Meet the Staff

Academy Medical Director: Dr. Andrew Nothmann MD, MS, FACEP

After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in physiology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., I earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in 1997.  I then completed a year of Emergency Medicine Internship at the University of Connecticut before completing my final 3 years of Emergency Medicine Residency at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California.  I have continued as a part-time attending physician at Highland Hospital since 2002.  In 2003, I started as an attending physician at Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) in Napa, California.  In 2007, I became a partner with the Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group and in 2011 became Medical Director of the Emergency Department at QVMC.  I have also served in several administrative roles at QVMC and am currently the Chairman of the Department of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine.  I became the Medical Director of the Napa Valley College Paramedic and EMT programs in 2009 and continue in that role today.  I accepted a position as the Medical Director of the Napa City Fire Department in 2011.  I reside in Napa with my wife and two children. 


Program Co-Director: Aaron Hakenen

I started working in EMS in 1995 as a First Responder, then as a volunteer EMT/Firefighter for the Cordelia Fire District.  When I finished college in 1997, I continued to volunteer as a Firefighter/EMT while working completely outside of the EMS and fire service world.   In 2005, I asked my wife if I could quit my job and go to paramedic school full-time - much to my surprise she said yes and I didn't ask again.  I graduated from College of the Siskiyous Paramedic Program and got a job working for AMR Contra Costa, serving primarily Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Pinole, and the rest of west county.  In 2008, I was hired by the Novato Fire Protection District where I work today as a Firefighter/Paramedic.  My wife and I have been together for over 12 years and we have a daughter.  When I'm not at work, I spend most of my time pretending to re-landscape my backyard - the only thing I've learned so far is that it's much easier to tear stuff out, than to put it back in.

Clinical Coordinator: Shelley Gavitte

I graduated from Loma Linda University with a bachelors degree in nursing.  My work experience includes trauma/surgery ICU, critical care transport, flight nurse for Mercy Air in southern CA, and staff RN in several ED's around California.  I have been an ATLS, ACLS, PALS instructor. I currently work at QVMC in the ER and in my limited spare time i enjoy gardening, raising goats and spending time with my family. I am a skilled artisan when it comes to scrapbooking and creation of decorative paper goods.

Academy Primary Instructors

Aaron Baracco

I started working in EMS in 1994 as an ER tech at Queen of the Valley.  I graduated from Paul Cline and Associates Paramedic School in 1996, then attended Napa Valley College Nursing Program graduating in 1998 with an ADN.  After Graduation I worked at Queen of the Valley as an ER nurse (fulltime) and at Piner's Ambulance (partime).  In 2000 I became a Paramedic/ Supervisor at Piner's and remained partime as an ER nurse.  In 2003 I began my fire career at Novato Fire Protection District working there as a Firefighter/ Paramedic until my hire with Napa City Fire Department in 2008, where I currently work.  All the while enjoying per diem nursing in the ER at QVMC. I am very excited to be a part of the instructor team here at the NVC Paramedic Academy.  I've been married to my wonderful wife Kimi for 12 years and we have a son, Angelo, who is 5.  In my free time you can find me with my family, watching baseball or flyfishing. 
Jen Selby

I started my career as an ER Tech while attending nursing school. I graduated from NVC in 2000 and have been working as an ER nurse ever since. After college I moved to New York City and worked in Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers along with a Trauma ICU. Since 2006 I have been back in Napa where I work full-time in the ER at Queen of the Valley Medical Center as well as part-time for veriHealth as a CCT RN. My passions in nursing are trauma, critical care, and the care of pediatric patients. I hold a national certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse and am one of only 500 nurses in the country who has obtained Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse status. I enjoy teaching and am a PALS and ACLS instructor. Besides working full-time at QVMC, part-time at veriHealth, and part-time at NVC I am also currently in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. In my limited amount of free time I enjoy kayaking, camping, and catching up on sleep.

John Dicochea

Started my EMS career working as an EMT for AMR in Monterey county.  At the same time I worked as a paid call firefighter for Watsonville fire. Worked several jobs for a couple years prior to attending Emergency Training Services Paramedic Program in Santa Cruz. Graduated from paramedic school in 2002 and continued to work for AMR in San Benito and Santa Cruz county.  Was later hired by Novato Fire Protection District as a Firefighter /Paramedic where I am currently employed. I am married with 2 kids, my oldest is a U.S. Marine currently serving in Afghanistan and my youngest will be starting high school soon. Currently live in the country on a few acres with some small farm animals and an old dog. When I am not working at one of my 2 jobs, I enjoy camping, boating, and hunting.
Cori Carlson

I am a Napa Native.  I started my EMS career here as an EMT and volunteer firefighter for Napa County FD.  I worked in CDF (now CalFire) and as a Trainee FF for Vallejo FD until completing my training as a Paramedic in 2001.  I worked as a paramedic for Piner's Ambulance in Napa and AMR in Santa Barbara County, as well as teaching ACLS, PALS, and BLS classes for a variety of organizations.  After completing my bachelors in Animal Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I entered into Sonoma State University for my Masters in Nursing Leadership.  I started my nursing career at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in the Emergency Department, and I have remained in that position.  I am married to my husband Casey and we have a small ranch in Napa County.  When I am not teaching, directing, or working in the ED you can find me outside with my horses and dogs. 

Jesse Allread

Born August 24, 1978 San Francisco, CA
Resides in San Rafael, CA
Became a licensed paramedic on July 31, 2002
Paramedic School: Santa Rosa Junior College 2001-02
Work: Firefighter Paramedic for San Jose Fire Department
Previous Work: Firefighter Paramedic for Novato Fire Protection District June 2002-April 2007.
AA/AS Degree in Fire Technology at Santa Rosa Junior College

Pete Gavitte

I went through EMT school in 1986 and worked 911 calls in SouthCentral LA (busy).  During this time I also worked as a PCF firefighter for Orange Co. Fire.  As an EMT I Got tired of near minimum wage (and the busyness) and went through paramedic class #5 in 1989 at Mt SAC.  I returned to the ambulance, but out in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, as a medic, preceptor and paramedic crew chief.  After 7 years I felt a little burnt out and did other things until going to work for the Highway Patrol.  I've been with CHP for 12 years, the last 7 in air operations as a helicopter pilot.  Along the way I picked up AS degrees in Natural Science and EMS, and later a BS in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Still a Dodger fan, sorry.