Our team at The Compress & Shock Foundation is deeply passionate about CPR and AED education. All members of our team are giving their time and expertise because we uniformly believe that there should be no barriers to learning the skills to save a fellow person's life.
* denotes a Board Member
JACK PERKINS, MD*
Dr. Jack Perkins is board-certified in both Emergency and Internal Medicine and currently is a faculty physician with the Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency. He is an educator, spending most of his professional life teaching in the Emergency Department, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and nationally as a lecturer for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has a vision to deliver CPR and AED education to all and consequently founded the Compress and Shock Foundation in 2017 as a means to achieve that goal.
KAREN PERKINS, MD*
Director of Fundraising
Dr. Karen Perkins is board-certified in Family Medicine and currently is a faculty physician with the Virginia Tech Carilion Family Medicine Residency. She is a clinician and educator, spending most of her professional life teaching and seeing patients of all ages, including delivering babies. In addition to her clinical duties, she and Jack enjoy advancing the mission of the Compress and Shock Foundation and raising their three kids, ages 6, 8, and 10.
ANDREW BOULAND, MD*
Director of Education
Director of Grant Writing
Dr. Andrew Bouland is an Assistant EMS Medical Director for Pitt County EMS and Greenville Fire and Rescue in Greenville, NC. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. He completed an EMS fellowship at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center and Mecklenburg EMS agency in Charlotte, NC. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion. Dr. Bouland has extensive background in EMS including 13+ years as an EMS provider. He has a particular interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and bystander CPR.
Director of Finance
Seager Wilson has spent his professional career as a CPA in public accounting and is currently an Accounting Manager with Brown Edwards with a focus in the healthcare industry. Seager holds a Master’s in Accountancy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and previously attained his bachelor’s from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where he was a Pole Vaulter and All-American athlete. He and his wife moved to Roanoke three years ago and regularly enjoy trail running, cycling and hiking in the area. As an advocate for health and wellness, Seager is happy for the opportunity to volunteer with the Compress and Shock Foundation.
Director of Community Engagement
Tamalyn Tanis is the current co-owner of Roanoke Valley CrossFit. She is a Level Two certified coach as well as the CrossFit Kids trainer. Tamalyn was an area high school volleyball coach for 22 years before retiring in 2016 in order to spend more time with her husband Mark and daughter Avery. She and Mark co-direct the annual Shamrock Festival Volleyball Tournament, which is the largest travel sporting event in the Roanoke Valley. As an advocate of a healthy and active lifestyle, Tamalyn is honored to be a part of the Compress and Shock Foundation and hopes to utilize the CrossFit community to help springboard it's CPR and AED educational goals.
Michael Henson has worked in Emergency Medicine for 20 years, starting out in EMS and then nursing at LewisGale Medical Center. He currently works as the Director of Emergency Services at LewisGale's Cave Spring Freestanding Emergency Department. He originally gained interest in The Compress and Shock Foundation because it gave him the opportunity to help educate the public on bystander CPR. He is extremely passionate about educating the public and is excited to help the Foundation grow. He is the husband to a wonderful wife and father of two beautiful children.
BOB ZEMPLE, MD
Bob Zemple is currently practicing as both an Emergency Medicine (EM) and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) physician with Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, WI. He is an avid sports enthusiast, enjoys running, and is both a member of and works with the area's YMCAs. He completed medical school in Madison, WI at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He then went on to Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA for EM residency followed by an EMS Fellowship while concurrently earning his Professional MBA from Virginia Tech. Bob then returned back home with his family to the greater Green Bay area in the summer of 2017.
SAMMY ZAKARIA, MD
Sammy Zakaria grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, studied at the Pennsylvania State University, and attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College. He did his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, then a cardiovascular disease fellowship and MPH at the University of Maryland. Subsequently, he became a critical care medicine fellow at UCSF before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, where he predominantly works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at JHBMC and the Cardiac Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Zakaria and Dr. Perkins spent three years together at the University of Maryland while Dr. Zakaria was a fellow in Cardiovascular Disease and Dr. Perkins was a resident in Emergency Medicine.
MICHAEL ABRAHAM, MD
Dr. Abraham completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2008. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and serves as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at University of MD - Upper Chesapeake Health System. In his spare time he can be found running track repeats and lactate threshold intervals in an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Dr. Abraham and Dr. Perkins spent two years together as residents in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland.
ROBERT BROWN, MD*
Director of Spanish Language Education and Outreach
Robert Brown is dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine with a fellowship in Critical Care. He is a visiting faculty member at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where he teaches residents and medical students. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, he joins the Compress and Shock Foundation as an advocate for AED education in multiple languages.
Director of Volunteer Engagement
Michelle Musser is a 1994 Virginia Tech graduate in Mechanical Engineering. She worked for many years in multiple states as an Application and Sales Engineer for a Swiss manufacturing company. In 2010, she relocated to Roanoke, VA with her husband Carl, a Carilion Clinic cardiologist, and their two children, Dylan and Caitlin. Over the past 10 years, Michelle has tirelessly volunteered with many organizations and has also served in leadership roles. A few of these organizations include the American Heart Association, Valley AFC Women’s Soccer League, and more. Michelle has a passion for helping others and happily accepted the chance to volunteer with the Compress and Shock Foundation.
PETER O'BRIEN, MD
Dr. Peter O’Brien attended the University of Virginia for Medical school, Internship, and Residency training. Dr. O’Brien performed his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at Wake Forest University. Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular and Endovascular Medicine. He is the Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Acute MI Program at Centra and is a founding member and current Co-chairman of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition. He is also a member of the Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative board.
Dr. O’Brien’s other passion is the treatment of cardiovascular disease in the Developing World. As an active volunteer and Medical Director of the nongovernmental organization Madaktari Africa, Dr. O’Brien led the team that performed the first cardiac catheterization in the history of Tanzania and the first PCI at a Tanzanian public hospital. Dr. O’Brien enjoys running and reading in his spare time, and attending his kids collegiate track and cross-country meets with his wife, Nancy.
Grace Carroll graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2021 with a degree in Clinical Neuroscience. At Virginia Tech, she served as a founding executive council member of the Doctors Without Borders student chapter while also working as a patient transporter at Carilion NRV. Grace is passionate about serving her hometown and currently does so through volunteering as a sexual assault crisis advocate at SARA Roanoke. She is looking forward to continuing her service to the Roanoke community and beyond through educating others about CPR and AED use.