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John R. Zartman, NRP, PI
Director, Emergency Medical Services and EMS Education

John Zartman, Director, Emergency Medical Services and EMS EducationJohn serves as the director of EMS educator and providers services for Community Health Network. He began his career in EMS while still attending Peru High School during the summer of 1973, while working for a local funeral home. Falling in love with the emergency side of things, he enrolled in one of Indiana's first emergency medical technician courses, becoming a National Registry EMT in the summer of 1974. Over the years, John has had the opportunity to work for and with many outstanding ambulance providers while developing a well-rounded knowledge of the EMS environment. He became a paramedic in 1979 and served as the director of EMS for Memorial Hospital Cass County EMS for 12 years before coming to Indianapolis. In Indianapolis he served with a major hospital as an EMS educator before transferring to a sister facility and serving as director of EMS education for the University of Saint Francis.

John holds a baccalaureate degree from the American College of Pre-Hospital Medicine, certificates of management from Indiana University-Indianapolis and most EMS certifications. John is a certified paramedic in Indiana and Florida, as well as a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP). He holds both provider and instructor certifications for CPR, ACLS, PALS, PPC, PHTLS and EVOC. He serves on the Indiana State EMS Commission Education Advisory Committee as well as being an Indiana State Practical Skills Representative and a National Registry Representative.

James R. Bence, DO, FACEP
Medical Director, South Division

James R. Bence, DO, Medical DirectorDr. Bence began his pre-hospital career as an EMT in 2001 in Marion, Indiana where he received his undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002, followed by his master’s degree in physiology from Ball State University in 2004. He completed his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and went on to complete his residency in emergency medicine at Wright State University in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. He joined as staff physician in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital South in 2011. Dr. Bence has served as EMS medical director since 2012 for Greenwood Fire Department, White River Township Fire Department, Bargersville Community Fire Department and Trafalgar Volunteer Fire Department.

Eric Vonderohe, MD
Medical Director, North/East Divisions

Eric Vonderohe, MD, Medical DirectorDr. Vonderohe completed his medical degree at Indiana University in 1987. He went on to complete his internship and residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Vonderohe joined Community Health Network Medical Associates in 1990 and continues to work at Methodist Hospital. Dr. Vonderohe serves as medical director for Community Health Network’s EMS Education (north/east divisions), the Franklin Township Fire Department, the Lawrence Township Fire Department, Seals Ambulance Service and the Warren Township Fire Department, which recently merged with the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Terri R. Hamilton, NRP, PI
BLS Coordinator, EMT Course Lead Instructor

Terri R. Hamilton, EMS EducatorTerri began in 1989 as a volunteer EMT with a local funeral home/ambulance service. In 1997, she helped create a new ambulance service that still operates in her local community. In 2002, she began as a director of that service and continues as an officer today. Also in 1997 Terri earned her primary instructor (PI) certification and began teaching EMT-B courses; she continues to teach 2-3 courses per year. In 2001, she earned her NREMT-Paramedic certification and worked full time with an ALS service until she accepted a position as a paramedic in the Emergency Department at Riley Children’s Hospital. In April 2007, Terri began as a full-time educator with Community Health Network.

Terri has served as an Indiana State Skills Representative since 1999 and in July 2006 was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana EMS Commission. Her certifications include nationally-registered paramedic (NRP), primary instructor (PI), EVOC, EVOC instructor, American Safety & Health Institute instructor, ACLS provider and instructor, PALS provider and instructor, BLS provider and instructor, PHTLS provider and instructor, and pediatric pre-hospital care provider.

Michael K. Matheny, NRP, PI
ALS Coordinator, Paramedic Course Lead Instructor

Michael K. Matheny, ALS Coordinator, Paramedic Course Lead EducatorMike completed his bachelor's degree in biology and sports medicine at Purdue University in 1985. He then began his career as the head athletic trainer at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis. In 1991, Mike completed his paramedic training through Wishard Memorial Hospital/Indiana University Medical Center. After his tenure as an athletic trainer, Mike took a position at Community Hospital South as a critical care paramedic in the ICU. In 1997, Mike completed an associate's degree in paramedic science at the Indiana University School of Allied Health. Mike is currently a nationally registered and state licensed paramedic, a state certified primary instructor (PI), and American Heart Association faculty for ACLS, BLS and PALS. He is affiliate faculty for PPC and PHTLS and the Indiana state coordinator for AMLS. Mike conducts special courses on prehospital 12-EKGs. He has special interests in cardiology, pharmacology, physiology and sports medicine.

