Learn about the SimGHOSTS Board of Directors
The SimGHOSTS Global Team:
- Board of Directors Members:
- President - Ferooz Sekandarpoor
- Vice President - Nick Brauer
- Past President & Treasurer - Dr. Scott Crawford
- Chairman - Lance Baily (Founder)
- Executive Director - Kirrian Steer
- Secretary - Matthew Charnetski
- Dr. Lori Lioce
- Billie Paschal
- Middle East - Ferooz Sekandarpoor & Charbel Ata
- Australia - Dr. Patrea Andersen
- United Kingdom - Jane Nicklin
- Research - Dr Lori Lioce
- USA: Todd Dadaleares
- USA: Amy Wise
- MEA: Mohammad Alamar
- MEA: Mathew George
Ferooz Sekandarpoor - President
Ferooz Sekandarpoor is the Simulation Technology Specialist at Faculty of the 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 British Columbia.
He is an integral member of MedIT Faculty of Medicine UBC where his position provides simulation technology leadership and expertise for the health professions education programs within the Faculty of Medicine, UBC. This role supports the development and the operational transition of Faculty of Medicine’s simulation centers throughout British Columbia.
He also Chairs the BC Simulation Technology Working Group in the province. The Simulation Technology Working Group (STWG) currently acts as a provincial community of practice to aid British Columbia based simulation centers with a forum in which to discuss and advance ideas in the intersection of health professions simulation and technology.
The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation, where Ferooz Sekandarpoor previously worked as IT manager, is one of the very first centers to be accredited by American College of Surgeons USA and the first center to be accredited by Royal College of the Physician of Canada.
He has over 16 years of experience as IT professional, is a Simulation Technology Specialist and AV Specialist in Healthcare and Academic Environments. Before joining the University of British Columbia, Ferooz worked as a network administrator for United Nations Development Program internationally. He has a Masters degree in Information Technology and Computer Science, and holds many leading industry certificates such as MCSE, CISCO, Polycom, Tandberg, Security+ and Ethical Hacking. To learn more about Ferooz find him on his LinkedIn page.
Nick Brauer - Vice President & Community Content Director
Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation
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 spare time he enjoys spending time with his family camping, hiking, fishing, coaching little league baseball, and the occasional quiet time enjoying an action movie
Lance Baily - SimGHOSTS Founder & Chairman of the Board (Linkedin Profile)
Past President (2011-2013)
As a video producer, EMS/firefighter, simulation technology specialist, medical simulation center administrator, conference organizer, and business entrepreneur - Lance Baily has the background and the experience to help lead the Sim Tech community to the next level. After serving as a Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist in Los Angeles, Lance served as the Director of the 31,000 square feet multi-institutional multi-disciplinary Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) from 2009 until April of 2012. This facility is shared among the University of Nevada: Las Vegas School of Nursing, Nevada State College School of Nursing, and University of Nevada: School of Medicine.
In 2010, Lance started HealthySimulation.com, a free and independent resource website for the international healthcare simulation community. This free resource website now provides thousands of unique visitors a month with medical simulation related news, resources, product reviews and more. Lance has also provided medical simulation consulting services on simulation program development for a variety of organizations and corporations.
In 2012 Lance began this new non-profit organization called "The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists" (SimGHOSTS.Org) which provides online resources and an annual hands-on training event to Sim Techs from around the world.
More recently, Lance started Careers in Healthcare, a new resource website to help prospective healthcare students learn more about healthcare careers.
Scott B. Crawford, M.D. Past President & Treasurer
Instructor - Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus
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 centerâ€™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.
Kirrian Steer - Executive Director
Prior to working in healthcare simulation, Kirrian owned and operated a private multidisciplinary allied health practice and was a sessional educator in the vocational education sector. 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. Following completion of the HSA project Kirrian worked at University of Melbourne as Simulation Coordinator and Education Coordinator in the Rural Clinical School.
Kirrian has a Bachelor of Osteopathic Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical) from RMIT University and a Master of Preventive Medicine from Edith Cowan University.
Billie has been an active member of SimGHOSTS since 2013. After attending her first conference in San Antonio she volunteered on the event planning committee and later teamed up with former Event Director, Ryan Eling, to co-lead the BugBusters competitions at SimGHOSTS events. Additionally, Billie has presented at many SimGHOSTS events and other simulation conferences on topics ranging from video editing, simulation center design, standardized patients and tele simulation.
