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Emergency Medical Science

EMS Faculty

Tonja K. Mikell-Pool, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P

CVCC AmbulanceGrowing up as the youngest of four children Ms. Pool watched her Dad and 3 older brothers enter into the field of Emergency Medical Services.While attending Western Carolina University, she decided to obtain her degree in Emergency Medical Care; achieving her goal of becoming a Paramedic in 1997, while also graduating Cum Laude. Upon graduation, she immediately began working with McDowell County EMS as a Paramedic.She later went to work for Mission Hospitals, and in 1999 became one the first Critical Care Paramedics in western North Carolina.

Ms. Pool began instructing EMS classes for Mayland Community College in 2002 and later functioned as an EMS coordinator for their program. In 2006, she accepted a Position with McDowell Technical Community College as an EMS Program Coordinator, and worked closely with the local EMS service to help indentify and meet their educational goals. Ms. Pool accepted her position with Catawba Valley Community College in 2009 as a curriculum educator. She has now achieved a goal she set for herself when she first started her work at Western Carolina, that of educating and encouraging the dreams of future paramedics.


Tonja Pool
East Campus, Room 935
(828) 327-7000 Ext. 4167 

Kevin Lyford, BA, NREMT-P
EMS Clinical Coordinator 

Kevin grew up in Hickory, NC. While studying abroad, Kevin began his career in education teaching English. After completing his degree from UNC Charlotte he returned to Hickory and worked in the public school system. After some time passed Kevin went back to school to pursue his EMT-paramedic. While finishing his degree he began working full-time at Catawba county EMS, where he continues to work to this day. After achieving his paramedic certification Kevin began to teach as an adjunct instructor for CVCC, where he got to pursue both of his passions, education and being a paramedic. In 2014 he joined CVCC as a full-time instructor and continues to work at Catawba EMS part-time.


Kevin Lyford
East Campus, Room 1020
(828) 327-7000 Ext. 4347

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 04.23.2015: EMS