Mike Anderson, NRP, PI
EMS Educator, Adjunct Faculty

Mike Anderson, EMS EducatorMike got his EMT certification in 1991 and started his EMS career as a volunteer in Carthage, Indiana. He also volunteered with Southwest District Ambulance Service while he lived in Knightstown. He has worked in the private ambulance sector as well as in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital East. Mike completed the paramedic program at Community Health Network in 2006 and in 2009 received certification as a primary instructor (PI). Mike is currently a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the Indianapolis Fire Department and has been an adjunct instructor for the EMS Education Department for seven years. Other certifications he holds include HazMat technician and swift water technician. He lives in Greenfield and is the proud father of four children, Carson, Ethan, Kylee and Kennedy.

James Christopher, NRP, NCEE, PI
EMS Educator, Special Events Coordinator

James Christopher, EMS EducatorJim began his EMS career after serving with the military as an EMT with the Wishard Hospital Ambulance Service in 1979. He advanced his education through completion of the Indiana University School of Medicine Paramedic Program in 1981. He continued to advance his training as he achieved the Indiana primary instructor (PI) certification and began teaching EMT courses as well as his primary responsibility of pre-hospital patient care. Jim eventually took a full-time teaching position with the ambulance service as their paramedic course coordinator. Jim served in that position until 1990, when he took the position of EMS coordinator for St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Jim retired from St. Francis as the EMS coordinator, physician extender, safety director, and emergency preparedness manager. Today, Jim is an EMS educator and special projects coordinator at Community Health Network. He has served in many roles within Indiana, including Indiana’s international trauma life support coordinator, and holds many instructor certifications, including ACLS, PALS, EPC, ITLS, PHTLS, EVOC and AMLS. Jim’s special interests in EMS include pediatrics, trauma and special needs patients.

Clayton T. Garard, NRP, PI
EMS Educator, Affiliate Representative

Clayton T. Garard, EMS EducatorClayton began his career volunteering for a local service in 2007. After gaining his EMT certification, he worked in the private sector while finishing his associate’s degree in public safety at Ivy Tech Community College. He graduated valedictorian of his paramedic class in 2011, and began working in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital East. During his tenure as a paramedic in the ED, he completed a second associate’s degree at Ivy Tech in paramedic sciences. He began teaching CPR, ACLS and PALS for the ED and discovered a passion for education. He joined the EMS Education Department at Community Hospital East in 2014 after receiving his certification as a primary instructor (PI). His other instructor certifications include AMLS, PHTLS and EVOC.

Cecilia M. Mencias, NRP, PI
EMS Educator, QA Coordinator

Cecilia M. Mencias, EMS educator, QA coordinatorCecilia earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Indiana University in 1997. She attended EMT class at IUPUI after leaving the industrial chemical field and completed initial paramedic training through Community Health Network, gaining certification as a paramedic in the state of Indiana. While working as a civilian paramedic at Warren Township Fire Department, she earned instructor status in CPR, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS and EPC as well as earning certification as a primary instructor (PI) with the state of Indiana. She also became certified as a hazardous materials technician and served on Warren Township’s HazMat team for five years. She is also a licensed paramedic in the state of Texas and has continued to maintain status as a nationally-registered paramedic (NRP). She joined the Community EMS Education Department in 2012, bringing almost fifteen years of street experience to augment the classroom experience. She continues to serve as a paramedic with the White River Township Fire Department in Greenwood, Indiana.

Vickie Rhodes, EMT
Administrative Secretary

Vickie Rhodes, Administrative SecretaryVickie Rhodes is a graduate of Indiana University where she received a bachelor of science degree in education. In 2012, after 17 years as an administrative secretary in a rural high school, she was given the opportunity to join the Community Health Network family in the EMS Administration and Education Department. As a practicing EMT, Vickie longed to be involved in a profession where she could utilize the knowledge she had developed over her 26 years in the field as an emergency medical technician. Having been involved in education her entire adult life, she enjoys the challenges of being more involved with the everyday operations of EMS education. Vickie lives in Knightstown with her husband, Chuck. They have two sons and one grandson. She is very active in her church and loves scrapbooking, traveling, watching her grandson play sports, and spending time with family and friends.

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