Staff and Faculty

The interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) is directed by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in education, clinical training, and simulation technologies. Collectively they ensure that our users have the highest quality hands-on experience that ultimately leads to increased patient safety and expert patient care.

Michele P. Pugnaire, MD
Executive Director, iCELS
Senior Associate Dean, Educational Affairs

Melissa Puliafico, MBA
Administrative Director, Office of Educational Affairs

Tanya Zinkus
Director of Business Operations

Wendy L. Gammon, MA, MEd
Standardized Patient Program Director & Trainer

Melinda Taylor, BS
Senior Engineer

Laura Cardin
Training Coordinator, Surgical Skills


Sarah McGee, MD, MPH
Educational Programming Coordinator

Eileen Terrill, RN, PhD
Director, Graduate Entry Pathway Program, Graduate School of Nursing

Maureen Wassef, RN, MSN, PhD
Graduate School of Nursing

Jorge Yarzebski, BA, NREMT-P
Manager of Certification Courses, Continuing Education

 Anne Gilroy
Director for Imaging and Anatomy Resources

Ashton R. Gunn, MEd
Interim iCELS Operations Manager
Project Manager, Office of Educational Affairs


iCELS Staff

Sylvia Stanhope
Project Assistant

Caitrin Reynolds
Project Assistant

Kerry Markey
Simulation Technician

Madeline Johns
Project Coordinator 

iCELS Partners

Mary Zanetti, EdD
Senior Director, Institutional Research, Evaluation & Assessment

Michael Kneeland, MD
Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education and Allied Health; Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Scott Wellman, MD
Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement