Meet Your EMT Instructors

EMT Instructors 

Matthew McElhenie
Matthew McElhenie, DPA
EMT Instructor 
(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 2020 Courses


EMT R169


Office Hours


9:00am - 11:00am


4:30pm - 6:00pm


4:00pm - 5:30pm

Please contact instructor to schedule.

Karen Beatty
Karen Beatty, RN
EMT Instructor
(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.

Dana Sullivan
Dana Sullivan, Paramedic
EMT Instructor
(805) 652-7779 ext. 51512
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Mark Petersen, Paramedic
EMT Faculty
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50639
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Brad Ditto, RN 
EMT Instructor
(805) 652-7779 ext. 50639
Jake Findlay
Jake Findlay
EMT Instructional Lab Technician 

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.