200,000 to 300,000 Americans die of cardiac arrest each year. That is where the ProCPR mission begins and ends: with saving lives. This is done by creating training programs that increase the amount of information remembered, are easily available, and give providers the confidence to act decisively and knowledgeably when an emergency occurs. ProCPR offers this while limiting the time professionals spend away from family or work. ProCPR's solutions also help to solve large-scale workplace problems by replacing old methods of training with new, cost effective methods of training. ProCPR has the philosophy that you can't put a price tag on saving lives, and as such, offers all training and testing completely free and available on the web, 24/7.
ProCPR was formed by experts in the medical, training, IT and website design fields. This training was designed for experienced professionals who are familiar with CPR and seeking to refresh their knowledge and receive updates. After the successful launch of ProCPR, ProFirstAid.com and ProBloodborne.com, the company evolved into ProTrainings. ProCPR is meticulous about teaching the latest guidelines for CPR and Basic First Aid and is passionate about seeking new and innovative ways to teach and present these guidelines. In that pursuit, ProCPR developed a network of skill evaluators and launched blendedcpr.com, which would allow any person learning or refreshing their CPR to receive hands-on training and testing while still reaping the educational benefits of multi-media learning. In ten short years, ProTrainings has certified more than 600,000 students and supplies training solutions for hundreds of companies.
Roy Shaw developed his passion for saving lives while serving in the military as a combat medic. Roy pursued this dream, graduating from Davenport University as a paramedic in 1992. After Davenport he worked in emergency medical services in Grand Rapids, MI till 2006. During this time Roy worked as an Instructor Trainer and Certified Training Center Manager for AMR Ambulance and eventually went on to start his own training center Pulse Plus of Michigan.
Roy has since co-founded ProCPR which later developed into a multi-training entity, ProTrainings.com. He has authored curricula for Healthcare Provider CPR, Basic CPR and First Aid, ACLS, Bloodborne pathogens and AED use. Roy is the primary trainer in the ProCPR, ProBloodBorne and ProFirstAid videos and provides ongoing quality control for all participants. In addition, Roy oversees the development of ProTrainings.com curricula and ensures that it meets compliance and regulatory standards for workplaces.
Roy has a heart for rescue, which comes through in his blog at www.royonrescue.com.
Scott is an entrepreneur and web developer who is passionate about building companies that leverage the latest in technology and social media. Scott built the first iteration of ProCPR during his final semester of undergrad while he was working as a web application developer at Meijer, Inc. He has his educational background in Computer Science and Business Administration from Aquinas College and GVSU. Scott is also the co-founder and CIO of MathVids.com (2008), a free math video sharing website aimed at students and teachers. At ProCPR, Scott oversees all application/web development efforts, online marketing and strategy. In his free time, Scott loves traveling, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.
Paul is an entrepreneur and web designer with a passion for graphic design and building communities with social media. Paul holds a degree in Multimedia and even before graduating from ITT, Paul had great success designing websites and building communities. Paul is the designer/owner of many websites, the most notable being NarniaFans.com, the biggest Narnia movie news website, with over 4,000,000 followers and MatrixFans.net which was ranked in the top seven thousand websites in 2003. Paul loves film and film making and is an avid video editor. Paul ensures the quality of the ProTrainings.com films and website and manages ProCPR's blog and other social media outlets.
Dan graduated from Western Michigan University with a BBA in marketing. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate service. Dan currently establishes enterprise solutions for groups, large and small with all of ProTrainings' products. He ensures smooth implementation of the certification program that is customized for each client and works with clients through multiple certification cycles to ensure full compliance and adequately met certification needs. Dan spends his free time with his family.
Jody has over 20 years of experience teaching CPR and First Aid as an instructor and instructor trainer. Graduating from Montcalm City College in 1992, Jody has worked in EMS for 14 years applying the knowledge he taught. Now Jody assists with the development of ProTrainings.com curricula and ensures that it meets compliance and regulatory standards for workplaces. Jody also develops and manages ProCPR’s skill evaluator network for the blended learning program. In his free time Jody spends time with his family and enjoys playing the trumpet, harmonica and guitar.
