nurse at VCMC for the past twenty-eight years.  He worked in the Emergency Department for thirteen years, was in management for four years, and has spent the last eleven years as the lead RN in the Interventional Radiology Department. He is both a BLS and ACLS instructor, and has taught EMT at Oxnard College for he past twenty-two years. His hobbies include reading, gardening, and sports of any kind. He is married and has four children, and graduated with a B.A. in Social Science from UC Irvine. 
Fall 2021 Course

 

Dave Latham

Dave Latham

Wildland Academy Instructor
david_latham1@vcccd.edu 
(805) 678-5073

 

Dave Latham started his fire service career in 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 (Crews) in 2000 and work 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 Venter 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.
Fall 2021 Syllabus

 

 

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.  
Jake Findlay
Jake Findlay
EMT Instructional Lab Technician 
 
Fall 2021 Course

 

 

Office Hours

 

Office Hours by Appointment

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.