BOD Elections

 


2019 Board of Directors - Elections Open

As a member of SSH you have the opportunity to vote for the 2018 Board of Directors. You may vote for the President-Elect, Secretary and Director at Large. Each candidate has submitted a CV, statement of interest in the position, disclosure of interest information, and conflict of interest management plan (if applicable) to help you make an informed decision. Please review each candidate carefully before casting your vote. 

The voting period for the 2018 BoD Elections has now closed. Thank you for your participation in the election process. Results will be announced to the SSH membership no later than Friday, September 28th, 2018.

 

SSH is your Society. Exercise your right to vote and continue to promote the Society as an interprofessional leader that advances the application of simulation in healthcare through global engagement.

 

Thank you for your participation; please send your questions about the election to: ABurtnick@ssih.org

Note: the listing order of the candidates was determined by randomization

Candidates

President-Elect
Bob Armstrong
John O’Donnell
Jayne Smitten
                            Secretary

Shelita Kimble
Sharon Decker

     Director at Large
Geoff Miller
Dayna Downing
Grace Gephardt

 


 President-Elect

Bob Armstrong
CV/Bio Sketch

Statement of Interest:

The opportunity to serve the members of SSH is exciting and humbling.  I am an engineer, computer scientist, and former Marine who is a true believer in the power of simulation.  I have built many different models and simulations that helped inform improvements in the performance of individuals, organizations, and systems.  I am passionate about helping people grow and succeed; this passion stems from my upbringing, time in the Scouts, education at Annapolis, servant leadership in the Marines, and the knowledge that there is always room for improvement. 

At 20 years, SSH is healthy and faithful to its mission, vision, and goals.  Looking ahead, I see opportunities for SSH to strengthen its value to both members and the community. 

My vision is to help the Society become THE trusted reference for “all things healthcare simulation,” from training, education and research - our bedrock - to modeling and analytics.  Leaders, companies, organizations, and the public – they should consider SSH an expert resource. 

As a lifelong learner and a systems thinker, I am always looking for ways to improve both the performance and impact of the organizations of which I am a part.  Given that, I see opportunities for SSH to extend our impact throughout the healthcare system. Expanding into patient, treatment, and system simulation will generate opportunities for new collaborations, societal growth, and improvements beneficial to healthcare systems worldwide.

SSH should lead simulation innovation.  Our members – sim techs, nurses, physicians, researchers, and others - know what they need and wish they had.  Pulsing our members, we can create a set of simulation capabilities and performance parameters required to meet future needs.  Sharing this openly, we actively participate in creating innovative simulations – and the future we need.

Twenty successful years is certainly a grand achievement.  We are a healthy Society, thanks to the commitment of our members.  Thank you all for your energy, commitment, and collegiality.  I am proud to be a member alongside you, and believe I can help us maintain that health, while also growing our focus, impact, and value.

Thank you for your support!

 

John O’Donnell
CV/Bio Sketch

 Statement of Interest: 

My father was a steelworker and WWII veteran and you can imagine his reaction when I informed him I was going to nursing school.  I persevered and went on to become a nurse and later a CRNA and eventually completed my doctoral work in public health with focus on epidemiology.   I have held many leadership roles including in the clinical setting, in the Army and in academia.  Currently, I Chair the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh and serve as the Associate Director for Nursing at WISER.  In 1994, I was recruited by Dr. John Schaefer to work with him during the very beginning of the international simulation movement and rapidly realized the exciting potential for training of students across healthcare.  I continue with the work because my excitement has never waned although there have been many bumps in the road along the way.  However, I have a vision and have pursued it with good humor, conviction and fortitude.  I hope to bring these attributes (among others) to the role of President of SSH.  I am a good fit for the position of President for a number of reasons.  I am a seasoned educator and leader and have been working in simulation for the past 24 years.  My many professional and life experiences have helped me to realize the value of building effective teams, listening to everyone’s perspective and maintaining focus on the strategic vision.  I hope to build on the many past successes of the Society to advance the Society in several strategic areas including collaboration with professional associations and regulatory bodies; greater international presence; growth of the accreditation and certification bodies; increased advocacy for funding at the federal and state levels and outreach to consumers of simulation educational methods including our participants and their patients.  

