Board of Directors

The UMass EMS Board of Directors consists of 5 members in the following chain of command: Executive Director, Director of Operations, Director of Finance, Director of Administration, and Director of Training.

Along with the Executive Board, there are 5 administrative positions: Parliamentarian, CPR Chair, Initial Training Liaison, EMS Coordinator, and Information Technology Specialist.

Executive Director: Chris DiTullio

Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30-2:30pm

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for overall administration and operation of UMEMS. The ED will schedule and run all meetings, oversee public and professional relations, coordinate Mission CPR, delegate tasks to other Directors and members and ensure smooth operation of the Unit at all times. The ED will establish short term and long term goals and objectives for UMEMS, and will adjudicate all matters not specifically covered in other Articles and Sections of the Charter.

I’m a Biochemistry student from Hanover, MA who joined UMEMS in the Fall of 2012 after spending the previous Spring taking the on-campus EMT class. From the start of the class, I knew I had found a passionate and energetic group that I wanted to be a part of and as a result have made many lasting friendships with its members who share my excitement for the medical field. My experiences both here and as an EMT for an outside company have only further affirmed my desire to become a physician in the future. My hope as the Executive Director of this group is that all members feel comfortable and confident enough in me to reach out when in need of help for anything related to or separate from UMEMS.

Director of Operations: Sanjeev Periasamy

Office Hours: Friday 2:00-4:00pm

The Director of Operations (DO) will assume the duties of the ED in the absence of the latter. The DO is responsible for scheduling, maintaining records of details worked to determine order of detail selection in accordance with Article VII Sec 1. The DO will be responsible for maintaining stocks of supplies to support UMEMS operations. The DO will assist the Director of Administration in issuing ID cards.


Director of Finance: Dean Cataldo

Office Hours: Monday 2:00-3:00pm, Wednesday 12:15-2:15pm

The Director of Finance (DF) will be in charge of ordering (writing and submitting purchase orders), coordinating monetary issues surrounding the EMT class, and general bookkeeping and account maintenance. The DF will have signature power and organize UMEMS fund raising activities. The DF, in coordination with the ED, DO, DT, and DA, will organize and write an annual budget to be submitted to the Student Government Association.

My name is Dean Cataldo and I'm currently a senior, from Newburyport, MA studying Kinesiology. I took the UMass EMT-B course in Fall 2013, and have been with the group for 3 semesters. In my short time with the group I found that I wanted to be as involved as I can and combined my interest in medicine with my interest in business to fulfill that.

Director of Administration: Meghan Bernier

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:30-12:30pm

The Director of Administration (DA) will have primary responsibility to maintain UMEMS financial records. The DA will have signature power. DA will maintain copies of current certifications for all active members, and keep track of members with non-current certification. The DA will keep minutes of meetings, both general and executive, and will produce a newsletter summarizing each general meeting after each such meeting.

Hello All! My name is Meghan Bernier and I am the Director of Administration. I hail from Cherry Valley, Massachusetts in the Worcester area. I am a sophomore BDIC Major (Molecular and Infectious Disease Epidemiology) here, at UMass. I have been with UMEMS for three semesters now and it has been fabulous! I have been spending my summers, my life, in paradise, on a small island off the coast of Rhode Island where I work as a lifeguard and a barista. I have aspirations to attend medical school and become a physician. I look forward to assisting you all in any way that I can over the next year or so.

Director of Training: Ryan McLean

Office Hours: Thursday 5:00-6:00pm, Friday 4:00-5:00pm

The Director of Training (DT) will schedule, organize and oversee all training conducted by UMEMS. The goal of training will be to improve member's skills through practical exercises and to maintain knowledge and skills through continuing education. The DT, in cooperation with the ED, DO and DA will attempt to ensure that new members are scheduled with veteran members for the first two details all new members work. In addition the DT is the main contact for all business related to any EMT classes run by the UMass EMS.


Administrative Staff

Parliamentarian: Shauna Rice

The Parliamentarian will maintain the integrity of the UMEMS Constitution and assist the Executive Director with parliamentary procedures during all Unit meetings. The Parliamentarian will review all proposed constitutional amendments and present them to the Unit.


CPR Chair: Annie Montgomery

The CPR Chair works in conjunction with Director of Finance and the CPR Instructor to organize and run Mission CPR classes for the public.


Initial Training Liaison: Nicole Leaper

The Initial Training Liaison (ITL) works side by side with the EMT Class instructor as the contact for the class and is responsible for all new applicants.


EMS Coordinator: J. Dominic Singh

The EMS Coordinator is responsible for keeping the agency and its members up to date and versed on all the new protocols and required competencies. The coordinator also takes the role of Incident Commander during large scale events and EMS operations.

Dominic Singh has been an active EMS provider for 18 years, the last 14 at the paramedic level. He has worked for a variety of collegiate, private, fire department, and non-profit EMS agencies throughout Massachusetts. He still works actively for both the Amherst Fire Department and Spencer EMS. He was hired as the first dedicated EMS Coordinator to UMass Amherst EMS in May of 2013.

Information Technology Specialist: Christopher Borcoche

The Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist) is responsible in maintaining the website for the agency and keeping in contact with all of the Executive Board and Administrative Staff to update the site of any new information.

Hello everyone! My name is Christopher Borcoche and I am a senior chemistry major here at UMass Amherst. I also have a love for the other sciences, as I have completed a biology minor. I am from Windham, NH and went to Salem High School in Salem, NH. I became an EMT the summer of 2012 and subsequently. As IT Specialist, my goal is to apply my knowledge of web administration to help the agency in maintaining a current supply of information and contact to the public body.