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

Lizette Batterton

Lizette Batterton

Finance Manager, Treasurer


Every great operation is only sustainable with efficient and effective financial management.  With over 20 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.

Jaunyce Priester

Jaunyce Priester

Operations Manager


With a background in case management and customer service, Jaunyce has refined the interpersonal skills necessary to thrive in her role. As Operations Manager, she oversees daily operations related to all of our classes. With a heart to serve her community, Jaunyce strives to exemplify the standard of excellence and professionalism Citizen CPR works to maintain.

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!

Cauney Bamberg

Cauney Bamberg

Interim Executive Director


With more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, Cauney lead 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.

Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN
Harvey Craven
EMS Dir, Highlands County (RET)

VICE CHAIR
Thomas E. Conger, SVP (RET)

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

TREASURER
Lizette Batterton

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

DIRECTOR
Maryemma Bachelder
Community Outreach Director, Lake Wales Medical Center

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

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

DIRECTOR
Katy Dumont
Therapist

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

DIRECTOR
Jackie Jordan, Nursing Prof Dev Spec.
Lakeland Regional Health

DIRECTOR
Kara Bailey, CNS/Chest Pain Coordinator
Lakeland Regional Health

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

DIRECTOR
Debbra Nussell, Clinical Nurse Ed.
Watson Clinic, LLP

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

DIRECTOR
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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WE ARE A NON-PROFIT TRAINING ORGANIZATION

Email: citizencpr@msn.com