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. After moving to the U.S. in 2002, he started his career at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 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 50 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.P., is a simulation specialist for the Parry Center. He manages multiple mannequins and organizes the setup, breakdown 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 than 16 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.
Lisa Varenhorst, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.-A, is the interprofessional education simulation educator for the Department of Nursing and the Parry Center. She is responsible for helping with the continued development of interprofessional curriculum and educational experiences. After graduating with her B.S.N., Lisa moved to Kansas City and worked as a NICU R.N. until 2007. Lisa then worked as a NICU R.N. at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. In 2009, Lisa worked as the NICU’s clinical nurse educator and a simulation specialist for the Sanford Health system until transitioning to her new role at USD in November 2016. She graduated from Walden University with her M.S.N. in 2011 with a specialization in nursing education. While at Sanford, she was a team member of a large HealthResources and Sservice Administration research grant centered around the use of simulation as education. Lisa is a certified basic life support instructor, as well as a neonatal resuscitation program instructor/regional trainer. In November 2012, Lisa became a certified healthcare simulation educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. In April 2013 she attained her certified healthcare simulation educator - advanced certification. Lisa is excited to continue to enhance both nursing and interprofessional education through simulation with the overarching goal of improving patient outcomes and safety.
Devon Hamlyn, B.S., N.R.P., is the standardized patient coordinator for the Parry Center. She is responsible for recruiting and training standardized patients for the center. Additionally, Devon is an integral part of the center's accreditation process. She received her paramedic certificate from the Avera McKennan School of EMS and then completed her Bachelor of Science in paramedic technology at the University of Sioux Falls. Devon has worked as a paramedic for five years and continues to work part-time as a field-training officer for the ambulance service in Sioux Falls. Furthermore, she provides continuing education for several EMS agencies as part of the Sanford EMS outreach program. Devon is very passionate about the improvement of provider knowledge, patient care and safety. She hopes to help the team enhance the experience and training gained by students at the Parry Center.
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 setup 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 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 emergency room, intensive care unit and 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, physician assistant and nursing students achieve their own educational endeavors.
James Kroon, B.S., is the Parry Center operations assistant. James graduated from USD in 2014 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in business administration. He is responsible for finances, budgeting and scheduling events and activities for the Parry Center. He also assists with simulations and serves as a standardized patient.