Deb is the founder and CEO of Innovative SimSolutions LLC and has over 35 years in healthcare experience. The majority of Deb's clinical experience has been in emergency medicine. Her experience includes working at 5 major hospital systems in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Deb held positions in ICU, Telemetry, ER and various clinical educator roles spanning over 25 years.
Currently Deb volunteers with the Society of Simulation and Healthcare (SSiH) serving on the Accreditation Council, Chair of Risk Management and an as active site reviewer for the society since 2014.
Regarding Deb's academic experience, she worked for a national nursing university as Manager of Simcare Operations. Serving in this role, Deb led or significantly contributed to the set up and oversight of 20 simulation centers across the United States. This included design, planning, budgeting, implementation/set-up, testing of the lab equipment and training of all Lab staff. Additionally, Deb worked with all levels of the organization to provide education for nursing faculty on implementing simulation into practice. As an adjunct professor, Deb also taught clinical classes to the students at the university's Chicago campus.
Deb is a simulation subject matter expert and has presented nationally and internationally on simulation at both IMSH as well as INASCL, and many other institutions and organizations.
Jim is the CFO of Innovative SimSolutions and has 25+ years of consulting in tax, technology and advisory services related to indirect taxes and unclaimed property. Jim assists companies with audit defense, appeals, compliance, M&A, escheat, nexus reviews, planning, process improvement/automation, refund analysis, settlement negotiations, SOX 404 compliance, training, transaction analysis, and voluntary disclosure.
Jim is a Managing Director and national resource at Andersen, one of the largest tax only global consulting firms. Prior to Andersen, Jim worked with two global Big 4 professional service firms and served as regional leader for the indirect tax process improvement/automation practice at both firms. Jim also worked in the retail food/drug industry for 15 years (Accounting, Internal Audit & Tax).
Jim has a BS in Accountancy (Elmhurst College,1986); Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT); Jim has been a speaker at the Chicago Tax Club (CTC), IPT S&U Tax Symposium, Counsel on State Taxation (COST) and the Strafford Publishing.
Lisa is the Vice President of Education for Innovative SimSolutions and an accomplished Senior Executive and Advisory Board Member, with more than 20 years of success across the education, healthcare, startup, recruitment, and higher industries. Leveraging extensive experience in communication for consulting companies, she is a valuable asset for education, healthcare, startup and recruitment companies of any size, seeking assistance with training, evaluations, employee retention, and building an online curriculum. Her broad areas of expertise include organizational leadership, executive coaching, and talent management and acquisition.
Throughout her executive career, Lisa has held leadership positions with
Corporate Executive Consulting, Education Future Groups LLC, and Chamberlain University. In her current role as director of education with Innovative SimSolutions, she has been responsible for curriculum development. She has also proved instrumental and providing individual, group and leadership training, as well as facilitating various leadership workshops and communication seminars.
In a prior role as Regional Director of Nursing with Education Future Groups LLC, she played an integral part in leading accreditation initiatives, assisting in hiring and retaining faculty, and aiding in meeting benchmarks of regulated program outcomes, including NCLEX passage rates, program completion rates, and employment rates. Additionally she participated in development, evaluation and revision of policies and practices related to the campus nursing education programs. Furthermore, in various roles with Chamberlain University, she managed an operating budget of $1.2M across multiple departments, as well as 400 on campus students. Notably, she navigated recruiting, hiring, performance review and termination for the college, and assumed campus responsibilities in absence of the campus president.
Lisa holds an ASN in Nursing from Central Ohio Technical College, a BSN in Nursing from Franklin University, an MSN in Nursing from Capital University, and a PhD in Education from Capella University. She has held advisory board positions with Columbus Community College, and Columbus Public Schools.
Christina is the Director of Technology Solutions at Innovative SimSolutions, a 7th/8th grade math teacher and currently holds the position of math department chair at Barker Middle School, Michigan City, IN. Christina brings years of experience in the field of implementing new age technology into the school and classroom. She is a valuable asset for education, providing teacher training on google apps and other LMS to the school. She is a mentor for new teachers, and builds curriculum to fit the needs of her students. Her broad areas of expertise include organizational, task master, and team management.
