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Valeriy KozmenkoValeriy 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 WallenburgBrian Wallenburg, N.R.P., is the 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 since 1999 and has worked for EMS agencies in Sioux Falls and Brookings. He most recently worked 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 VarenhorstLisa 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 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 Health Resources and Service 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 and 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.

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Julie Swenson, B.A., N.R.P., is the standardized patient coordinator for the Parry Center. She is responsible for recruiting and training standardized patients for the center. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell and is a graduate of the School of EMS Paramedic Program in Sioux Falls. She has served as a paramedic in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and part time for the ambulance services in Flandreau, Dell Rapids and Lennox. Prior to joining the Parry Center team, Julie taught EMT and paramedic classes at the School of EMS in Sioux Falls.



Anne DonovanAnne Donovan, M.S., M.L.S., is the operations assistant for the Parry Center. She is responsible for scheduling educational activities and providing administrative support for the Parry Center. Anne assists with maintaining databases for tracking and reporting Parry Center usage. She participates in the logistics of simulation activities. Anne spent 10 years as university faculty in Kansas before deciding to return home to Sioux Falls to be near family. She enjoys the culture of academia and appreciates the opportunity to support the missions of the university and Parry Center as operations assistant.

Shavin TormanenShavin Tormanen is the simulation technician for the Parry Center. She is responsible for assisting with the setup and breakdown of skills labs and simulations, as well as equipment maintenance and supply management. She also actively participates in scenarios by operating the mannequins or serving as a standardized patient or support staff. Shavin has worked in healthcare since 2003. She most recently worked as the lab and simulation coordinator for USD's Department of Nursing. Prior to that, Shavin has worked in the Sanford Health Emergency Department, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital, as well as a 911 emergency dispatcher.