Meet the Board of Directors!
Our Board of Directors is a diverse group made up of people from all walks of life and of all ages. We are proud to have them with us giving their time to serve the people of Westport and the surrounding area.
MICHAEL BURNS - PRESIDENT WVEMS
Mike is 55 years old and has been a resident of Westport for the past 25 years. Mike has been a member of WVEMS since 2016. Mike and his wife Amy moved to Westport to start a family in the suburbs while still being able to commute into NYC. They were attracted by all that Westport and the area had to offer but were sold on the town when they saw Longshore. Mike has 2 children who grew up, and went to the public schools in Westport and are now in graduate school and college. Mike and Amy are very grateful for the education their children received in Westport and Mike decided to volunteer his time at WVEMS as his way of giving something back to the town. Mike took the EMT course offered by WVEMS, joined the organization and now serves as the Vice President. Mike had some prior experience having served as an EMT in his youth for 4 years in NJ where he grew up. Some of his hobbies and interests are technology, gadgets, photography, genealogy, aquarium keeping and forever trying to get in better shape.
LARRY KLEINMAN - Vice President WVEMS
Larry is an EMT Crew Chief, and Treasurer of WVEMS. He has logged over 4,000 volunteer hours since joining WVEMS in 2013 and considers his time with the service among the most rewarding experiences of his life. Larry has lived in Westport for 26 years where he and his wife Sally raised two daughters. In addition to volunteering at WVEMS, Larry also is a volunteer docent at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. Prior to his retirement, Larry had careers in engineering, software development, and also spent ten years as a radio DJ. No longer having to work, Larry needed a new source of aggravation and took up golf six years ago.
Dan Guetta - Treasurer WVEMS
Nancy Surace - Secretary WVEMS
Jaime Bairaktaris - Director
Steve Bayliss - Director
Steve grew up in Westport where he attended Saugatuck elementary and Bedford Middle School before heading off to other academic pursuits outside of the town for high school and university. While growing up, he had great exposure to WVEMS via 2 of his middle school teachers who were founding members as well as exposure to the importance of first aid and CPR training as a member of Boy Scouts Troop 100. Steve spent 25 plus years leading global marketing and strategy teams for consumer goods companies including 7 years based in Singapore before returning to the US in late 2015. After leaving corporate life, Steve started his own consultancy, joined the LobsterCraft Restaurant & Food Truck business as a partner, and because he wasn’t busy enough with that, took the EMT class offered by WVEMS and joined the organization in 2018 after passing his national registry EMT certification (NREMT) and became a board member in 2019. “To lead is to serve” is one of his favorite quotes and volunteering at WVEMS is Steve’s way of giving back to help the community. Steve and his family live in Norwalk where his youngest is a sophomore at the Center for Global Studies and his oldest has just embarked on his university years at Stevens Institute of Technology. For fun, Steve likes to spend time with his family, do ultra-endurance team-based GORUCK events, backpacking, and all things Jeep.
Brian Crane - Director
Myra Goldberg - Director
My husband Bart and I moved from New York to Westport when my first son was born 35 years ago. We raised 3 children here and we all have enjoyed what this town has to offer. Before children I was a buyer for the now defunct Abraham and Strauss department store. After my 3rd child left for college I felt I wanted to do something meaningful and interesting to give back to the community. I was always interested in medicine as my father was an old time physician who practiced internal medicine (a family doctor at the time) out of our house in Brooklyn. Becoming an EMT afforded me the opportunity to be involved in medicine and give back. I took the first EMT course offered at Fairfield University about 10 years ago. I then joined Westport EMS and have had to take some breaks for hip and knee replacement surgeries over the years. My outside interests include tennis , bridge and gardening.
Martin Iselin - Director
Martin has a BS from Union College and an MBA from the Pace University Lubin School of Business. After Serving in the US Army Martin had a 20 year career in the clothing importing business in NYC. Martin left NY in 1990 and started a residential real estate appraisal company, Fairfield Appraisals, LLC which is still active. An EMT since 2004 Martin has served as Treasurer, President, and Vice President of WVEMS. Martin is currently a Crew Chief as well as board member.
Sandi MacPherson - Director
I was born in Pennsylvania where my family settled in the early 1700’s. I attended Hunter College and Bridgeport Hospital School of nursing. I am married for 54 years and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. In my 30’s I taught reading at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY for emotional children. I started a summer camp at Larchmont Yacht Club which is still in operation today. I assisted the art teacher at Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY. I taught animation, time lapse photography, concepts of making a camera, taking photos, and developing the negative. I became a member of the Junior League of Larchmont, NY. I spearheaded the leagues project of establishing the first abused child emergency home in Westchester County. I moved to Darien, CT 40 years ago. Became an EMT and joined Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. I am an AHA CPR instructor and also a Stop the Bleed instructor. Over the years I have served on the Board of Directors and as an officer as Secretary for several years. I am currently on the Board of Directors. I was one of the delegates to travel to New Orleans to accept an award for WVEMS voted as the best volunteer emergency medical service in the United States at national conference. I received an award from the American Red Cross for years of teaching CPR. I was a member of the Emergency Medical Service for Children for the state of Connecticut committee for fifteen years. I am also a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I am the American History Essay Coordinator for the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the NSDAR. I received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Through at least 4,000 hours of service with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service.
Andrew O'Brien - Director