Our Team

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Joseph D. Lane President and CEO

Joseph D. Lane serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lane LifeTRANS. He is a 1970 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School, after which he attended Adrian College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Following graduation from college, he attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and, following completion of his Mortuary Science Degree, returned home to the family business. Mr. Lane went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from the Akron University Schoolof Law.

While in college, he became an EMT and went on to become an instructor for the State of Ohio, providing emergency medical technicians training at many local fire departments, vocational schools and ambulance companies over the years. In the 1970s, seeing that the Mahoning Valley was not able to provide paramedic level pre-hospital care, Mr. Lane, who was managing the ambulance division of Lane Funeral Homes, sent several staff members to paramedic school. During this time, he also attended and graduated from paramedic school and, in 1977, Lane Ambulance became the first private ambulance to provide paramedic level advanced life support services in the Mahoning Valley.

Mr. Lane continued to work as a paramedic and an EMT instructor in the paramedic program at Youngstown State University, as well as working with the American Heart Association as the first instructor in the area who was not a physician or specialized RN, as an advanced cardiac life support instructor.

In the 1980s, the ambulance company had grown both in size and in its commitment to raising the bar for emergency medical services in the Valley. At this time Lane Ambulance split away from Lane Funeral Homes and became Lane LifeTRANS. From that point forward, functioning as a completely separate entity, Lane LifeTRANS has continually grown. Through contracts with area municipalities, fire departments, medical facilities, local hospitals, nursing homes, etc., Lane LifeTRANS has grown from just two vehicles and eight employees to over 20 vehicles and 130 employees.

Although he no longer functions as a paramedic or an instructor, the respect and appreciation he has for the work done by the men and women that are part of the Lane LifeTRANS organization is what, in great part, drives Lane LifeTRANS’ commitment to providing Valley residents with top quality personnel, equipment and ancillary medical transportation services. When you are the company that has set the bar for paramedic services, he believes that occasionally you are obliged to raise it higher. Lane LifeTRANS will continue to move strongly into the new and ever-changing world of ambulance and paramedic services.

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Tom Lambert Chief of Operations

In his role as Chief of Operations, Chief Lambert manages the Ambulance Division and directs and coordinates the efforts of complying with Medicare and Medicaid guidelines. Together, Chief Lambert and Assistant Chief Hartley coordinate efforts for excellence in patient care and service.

Chief Lambert began his career in EMS at Weathersfield Fire Department in 1986 following completion of the EMT-Basic course at Trumbull County Vocational School. He then became employed at Lane LifeTRANS in 1996 as a part-time EMT. As Chief Lambert continued his career at Lane LifeTRANS, he became a full-time Ambulette Supervisor, responsible for managing and developing the division from what began as two units to a fleet of ten units that served the surrounding area. He continued to further his education in the field and earned his Paramedic certification in 2005. Chief Lambert also served as Transportation Coordinator and the Assistant Chief of Operations before taking on his current position.

Chief Lambert continues to serve multiple communities in many different ways. He has been a Captain of the Weathersfield Fire Department since 2001, is also a Certified Safety Officer and is a member of the CISM Team.

Chief Lambert resides in Mineral Ridge with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Abbey.

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Judy Hartley Assistant Chief of Operations

Judy Hartley serves as EMS Assistant Chief of Operations of Lane LifeTRANS. She began her career in healthcare at the age of 15 working as a State Certified Nurse’s Aid at Crandall Medical Center. Following graduation from high school, she completed the requirements and became certified as a Surgical Technician through Choffin Career and Technical Center. Realizing the desire to work within public safety, she became a certified EMT in 2004 and worked for a small ambulance company in Canton, Ohio while continuing on to Paramedic school. Following graduation for Paramedic through the Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 2005, she began her career at Lane LifeTRANS as a nationally registered Paramedic in 2006.

Judy has continued to grow and advance in her career as a Paramedic with the mindset that there is never a time or day that we have learned it all. Whether working as a crew medic, a field supervisor, a flight medic or teaching in education, there has always been an opportunity to learn and help the advancement of EMS both in education and in operational factors.

