The Society for Simulation in Healthcare > About SSH > Board of Directors


Selected by the SSH Membership, Board Members have the opportunity to share their talent and knowledge to help shape SSH and the future of simulation in healthcare. To be on the Board, individuals must be a current member in good standing and have been a member for at least two (2) years. In addition, these individuals must have performed at least one (1) year of service in an SSH leadership role.

Elections are conducted in the fall with new Board Members taking office after IMSH each year. Length of service for each position is defined in the SSH Bylaws.  Contact Andrea Burtnick if you have any questions about the SSH Board.



Juli Maxworthy, DNP, PhD (c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH
University of San Francisco
Orinda, CA


Yasuharu (Haru) Okuda, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of South Florida


Robert Armstrong, MS
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning
Norfolk, VA
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John M. O’Donnell RN, MSN, CRNA, DrPH
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Pittsburgh, PA



Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, FSSH, ANEF
Boston, MA




Board Liaison to Executive Committee


Rich Friedland, DPM
Sarasota, FL







Aaron William Calhoun, MD
University of Louisville, Pediatric Critical Care
Louisville, KY

Jennifer Calzada, MA, MPH
New Orleans, LA

Sharon Decker, RN, PhD, FSSH, ANEF, FAAN
TTU Health Sciences Center Simulation
Lubbock, TX

Yue Dong, MD, FSSH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Research Scientist, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Dayna K. Downing, MBA, MHA
Children’s Health Simulation Lab
Dallas, TX 75235

Shelita Kimble, BS, MEd, CHSOS, LMT, RT
Houston, TX

Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, ANEF
Doha, Qatar


Geoff Miller, MS, EMT-P
Elkridge, MD


Amar Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP
Sarasota, FL


Executive Director

Jennifer Manos, RN, MSN, MBA
Executive Director
Cincinnati, OH
Jennifer Manos