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CPR Instructor Nationwide

Head Instructor and Director

Felicia Gonsalez (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Lomita, CA

Living in: Simi Valley, CA

Other Work: Mom, Uber for my teenage daughters and volunteer @ Local EMT schools to support newly trained EMT’s

Quick facts: Mother of 3 (Gino, Madison & Taylor)

Pets: 1 Cane Corso (Colt), 1 Weimaraner (Benelli), 1 Chihuahua (Vanilla Bean) & 1 Shitzu (Chocolate)

For fun I like to: Go camping with my family, try new food spots, garden and play board games with family and friends

Why I teach CPR: I am passionate about empowering others to be confident and prepared when faced with an emergency.

I am passionate about training others and thrive in a team environment. One of the best parts of teaching others is hearing how our classes have empowered others to respond confidently and effectively to help during an emergency. This is a life skill that you will always have ready to use!

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Managing Partner

Chris Joffe (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Living in: Santa Monica, CA

Other Work: CEO @ Joffe Emergency Services (A Safety Company)

Pets: 1 Dog, Dude 

For fun I like to: Hang with Dude & Run Marathons

Why I teach CPR: I believe everyone has the power to save a life through training. 

Chris is passionate about training in life-saving skills and eliminating denial at the onset of an emergency. He's seen firsthand, the value of a community of bystanders working together and confronted firsthand the impact of bystanders' unwillingness to take action. Turns out CPR saves lives and training is a small way that we can make a difference. For the patient, though, it might be the biggest difference in their life. 

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CPR/First Aid Instructor, Orange County Area

Sandra McClure (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Westminster, CA

Currently Living in: Westminster, CA

Other Work: Volunteer for West County CERT, Volunteer for Westminster Police Department, Retired from 30 plus years Retail owner/operator for Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream.

Quick Facts:
Pets: 2 Dogs. 1 German Shepherd, 1 Labrador Retriever. Both rescues. I have been married to my 1 st husband for over 40 years.
Sarcasm is my 2nd language.

For fun I like to: Decorate cakes, Go to concerts, Go to dinner with friends and
learn new things.

Why I teach CPR: I believe CPR is a skill everyone should learn to potentially save a life.

I began my journey in the field of CPR training after completing EMT training in 2013. I did this to train CERT members in CPR. I have learned a lot from retired physicians who are also on our CERT team. I am on the CERT medical team and teach disaster preparedness. I have trained Police Officers and other city employees where I live. I enjoy when I have students share their experiences and engage in learning. My goal is to make sure everyone feels confident of their skills by the time they leave my class.

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CPR/First Aid Instructor, Los Angeles Area

Alexis Alvarado (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Monrovia, CA


Currently Living in: Los Angeles, CA


Other Activities: Incoming UCLA graduate with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.

Quick facts: Pets: 1 Labrador/Weimaraner Mix ~ Lacey

For fun I like to: Cultivate house plants

Why I teach CPR: As a soon-to-be former university student, I love empowering others with knowledge! It cannot be understated just how powerful knowledge is - it can even equip you with the ability to save someone's life.

As a research-minded individual, Alexis finds her passion in training schools and organizations in CPR, AED, & First Aid because it is a powerful way to connect with like-minded people to share in her knowledge on the subject! We all have the same goal, and that's to have the power to turn the knowledge we learn in training into action in case of an emergency. In addition to having been an assistant trainer for two years at Get CPR Done, Alexis enjoys being a plant-mom to several houseplants and is currently finishing up her final year at UCLA. She plans to utilize her degree to pursue clinical research in gynecologic oncology where she will be able to support women with ovarian cancer undergoing clinical trials. Alexis is excited to help you get comfortable with the awesome responsibility of both learning how to save a life and applying that knowledge into hands-on practice, so book now if you'd like Alexis to help empower you with a lifelong skill!

