Board of Directors


Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University. She has been a nurse educator for the past 20 years, teaching didactic and clinical courses in traditional and online environments to prelicensure, graduate and doctoral students. Her research is at the forefront of disciplinary efforts to a) develop, use, and test innovative teaching methods to improve students’ clinical reasoning skills, and b) investigate how teachers can best be prepared to use evidence-based methods including simulation and debriefing to enhance clinical teaching and she is the author of the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning (DML) method of clinical and simulation debriefing. Dr. Dreifuerst is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 NLN-Laerdal Debra Spunt Lectureship. In 2014 she was also inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education.

Bette Mariani, PhD, RN

Bette Mariani, PhD, RN is an associate professor of nursing at Villanova University. She has dedicated her teaching, scholarship, and service to advancing the science of nursing education and simulation. She is recognized for her leadership and expertise in simulation development, instrument development, debriefing in high fidelity simulation, and for her work with standardized patients with disabilities, and with low-tech simulations with community health workers in rural Nicaragua. Her research has focused on exploring the outcomes of simulation as a teaching-learning strategy using standardized patients with disabilities, as well as in the area of patient safety. Dr. Mariani is dedicated to improving the rigor of simulation research through her work on instrument development and psychometric testing in simulation. She will be recognized in September by the National League for Nursing as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education, and she has received the INACSL Excellence in Academia award. Dr. Mariani has disseminated her work through multiple publications, book chapters, and national and international presentations. She has been a scholar and mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. She has a cutting-edge vision for the future of INACSL as an international leader in healthcare simulation.

Immediate Past President
Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, CHSE-A

Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, CHSE-A, is an Associate Professor at University of South Florida College of Nursing. She completed a Certificate in Simulation Education and became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and CHSE-A (Advanced). Her simulation work focuses on improving patient safety and quality patient care. Dr. Gore has published on simulation topics, including articles on simulation use, chapters on simulation, and was one of the BOD that developed and published the first Standards of Best Practice: Simulation in 2011. She has also presented simulation topics both nationally and internationally. Teresa received the 2010 and 2013 SGA Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Nursing at Auburn University and the Marie L. O’Koren Alumni Award for Innovation in Teaching from UAB in 2013.

VP for Finance
Nicole Harder, PhD, RN, CHSE

Dr. Nicole Harder, PhD, RN, CHSE is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and an adjunct faculty member with Bryan College of Health Sciences teaching in the Simulation Education Graduate Certificate program.  Nicole has conducted several education sessions nationally and internationally educating faculty members on techniques in simulation, and how to get the best learning experiences for their students.  Her research work has been funded both by local and national funding bodies.  She has authored many papers on the use of simulation in nursing education, and is currently the associate editor for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing.  In addition to working with INACSL, Nicole has been involved on other boards including serving as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing (CASN) Taskforce on Clinical Education, former Chair of the CASN Simulation Special Interest Group, and the President of the Western and Northern Region-CASN.

VP for Programs
Laura Gonzalez PhD, ARNP, CNE, CHSE

Laura Gonzalez is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Nursing. She has held positions as past director for a large simulation center in South Florida.  Recent funding includes a Florida Blue Grant to explore the transition from senior nursing student to professional nurse using high-fidelity simulation. Past funding includes 1.3 million HRSA grant for the education of nursing faculty in the areas of simulation, telehealth and IT. She is currently interested in the use of simulation to enhance clinical decision-making and use of simulation to enhance psychomotor skill performance. She has been a faculty advocate and Pearson contributor for over 7 years. She is a member of INACSL, and most recently the Lead Nurse Planner. She is the interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance (FHSA).

