Director of Operations
Chris joined Cascade Healthcare's training division in 2007 as customer service specialist and BLS Instructor. Since then Chris has instructed over 1,000 courses and grown with the organization into a Director of Operations role. He now oversees the WA market and works directly with Cascades larger enterprise accounts.
When Chris is not at work he enjoys concerts, poker, golf, fantasy sports, attending Seattle Seahawks games, and spending time with his wife, son, and golden retriever.
Zac Schasteen started his career in public service in Alaska as a volunteer Firefighter in 1994. Zac attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Session #30 in Sitka, Alaska. He was elected to two terms on the Unalaska City Council and previously served as a Fire Chief, Police Officer, Harbor Officer, Firefighter, Flight EMT with Alaska Regional Hospital, and is now the Operations Manager for Cascade’s Tacoma office.
Zac is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress as a Firefighter and Fire Instructor, has a basic Police Certificate with the Alaska Police Standards Council, is an Alaska certified Emergency Medical Technician Three and a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, a hazardous materials technician and a PADI certified Rescue Diver. He is also a certified instructor for Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Trauma Technician and Basic Life Support; a United States Coast Guard-approved On-Board Drill Instructor and instructor for Survival Equipment, Procedures and On-Board Drills; and an Alaska Marine Safety Education Association-accredited Marine Safety Instructor. He is also currently an AHA Basic Life Support Training Center Faculty member for Cascade, is affiliated with the National Association of EMS Educators and is a life member of the Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers. During his career, Zac has taught classes for agencies such as the University of Alaska, University of Washington, and various local, state, and private agencies and organizations.
In his free time you will likely find Zac near a body of water making use of the wonderful offerings the Pacific Northwest affords people.
Client Support Specialist
Sarah is very proud to be considered the "smile" of Cascade's Seattle office. Having worked in the customer service field for many years and growing up with a parent who was a healthcare professional, she is pleased to bring her experiences to this position and improving students' interactions with the organization.
A recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest from the Midwest, Sarah enjoys exploring Seattle's neighborhoods on the weekends, as well as keeping busy with reading and crafts.
Kirsten has been a member of Cascade Training Center since February 2017. She has always wanted to
pursue a career that would allow her the opportunity to help others. Kirsten attended Western
Washington University in 2013; while there she began working as a nanny that required her to attend a
Heartsaver class. In April 2015, her father suffered an episode of sudden cardiac arrest while at his
home; Kirsten performed CPR continuously for several minutes until EMS arrived to take over. After six
days in the hospital, her father got to come home to his family and the hospital staff said that her quick
action saved his life. Kirsten promptly began working as an assistant teaching First Aid, CPR & AED
courses all over Washington State before getting hired by Cascade Training. She is thrilled at the
opportunity to help people learn the skills necessary to save lives and cannot wait to become an
instructor so she can pass on the same life saving skills that she was taught.
When Kirsten is not working she enjoys running, biking, and hiking, and if the Washington weather permits, nature and wildlife photography. If itâ€™s an indoor type of day, she loves to bake, read, play games with her family, and cuddle with her cat and pet snake.
Client Support Specialist
Jay joined the Cascade Training team in Spring of 2018. Originally from Florida, Jay moved to Washington in 2017. He graduated from the University Iowa with an AA in Communications in 2012. Throughout Jayâ€™s life he has always been a goal driven person and strives to provide excellent customer service as he is passionate about people and is always willing to take the extra steps necessary to help find a solution.
Outside of work Jay is a part time photographer. In his free time, he also loves to play ball, run track and do individual or group sporting events.
