Upstate NY Life Support Training, an American Heart Association Training Center.

Our Staff


Joseph Meath

President, EMT-P, Fire Captian, NYS Exclusive distrubutor of EMS Charts
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     As the President of the company Joe is the exclusive NYS Distributor for emsCharts, Inc. and eCore Software, Inc. Provider of onsite training and contract coordination of professional training services.  

    His outside position of Fire Captain/Paramedic with the Barnard Fire District allows for his expertise, hands on, and real world experiences to provide a superior level of quality teaching as instructor of the American Heart Association courses provided at Upstate NY Life Support Training. 

Mindi Meath

Vice-President, EMT-CC

Mindi Meath has been a providing patient care in a pre-hospital setting for over 15 years.  While serving as the Director of Training at large commercial ambulance service, Mindi found her passion; teaching others. Quickly she became an Instructor in all of the American Heart Association's courses (BLS, ACLS, PALS) as well as brought new programs to her EMS colleagues. In 2004 Mindi was recognized as the MLREMS Educator of the Year, an award given by her peers.

Currently, Mindi is the Vice-President of J & M Affiliated Business, Inc., parent company of Upstate NY Life Support Training. She has been appointed as ACLS Regional Faculty and PALS Regional Faculty by the American Heart Association ECC Committee. She is the ALS coordinator at the University of Rochesters ECC office, serving as course coordinator for the ACLS and PALS programs.   She is the Secretary for the Society of Total Emergency Programs (STEP) as well as a practicing EMS provider. 

Nickie Vetter

Training Center Coordinator, EMT-P, Office Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing

Nickie comes to Upstate NY Life Support Training with a wealth of experience in prehospital care and administrative operations. Nickie, a NYS certified paramedic, is able to utilize her prehospital expertise, computer skills and outstanding organizational skills to run the office of Upstate NY Life Support Training.

Nickie works as a part-time paramedic in the Monroe-Livingston EMS system as well as being an American Heart Association instructor for over 5 years.

Brian Gebo

Senior Instructor, Firefighter, EMT-B

    Brian is a Senior Instructor for the company.  His experience instructing BLS for Healthcare provider and Heartsaver courses coupled with his extensive training, education, and experiences as a Firefighter/EMT-B with the Ridge Road Fire District has proved a successful combination.   He includes professional and dynamic hands on experiences to his instruction.  His experiences working with the community, in the hospital setting, with nursing and healthcare facilities, as well as with numerous EMS agencies allows for him to accommodate and adapt the course materials and better prepare the participants of the courses he instructs.

Charles Cappon

Senior Instructor, Firefighter, EMT-I

     Charlie is not only a Senior Instructor for the company providing BLS for Healthcare provider and Heartsaver classes; he as well serves as a Firefighter with the Barnard Fire District, and an EMT-I with Spencerport Ambulance.  His multiple role expertise, education, and real life situation experience allows for his use of these experiences to provide training that goes above and beyond that of a typical course setting. 

Donald Wood

Senior Instructor, EMT-B, Firefighter

    Don a Senior Instructor for Upstate NY Life Support Training, also serves as a Firefighter/EMT-B for the Barnard Fire District and Spencerport Fire Department.   Having over 15 years of experience providing emergency medical care that includes hands on CPR experience has allowed for him to include this experience into his training of BLS for Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver courses.  His classes offer a unique guidance and dynamic ability to have his professional experiences incorporated in the instruction, better preparing the participants for not only higher competency but higher confidence of the materials covered.

Dr. Mark Gestring

Upstate NY Life Support Training PHTLS Medical Director


Dr. Gestring is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he is the Medical Director of the Strong Regional Trauma Center. He received his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Gestring completed his surgical training at Brown University and his fellowship training in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gestring is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Air Medical Physicians Association. His areas of special interest include trauma, critical care, prehospital care of the injured patient and regional trauma system development.


Dr. Mark Gestring
Strong Regional Trauma Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: 585-275-3376