EMS Leadership Team

Michelle_Kobayashi-3Michelle Kobayashi, Administrative Director,
EMS & Emergency Communication Operations

As the administrative director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Michelle Kobayashi is responsible for HackensackUMC’s ambulance, paramedic, ground critical care and air medical services, as well as the MICCOM communications center and the HackensackUMC transfer center.  As the administrative director of Emergency Community Operations, she partners with Emergency and Trauma Center leaders to oversee the relationship between HackensackUMC and the many community-based EMS providers in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson County. 

In 1993, Michelle joined the local volunteer ambulance corps in her home town, and after becoming an Emergency Medical Technician, chose nursing as a career.  She joined HackensackUMC in 1997, where she has worked on several units, including the medical intensive care unit, the emergency and trauma center, the satellite emergency department, the observation unit and now EMS.  Michelle has served as both an informal and formal leader in every role she’s held within the medical center, from trusted mentor, to committee leader, to director.

Michelle’s leadership philosophy stems from her commitment to service.  “Our patients and their families tell us what they need. They’re at the center of everything that we do.  Our nurses, paramedics, and EMTs are the ones who assess these needs and work with the patients and families to determine the best way to care for them.  As a leader, it’s my job to provide resources and support to our front-line staff so that our patients receive the best possible care.” 

This commitment to service continues outside of HackensackUMC as well.  Michelle is an active member of the volunteer ambulance service in her community, along with her son and daughter.  She has served as a catechist through her church, as a Girl Scout leader, and has participated in a medical mission to Dali, Yunnan, China.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh, NY, a Master of Science in Nursing in Health Systems Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Business Administration and graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.  As a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Michelle works to ensure that HackensackUMC remains at the forefront of clinical excellence.  She is a 2013 graduate of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Manager Fellowship program, and served on the AONE Publication Committee, publishing an article on nurse leader rounding.

Email: Michelle.Kobayashi@hackensackmeridian.org | Office Phone: 551-996-1193


Ronald_Spethmann-4Ronald Spethmann, Manager, Emergency Medical Services

Ron has been serving in the role as Manager of Emergency Medical Services since October of 2015.  Ron has been a paramedic with HackensackUMC since 1989, serving in roles such as Emergency Tactical Response, Tour Chief, and Clinical Coordinator.  As Clinical Coordinator and Manager of EMS, Ron has been a member of several interdisciplinary hospital committees such as Emergency Management, Stroke PI, Cardiac Thrombopage Review, Acute MI, Cardiology Service Line and ETC Service Line. Ron has been a community ambassador on behalf of HackensackUMC through initiatives such as Narcan for first responders, safe Ebola response, and changes in the use of backboards for spinal immobilization.  In addition, Ron has experience in owning and operating a private ambulance service that provided both 911 and non-emergency transportation services.

Email: Ronald.Spethmann@hackensackmeridian.org| Office Phone: 551-996-5976


Joe_Solda-1Joseph Solda, Manager, Air Med One & Specialty Care Transport Unit

As the Chief Flight Nurse and Critical Care Transport Manager, Joseph is responsible for all day to day operations for the Air Medical and SpecialtyCare Transport services. Joining HackensackUMC in January 2012, Joe was instrumental in the formation of HackensackUMC EMS’s air medical service, AirMed One, which began its service on April 7, 2012.  

Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both divisions as a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Nationally Registered Paramedic, certified instructor in all of the American Heart Association disciplines, certified instructor in neonatal resuscitation and recent graduate from MTLI as a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE). With over 27 years of emergency/critical care nursing experience his philosophy is simple, Patients First, Safety Always, which has now been adopted by AirMed One.

On April 10, 2016, HackensackUMC EMS’s air medical program was successfully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), a validation of the program’s excellence.

Joe’s history of healthcare began in the early 1980s as a youth squad member of the local ambulance corps.  He went on toreceive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and completed an externship at a level one trauma center. Giving back to the community has always been important to Joe. In 2013, he received the Melvin Jones award from Lions International and continues to serve with the WoodRidge Lions. From little league coach, to scout master, to gymnastic dad, Joe has always been a part of his community and continues to serve as a lieutenant in his local volunteer fire department with his son.  

