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Greg Chapman, BS, RRT, REMT-P
Greg Chapman is the Director for the Center for Prehospital Medicine (CPM) at Carolinas Medical Center.

He has been involved in EMS since 1975, working as a full time educator for more than 25 years. Before moving to Charlotte, Mr. Chapman was the Program Director for a large New York state community college paramedic program. Mr. Chapman is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist specializing in Neonatology and Pediatrics. As a long-time member of NAEMT's PHTLS Committee, Mr. Chapman has been involved in developing the last three editions of PHTLS. In addition to serving as a regular lecturer at national and international conferences, he has published in many textbooks and has written numerous journal articles.

An avid skier, Mr. Chapman works part time in the winter as a ski patroller and search and rescue specialist. His summertime passion is competitive mountain bicycling. 

Jerry Morris, BA, NREMT-P
Jerry Morris brings a strong military and international background to the Center for Prehospital Medicine. Having served 14 years in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Operator and a Special Forces Communications Supervisor have given Mr. Morris the experience and confidence to teach to students of any level. His career in EMS began in 1995. His assignments have included lead instructor at the Special Operations Medical Training Center, volunteer paramedic, Medical Instructor Trainer for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, EMS Director for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Training Manager for Rural Metro Ambulance Service and, most currently, Clinical Faculty for CPM.

Mr. Morris's duties at CPM include coordination and instruction of all phases of EMS. Additionally, he has operated as the manager for Carolinas MED-1 when it was deployed to Waveland, Miss. for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and again when it was deployed to New Orleans to relieve surge capacity during the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras celebration in 2006.

Mr. Morris is also an avid cyclist and can frequently be found biking in support of Wounded Warriors.

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Robert Atripaldi, BA, NREMT-P
Robert Atripaldi has served in many capacities throughout his 27-year EMS career. He began in the military and served as a combat medic. Before moving to North Carolina, the bulk of his experience was obtained in Maine. For 16 years, Mr. Atripaldi served as a full time Paramedic Firefighter Lieutenant for the Portland Fire Department. He has served on two Rotor wing EMS services as Lead Flight Paramedic with Airmed and as a CCEMTP Flight Medic with LifeFlight of Maine. He was the CEO and President of Medicworks Critical Care Ambulance Company and is the former President of the Maine Institute of Medicine. Mr. Atripaldi has been in primary education for 19 years and has coordinated all levels of prehospital education. He is a 20-year member of the NREMT-P and has served on the educational committee for NAEMSE. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academies EMS Management track.

Though a transplant, Mr. Atripaldi is proud to call North Carolina home and enjoys the state with his wife and three daughters. Additional passions include men's ministry with Fellowship of the Sword, which have taken him around the world.

Thomas Nagel, RN, AAS, NREMT-P
Thomas Nagel began his career in prehospital medicine as a US Army Combat Medic. He graduated Cum Laude from the Center for Prehospital Medicine's Paramedic certificate program and was also the recipient of the Academic Excellence award in 2007.  He completed his Associates of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services. Prior to joining CPM as full time clinical faculty, Thomas functioned as a Paramedic Crew Chief for the Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic), where he continues to work part time as a field paramedic and tactical medical provider for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Civil Emergency Unit. He is also currently pursuing his RN license and degree in nursing.

Thomas is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as boating on Lake Norman. 

Elizabeth Shelton, MLIS
Elizabeth Shelton serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center. She joined the staff and faculty in 2007. In this role, Ms. Shelton manages the day-to-day operations of the Center and sees to all the details. Prior to coming to the Center, she worked in medical education as a medical librarian for Carolinas HealthCare System.

A rare native of the Charlotte area, Ms. Shelton enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Jonathan Studnek, PhD
Dr. Jonathan Studnek came to the Center for Prehospital Medicine after completing his PhD in Epidemiology at the Ohio State University in 2008. Prior to completing his doctoral degree, he was a paramedic in Albuquerque, N.M., and was a research fellow at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Dr. Studnek served as the Director of Prehospital Research for CPM while working closely with the Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic). He also serves as the chair of the research committee for the National Association of EMS Physicians. His current research interests revolve around improving patient care in the prehospital setting. Current topics include out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction, and the role of simulation in EMS education. In 2012 Dr. Studnek began working directly with Medic as their QI Manager while continuing to maintain his research interests with the Center for Prehospital Medicine and Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Studnek is also Associate Graduate Faculty at UNC-Charlotte.  

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