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

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JACK PERKINS, MD*

Founder

Executive Director

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. 

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KAREN PERKINS, MD*

Vice Director 

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. 

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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.

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SEAGER WILSON*

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.

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MICHELLE MUSSER*

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.

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BOB ZEMPLE, MD

Board Member

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.

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PETER O'BRIEN, MD

Board Member

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.

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SAMMY ZAKARIA, MD

Board Member

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. 

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MICHAEL ABRAHAM, MD

Board Member

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.

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Joel Buhyoff

Board Member, Survivor

Joel Buhyoff is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with Carilion Clinic. He is both a healthcare professional and Cardiac Arrest survivor. He is a native of Niagara County, NY who has lived most of his adult life in Virginia, and for the last 15 years in the New River Valley. His wife and son reside with him in Christiansburg. He enjoys piano and vocal music, as well as home projects in his spare time.

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Shaylyn Fahey

Full-Time Consultant

Shaylyn Fahey is a current third year MD/MBA candidate at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). She earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Bucknell University and before beginning medical school, worked as a postgraduate researcher at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Shaylyn volunteers as a Firefighter and EMT and is passionate about improving public access to health education and resources. Shaylyn is also involved in health legislation for the Medical Society of Virginia and American Medical Association.

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Virginia Wrobel

Full-Time Consultant

Ginny Wolfe is graduating from Virginia Tech in May 2022 with a degree in Public Health. At Virginia Tech, she participated in many community-based responses such as COVID Crushers and Appalachian Community Research. Ginny is passionate about serving and engaging with the community around her. She is looking forward to engaging in conversations about CPR and AED education and public health awareness with the Roanoke community and beyond.