Get to know the emergency training experts leading your class

Learn a little about some of our lead instructors before your training. Here, they share their experience in the medical field, what it’s like to work for CPR Plus, and a few things they enjoy outside the classroom.

Tom Morrow
Paramedic/Firefighter & CPR Plus Instructor

I enjoy being an instructor because it is fulfilling and keeps me sharp in my profession. Because new standards and changes are always happening in the medical field, it is important to me to stay current.

I have been a professional paramedic/firefighter for more than 20 years. I have been working for CPR Plus for four years, and the primary disciplines I teach are ACLS, BLS, and PALS.  

I earned my MS in Fire Service Management and Homeland Security Management from Southern Illinois University. I am also certified by the State of Missouri as an EMS Instructor, Fire Instructor I and II, and Hazardous Material Technician.

I enjoy being an instructor because it is fulfilling and keeps me sharp in my profession. Because new standards and changes are always happening in the medical field, it is important to me to stay current.

CPR Plus has been a great organization to work for. My co-workers have taught me a great deal over the years on how to be an engaging and interactive instructor. My passion is to share knowledge and to be a “sponge” when others go out of their way to teach me new things. Life is always a learning process.

My hobbies include watching sports and spending time with my family.


Kevin Reis
Fire Captain, Paramedic/Firefighter, & CPR Plus Instructor

The content is familiar to me as an emergency responder, so I like to explain concepts through my own experience (and a touch of humor). It’s important to me that all my students feel comfortable when learning. I want everyone to have the knowledge and skills to be successful in my classes.

I’ve been a firefighter/paramedic for more than 25 years, and I’m currently the captain of my fire department. I recently graduated from Maryville University with my BA in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology.

In addition to teaching for CPR Plus, I’m an instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy. I also teach EMT courses to new students entering the field, and I’ve taught paramedic school as well.

For approximately 20 years, I’ve taught ACLS and PALS courses, which I really enjoy. The content is familiar to me as an emergency responder, so I like to explain concepts through my own experience (and a touch of humor). It’s important to me that all my students feel comfortable when learning. I want everyone to have the knowledge and skills to be successful in my classes.

I enjoy hunting, fishing, and generally being outdoors. I’m a big St. Louis sports fan: baseball, hockey, and soccer. I’ve been married for more than 23 years. My wife, Tricia, and I have two daughters, one dog and two grand-dogs, who are all spoiled.


Sue Shaw
Veteran Medical Professional & CPR Plus Instructor

I love teaching — and teaching BLS, CPR, and First Aid makes a difference. While I wish we didn’t have medical emergencies, hearing that someone used the skills we taught them to save a life is so rewarding. 

For 30 years, I’ve worked with people with disabilities who have extensive behavioral and medical needs. About five years ago, I left a job requiring 24/7 on-call responsibilities so I could spend a bit more time with my kids before they left for college. This is when I joined CPR Plus.

I have a 23-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son. And three years ago, my son asked me to take in a homeless classmate. Since then, I’ve hosted four “extra” kids, two of whom are from other countries, and many of whom deal with anxiety and depression.   

I love teaching — and teaching BLS, CPR, and First Aid makes a difference. While I wish we didn’t have medical emergencies, hearing that someone used the skills we taught them to save a life is so rewarding. 

I look forward to meeting you!