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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Client Relations Specialist
Kassandra has a passion for learning and serving others. These passions pushed her to pursue and complete her Master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science at Point Loma Nazarene University where she learned the risk factors of cardiovascular disease and what that could lead to. Learning and understanding the importance of rehabilitation for patients after surviving a cardiac event also meant seeing how many patients unfortunately don’t make it. As a certified BLS Provider, Kassandra knows the importance of an AED in an emergency situation. This knowledge as well as 8 years of customer service experience have uniquely prepared Kassandra to assist AED Leader customers. In her free time, Kassandra enjoys yoga, going to the beach, and hosting her friends for dinner.
A FEW OF OUR INSTRUCTORS
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 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 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 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.