A Proactive Approach to Safety …
Scott Kuhlman is the CEO of Heart To Beat, a safety training and consulting firm that helps organizations prepare and protect their most valuable assets: their team. Heart To Beat provides comprehensive safety programs and project based training programs from basic CPR/AED use to Live Simulation Active Shooter Training to the implementation and management of AED/First Aid equipment programs. Heart To Beat’s team of seasoned law enforcement and emergency services personnel work with organizations from 25-15,000 employees, from Maryland to Arizona including large corporations, universities, private schools, country clubs and much more.
Previously, Scott served in a large Fire Department in the Baltimore Metro area, responding to critically ill and injured people. During this time, he also served in supervisory roles, rising to the rank of EMS Captain, overseeing nearly 55 EMS personnel. Through these experiences, Scott noticed a gap in preparedness throughout society and founded Heart To Beat to fill the void.
Scott holds various safety instructor and provider certifications from the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Safety and Health Institute along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Loyola University Maryland.
Dan has been interested in helping others since a very young age. In 2000, Dan joined the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company and earned his firefighter certification shortly after. Growing up around a father who was a chief in a large fire department in the Baltimore area, firefighting was always his dream career. His passion for firefighting ignited his interest for Emergency Medical Services very quickly. While attending Dulaney High School, Dan earned his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) certification. He graduated from Dulaney High in 2002 and was hired by a large fire department in the Baltimore area in 2003 as an EMT-B.
His drive and passion lead him to enroll in the Cardiac Rescue Technician course shortly after. Yearning for more knowledge and growth, Dan bridged from a Cardiac Rescue Technician (CRT) to Paramedic (EMT-P) and graduated in late 2006. After graduation, he promoted to a Paramedic/Firefighter and has maintained that rank, gathering extensive field experience and knowledge along the way. In 2008, Dan became a field preceptor, substitute EMS supervisor and has since trained new Paramedic and EMT students to be excellent field clinicians. Dan plays an integral role within Heart To Beat overseeing some of the firms largest clients and leading the AED division.
Derek McCoy, M.D. is an attending physician in the emergency department of one of the largest hospital systems in Maryland.
A native of Illinois, he earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and a master of science (MS) degree in biology – with a focus on vector biology – from Georgia Southern University (GSU). His research there focused on Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV).
In 2005, Dr. McCoy earned a medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean (ACU) School of Medicine. He completed an internship in family medicine at Louisiana State University (LSU). After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he returned to Georgia and completed a residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. He then continued his training in sports medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Dr. McCoy is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) in both family medicine and sports medicine – and in emergency medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialists (ABPS). He has practiced as a full-time emergency medicine physician since 2010. In addition, he holds certifications in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Dr. McCoy has served as the director of sports medicine and as a medical director for several private companies.
Michael Brooks has been involved in law enforcement and security for the past 38 years. He started his career in the US Army as a Military Policeman for 6 years, assigned to an elite unit that worked closely with the US Secret Service to protect foreign dignitaries and high-profile personnel during their visits to Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.
After his tour of duty in the military, Michael joined the University of Maryland / Baltimore Police Department. He quickly rose to the position of Shift Commander and was responsible for the training of the Department Officers in firearms, defensive tactics, police patrol functions as well as other police related tactics. Michael then joined the Anne Arundel County Police Department where he worked in numerous specialized positions as well as a field training officer for the new officers coming onto the department.
Michael helped develop and taught crime prevention and safety programs for the American Red Cross, numerous high schools and specialized employment groups throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region. He worked as the Director of Security at the Baltimore Convention Center, developing and training personnel on various security topics. In addition, he developed safety and loss prevention procedures for the San Diego Zoo, the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and Hilton hotels in the southern California area.
Michael also works as the Security Director at a private girls’ school in Baltimore and teaches a self-defense course for women (RAD). His knowledge in security and safety and his passion for teaching and sharing his experiences are extensive and invaluable.
Gene Paluzzi is an experienced, dedicated, and accomplished law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police (MSP) and Harford County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) with over 27 years of public service. As a Lieutenant and Commander with the MSP, Gene served in a leadership role while providing police services to the citizens of Maryland including traffic safety, crime reduction, and homeland security. While serving as the Barrack Commander of College Park Barrack “Q”, Gene commanded a barrack of 39 troopers patrolling the third most congested interstates in the United States. He was previously designated by the Superintendent as an Appointing Authority authorized to hire, terminate, and discipline 2,399 personnel. Gene further commanded and directed Sworn Recruiting, Civilian Employment, and Classification and Compensation Units for the MSP.
Gene has presented MSP initiatives and innovations at two National IACP SPPPOS Conferences in Oklahoma and Connecticut. He was appointed by the Governor as the first trooper in United States assigned to the BATF National Tracing Center, Falling Waters, WV. Gene trained over 5,000 police officers in more than 75 allied agencies.
While at the HCSO, he served in the Office of the Sheriff and assisted the Sheriff with daily operations of an agency consisting of over 600 personnel. Gene has earned a Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership at the Johns Hopkins University and holds a Bachelor of Science from Towson State University. He has completed more than 1,500 hours of certified training in FEMA, leadership, management, criminal and administrative investigation, social media, and homeland security.
Rochelle has been involved in public safety almost all of her life. She started as a lifeguard in high school and then joined the United States Army. During her six-year military career, Rochelle received a security clearance, was promoted several times and was the NCOIC for physical training and range safety. After the military, she attended UMBC, but was recruited in 1994, to join a large law enforcement agency in the Baltimore Area.
During her law enforcement career Rochelle was a member of numerous specialized investigative units, the Special Response Team, the Community Action Team and the Dignitary Protection Team. She was assigned to the Internal Affairs section, and then as an instructor at the Police Training Academy where she headed up police survival training and physical training. During her tenure, Rochelle attended Johns Hopkins University, Police Executive Leadership Program, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Management, with an emphasis in Leadership. She eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and retired as a shift commander.
Since retirement Rochelle continues to be a physical fitness enthusiast, volunteers with a large animal welfare organization (Maryland SPCA) and is a founding member of The Maryland Animal Cruelty & Animal Fighting Task Force, providing investigative and prosecutorial training to law enforcement, prosecutors and animal rights advocates.