In over 35 years, the parademic program faculty has educated hundreds of Paramedics that work in the local area as well as across the Nation. Our experienced professional faculty are active in National and State EMS organizations, the majority possess National Certification as EMS Educators (NCEE), serve on advisory committees focusing on EMS education and patient care.
The faculty at Conemaugh School of EMS practice what they teach by remaining active with local ambulance services either as a field paramedic or in the medical director role.
John S. Karduck, MD, NCEE - Medical Director
Dr. Karduck, also known as “Doc”, started the first paramedic class in the Greater Johnstown Area in 1976. Since then, he has served as Medical Director and primary instructor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, holding instructor certification in several disciplines including ATLS. He currently serves as an American Heart Association Regional Faculty for ACLS and PALS, and is the PALS National Faculty member on the Regional ECC Committee. Dr. Karduck is also a site reviewer for CoA (Commission on Accreditation of EMS Education Programs). He is a national speaker through the National Association of EMS Educators on implementing Education Standards. Doc serves as Medical Director for several EMS services within the Commonwealth of PA, the Cambria County 911 Center and Associate Medical Director for Southern Alleghenies Regional EMS Council.
Timothy J. Reitz, BS, NREMT-P, NCEE - Program Director
Tim has served as Program Director since 2001. He holds an Associate's and Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown Campus. He began his EMS journey in 1988 as an ambulance attendant and progressed to EMT-Paramedic in 1992. He is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and holds instructor certifications in several disciplines. He currently serves as an American Heart Association Regional Faculty for ACLS and PALS and is the ACLS National Faculty member on the Regional ECC Committee, Affiliate Faculty for PHTLS and AMLS, a reviewer for CECBEMS, as well as a subject matter expert for FISDAP. He currently serves as Fire Chief for Upper Yoder Volunteer Fire Company and continues to work as a field paramedic for Upper Yoder Fire Rescue.
Tiffany Rohde-Wyant, BA, NREMT-P - Clinical Coordinator
Tiffany came to the School of EMS in November 2011. She previously served as adjunct faculty at the School of EMS since 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Campus. She began her EMS career as an EMT in 1997. In 2003, she completed the Paramedic Program at the Conemaugh School of EMS and continues to work in EMS as a field Paramedic and Supervisor in EMS Services within Cambria and Somerset Counties. She holds various EMS Instructor certifications as well as certificates in web development and integrity sales certified through the University of Pittsburgh.