Center for Clinical Simulation Staff

Kathy Speer, Ph.D., RN, PNP-BC
Director Evidence-Based Practice
and Research

AHA-Bronze Award 2013Dr. Kathy Speer oversees a department responsible for bringing
the best and most current evidence to clinical practices at Children’s. The department also serves as a resource for nursing research for the hospital. The Evidence-Based Practice and Research department also includes clinical simulation as a training modality and assists other departments in the identification and development of grants.

Dayna Downing, MBA
Simulation Operations
Program Manager

Center for Clinical Simulation

AHA-Bronze Award 2013Dayna joined Children’s in 2012 and is responsible for the vision, long-range strategy and overall quality and sustainability of the simulation program. Her health care experience is the result of having served as a combat Medical Service Specialist in the U.S. Air Force and a certified anesthesia technician in civilian hospitals.

Prior to joining the Childrens, Dayna worked in the OR at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. as a member of the anesthesia team. In addition to working as the right hand to the anesthesia providers in complex adult and pediatric surgical cases, she was also instrumental in enacting positive organizational change, as well as drafting the policies and procedures for the technicians in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine.

Dayna is active in leadership positions in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michele Trinka, MSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN
Simulation Education Manager
Clinical Educator, ACLS Program
Center for Clinical Simulation

AHA-Bronze Award 2013With over 35 years in nursing, Michele Trinka is responsible for overall quality of the simulation education programming as well as the class and scenario format in the lab.

Michele joined Children’s in 1995 as staff nurse, preceptor and team leader in the Pediatric ICU. In 2001, she moved to Clinical Education in the role of educator in the Cardiac/Renal Progressive Care Unit. In this role, Michele was tasked with developing and creating internships for new nurses, as well as meeting the education needs of regular staff.

By 2007, Michele took over the role of PALS lead instructor and was responsible for developing and introducing the PEARS and ACLS programs into the Children's advanced life support program. In 2009, Michele introduced simulation into the Children’s Advanced Life Support Program and led the initiation of mock simulations (in situ) on all Acute Care nursing units with quarterly PALS team mock codes. In early 2012, Michele assumed the position of Simulation Lab Program Manager.

Today, in addition to managing the education programming in the Simulation Lab, Michele is an adjunct faculty for University of Texas at Arlington teaching clinical portions of Pediatrics and Adult Critical Care, which assists in her maintenance of her certifications in Critical Care and Progressive Care Nursing.

Kay Martin, BSRC, RRT-NPS
Healthcare Simulation Clinical Educator
Center for Clinical Simulation

AHA-Bronze Award 2013Kay Martin is a Clinical Educator for the Center of Clinical Simulation; she joined the team in 2013. Kay began her career in 1988 at the University of Alabama as a respiratory therapist, where she provided respiratory care for the first non-military around-the-world ventilator transport.

Her career at Children’s began as the PICU Respiratory Team Leader in 1995, where she remained until she took a position as an ICU respiratory therapist at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

From 2005 to 2010, Kay served as an Emergency Preparedness Respiratory Therapist with the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she supported the planning, organization and development of medical response teams of the National Disaster Medical System. During this time, Kay had also returned to Children’s where she serves as a Clinical Educator, providing education and leadership for Respiratory Services.

Cindy Chilton, RN
PALS/PEARS/Mock Code Educator
Center for Clinical Simulation

AHA-Bronze Award 2013Cindy Chilton joined the Sim Lab staff in December 2012 as the educator for PALS/PEARS/Mock Codes responsible for performing analyses of emergency events across the organization and addressing them through the utilization of mock code events and teaching PALS/PEARS classes.

Cindy began her career as staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s in 1997. Cindy later transitioned to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit where she eventually became a senior resource, but ultimately decided to return to the PICU in 2007. A year later, she was approached regarding the open position of PICU Clinical Educator.