As a Registered Nurse and Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic with more than 20 years of patient care experience, Paul's core belief is that individuals and healthcare entities must value and promote quality and relevant team based continuing education to continuously improve patient outcomes. Paul's direct patient care experience has included almost two decades as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic with the world renowned King County Medic One receiving his Paramedic Certification directly from many of the physician pioneers in resuscitation at the University of Washington School of Medicine Paramedic Training Program. His work as a senior paramedic, field training officer and Air Support Unit Paramedic with the KCSO Guardian Rescue helicopter service in addition to his work as a registered nurse in primary care, public health, correctional healthcare and hyperbaric medicine, has reinforced his passion for collaborative training programs that focus on crew resource management and effective team dynamics. His healthcare management experience has focused on training program design, CQI, curriculum development and collaborative care initiatives. He continues to work clinically, leading cardiac arrest resuscitations as well as participating as a data collector for many ongoing cardiac arrest and trauma related studies.
Paul's direct responsibilities at Cascade include building a culture of excellence with a team of experts at every level of our organization, exceed expectations with industry leading customer service and collaborate with our clients to insure we are continuously contributing to improved patient outcomes with a total program cost effective solution.
Chief Operating Officer
Eric joined Cascade as Chief Operating Officer in March of 2017. He began his career as an EMT and emergency dispatcher before joining Intrado where he has held multiple positions ascending from project management to VP/General Manager. Eric brings over 17 years of public safety experience leading teams that build, deploy and manage 9-1-1 systems and infrastructure. He is passionate about leading teams to make significant positive impact on the communities we serve.
As COO, he is focused on continuing the delivery of world class training, expanding Cascade's brand and services, and delivering excellent customer experiences. Eric earned his Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University, and a MBA from Colorado State University.
He currently lives in Denver with his wife and two kids and enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking and home projects.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe spent his childhood in up-state New York before moving to South Florida during high school. He spent 28 years in Florida, then five years in Chattanooga, Tennessee before moving to Evergreen, Colorado where he now resides with his wife and two daughters. He earned a bachelors degree in Accounting from Barry University, obtained his CPA certification in 1993, and earned his MBA from Florida International University in 2000. He spent the early part of his career as CFO (and later VP of Business Development) for Costa Cruise Lines. Since that time Joe has had roles as both a CFO and VP of Sales in the real estate, senior housing, third party logistics, venture incubator, moving, and furniture industries and prior to joining Cascade in May of 2017 Joe worked as a Managing Director for a Mergers & Acquisition firm specializing in home health.
Joe spends much of his free time enjoying many of the outdoor adventures that the Rocky Mountains provide, including skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. He also enjoys reading, backgammon, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.
Vice President - Sales and Marketing
Andy joined Cascade in December of 2017 as the VP of Sales and Marketing. Andy's career began as a hospital sales representative in big pharma before earning his first leadership position in biotechnology with Amgen. He has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to Cascade, Andy held a number of sales and strategic account leadership roles in cardiology, nephrology, oncology and critical care markets. Andy earned his BS in Biology from University of South Carolina.
Andy currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife and daughter. When not working, he can be found skiing, fly fishing or playing golf. Andy still aspires to complete this Colorado trifecta in one day.
Dylan Luyten, MD
Dr. Dylan Luyten attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he majored in English Literature and French. When he just couldn't get the great American novel written, he began looking around for a new direction. As fate would have it, he loved the biological sciences and some personal experiences made it abundantly clear that medicine was where he belonged. Dr. Luyten completed a course of post-baccalaureate premedical studies at the Harvard University Extension School. He then stayed in Boston and attended medical school at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a year of internal medicine internship at the Lahey Clinic, in Massachusetts. Subsequently Dr. Luyten came west for the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center. There, despite being subjected to the role of Chief Resident in his final year, he managed to fall in love with Denver and the Rocky Mountains, and more importantly, with the compelling, challenging, and satisfying specialty of emergency medicine. He currently enjoys practicing emergency medicine at Swedish Medical Center, in Englewood, Colorado. Dr. Luyten is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center in Englewood, Colorado. Passionate about EMS education, he is EMS Medical Director for Action Care Ambulance and Cascade Training Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Luyten divides his time between clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, and EMS teaching. When not working, he can be found with his wife and children or enjoying the solitude of the Colorado wilderness.
