Faculty and Staff
Rod Hackwith began his career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1985 while attending the University of Idaho and working for the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department. After graduation, Rod moved to Portland, Oregon where he attended the Advanced Paramedic Program at Oregon Health Sciences University. In his 25+ years in EMS, Rod has worked in both urban and rural settings, including Boise, ID, Moscow, ID, Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Rod began teaching EMS in 1991 and has an extensive background as a paramedic program director and instructor. Rod received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Idaho and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his spare time Rod enjoys golfing, kayaking and hiking around the beautiful state of Idaho.
Clinical Coordinator/Adjunct Faculty
Chris Ehrman has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2004, and has taught Basic and Advanced ECG Interpretation at Idaho State University since 2012. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Colorado State University and learned instructional skills from the United States Navy. Prior to coming to Ada County, Chris worked on a Weyerhaeuser tree farm and later for the Boise Cascade Corporation. In his current position, Chris is responsible for training Ada County Paramedics personnel, both in the classroom and by way of distributed learning (using the internet, which is on computers now.) Ada County Paramedic employees don't yet describe Chris as "the Tony Robbins" of Ada County Paramedics, but he's encouraging them to do so. In his spare time Chris enjoys woodworking, welding lawn art and falling off his stand-up paddleboard.
Prior to her EMS career, Rachel Porter attended the University of Nevada and worked in a hospital emergency department for eight years. After completing her initial EMT class she enrolled in an Advanced EMT class. After being invited to do a ride along with Ada County Paramedics, Rachel was inspired to enroll in the paramedic program at the College of Southern Idaho. Rachel has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2010. In 2012, she completed her Master's Degree in Health Science from Boise State University. As a provider Rachel has volunteered and worked in both rural and urban settings. She began teaching Idaho State University's Paramedic Science program in 2013 and has instructed both lectures and laboratory work. Additionally, Rachel is an American Heart Association instructor for ACLS and PALS. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys camping, hiking and photography.
Cody Porter was first introduced to EMS when he would visit his father at Boise Fire Station 10. Growing up with a Firefighter as a father eventually steered him towards EMS as a career. He obtained his EMT-Basic from ISU in 2010 and hasn't looked back since. After obtaining his Paramedic Certificate from Ada County Paramedics in 2011, Cody was quickly hired full-time by the organization. He also serves on Ada County Paramedic's Special Operations Team. Mr. Porter began teaching at ISU-Meridian for the Paramedic Science Program in the spring of 2013, while also precepting students during the field internship portion of the curriculum. He is also an AHA Instructor in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In his spare time Cody enjoys hiking with his dog Stanley, cooking and relaxing on the lake.
Office: Emergency Services Department, ISU-Meridian, Idaho
Mr. Michael Mikitish is the Chair of the Emergency Services Department and Director of the Institute of Emergency Management at Idaho State University (ISU). Michael holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, a Masters in Public Administration from Boise State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration, Criminal Justice major, from the University of Arizona. From 1982-2005, he served in the U.S. Army in a variety of positions, including Pershing missiles Platoon Commander and Operations Officer, Field Artillery Battery Commander, Combat Maneuver Training Center Observer Controller, Field Artillery Instructor, Battalion Executive Officer, Division Fire Support Coordinator, Training Support Battalion Commander, and Professor of Military Science. Michael also owns a IT Cloud Service business with his son providing Cloud and Network Services to small and medium business across the US.
Education Coordinator & Academic Degree Advisor
Office: Emergency Services Department, ISU-Meridian
Rachel Azzarito is Idaho State University’s new education coordinator & academic degree advisor for the Emergency Services Department.
Azzarito, who is based in the Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center at ISU-Meridian, will advise students and oversee operation of the department’s human patient simulation laboratory. The department offers degrees in paramedic science, emergency medical services, emergency management and fire services administration.
Prior to joining ISU February 2018, Azzarito spent four years working in admissions and recruiting at Concordia University School of Law in Boise. Most recently, she was coordinator of Concordia’s Experiential Learning and Career Services program.
From July 2011 to December 2013, Azzarito was a counselor and assistant director of admission at the College of Idaho. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in psychology from the College of Idaho.