Lifeline Healthcare Education was founded in 1992, as an American Heart Association Training Center, by Marla Chappelear RN, CCRN, CNRN, with the express purpose of creating an educational experience that would give our students the ability to act confidently, and in a leadership role, in an emergency situation. She and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to that end for 24 years. We (and our satellite training centers) have trained over 63,000 students in a relaxing atmosphere where "Questions are encouraged and the material presented to you is the material you will need not only to pass the course, but to use effectively in the real world of both the healthcare and community settings."

Lifeline's founder, Marla Chappelear RN, CCRN, CNRN, died of a massive heart attack in 2008. She was 52 years old. Every class we teach is dedicated to her memory.


Our staff of dedicated instructors come from the healthcare and emergency services sectors. They include:


Kirk Brayshaw, Paramedic, NR-P: Lifeline Course Director and American Heart Association Instructor for BLS, ACLS & PALS.

Susan Morris, RN, BSN: American Heart Association Instructor for BLS, ACLS & PALS.

Melissa Tanksley, RN, BSN, instructor for AHA ACLS and PALS programs.


Barbara Doyer RN, BSN, MS: Professor of Nursing Education, Cal-State Fullerton, Instructor for BLS.


Carlos Barraza, RN, BSN: Air Force Flight Medic, 20 years Critical Care nurse. AHA instructor for ACLS, PALS, and BLS. Bi-Lingual instructor english/spanish.


Michele Wolfe RN, MSN: 20 years Professor of Nursing Education, Saddleback College. Instructor for AHA PALS and BLS.


Carol Keith, RN, Director of Nursing St. Margaret's Episcopal School. AHA instructor for BLS.


Dr. William Woo, President of Pacific College. AHA instructor for BLS.


Lisa Chambers, BSN. AHA instructor for BLS.


Brad McReynolds: 20 years Certified Athletic Trainer and Health Educator, Saddleback College. Instructor for AHA CPR and 1st Aid.


 Vicky Howard: Medical assistant, 14 years American Heart Association Instructor for BLS, CPR and 1st Aid.



We are proud to have ongoing contracts and associations with: 


Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA

San Clemente Hospital, San Clemente, CA

Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach, CA

University of California Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, CA

Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA

Pacific Coast Cardiology, Newport Beach, CA

Superior Medical Center, Newport Beach, CA

Innovative Surgical Products, Tustin, CA