Healthcare Simulation Center Partners, Faculty and Staff

The Healthcare Simulation Center partners, faculty and staff are dedicated to the continuous improvement of healthcare and the transformation of healthcare education through research, lifelong learning and clinical and academic excellence.


Interim Healthcare Simulation Center Director


Leann has been facilitating learning within a simulation environment since 2004. She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating simulation experiences in both nursing education and inter-professional groups aligning with the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM. Leann has experience in both academia with students and in healthcare with providers.

Healthcare Simulation Center Assistant Director


Alyssa is the Healthcare Simulation Center Assistant Director. She has been teaching in undergraduate nursing programs since 2015, with involvement in undergraduate nursing student simulation. Alyssa coordinates simulation, facilitates pre and debriefing, runs the manikin and technology components and acts as a live patient. She ran simulations and wrote simulation competencies for current practicing nurses from 2010-2015 in a hospital setting. Alyssa participated on a team at Avera McKennan that developed simulated learning scenarios for new graduate and experienced nurses. She also provided many “just in time” simulation training sessions to practicing nurses. 

Simulation Site Coordinators



Anne's simulation experience began during her Master’s Education with time spent assisting the US Navy in aviation simulation and research. She has utilized simulation in nursing education at the university level and in the hospital setting including the National Institutes of Health in the Special Clinical Studies Unit which is designed for patients exposed to bio-terrorism. Currently she serves as the simulation faculty site lead at the Aberdeen site. In addition to scheduling, setting up, running each simulation, and debriefing, Anne also functions in the Standardize Patient role.


Rapid City

Sioux Falls

Simulation Technicians


Jackie has been involved with simulation at South Dakota State University as the Learning Lab Coordinator since 2007. She has been involved in almost every aspect of simulation, including design of the spaces and planning/purchase of equipment, supplies, and furnishings; maintaining inventory of supplies and equipment; assuring that all lab and simulation labs are set up and ready for student learning; assisting faculty with operation and troubleshooting of simulation manikins and equipment, and use of the electronic medical record system; recruiting individuals to serve as standardized patients; stepping in assist with running/debriefing simulations; preparing and facilitating the lab and simulation environments for tours, and hands on activities for prospective students, nurse camp students and other visitors; assisting with annual Simulation sessions with nurses from Brookings Health System; interacting daily with the Simulation Technician and faculty from multiple courses to facilitate optimal learning situations for students. Jackie has completed a week long Certification in Simulation Course at Drexel University, and continues to attend relevant training in order to support effective delivery of nursing informatics and simulation. She has also been a member of the Simulations and Informatics Committee for several years. Part of the work of the committee includes review and revision of simulations used in the nursing curriculum.


Aaron has been with the College of Nursing for four years. He has experience supporting all technology involved with Simulation delivery for the College of Nursing. 

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators and Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists

  • Paula Carson, Ph.D., RN, CHSE
  • Leann Horsley, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE
  • Alyssa Zweifel, M.S., RN, CHSE