Learn about the SimGHOSTS Board of Directors

The SimGHOSTS Global Team:

  • Board of Directors Members:
    • President - Dr. Scott Crawford
    • Vice President - Ferooz Sekandarpoor
    • Secretary - Lizzy Wooley
    • Treasurer - Chad Jackson
    • Community Director - Nick Brauer
    • Chairman - Lance Baily (Founder)
    • Training Director - Kirrian Steer
    • Rachel Bailey
  • Chairs
    • Middle East - Ferooz Sekandarpoor & Charbel Ata
    • Australia - Dr. Patrea Andersen
    • United Kingdom - Jane Nicklin
    • Research - Stormy Monks, PhD, MPH
  • Officers
    • USA: Mark Johanneck
    • UK: Chris Gay
    • AUS: Kirrian Steer
    • MEA: Mohammad Alamar
    • MEA: Mathew George
    • MEA: Valen Anderson

Board Member Lance bio in the Staff section

Scott B. Crawford, M.D. - President
Instructor - Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus
EM Physician - University Medical Center

Dr. Scott Crawford is an instructor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso campus and an emergency medicine physician at University Medical Center in El Paso. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Texas Tech in 2012. Dr. Crawford earned his M.D. from Rush University in Chicago in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in physics from The Colorado College in 2004. He has designed/installed computer enhanced classroom and teaching tools since 1999.

Scott Crawford has experienced simulation as a learner for three years before being asked to assist with scenario and simulation design. Since that time he has worked to expand his center’s networking and audio/video debriefing system utilizing the information gathered from both the SimGHOSTS and the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conferences. Dr. Crawford plans to maintain an active membership with both the SimGHOSTS and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

He is currently working as a simulation technician and instructor at the Regional Training and Simulation Center at Texas Tech University in El Paso, where he works to provide immersive inter-professional simulation experiences for nursing students, medical students and residents of all specialties at the rapidly growing Texas Tech El Paso medical campus. He is also an instructor for the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Trauma Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Team STEPPS courses.

Dr. Crawford would like to use his knowledge and experience to help further the status and advancement opportunities for the technicians of the healthcare simulation world. The designers and operators of healthcare simulation provide an enriching and invaluable teaching tool to allow healthcare workers on all levels to gain knowledge, gain confidence, and improve communication to create better patient outcomes.

Simulation technicians are the backbone of healthcare simulation, whether they work as solo educators or are part of an interdisciplinary team at a large multicenter university. Simulation technicians need a united voice to make sure they get the credit and advancement opportunities they deserve to continue learning, building and growing within their field.

Ferooz Sekandarpoor - Vice President
Simulation Technology Specialist at Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia

Ferooz Sekandarpoor is the Simulation Technology Specialist at Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada.He is also the simulation subject matter expert for the faculty of medicine for the province of BC. The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation where Ferooz Sekandarpoor previously worked is one of the very first centre to be accredit by American Collage of Surgeons and now one of the first centre to be accredited by Royal collage of physician of Canada.

Prior to joining University of British Columbia Ferooz worked as a network administrator for United Nations Development Program internationally. He has a master degree in information technology and computer science a holds many leading industries certificates such as (MCSE, CISCO, Polycom, Tandberg, Security+ and Ethical Hacking). Ferooz has a passion for technology and learning, his vast set of skills allows him to be a very effective member of a team. While he is working fulltime for UBC he is also the CEO of his own consultancy company called BrainNet Consulting Inc. his company is committed to providing IT & technology consultancy services in the fields of Academic Telemedicine, Video Conferencing and Medical Simulation technologies. Ferooz likes to pay back to his community where he lives, he has volunteered some of his skills for almost 6 years in producing TV shows by recording and editing TV shows for local community TV.

In 2012 Ferooz has successfully finished his Project Management Professional course at University of BC and looks forward to get his PMP designation in near future. Ferooz Sekandarpoor presented in national and international conferences such as Internet Society in year 2000 in Yokohama Japan and he was one of the presenters in the previous SIMGHOST 2012 meeting in Las Vegas with a talk on how to design a Sim Centre.


