Our Team

Collectively, the CPR Center team has over 100 years of experience in a wide variety of health and safety professions. Therefore, you get the very best, most knowledgeable instructors available for your training.

Our team of medical and business professionals conduct courses that meet the standards established by nationally recognized health and safety organizations. We are committed to "staying in touch" with current trends, new laws and requirements as dictated by the governing bodies of health and safety.

Our commitment to excellence ensures you are up-to-date with your skills and in-line with health and safety requirements by such organizations as the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).

Get equipped today to handle any emergency situation. Make your environment a safer place. Call the CPR Center today!

Meet the CPR Center's Managerial Team


Lauren is the CPR Center's owner and CEO. She obtained the business in 2015, but has been a part of the team since 2009.

She is very passionate about teaching others life-saving skills in our BLS classes and being able to make a difference in the community.

Her degree in business helps her ensure the CPR Center is ran smoothly and her passion for the trade keeps it fun!

“I always told myself I’d never end up with a job that I dreaded going to every day. Through God’s grace, I was able to find a career I absolutely love.

Not only that, but the team I work with is incredible. They exceed my expectations every day.”

Lauren works mostly behind the scenes now, allowing her to stay home with her son, but still teaches the occasional class. In her free time, she enjoys attending Harvest Time church, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, staying active, reading, traveling, and CrossFit.

Operations Director

Kristen has been with the CPR Center as an instructor since 2018 and became the Operations Director in 2021.

She keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes but you can still catch her in the classroom teaching BLS, ACLS, PALS, and First Responder training.

She worked as a critical care and travel nurse for 10 years before joining the CPR Center team.

In December 2020 she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and utilizes that knowledge to constantly improve the learning experience for our students.

When she’s not working, she enjoys archery with her brother, golf with her dad, and cooking with her mom.

Meet the CPR Center's Instructors


Brittany is a BLS instructor at the CPR Center. She has a degree in Business and has been a fitness coach for 3 years.

She enjoys the outdoors and all kinds of physical activity including CrossFit, obstacle course racing, trail running, and hiking.

Most of all, Brittany is a devout wife and mother. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.


JoAnn is a Nurse Practitioner and holds a Master of Science in Nursing. She has served in the in-hospital emergency care field since 1993.

JoAnn is married with three children, five dogs, and a cat. She has been teaching advanced courses at the CPR Center since 2004. JoAnn foster's a relaxed, fun, learning environment in her classes and enjoys teaching.

Her healthcare knowledge runs deep, and her students benefit from that extensive knowledge. You will enjoy attending her classes and learning with her!


Jennifer is an RN and holds a Masters degree in Nursing Education. She has been a nurse since 1992 serving in both in-hospital and pre-hospital care.

Jennifer has been a BLS Instructor since 1987, an ACLS Instructor since 1996, and a PALS Instructor since 1997.

She is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys reading and spending time at the lake.

Jennifer enjoys sharing knowledge with the students who can then go out and touch so many more lives with the skills they have learned.


Johnna has a 30+ year career in public safety and a BA in Criminal Justice.

She's been an Emergency Medical Technician since 1989 and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher since 1997.

She moved from Fayetteville to Fort Smith 2 1/2 years ago with her husband, Aaron, who is the QA Manager at Fort Smith EMS and a career paramedic.

Her hobbies are gardening and playing golf.


Tammy joined the nursing profession in 1999 after graduating with her Bachelor's degree. The majority of her nursing experience involved Labor and Delivery and the care of newborns.

She obtained her Master's degree in Nursing Education in 2013.

Tammy joined the CPR Center because she has a passion for teaching and enjoys seeing others learn new things.

She has been a BLS instructor since 2017 and has additional experience instructing neonatal resuscitation and other certification courses related to the care of women and infants.

Tammy is a CrossFit, weight training and running fanatic! She also loves the outdoors, hiking and fishing, and would be "glamping" in her travel trailer every week if life would allow. She say's "there's nothing more relaxing than a lounge chair lakeside in front of the camper."

Tammy is married and has two teenage daughters.


Mike has been involved with the CPR Center since 2017. He teaches ACLS, PALS, and occasionally BLS.

Even though his Paramedic role keeps him very busy, he still enjoys spreading his knowledge to the students in our classes. It’s this vast knowledge that the students cherish and are able to apply during the class, out in public, and at their place of employment.

Mike brings a very fun and relaxed atmosphere to his classes, which ensures optimal satisfaction and learning.

Fun fact: Mike doubles as a race car driver in his free time!


Samantha graduated from UAFS with a degree in elementary education, which means she not only teaches CPR, but kiddos as well!

She is married to her BEST Friend, Justin, and they have two rescue dogs (Abigail and Bruno). She enjoys baking, hiking, traveling, shopping, and reading.

“I love learning my CPR students’ names and a little bit about why they are taking the class, so then I can relate to them and make the class more personal.”

Contact Information

CPR Center
801 South 21st Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-785-1578

Office Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm

“Evenings and Weekends by Appointment”

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