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Our Team

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Our team is composed of individuals from diverse backgrounds ranging from the social sciences to technology to business to engineering. We strive to catalyze new collaborations across campus and systems in order to co-create simulations that transforms learning, collaboration, and care. It is by coming to the table together that we can generate new understandings of previously unsolvable problems and iteratively design solutions and systems that leverage the best of science, practice, technology, and innovation.

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Emily Diederich, MD, MS

ZIEL Staff

Becca Art
Simulation Technology Specialist I

Madi Assenmacher
Simulation Coordinator

Mary Bifulco
Simulation Program Coordinator

Michael Blomquist, PhD, RN, CCRN
Learning and Design Strategist

Michelle Bolen, RN
Learning and Design Strategist

Liz Carlton, RN, MSN, CCRN
Associate Director

Colton Crook
Simulation Technology Specialist III

Angie Diederich
Director of User Experience and Design

Amy Follmer
Simulation Technology Strategist

Laurie Gogol, MSN, RNC-OB, BC-AMB
Learning and Design Strategist

Amber Kollasch, MSN, RN, CCRN
Learning and Design Strategist

Akiko Kubo, MBA, BSN, RN
Director of Strategy and Design

Heather Rafferty
Simulation Technology Specialist I

Sarah Rucker
Simulation Operations Manager

Tiffany Sauser
Simulation Coordinator

Stephanie Swanson
Director of Systems Integration

Kyle Sweitzer
Simulation Technology Specialist I

Stephen Tarver, MD
Associate Director

Rose Traul
Simulation Technology Specialist I

Bridget Van Gotten, BSN, RN, CCRN
Learning and Design Strategist

Valerie Van Hoecke
Simulation Operations Coordinator

Bob Vega
Simulation Technology Specialist II

Scott Voss, MBA
Business Operations Manager

Joseph Waterson
Simulation Operations Technologist

Amy Wolverton, MSN, RN
Learning and Design Strategist

Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL)

Sudler Simulation Center
Ground Floor of Sudler Hall

ZIEL at the Health Education Building 
Simulation Hospital - 4th Floor
Practice Laboratory and Home Environment - 5th Floor