Council is comprised of eight leading independent experts from nursing, academia and research


WATERBURY, CT (January 10, 2022) – Sentinel U®, a provider of web-based simulation education technology solutions for nursing schools, hospital systems and healthcare professionals, today introduced the founding members of its Thought Leadership Advisory Council. These eight experts from nursing, academia, research and development will help guide Sentinel U in its continued development of effective virtual nursing simulation.

“We are honored to have this group of highly respected individuals commit their time and energy to helping Sentinel U meet the continually evolving needs of healthcare education and training,” said Dr. Laura Gonzalez, vice president of clinical learning resources at Sentinel U. “I look forward to the Advisory Council’s input and recommendations as we cement our status as the industry leader in healthcare education simulation.”

The Sentinel U Advisory Council members are:

  • Michelle L. Aebersold, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, FAAN, a clinical professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Aebersold is an XR (Extended Reality) Faculty Innovator in Residence through the University of Michigan XR Initiative at the Center for Academic Innovation and developed the Simulation Model to Improve Learner and Health Outcomes (SMILHO).
  • David Bodily M.S., RN, CHSE, is program director for ReNEW and RN-BSN at the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. Bodily provides simulation consultation across the country, including serving as a manuscript reviewer for the journal Clinical Simulation in Learning. He received the 2020 Wyoming Nurses Association’s “Inspiring Our Future Nurses Award.”
  • David Byres, DNP, MSN, BA, RN, CHE, is president and CEO of the British Columbia Provincial Health Services Authority and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing in Vancouver. Dr. Byres has over 25 years of clinical and leadership experience in the health sector, previously serving as chief nursing executive for the Canadian Ministry of Health.
  • Salam Daher, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Informatics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on using computer graphics and virtual and augmented reality to improve training, especially in healthcare simulation. Dr. Daher developed a new class of augmented reality patient simulations called Physical-Virtual Patients (PVP) while completing her doctorate.
  • Tammye Erdmann, M.S., BSN, BScIt, CHSE, is director of Clinical Learning Services at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. With a focus on curriculum design and simulation, she helps lead St. Luke’s simulation team develop alternative modalities to meet the needs of learners during the pandemic. Erdmann is co-author of a study on The Power of Simulation in Supporting Healthcare Team Performance.
  • Martina Harris, Ed.D., RN, is director of the Registered Nursing Program at Chattanooga State Community College and assistant dean of Nursing and Allied Health programs. In addition, Dr. Harris has served as an officer of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). She was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2020.
  • Amber Kool, DNP, RN, is the director of Curriculum and Instruction for Arizona College of Nursing. To earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership, Dr. Kool completed a capstone project on “Virtual Simulation: Impact on Clinical Judgment.” She is passionate about educating nursing students and finding innovative ways to assist faculty with learning strategies.
  • Debi Martoccio, DNP, RN, is the vice president and COO of AdventHealth Connerton. The specialty hospital is one of just a few long-term acute care facilities in Florida with an operating room and Intensive Care Unit. Prior to her work in hospital administration, Dr. Martoccio is credited with establishing the Nursing Research Residency Program at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

The Sentinel U Advisory Council is a two-year commitment. The Council will meet at least three times each year to provide valuable thought leadership on current popular topics such as the state of the nursing profession and the future of simulation integration. In addition, members will provide valuable feedback and recommendations on the company’s newest simulations and products. For more information, please visit the Advisory Council page.


Sentinel U is a leading provider of health care simulations and learning innovations for nursing students and healthcare professionals. Its authentic virtual simulations and clinical experiences are the best practice in engaging learners in real-world scenarios to gain unparalleled clinical judgement and critical thinking experience. A division of American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University, Sentinel U® is an industry leader in virtual simulation education for more than 130,000 annual learner experiences worldwide. To learn more about Sentinel U® and its full portfolio of virtual simulation products, visit


Lesli Franco
O’Connell & Goldberg, Inc.
(954) 964-9098