Volunteer Advisory Board Representatives

DMRC Mission Statement

To serve the state of Delaware by establishing, implementing, and sustaining Delaware’s reserve units of medical and non-medical volunteers to strengthen the public health infrastructure, improve emergency preparedness response, and increase community resilience in Delaware.

Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC) Volunteer Advisory Board

The Delaware Medical Reserve Corps’ Advisory Board meets quarterly. We currently have 1 County Unit Representative from each county and 1 Delaware Behavioral and Emotional Support Team (DE BEST) Representative. The DMRC Advisory Board meetings are held quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill: Planning and Operations Conference Room, 100 Sunnyside Road Smyrna, DE 19977.
 

Volunteer Representatives are elected by a vote of the unit or team that they wish to represent. They serve two (2) year terms and can serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms. See below for the Representatives elected March 2020.

 

New Castle County Representative: Kara DiCecco

Dr. Kara L. DiCecco received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College in Stanton, DE in 1990 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilmington College in 1994. In 2005, she received her Master in Science of Nursing Leadership/Legal Nurse Consultant focus and in 2019 her doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation at Wilmington University. She has nursing experience in hospice care, cardiac step-down, medical-surgical, neurosurgical, and staff development. She worked as in house LNC for a plaintiff’s law firm from 1995-2009, and is Legal Nurse Consulting Certified (LNCC) through the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She began adjunct teaching for Wilmington University in 2005 in the College of Health Professions at Wilmington University and began as full-time faculty in August 2009. In 2010, she is Past-Chair of the MSN Leadership Program at Wilmington University and an Assistant Professor in both the graduate and undergraduate programs having taught courses in legal nursing, research, teaching and learning, curriculum development, policy and politics, leadership, and ethics. 

Dr. DiCecco has been a member of the Delaware Technical Community Colllege Advisory Board (Stanton Campus) and Cumberland County Community College Healthcare Pathways Advisory Board. She has in the past served on Widener’s Legal Education Institute Advisory Board as well as Delaware Grass Root Citizens for Children (a non-profit agency against child abuse). She has published numerous legal nursing articles, as well as in Trial Magazine, the peer-reviewed, journal of the American Association for Justice. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, and has presented at several national conferences. She currently both a volunteer with the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps and has served on the Advisory Committee for two-years. Her commitment to the DMRC and its mission has led her to seek a second term.

 

Kent County Representative: Bruce Caballero

While my day job is doing Civil Engineering reviews for the State of Delaware, my true passion is in working as an Emergency First Responder and Instructor. In 2019, I had just shy of 400 volunteer hours out on the highway and working with/for the DMRC. I am Nationally certified in T.I.M. (Traffic Incident Management) and have taught the same for D.E.M.A’s C.E.R.T. program. Along with being a part of the Citizen’s Corps, I have received advanced Emergency Response Team training through the C.E.R.T. program, DSU, UD and New Mexico Tech. In 2019, I received my Level 3 instructor certificate to teach Emergency First Aid, C.P.R. and the use of an A.E.D. I am a Stop the Bleed instructor, Narcan instructor, and part of the Breast and Colo-rectal Cancer awareness team. I am also an advocate for mental health and wellness, and for those dealing with chronic pain. Please know that I am not just passionate about emergency preparedness in general, but also for the during and post event phases of a disaster like Search and Rescue operations. I am nationally certified as a CFR 14 Part 107 sUAV Pilot in order to fly at accident and disaster scenes nationwide. 

This past year I was able to coordinate two grants from DHSS’s office of EMS for DelDOT’s Maintenance and Operations section, to distribute a total of 400 Tourniquets throughout the entire state. This is for vehicles operating out on the roadways daily. This program goes along with our own Stop the Bleed training for State of DE employees. I was also able to obtain a grant for an AED to have on hand during traffic incident management and for special operations such as NASCAR, Firefly, Marathons, Parades, etc., when huge crowds of people come to the area, and as well for day to day accidents and emergencies. Many times, the DOT is the first on scene where when seconds count. Noting that due to heavy traffic, help may be delayed in arriving at an incident, we now have the ability to give immediate lifesaving care until Fire and EMS arrive, through our training and equipment. The reasons for my passion for almost all of these programs? In short, I have been the recipient of life saving care myself. Additionally, I have either had a close friend or someone in my immediate family who has been affected by cancer, (Breast, Lung, Colon, Prostate…) Bi-Polar depression, chronic pain, suicide, diabetes, heart health, etc. Being a member of the DMRC has given me the opportunity to receive training and to work with others, to help them to help themselves. Paying it forward you might say. To say that all of these things are priceless to me, would be an understatement.

 

Sussex County Representative: Amy Gootee-Ash

I am a faculty member at Delaware State University within the public health major. I started volunteering and attending trainings with the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps in 2013. I am a master trainer within the self-management programs for diabetes, chronic disease, cancer, and pain management as well as a trainer for the Stop the Bleed program. I have tried to attend as many of the programs offered by the DRMC as possible in order to bring back what I learn into my classroom for the students’ benefit. 

I participate in the tabling events promoting cancer screenings and the self-management programs and have been involved with the naloxone distribution sites. However, the main reason I am interested in serving on the board is that I have a passion for population health and I want to be a part of the community initiatives that impact that. I have a skill that includes facilitation and creating collaborative efforts and I would like to use them at the state level.

 

Delaware Behavioral and Emotional Support Team (DE BEST) Representative: David Cahn

Prior to relocating to Delaware, David H. Cahn was born and raised in New York City, NY,  Dave joined the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, was subsequently commissioned and eventually retiring as a Colonel. Dave has had numerous deployments, command positions and other duties with the majority of time in the Infantry, Reconnaissance and later in the Public Affairs field. While with 3rd Recon one of Dave’s collateral duties was the Battalion’s Drug and Alcohol Control Officer. Since retirement Dave has been involved with numerous Mental Health and Veteran activities. He has participated in a multitude of exercises and classes with the DMRC for two years and been a part of DE BEST since. 

Dave is a Wounded Warrior Project Peer Mentor and Peer Leader, Melwood Veterans Services Peer Mentor and a member of the MVS Advisory Committee, a Charter Member of a New York College’s Veterans Advisory Board, lead numerous projects and Chairmanships with the Marine Corps League plus leading a multitude of projects with other organizations too numerous to mention.  Dave is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and has been called to serve in this capacity while in New York. Dave has been published in a myriad of military, gov’t and civilian periodicals, acted as keynote speaker in a legion of public speaking engagements and assisted in teaching handicapped children in Equine Therapy. Dave holds a MA in Military Science, a BA in Psychology, a BS in accounting and an AA in Social Science. Dave is widowed and has two sons, Jeffrey and Michael.

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