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Chris Banziru 

Chris Banziruk is a Simulation Specialist and graduate of Western Connecticut State University. He spent over six years working as a Collections Technician II in the Biomedical Division of the American Red Cross. His experience brings a blend of clinical proficiency and technical insight to the team.


Jim Chernesky is a senior simulation learning consultant who has over 35 years of experience in corporate training, performance management, organizational development and consulting. Jim holds a MS degree in instructional technology and a BS degree in education from Southern Connecticut University. He has served as a part-time adjunct faculty instructor with Post University in Waterbury for online and on-ground courses. He also holds process master and facilitation certifications. 

Tim Disher 

Tim Disher, PhD, is a human factors engineer. Prior to joining SYN:APSE, his work at Nemera involved developing and testing medical products to ensure safety and usability. His previous experience also includes a focus on human performance in high-stress or extreme environments. His research took him into surgeries, flight simulators and an active NASA mission control. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering, a BA in psychology and an MS and PhD in human factors. His dissertation analyzed flow disruptions in cardiovascular operating rooms.


Janine Doucette is the simulation center coordinator. She has 15 years of experience in executive support, project coordination and data analytics within health care. Janine brings expertise from nursing administration, the Center for Professional Practice and Education and the Office of Privacy and Corporate Compliance. Janine holds a Bachelors in Business and Healthcare Management. She specializes in using data and graphics to communicate unique trends.


Christian Gonzalez is a Simulation Specialist who served under the quality group of Medtronic’s MITG division for 3 years handling product validation and design change testing prior to joining Yale New Haven Health. He holds a Masters in Biomedical Science with an interest in musculoskeletal physiology. His value on optimal patient quality of care and commitment towards continuing education drives him to pursue further education.


Antonietta Hallet  is the Simulation Development Strategy Specialist. She has extensive experience in corporate and regulatory compliance, employee relations, leadership development, strategy, change management, public relations, event management, communications and marketing. She has been employed in both the corporate and the non-profit sectors and with a diverse background, brings a great deal of innovative experience to the team. Antonietta holds a Master of Communications degree and an HR Management Certificate, both from Fairfield University. She also holds an Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing an Executive Transformational Coaching certificate.


Karen Lombardi is a senior simulation operations specialist with over 10 years of acute patient care experience. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a respiratory therapist for Yale New Haven Hospital. Her clinical background and simulation experience provide developmental and operational guidance through all stages in program design and implementation. Karen’s involvement with interprofessional clinical teamwork is an asset. She attended Western Connecticut State University and received her respiratory degree from Norwalk Community College. Karen is currently pursuing her Master’s degree.  


Cheryl Mayeran is a senior simulation learning consultant who designs and implements simulation-enhanced learning, conducts faculty development courses in basic to advanced debriefing, and coaches new faculty during simulations. She has more than 20 years of experience in program development, project management, emergency medical services education, emergency management operations and planning, and public health administration. She holds a BS in biology, a MS in public health administration, and maintains certification as an emergency medical technician.


Tony Polcaro is the senior simulation technical specialist and brings almost 20 years of experience to the role. He demonstrates a balance of technical engineering and business management expertise from previous positions with ION Media Networks as regional operations manager, as well as CBS and World Wrestling Entertainment. Tony attended Thames Valley State Technical College for electrical engineering and received his technical services certification from Laerdal Medical Corporation.

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