EMS Educational Staff
Shannon Kunberger, MSN, RN
Executive Director, Network Nursing, EMS Administration
James R. Bence, DO, FACEP
EMS Medical Director, EMS Administration and Education Services
Dr. Bence began his pre-hospital career as an EMT in 2001 in Marion, Indiana where he received his undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002, followed by his master’s degree in physiology from Ball State University in 2004. He completed his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and went on to complete his residency in emergency medicine at Wright State University in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. He joined as staff physician in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital South in 2011. Dr. Bence has served as EMS medical director since 2012 for Greenwood Fire Department, White River Township Fire Department, Bargersville Community Fire Department and Trafalgar Volunteer Fire Department.
Joshua Armbruster, DO, FACEP
EMS Co-Medical Director
Josh is an osteopathic Emergency Room physician. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa. He completed his residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Josh has been serving with Community Health Network for ten years. He joined the EMS Administration and Education Department in 2018, and followed Dr. Vonderohe for approximately two months prior to his retirement. Josh is excited about the new opportunity and ready to learn and help make EMS better.
Josh is married to Jessi, and together they have two boys. He enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, golf and shooting sports.
Michael K. Matheny, NRP, PI
Special Programs EMS Educator
Mike completed his bachelor's degree in biology and sports medicine at Purdue University in 1985. He then began his career as the head athletic trainer at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis. In 1991, Mike completed his paramedic training through Wishard Memorial Hospital/Indiana University Medical Center. After his tenure as an athletic trainer, Mike took a position at Community Hospital South as a critical care paramedic in the ICU. In 1997, Mike completed an associate's degree in paramedic science at the Indiana University School of Allied Health. Mike is currently a nationally registered and state licensed paramedic, a state certified primary instructor (PI), and American Heart Association faculty for ACLS, BLS and PALS. He is affiliate faculty for PPC and PHTLS and the Indiana state coordinator for AMLS. Mike conducts special courses on prehospital 12-EKGs. He has special interests in cardiology, pharmacology, physiology and sports medicine.
James Christopher, NRP, NCEE, PI
EMS Educator, Special Events Coordinator
Jim began his EMS career after serving with the military as an EMT with the Wishard Hospital Ambulance Service in 1979. He advanced his education through completion of the Indiana University School of Medicine Paramedic Program in 1981. He continued to advance his training as he achieved the Indiana primary instructor (PI) certification and began teaching EMT courses as well as his primary responsibility of pre-hospital patient care. Jim eventually took a full-time teaching position with the ambulance service as their paramedic course coordinator. Jim served in that position until 1990, when he took the position of EMS coordinator for St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Jim retired from St. Francis as the EMS coordinator, physician extender, safety director, and emergency preparedness manager. Today, Jim is an EMS educator and special projects coordinator at Community Health Network. He has served in many roles within Indiana, including Indiana’s international trauma life support coordinator, and holds many instructor certifications, including ACLS, PALS, EPC, ITLS, PHTLS, EVOC and AMLS. Jim’s special interests in EMS include pediatrics, trauma and special needs patients.
Clayton T. Garard, NRP, PI
EMS Educator, Affiliate Representative
Clayton began his career volunteering for a local service in 2007. After gaining his EMT certification, he worked in the private sector while finishing his associate’s degree in public safety at Ivy Tech Community College. He graduated valedictorian of his paramedic class in 2011, and began working in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital East. During his tenure as a paramedic in the ED, he completed a second associate’s degree at Ivy Tech in paramedic sciences. He began teaching CPR, ACLS and PALS for the ED and discovered a passion for education. He joined the EMS Education Department at Community Hospital East in 2014 after receiving his certification as a primary instructor (PI). His other instructor certifications include AMLS, PHTLS and EVOC.