VUCA Speaker Bios

Colette Foisy-Doll

Colette Foisy-Doll is the Program Coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Centre at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.  Colette was already in the throws of the most challenging and demanding time of her 40-year career. Having recently returned to work after a one-year absence to recover from open-heart surgery, the University was suddenly faced with unprecedented budget cuts, staff layoffs and organizational restructuring.  She thought then, "Could life possibly become more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous?" The answer was, it could. COVID struct and life turned on a dime! 


Suzie Kardong-Edgren

Suzie Kardong-Edgren’s day job is a mild-mannered Nurse Scientist for a large hospital system in the Dallas Ft. Worth metroplex. She helps clinical nurses and others with planning and executing research studies of interest to hospital nurses and patients. By night, she pursues her love of simulation by continuing to plan and execute research studies with friends around the world.


Dr. Kim Leighton

Dr Kim Leighton is Executive Director of the Itqan Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center in Doha Qatar. Prior to the pandemic she was trying to hire staff and have the official opening of one of the world’s largest simulation centers. While working from home earlier in the pandemic, she was afraid she would not accomplish anything so she started 5 new research studies while watching every free conference session that was available.


Donna McDermott

Donna McDermott started as Assistant Dean of Simulation Programs in Oct at the University of Miami because she made a "change your life" decision during breast cancer treatment in 2019. Prior to the pandemic, because moving and uprooting her life weren't enough, she helped accredit their Simulation Hospital while learning a new job and leading a new team of 11 people. During the pandemic, she helped move everything virtually, wrote and rewrote multiple proposals and sim schedules to bring students back to campus in June, and was promoted to Associate Dean which resulted in a merge of her two jobs. VUCA!


Dr. Tonya Schneidereith

Dr. Tonya Schneidereith is an Associate Professor and member of the dedicated simulation team at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Prior to quarantine, she facilitated simulations for prelicensure and graduate nursing students. Currently, she spends her days planning multiple alternative experiential learning activities, meeting through Zoom, and working with fun colleagues on group presentations.