VP of Membership
Kate Morse, RN, MSN, PhD, CNE

Dr. Morse currently serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Leadership and International Programs at the Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, MA. She is involved with simulation curriculum development, interprofessional faculty development in evidence based simulation pedagogy (Institute of Medical Simulation faculty) and transformational learning design. Previously she held numerous academic positions at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions: Associate Chair of the Nurse Practitioner’s Program, Director of Clinical Education and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track Director. She was co-director of the Drexel University Partnership in Interprofessional Education and directed the simulation experiences with the Drexel University College of Medicine and fostering debriefing skills with the faculty team. While at Drexel University Dr. Morse developed the simulation curriculum for the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, led the integration of simulation into all nurse practitioner programs, the clinical nurse leader program, conducted faculty development programs in debriefing and simulation, and co-led the MSN Educator Track immersive simulation experience. She was awarded the Debra Spunt Mini-grant from INASCL, was an NLN Jonas Scholar and a participant in the NLN Simulation Lead program.

VP of Operations
Michelle Aebersold, PhD, RN, CHSE, FAAN

Michelle Aebersold RN, PhD, FAAN is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Systems, Population and Leadership and the Director of the Clinical Learning Center at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.  She has just opened a new 13,000 square foot high tech simulation center in the new $50 million state-of-the-art nursing school in September, 2015.  She has presented nationally and internationally in the area of simulation-based learning and the key role simulation can play in improving learner outcomes for health professionals.  Her program of scholarship focuses on the science of learning applied in simulation to align clinician and student practice behaviors with research evidence to improve population health.   She has worked extensively with virtual environments, learning technologies and high-fidelity simulation.  She was a 2014 presenter at TEDxUofM-on the important role of simulation in nursing education.  

VP for Outreach
Mary Fey, PhD, RN, CHSE

Mary Fey has been working in the field of clinical simulation since 2007 and has been responsible for developing clinical simulation programs, integrating simulation into nursing curricula, and designing and simulation labs.  Currently, her work focuses on faculty development for simulation educators.  She is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a Research Fellow at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, MA.
Dr Fey is a co-author of the Standard of Best Practice for Simulation:  Standard VI, The Debriefing Process and Standard IX, Simulation Design.  She has completed both qualitative and quantitative studies on debriefing and provides faculty development to interprofessional groups of simulation educators in academic and acute care settings.  She received both basic and advanced debriefing training from the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, MA.
She serves on the research committee of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.  She also serves on the Certification Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

VP for Research
Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Mary Ann Cantrell PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN earned her undergraduate degree from Duquesne in 1984, her MSN in nursing education from Villanova University in 1989 and her PhD in 1997 from the University of Maryland in clinical nursing research. She has been on the faculty of Villanova University, College of Nursing since 1990 and holds the rank of full professor. As a faculty member in the College of Nursing Dr. Cantrell has been involved in the College’s clinical simulation program since 2005. Dr. Cantrell's program of simulation-based research involves debriefing, safety practices and clinical judgment skills in undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Cantrell has several data-based publications and funded research projects in simulation-based research. Dr. Cantrell served as the co-chair of the INACSL Research Committee from 2015-2017 and is a member of the editorial board for Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She continues to pursue scholarly projects to advance the science base in clinical simulations. Dr. Cantrell’s recent focus is on transfer of learner outcomes from the simulation setting to actual practice among pre-license students and graduate nurses. She has received external funding for her research as is the 2017 recipient of the 2017 NLN Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award for a study titled, A Clinical Simulation Program to Increase Graduate Nurses’ Clinical Competency and Clinical Judgment in the Practice Setting.

VP for International Affairs
Leslie Graham, RN, MN, CNCC, CHSE

Leslie Graham, is coordinator of the Post RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and professor, nursing/adjunct professor in University of Ontario, Institute of Technology –Durham College (UOIT-DC) Collaborative Nursing Program. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests involve faculty development for simulation-based learning. Having extensive experience using simulation for teaching and learning, both in the hospital sector and in the academic environment, she seeks to push the boundaries in simulation-based learning. Underpinning her work is the desire for quality and safety in healthcare. Ms. Graham elevates simulation as pedagogy through national and international presentations and publications.  As a longtime member of the International Association of Nursing for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), she has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles. 






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