About the Clinical Simulation Labs Team

Rachel Breman, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, PPEP 

Rachel Breman, PhD RN, is an assistant professor in the Clinical Simulation Labs and coordinates the simulations for the maternity care and community health courses. She has worked clinically in maternity care and public health in the U.S. and globally. Her research is focused on implementation of evidenced based care practices to improve maternal health outcomes. She is actively engaged with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives in both research and quality improvement initiatives locally and nationally. She received her PhD from UMSON and her BS, MSN and MPH from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a BA in Latin American Studies from Brandeis University.


Ashley Brown, MS, RN
Clinical Instructor, Clinical Simulation Labs, PPEP

Ashley Brown, MS, RN, joined the Clinical Simulation Labs in 2016. With a background in medical surgical nursing, Ashley’s area of focus is primarily undergraduate medical surgical simulations. In addition to her role as simulation faculty, she serves as faculty advisor to the UMB campus student group, National Black Nurses Association. She earned her BSN and MS in Health Services Leadership and Management with a strong focus in nursing education from UMSON.


Amy Daniels, PhD, RN, CHSE
Assistant Professor, PPEP
Director, Clinical Simulation Labs, PPEP

Amy Daniels, PhD, RN, CHSE, currently serves as the director of the Debra L. Spunt Clinical Simulation Labs, which are accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accredited for Teaching and Learning. As an assistant professor, she facilitates simulated educational experiences in all clinical programs. She has been teaching using simulation since 2010, having received formal training from Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and the Institute for Medical Simulation through the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Massachusetts at both the basic and graduate level. She is a research fellow of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Nursing. She contributes to the blueprint writing for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certification exam and chairs the education subcommittee for the Director Interest Group of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Her scholarly work focuses on the impact of psychological safety in simulation and debriefing on reflective thinking. She has presented nationally on the topics of simulation, debriefing, and psychological safety and is published in peer-reviewed journals and monograph chapters. Daniels also works collaboratively with other simulation faculty in facilitating inter-professional simulation and debriefing workshops both on campus and at regional clinical and academic settings.

Nickolas Forsten, BS


Nickolas Forsten, BS
Simulation Technician, PPEP

Nickolas Forsten, BS, joined the Clinical Simulation Labs in the fall of 2018 as a Simulation Technician. A graduate of the University of Utah, he undertook an interdisciplinary engineering degree including coursework in research psychology, computer science, and game design. Many of the games he has worked on are educational in nature, such as a virtual reality (VR) Marimba for students to practice on at home, and an upcoming VR mystery which was one of the five finalists of the U.S. Department of Education’s EdSim Challenge. He finds the work of helping to provide experiential learning deeply rewarding and hopes to continue exploring new ways technology can enhance education, health, and social impact.

Aisha Fort


Aisha Fort
Office Manager, PPEP

Aisha Fort joined UMSON in 2005 and began her work with the Clinical Simulation Labs in 2007. Ms. Fort is the department resource for support and operation day to day administrative needs and is responsible for overseeing scheduling of internal and external users, inventory management, running department level reports. She has been an integral part of the CSL’s initial accreditation and the upcoming re-accreditation process.


Samantha Hoffman, MS, CPNP-PC
Simulation Training Specialist, PPEP

Samantha, MS, CPNP-PC, has experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) and in academic and clinical settings with pre-licensure nursing students. She worked as a bedside nurse for five years in University of Maryland Medical Cener’s Pediatric Progressive Care Unit (PPCU) and has been a practicing pediatric NP for three years at Bay Area Pediatrics in Kent Island, Maryland, where she remains 1-2 days a week. While she adores working with children and families through patient care, she fell in love with teaching through simulation while working as a graduate teaching assistant in the Clinical Simulation Labs. Samantha is enjoying merging her love for patient care with her passion for education. She earned her BSN from Stevenson University in 2011 and while working in the PPCU and her MS from UMSON.


Hannah Tolley McGraw, MS, RNC-OB, CNL, CHSE
Clinical Instructor, Clinical Simulation Faculty, PPEP

Hannah Tolley McGraw, MS, RNC-OB, CNL, CHSE, has been a clinical simulation instructor at UMSON since 2016. She is certified in health care simulation education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and is a graduate of the Center for Medical Simulation’s Comprehensive Instructor and Advanced Instructor Courses. Prior to becoming a simulation educator, Hannah worked as a labor and delivery nurse. She coordinates and facilitates simulations for BSN and CNL students throughout the curriculum using best practices in simulation development and the Debriefing with Good Judgment approach as a framework. She has taught in several debriefing workshops, including the Center for Medical Simulation’s Gateway Debriefing Skills Workshop. She plans to further her education by pursuing a doctorate degree in educational psychology and is interested in understanding how learning happens during and after simulation, what influences that learning, and how simulation experiences affect future practice. She has bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a graduate of UMSON’s Clinical Nurse Leader master’s program and Health Services Leadership and Management master’s program.

Tonya Schneidereith

Tonya Schneidereith, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CNE, CHSE-A
Associate Professor, PPEP

Tonya Schneidereith, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CNE, CHSE-A, is a nurse leader and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in health care and academic settings. An internationally known expert and award-winner for service, she guides initiatives for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, the National League for Nursing, and the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium. She has a program of research on medication administration in prelicensure students and she coordinates the experiences for pediatrics and multiple nurse practitioner programs.