2018-2019 Leadership Team
Abhijay Murugesan - Chief and Executive Director
Abhijay is a first-generation American who was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. He first gained exposure to healthcare when he volunteered as an administrative assistant for Yuma Pediatrics from 2012-2014. He then volunteered as a technician in the biomedical engineering department at the Yuma Regional Medical Center from 2014-2015. After graduating from Cibola High School in 2015, he decided to attend the University of Arizona Honors College after being selected as a Flinn Scholar and National Merit Scholar. During college, he was selected as the Honors College Outstanding Sophomore of the Year in 2017 and the Honors College Outstanding Junior of the Year in 2018. More recently, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior in April of 2018, and was selected as a National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholar in July of 2018. He is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health (concentration in Health Systems Theory and Practice) and a second major in Molecular & Cellular Biology.
Prior to becoming an EMT, his healthcare experience during college consisted of serving as a patient advocate intern at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson in a surgical intermediate care unit and a cardiac intermediate care unit during the summer of 2016. He then decided that he wanted more hands-on clinical experience, so he attended Warriorschool's EMT Immersion Program. After obtaining EMT national certification and state licensure, Abhijay joined UAEMS in January of 2017 and was quickly promoted to the positions of Shift Supervisor and Field Training Officer in August of 2017. He was then ultimately promoted to Chief of EMS and Executive Director in May of 2018. Outside of UAEMS, Abhijay gained experience at the state level during the summer of 2017 when he served as a Professional-Leadership Intern at the Bureau of EMS & Trauma System within the Arizona Department of Health Services. Additionally, in June of 2017, he joined the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona as an EMT Reservist and also became a member of the Southern Arizona Interagency Peer Support Team. Currently, in addition to his EMT certification, Abhijay has been certified by the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support CPR Instructor and has been certified by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians as a provider of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. He has also been trained in individual crisis assistance and public safety integration/rescue task force operations.
Apart from schoolwork and EMS, Abhijay has served as an Honors College Ambassador since 2015. He has also assisted research in the Department of Neuroscience, College of Science in 2015; Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health from 2017-2018; and Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine since 2018. Recently, he presented findings at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians in January of 2019. In the future, Abhijay plans to attend medical school and hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine as an EMS physician.
In his free time, Abhijay enjoys playing tennis and racquetball, traveling, SCUBA diving, and learning to fly gliders.
Catie Sikora - Assistant Chief
Catie is currently a senior with majors in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science and Molecular & Cellular Biology and minors in Math and Health & Human Values. She has aspirations to attend medical school to pursue a career in Trauma Surgery. She joined UAEMS in January 2017 and was quickly promoted to Personnel Officer and shift supervisor. Aside from academics and UAEMS, she is involved in greek life, research, SHAC, and TFD’s TC3 program. In the coming year, she plans to prioritize responder health and wellness, as well as cooperation with other EMS agencies throughout the state.
Kent Conol- Deputy Chief
Kent is a junior that entered the agency his Freshman year in the fall of 2016 after graduating from Shadow Ridge High School and obtaining his EMT certification through a high school program called West-MEC. He is planning to complete a Bachelor’s in Physiology in hopes of pursuing military medicine. Kent plans on joining the Air Force as a Pararescueman and eventually applying to graduate school to further his knowledge of emergency medicine. After his first semester with UAEMS, Kent was promoted to the role of Field Training Officer and served in that role for 2 semesters. Entering the new role as Deputy Chief of Operations, Kent plans on continuing the excellence in the agency’s operations.
Christopher Molina- Captain of Training
Katelyn Paulsen - Captain of Personnel
Katelyn is currently a senior at the University of Arizona and received her EMT certification in July of 2016. Originally from Iowa, she came to the University of Arizona to pursue a BFA in dance and minor in Pre-Health. After her undergraduate work, Katelyn plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in Sports Medicine or Orthopedic Surgery. She joined University of Arizona EMS in January of 2017 and has since been promoted to shift supervisor and Captain of Personnel. With her new position, she aims to build upon the strong interpersonal relationships within the organization and the Tucson community. Outside of EMS, Katelyn has worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader supporting the Chemistry department. She also works as an intern for SPARCC, a concussion research clinic in Tucson. Katelyn has a strong passion for dance and has traveled around the nation performing. She is excited to help the agency grow and continue to provide quality pre-hospital care that the agency is known for.
Nicholas Christopher- Captain of Logistics
Nick was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. There, he graduated Flagstaff High School before attending the University of Arizona. During his senior year of high school, Nick obtained his EMT certification from Coconino Community College. He is currently studying Physiology with ambitions of attending medical school. He first starting working as an EMT in the field during the summer of 2017 up in Northern Arizona. Nick joined UAEMS in the Fall of 2017 and became a field supervisor the following semester and will officially be Captain of Logistics starting in Fall of 2018. He is very excited to devote his time and passion to not only further the UAEMS agency but to better the University of Arizona community.
Courtney Baxter - Field Training Officer
Timothy Gustafson- Field Training Officer
Francisco Gonzalez- Field Training Officer
Rafael Lopez- Information Officer