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.  

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

Kathleen Altomare
Financial Analyst

Laura Cardin
Training Coordinator, Surgical Skills

Yasmin Carter, PhD
Director, Innovations Lab

Madeline Johns
Education Program Specialist

Tracy Kedian, MD
Director of Clinical Skills

Ray King
Education Program Specialist

Hilarie J. Haley
Education Program Specialist, II

Melissa Puliafico
Director, Educational Affairs

Sylvia Stanhope
Education Program Specialist, II

Jason T. Stepien 
Simulation Technician

Melinda Taylor, BS 
Senior Engineer

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

Scott Wellman, MD
Director for Academic Achievement

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

iCELS Partners

Michael Kneeland, MD
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education


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