Branson Osakoda (Northern, CA)

CPR/First Aid Instructor, Northern CA

Branson Osakoda (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Lihue, HI 

Currently Living in: Portland, OR 

Other Work: Community Health Medic @ Portland Fire & Rescue 

Quick facts: Pets: 1 Shih Tzu , Hoku 

For fun I like to: Scuba Dive 

Why I teach CPR: I know the importance of being able to do CPR in an emergency situation 

Branson is a fun and enthusiastic teacher. Branson has been working as an EMT for over 9 years and is currently an EMT with Portland Fire and Rescue. Branson also volunteers as a Firefighter/EMT with the Cornelius Fire Department. Branson loves to spend time with his wife, daughter, and dog doing lots of fun activities like hiking and swimming. He also likes doing all kinds of water sports like surfing, scuba diving, and stand-up paddleboarding. Book a class and Branson just might be one of your instructors! 

 

Juan Palacios

CPR/First Aid Instructor, Los Angeles Area

Juan Palacios (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 

Currently Living in: Los Angeles, CA

Quick facts: I’ve been an EMT for about 4 years and I first started my EMT journey at BMO stadium in LA. Since then I’ve grown to work as an EMT/ event safety specialist for Joffe Emergency Services

Why I teach CPR: I think it’s important to have people know the fundamentals of First Aid and CPR. When a crisis happens you have these skills to lean on and in return you can help save a life


I look forward to working with all of you and let’s Get CPR Done together!

Morgan Jesse

CPR/First Aid Instructor, Los Angeles Area

Morgan Jesse (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA

Currently Living in: North Hollywood, CA

Other Work: Administrative Assistant, Wilshire Boulevard Schools

Quick facts: For fun I like to: Hike, camp, and watch movies

Why I teach CPR: I love giving people the confidence and knowledge to be prepared for

Morgan's experience working with administrative school staff has shown that there is no greater power in an emergency situation than knowledge. She was a former Girl Scout for 12 years and lives by the motto, Be Prepared. In her free time, Morgan enjoys hiking, watching movies, and greeting all the neighborhood dogs. Book a class and Morgan could possibly be one of your instructors!

Stephanie Solomon

CPR/First Aid Instructor, Orange County Area

Stephanie Solomon (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Portland, OR

Currently Living in: Huntington Beach, CA

Other Work: Published Children's Book Author & Customer Relations with New Patient Group & WrightChat

Quick facts: Pets: 1 Russian Tortoise, Penelope Joy 

For fun I like to: Golf and Travel 

Why I teach CPR: It's the greatest gift to give someone-more time, more birthdays and being educated on how to properly save a life. It's a privilege to be able to empower others to save lives. 

Stephanie's journey is a captivating narrative of diverse talents and a deep passion for saving lives. Beyond her role as a dedicated instructor in CPR and First Aid, she is a multifaceted individual with a heart full of compassion.

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CPR/First Aid Instructor, Los Angeles Area

Priyanka Dave (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Currently Living in: Pomona, CA

Other Work: Medical Student at WesternU COMP

Quick facts: Pets: 1 dog, cocker spaniel J

For fun I like to: Read and attend Muay Thai martial arts classes

Why I teach CPR: I think it is so important for everyone to know CPR as truly it is an extremely versatile tool that would help so many people in so many instances.

As an EMT for four years, Priyanka naturally became interested in pursuing emergency medicine and is doing so in Pomona, California. CPR is a priceless tool for doubling or tripling a person’s odds of survival outside of the hospital and she is so excited to be helping teach others with the skillset to handle an emergency. You’ll probably catch Priyanka listening to a true crime podcast while walking along the beach or fighting the urge to pet every dog she sees. She’s looking forward to seeing you all in class!

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Renaye Gamson (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Fontana, CA


Currently Living in: Fullerton, CA


Other Work: EMT/Substitute Teacher/Softball Coach

Pets: 2 dogs Bella and Bear


For fun I like to: Try new recipes, it doesn't always work out but they’re fun to try.


Why I teach CPR: I think it’s a skill everyone should know. The best part about teaching CPR is seeing the confidence in someone’s face when they leave the class, knowing they can properly execute and help save a life.

