Meet the VALOR team...
These folks represent the backbone of our organization. Their efforts on behalf of our company and our clients/students have been a huge part of our success. Each of these individuals is a superstar in their own right, but when they work together they are virtually unstoppable.
Tosha’s background is somewhat different than most of our other staff. She has never been an EMT or worked in the EMS field in any capacity.
Tosha completed high school in 2006 and then served six years in the Navy, after her Naval service she began coursework towards a BS degree in healthcare administration. Tosha initially joined our team as a part-time administrative assistant and has proven herself to be an amazing asset to our organization. In mid-2019, Tosha became not only a Certified Ambulance Coder, but also a Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer.
Julie began her career as an EMT with a private service back in 2005 and eventually worked her way up to Paramedic in 2013. Since 2013 she has worked full-time as a Paramedic with a high volume ALS ambulance service. In her career Julie has functioned as a Field Training Officer and Lead Paramedic for several years. Julie is an instructor with ASHI as well as the National Association of EMT’s and has completed level 1 and 2 NAEMSE programs. Julie is an active instructor with our team in a variety of areas and has also completed her Certified Ambulance Coder class through the National Academy of Ambulance Compliance.
Kristi started her career in 1999 as a first responder at the local rescue squad and eventually worked her way up to EMT and later Paramedic. She has extensive experience in both prehospital and hospital emergency care, working over ten of her years in the emergency center of a level one trauma center. In 2016 she and her partner won the Upstate Regional Paramedic Competition and was given the honor to compete for the state title during the South Carolina EMS Symposium. She currently has an Associate Degree in Health Science and is also a Registered Nurse. She fills a variety of roles for both the training and billing divisions within our organization as her school schedule allows.
Meg began her career in emergency services in 2006 as a 911 telecommunicator with Anderson County Emergency Services, dispatching for police, fire, and emergency medical services. During her time there she served as a trainer, APCO emergency medical dispatcher, and assistant supervisor. She also began volunteering with Honea Path Fire EMS, and became an IFSAC certified Firefighter II, Fire and Life Safety Educator, Fire Instructor I, and ICC Building and Codes Inspector. During her time with that department she also served as the Public Information Officer and Community Outreach Coordinator. Meg’s public service career as an EMT and EMT-Intermediate included Honea Path Fire EMS, Belton EMS, and Laurens County EMS. Meg has her Associates Degree in Fire Science and is the SC State Representative for Women in Fire. Currently Meg is working for Michelin NA and is over fire protection and safety/security for many of their sites.
Angie began her nursing career in 1992, graduating from Piedmont Technical College as an LPN. After working at various positions, she went back and obtained her Associate of Science in 1997 and her Bachelors of Science in 2007. In 2019 Angie received her Masters Degree from The University of Texas. Angie has been a huge proponent of continuing education for nurses, developing both a triage class and trauma class for new nurses in the emergency department. She has also tested and obtained her certification in Emergency Nursing in 2009. Angie started working in the Emergency Department of a local hospital in 1999 and has been in emergency nursing ever since. She also worked part time for Life Reach as a Flight Paramedic/Nurse. In addition to that she became a Paramedic in 2002 and served for several years with Laurens County EMS, including a stint as a Field Training Officer and Sr. Paramedic and a member of the county’s Technical Rescue Team. Angie is currently working in nursing education and often assists with various classes/programs our team presents.
Catherine became an EMT-Basic in December of 2011 while running an engine shop to pay for school. She then began her career at a private ambulance service in 2012, and later worked for a county-based ALS system from 2013-2015. She completed her Paramedic certification and Associates degree worked her way up through Paramedic school, completing her Associates Degree in 2015. In addition to her EMS education, Catherine has also started classes towards her nursing degree. She is TCCC certified as well as a certified instructor through SC SLED. Catherine has participated in multiple FEMA disaster deployments. She currently works in an urgent care clinic as a patient care technician. She is currently an instructor for both the American Heart Association & American Safety and Health Institute.
Karen "Janie" Jones
Janie, as she is know to most of her friend and colleagues, is a recent addition to our team. Janie brings well over 15 years of pre-hospital and critical care experience to our team, as well as a BS in Emergency Medical Care from Western Carolina University. Janie has just been awarded her MBA in Healthcare Management from Capella University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. Janie is not only an instructor for many of our programs, but also works with our curriculum development committee.
One of the earliest additions to the Valor team was Joe Lipshetz. Joe began his career in the emergency services as a Police Officer in Boston in 1985. Eventually Joe left the Boston PD to serve our country in Operation Desert Storm/Shield as an Army Combat Medic. Upon the completion of his enlistment, Joe settled in South Carolina and pursued a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine. Since 1993, Joe has worked for public, private and hospital based EMS agencies acquiring a broad base of experience. In addition to his involvement as a provider and supervisor, Joe has numerous instructor credentials including NAEMSE Level 1 and ASHI Level 8 endorsements. Joe has extensive teaching experience in both lay-rescuer and healthcare settings. When Joe is not teaching or working, he has been active with a variety of community groups including Honor Flight Upstate, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Public Safety Chaplaincy. Joe is currently employed as the Director of EMS Training and Education for Stewarts Ambulance Service - Seacoast Division, based out of Somersworth, NH.