TEQ Team

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Celeste M. Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

Celeste M. Alfes is is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing (University of Akron), master of science in nursing (University of Akron), and doctor of nursing practice (CWRU). With a background in critical care nursing, she has 20 years of experience teaching baccalaureate nursing students and has been instrumental in developing high-fidelity simulation programs nationally and internationally. She was instrumental in developing the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, which features the nation’s first high-fidelity Sikorsky S76® helicopter simulator adapted for interdisciplinary education and crew resource management. Dr. Alfes has edited four text books on mastering clinical nursing, serves on the Society for Simulation and Healthcare Governance Committee, is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, a co-investigator on funded research projects with the Laerdal Foundation and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, is on the editorial board of Applied Nursing Research, and is a reviewer for the journals Nursing Education Perspectives and Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

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Sabrina Beroz, DNP, RN, CHSE-A

Dr. Sabrina Beroz is a full-time faculty member at Montgomery College. She was appointed as Faculty Lead for the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium, a statewide initiative providing simulation-based education for Maryland’s 26 prelicensure nursing programs and hospital educators. Dr. Beroz participated in the 2015 National League for Nursing Leadership Institute for Simulation Educators and holds a national certification in simulation. She has spoken nationally and internationally on simulation with a focus on transition into practice, multi-patient simulation and faculty development. Dr. Beroz enjoys kayaking, cycling, and new challenges. She hopes you enjoy the blog!!


Justine Dawson, Grad Dip ONC and Nurse Ed, RN, CNE

Justine holds a position as the Paediatric Reference Group Advisor (Clinical nursing lead of Paediatrics) and Group Learning and Organisational Development-Paediatrics for St John of God Health Care Australia. This includes 12 acute care hospitals and 3 day surgical services encompassing both public and private health care across Australia. Justine is an Alumnus of the NLN Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators 2015. Her simulation interests include IPE in the health care setting and she is currently undertaking research in IPE with several colleagues from the NLN Sim Leadership Program of 2015. In her spare time Justine is a wheelchair racer, loves being outdoors and traveling.


Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-ASue

Having worked in the field of clinical simulation since 2007, Susan Forneris was selected as one of 20 nurse educators from around the country to be part of the 2010 inaugural group of NLN simulation leaders working on developing and implementing simulation initiatives. Her expertise in simulation is primarily in the area of simulation development and debriefing combining her research on critical thinking with the development and implementation of simulation education. She is actively engaged in simulation research having recently completed a multi-site study on simulation and debriefing with the MN Consortium for Nursing Education and Research. She has several publications focused on the development and use of reflective teaching strategies and the use of simulation.

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Beth Hallmark, PhD, RN, MSN, CHSE

Beth has been a nurse for 30 years and a nursing educator for over 20 years. She is currently the director of Simulation for the College of Health Sciences at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Clinically Beth is a pediatric nurse where she still practices in home care. Beth has been a simulation educator since 2007. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in e-learning and completed her dissertation titled “The Effect of Faculty Debriefing Training on Achievement and Satisfaction of Pre-licensure Nursing Students Participating in Simulation”. Beth was a member of the 2011 HITS Scholars Program and has published several works related to simulation.

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Alaina Herrington, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNOR

Alaina Herrington has been a nurse for over 13 years working in multiple areas such as perioperative nursing, nurse management, human resources, and nurse recruitment. She is the founding Simulation Center Director for a stand-alone, 8000 square foot Simulation Center, which opened in January 2014. Under her leadership, the center became the first in Mississippi to be accredited by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in Teaching and Learning. She was selected as a National League for Nursing (NLN) 2015 Simulation Leader. She is a Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Accreditation Site Review and a Certified Healthcare in Simulation Educator (CHSE) reviewer and writer. She is the chair of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) HomeGrown Solution Committee and a member of the INACSL Awards Selection Committee. She has been successful in securing sustainability funds through grant writing, consulting, and hosting regional training workshops. She most recently was named the Director of the Mississippi Academy for Simulation Training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


 Tonya Schneidereith, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CNE, CHSE

Tonya Schneidereith is an Associate Professor of Nursing and member of the Simulation Team at University of Maryland. She is also CEO of SIMPL Simulation, LLC.  Her research interests use simulation to identify safe medication administration behaviors in undergraduate nursing students, notably integrating Google glass technology.  Dr. Schneidereith began working with the NLN following her appointment to the 2015 Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators and works now as a consultant for the NLN Coaching for Excellence program, and recently completed work as an author of the Thomas Sykes case for the NLN Advancing Care Excellence Series for Pediatrics (ACE.P). Dr. Schneidereith also volunteers as Chair of the INACSL Research Committee.  In her spare time, Tonya enjoys playing tennis and watching the soccer and lacrosse games of her son and daughter.