 

Jayne Smitten
CV/Bio Sketch

 Statement of Interest: 

My vision for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare is to continue to build upon our successes as a diverse and innovative multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary network of professionals.  The Society has recognized vital opportunities for expansion and reinvesting for our future.  I would further endorse expansion, including continued emphasis within the worlds of augmented/virtual reality, career development, and creating more opportunities for our current/future ambassadors in simulation research. Scholarship is critical to promoting our universal goal of patient safety worldwide. I embrace simulation research activities and would assist in fostering this crucial SSH track.

My past administrative, education/teaching, and research experiences within the field of simulation has exposed me, most importantly, to the needs of our membership.  I have lead simulation within 4 university systems, most recently with a visionary higher education university that is truly embracing simulation within its innovations in higher education. I also continue to be immersed as a SSH Team Lead/Mentor and Board of Review Member in the Accreditation of simulation programs worldwide.

Fortunately, I have been exposed to the ethos of the Board of SSH (2014-17) where I learned about the commitment shared by this leadership, spoke frequently with staff, and appreciated opportunities to be with members in different capacities (committees, councils, exhibitors, sections, SIGs, interest groups, and task forces) determining what they value in SSH. Our mission statement encompasses that ethos. I would always refer to this as my ‘touchstone’ towards future decision making within our organization.

My vision includes leadership with responsibility, working with the power of our communities, sharing ideas, and investing energy in the endeavors that will make our society continue on its growth pattern as an international leader in innovative simulation education. I have the passion and energy to fulfil this role and would be honored to serve as your next President-elect.


Secretary

Shelita Kimble
CV/Bio Sketch

Statement of Interest:

My name is Shelita Kimble, and I want to serve you as your board Secretary. I am a candidate of a different stripe. Who am I? I found simulation accidentally after being asked to set up some mannequins that had been sitting in the back of a closet at Texas Women’s University School of Nursing where I was working part-time to install an audiovisual system. I hail from the Simulation Operations and Technology Section, and I am a passionate technology and computer nerd.

The methodical, well organized, detail oriented characteristics of a computer nerd are some of the same characteristics of a good secretary. My career path has spanned a broad spectrum: from an administrative assistant to a computer programmer to an educator to a simulation operations specialist to my current role as a Sr. Systems Analyst at MD Anderson Cancer Center. My unique experience makes the position of Secretary an excellent fit for me.

I have had the pleasure to serve members of SSH in both leadership and committee roles. Participating on the inaugural planning committee for the Women in Leadership Symposium helped me realize my desire to serve SSH members in a greater capacity. My prior roles as Secretary on the Houston Community College Digital Communications Advisory Board and Secretary of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section (SOTS), has prepared me for this charge. My current roles as planning co-chair of IMSH 2019 and SOTS Vice-Chair give me a unique perspective on the needs of our diverse membership. My vision for the role is to continue to realize the importance of our strong membership, cultivate new members, and support the society’s strategic plan.

SSH is globally redefining and redesigning the future of healthcare simulation, and I would be proud to serve the membership as a board member.

Sharon Decker
CV/Bio Sketch

Statement of Interest:

I am submitting my nomination for the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors. I am qualified for this position based on my past experiences as a member of various Board of Directors and my active, continuous involvement in the Society. My passion for simulation began when I was selected as a site coordinator for the National League for Nursing/Laerdal multisite site study in 2003. Recognizing the work continues, I want to expand my involvement and service as a member of the Board of Directors for SSH. The future of SSH, as the international leader for the science of simulation, is directly related to our diverse, interprofessional, international membership. As a society, we must continue to expand our scope of educational offerings and provide support to our membership as they develop as researchers, educators, technologists, and clinicians. It is through our membership that SSH impacts healthcare education and delivery. 

As a member of the BoD serving as Secretary, I would support SSH's purpose "to serve a global community of practice enhancing the quality of healthcare". My role as an Executive Director of a large, interprofessional, multimodality, multisite Simulation Program has expanded my knowledge and skills related to policy development, strategic planning, and the fiscal/business requirements for sustaining a simulation program. My skills set also includes teaching expertise in the pedagogy of simulation. I've assisted educators internationally (for example; USA, Canada, the Philippines, and China) in developing their personal expertise and integrating simulation through various curricula. I view myself as a visionary, servant leader. I embrace new technology, recognizing the challenges in validating how these tools can be implemented appropriately to enhance learning and the development of competencies required to provide safe, quality healthcare. I believe in mentorship, open communication, the power of teamwork, and the importance of continuous self-improvement. 