Hi, I’m Renaye! I am a full time EMT, a full time substitute teacher, and a full time softball coach.
I’m sure people wonder how I fit everything into my schedule, and let me just tell you it runs like a well oiled machine. The great thing about being a CPR instructor is I get to explore training opportunities in all aspects of my work. When I’m not working I love to vacation, but who doesn’t. These getaways are anywhere from a tropical destination, to riding dirt bikes in the desert, to all types of camping. Get out and explore! I am excited to teach CPR to individuals eager to learn.

EMT- Support Instructor

Servando Chavez (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Los Angeles 

Living in: North Hollywood

Other Work: Helicopter Crew member/Wildland Firefighter

For fun I like to: Work on cars

Why I teach CPR: It is rewarding knowing the training could help save someone's life.

Servando enjoys training schools and organizations in CPR & First Aid because it is a tool that can be used when you least expect it. In addition, Servando likes to compete in Spartan races, and work at Joffe  Emergency Services. Book a class and Servando might just be one of your instructors. 



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EMT / Support Instructor

Rachel Haro (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Los Angeles

Currently Living in: Arcadia 

Other work: EMT at dodgers stadium & transport technician at Huntington hospital

Pets: Scrappy Doo (dog) Princess Jasmine &  Charlie Brown (Cat)

For fun I like to go hiking with my family and dog. I like to spend time outside watching my daughter play softball. 

Why I teach CPR : I love helping people learn a life saving skill that they never know will save someone they love or a stranger. Knowing they have the knowledge to do that is the best. 



Rachel loves working with the community and really impacting others with a breath of positive fun knowledge that is making a difference. Rachel started her journey within Ems by taking a simple cpr first aid class as a tutor for schools never thinking she would ever use her skills ! Children do the darndest things and in a second things can go wrong.  The amount of times her skills from that class have helped throughout her career over the last 15 years is priceless. As a mother she strives to teach with love and patience and a dash of fun! 

Alexander Leon

CPR/First Aid Instructor, Southeast Region

Alexander Leon (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV 

Currently Living In: Atlanta, GA 

Other Work: Advanced EMT with MetroAtlanta; Spanish Interpreter with LATN 

For Fun I Like To: Play and watch soccer; I own 50 soccer jerseys and my collection keeps growing.

Why I Teach CPR: Far too often we feel powerless to do anything in an emergency, and I love the idea of training people to take more agency in their life so they contribute more to society and feel more helpful. 

Alexander, you can just call him Alex. He will talk to you all day about CPR or his favorite soccer team, so feel free to ask!

Alex has a nephew with Down Syndrome named Noah, and Noah was the inspiration for Alex to teach CPR in schools to ensure that Noah would be able to help if something happened to him. When he’s not teaching, he’s working on the ambulance or translating at children’s hospitals in the Atlanta area. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area, Alex might be your instructor and he looks forward to meeting you!

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CPR/First Aid Instructor, West Coast Region

Stephanie Orjiakor (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


Currently Living in: Montebello, CA


Other Work: Health Education Assistant @ California State University, Los Angeles

Pets: 1 Shih Tzu Mix, Tigger

Fun Fact: I rescued him when I was 12 years old!


For fun I like to: Traveling/ Spontaneous Adventures always eager to try something new!


Why I teach CPR: I was introduced to CPR due to one of job duties within my role. I really enjoy making CPR fun and engaging.

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CPR/First Aid Instructor, West Coast Region

Christian Khuzaie (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Downey 

Currently Living in: Costa Mesa 

Other Work: Rescue Technician/EMT at Baker Rescue Services 

Pets: 1 Siberian mixed black cat named Salem 

For fun I like to: Bike Ride 

Why I teach CPR: To give back and to help others achieve what they want to accomplish! 

 

Hello! My name is Christian Khuzaie, and I am a CPR Instructor to help those who have an interest in helping others. I have been involved with emergency services from my time as a Fire Explorer to a Volunteer Firefighter to my current Profession as a Rescue Technician. I look forward to meeting and helping those who want to make an impact on others!

A little about me is I love spending time with my partner and our cat, Salem. We are both huge cat lovers and if it was up to us, we would have a whole facility of them. I love rock music, bike riding, playing pickleball, and waiting in In-N-Out lines for food. I’m excited to meet you all and have fun teaching!