Jone is a Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Education Consultant, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. In her academic role, she is involved in the use of simulation, educational technology, and teaches nursing informatics. She also chairs the Quality of Care Committee of the Board of Directors for the HealthEast Care system in St. Paul, MN. Jone has presented nationally and internationally on the use of simulation to improve outcomes, the use of the virtual world Second Life for nursing and medical education, and on the use of technology to improve student outcomes. She is a Certified Nurse Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, and will be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows in September 2016. She is also the NLN Technology Scholar in Residence for 2016-2017.

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Jean Ellen Zavertnik, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, CHSE

Jean Ellen Zavertnik is currently the Simulation Director at Clemson University School of Nursing and was among the first to participate in the National League of Nursing Leadership Development Program for Simulation Education. “Learning to ride a horse (and yes, jump) at this stage of my life has given me a new appreciation for how challenging it can be to acquire a new skill and what is needed to accomplish the task: clear, step by step instructions; practice, repetition, and reinforcement; and a supportive, nurturing environment. I hope I can take some of my new found wisdom and use it in the Simulation Lab and beyond”.


Judy Murphy, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

Judy I. Murphy is a VA Nursing Academic Partner Faculty, Simulation Coordinator, Advanced Fellowship in Interprofessional Clinical Simulation co-director, nurse researcher, and member of the Institutional Review Board at the Veterans Health Association. She is a member of the RI Collaborative for Interprofessional Education and Practice, a Health Information Technology Scholar, and a Team STEPPS master trainer. Her passions are interprofessional education, simulation and patient safety.


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J. Cedar Wang is the Director of Simulation Education at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ where she established the Institute for Simulation Learning. Inspired by a hospital-based program in Israel, she believes in using simulation methodology to tackle just about anything, whether it’s developing training for FBI agents, families caring for loved ones with dementia, or nurses in Northern Haiti. Cedar is willing to share new ideas, old ones that never die, and those ideas that should have died young.


Melanie Cason, PhD, RN, CNE

Melanie is the Director of Simulation and an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. As an advanced TeamSTEPPS instructor, she teaches across academic departments and at the MUSC medical center. Her interests include transition to practice, inter-professional education and practice, and care of vulnerable populations. Committed to work-life-balance, she is also a Zumba instructor, writer, and avid reader.


Sabrina KOH Bee Leng PhD©, MHSc(Ed), PGDip(CC), BN, CHSE

Sabrina has been involved in clinical education training surrounding clinical workflows, patient safety, teamwork and communication, and clinical escalation through multi-disciplinary simulation training. Since 2004, Sabrina has designed, planned and established 1 academic based and 2 hospital based simulation centres in Singapore. She has also developed and conducted simulation faculty development program for local and regional simulation users in technical and instructional strategies. She has completed the NLN Nursing SimLead Programme in the year 2013. She is a sub-committee member for Quality and site reviewer, Accreditation Committee, SSH. She has served as a Co-chair for APMSH 2013 and IMSH 2016. She is the Co-Director for SingHealth-DukeNUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS).

Fara Bowler, DNP, ANP-C, CHSE

Fara Bowler photo.pngFara Bowler brings expertise in Simulation as the Director of the Clinical Education Center and Simulation at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. She also brings clinical expertise as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse practicing in areas from Primary Care to the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She speaks nationally on the use of simulation to promote quality and safety in care delivery. Ms. Bowler along with colleagues at CON have been involved in a SAMSA grant focusing on the integration of SBIRT (Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) into curricula incorporating high fidelity simulation. Recently, she was the section editor for AACN Advanced Critical Care on the topic of Simulation.

She holds national certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with the AANP. Most recently, she achieved certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator with Society of Simulation in Healthcare and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University.