Illinois Fire Service Institute

 

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Illini Union Mezzanines
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
iems@illinois.edu
(217) 333-9492


Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 6 PM

Alumni

Illini EMS has produced a strong cohort of alumni who have gone on to achieve success in a number of fields, including Emergency Medicine. We strive to maintain a connection with this network, and offer several avenues for involvement. To be added to the IEMS Alumni mailing list, please email the Director of Public Relations.

Scott Avery (1988 - 1991)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Avery became a CPR-First Aid member in 1988 and a Basic EMT in 1990. He served as the Vice President of Education from 1990 to 1991.

Bio

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Scott Evans (1994 - 1997)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Evans served as the Assistant EMT Training Officer to Dr Weir. He also worked football, ice hockey, women's volleyball, and occasional events at Krannert.

Bio

Mr. Evans worked with IEMS and Gibson City while in school and graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Chemistry. He got his Paramedic license after graduating and worked as a medic in Chicago for a couple of years before going back for a Masters Degree. He got his M.S. in Healthcare Technologies Management from Marquette and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Since 2001 he has been working in the medical device industry as an engineer and in various quality positions with companies such as GE Healthcare, and Baxter. He is currently the Device Design Quality Engineering Lead with Shire in Barrington, IL. He lives in Vernon Hills with his wife (who he met at U of I) and their two children.

Moira Gilroy (2011 - 2015)

Involvement with IEMS

Ms. Gilroy served as the Merchandise Officer, the Director of Public Relations, and the President.

Bio

Ms. Gilroy is now a Medical ICU Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Steven Gutzmer (2006 - 2011)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Gutzmer worked just about every event. He was also a Bike EMT, a Supervisor, and the Assistant Operations Officer.

Bio

Mr. Gutzmer went to paramedic school after college. He then spent one year on private ambulance, three years as FF/medic in Chicago suburbs, and is now a Paramedic in Charge rank on Chicago Fire Department.

Rachel Kaplan (2006 - 2010)

Involvement with IEMS

Dr. Kaplan served as Practical Coordinator for the EMT class and later Director of Education. She also worked many events including the High School Band Competition over Thanksgiving many years and the first few years of the Illinois Marathon.

Bio

Following graduation from Illinois, Dr. Kaplan attended Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is currently finishing up her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern and will be starting cardiology fellowship training there in Summer 2017.

Sarah Kempel (2011 - 2015)

Involvement with IEMS

Ms. Kempel served as the Merchandise Officer and the Director of Accounting. She was a Football Supervisor, a Weekly Supervisor, a CPR Instructor, a Bike EMT and a Proctor. Her executive board facilitated IEMS's transition from a Registered Student Organization to a department of IFSI.

Bio

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Jeremy Lacocque (2007 - 2011)

Involvement with IEMS

Jeremy Lacocque joined IEMS on Quad Day 2007. He became a CPR instructor, graduated from the EMT class in Spring 2008, and eventually became an operations supervisor and EMT Lead Instructor his senior year.

Bio

After graduating from U of I in 2011 with a degree in psychology, he went to Midwestern University in Chicago for medical school and residency in Emergency Medicine.

Victor Lei (2011 - 2014)

Involvement with IEMS

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Bio

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Christine (Schroeder) Lipinski (2003 - 2007)

Involvement with IEMS

Dr. Lipinski was an EMT-B and a CPR Instructor. She served as the Class Practical Coordinator from 2005 to 2006 and the President from 2006 to 2007.

Bio

Dr. Lipinski is currently a pediatrician working in the western suburbs of Chicago. She is married with one baby boy at home. She attended Loyola Stretch School of Medicine for medical school and completed her pediatric residency and a chief resident year at Rush University.

Michael Parkhurst (2001 - 2008)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Parkhurst served as the Equipment Officer from 2002 to 2003 and the Director of Operations from 2003 to 2005. He also served as the EMT Lead Instructor in Spring 2006 and Fall 2008. He got his EMT license through IEMS in the Class of Fall 2001. The major changes that took place while he was an officer include the creation of the IEMS patch (done by Nick Reinhart), the change of the Operations uniforms from just the white polo to the red polo and white button ups, and the addition of many other IEMS merchandise. He went to conference 3 or 4 times, during which his team won third place in one of the BLS competitions and competed in the first ALS competition.

