Texas Children's Hospital has provided a strong foundation for the Simulation Center at Texas Children's Hospital. In addition to the physical space, the hospital supports the center by allocating full-time personnel including a medical director, assistant director, lead physician, training specialist and systems specialist. Below, please find a brief overview of our leadership.
Kelly D. Wallin, M.S., R.N.
Kelly Wallin, M.S., R.N. is the assistant director of Texas Children's Hospital's new, state of the art Pediatric Simulation center. In this role, she functions as the operational director of the center and is responsible for day-to-day management as well as strategic planning and administrative oversight for the center. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Science degree in maternal-child nursing and education role was received from Texas Woman's University. She has been actively involved in clinical education and leadership for over 20 years and is a recent graduate of the Institute for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her clinical background is in pediatrics with a focus on critical and cardiac care.
Melissa Cashin, M.S.N., R.N., B.C.
Melissa Cashin is the training specialist at Texas Children's Hospital's Pediatric Simulation Center. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Masters in nursing education obtained from Prairie View A&M University and is also currently "Board Certified" in nursing professional development. She is the course director for the Texas Children's Hospital American Heart Association Training Center and teaches BLS, PALS and PEARS. Prior to her position in the simulation center, she spent the last 10 years providing training and development for clinical staff that work in a pediatric patient care environment. Her role in the simulation center is to identify new and innovative ways to integrate simulation education into clinical and medical education, and manage interdisciplinary simulation learning initiatives and ultimately improve clinical performance.
Dan Feux is the systems specialist for Texas Children's Hospital's Pediatric Simulation Center. Dan has been involved in professional sound and audio/video systems for over 30 years. He has specialized in audio/video and control systems design and implementation in healthcare for the last 6 years. His role in the Pediatric Simulation Center is to support the center through proficiency in simulation technology as well as theatrical production technology to effectively simulate the reality of the healthcare environment, perform data capture and ensure the reliable playback of educational simulation footage.