Meet the Faculty

Jamie Kennel, MS, NREMT-P, Program Director and Assistant Professor

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Jamie is the Program Director and Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon Institute of Technology Paramedic Education Program. As a program alumnus with an MS in Aeronautical Human Factors and multiple fixed-wing pilot ratings, his pre-hospital teaching and research interests are equally divided between the areas of technical skills training and teamwork behavioral training.

Jamie maintains an active role in the paramedic community through his role as a lead paramedic for a local ambulance company as well as providing simulation training and education consulting engagements throughout the state.

Todd Ellingson, MD, Medical Director

Todd Ellingson is the Medical Director for the OHSU / Oregon Tech Paramedic Education Program. He is an Emergency Medicine physician at Tualitan Hospital and faculty member at OHSU. Todd completed his residency training at University of Chicago, where he worked as a flight doc and has also completed a teaching fellowship focused on simulation training at OHSU.

Suzann Schmidt, BA, NREMT-P, Coordinator

Previous Program Director, Suzann Schmidt’s new role is development of curriculum and degree options for paramedics. She has an extensive amount of pre-hospital experience including fire, air transport, and private ambulance. She has contributed countless hours, as a prior member of the Board of Medical Examiners EMS Subcommittee, and the State EMS Committee. Suzann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic (OHSU Alumni).

Kate Darling, BA, NREMT-P, Instructor

Kate Darling teaches both the pharmacology class and ECG interpretation class. Kate has worked for many years for American Medical Response as a lead paramedic and Field Training Officer.

Adam Wagner, BS, NREMT-P, Instructor

Adam came to Oregon to pursue his passion in pre-hospital medicine and wilderness by joining Mount Hood Meadows Professional Ski Patrol where he still currently works when he is not coordinating and teaching at the program. Prior to this, he worked with MESI ambulance in Missoula while getting two bachelors degrees. He has extensive experience as a lead instructor with the Wilderness Medicine Institute and has guided wilderness and service project trips all over the world as trip coordinator and medical person in charge (MPIC).

Adam has also volunteered with Medical Teams International on their Disaster Response Team in the Libyan conflict at a frontline hospital and has extensive medical experience in South America. He currently coordinates and teaches Paramedic Skills Lab, Trauma Emergencies, ACLS, PHTLS, Global Health for Paramedics, and Wilderness Medicine Certifications.

Chris Hamper, AAS, NREMT-P, Instructor

Chris Hamper is an experienced pre-hospital provider. He has extensive experience in EMS education, wilderness EMS, and private and public ambulance. He came to this program to continue his passion for adult education through EMS. Chris teaches in simulation training, medical emergencies, and lab sessions. He is currently working on his Bachelors in Health Sciences. He is a Nationally Registered and Washington State Paramedic (OHSU Alumni).

Hugh Jarrard, BS, PhD, EMT-P, Assistant Professor

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Hugh is an Assistant Professor in the Oregon Tech and Oregon Health and Science University Emergency Medical Services Department, and has extensive teaching and research experience as a college professor and graduate student. Hugh obtained a doctorate in Neuroscience, carried out post-doctoral research in Toxicology and Neuroscience, and taught undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, and other disciplines prior to bringing his love of physiology to the pre-hospital medical environment. In addition to teaching anatomy and physiology, Hugh has taught continuing education courses to physicians, nurses, and paramedics and actively practices paramedicine.

Deb Disko, Program Representative, Division of Health Sciences


All instructional staff successfully completed the National Association of EMS Educators: EMS Instructor Course. Most have formal academic training in adult learning / pedagogy, and have an extensive amount of experience teaching all levels of EMS responders. Most instructional staff hold BLS, PHTLS, AMLS, PALS, and ACLS instructor credentials, and are current members of the National Association of EMS Educators.