Our Skilled Instructors

JUSTIN RANEY EMTP, Education Director

My name is Justin Raney. I was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. After graduating from Nampa High School, I attended Boise State University. During college I knew that I wanted to help people and make a difference. The idea of a career based upon budgets, meetings, and deadlines did not resonate with me, so I sought an unconventional path and became a volunteer firefighter in Star, Idaho.

Four years at the Star Fire Department helped me discover purpose in my life. I loved helping others, and couldn’t see myself doing anything different. In 2003, I obtained my EMT-B certification in Bend, Oregon and continued my education at Idaho State University, graduating with an AAS in Paramedic Science in 2005.

After school I got hired with Ada County Paramedics in 2007 and have been serving multiple roles at the department since. I serve as a field training officer, tactical paramedic for the SWAT teams in Ada County and spent 3 years on the Special Operation team doing high angle rescues and backcountry rescues. I am also part of the Hazard Material Medical Team. I am passionate about education and have taught lectures on Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support. I’ve been teaching EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic classes for the past 8 years. I live in the Treasure Valley and enjoy what nature has to offer here. Some of my passions include fly fishing, camping, walking my golden retriever, skiing and playing the guitar. I love what I do and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion with you.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer Justin Raney

Colt Whitman EMTP, NRP FP-C CCP-C AOLS, NAEMT faculty, AHA BLS/ACLS/PALS Instructor, GEMS, PHTLS, AMLS, & EPC affiliate faculty

My name is Colt Whitman, I am one of the lead instructors at Emergency Medicine Academy. I was born and raised in Bishop, California. I went to the University of Southern California on a wrestling scholarship but left after my freshman year to chase my goals of becoming a Paramedic.

After completing my Associates Degree in Paramedicine in Idaho, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as a Paramedic and Field Training Officer for Grady EMS for 10 years before leaving to become a Flight Paramedic for AirEvac Lifeteam, stationed in Georgia. I was offered a position with Life Flight Network in July of 2016. My family and I relocated to Boise and I am working full time as a Flight Paramedic.

I have taught EMT and Paramedic courses for the past 8 years and have certifications as a Flight Paramedic-Certified and Critical Care Paramedic-Certified. I hold instructor certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced medical life support, neonatal resuscitation program, and advanced obstetric life support.

I love teaching and getting to know my students as they grow into healthcare providers. I try to make learning fun and use my years of experience to guide my students; giving them the tools they will need to be successful in school and in their new careers.

I am so glad to call the Treasure Valley my home. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and white water rafting with my wife and our two year old son in my free time.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer Colt Whitman

JOHN MRAS EMTP NRP PHTLS Advanced Tactical Practitioner, Lead Instructor, AHA BLS/ACLS/PALS Instructor, TCCC (Canine)

Hello my name is John Mras. I spent 14 years in the U.S. Army with combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, first as a Military Police Patrol, then as a Military Working Dog Handler. I ended that chapter of my career as a Special Operations Combat Medic, with a scope of practice that included trauma management, extended field care, trauma surgical skills, emergency veterinary medicine, emergency dental medicine, and clinical medicine. I have been an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor for three years, teaching while in the Army and then at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

I call Boise home and travel around the country teaching Canine Trauma Management to military and police dog handlers, EMS and veterinarians that require training in life-saving interventions needed for point of injury care. I have true passion for teaching and my students would say I am a dedicated instructor with a unique style.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer John Mras

Liza Whitman, BSN-RN TNCC, EMTP, Lead Instructor

My name is Liza Whitman, one of the lead instructors at Emergency Medicine Academy. I was born in Colorado but, spent most of my life in the South; living first in North Carolina and then Georgia. I moved to Boise in July of 2016 with my husband and baby boy. I love the proximity to the outdoors where I can white water raft, snowboard, hike, and camp in this state’s beautiful wilderness.