Vice President, Operations
When you talk with Josh Adams, it becomes clear that he has held an interest in public safety and emergency medical services from a very early age. "I remember I had to sell my Mom on the idea of letting me take a week of independent study so I could take the 40 hour First Responder (what's now the Emergency Medical Responder) class. It was my sophomore year of high school and we had recently lost a family member to sudden cardiac arrest. I just wanted the confidence that sort of training instills." He went on to complete his Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification a year later and completed his National Registry Paramedic by the time he was 20. "I worked in a busy ground-based 9-1-1 system that was largely economically depressed and you get a lot of experience in a rather short amount of time as those vulnerable populations see a lot of substance abuse, and criminal violence." In addition to his paramedic shift assignments, Josh served as a Field Training Officer and EMS program educator. A science nerd at heart, his passion for patient-important outcomes and evidence-based practice soon turned to full-time education where he could help students implement up-to-date resuscitation guidelines and skills into their practice. "I loved teaching, and so when the opportunity presented itself to join Cascade and work with a diverse mix of healthcare providers from different organizations and agencies, I jumped on it. For me, Cascade's process was appealing because they were obviously very mindful of eliminating some of the subjectivity from the student evaluation process and they were investing in tools and technology that provided their students with objective skills performance feedback while also training them to think more critically by responding to the simulated physiological changes rather than the instructor just saying, 'Now you see XYZ'."
Josh lives in Portland, OR with his dog, Hank. Josh feels like his time outside of the office is synonymous with time spent outdoors. He loves to backpack, venturing into the many wilderness areas outside of Portland, and he enjoys sailing on the Columbia River. He even works as a sailing instructor in the spring and summer months.
Medical Content Strategist
Tyler joined Cascade Training Center's corporate team in June of 2016 as the Medical Content Strategist. After growing up on the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Tyler went on to attend the University of Alabama, graduating with his Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Information Sciences, with a minor in English. Having previously served as Marketing Coordinator for ESPN's College GameDay, Tyler has a passion for sports marketing and, of course, Alabama football. Tyler brings a unique skill set to Cascade as his previous experience includes: teaching Media Fluencies in Mass Communications to high school students, working as a marketing coordinator for The University of Alabama Department of English, and directing regional sales and marketing for an international health club brand. Outside of pursuing his career goals, Tyler enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with his dog, Kai, and exploring Colorado's beautiful landscape.
Clinical Specialist /Training Center Coordinator
Amanda has a Bachelors degree in Biology and a background as an EMT. She has been part of the Cascade team since 2012 and has worked in a variety of roles within the company, allowing her to foster relationships with many of our clients and partners throughout the organization. In her current role as Clinical Specialist, Amanda assists with staff development as well as process implementation and maintenance. She is our American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator and acts as a liaison between Cascade and AHA, ensuring that all courses are compliant and up-to-date with the most current science available. Amanda also oversees our continuing education accreditation status with a variety of credentialing boards including the Washington State Medical Association, California Board of Nursing, Dental Board of California and Colorado Department of Health. In addition, Amanda manages our inventory supply chain and works with our vendors to ensure we have an adequate stock of products for all of our students and clients.
Outside of work, Amanda and her husband lead a full life. You will find them cooking, enjoying all the outdoor activities available in the Northwest, playing board games or trivia, and traveling as often as possible.
Travis became involved in public safety and emergency medical services right out of high school. His first job out of high school was an Emergency Room Technician at Tacoma General Hospital. That is where his passion for emergency medicine grew and moved him into pre-hospital work. He went to Paramedic school and has worked in many systems as an EMT and Paramedic. Travis pursued a full-time education position to have the highest impact on patient care out comes by educating his peers and community in the most up-to-date resuscitation guidelines and skills into their practice. Travis has been with Cascade since September 2011.
In his free time he loves spending time cooking and adventures outdoors with his wife and daughter.