Megan is a Nationally Registered Paramedic who has worked in almost every facet of Emergency Medical Services. She began her EMS career at age 15 with the King William Vol. Fire and Rescue Squad, a very rural area, and stayed there for nine years holding some officer positions. She then worked for an EMS transport agency and from there, to the ER at Memorial Regional Hospital. Just prior to her ODEMSA employment she was a Firefighter/Medic for another rural county and was working for Kings Dominion, where she had been since 2006, as an EMS Supervisor. She currently volunteers at Lakeside Vol. Rescue Squad and loves precepting new EMTs.
In August 2017 Megan was promoted from her job as the ODEMSA Program Coordinator to the Training Director position. Her first task was the administration of the Regional Training Funds Program which was a new program for ODEMSA. Since then Megan has made it her goal to automate all ODEMSA training programs, making it much easier for users to find, register and pay for courses, as well as the national and CTS tests.
Megan lives, with her husband, in Mechanicsville and enjoys spending time outside with her two dogs. She is a huge gamer and reads books like they are going out of style. She is also a bit of an adrenaline junkie, on the day she was offered a position at ODEMSA she was skydiving with friends.
Jordan has been in EMS for about ten years starting when he was 17 with Goochland County as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT. He believes the decision, to join a volunteer firehouse, is probably the second most pivotal and wonderful occurrence that’s ever happened to him, overshadowed only by his wife agreeing to hang out with him for life and the birth of his son.
Through the years he has worked as a paramedic for the Richmond Ambulance Authority and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in their ER. In recent years he has spent the majority of his time pursuing college degrees, working, and learning how to be a good husband and new dad. Jordan graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from VCU May 2017, and recently completed the Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in Healthcare Management.
Jordan’s hobbies include learning new languages, reading, using his new smoker/grill, playing with his puppy Obi-wan, and enjoying a lively bouquet of wine. Of particularly exciting news, he and his wife had their first child in March 2018. He accepts any and all advice on how to go about raising a son. Jordan has found himself in a new position outside of the clinical arena and is eager to help improve and facilitate the care given by our providers. As the ODEMSA Program Coordinator he is very proud of the work done by ODEMSA and is looking forward to contributing what he can to that mission!
Ryan is a Virginia EMT who has wide skill sets and diverse background which includes technology and EMS. Some folks may know him by his nickname “Scooter”. He began his EMS career with Manchester Vol. Rescue for a short stint when he was in high school. During college, he began volunteering with Bensley-Bermuda Vol. Rescue as a Junior Squad Member for many years. He spent three years working as an EMT for Richmond Ambulance Authority, and he was also an EMS Supervisor for Kings Dominion for seven years.
Ryan comes to us from the Capital Region Airport Commission which is commissioned to operate the Richmond International Airport. During his time there he was a 911 dispatcher for three years then moved into the role of Accounts Payable Clerk and Accounting Assistant for three more years. He has also worked PRN as an ED Tech at Johnston-Willis Hospital for a few years during his downtime from Kings Dominion. He currently volunteers with Lakeside Vol. Rescue Squad where he is the President and has held multiple officer and committee chair positions during his time there. He is also the current VAVRS District 3 Secretary and has represented his squad at the VAVRS Board of Governors meetings for many years. Recently Ryan was awarded the Daily Points of Light Award. Created by George H.W. Bush, the Daily Points of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.
For now, Ryan lives in Chesterfield and enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and the occasional quiet night home catching up with the DVR or Netflix. He is passionate about the advent of sustainable transport and energy production and is the proud owner of a Tesla Model 3 (Ryan’s Baby). He is also very enthusiastic about space travel (and secretly hopes to be an astronaut one day). He follows SpaceX and the MarsOne Project, both of which are striving to send colonists to
Lynette has been in Emergency Medical Services for the past 20 plus years. Her love of helping others started at Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, where she is a Life Member. While with MVRS she held many positions including; EVOC and Field Trainer, Assistant Crew Leader, and Board Member at Large. Manchester Volunteer Rescue helped her build many lifelong friendships.
