EME Permanent Faculty and Staff


EME DirectorPete Ordille, EMT-P, Associate Professor

Pete Ordille received his Bachelors Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Pete began his career with the US Forest Service on an inter-regional hot shot crew. He joined the Escondido Fire Department and has served until he retired from that department as a firefighter/paramedic in 2005.  Pete has also served as a member of the Escondido Police Department Tactical Operations Unit since 1991. He serves as Rescue Specialist for FEMA California Task Force 8 Urban Search and Rescue Team. Prior to that, Pete was a Flight Medic for UCSD Medical Center Life-Flight. Pete has served as lead instructor for the Paramedic Program. Pete was named San Diego County Paramedic Of The Year in 1995, and Palomar College Faculty of the Year in 2013.  Pete is a regional Faculty Member for AHA ACLS.
Michael Finton

Michael Finton, R.N., C.E.N.

Associate Professor

Michael Finton joined the Emergency Medical Education Department in 1999 as an Associate Professor. Michael received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Rancho Santiago College in 1990. He served as an Emergency Room Nurse and Administrative Liaison as well as Mobile Intensive Care Nurse for Western Medical Center in Santa Ana from 1988 to 1998. Prior to joining the Palomar College staff, Michael served as an EMS instructor for Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Michael received his EMT-Paramedic Certificate in 1987 through Daniel Freeman Hospital.

Sarah De Simone, M.A., NRP

Assistant Professor

Sarah De Simone joined the Emergency Medical Education Department in August 2013 as an Associate Professor.  Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999 and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011.   Sarah has been a Paramedic for 12 years and completed her training at Crafton Hills College in 2004.   She began teaching in 2007 at Victor Valley College as an Adjunct Faculty member in the EMS Department.  Sarah remains active in the field as a flight paramedic and works part-time for Mercy Air.

Mark Rock, NRP

Assistant Professor

Mark Rock joined the Emergency Medical Education Department faculty in August of 2016. Raised in Canada, Mark completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon and then went on to study sensorimotor integration at Portland’s Neurological Sciences Institute. Mark has over twenty years’ experience as a practicing EMT and Paramedic in both private and fire-based EMS. Before coming to Palomar, Mark designed and conducted patient assessment and pharmacology workshops for provider agencies and collaborated with leaders in resuscitation science in bringing new cardiac arrest management methodologies to a national audience. His contribution to the EMS literature spans topics ranging from the need to maintain BLS awareness in ALS-intensive systems to the recognition and management of infrequently encountered medical emergencies. Mark’s teaching emphasizes conceptual learning and focuses on the development of diagnostically-based assessment capabilities.

Ally Do

Career Technical Program Specialist

Ally Do received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of California, Riverside in 2009. She continued her education at Palomar College and earned a Certification as a Medical Office Specialist. Ally held an internship with the Emergency Medical Education Department in spring 2013. She joined the EME department as the new Clinical Coordinator in March 2014.  Ally’s new title is Career Technical Program Specialist.

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Mary J. Reed

Academic Department Assistant

Mary Reed graduated from Palomar College and was formerly a Mathematics tutor for Palomar College until joining the EME department. Mary Reed joined the EME Department in 1999 as a short-term employee while attending the Palomar College Vocal Program. Mary was then hired as an Office Specialist for EME in 2001. Mary is now the Academic Department Assistant for the EME Department.