Our People

OSA Core Members


Founding President – Deborah Tregunno, RN, PhD                                             Queen’s University


Dr. Deborah Tregunno is a Registered Nurse and has a PhD in Health Policy and Management from University of Toronto (2002), where she specialized in organizational behaviour and performance measurement. Her post-doctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Nursing at U of T, focused in the area of patient safety. Deborah is a faculty member at the Queen’s University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on patient safety, from a variety of perspectives, including safety competencies, simulation and teamwork, and best practices in acute elder care. Currently, she holds an Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellowship and the Margaret B Vogan Fellowship from Queen’s University School of Nursing to support her work on courage and compassion in nursing.

OSA Executive

Co-President – Leslie Graham, RN, MScN, PhD(c)                                             Durham College/UOIT

Leslie Graham is a registered nursing and is currently a professor in Durham College’s Critical Care Nursing E-Learning Graduate Certificate program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  She is currently completing her PhD in Nursing.  Leslie’s research interests includes simulation design and evaluation and cardiovascular care.  Leslie holds various awards including the 2014 Award for Excellence in Collaborative Education by the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN). She currently is the Vice President for International Affairs for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).

Co-president – Laurie Peachey, RN, MSc, PhD                         Nipissing University

Laurie Peachey is a registered nurse and holds a Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University.  She is currently completing her PhD in Education at Nipissing University.  She is a faculty member at Nipissing University.  The focus of her master’s degree explored the decision-making process of nurses in telepractice.  Her research interests are rooted in practice education and include the use of maternal child simulation, the experience of new graduates entering practice under new licensure requirements and the impact of maternal confidence in childbirth experiences.

Past: Co-president: Jane Tyerman, RN, MScN, PhD                                             Trent/Fleming School of Nursing

Dr. Jane Tyerman is a registered nurse and holds a PhD from Queen’s University (2014) where she focused on mental health care practices in critical care nursing environments.  Her Masters of Nursing Science (2009) explored the effects of shift-work on nurse’s mental health.  She is currently a faculty member at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing at Trent University.  She has over 25-year clinical nursing expertise emergency nursing.  Other clinical areas of experience include critical care (intensive care, neonatal intensive care, and neurosurgical critical care), medical/surgical nursing, and psychiatric nursing.  Her research focuses on simulation design and evaluation, neurofeedback, and mental health.  She has been nominated for various teaching awards including Trent University’s Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation.

Past: Co-President: Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, MScN, PhD                                       Queen’s University

Dr. Luctkar-Flude is a registered nurse and holds a PhD from Queen’s University (2016).  She is currently a professor at the Queen’s University School of Nursing.  She is the first Canadian researcher to be awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.  Her research can be categorized into the following two streams:  (1) educational research which focuses on undergraduate nursing and interprofessional education using simulation to enhance transition to professional practice; and (2) clinical research which focuses on enhancing the transition to cancer survivorship; specific cancer nursing research interests include knowledge translation interventions for primary care providers and cancer survivors, and interventions for management of cancer fatigue and cancer-related cognitive impairment such as physical activity and neurofeedback.  Dr. Luctkar-Flude is the 2016 INACSL Excellence in Research Award recipient.


Secretary – Brenda Orazietti , RN, MEd

Brenda Orazietti is a registered nurse and holds a Masters in Education (2007) from Nipissing University.  She is currently a faculty member at York University.  She is a published author of Leadership in Nursing: Interviews With Ontario’s Best Nursing Leaders.  Her research interests include leadership and simulation design and evaluation.

Treasurer – Tammie McParland, RN, PhD                                                                Nipissing University

Dr. Tammie McParland is a registered nurse and hold a PhDin Education (specialization in Nursing Education) from Capella University (2015). Tammie’s clinical experience encompasses acute medicine to rural and remote nursing (labor and delivery, and outpatient), surgery, critical care and emergency nursing and delivery of nursing education in private and public institutions. Currently, she acts as a consultant in the assessment of internationally educated nurses in collaboration with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Her research interests include simulation and program/curriculum development.

Research Chair  Rylan Egan PhD                                                                                   Queen’s University

Dr. Rylan Egan is currently the Director, Office of Health Science Eduation at Queen’s University.  Rylan has developed and facilitated courses, faculty retreats, and workshop at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels in Educational design, research and assessment over the past 8 years.  Rylan’s research interests include the evaluation and assessment of educational programming, student assessment, and quality improvement program evaluation. Particular interests are in the areas of self-regulated learning, metacognition, and the measurement of clinical/critical thinking.

Judy Bornais, RN, MScN

Judy is a faculty member and Experiential Learning Specialists at the University of Windsor, Ontario.  She currently holds a Masters of Science from Windsor University.  Judy is a registered nurse and is a past recipient of an Elsevier Canada Learning Resource Award and SWOMEN Windsor Advancement of Medical Education Award for her use of teaching technologies and innovative practices to enhance student learning.  Her research focuses on nursing pedagogy, including the use of standardized patients to improve students’ health assessment skills, the use of peer mentors, the use of simulation technology to reinforce and foster caring in nursing students.

Curriculum Chair: Meaghen Regts, RN, MSc                                                                       Trent University

Meaghen Regts is a registered nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2012.  She is currently the Clinical Learning Centre Simulation Coordinator at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University.  Meaghen has completed simulation training from SIM-one—Ontario Simulation Network. She has also completed the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program in 2014.  Her research interests include the development and evaluation of nursing simulation.  She is currently a co-Primary Investigator leading a project in the School’s “Managing chronic disease” course that will effectively replace 25% of student clinical time with simulation. She also believes that simulation is effective in preparing students for real-world clinical experiences.

Core Members

Elizabeth Horsley, RN, MSMHS

Elizabeth is a registered nurse and hold a Masters of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University (2016).  Elizabeth is a former OR nurse who has extensive experience as a nursing simulation educator and simulation center director. Her research interests include best utilization of simulation in nursing undergraduate education, patient perception of student nurse/performance and IPE integration of simulation.

Nicole Lafreniere RN,                                                                                                     Laurentian University

Michelle Lalonde, RN, PhD                                                                                            University of Ottawa

Dr. Michelle Lalonde is a registered nurse and holds a PhD in Nursing from  the University of Toronto.  She is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Her doctoral work was focused on exploring the impact of nurse preceptors’ emotional intelligence on new graduate nurses’ socialization outcomes during a preceptorship program. As a registered nurse, Michelle’s areas of clinical expertise are emergency/trauma and general surgery.  Her research interests include health services, organizational socialization, new graduate nurse transition, nursing work environments, clinical teaching, and simulation.

Charlotte Lee, RN, PhD                                                                                                       Ryerson University

Dr. Charlotte Lee is a registered and certified oncology nurse and hold a PhD Nursing.  Dr. Lee is an assistant professor at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University. Her research focuses on health services evaluation and interprofessional teams. She is particularly interested in understanding how interpersonal relationships affect teamwork processes and outcomes in health care. Dr. Lee’s current work aims to identify the antecedents and teamwork outcomes associated with interpersonal relationships. Part of this work involves the use of simulation as a pedagogy to improve collaborative competence.  As a certified oncology nurse, she is also involved in the study of health services issues associated with cancer care, such as role definition for specialty oncology nurses, work environment issues and knowledge translation from research to clinical settings.

Julie Nilsen

Karen Poole, RN,                                                                                                                    Director,  School of Nursing Lakehead University

Debbie Rickeard

Jacqui Schmid