About Us

Staff

KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CHSE, CENP, FAONL, FSSH, FAAN

Director and Faculty

(925) 413-1929
kt@healthimpact.org

Dr. KT Waxman is an international nurse leader and executive with extensive experience in academic and healthcare settings. She is a Professor and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. She is also the director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at Healthimpact and is the editor-in-chief for Nursing Administration Quarterly (NAQ). An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and past board member, serving as treasurer for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). She is a past president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Her work has been published extensively and can be found in the Journal for Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, NAQ, JONA, Nurse Leader and other journals. She has authored/edited 5 books and numerous book chapters on finance and budgeting and simulation.

Dr. Waxman received a DNP from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on health systems leadership and a concentration in clinical simulation. She holds the following certifications: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE), and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (FAONL), and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (FSSH).

Deborah Bennett, PhD, RN, CHSE

Manager and Faculty

(760) 505-7663
deborah@healthimpact.org

Deborah Bennett, PhD, RN, CHSE, has been a nurse educator for over twenty years and a nurse clinician for over thirty years. She is a generalist with specialties in pediatrics and primary care. As a nurse educator, she has taught in associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree nursing programs. Deborah was the Simulation Director for California State University San Marcos for thirteen years. During that time, she developed CSUSM’s simulation program and facilitated simulation for all levels of nursing students. Deborah assisted Speech-Language Pathology faculty at CSUSM in the development of their simulation program utilizing standardized patients. Also, while at CSUSM she collaborated with other healthcare disciplines to develop and facilitate interprofessional education simulations.

Deborah obtained a PhD from Washington State University in August 2015. The area of research was instrument development for pediatric medication administration competencies through simulation which was found to be reliable and valid. She is a member of SSH, SPN, INACSL, and a reviewer for the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She was instrumental in launching the San Diego Simulation Collaborative and has been CSA faculty for many years.

Daniel G. Ortiz, Jr., DNP, MBA/MSN, RN, PHN, CDP, CHSE CSA

Manager and Faculty

daniel@healthimpact.org

Dr. Daniel G. Ortiz, Jr., is the Interim Associate Dean of Nursing & Allied Health at Imperial Valley College (IVC) where he previously served as the Simulation Coordinator, Associate Professor in Nursing & Assistant Director of Nursing. His history of serving his hometown of Imperial County, California began through an earned Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing in 2000 from IVC, followed by an earned Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2008. Dr. Ortiz completed a double Master’s degree in Business Administration and Nursing Administration through Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in leadership in health care systems in 2014. His additional credentials currently include being a Public Health Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, as well as being the region’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. In addition, Dr. Ortiz serves Graduate and Doctoral students of Azusa Pacific University (APU) as a Senior Adjunct Faculty member and student advisor. Dr. Ortiz has over 20 years experience in simulation. His healthcare work experience spans clinical practice as an EMT, LVN, RN in the areas of Home Care, Emergency Care, Intensive /Critical Care, Hospital Supervision, Oncology Nursing, and Employee Management. Dr. Ortiz has also volunteered with numerous non-profit agencies serving those among the cancer community, less fortunate, and community events geared towards helping the youth of the Imperial Valley be exposed to careers and vocations that await them and how they too can promote the lives of those around them by bringing specialty practice and services to this medically and economically underserved area. Being a member of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) as a Manager will leverage his skills and interests that surround coordinating and leading the CSA in areas he’s achieved wide success including marketing, education, and evaluations. His wife and three children are the foundation to his daily activities and are usually present during any work-related or volunteer activities and study sessions.

Samantha Hanlon, MA, PPS

Marketing Assistant

samantha@healthimpact.org

Samantha Hanlon, MA, PPS, received her Master’s of Arts in School Counseling Psychology with a Pupil Personnel Credential from the University of San Francisco.  Samantha supports the CSA during weekend and evening hours as she is a full time virtual counselor at Nightingale College in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She and her husband Brian, a Simulation Operations Specialist at Alameda Health System in Oakland, have 5 year old daughter named Olive and a 2 year old son named Meyer.

Faculty

Leslie Catron
M.A.Ed, BSN, RN, FAHCEP, CHSE

 

Brett A. Dodd
RN, MBA, MSN, CHSE, CHSOS, CEN, CCRN-K, CFRN, TCRN, CPEN, CNLM

 

Marie Gilbert
DNP, MA, RN, CHSE

Brian Hanlon
BS, CHSOS

Connie Lopez
MSN, CNS, RNC-OB, CPHRM, CHSE-A

Kati Maxkenzie
MSHS, BFA, CHSOS, CHSE

Juli Maxworthy
DNP, MSN/MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FSSH

Barbara McCamish
MSN, MPT, RN, PT, CNL, CHSE

Russell D. Metcalfe-Smith
MSc.NRP, CHSE-A, CHSOS, FRSPH, FHEA

Pooja Nawaje
MD, CHSE, CHSOS

Melissa Punnoose
MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, CHSOS

Cynthia M. Shum
DNP, MEd, RN, CHSE-A

Heidi Traxler
MSN, RN-CHSE

Amy Vermillion

Amy’s bio will be posted shortly – stay tuned!