C.J. MacConnell and Will Vollmer are the founders of a successful orthopedic and medical device distribution company called 7 Hills Surgical. As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, C.J. and Will began selling personal protective equipment and other devices to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, veterans service providers, and other local organizations, including schools. Through their extensive knowledge of the medical supply chain and distribution channels, 7 Hills Surgical was able to provide these organizations with timely, accurate, and competitively-priced products. As parents, C.J. and Will wanted to do more than sell equipment- they wanted to be a partner, rather than a mere vendor, with schools. Thus, with the help of Dr. Fay Lin, Protect|ED was created.
Dr. Fay Lin received her undergraduate degree in physics at Harvard University and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University. Using her expertise, Dr. Lin creates plans and provides guidance to schools on the supplies, measures, and equipment needed to return to schools safely. Additionally, Dr. Shonda Huery Hardman, former Chief of Schools for Houston, Texas, and Dr. Tom Shelton, former Superintendent for Fayette and Daviess County Public Schools, bring over a combined forty-five years of experience in education administration. Dr. Hardman and Dr. Shelton help schools adapt to the developing crisis and plan for the future.
Through decades of combined experience in medical device distribution, education administration, and epidemiology, Protect|ED helps school officials streamline the entire return-to-school process- allowing teachers to get back to what they do best: teaching.