Lorri DiBattisto, President and Chief Executive Officer - Board Member - At Large
I joined the Board of Directors in 2004 after transforming the current location on One Pegville Rd. in Granby from a barn to a building. I'm a practicing structural engineer and own my own business in East Granby. I was invited to the GAA holiday party in early 2004 and was amazed at how many hours people volunteered at GAA and their level of commitment to the community. I felt compelled to be a part of this amazing organization. I look forward to my new position as President of GAA.
Kate Coupe - Chief of Service, Training Officer, Paramedic
I joined the Granby Ambulance Association in December 1997, two months into my EMT-B class. I always had an inclination towards medicine, between patching up my friends and having numerous pets, a family friend convinced me to enroll in his EMT class. I became certified while I was a Junior at GMHS and continued my education at Springfield College. In May 2003, I graduated as the Salutatorian of my class with a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management. When GAA became a paramedic level ambulance service, I was proud to be its first volunteer paramedic, and I continue to ride weekly. I have served on the Board of Directors for the last ten years, previously serving as the Vice President during the first six years of my tenure. I also served as lead instructor from 2003-2007 for the GAA EMT-B program. Outside of the GAA, I am a career crash-rescue firefighter/paramedic at Bradley Int’l Airport and an instructor for Capital Community College’s EMT and Paramedic training programs. I was formerly a member of the Lost Acres Fire Dept, the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, and Connecticut Task Force 1 (CT-TF1) urban search and rescue team.
Judy Jones - Board Member - At Large, Secretary
I was pleased to join the Board of Directors of Granby Ambulance Association during 2010. I am a practicing attorney currently working for a national health insurance company. I have lived in Granby with my family since 2002 and have always been impressed by the full range of services offered by GAA. I look forward to helping GAA fulfill its important mission of serving the emergency medical needs of the residents of Granby and surrounding towns.
Carol Brennen - Treasurer, EMT
I began my association with Granby Ambulance in 2002 when GAA renovated the ambulance building to accommodate paramedic service. At that time, I worked for the firm that was responsible for the design of the renovations as well as for the management of the construction. My responsibility was to get the interior of the building painted (and did some of the painting too). As my exposure to the GAA organization increased, my desire to join them grew. As a result, I signed up for the next EMT class given by Granby Ambulance and passed the certification exam in April of 2004. I’ve been volunteering for GAA ever since. In 2009, our Treasurer retired after 30 years of service to GAA. With my background in accounting, I agreed to take over as Treasurer. Now as an officer of GAA, I am looking forward to working with our board on the board’s initiatives for the coming years.
Sheri Cappa - Board Member, EMT
I joined Granby Ambulance Association after taking an EMT class with my son. He went off to medical school and I am still volunteering and loving every minute of it. GAA is an awesome organization with the best, most caring people and I am very happy to be a part of the organization and to be serving on the Board of Directors.
Kim McLaughlin- Board Member, EMT
Paul Oliva - Board Member, At Large - East Granby Representative
Leona Blevins, At Large - East Granby Representative
Gail Adams - Board Member, EMT
Gail Adams - I was born and brought up in Simsbury, and in 1996, my husband Jack and I moved to Granby. I joined GAA in 1992 and received my EMT in 1993; that's 25 years of service with Granby Ambulance! From 2003-2007 I maintained an EMT-Intermediate level certification, and in 2003 Jack and I received the Humanitarians of the Year award from the Granby Chamber of Commerce. I volunteer because I have enjoyed helping people all of my life, be it medical or otherwise. I became an EMT to make a difference; it is a "feel good feeling." Every day is "special" when someone "special" touches your life.
Rich Madera - Board Member, EMT