Bio

Mr. Parkhurst's career started in IEMS when he got his EMT license. He also participated with the Bolingbrook FD Explorers post and the Champaign FD Explorers post when he moved down to Champaign. Right after 9/11, he joined the Edge Scott FPD in east Urbana, volunteering there from November 2001 until March 2010. He worked for Superior Ambulance for the summer of 2002 and then worked at Arrow Ambulance in Champaign from August 2002 until May 2010. While at Arrow, he became certified as an EMT Intermediate and became a paramedic. He worked on the ambulance there, was a dispatcher for AMSEC, and taught for Carle EMS. He graduated UIUC in 2005 and became a full time firefighter/paramedic for the Hanover Park FD, then went to Bloomington FD, and have finally ended up at New Lenox FPD where he is currently employed as a Lieutenant and the district's Training Officer. He is also an arson investigator for the Will/Cook/Grundy Arson Task Force. He has also work at IFSI as an instructor and stoked, Silver Cross hospital's paramedic education program, and at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine as an instructor.

Nick Parks (2009 - 2017)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Parks contributed over 1600 hours total to IEMS, working as a proctor, BLS Instructor, weekly and football supervisor, Assistant Director of Operations (2011-2012), President (2012-2013), and EMT-B Lead Instructor (2014-2017). He has taught a total of 7 EMT-B classes, graduating 138 EMT-B students. He also wrote, directed, and edited an Illini EMS promotional video, which won Collegiate EMS Video of the Year in 2017 at the NCEMSF Conference in Baltimore.

Bio

Mr. Parks graduated from U of I in 2013 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He continued working as an ED Technician at Carle Foundation Hospital, and returned to IEMS as the EMT-B Lead Instructor. During his time as Lead Instructor, he studied Paramedicine at Parkland College and worked as a Lab Coordinator at Beckman Institute. He is currently pursuing his BSN at Lakeview College of Nursing.

Andy Peterson (1997 - 1998)

Involvement with IEMS

Mr. Peterson was an EMT student in the class of spring 1997 and the Assistant EMT Officer from 1997 to 1998.

Bio

Mr. Peterson graduated with a BSEE in 1998. He lives and works in Cary NC making the internet better. His NC license plate says NETMEDIC. He married Brooke Smith (also an IEMS alumnus) in 1999.

Vindhya Rao (2012 - 2015)

Involvement with IEMS

Ms. Rao joined the EMT class during the fall semester of her sophomore year. The second semester, she was elected to be the 2013-2014 EMR Class Coordinator, and she also became a proctor. During her junior year, when she was the Class Coordinator with EMR Instructor Carina Hilber. She also became a CPR Instructor and a Weekly Supervisor. During her senior year, she was elected to be the Director of Education. She had "probably the best and most dedicated CPR coordinator in the history of IEMS," Adam Joseph. According to Ms. Rao, the role of the Assistant Director of Education was probably created because of the work Mr. Joseph accomplished during his tenure. Ms. Rao was mostly involved with the Education Department, but she also enjoyed working the Operations events such as football and Illinois Marathon. To her, "IEMS was the best part of my undergraduate years, hands down."

Bio

Ms. Rao graduated UIUC in 2015 with a bachelors in molecular and cellular biology and is currently a second year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.

Nick Reinhart (2002 - 2006)

Involvement with IEMS

Dr. Reinhart served as the Director of Operations and the Equipment Officer. He worked every event.

Bio

Dr. Reinhart works as the ED physician in Peoria IL and the medical director for Ottawa and Streator IL. He went to medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale and had his residency at Akron General. He is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Studies at Liberty University.

Lifesavers

The Lifesaver Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate leadership within Illini EMS, who provide extensive service to the organization, and who go above and beyond the call of duty as voted on by colleagues. Past recipients include:

Name Year Officer
Alyssa Abay 2017 Yes
Alyssa Carras 2016 Yes
Nathan Cornwell 2017 Yes
Emily Delacruz 2018 No
Paul Dudek 2016 Yes
Ben Hsieh 2016 No
Adam Joseph 2014 No
Adam Joseph 2015 Yes
Julia Kruse 2016 Yes
Justin Lien 2017 Yes
Justin Lien 2016 Yes
Braden Muhlstadt 2015 No
Nicholas Parks 2011 No
Philip Speigel 2014 Yes
Sarah Tucker 2016 Yes
Benjamin Wang 2017 No
Elizabeth Woodburn 2018 Yes

 
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