LORI DIBATTISTO, PRESIDENT
SHERI CAPPA, VICE PRESIDENT & EMT
JUDY JONES, SECRETARY
LEONA BEVINS, AT LARGE EAST GRANBY REPRESENTATIVE
CAROL BRENNEN, TREASURER
I began my association with Granby Ambulance in 2002 when GAA renovated the ambulance building to accommodate paramedic service. At that time, I worked for the firm that was responsible for the design of the renovations as well as for the management of the construction. My responsibility was to coordinate the interior painting of the building (and do some painting myself). As my exposure to the GAA organization increased, my desire to join them grew. I signed up for an EMT class given by Granby Ambulance and passed the certification exam in April of 2004. I’ve been volunteering for GAA ever since. In 2009, our treasurer retired after 30 years of service. Given my background in accounting, I agreed to take over her duties. Now as an officer of GAA, I am looking forward to working with our board on the initiatives for the years to come.
KATE COUPE, CHIEF OF SERVICE AND PARAMEDIC
I joined the Granby Ambulance Association in December 1997, two months into my EMT-B class. I always had an inclination towards medicine, between patching up my friends and having numerous pets, a family friend convinced me to enroll in his EMT class. I became certified while I was a Junior at GMHS and continued my education at Springfield College. In May 2003, I graduated as the Salutatorian of my class with a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management. When GAA became a paramedic level ambulance service, I was proud to be its first volunteer paramedic, and I continue to ride weekly. I have served on the Board of Directors for the last ten years, previously serving as the Vice President during the first six years of my tenure. I also served as lead instructor from 2003-2007 for the GAA EMT-B program. Outside of the GAA, I am a career crash-rescue firefighter/paramedic at Bradley Int’l Airport and an instructor for Capital Community College’s EMT and Paramedic training programs. I was formerly a member of the Lost Acres Fire Dept, the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, and Connecticut Task Force 1 (CT-TF1) urban search and rescue team.
JIM HAUSMANN, AT LARGE EAST GRANBY REPRESENTATIVE
RICH MADARA, BOARD MEMBER & EMT
I began work as a first responder in 1993 with the East Hartland Volunteer Fire department where I am presently assistant chief. I joined the Granby Ambulance Association in 2013 as an EMR (first responder). After completing the EMT training class, I began volunteering twice a week, riding the ambulance to assist the on-duty paramedics. I am proud to support such dedicated medical professionals and to learn how each deciphers patient ailments and intervenes to quickly resolve concerns. It’s been a great way to keep active after retiring from 42 years as a lineman for the power company. During that time, I had the privilege to help residents from Canada to Florida recover from ice storms and hurricanes, including Katrina. For the last four summers, I’ve kept busy delivering golf carts to local courses as well as private schools where they are used for parents week and other events.