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 the current EMS fellow for Atrium Health/Carolinas Medical Center and Mecklenburg EMS Agency in Charlotte, NC. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a native of Laurel, MD. Dr. Bouland has an extensive background in EMS including greater than 12 years as an EMS provider in both Maryland and Virginia. He has a particular interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and bystander CPR.
Director of Finance
Joe Alesantrino has spent his career in Accounting and Finance roles at various healthcare entities. His experience includes financial leadership roles in an acute care and rehabilitation hospital, a hospital-based managed care organization and national and regional long term care operators. Joe holds a MBA from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Foundation’s mission in collaboration with healthy living attracted Joe to his role as Director of Finance. He is a resident of Roanoke, VA where he resides with his wife Mary Lynn. Joe and Mary Lynn have a combined family of five children.
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 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, 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 the 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.
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.
Director of Information Technologies
Noah Dean has served as a Combat Medic in the Army National Guard since 2015 and is currently finishing out an A.A.S. in Paramedicine in order to pursue a career as a Critical Care Flight Medic. He started working with the foundation in 2018 as a class instructor, and became our Director of Information Technologies in December of 2019. He continues to volunteer with Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad in Roanoke, VA as a Driver, AIC, and Public Information Officer. With his background in pre-hospital care, he is passionate that bystanders should learn effective CPR and AED skills.
Ben Bane graduated in 2012 from Virginia Tech with a degree in biochemistry. Since his graduation, Ben has worked for the Carilion Clinic Emergency Department administration managing over 100 scribes across six hospitals. During that time, he also engaged in numerous research projects with Dr. Jack Perkins. Most notably, he helped spearhead the launch of EKG and cardiac screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest for high school athletes in the Roanoke Valley.
Ben is a cancer survivor (pancreatic Ewing's sarcoma) and thus even more passionate about educating others in the life-saving skills of CPR and AED use.
Director of Social Media
Matthew Vinson works as the Lead Scribe in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and is preparing for medical school. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2011 and recently finished taking his prerequisites. In his free time he loves spending time with his wife, Meredith, and son, Rett, reading, traveling, and watching baseball. He is excited to be involved with The Compress & Shock Foundation by helping with Social Media updates/posts.