Billie is a task, and people orientated individual that enjoys being on the brink of clinical simulation technology. She is an experienced simulation specialist with expertise in the areas of simulation technology, operations, training, and curriculum integration. Skills and expertise gained in her previous roles as an entrepreneur, preschool teacher and administrative assistant makes her a great fit on the SimGHOSTS board.
Currently, Billie is looking to extend leadership expertise in the field of healthcare simulation, with a particular focus on integrating simulation in all areas of health science education. Her objective is to build on the knowledge she has and to pursue a Master's of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Data Analytics.
Matthew Charnetski - Secretary
Matthew Charnetski is the Director of Simulation Learning at the New York Institute of Technology’s Jonesboro, Arkansas campus. He is also a clinical instructor for the clinical medicine faculty and adjunct faculty and Drexel University in the Masters of Medical Simulation program. Matthew is actively pursuing his PhD in Medical Education at Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands.
Matthew has been on a strange collision course with simulation his entire career, even if it was not immediately clear. Matthew started pursuing a healthcare career during his undergraduate studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa where he studied biology and anticipated a career somewhere in healthcare or related fields. During his upper class years of study Matthew became enthralled with the rest of the planet while studying microbiology and anthropology in East Africa and Central America. Discovering a love for intentional travel, Matthew ultimately found himself working for the United States Antarctic Program based out of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Matthew’s time in Antarctica was punctuated with time working in science support logistics and information technologies, as a member of the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team, and ultimately as a member of the Field Safety Training Program where he was a field mountaineer and instructor for survival school and wilderness medicine courses. Additionally he spent much of this time acting as a secondary medical provider on various guided trips around the world.
After seven years traveling the world and working in Antarctica, Matthew made his was back to Iowa; beginning paramedic school and working as an application analyst and project manager for several different hospital systems implementing their electronic health records. Staying in Central Iowa, Matthew spent the next few years working for several different ambulance services serving both rural and urban communities, counties, and cities as well as providing interfacility transport as a critical care paramedic for adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care services.
Having always had an eye on education, Matthew was fortunate enough to be picked up by Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa as a Simulation Specialist in the Iowa Simulation Center. It was love at first, sweet robotic tear… Shortly after starting at DMU, Matthew matriculated in to the Masters of Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University and was immediately smitten with the community and the field of medical simulation. Continuing to grow in the field and seek new challenges, Matthew moved to Astana Kazakhstan to be the Founding Director of Medical Simulation and an Assistant Professor of Practice at Nazarbayev University before returning to the USA in 2017.
In his spare time Matthew is an avid cyclist and photographer and is constantly looking for new adventures, near and far.
Dr Lori Lioce
Dr. Lori Lioce earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford University and a post doctoral certificate in Healthcare Simulation Education at Bryan College of Health Sciences. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an Internationally Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and Certified Healthcare Simulation Operation Specialist. She currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Learning and Technology Resource Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing.
Dr. Lioce has been instrumental in the development and implementation of theoretically based simulation programs in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has sustained scholarly contributions with over 30 international presentations and 25 publications in the last 5 years on simulation education. She specializes in simulation operations, curriculum development and implementation, strategic planning, faculty development, simulation design, and programmatic quality improvement. She has over 20 years of service to the profession. She serves on the Board of Directors for SimGHOSTS and international simulation operations organization, as the Chair of the Heart of the Valley YMCA’s Early Childhood Education Centers, Editor-in-Chief for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Simulation Dictionary, Huntsville Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, UAH faculty senate and serves as an independent healthcare simulation education consultant.
Jane Nicklin - United Kingdom Chair
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.
Dr Patrea Andersen - Australia Region Chair
Patrea has extensive academic experience in Nursing Education. As Academic Director for Simulation and Visualisation for the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Patrea's primary focus is on utilisation of advanced technologies in simulation and curricula integration. Her research interests include clinical education, simulation (including visualisation and game-based simulation, AR and VR applications), patient safety, professional competence and issues impacting on the preparation and development of health professionals. Her success is evidenced in collaborative research grants, publications, keynote and referred conference presentations. Patrea was the recipient of an OLT citation for leadership in simulation in 2015 and is a HIgher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellow. Patrea holds a number of governance roles. She is Portfolio Leader for Simulation and Practice Learning for Undergraduate Programmes for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at USC, and Chair of national simulation education collective InSPIRE
Todd Dadaleares - Officer
Amy Wise - Officer
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
Lizzy Wooley - Former Secretary
Chad Jackson - Former Treasurer