About Us

Our Team

Fay Y. Lin MD

Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Fay Y. Lin is a respected and experienced educator, epidemiologist, and cardiologist. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Dr. Lin attended Johns Hopkins University where she received her medical degree. She completed her cardiology fellowship at Cornell Medical School. Additionally, she trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Lin currently serves as a professor at the Cornell University medical school. Applying her decades of experience in medicine, epidemiology, and education, Dr. Lin works with schools and universities to help create safety plans and advice on the measures and supplies needed to return safely and with confidence.

Shonda Huery Hardman PhD

Education Administration Liaison
Dr. Shonda Huery-Hardman has served students in urban school districts for the last twenty-five years. Dr. Huery-Hardman served as a Network Chief in Chicago Public School where she coached, supervised, and supported principals. Most recently, she served as a Chief of Schools in Houston ISD, where she was responsible for leading 284 schools. She holds Master’s degrees in Education Administration as well as Education Policy and Planning. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 2010, where her research focused on understanding the behaviors of exemplary middle school teachers serving students in high-poverty middle schools. Dr. Huery-Hardman knowledge and expertise in education allows Protect|ED to ensure equity for all students.

Tom Shelton PhD

Education Administration Liaison
Dr. Tom Shelton has worked in school district administration for over twenty years. Dr. Shelton has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and as superintendent for the Daviess and Fayette County Public School Districts in Kentucky. He currently serves as a visiting professor at The Johns Hopkins University developing curriculum, mentoring and teaching students in the Master of Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Shelton is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Educational Administration. He received his PhD. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. Dr. Shelton’s knowledge of business operations, and school administration is invaluable as to districts as they partner with Protect|ED.

Julian Hardman MD

Medical Advisor
Dr. Julian Hardman is a board-certified radiologist for the Desert Radiology group. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in 2010 and completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the John H. Stroger Hospital. He then went on to complete fellowships in neuroradiology and endovascular surgical neuroradiology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2016 and 2018, respectively. With his extensive training, he has performed complex neurointerventional procedures and numerous clinical research studies. Dr. Hardman’s extensive medical knowledge and experience helps Protect|ED work with schools to create safe plans for the future.

Paige Aguilera

Director of Operations
Paige Aguilera graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She was a four year member of the Women Varsity Soccer Team, including leading the team as Captain her senior year. Paige oversees all aspects of Protect|ED’s operations to ensure a positive experience for our clients.

Ethan Marx

Director of Community Outreach
Ethan is a rising senior at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio with a passion for social and environmental justice. Ethan has conducted independent research on school equity, namely analyzing health disparities in school water quality. As a high school student, Ethan seeks to help other schools reopen and provides insights to ProtectED from the students’ perspective. In alignment with Ethan’s passion he oversees Protect|ED charitable community give back program.

Will Vollmer

COO & Co-Founder
Will Vollmer is the Co-Founder and President of 7 Hills Surgical, a leading national distributor and service provider of orthopedic and medical devices as well as personal protection equipment for patients, healthcare professionals, schools and universities. Will’s 10 years of experience of heading 7 Hills Surgical’s outfitting of professional athletes, and student athletes with orthopedic recovery and rehabilitation products has transferred into Protect|ED’s vision of making sure all student athletes are able to participate this upcoming school year and return safely to school.

C.J. MacConnell

President & Co-Founder
C.J. MacConnell is the Co-Founder and Vice President of 7 Hills Surgical, a leading national distributor and service provider of orthopedic and medical devices as well as personal protection equipment for patients, healthcare professionals, schools and universities. In order to create a more holistic approach to address the education specific needs of schools and universities, C.J. helped lead the formation of Protect|ED. Applying his knowledge and experience in supply chain management, C.J. oversees the sourcing of all products in order to ensure timely, accurate, and competitively priced products and solutions can be delivered to Protect|ED clients.

Douglas Haman

General Counsel
Douglas Haman is the Managing Member of the Law Office of Douglas Haman, Esq., LLC. Mr. Haman graduated from Miami University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998. Mr. Haman frequently serves as local counsel for law firms located outside the Greater Cincinnati area. Mr. Haman is licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as before the United States Districts Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Founding Story

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.