Squad Leadership

The Whitehouse Rescue Squad is made up of a variety of talented individuals who come from Readington, Tewksbury, Lebanon, Clinton Township and as far away as Pennsylvania to volunteer their time. They serve as Emergency Medical Technicians, Rescue Services Personnel, Administrative Support, and for Community Outreach. Our diversity is represented in our leaders. Please take a moment to read about their backgrounds.

The organization is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for finance, planning, community outreach, recruitment and retention, etc. The Board is elected annually for one and two year terms in December. The Board appoints a Chief, and the Chief appoints his operational leaders.

Operational Leadership

Chief: Jeff Herzog

Jeff has been part of emergency services for many years and a member of the Whitehouse Rescue Squad since 1993. As Chief, he provides leadership for thousands of calls including Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Floyd, Y2K events, response to the September 11th attacks, and other localized major incidents. Jeff has extensive rescue services training in various disciplines of rescue services, as well as a keen business acumen from holding executive level positions in several small businesses.  In addition to serving on various countywide agencies for leadership and management, Jeff is responsible for the overall operational management and strategic planning of the organization.

Deputy Chief of EMS: Zak Harabedian

Zak has been with the Whitehouse Rescue Squad since 2012 and in May 2015, he was promoted to the Deputy Chief of EMS. Zak is always looking for ways to help and share his knowledge and he is responsible for the daily EMS operations of the squad.

Assistant Chief of Rescue Services: George Liothake

George is responsible for the WHRS Rescue Services Division. George has extensive training in technical rescue and is involved in human resources for a large company. George is also an Ex-Chief of the organization.

EMS Captain: Bob Rainey

EMS Captain: Louise Russo

EMS Lieutenant: Lewis Moore

EMS Sergeant: Kaitlin Zielinski

Rescue Services Lieutenant: Nick Vannucci 

Rescue Services Sergeant: Dan Campbell

BOT Leadership

President of the Board of Trustees: Bob Rainey

Bob has previously held the roles of President, Treasurer, and Chief. He is also active with the squad’s Rescue Services Division and is a member of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force as well as many other local community organizations. He is also certified as a CPR/First Aid instructor.

Vice President of the Board of Trustees: Laurene Fleming

Laurene has been a member of the rescue squad since 2002. Laurene assists with several fundraising functions and has a background in Emergency Management.

Treasurer: Kathy Zielinski

Kathy was voted onto the Board of Trustees in June 2014 and was chosen to act in the Treasurer role. She has many years of experience as an accountant and has also helped manage funds for many local organizations.

Secretary: Bob Spielberger

Bob has been involved in emergency services for many years and has been active in community events for quite some time. Bob is involved with our local fire company as well as the Township CERT team and many other local committees and organizations.

Other Members of Board of Trustees: Jeff Zielinski, Scarlett Doyle, Laurene Fleming