GW Training Center

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt - Medical Director

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences who specializes in Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine. Hailing originally from Canada, Dr. Lehnhardt completed his medical doctorate at the University of Western Ontario in 2003.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine in both Canada and the United States and he works clinically in the Emergency Department at the George Washington University Hospital. Invested in medical education, Dr. Lehnhardt has also acted as Medical Director for the GWDEMTC since 2012.

In addition to serving as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Lehnhardt is the Co-Director of the Fellowship of Extreme Environmental Medicine, and the Medical Director for the GWU student EMS organization EMeRG.   When not teaching or conducting research, Dr. Lehnhardt is continues to prepare for a future involving space travel.

Jason McKay - Training Center Manager

Jason McKay has been a provider in the field of Emergency Medicine since 1999, and a teacher of the same since 2004.  As an undergraduate student, Jason served as Clinical Captain and Supervisor for Texas A&M University EMS as well as Coordinator for Texas A&M Emergency Care Team.   An ALS provider since 2002, he also volunteered for Montgomery County EMS in Texas.  Bridging pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency care, Jason worked as an Emergency Trauma Technician for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Parkland Hospital - North Texas Level I Trauma Centers.  After completing a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, Jason relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and began working in the Emergency Department at George Washington University Hospital.

Jason now serves as the Program Manager for the GW Training Center in the MFA’s Department of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to his role as manager, Jason has been recognized as AHA Regional Faculty for the ACLS, PALS and BLS sciences and as AMLS Regional Coordinator for the NAEMT.  When not chained to his desk or up in front of a classroom, Jason can typically be found SCUBA diving or skydiving for leisure.  An aspiring chef, he spends his remaining time in the kitchen attempting to perfect his family recipes.

Alexander Cullen - Training Coordinator

Alex began his career in emergency services in High School, volunteering for the Chatham Emergency Squad well into college.  While attending GWU as an undergraduate student, he worked with the University Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG) as a Crew Chief and Training Officer. He attended evening classes in pursuit of his paramedic certification and became a Nationally Registered paramedic in 2006. After completion of his paramedic training, Alex began working in the George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department as an ED Tech. He grew his role to include training new hires, completing competency trainings, and teaching in conjunction with the nursing/medical curriculums. He currently works as a Training Coordinator at the GWDEMTC managing instructor development, and scheduling. A tenured instructor in both the ALS and BLS sciences, Alex also serves as senior AHA Training Center Faculty in multiple disciplines.  When not around the office, Alex enjoys the great outdoors especially the ocean.  An avid sailor and SCUBA diver, he is always in search of his next adventure.  

Kathleen O’Connor - Full Time Instructor

Kathleen (a.k.a. "Katie") started her career in EMS as a volunteer EMT-B in high school. She continued serving as an EMT at the University of Pittsburgh while earning her BA in Political Science and Film and later in the greater Northern Virginia area. Katie completed her training as a Paramedic in 2007, while pursuing her Master of Public Policy at George Mason University. Before joining the GWDEMTC, she worked for Prince William County Public Safety Communications as a 911 call taker and police/fire dispatcher. Katie has been an AHA Instructor since 2004, and is a season EMS Education Coordinator for the State of Virginia. He favorite subject matter to teach includes CPR, infection control, and patient assessment. Outside of the classroom, Katie loves to travel. In addition to studying film in Australia, she is quite the baker and watches more foodie television than she cares to admit. 

Nicholas Reed - Training Coordinator

Nick began working in emergency medicine in 2007, volunteering at the West Orange First Aid Squad in New Jersey. While completing his undergraduate degree, he served as an EMT at MONOC and as an Emergency Department Critical Care Technician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Nick is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in Public Health and minored in Philosophy.  Certified in Public Health Preparedness, Nick has volunteered for various regional health education projects, both domestic and abroad throughout his career. Prior to joining the GWDEMTC in 2013, he worked with the Department of Emergency Medicine to provide occupational healthcare to military contractors throughout the Middle East in 2012.  Nick has since dedicated himself to the GWDEMTC as a Training Coordinator and AHA BLS Instructor – managing the day to day administrative operations of the Training Center and teaching classes. Professionally, his interests lie in international public health systems and emergency medicine. When not typing feverishly, Nick can be found training for the next 5K, fooling around in the kitchen, with his nose in a book, or eyeing his next international destination.

GW Lifesavers Program

Dr. Neal Sikka - Medical Director

Dr. Neal Sikka is an Attending Physician and Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences who specializes in Emergency Medicine and Telemedicine Medicine. Dr. Sikka is the Co-Chief of the Innovative Practice division at the Department of Emergency  Medicine.  After completing his medical doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, Dr. Sikka came to work clinically in the Emergency Department at the George Washington University Hospital.  He is the acting medical director for the GW Lifesavers AED Program, and is an avid proponent of early recognition and intervention of sudden cardiac arrest.

Megan Krentsa - Program Coordinator

Megan Krentsa began working at the GWDEMTC while attending George Washington University in 2010. After graduating with a BA in International Affairs in May of 2013, she assumed the role of Program Coordinator for the GW Lifesavers Program.  As coordinator, Megan oversees the Medical Direction and Program Oversight of over 2,000 clients all over the continental United States, and has championed the proliferation of public-access AEDs.  Megan is also a seasoned instructor who has been teaching BLS and Heartsaver curricula for the AHA since 2011. As GWDEMTC Faculty for the BLS sciences, she also mentors instructor candidates who are new to teaching.  Megan has been a Nationally Registered EMT since 2010, and has served with the GWU student EMS organization, EMeRG, for four years as a Crew Chief and Field Training Officer. She is now pursuing her paramedic certification at the College of Southern Maryland while volunteering at Calvert Advanced Life Support in Calvert County, Maryland.