Executive Board

The Executive Board meets biweekly and is responsible for service decision making and planning. Each member of the E-Board holds a specific position integral to the function of the service. Abbreviated job descriptions and current officers listed below. CQI conducted monthly by Chief, Deputy Chief, and Captains, with ongoing review done by Head of Service.

Chief: Phoebe Hyland

Class of 2021

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

I am a Senior biology major and I am planning on going to medical school after I graduate. I have been on Bates EMS for three years, and I also work in EMS outside of Bates. I am really interested in women’s reproductive health and I hope to work in a fertility clinic after graduation.

The Chief of Bates EMS is responsible for overseeing the general function of the service as component of both Bates College and Maine EMS. The Chief is the first point of contact for the Bates Administration and the Director of Bates EMS. The Chief acts as the leading Line Officer of the Bates EMS Executive Board. As the head of Bates EMS, the Chief is responsible for being accessible to all members as a voice of experience and leadership as they ensure the education, competency, and wellbeing of the providers.

Deputy Chief: Enton Lam

Class of 2021

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Hi! My name is Enton and I am a senior from Chicago. I’m majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy. I’m thinking of pursuing dentistry as a career after school. In my free time, I like to go fish, bake cookies, and spend time with my adorable baby nephew.


The role of Deputy Chief is to be second in line to the role of the Chief of Service, and undertake the responsibilities of maintaining the service, as well as working alongside the Chief and Captains in the line officer positions. The Deputy Chief works in contact with the entire service, as well as directly with the Chief of Service in order to solve conflicts, arrange service meetings, and be second in line to the executive board. The Deputy Chief works to enhance the voices of all service members, and ensure all opinions and options are used for decision making.

Captain: Eva Melendes

Class of 2021

Hometown: Hingham, MA

Hi! My name is Eva, I’m a senior and am currently working on my thesis for the Neuroscience major here at Bates. I became an EMT in my sophomore year following the UAS class that takes place on campus, and I have been on Bates EMS since then. I have also worked with emergency services outside of Bates, in both Maine and Massachusetts. This year, I am one of the two Captains of Bates EMS, meaning I coordinate the regular training sessions our squad participates in, as we are a “Continuing Education Service.” Please feel free to contact me via email or text if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you!

Captain: Sean Agrodnia

Class of 2022

Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, ME

I am a Junior Biochemistry major and have been a member of BEMS for two years. After graduating from Bates, I plan on attending medical school and pursuing a career in orthopedics/sports medicine.

The two Bates EMS captains are responsible for organizing EMS trainings, tracking member’s licensure statuses, participating in routine QA/QI review and generally assisting the chief and deputy chief as fellow line officers. In addition, the captains work with the crew chiefs in identifying, tracking and fostering the growth of members as they move from 200/300 to CCIT, CC and Supervisor.

Secretary: Ellie Boyle

Class of 2022

Hometown: Gary, Indiana

I am a double major in Neuroscience and English with a creative writing concentration at Bates. I love to hike and go to the beach and walk my Toy Poodle and Mastiff and Rottweiler.

The secretary of Bates EMS is responsible for creating the monthly coverage schedule and sending out weekly emails with the minutes from full service and Executive Board meetings. Additionally, the secretary is responsible for scheduling standby coverage for sports games, school dances, and significant events. 

Supply Officer: Andie Kelly

Class of 2021

Hometown: Jackson, WY

I am a senior at Bates and a psychology major with English, history, and philosophy GECS. Over the summer I worked at St. John’s Health in Jackson, WY – my home. I plan to work as an EMT in Teton National Park this summer before starting graduate school next fall. Wherever I am, I always look for work as an EMT. The work is incredibly rewarding, and I always have a fun/gross story to tell!

The Bates EMS Supply Officer is responsible for monitoring the service’s supplies and equipment. The supply officer will hold weekly inventory checks of the 100 bag, 200/300 bags, oxygen, and AED status. The Supply Officer is responsible for monitoring the service’s supply inventory and ordering additional supplies and equipment when necessary.

Membership Coordinator: Ronan Goulden

Class of 2022

Hometown: Lagunitas, CA

Hey all! I am a Junior Environmental Studies and Sociology Major. I loving being there for my fellow Bobcats when they need it along with helping people become EMTs and joining Bates EMS! Please feel free to come up to me anytime to ask questions about joining or just about the service in general!

The Membership Coordinator of Bates EMS is responsible for keeping all current members of the service licensed and compliant with Maine EMS policies. The Membership Coordinator also facilitates the introduction of new members to the service. This includes coordinating an on campus EMS course in partnership with United Ambulance Service and the Bates Administration. In addition, this position will assist members with re-licensure and obtaining Continuing Education Hours.

Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO):


The Designated Infection Control Officer oversees all responsibilities involving biologically hazardous situations related to Bates EMS. They are responsible for safely and properly disposing of all biohazard waste produced by the service, and carry out TB fit testing for all new BEMS members in order to ensure that our service-members are properly equipped to handle biohazard emergencies.

Member at Large: Sophie Ball

Class of 2021

Hometown: New Hope, PA

Hello! My name is Sophie and I am a Psychology major. I plan to complete a Physician’s Assistant Masters program after college, and potentially pursue a dermatological track within that field. Besides BEMS, I am also involved in the Bates Club Equestrian and Club Lacrosse teams. I initially decided to join BEMS because it is a great way to perform outreach in our community, as well as practice patient-care skills!

The Member at Large of Bates EMS is responsible for acting as a liaison between the general membership of Bates EMS and the Bates EMS Executive Board. The Member at Large speaks on behalf of all EMS members at all Executive Board meetings. The Member at Large is also responsible for planning and coordinating Bates EMS social and community outreach events.

Advisor: Erin Foster Zsiga – efoster@bates.edu

Senior Associate Dean of Student, Student Affairs

Director:  Dennis Russell, M.Ed., ATC, CSCS, NRP, CP – dennis.russell@unitedambulance.net

Education Department / Community Paramedic Program Manager, United Ambulance Service