Meet The Team

Our team

Brian Graddon - President

Brian

President

Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business/Finance prior to moving south to San Diego. After a brief stint in finance, Brian shifted gears to become a Firefighter Paramedic, going on to work as a SWAT Medic, Engineer, and Captain over a 15 year span. Seeing the amazing potential of defibrillators first hand, but often arriving too late in the critical minutes following sudden cardiac arrest, Brian co-founded AED Leader in 2008 with a goal to place more of these life-saving devices into the hands of the public. In his off-time Brian stays busy raising 3 rambunctious daughters with his wife Elizabeth, and keeping active with surfing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Elizabeth Graddon

Elizabeth

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Elizabeth was a collegiate gymnast at Sacramento State University, California where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. Continuing her interest in wellness and healthcare, Elizabeth went on to earn her license as a Registered Nurse. Her passion for helping others led to positions in several areas of healthcare in both hospital and pre-hospital settings. Through this experience she became acutely aware of the lack of basic life-saving equipment in workplaces and in homes. This led to the life- changing decision to found AED Leader along with her husband, together bringing their frontline experience and perspective to the task. When she is not working on the business she loves running trails, surfing, and spending precious time with her three daughters.

Kari

Director of Client Relations

Prior to joining AED Leader, Kari graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. With over 15 years of experience in client relations, Kari has continued to pursue her passion for helping others by ensuring all customers’ needs are being met. Over the last 7 years supporting AED Leader, Kari has managed heart defibrillator programs for all types organizations, from local clubs to Fortune 50 corporations. Kari enjoys working on home projects with her husband, making mud pits with their two wild sons, and hosting BBQs with friends and family.

Oscar Aguilar

Oscar

Warehouse & Shipping Manager

Oscar has been with the team for nearly 5 years, and brings years of Warehouse management, inventory, and shipping experience. With minimal exposure to the AED industry prior to joining AED Leader, he has learned the critical role played by public access AEDs, and is now passionate about his role in disseminating this life-saving equipment throughout the United States, and Internationally. During his tenure at AED Leader Oscar has gone on to become a certified CPR/First Aid Instructor, and enjoys assisting in teaching these life-saving skills to the public, often in multi-language formats. Family is everything to Oscar, and when not enjoying time with his large extended family, Oscar pours his extra energy into soccer, playing in both outdoor and indoor.

Beth Good

Beth

Director of Business Affairs

Beth has over 10 years in Customer Service and Operations and is passionate about helping others. Beth has a BA in Communication which has served her well over the years developing systems, training personnel, and being of service to her team and clients. Being new to the industry, she loves working with a business that saves lives and promotes positive change. Since joining the company, Beth has become a certified CPR/First Aid instructor and enjoys coordinating CPR classes to help countless others learn these life-saving skills. On her off hours, Beth is an animal lover, enjoys reading, and hosting game nights with her husband.

Sophia

Sophia

Client Relations Specialist

Sophia comes from the background of Hospitality, running the front desk of a prominent Marriot Hotel. She is currently in college working towards completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has a passion for working in Customer Service, doing her best to assist customers with any needs or questions they have. She loves to help people any way she can, whether it be big or small. With joining AED Leader, Sophia has been excited to become certified in CPR, AED and First Aid, and to expand her knowledge in all things regarding AED’s! When not at work or school, Sophia enjoys her free time going to the beach and watching her favorite shows with her boyfriend and their two cats.

Christian

Christian

Warehouse Specialist

Christian comes from a background in logistics, with 5 years under his belt. Currently he is working towards his Bachelor’s degree in History at California State University of San Marcos. Christian’s passion for order and organization is shown through his role as a Warehouse Specialist. Since joining AED Leader, Christian has been excited to become certified in CPR, AED and First Aid, and to expand his knowledge in all things regarding AED’s! When not at work or school, Christian enjoys spending his free time playing his guitar and photographing every moment with friends and family.

Steven - AED Leader Employee

Steven

Steven is a San Diego native and comes from a background of over 11 years in customer service. A former operations manager in construction, Steven has a passion for communication and helping others. He was successful in helping his team build the skills to work effectively as a group, and is excited to join AED Leader in helping to save lives. He is going on to to further develop his skills by getting his CPR and first aid certifications. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his cats and dogs.

A FEW OF OUR INSTRUCTORS

Kyle

Kyle has over 25 years of experience as both a Firefighter Captain and Paramedic with San Diego City, most of which was served at a specialty Medical Fire Station within the city. Kyle also has over 20 years of teaching experience.

Michael Jarrous

Michael

Michael is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) from Crafton Hills College and has been an American Heart Association and American Red cross certified instructor since 2008.  With a passion for teaching, Michael also has a Masters Degree in Higher Educations from the University of Redlands.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin

Kevin has over 25yrs of experience as a paramedic with the last 19 as an Fire Engineer/Paramedic with
San Diego Fire Rescue.  He has worked in multiple specialty stations including a medical training station. He has been teaching/training students for over 20yrs.

James Patterson

James

James has been a paramedic since 1998, with most of that time spent as a flight medic with Mercy air. He is also a certified American Heart Association BLS instructor, and has taught for many years. In his spare time, he enjoys biking and swimming.