Lizzy Wooley - Secretary
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas / Baylor Scott and White Health 

Lizzy Wooley has been working as a simulation technician at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) in Dallas, TX for over a year.  Her interest on simulation has risen up in the first job at MEDNICS Co Ltd., Medical Simulation Solution Company in Seoul, South Korea.  She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and that gave her lots of opportunities to be on trips to the International conferences and the meetings in USA.  During this work period, she saw the future of simulation and planned to work in the USA where the medical simulation field has expanded. In 2013, she moved to the USA and became a licensed EMT to build up some medical background and started to work at Baylor University Medical Center at the end of the year.  As her simulation department was very much focused on the surgery residency program, she got more involved in surgery and now she has proctoring certificate of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), and Fundamentals Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE). She’s also in The Administration and Management Committee of the Consortium of American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI), as well as the SimGHOSTS board of directors as the secretary. She loves working in the simulation field and is always looking forward to meeting people all around the world to share the simulation experiences.   


Chad Jackson MS, RRT, FCCP - Treasurer

American College of Chest Physicians


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.


Nick Brauer - Community Content Director
Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Nick Brauer started his professional career at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center after earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in biology and chemistry. From 2000 – 2009 he managed a state of the art research lab; and, he played an integral role in development neurobiology research. As all research goes, funding does not last forever, which compelled him to make a career move. Desires to continue his career in the health sciences field led him to a new opportunity in healthcare simulation. The rapidly growing field of healthcare simulation combined with the University's desire to keep up, opened the sim tech door for him which has allowed him to employ previously untapped skills and competencies. Currently he serves as the Assistant Director for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation.As the Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation, Nick coordinates the operations of an emerging comprehensive simulation program at UTHSC, serving the needs of its professional programs and local area practice partners. He works with faculty and staff across UTHSC, particularly on the Memphis campus, in securing and facilitating the use of a wide range of simulation technologies to enrich the training of students, residents and other healthcare providers. Outside of work and for the last 15 years, he has served as an emergency medical responder with the local sheriff's office where he responds to 911 emergency medical/trauma calls as well as other search and rescue needs. These skills coupled with his life-long desire to know how technology and machines work and his keen ability to take these items apart, repair and put them back together has allowed him to become a successful sim guru.For the past 10 years he has realized his passion is helping people whether it is during a medical crisis or a student asking for educational assistance. The commonality is that someone is in need of help and his passion for helping people drives him to provide assistance whenever needed. These two ever changing environments means that help is always needed which fuels Nick's dedication to his career and enthusiasm for teaching.

In his spareŁ time he enjoys spending time with his family camping, hiking, fishing, coaching little league baseball, and the occasional quiet time enjoying an action movie.


Kirrian Steer - 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 www.SimEd.net.au. 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.


Rachel Bailey - New Board of Directors Member
Rachel Bailey is a Simulation Technology Specialist. Her career began as a Resource Technician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2010. Her early responsibilities included stocking and preparing for simulations, but soon she found that her role as a Resource Technician had greatly expanded. Due to her hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, Rachel became responsible for the operations of all simulations, as well as organizing team meetings, boot camps, and conferences. Through her work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Rachel saw her role expand from Resource Technician to Educational Technical Associate who oversaw all technical operations.

Rachel was also the first to publish research pertaining to the role and impact of Simulation Technicians. Through this research, she concluded that Simulation Technicians needed a structured orientation, classes specific to a technician’s skill set, and more precise job descriptions. Rachel continues to push for research in operations.


