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.

Laurel Connell, Office Manager

Efficiently running the administration of an office is a critical component to a business operation and Laurel 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.  As an Instructor herself, Laurel understands the nuances of CPR training and is a “customer-centered” wealth of knowledge in the field of CPR training.

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.

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)

Saving Lives with CPR and AEDS since 1985

Local Nurses Provide Community with Valuable CPR Training

ASHI and MEDIC First Aid support our communities and workplaces with CPR, AED and first aid training. Whether you need to meet regulatory requirements, or take a refresher course, our programs help professionals and bystanders respond quickly in emergency situations.

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