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Robert Sasso, MD, FACOG Robert Sasso, MD, FACOG 

Director
989-746-7915
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Michelle Mora, RN, BSN, EMT-P
Manager
989-746-7524
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Michelle Mora, RN, BSN, EMT-PMichelle graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Since then, she has pursued a paramedic license and a license to instruct EMS along with several certifications that include ACLS Instructor, PALS Instructor, ATCN Provider, ATLS Coordinator and FCCS Coordinator. Michelle has worked a wide range of positions in the nursing field including the Emergency Department, Critical Care Transports, Emergency Preparedness, Industrial Healthcare, Home Care and Telephone Triage for various healthcare providers as well as healthcare facilities. Michelle has held numerous roles in management that include Mobile Intensive Care Units, Medical Control Authority, Telephone Triage and prior to coming to CMU, she was the State Trauma Manager. Her primary focus over the past several years has included management with a focus on healthcare education. 

As the Manager of SYNAPSE, Michelle coordinates and assists in implementation of all aspects of simulation education, including curriculum development, outcome and resource analysis, and publication of findings. The target audience includes Residents, Med Students, Physicians, Mid-level Providers, Nurses, Paramedics and Respiratory Therapists, both locally and outside the Saginaw area. Michelle's ultimate goal is to be the leader in simulation based training and research in the Great Lakes Bay Region.




Jody Nitz, RRT

Professional Educator
989-746-7531
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Jody Nitz, RRTJody became part of the CMU Simulation Laboratory team where he works as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and Professional Educator. His degree and respiratory training was accomplished through the United States Air Force. He has over 13 years with the Air Force at Selfridge Air National Guard as part of a Critical Care Air Transport Team. His Air Force career includes many deployments to overseas sites and numerous accolades for his service. Following his graduation from the Air Force respiratory program, Jody has worked with the Covenant Healthcare Respiratory Department. Within this department he has grown to be a leader with education both with his peers and college students. His passion to teach led him to transition into a role with Simulation at Synapse while maintaining patient care at Covenant and with the U.S. Air Force.

Jody's clinical experience affords him the ability to play many different roles in the High-Fidelity simulation that SYNAPSE provides. His focus with teaching is to provide the highest level of care to any patient which is achieved though attention to detail. With SYNAPSE, Jody teaches many of the classes offered and adds his own "Respiratory Flare" or insight. He also works closely with many of our outreach services to include: Mock Code Services, Community Based CPR/AED programs, etc.



Leah E. Rouleau, MSN, RN

Professional Educator
989-746-7539
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Leah E. Rouleau, MSN, RN

Leah Rouleau began her career in the Emergency Department as an NCA. She earned her associate's degree in nursing from Delta College in 2005, and completed her bachelor's degree in nursing education at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in 2009. Leah completed her master's degree in nursing science and in healthcare administration and education at SVSU in 2013. Leah was motivated to pursue a career in healthcare in 1997 after her grandmother experienced a stroke.  

She has taught nursing clinical to students at Delta College, SVSU, Davenport University and the University of Michigan-Flint. She worked at Covenant HealthCare for 11 years, mostly in medical-surgical nursing and at Mid-Michigan Health as an oncology nurse.

Working in the hospital environment helped Leah realize the importance of familiarity with disease processes and being hands-on in her approach. Working with the nursing students at college simulation labs, and teaching them through task trainers and scenarios to communicate and critically think through their next actions, instilled a passion for the impact of simulation learning. Working as a professional educator in simulation is a dream come true for her.



Cheryl Such, EMT-P 
AHA Education Coordinator
989-746-7532
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Cheryl Such, EMT-P
Cheryl began her career in healthcare in 1988 as an Emergency Medical Technician for Faith Ambulance. In 1991 she obtained her paramedic license and continued to work for both Mercy and Faith Ambulance, which later became Mobile Medical Response, Inc. She worked as a Road Paramedic and 1996 she was assigned to the Mobile Intensive Care Unit as a Critical Care Paramedic.

In August 2002 Cheryl took a position with Saginaw Cooperative Hospital in the Clinical Trail Department and Ages Senior Healthcare. In July 2003 Cheryl became the EMS Coordinator for Saginaw Valley Medical Control Authority under the auspices of Synergy Medical Education Alliance

In 2010 Cheryl was hired as the AHA Education Coordinator in the Department of Simulations – Synapse at CMU Partners. Cheryl Coordinates and instructs Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Cheryl has made the AHA Course Program at CMU P​artners highly successful and that has drawn students to our program from Northern Michigan and the Thumb area Hospitals, currently coordinating and instructing 450 – 600 students yearly.

Cheryl goal is expand the AHA courses offered at CMU Partners, and become the leader in AHA training for the Great Lakes Region.



Michelle Claypool
Michelle Claypool
Medical Simulation Specialist
989-746-7538
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Jessica Sewell, BSJessica Sewell, BS
Simulation Training Facilitator
989-746-7523
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Lisa Rabie
Lisa Rabie
Administrative Assistant
989-746-7524
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