Email: Joseph.Solda@hackensackmeridian.org | Office Phone: 551-996-5976


Dennis_Lunde-1Dennis Lunde, Supervisor, EMS Clinical Services

As Clinical Supervisor, Dennis Lunde is responsible for the clinical aspects of the ALS & BLS divisions, including quality assurance (QA) and clinical competencies, as well as oversight for students and direct supervision for the ALS team members.

Dennis has been serving as a paramedic on the HackensackUMC SCTU since 2014 and has 21 years of EMS experience. Dennis has been a paramedic for 18 years, including 8 years of leadership experience and is currently pursuing a dual degree track Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management to Master of Business Administration at Excelsior College. His years of experience with commercial, municipal and hospital-based EMS systems are an asset to the quality and growth of HackensackUMC EMS. Prior to joining Hackensack UMC, Dennis held positions at Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Trans Care Ambulance, American Medical Response, Town of Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corporation and Town of Mamaroneck Ambulance District.

Email:Dennis.Lunde@hackensackmeridian.org | Office Phone:551-996-1196


Chris_Hogan-3Christopher Hogan, Supervisor, BLS Services

As BLS Supervisor, Christopher Hogan is responsible for the 24 hour operation and management of the BLS Division in coordination with the Emergency Medical Services Manager. In collaboration with the EMS Education Coordinator and as a graduate of the New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager I Program, holding multiple FEMA certifications such as the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Christopher develops tabletop and full scale exercises as well as promulgates an annual EMS education plan based on the needs of area EMS personnel. Christopher also serves as liaison to the area EMS organizations, municipalities and other HackensackUMC Departments while actively pursuing opportunities to promote HackensackUMC’s Ambulance Services.

Christopher began his EMS career in 1982. Prior to joining HackensackUMC he has held positions at University Hospital in Newark, Atlantic Health, and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Most recently he has been a Tour Chief at Englewood Hospital, in addition to volunteering as a lieutenant with the Berkeley Heights Fire Department. He is also an active member of the New Jersey EMS Task Force.  Christopher Hogan holds numerous instructor certifications including ACLS, PALS, BLS, ITLS, and PHTLS and is studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.

Email:Christopher.Hogan@hackensackmeridian.org | Office Phone:551-996-5974


Charles Chinnici, EMS Education Coordinator

As Education Coordinator, Charles Chinnici develops and coordinates both BLS and ALS level courses, maintains training records across all divisions of EMS, oversees onboarding of new employees, including responsibility for administrating the Field Training Officer program.  In conjunction with Trauma Services, Cardiac and Stroke intervention teams, as well as pediatrics and geriatrics specialists, Charles brings dynamic educational opportunities to both hospital based and community-based responders throughout the region.

Charles began his EMS career as a volunteer EMT in 1997.  He completed his paramedic training at the Saint Vincents Institute of Emergency Care in NYC in 2001 where he was hired as staff directly out of the program. Prior to his role as Educator, Charles worked at Englewood Hospital Medical as a paramedic, Tour Chief, training center faculty and preceptor.  There he also served as a member of the hazardous materials decontamination team and ran simulation code training for the institution.  Charles has been with HackensackUMC since 2005 and has functioned as a paramedic, training center instructor, Team Leader, preceptor, and tactical paramedic with the Emergency Trauma Response Team in conjunction with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.  Charles holds instructorships in ITLS, PHTLS, TCCC and is American Heart Association faculty for ACLS, PALS, and BLS.  As a life member of a volunteer BLS agency and an ALS provider with a diverse background, Charles brings a passion for education that meets the needs of the ever changing EMS and First Responder community.

Email: Charles.Chinnici@hackensackmeridian.org| Office Phone: 551-996-1194


Dr. Benjamin Zabar, M.D., Emergency Medical Services Medical Director

Hospital Titles
Board Certified Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
Director, Pre-Hospital Care

Medical Education
Yale University School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency
Mt. Sinai/St. Luke's Roosevelt Emergency Medicine Residency

EMS and Disaster Medicine, FDNY/ Northshore Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Email: Benjamin.Zabar@hackensackmeridian.org


Linda Motyka, Office Coordinator, Emergency Community Operations

Linda Motyka began her career at HackensackUMC in 1989, having worked 23 years in the executive offices, and since 2012, in the Emergency Medical Services department.  Linda’s role encompasses performing a wide variety of duties related to the coordination and management of departmental day-to-day operations while also supporting the administrative director and EMS leadership team.

Email:Linda.Motyka@hackensackmeridian.org| Office Phone: 551-996-1192


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