Our Dedicated MembersWe simply couldn't do what we do without the generous commitment of our dedicated members.
To serve almost half a million residents of Virginia Beach and almost three million visitors with professional-quality, pre-hospital emergency care for free, we need the complete dedication and hard work of all our members.
VBVRS operational members, from EMT to paramedic, commit to the same training and certifications as professionals. They agree to serve 48 hours a month, usually broken up in four 12-hour duties.
VBVRS support members commit to serving 12 hours a month in different capacities, including office, facility, fund drive, and special event work.
While you’re at it, check out our Life Members, Past Commanders and Honorary Members.
If you’re at least 18 years old and interested in joining us, the proud men and women of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, click here.
Travis Smith, Chief
Matt Chiaradia, Operations Captain
Dale Drescher, Administration Captain
Brad Sauer, Treasurer
Brian Abeyta, Member at Large
Roy White, Member at Large
Ron Bauman, Member at Large
Jim Obal, Advisory Chair
Pete Seidler, Parliamentarian
Mike Soto, Chief Aide
John Doub, Safety Officer
Brian Abeyta & Matt Chiaradia, Rescue Council Representatives
Janet Levin, Deputy
Mary-Ellen McLean, Uniform Lt.
Elizabeth Rogers, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator
Brian Abeyta,Community CPR
Corey Overstreet, Newsletter Editor/ Records Coordinator
Ellen McBride, Marketing Coordinator
Dave Mathews, Facilities Lt./Socials
Ray Ford Sr., Facilities Officer
Suzanne Sofield, Event Director
Jim Obal, Honor Guard
Robin Bresnahan, Chaplain
Brandon Walker, Deputy
Norwood Burdett, Equipment Lt.
Mike Dempich, Training Lt.
Bob Giesen, Supply Lt.
Trinity Penny, Vehicle Check-off
Walt Yancey, Maintenance Lt.
Evan Crawley, Special Events Lt.
Susan Bauman, Scheduling Lt.
Jon Sansone, IT Lt.
Beckie Chiaradia, Grants Coordinator
Stephanie McKinney, Fund Drive Coordinator
Doris Foster, Longevity/Historian/Awards Coordinator
James Obal, Chairman
John Richardson, Legal Advisor
Tom Gill, Member-at-Large
Courtney Dyer, Vice Chairman
Andy Bedinger, Member-at-Large
Current Support Members and Volunteers
Ray Ford, Sr.
Gary Hoffman, Past Chief
Mary-Ellen McLean, Foundation/Squad Office Manager
Blair Whitley Ray
Diane Van Campen
Current Operational Members
Celeste Burnett (Torrez)
John Doub, Past Chief
Rick Flack, Past Chief
Donna Maria Hawker
Jay Leach IV, Past Captain
James Long, III
Ellen McBride, Past Chief
Anastasia VanDenDries – Martini
Roy White, Jr., Past Chief
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