Christina holds a BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and Masters Degree in Educational Technology from DeVry University.
Jacqueline is the Director of Marketing at Innovative SimSolutions and is a brand and marketing strategist with years of print industry knowledge and graphical communication mediums. Aiding both personal and professional brands in their growth, she remains relevant in her initiatives for both the digital and print marketing space in this new era.
Throughout the last 10+ years, Jacqueline has focused her efforts on building client relationships and giving their brand a voice. A brand speaks a multitude of languages and is the sole connection between product or service and end user.
Jacqueline has worked in print manufacturing facilities and more recently for BPO's showcasing her knowledge and extent of resources in the print marketing industry. Jacqueline holds a BA in Marketing and Graphic Communications from Illinois State University.
Kate is the Director of Clinical Placement at Innovative SimSolutions, a Clinical Coordinator at Herzing University in Kenosha WI. Kate brings 15 years of experience in strategic business solutions, clinical partnerships and organizational leadership. She has a true passion for education and helping others pursue their educational goals.
Kate holds a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Educational Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Veronica is the Obstetrics and Emergency Medicine Clinical Subject Matter Expert at Innovative SimSolutions. She has been an RN for the past 16+ years. She is Bilingual and fluent in Spanish, certified in CPR, ACLS, PALS and NRP. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing in December 2003 from The University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned Dean’s List academic status. She is currently an AWHONN and Hispanic Nurses Association member. In her role as a charge nurse and ED shift supervisor she managed patient access, ER flow, capacity and maintain critical thinking skills essential to providing competent and dignified patient care. She is a leader, mentor, preceptor and resource person who provides quality comprehensive care to the emergent and non-emergent patients. In her current role in Labor and delivery she utilizes direct communication to give real-time feedback and collaborates between patients, family and members of the health care team to deliver excellent nursing care.
Stephanie is the Critical Care Clinical Subject Matter Expert at Innovative SimSolutions. She has been an RN for the past 8+ years moving more recently into a managerial role. She is certified in CPR, ACLS, NIHSS, ATCN and CCRN. As the lead RN for RRT and code blue events, Stephanie focuses on patient and patient family comfort. As an ICU nurse, Stephanie currently manages a diverse patient population including trauma, neurosurgical, post cardiothoracic surgery, stroke, post surgical, post-arrest and most recently acutely ill COVID-19 patients.
Stephanie has a BS in Biology from DePaul University and a BS in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Sandy is the Nursing Education Subject Matter Expert at Innovative SimSolutions. She has been an RN for the last decade, and is currently serves as the Associate Dean of Nursing of an ADN program in the Greater Chicagoland area with over 350 nursing students. In clinical practice, she specialized in Med-Surg, Oncology, and Hospice nursing and received her specialty certification as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN). Upon entering clinical practice, she immediately went on to her Master’s Degree in nursing education. As an educator, she served as a professor in clinical, skills lab, and didactic classes for BSN and ADN programs, and has extensive experience as a simulation specialist and ATI Champion. In Nursing educational leadership, Sandy has served as course coordinator, clinical coordinator, lead faculty, and program chair, devoting herself to nursing education excellence through evidence-based practice and transformational leadership.
Sandy has a BS in Nursing and an MS in Nursing Education from Chamberlain University. She is currently in coursework for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Education Leadership at American Sentinel University.
John is a Critical Care & EMS Clinical Subject Matter Expert at Innovative SimSolutions. He has been an active member of the healthcare community for over 8 years functioning in many roles including that of a paramedic, educator and currently as a critical care RN at a large metropolitan magnet recognized hospital. He also functions as the AHA instructor for Innovative SimSolutions for BLS, ACLS and PALS. While holding certifications in numerous other disciplines including CFRN, CCRN, FP-C and CCP-C. His current role has him specializing in neurosurgical nursing critical care services.
John has a BS in Nursing from Resurrection University.
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