SYN:APSE Team



Stephanie Sudikoff

Stephanie Sudikoff, MD, is the director of Simulation for YNHHS, with primary responsibility for the SYN:APSE (Simulation at Yale New Haven: Advancing Patient Safety and Education) Center for Learning, Transformation and Innovation. SYN:APSE is an inter-professional, state-of-the-art healthcare simulation and experiential learning program with staff expertise in technology, adult education and human factors engineering. It is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Sudikoff leads the SYN:APSE team designing, supporting and sustaining education, workflow analysis, device testing, facility design and other initiatives. As a pediatric critical care physician, she provides insight into the clinical environment and the context in which learners must apply and translate their skills. She has published and presented widely, and is a recognized leader in the national and international healthcare simulation communities.

Dr. Sudikoff received her BA from Columbia University; her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and a graduate certificate in teaching and learning/concentration in healthcare simulation from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She completed the Harvard-Macy Scholar Program for Educators in Health Professions.


Jim Chernesky is a senior simulation learning consultant for  SYN:APSE. He 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, CT, for online and on-ground courses. He also holds process master and facilitation certifications. 


Cheryl Mayeran

Cheryl Mayeran is a simulation learning consultant who develops and implements simulation-enhanced learning at YNHHS. 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 and an MS in public health administration, and maintains certification as an emergency medical technician. 

Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray is a simulation learning consultant for SYN:APSE. She holds an MS in modeling and simulation and a PhD in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before joining SYN:APSE, she spent over four years as a consortium research fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Technology-Based Training Unit. Her background in human factors supports a range of projects, including teamwork and communication training, development of new units within the hospital and work process development.

Anthony Amplo

Anthony Amplo is the simulation supervisor. He has an MS in occupational therapy from Springfield College and was an occupational therapist at Yale New Haven Hospital for more than eight years. He has held several management positions in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and has experience in the cardiac rhythm division with hospitals in the region.

Sylvan Henry

Sylvan Henry is a simulation specialist. He joined SYN:APSE from Neterka Technologies where he was an IT field service technician for three years. Before that, he was a media services specialist, interface specialist and technical operator for Fluor Industries, Unilever HPC and ESPN. With 12 years of experience in information technology and a strong audio/visual background, Sylvan brings a diversity of technical skills and computer knowledge to the team. He attended the University of New Haven for music and sound recording.


Joenny Garcia is a simulation specialist with 10 years of technical services experience. She was previously a help desk analyst at Bob’s Stores, providing technical support to both Bob’s and Eastern Mountain Sports. Joenny worked for five years in healthcare insurance at Community Health Network, where she supported a wide range of medical systems and applications. She has a BS in computer information systems from Quinnipiac University. 

Karen Lombardi

Karen Lombardi is a simulation specialist, with over 10 years of acute patient care experience. Previously, she was a respiratory therapist for YNHH. Her medical knowledge is a valuable resource during simulation preparation and implementation, and her involvement with inter-professional clinical teamwork is an asset to the SYN:APSE team.

Tony Polcaro

Tony Polcaro is a Simulation Specialist. He came to SYN:APSE from ION Media Networks where he was a Regional Operations Manager for over six years. With almost 20 years of experience in broadcast television, Tony brings a balance of technical engineering and business management. He has also worked for CBS and World Wrestling Entertainment. Tony attended Thames Valley State Technical College for electrical engineering.

Joy Weaver

Joy Grabow is the Simulation Center Coordinator. She has 25+ years of professional experience including roles as an Educational Trainer, Regional Sales Trainer, Office Manager and Artistic Director. She brings strong organizational skills and has a proven track record of successfully implementing work processes for improved efficiency, organizing events and functions, and coordinating multiple activities simultaneously. Joy’s background in theater has prepared her well for the “medical theater” involved in healthcare simulation. Joy studied Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin.