SimGHOSTS Board of Director and Staff Changes


SimGHOSTS! Lots of changes to the team lineup following the completion of the SimGHOSTS 2016 Summer Events in the US, UK, and Australia!

Exiting the organizational leadership as both staff and board members are James Cypert and Ryan Eling. Read about Ryan's exit here. Kiana McCourt has been promoted to full-time Operations Manager to replace James and Lance Baily is serving as the Interim Executive Director role.

Also coming onboard as Board of Director members are the following three awesome individuals who will be sure to fill those big shoes:

Chad Jackson MS, RRT, FCCP - New SimGHOSTS Treasurer

Chad Jackson is the Senior Director of Simulation, e-Learning and Innovation for the American College of Chest Physicians. Responsibilities include live learning courses, online educational development of e-Learning programs and also includes virtual patient tours and games for learning. His teams develop a variety of educational programs for the members of CHEST, and have been taught at various locations throughout the United States and Internationally.

Chad is extremely active in the simulation community and has conducted numerous presentations and workshops on simulation-enhanced educational programs, both at the regional, national and international levels. Chad has a Master’s in Instructional System Design with a focus on e-Learning and physicians as learners. Prior to taking his position at CHEST, he taught at Florida State University College of Medicine where he was the Assistant Director of the simulation education and standardized education program. Prior to that, Chad also taught at the Tallahassee Community College Respiratory Care program where he conducted clinical simulation education for the Respiratory, Nursing and Paramedic programs there. In addition he has over 22 years at the bedside as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.


Kirrian Steer - New Training Director

Kirrian Steer has dual roles of Simulation Coordinator and Education Coordinator at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Rural Health. Kirrian’s simulation career began at La Trobe University where she saw an opportunity to combine her three key areas of interest – healthcare, education and technology. During her time at La Trobe University Kirrian developed scenarios for, and provided technical and operational advice to the four campuses of the La Trobe Rural Health School. Additionally, Kirrian managed the Hume Simulation Alliance project, worked with colleagues to establish and run a successful Simulated Patient program, and played a key role in the development of simulation resource portal In her current role Kirrian supports the experiential learning needs of nursing and allied health students undertaking rural health placements and continues to support the Hume Simulation Alliance by providing simulation resources and operational support to public hospitals in the Hume region of Victoria, Australia.

Kirrian attended her first SimGHOSTS event at San Antonio in 2013 and instantly understood the global need for support for those involved in simulation operations. She volunteered to assist with bringing SimGHOSTS to Australia and has been involved in the planning and operation of all three SGAUS events. Her newest goal is to utilise her passion for MOOCs and online learning to progress the SimGHOSTS online course library so that all SimGHOSTS members have the opportunity to develop and update their knowledge and skills with courses specifically developed to meet their professional needs.

Prior to working in simulation Kirrian owned a successful multidisciplinary allied health practice, taught health profession students in vocational and tertiary settings, and chaired the Osteopathy Australia Continuing Professional Development Committee from 2013-2016. Kirrian has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical) and Bachelor of Osteopathic Science from RMIT University and a Master of Preventive Medicine from Edith Cowan University.

Rachel Bailey - New Board of Directors Member

Rachel has served as a Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The American Board of Anesthesiology, and currently at Engineering and Computer Simulations Inc. She is lead author of perhaps the ONLY research dedicated to the profession of healthcare simulation technicians with her work entitled "Defining the Simulation Technician Role: Results of a Survey-Based Study": Simulation in healthcare: journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 10(5):283-287 · October 2015 (Click here to check out this study).

This study represented a first step in defining the technician role within simulation-based education and supports the need for the development of a formal job description to allow recruitment, development, and certification. More about Rachel coming soon!

Visit our Board Members Section to see the growing international team of SimGHOSTS Champions!