Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation Staff
Valeriy Kozmenko, M.D., is the Director of the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation and has a faculty appointment with Internal Medicine. He is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning of the Center, conducting research and publications in simulation, offering faculty development, and co-leading the Scholarship Pathways Program.He graduated from Lugansk State Medical University (Ukraine) in 1992 and obtained training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He started his career at LSU Health Sciences Center in 2002 after moving to the United States, where he was quickly promoted to the Director of Human Patient Simulation. Dr. Kozmenko's scholarly activity has been well recognized in the international simulation community to include seven book chapters and more than fifty publications and national presentations. He has been recognized for his skills in curriculum design and use of simulation in training medical students, residents, and the allied health professions. In 2013, Dr. Kozmenko was awarded a patent on developing an innovative medical simulation computer system.
Brian Wallenburg, N.R.E.M.T.-P., is a simulation specialist for Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation. He manages multiple mannequins and organizes the setup, break down and supplies in the skills lab and the simulation area. His responsibilities also include: simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios with faculty instructors, assisting with curriculum development, conducting simulations outside of the simulation lab and maintaining proficiency in emerging simulation technology. Brian received his paramedic certificate from the Avera McKennan School of EMS. He has been involved in health care and health care education for more than16 years, and has worked for EMS agencies in Sioux Falls and Brookings. He still works part-time as a flight paramedic at Sanford Health as a member of the pediatric, obstetrics and adult critical care teams. Brian is excited to combine his medical knowledge and the effective use of simulation in improving patient safety.
Kimberly Bertsch, M.B.A., is responsible for recruiting and training standardized patients for the Center. A 2009 graduate of the Beacom School of Business of The University of South Dakota (healthcare administration program), Bertsch previously worked in the Office of Human Resources and Office of Payroll for USD. She has eight years of combined service of training, recruitment, payroll and administrative experience with USD.
Jody Serfling, M.S.N., R.N., is the Parry Center's interprofessional educator, a role she maintains in partnership with her faculty appointment with the university's Department of Nursing. As the interprofessional educator, Jody coordinates with faculty from other health-related disciplines to provide students the opportunity to participate in interprofessional simulations and learning activities.
Cole Boeve N.R.E.M.T.-B., is a simulation technician for the Parry Center. He works closely alongside simulation specialist Brian Wallenburg, N.R.E.M.T.-P and Kimberly Bertsch, M.B.A. He is responsible for helping with the set up and breakdown of skills labs, scenarios and maintaining and organizing supplies. Cole also actively participates in the learning scenarios by operating the mannequins or as support staff during simulations. He also assists with clerical duties and behind-the-scenes needs.Cole has been involved in health care for a roughly seven years and has worked in the ER, ICU, Lift Team throughout the duration of his time with Sanford Health. He also currently works with an ambulance company in Sioux Falls. Cole hopes to continue his own education with the hope of pursuing a career in medical academia while assisting current medical, P.A., and nursing students achieve their own educational endeavors.
Erin Parham, AAS in medical
assisting, is the simulation administrative assistant and scheduling
coordinator for the Parry Center. She has been involved in health care
and health care education for over 10 years.