Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of the Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare Division
Dr. Ivette Motola, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, oversees both the academic and administrative operations of the division. She has a special interest in developing curricula for prehospital and hospital-based emergency providers and the application of simulation to emergency medical education. In addition to her role as division director, she is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents in emergency medicine and maintains a part-time clinical practice schedule. She also serves on the State of Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS Emergency Medical Review Committee and the boards of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance, the Simulation Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Health Foundation of South Florida. Dr. Motola’s professional and educational background includes prehospital care, health policy, and health disparities.
Angel "Al" Brotons, EMT-P
Associate Director for Operations and Instructor Development
Al Brotons is responsible for academic oversight of the division's classes, recruitment and professional development of instructors, inventory and maintenance of equipment and supplies, and community outreach. He also serves as coordinator for American Heart Association (AHA) courses taught by the division and its numerous satellite training sites, and he volunteers as a regional faculty member for the AHA. In addition, Al continues his work as a firefighter/paramedic and oversees the STEMI and Stroke program for Monroe County Fire Rescue, Marathon, and Islamorada Fire Rescue.
Robert Soto, EMT-P
Associate Director for Research and Curriculum Development
Robert Soto is responsible for ensuring the division’s standards of academic quality are maintained. This includes data collection and evaluation, systematic review of curriculum content for accuracy and currency, needs assessment, and new and updated curriculum design. A former S.W.A.T. medic for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Robert has extensive experience as an instructor and developer of curricula on tactical combat casualty care, in both English and Spanish. He has been a trainer of military units, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, in operational medicine, including high threat extraction.
Part-time Core Instructors
All courses are taught by a corps of highly qualified instructors, including physicians, paramedics and nurses. In addition to our fulltime faculty, we have a cadre of part-time instructors, led by our core instructors, who have extensive in-the-field experience with a variety of different fire rescue agencies and maintain instructor cards in the American Heart Association disciplines of BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Most also hold credentials as instructors of ATT, PHTLS, and PEPP, in addition to teaching curricula development by the Gordon Center in the areas of acute coronary syndromes, airway management, emergency response to terrorism, and stroke.
Steven P. Carter, NREMT-P
Lieutenant, City of Sunrise Fire Rescue
Steven earned an Associate of Science degree in EMS in 2007 and is currently working on his bachelor's degree through the University of Florida’s emergency and fire services program. He has completed training in special operations, technical rescue, and hazardous materials, is a member of the fire rescue honor guard, and serves as captain of his ALS team.
Colleen Claffey, R.N., MSN, CEN
Cross Country Healthcare
Colleen began her career in 1988 as a paramedic in West Hartford, CT. She completed her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1995 and moved to Florida the following year. Since 1999, Colleen has worked for Cross Country Healthcare in the emergency department, first as a staff nurse and, since 2004, as a nurse educator. Since earning her MSN, Colleen has also assisted in the clinical development of undergraduate nursing students at the University of Miami. She began teaching for the Gordon Center in the summer of 2011.
Mark Cohen, EMT-P
Battalion Chief, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue
Mark began his career as a paramedic in 1984 and as an instructor at the Gordon Center in 1989. A fire officer I, Mark has a Bachelor of Science in biology and was twice recognized as GCRME Instructor of the Year, in 2003 and 2005.
Alejandro Fernandez, EMT-P
Captain, City of Miami Fire Rescue
Alex began his career as a firefighter for the city of Miami in 1991, becoming a paramedic in 1995. He had only been teaching for the Gordon Center for two years when he was recognized as Instructor of the Year in 2008. Alex is also a field training instructor, HazMat technician, rescue-diver, and he served as captain of his ALS team.
Tina Flick, R.N.
Centennial Medical Center, Nashville TN
Tina has been a registered nurse since 1988, with considerable experience in emergency and neuro intensive care. She began teaching for the Gordon Center in 2008 and has contributed to the center's curriculum development and its efforts to expand programming for nurses. She also is coordinator for contact hours and teaches off-site Advanced Stroke Life Support® courses to hospital personnel throughout the country.