Tyler is a marketing extraordinaire. He graduated in 2008 from the Marquette University in Wisconsin with a degree in Marketing and International Business Administration. When he is not getting the news out about ProTrainings, he enjoys swing dancing, Chinese, watching his beloved Packers, crossing items off of his bucket list, and living life to the fullest.
Janet started her career in customer and public service in 1983. During that time she was a trainer for professional aesthetic services and worked in elderly care. Janet currently works with and manages ProCPR's customer solutions department. Janet enjoys meeting new people and ensuring that students have the best experience possible while re-certifying. In her free time Janet likes reading, bike riding and having dinners with friends.
Rex (or T-Rex, as his friends call him) was a truck driver for many years until just a few years ago, when his life took a magnificent turn. He got married to his wonderful wife Paula and soon after began working customer support here at ProTrainings. The learning curve was steep, but Rex was up to the challenge, as always. After all, he lives his life in accordance with the view of Ralph Waldo Emerson, that "The purpose of life is not always to be happy but to have it make some difference that you have lived." Rex loves spending time with his grandkids in Connecticut, skiing, and going to drag racing events in his free time.
Jared graduated from Grand Valley State University with honors in 2010 with a BA in Political Science. Jared joined ProTrainings shortly thereafter as an online chat operator. Within 15 months, Jared became the newest member of the Group Solutions team.
Jared has been a percussionist for 13 years and enjoys both playing and teaching. He also has been very involved in the life of his church as the leader of both the high school youth group and the altar servers.
Jared has been married to the love of his life, Jenny, in 2013. They have since welcomed the newest member of their family, Esther, in March 2014!
Ryan graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2006 with a Math degree, a Secondary Math and Computer Science Teaching degree, and a Computer Science teaching minor. He moved down to Toledo, Ohio and taught high school math for two years. On 08-08-08, he married his girlfriend of nearly 5 years at the Michigan State University Alumni Chapel. He has been working as a web programmer at ProTrainings.com since the summer of 2009, and has been loving the challenge and excitement of programming for the ever-changing ProTrainings family of sites and other things intimately related to how the end user experiences ProTrainings. Ryan is also co-owner, co-founder, and programmer for MathVids.com, a free math help website for middle school through college students. He also loves to play tennis and go sight-seeing with his wife.
Cindy Sieler graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 with a degree in Engineering with an Electrical Emphasis and a minor in math. During School she worked as an intern at an architectural and engineering firm, Beta Design. After graduation, Cindy worked at Smiths Aerospace/GE Aviation from September 2004 - May 2012. At GE Aviation she was a lead engineer working on various aircraft programs as a lead Safety, Reliability, Maintainability and Testability Engineer. Cindy started as a programmer at Protrainings in May 2012. In her spare time, Cindy loves spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, and volunteering at church events as time allows. She also loves spending time with her extended family and friends and participating in running and triathlon events.
After graduating from High School, Barb started her career working in the Mortgage Service Department at a local Savings and Loan Assoc. She started her second and most rewarding career as a stay at home mom and a school volunteer. Barb is currently ProTrainings' Office Manager along with printing and mailing out the Certification Certificates. She also does the bookkeeping for the company. One of the best parts of her job is working with her 2 boys. Barb loves hanging out with family and friends.
Chris graduated with a BS from Cornerstone University in 2006. He was a photographer and image editor for 7 years. Before joining ProTrainings in 2013, he spent time developing websites where he developed empathy for users. Chris works on a variety of projects which include listening to customer feedback, designing and testing web pages, and creating usable and enjoyable experiences. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, participating in endurance sports, and exploring Michigan.
Joan graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2012 with a BA in English and a minor in Catholic Studies. She worked at her university library helping students and professors with research and academic writing. She started with ProTrainings in March of 2014. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing (both fiction and academic writing), hiking, canoeing, and taking road-trips.
Jonah has been with ProTrainings since January of 2014 as a junior programmer. He loves the ongoing learning process facilitated by the constant flow of new ideas and challenges that ProTrainings offers. He also takes great satisfaction in knowing that his work helps to save lives. In his spare time, Jonah enjoys music, reading, video games, disc golf, and spending time with people who are important to him.