About Us

We are a non-profit educational training organization serving Polk County, FL. We provide various certification trainings as well as free non-certification trainings.

Our History

  • 1985 Began teaching CPR in greater Lakeland, FL.
  • 1988 Funded by Polk County Commissioners to expand services throughout Polk County, FL.
  • 2002 Began teaching Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Training to non-healthcare courses.
  • 2011 Started offering Hands Only CPR (Check, Call, Compress) classes to community.
  • 2012 Initiated “Hands Only in Our Schools”.
  • 2015 Citizen CPR celebrates 30 years!

Meet The Team

Cauney Bamberg

Executive Director

With more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, Cauney leads Citizen CPR into a new era of operations and with strong community ties across the county is strengthening relationships and educating the community on the impact and value to all of us to have a community filled with citizens able to make a difference by providing bystander assistance in the event someone suffers from a cardiac incident.

Lizette Batterton


No good operation is sustainable without efficient and effective financial management.  With many years of financial management in her background, Lizette brings a sense of urgency to both our customers and our board of directors when ensuring that we have proper billing and transparent finances.  As a non-profit charitable organization we are accountable to many and Lizette is here to ensure that accountability is top of mind for all involved.

Tina White

Instructor Relations Coordinator

Tina has been a Training Center Faculty member with Citizen CPR for the past 12 years and recently joined the Board of Directors. Before retiring, Tina worked for Polk County Emergency Management & Fire Rescue as the Medical Training Officer. She was the lead officer with responsibilities including developing & leading training programs for new employees and, working with the Medical Director to write, revise, & implement local Protocols. As their Training Site Coordinator for all AHA programs (BLS, ACLS, PALS) she was also responsible for employee training/retraining to ensure all personnel were able to recertify their necessary credentials (EMT, Paramedic). This skill set will help Citizen CPR prepare our Instructors for working with our agency while also ensuring they meet the highest quality of standards for certifications. Tina is a welcomed addition to our growing team of volunteers!

Board of Directors

Harvey Craven
EMS Dir, Highlands County (RET)

Thomas E. Conger, SVP (RET)

Diane Gibbs
BRMC Dir. Of Radiology, Cardiology & Cath Lab Services

Lizette Batterton

ilip Allen, Attorney
Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Maryemma Bachelder
Community Outreach Director, Lake Wales Medical Center

Jenny Blank, RN
Director of Patient Care Services
Winter Haven Hospital/Baycare

Robert Chapman, M.D.
Medical Director
Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine

Katy Dumont

Emily Duncan, CEO (RET)
Lakeland Surgery & Diagnostic Center

Jackie Jordan, Nursing Prof Dev Spec.
Lakeland Regional Health

Kara Bailey, CNS/Chest Pain Coordinator
Lakeland Regional Health

Richard “Benny” Luke
Polk County Fire Rescue Chief (RET)

Debbra Nussell, Clinical Nurse Ed.
Watson Clinic, LLP

Alan “Rico” Rich, M.D. (RET)
Watson Clinic, LLP

Karen Warren (RET)
US Military Intelligence (Navy)

ASHI and MEDIC First Aid support our communities and workplaces with CPR, AED and first aid training. Whether you need to meet regulatory requirements, or take a refresher course, our programs help professionals and bystanders respond quickly in emergency situations.

Saving Lives with CPR and AEDS since 1985

Interested in certifications and other courses? Check out upcoming opportunities to get certified!

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Email: citizencpr@msn.com