I attended the University of Georgia completing a Bachelors of Arts in French/Spanish. Upon graduation, I realized that my true passion lay in healthcare and I changed paths, becoming an EMT. I loved EMS so much that I became a Paramedic two years later. I spent my career as a Paramedic working for Grady EMS in Atlanta, GA. After several years, I transitioned into nursing and went on to receive my Bachelors of Nursing from University of West Georgia. I am currently an RN for Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center working in the Emergency Department. I am also enrolled in Georgetown University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

I have always had a passion for teaching and have taught EMT and Paramedic classes for the last 3 years. I have instructor certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced medical life support, and pediatric advanced life support. I bring my years of higher education and field experience into the classroom to integrate knowledge with real world application.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer Liza Whitman

Pam Stevens EMTP, Lead Instructor, AHA BLS/PALS Instructor

Hello my name is Pam, I started my EMS career in Alaska in 1986. During that time I trained and was involved in technical rescue, extrication, search and rescue, wild land fires and was certified in structural fire-fighting. In 1989 I moved to Boise and got hired with ACEMS as an EMT-A. In 1991 became a part of Special Operations Team, the first time women became part of that unit. In 1995 I completed paramedic school. In 2000 I served as an ACEMS education coordinator. Paramedic program and clinical coordinator. In 2001 I said goodbye to ACEMS to start an EMT program for the Nampa School District and I continue to enjoy teaching for that program. In 2007 I returned to the field part time with Kuna Fire. I started teaching for EMA in 2016.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer Pam Stevens

Donna Heathman, CMA, Medical Assistant Instructor

Hello, my name is Donna Heathman. I’m a Medical Assistant with more than 25 years of hospital and clinical experience. Over the years, I also served as a preceptor, which sparked a passion for teaching and mentoring students. I moved to Boise in 2013 and began my career as a Medical Assistant instructor. I have successfully educated over 200 students in the Treasure Valley.

I believe that a great educator is instrumental for a student’s learning experience. I strive to make each class interesting and engaging by incorporating my own personal field experience and applying that in my lectures. My creative detail in explaining classroom didactic and “hands-on” practice makes it possible for everyone to learn and excel.

I’m really proud knowing that many of my former students are now working and mentoring my new students as they enter the field. Very rewarding to hear about their successful careers! I take great pride in knowing that I helped students reach their goals. I’m often asked what I like best about my job? That’s an easy answer, the students! I love getting to know my students, learn about their goals and provide them with the tools to see that they achieve their career goals.

I love living in Boise and all this valley has to offer. I have two incredible kids. My beautiful daughter is disabled and I can’t think of a better place to raise her. My amazing son is currently serving in the Army as a Military Policeman. I’m beyond proud of both of my children. Some of my other passions are photography, traveling, horseback riding and spending time with friends/family.

Thank you for reading my bio, I hope I have the opportunity to meet you!

Jennifer Hennessey, PBT(ASCP)

Jennifer Hennessey (Formerly Jennifer Jameson) has taught well over 200 students the skill of phlebotomy. She has taught several classes, including a comprehensive standalone Phlebotomy class, Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants, Law Enforcement Officers, and Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals. She has an enthusiasm for teaching and finds huge reward in helping students become successful.

Jennifer was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She began her career in Phlebotomy in 2009. She attended CWI where she received her certification, later becoming nationally certified through ASCP. Jennifer worked at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where she helped precept students during their clinicals. After several years at St. Alphonsus, she began her career as the lead phlebotomy instructor at the College of Western Idaho and later at Northwest Laser Institute. Jennifer has found much passion in teaching these students, and strives to make every class better than the last.

Zach Brown EMTP NRP, General Manager

My name is Zach Brown. I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. After high school I joined the USMC infantry and moved to California where I was trained as a combat lifesaver before applying my training during two combat tours in Iraq. Upon returning to the United States I got my EMT-B certification in Virginia and worked as an EMT for a 911 EMS service. After that I returned to Boise to raise a family. I got my EMTP in 2011 and continue to enjoy serving as a 911 provider in Ada County. For the last five years I have worked as an EMS instructor. I’m very proud that many of my previous students now work in the EMS community. I am raising four kids with my beautiful wife. My interests include kayaking, hunting, snowboarding. I love working and living in the valley. I hold certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital advanced trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonate resuscitation program, and CPR.

Emergency Medicine Academy Boise Idaho, Trainer Zach Brown