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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.  

Melissa Fischer, MD MEd
Executive Director, iCELS
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (OUME)
Curriculum Innovation and The interprofesional Center for Experiential Learning & Simulation

Kathleen Altomare
Staff Accountant

Michele Bouchard
Educational Program Coordinator

Laura Cardin
Training Coordinator, Surgical Skills

Yasmin Carter, PhD
Director, Innovations Lab

Wendy Fraioli
Educational Program Coordinator

Tracy Kedian, MD
Director of Clinical Skills

Ray King
Education Program Specialist

Melissa Puliafico
Director, Educational Affairs

Sylvia Stanhope
Administrative Manager

Jason T. Stepien 
Simulation Technician

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

Scott Wellman, MD
Director for Academic Achievement

Jorge Yarzebski, BA, NRP, FP-C
Simulation Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

Anne Weaver, RN, MS
Simulation Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

Kyle Weimer
Simulation Technician

iCELS Partners

Michael Kneeland, MD
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education


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