Safety Matters Certified Training
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About Us

Pat  McQuillen. RN, MS.

Pat has a long history with the American Heart Association.  Spanning 30-plus years and including as Regional Faculty, Community Training Center Coordinator, and always as an instructor. Pat’s nursing career started with a direction toward rural acute care in Crescent City, CA. and an emphasis began to develop on emergency cardiovascular care, risk reduction and disease management as she was involved with emergency air transport of critical patients to hospitals nearby with more expansive medical services. Teaching is inherent in being a nurse.  Teaching has now become a primary career focus for Pat, as she currently teaches full time for the Cuesta College LVN program. Pat’s educational background includes:  Master of Science – Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science – Physical Education, Associate of Science – Nursing.

Tiffany Little

Tiffany is a Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) with over 7 year experience.  She has worked in Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Pulmonary. Tiffany was the Director of the Medical Assisting Program for an Anthem College in Beaverton, OR. At Anthem College, she developed curriculum, evaluated program standards and served as the CPR Training Center Coordinator for the entire campus. Tiffany has been teaching CPR for over 4 years for medical professionals in the community. Teaching CPR has become an important part of her life and she is focused on helping the community learn the lifesaving skills of CPR and use of an AED.  Tiffany’s teaching style empowers her students to be able to take action to help others and their family members. It’s her personal goal to teach as many people as possible so that hopefully one day her efforts help to reduce the number of fatalities from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

"Thank you, Justin, for an excellent training session for our Laguna Blanca faculty and staff.  Your presentation was informative, responsive, enjoyable, and perfectly paced.  You left no one behind and you answered every question clearly and effectively.  Your teaching was outstanding". – Durward Brandis, Head of Middle School

Justin Haagen is owner of Safety Matters.

 Safety Matters Certified Training has lots of experience and expertise.  Our owner, Justin Haagen has been active in emergency preparedness for several years.  Beginning her career with ServiceMaster Clean in 2002 in the Disaster Restoration industry and continuing to present day as Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Specialist, she moved into Safety and CPR training five years ago.  Justin holds instruction certifications from the American Safety & Health Institute, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and First Safety Institute.  Justin is also a C.E.R.T. instructor for the  city of Santa Barbara Fire Department. She is a member of Santa Barbara  C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team, a lay emergency responder team.)  Justin is also a Department of Homeland Security Disaster Preparedness trainer and conducts business and individual disaster preparedness workshops. She holds an OSHA 24 Hour Hazardous and Safety certificate.

Justin is involved in the community and currently volunteers at the American Red Cross. Through the Red Cross, she volunteers and conducts community disaster preparedness presentations, is trained to respond to emergency shelter duties as well as is a volunteer CPR instructor.  Justin is active with the Santa Barbara County VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Treasurer. Justin is also serving on the Executive Committee of CAER, A business group alliance providing mutual aid in a time of a disaster. Recently, Justin was appointed to the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance Board of Directors. Justin is also active with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 105 and conducts their annual CPR and First Aid training toward merit achievements. 

Cathy Wright
Cathy began her teaching career when she became a new mom.  As a volunteer for Postpartum Education for Parents, she taught a Baby Basic class to expectant parents leading them through bathing, diapering, and feeding techniques as well as general baby care.  When her youngest son developed asthma, she became a volunteer with the American Lung Association and was the Coordinator for Camp Wheez, a day camp for children who were grade school age with asthma. 

In 2001, Cathy joined the American Red Cross as a volunteer and became the Lead Trainer for new volunteers.  She enjoyed that role for three years, and then she became a Health and Safety Instructor teaching CPR, First Aid and AED classes at the Red Cross.  Cathy received her EMT certification and then began teaching classes in the business field for the Red Cross.  She helped local businesses form safety teams, taught them CPR, First Aid and AED and became passionate about what she was doing.  She went on to be certified in National Registry as an EMT. 


Instructors, Tiffany Little and Cathy Wright co- taught CPR/AED to 100 UCSB students in honor of Heart Health Month in conjunction with the RPE Pre-Health Sorority