Board of Directors and Operations Leadership
Dr. Scott Whyte
Stuart D. HirschPresident and Chair of the Board
Evanna Burgwardt, BSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN
Kelly Toth, MSN, APRN
John Reed completed the paramedic program at UConn Farmington in 1992, beginnning his career at Danbury Hospital EMS in 1993. In 1997 he became a supervisor overseeing daily operations. In teh years following, Reed attended the National Fire Academy, taking classes in EMS Management and Special Operations, among others. In 2006 Reed completed training to become a tactical paramedic and the member of a local ESU Team soon thereafter. In 2010 he was placed in charge of the TEMS element.
He became a TCCC Instructor in 2017, and has been a member of the East Coast Tactical Medicine Team ever since. Reed has extensive experience with the RTF and was involved in a major Active Shooter event in 2012. What he experienced during that incident and what he learned afterward is what drove him toward becoming an educator. John is dedicated in his goal to educate as many people as possible in Active Shooter Response and Preparedness.
James Branson is our hybrid instructor working as a firefighter, paramedic and Navy corpsman. James started his career as a volunteer in his hometown of Brookfield, CT where his passion for emergency service started. James completed his EMT training at age 18 and immediately sought more experience and began working for Campion Ambulance Service while he was home in Connecticut and for Daytona International Speedway Fire/EMS while attending college in Florida. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Daytona State College paramedic program in 2010 James moved home to work as a paramedic.
After working as a paramedic, James felt a strong calling to serve the military in addition to his community and enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 2011 as a Fleet Marine Force corpsman. James has spent his entire time in the Navy serving as a line corpsman in a Marine infantry company and deployed as a military advisor to Jordan in 2016. While deployed James helped develop the first tactical medics for the Royal Jordanian Marines. James conducted all his training in Jordan through an interpreter and was challenged to make TCCC as simple as possible, a skill that he brings to our program.
In addition to the Navy, James works full time as professional firefighter in Westport, CT and a per diem paramedic for New York University Langone EMS in New York City. James strives to merge his diverse background to highlight where, when and how military medicine should be employed in the civilian world.
James takes great pride in his mustache.