Lynette has a very diverse work background. She worked as a Fire/Rescue dispatcher on midnight shift for seven years with Chesterfield Emergency Communications. During her time with Chesterfield she crossed trained to work Animal Control, Police Service, Sheriff and Teletype. One of the most memorable moments was receiving a Certificate of Commendations for assisting with a Life Save. Upon leaving Chesterfield she moved to Highland County to work for the Sheriff as a 911 dispatcher. After moving back to Richmond, Lynette worked for a biotech firm as an executive assistant to the CEO.
She currently resides in Powhatan with her husband, Stephen, and her daughter. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends and researching new locations for vacations. She loves meeting new people as well as working with old acquaintances in her position as Field Coordinator.
Kathy began her career in EMS with the Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, and has dedicated over 40 years of service to the organization. She has ridden in the hearse style ambulances, where when doing CPR straddling the patient the headliner was used for balance and she assisted in converting van vehicles into ambulances. She has held many positions on Manchester’s Executive Board, serving almost forty years on the board. Among her many roles, she has been the Chief of Operations and President (the office she currently holds).
During her 40 years of service she has provided education in multiple disciplines from CPR to EMT, Basic and Light Duty Rescue, Introduction to Swift Water Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and EVOC. She has devoted over 40 years to EMS in many disciplines and still holds many instructor certifications (both technical and EMS). Kathy worked in “dispatch” for Chesterfield Fire Department from 1979 to 1988.
She is very proud of her heritage in EMS including thirty years with the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, as their Training Coordinator. Additionally, she is a Life Member and Hall of Fame Member with VAVRS and a Life Member of District 3.
Kathy continues in her EMS endeavors through many different channels, still today. Her life has been dedicated to those who want to learn and become providers and/or leaders in their agencies. To her, EMS is a calling, a passion and a way of life, which she enjoys every day. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bowling and a few TV shows sprinkled in that are normally fire/police or ems related. Kathy will quickly tell you – “Laughter is good for the soul! We need to laugh more often and enjoy the warmth, sunlight and joy that it brings”.
Catina is a certified public accountant licensed in Virginia. She is also a QuickBooks® Certified ProAdvisor®. She holds two master’s degree; one in accounting with a concentration in taxation and the other in business administration. Catina is a member of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Catina is the owner of Catina Downey CPA PLLC in Henrico, VA. She has been working with ODEMSA to provide accounting, payroll, and business consulting services since 2006. Catina has been in the accounting industry for over 20 years. She started her professional career as a Finance Officer in the U.S. Army. After leaving the army, she returned to Virginia and joined a great regional CPA firm in Richmond, VA where she fell in love with helping clients. Although she enjoyed helping clients in the middle market, she was more interested in working with small nonprofits and small businesses along with their respective owners.
She left the regional CPA firm and spent a few years working as a controller for a building supply company. She had a great mentor and boss who taught her about the challenges of small business ownership and day-to-day operations. During this time she established her own CPA practice.
She started with a small tax practice and soon met Jon Donnelly, then the Executive Director of ODEMSA. At the time, ODEMSA’s current bookkeeper was retiring and they needed a new accountant. It was a perfect fit. Since then she has grown her practice exponentially, but retained her relationship with ODEMSA. She often refers to ODEMSA as her favorite client. She has enjoyed watching ODEMSA grow over the years and is excited to see what the future of ODEMSA holds.
Outside of her career, Catina is a devoted mother, Carolina Panther’s fan (Keep Pounding) and believes she is Wonder Woman. She is extremely helpful and motivational. You can find her in the ODEMSA office most Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Central Virginia Hospital Coalition (Contract Positions)
|Vacant||CVHC Program Director||(xxx) xxx-xxxx|
|Steve Parrott||Interim Program Director / RHCC Manager||(804) 601-6207|
|Pete Svoboda||MVP Coordinator||(804) 839-5074|
|Erin Nowlin||Training & Preparedness Coordinator||(804) 286-2465|