Mark Johanneck - USA Officer of the Board

Simulation Specialist University of Wisconsin Health Clinical Simulation Program

mark-johanneckMark Johanneck earned his degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. This degree has served him well in preparing him how to communicate and collaborate effectively with a wide variety of people and with groups of all sizes. The ability to listen and understand people's needs and effectively communicate ideas and concepts has been an asset in both his personal life and professional career. Mark began his career in healthcare education in 2001 at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) working as an administrative assistant for a required four semester course, Patient, Doctor & Society (PDS). With the UWSMPH moving into a new building in 2004, which is adjacent to the UW Hospital and Clinics, new opportunities emerged.

The new building is filled with advanced technology and each of the 24 mock exam rooms are equipped with video cameras and laptops to aid in teaching and testing of students. Because of Mark's interest and comfort level with technology, his ability to learn new hardware and software quickly, and the PDS course being one of the primary users of this new space, Mark quickly became the go to person to utilize the newly available technology.

In 2005 Mark was hired for a newly created position within the UWSMPH as Technology Liaison. This new position allowed him to focus on helping faculty from the schools of medicine and public health, nursing, physical therapy and others in healthcare education to take advantage of the available technology, as well as evaluate additional technologies which may aid their teaching. In 2006 the UWSMPH moved from an in-house custom built recording and evaluation software to an off-the-shelf system. Mark was instrumental in the evaluation of a variety of software options and the eventual purchase of a software system which continues to be used by the school today. In 2011 UW Health began the process of developing and building a new clinical simulation program and facility. Mark provided consulting on the AV system and design of the new simulation lab. Eventually Mark was hired by the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program as a Simulation Specialist. In this role he continues to work with faculty from all departments and professions to assist in building robust and realistic learning experience for their learners.

Mark is the primary person people turn to in the simulation lab when technology is faltering or fails. Mark also serves as the primary contact with all simulation vendors for the program. Mark attended his first SimGHOSTS conference in 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. He was so impressed with the content and enthusiasm at the conference that he volunteered to be on the conference planning committee for the 2013 and 2014 conferences. At the 2013 conference Mark won the grand prize with his submission for the B-line DIY video contest.

Jane Nicklin - United Kingdom Chair

Jane Nicklin has been working since July 2010 as a Regional Clinical Skills and Simulation Advisor on behalf of Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber. Her role is hosted by Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Last year, a proportion of her time was dedicated to coordinating the 1st UK Clinical Skills and Simulation Technician Apprenticeship pilot; this included supporting a strong regional network of stakeholders, College providers, managers, educators and mentors. Jane strongly believes that raw technician talent is very much needed to ensure the sustainability and future proofing of those healthcare learning environments that include simulation, e-learning and other mobile technologies.

Additional responsibilities include raising the standard of skills and simulation Centres and trainers through the Yorkshire and Humber Quality Management System (QMS) and working collaboratively with partners including industry on pilot projects, product development and innovative training and events. Jane was the key UK person to co-ordinate the 1st SimGHOSTS-ASPiH Simulation Technicians event in 2015.

She works constantly to raise the profile and professional development of simulation technicians across the UK. In 2015, the Regional TECH Champions were launched with representation covering most of the regions across the United Kingdom. She achieved the MA in Health Care Law in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She has a clinical background as a registered Operating Department Practitioner, specialising in ENT, Maxillo-Facial and Dental, both surgery and anaesthetics. Her educational background is in clinical skills and she continues to share her time between clinical and educational commitments. As a registered Allied Health Professional (AHP) one of her key priorities is to engage AHPs with simulation alongside promotion of Inter-professional Education.

Jane was appointed as an Executive member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) in 2013 and is also co-chair of the ASPiH Technicians and Learning Technologists Special Interest Group. Last year she was asked to take up the role of Chair of Digital Media and Communications for ASPiH with a primary responsibility to improve social networking and the ASPiH website.

Special Thanks to These Individuals Who Have Helped Start & Grow SimGHOSTS:

Ryan Eling - Former Event Director

Jeff Golomb - Former Website Director

John Cordova - Former Treasurer

James Cypert - Former Executive Director

Jackie Morck - Former Marketing Director

Kam McCowan - Former Secretary