Obed "Obie" Frometa, EMT-P
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
After teaching for two years as a part-time instructor, Obie joined the Gordon Center full-time in 2003 as EMS Programs Coordinator. During his three years in the position, he played a role in the statewide dissemination of the Emergency Response to Terrorism curriculum. Following his return to the fire rescue career that he began in 1992, Obie was selected to work on a special project for electronic patient recordkeeping.
Marco Gonzalez, EMT-P
Lieutenant, Hialeah Fire Rescue
Marco joined the Hialeah Fire Rescue Department in 1991, after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He began teaching for the Gordon Center 10 years later. Marco is a rescue training officer and HazMat technician, who also conducts training for his department.
Donald Guillette, R.N., EMT-P
City of Orlando Fire Rescue
A paramedic-firefighter since 1992, Don is also an experienced educator who directs the EMS program at Polk State College in Winter Haven. He became a registered nurse in 2007. The Gordon Center is fortunate that Don also makes time to help conduct off-site courses to train instructors to teach GCRME curricula.
Jorge Llerena, R.N., EMT-P
Captain, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Jorge has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 1994, having begun his fire rescue career in 1990. He has Associate of Arts degrees in criminal justice administration, EMS, and nursing, and is regional faculty member for ACLS and BLS for the American Heart Association. Jorge also serves as training center faculty for BLS for the GCRME.
Stephen Martell, EMT-P
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Stephen began his career in 1994 with West Midlands Fire Service, located in Birmingham, the second largest city in Great Britain. He worked for Hollywood Fire Rescue for two years, after coming to the U.S. in 2003. Stephen has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since mid-2007.
Luis "Bernie" Montoya, EMT-P
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Bernie retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years as a firefighter. He has been with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue since 1997, earning his paramedic certificate five years later. A HazTox medic and HazMat technician, Bernie started teaching for the Gordon Center in 2006.
Daniel Oatmeyer, EMT-P
Captain, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
Danny combined a career as lifeguard for Miami Beach with being a paramedic-firefighter for the city of Tamarac for four years, before joining Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue in 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology, with a minor in psychology, and is both a fire instructor I and live fire training instructor. Danny started teaching for the GCRME in 2008.
Andrew Popick EMT-P
Battalion Chief, Davie Fire Rescue
Andy has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 1990, only four years after beginning his career as a paramedic-firefighter with the city of Sunrise. He earned an Associate of Science degree in fire science and has a Bachelor of Science in public administration. Andy serves as a member of the Broward County Regional EMS Council and the FL-5 DMAT team and is also a fire officer I, live fire training officer I, and fire service instructor III.
Oscar Rodriguez, EMT-P
City of Margate Fire Rescue
A paramedic since 1998, Oscar is a member of Florida Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue, with training in tactical response, NIMS, weapons of mass destruction, swift water rescue, and HazMat. He is also a flight medic, rescue diver, and fire instructor. Oscar started teaching for the GCRME in 2007.
Candace Roig, EMT-P
Lieutenant, Key Biscayne Fire Rescue
Since beginning her career in fire rescue in 1993, Candace has also become certified as a fire investigator, fire inspector, and a law enforcement officer. She is a fire service instructor I and honor guard commander. Candace has been an instructor for the Gordon Center since 2003.
Stanley Stark, EMT-P
Lieutenant, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Stan began his career as a paramedic in 1992 and as an instructor at the Gordon Center in 2005. A fire and dive instructor, he has a Bachelor of Science in biology, an Associate of Science in EMS, and is currently enrolled in medical school. Stan was recognized as Gordon Center Instructor of the Year in 2011.
Michael Ung, EMT-P
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
With an Associate of Arts degree in EMS and an Associate of Arts in undergraduate studies, Michael is currently working on his bachelor’s degree through the University of Florida’s emergency and fire services program. He continues to work full-time as a paramedic firefighter, as he has since 2003. A HazMat technician, who also is captain of a winning ALS team, Michael began teaching at the GCRME in 2009.
Rodolfo Valdes, EMT-P
City of Miramar Fire Rescue
Rudy started his career in fire rescue in 2001, with the city of Oakland Park, and joined Miramar Fire Rescue a year later. In 2006, he came to the Gordon Center as an instructor but has also applied his considerable computer skills to developing web resources, including the iPhone MEND EMS app.
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