In 2015, with the support of Mr. Joe Lane, the aspirations of creating an Education Department centered around the needs of EMS education came into fruition. As Director of Education, Judy has enjoyed watching the department grow rapidly over the last few years with many new goals and ambitions continuing to push the team forward. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety/Emergency Management in 2016 and holds various other EMS certifications including EMS-I, Certification-Neonatal Pediatric Transport, EMD, Tactical Paramedic Training, and AHA Instructor certifications.

In addition to a busy career, she spends time with her husband and four children enjoying family adventures, camping, working outdoors, and an occasional motorcycle ride when time permits.

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Robin Silvestri Senior Field Supervisor

Robin has been a part of the Lane LifeTRANS family for over 23 years. She became an EMT in 1996 and started with Lane in the communications center as an ambulance dispatcher but in those days, she managened funeral home calls as well. While in communications, Robin obtained her Emergency Medical Dispatcher certification. She was promoted to Dispatch Supervisor and also helped with Administrative Assistant duties. When necessary, Robin also helped in what was the Ambulette Wheelchair Division getting patients to appointments, and back home, before going right back to communications center duties.

In 2004, Robin started on the road as a full-time EMT before going to Paramedic school in 2009. After becoming a Paramedic in 2010, Robin was a Preceptor and helped others become Paramedics. She’s an American Heart Association Certified Instructor and is currently one of only two senior supervisors at Lane LifeTRANS.

When not at work, Robin loves to travel and read.

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Ryan Lane Senior Field Supervisor

Ryan Lane served three years in the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division as an Infantryman whose training included the Combat Lifesaver Course with duty stations in Ft. Lewis, Washington and Camp Casey, Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1997.

Ryan began working for Lane LifeTRANS in 2002 as Maintenance Supervisor. His career in EMS began in 2004 after attending EMT Training at the Howland Training Center. While working as an EMT, he attended initial Paramedic Training at the Institute for Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 2007.

Since obtaining his Paramedic certification, Ryan has worked in every community serviced by Lane LifeTRANS and has some experience working as a Flight Medic and with local law enforcement.

Ryan is an avid scuba diver, obtained his pilot license, and enjoys astronomy, space science, traveling and reading.

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Cheryl Jones Administrative Assistant

Joseph D. Lane

President and CEO
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Joseph D. Lane serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lane LifeTRANS. He is a 1970 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School, after which he attended Adrian College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Following graduation from college, he attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and, following completion of his Mortuary Science Degree, returned home to the family business. Mr. Lane went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from the Akron University Schoolof Law.

While in college, he became an EMT and went on to become an instructor for the State of Ohio, providing emergency medical technicians training at many local fire departments, vocational schools and ambulance companies over the years. In the 1970s, seeing that the Mahoning Valley was not able to provide paramedic level pre-hospital care, Mr. Lane, who was managing the ambulance division of Lane Funeral Homes, sent several staff members to paramedic school. During this time, he also attended and graduated from paramedic school and, in 1977, Lane Ambulance became the first private ambulance to provide paramedic level advanced life support services in the Mahoning Valley.

Mr. Lane continued to work as a paramedic and an EMT instructor in the paramedic program at Youngstown State University, as well as working with the American Heart Association as the first instructor in the area who was not a physician or specialized RN, as an advanced cardiac life support instructor.

In the 1980s, the ambulance company had grown both in size and in its commitment to raising the bar for emergency medical services in the Valley. At this time Lane Ambulance split away from Lane Funeral Homes and became Lane LifeTRANS. From that point forward, functioning as a completely separate entity, Lane LifeTRANS has continually grown. Through contracts with area municipalities, fire departments, medical facilities, local hospitals, nursing homes, etc., Lane LifeTRANS has grown from just two vehicles and eight employees to over 20 vehicles and 130 employees.

Although he no longer functions as a paramedic or an instructor, the respect and appreciation he has for the work done by the men and women that are part of the Lane LifeTRANS organization is what, in great part, drives Lane LifeTRANS’ commitment to providing Valley residents with top quality personnel, equipment and ancillary medical transportation services. When you are the company that has set the bar for paramedic services, he believes that occasionally you are obliged to raise it higher. Lane LifeTRANS will continue to move strongly into the new and ever-changing world of ambulance and paramedic services.