 

Director At Large

Geoff Miller
CV/Bio Sketch

 Statement of Interest: 

I am amazed at what our Society has accomplished in the past two decades and excited about the future of our Society and the impact we will make together, building ever increasing, multidisciplinary partnerships, promoting excellence and innovation in modeling, simulation and visualization of future healthcare education, technologies, systems and patient and provider wellbeing. 

For the past 2 years, I have had the honor to serve as the Vice-Chair for the Society’s Meetings Oversight Commission, and this time has allowed me to immerse myself in the myriad activities of the Society. This experience has allowed me to create many new friends and colleagues, more fully understand the needs and future vision of the membership, leadership and staff as we strive to educate, inform and transform a connected, collaborative, inclusive community of healthcare simulation professionals. 

I am committed to the advancement of our Society and healthcare simulation, its impact on healthcare providers, organizations, systems and policy to accelerate our understanding and innovation of excellence across the entire healthcare community. We have come far and I believe we will continue to transform our profession, pushing boundaries, promoting excellence and advocating the expanding fields of healthcare modeling, simulation and visualization as tools to promote excellence across the entire spectrum of healthcare.

Our Society has grown substantially over the past 19 plus years, and I am very fortunate to have been there with you, learning, sharing, creating and building. It is my goal to repay the many opportunities you all have given me and strive to “pay it forward” through service to our Societies values and vision and most importantly to you, the membership, staff, and partner organizations.

 

Dayna Downing
CV/Bio Sketch

 Statement of Interest: 

Servant leadership. Collaboration. Passionate advocacy. These are the core values through which I have given my time as a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Over the last five years, I have served as the vice chair of the Healthcare Systems Modeling and Simulation Affinity Group, vice chair and chair of the Government Relations Subcommittee, and the vice chair and current chair of the External Strategic Relations Committee. I have been privileged to be an Associate Editor of the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary and have been part of the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) examination, since the initial practice analysis. It is through my service, that I have had the opportunity to see the possibilities that lie ahead for the organization. 

For SSH to successfully meet its strategic priorities, it needs to collaborate. The dismantling of silos within the organization, through the collaboration of committees, will be the key to effectively and efficiently executing what our board has set forth. However, the formation of our partnerships must be external as well. We must pursue relationships not only with other healthcare organizations and simulation societies here in the United States and abroad, but also with those that have shared interests with us. For example, we should seek out entities such as a children’s advocacy organization, because they too have an interest in the quality of children’s healthcare delivery. This will be key to moving forward with our advocacy campaign. We need to find non-healthcare groups that share our vision and values for the future of healthcare and patient safety. It will be through the creation of broad coalitions that we will build the successful advocacy campaign necessary to truly advance simulation in healthcare globally. 

This is the vision that I will bring as your Director at Large.
 

Grace Gephardt
CV Sketch/Bio

Statement of Interest: 

Being agile is a necessary element of success. My vision for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare is that we will continue working collaboratively within our membership and beyond in order to further influence and leverage our commitment to the global impact simulation makes towards improving healthcare. 

I have been working in healthcare simulation for more than 10 years and have been privileged to be very involved in meaningful work since the beginning of that time. I have served as President of the Board for ASPE, been engaged in the global effort to produce a unifying Code of Ethics for our profession, have joined the Strategic Partners Subcommittee of SSH, and am participating on the planning committee for the new Women in Leadership initiative. These collaborative efforts have allowed me to stay untethered to one modality or perspective while satisfying my curiosity about the vantage points of others. 

Currently I am the director of a hospital-based program that trains a wide variety of students, practitioners and professionals. I work closely with clinicians and non-clinicians, all of whom bring expertise to our curriculum and projects. These ventures have afforded me the advantage of neutrality, as there are always multiple ways of looking at collaborative decisions. I am committed to bringing candor, humor and respect to my work each day. Working with passionate people is deeply satisfying for me. 

I want to continue my involvement in meaningful work that furthers the development and impact of healthcare simulation and believe I can offer a balance of practicality and perspective to the Board of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  I know from experience that the membership of the Society is teeming with dedicated professionals from many disciplines and global locations. I believe the possibilities of collaborative work and influence remain endless, and would be thrilled to serve on the SSH Board of Directors.
 

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