About Us

We are a non-profit educational training organization serving Polk County, FL We provide various certification trainings as well as free non-certification trainings.

Citizen CPR’s History

  • 1985 Began teaching CPR in greater Lakeland, FL.
  • 1988 Funded by Polk County Commissioniers to expand services throughout Polk County, FL.
  • 2002 Began teaching Automated External Defibrillatin (AED) Training to non-healthcare courses.
  • 2011 Started offering Hands Only CPR (Check, Call, Compress) classes to community.
  • 2012 Initiated “Hands Only in Our Schools”.
  • 2015 Citizen CPR celebrates 30 years!

Meet The Team

Cauney Bamberg, Executive Director

With more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, Cauney leads Citizen CPR into a new era of operations and with strong community ties across the county is strengthening relationships and educating the community on the impact and value to all of us to have a community filled with citizens able to make a difference by providing bystander assistance in the event someone suffers from a cardiac incident.

Amanda Rodriguez, Operations Manager

Efficiently running the administration of an office is a critical component to a business operation and Amanda is balancing numerous tasks to ensure that our Instructors are properly provided the tools needed to teach, that our students have a seamless entry into a certification program, that our community knows who to call and how to get help when they are seeking knowledge about CPR training. Amanda’s desire to earn business and meet customer needs is ever-present in her daily duties. She is a joy to work with. Give her a call if your need CPR information!

Karen Scites, Account Manager

Behind every great office staff is the customer service rep who meets the needs of a student with the kindest and most caring delivery of service.  Karen is exceptional at taking care of those unique needs a student has after they have completed certification and are in need of their certification cards and certificates.  She helps students who have lost or misplaced their card and works to get them compliant as quickly as their situation arises, she is there to solve their problem. 

Lizette Batterton, Bookkeeper

No good operation is sustainable without efficient and effective financial management.  With many years of financial management in her background, Lizette brings a sense of urgency to both our customers and our board of directors when ensuring that we have proper billing and transparent finances.  As a non-profit charitable organization we are accountable to many and Lizette is here to ensure that accountability is top of mind for all involved.

Tina White, Instructor Relations Coordinator

Tina has been a Training Center Faculty member with Citizen CPR for the past 12 years and recently joined the Board of Directors. Before retiring, Tina worked for Polk County Emergency Management & Fire Rescue as the Medical Training Officer. She was the lead officer with responsibilities including developing & leading training programs for new employees and, working with the Medical Director to write, revise, & implement local Protocols. As their Training Site Coordinator for all AHA programs (BLS, ACLS, PALS) she was also responsible for employee training/retraining to ensure all personnel were able to recertify their necessary credentials (EMT, Paramedic). This skill set will help Citizen CPR prepare our Instructors for working with our agency while also ensuring they meet the highest quality of standards for certifications. Tina is a welcomed addition to our growing team of volunteers!

Board of Directors

Harvey Craven
EMS Dir, Highlands County (RET)

Thomas E. Conger, SVP (RET)

Diane Gibbs
BRMC Dir. Of Radiology, Cardiology & Cath Lab Services
Lizette Batterton
Philip Allen, Attorney
Peterson & Myers, P.A.
Maryemma Bachelder
Community Outreach Director, Lake Wales Medical Center
Jenny Blank, RN
Director of Patient Care Services
Winter Haven Hospital/Baycare
Robert Chapman, M.D.
Medical Director
Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine
Katy Dumont
Emily Duncan, CEO (RET)
Lakeland Surgery & Diagnostic Center
Jackie Jordan, Nursing Prof Dev Spec.
Lakeland Regional Health
Kara Bailey, CNS/Chest Pain Coordinator
Lakeland Regional Health
Richard “Benny” Luke
Polk County Fire Rescue Chief (RET)
Debbra Nussell, Clinical Nurse Ed.
Watson Clinic, LLP
Alan “Rico” Rich, M.D. (RET)
Watson Clinic, LLP
Karen Warren (RET)
US Military Intelligence (Navy)

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