Tom Lambert

Chief of Operations
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In his role as Chief of Operations, Chief Lambert manages the Ambulance Division and directs and coordinates the efforts of complying with Medicare and Medicaid guidelines. Together, Chief Lambert and Assistant Chief Hartley coordinate efforts for excellence in patient care and service.

Chief Lambert began his career in EMS at Weathersfield Fire Department in 1986 following completion of the EMT-Basic course at Trumbull County Vocational School. He then became employed at Lane LifeTRANS in 1996 as a part-time EMT. As Chief Lambert continued his career at Lane LifeTRANS, he became a full-time Ambulette Supervisor, responsible for managing and developing the division from what began as two units to a fleet of ten units that served the surrounding area. He continued to further his education in the field and earned his Paramedic certification in 2005. Chief Lambert also served as Transportation Coordinator and the Assistant Chief of Operations before taking on his current position.

Chief Lambert continues to serve multiple communities in many different ways. He has been a Captain of the Weathersfield Fire Department since 2001, is also a Certified Safety Officer and is a member of the CISM Team.

Chief Lambert resides in Mineral Ridge with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Abbey.

Judy Hartley

Assistant Chief of Operations
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Judy Hartley serves as EMS Assistant Chief of Operations of Lane LifeTRANS. She began her career in healthcare at the age of 15 working as a State Certified Nurse’s Aid at Crandall Medical Center. Following graduation from high school, she completed the requirements and became certified as a Surgical Technician through Choffin Career and Technical Center. Realizing the desire to work within public safety, she became a certified EMT in 2004 and worked for a small ambulance company in Canton, Ohio while continuing on to Paramedic school. Following graduation for Paramedic through the Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 2005, she began her career at Lane LifeTRANS as a nationally registered Paramedic in 2006.

Judy has continued to grow and advance in her career as a Paramedic with the mindset that there is never a time or day that we have learned it all. Whether working as a crew medic, a field supervisor, a flight medic or teaching in education, there has always been an opportunity to learn and help the advancement of EMS both in education and in operational factors.

In 2015, with the support of Mr. Joe Lane, the aspirations of creating an Education Department centered around the needs of EMS education came into fruition. As Director of Education, Judy has enjoyed watching the department grow rapidly over the last few years with many new goals and ambitions continuing to push the team forward. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety/Emergency Management in 2016 and holds various other EMS certifications including EMS-I, Certification-Neonatal Pediatric Transport, EMD, Tactical Paramedic Training, and AHA Instructor certifications.

In addition to a busy career, she spends time with her husband and four children enjoying family adventures, camping, working outdoors, and an occasional motorcycle ride when time permits.

Robin Silvestri

Senior Field Supervisor
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Robin has been a part of the Lane LifeTRANS family for over 23 years. She became an EMT in 1996 and started with Lane in the communications center as an ambulance dispatcher but in those days, she managened funeral home calls as well. While in communications, Robin obtained her Emergency Medical Dispatcher certification. She was promoted to Dispatch Supervisor and also helped with Administrative Assistant duties. When necessary, Robin also helped in what was the Ambulette Wheelchair Division getting patients to appointments, and back home, before going right back to communications center duties.

In 2004, Robin started on the road as a full-time EMT before going to Paramedic school in 2009. After becoming a Paramedic in 2010, Robin was a Preceptor and helped others become Paramedics. She’s an American Heart Association Certified Instructor and is currently one of only two senior supervisors at Lane LifeTRANS.

When not at work, Robin loves to travel and read.

Ryan Lane

Senior Field Supervisor
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Ryan Lane served three years in the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division as an Infantryman whose training included the Combat Lifesaver Course with duty stations in Ft. Lewis, Washington and Camp Casey, Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1997.

Ryan began working for Lane LifeTRANS in 2002 as Maintenance Supervisor. His career in EMS began in 2004 after attending EMT Training at the Howland Training Center. While working as an EMT, he attended initial Paramedic Training at the Institute for Prehospital Care at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 2007.

Since obtaining his Paramedic certification, Ryan has worked in every community serviced by Lane LifeTRANS and has some experience working as a Flight Medic and with local law enforcement.

Ryan is an avid scuba diver, obtained his pilot license, and enjoys astronomy, space science, traveling and reading.

Cheryl Jones

Administrative Assistant
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