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Paramedicine Faculty

Program Director:


Doug Presta, DPM, NRP
Doug Presta earned his Paramedic certification at the University of Iowa, his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry at Eastern Washington University and his DPM at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. His career includes Paramedic/Firefighter at Spokane County Fire District 8, Sports Medicine Physician & Surgeon at Valley Hospital in Renton, Director of Vocational Education at Inland Northwest Health Services, to include the position as Director of the Paramedic Program at St Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.  Doug is married to his beautiful wife Teresa and has 2 daughters.  His interests include running, adventure racing and soccer.

Medical Director:


Kenith Lindsey, MD



Steven Chrisman, MS, NRP

Mr. Chrisman has been involved in EMS for more than fifteen years as a provider and educator and is an accomplished researcher and author.  He has worked as an instructor and the Clinical Coordinator for Central Washington University’s Paramedic program since 2014. More recently, he assumed the role of Interim Paramedic Program Director in 2018.  As an alumnus of Central Washington University, he earned both a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Paramedicine and completed his Masters in Biology. Mr. Chrisman maintains a current Washington State and NAREMT paramedic certification and remains active in the development of integrated health care and community paramedicine.

James E. Pierce, EMT-P, MICP, Senior EMS I (WA DOH)

Mr. Pierce has been involved in EMS for more than 35 years as a provider and educator. He is a graduate of both the Central Washington University Paramedic Program as well as the Harborview Paramedic Program at the University of Washington. He has previously worked for Seattle’s premier EMS system at Medic One as a paramedic-firefighter and crew leader and possesses instructorship in multiple EMS-related certification courses, including ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, and PEPPS. Mr. Pierce has been an instructor for the CWU EMS Paramedic Program for more than 8 years, serving previously as the interim director and Clinical Coordinator as well.

Adjunct Faculty:

Gretchen Simpson

Robert Carlson

Amber Simon 

Daniel Limmer

Gabriel Benmoussa


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